• Welcome to English III. Eleventh grade is perhaps the most important year in high school. This is the year when students begin taking the SAT and ACT exams. And  this is the year that colleges focus on when making admissions desicions. It also is the year when many students pass the state exam.


  • Thursday and Friday, September 20 and 21 (Block Days):

    Complete all tasks on pages 46-49 of the Performance Assessment workbook. The final draft of your essay (after a first draft, revisions and peer editing) should be completed on loose leaf paper in blue or black ink.

    The essay prompt is: "How have ships contributed to different cultures and economies?"

    By the end of Block Period you should have completed all tasks through page 49 and have a revised first draft that you will share with a peer editor on Monday.

    Wednesday, September 19:

    Read and take notes on the four source materials on pp.40-43.

    Prepare written responses for each "Discuss and Decide".

    Answer the five multiple choice questions on p. 44.

    Complete Prose Constructed-Responses # 6 on page 45.

    Use your phone to do additional research, then complete Constructed-Responses # 7 on p. 45.

    Tuesday, September 18:

    Read pp. 30-37 in the Performance Assessment workbook. Take notes and answer the discussion questions on pp. 32, 35 and 37.

    For homework, make out the chart and answer the response on page 38.

    Monday, September 17:

    Pass out graded Puritan essays and allow students a few minutes to look over their papers. Recollect essays to be put in student folders.

     Have students read Mother tongue in the Close Reader, pp. 11-18. Complete all tasks associated with the reading.

     For question 4, discuss with a person next to you, then answer the question, "What does including her mother's story add to the essay," in the margin.

     Complete by the end of class. As you finish, stack the Close Readers on the long table.

    Friday, September 14:

    Analyzing the Text: Page 94, questions 1-8. Due at the end of class.

    Also, if you owe me anything, this is the last day to pass it in.


    Thursday, September 13:

    Bell Ringer from "Balboa."

    Have students read "Blaxicans" by Richard Rodriguez (pp. 87-92 in Collections 11). As your read alswer the follwoing questions on loose leaf paper:

    1. What is the inferred claim in the first paragraph? (inferred means that it is not stated directly.

    2. Write down one example or verbal irony on page 87 (verbal irony is when an author says one thing but means another).

    3. Explain how the word "diversity" on line 56 is an example of irony.

    4. Exaggeration can also be ironic. What is ironic about the author's argument in lines 66-71?

    5. In lines 113-137, write down examples of two facts and an anecdote (an anecdote is a brief story that illustrates a point).

    6. Irony also can convey meaning through the author's purpose in using them rather than their literal meaning of words. Explain how the author's claim that he is Chinese in lines 63-64 is an example of irony.

    7. In the last sentence of the article, Rodriguez repeats the claim that he is Chinese. Why is that claim NOT ironic this time? Support your argument with evidence from the text (look especially at lines 211-214).


    Wednesday, September 12:

    Reread lines 76-90 and lines 199-219 in Balboa.

    In your composition book, identify the theme of Ms Murray’s short story and explain how that theme is shown in the passages you reread.

    Tuesday, September 11:

    Day lost to FSA testing and pictures


    Monday, September 10:

    Read Balboa by Sabina Murray (pp. 77-83 in Collections 11). Even numbered desks answer questions 1, 3, 5, 7 on page 85 (Analyze the Text). Odd number desks answer questions 2, 4, 6, 8 on page 85 (Analyze the text).


    Thursday and Friday, September 6 and 7 (Block Days)

    Pass out Close Readers to anyone who missed class on Wednesday.

    Review answers for Close Reader assignment on John Smith, pp. 3-10.

    Have students use their phone to sign into Quill.org. Give them their class access code, have them join the class, and administer the sentence structure diagnostic. 


    Wednesday, September 5:

    Review answers to questions 1-8 on page 20 of the Collections 11 text.

    Pass out Close Readers.

    Read together the passage on John Smith, pp. 3-10. Explain how to follow all the directions for underlining, marginal notes, questions, and the short response. Have students complete all the requirements from pp. 3-10.


    Tuesday, September 4:

    Some students still need to complete their essays from Friday.

    The rest work on p. 20, questions 1-8 in the Collections 11 text.


    Friday, August 30

    Complete final draft of informative essay on the Puritans.

    The prompt: "What can we discover about the religious beliefs of the Puritans from William Bradford’s Plymouth Plantation?

    See Thursday for details.


    Thursday, August 30

    Using the information from your notes, prepare a rough draft of your paper based on the following prompt:

    "What can we discover about the religious beliefs of the Puritans from William Bradford’s Plymouth Plantation?

    Your paper should include a hook, supporting details, a thesis statement, three body paragraphs with rich supporting details, and a conclusion.


    Wednesday, August 29

    Pass back (and recollect) translations of William Bradford narrative.

    Ppt on informative essay. Students should take notes in their composition books. PPt is on website in files.

    Depending on time left, either begin working on introduction or read.


    Tuesday, August 28:

    Bell Ringer: Show me your reading book (quiz grade)

    Read and duscuss Chapter 11 (pp. 14-18) of Bradford's narrative.

    In your composition book, write down all the quotes in this chapter that refer to religion.


    Monday, August 27:

    Bell Ringer

    Read Chapter 10 of William Bradford’s narrative (pp. 9-13).

    In your composition book, write down all the quotes in this chapter that refer to religion.


    Thursday, August 23, and Friday, August 24:

    Block days.

    Baseline writing assignment


    Wednesday, August 22: 

    Finish reading Wm. Bradford, Chapter IX (to p. 8)

     Using clues in text and footnotes, rewrite the rest of the chapter in modern English.

     Pass in at the end of the period.


    Tuesday, August 21: 

    Discuss motivational speaker.

    Discuss problems accessing digital text.

    Read pp. 5-6 of text (Wm. Bradford) and discuss, archaic words, active and passive verbs, and how the importance of God to the Puritans influenced their writing.



    Monday, Aug. 20: Discuss Age of Exploration and watch beginning of the video "The Lost Colony of Roanoke" embedded in the digital textbook.

    Homework: Access the digital textbook and watch the rest of the video.





  • You need to have the following supplies with you every day:

    A Reading Book (NOT digital)

    Composition Book


    Loose Leaf Paper

    Pen or Pencil (preferably black or blue pen)

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