Previous Assignments

American Lit Poems about Hope
Due Date: 1/8/2015
Subject: English 11

Read all four of these poems at home tonight – choose the one you think best connects to the poems we read in class.  Explain the connection in a well-written paragraph (50-100 words) on a 4X6 notecard.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear, 
Though as for that the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same, 

And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way 
I doubted if I should ever come back. 

I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history 
With your bitter, twisted lies, 
You may tread me in the very dirt 
But still, like dust, I'll rise. 

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells 
Pumping in my living room. 

Just like moons and like suns, 
With the certainty of tides, 
Just like hopes springing high, 
Still I'll rise. 

Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops. 
Weakened by my soulful cries. 

Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don't you take it awful hard 
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines 
Diggin' in my own back yard. 

You may shoot me with your words, 
You may cut me with your eyes, 
You may kill me with your hatefulness, 
But still, like air, I'll rise. 

Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise 
That I dance like I've got diamonds 
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Out of the huts of history's shame 
I rise 
Up from a past that's rooted in pain 
I rise 
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, 
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. 
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear 
I rise 
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear 
I rise 
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, 
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. 
I rise 
I rise 
I rise.

Maya Angelou


If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too: 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, 
Or being hated don't give way to hating, 
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; 

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim, 
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
And treat those two impostors just the same:. 
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools; 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings, 
And never breathe a word about your loss: 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch, 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
If all men count with you, but none too much: 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, 
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, 
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling
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Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10th, 1666

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Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning 
of Our house, July 10th. 1666. Copied Out of 
a Loose Paper. 

In silent night when rest I took,
For sorrow near I did not look,
I wakened was with thund’ring noise
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
That fearful sound of “fire” and “fire,”
Let no man know is my Desire.
I, starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry
To straighten me in my Distress
And not to leave me succourless.
Then, coming out, behold a space
The flame consume my dwelling place.
And when I could no longer look,
I blest His name that gave and took,
That laid my goods now in the dust.
Yea, so it was, and so ‘twas just.
It was his own, it was not mine,
Far be it that I should repine;
He might of all justly bereft
But yet sufficient for us left.
When by the ruins oft I past
My sorrowing eyes aside did cast
And here and there the places spy
Where oft I sate and long did lie.
Here stood that trunk, and there that chest,
There lay that store I counted best.
My pleasant things in ashes lie
And them behold no more shall I.
Under thy roof no guest shall sit,
Nor at thy Table eat a bit.
No pleasant talk shall ‘ere be told
Nor things recounted done of old.
No Candle e'er shall shine in Thee,
Nor bridegroom‘s voice e'er heard shall be.
In silence ever shalt thou lie,
Adieu, Adieu, all’s vanity.
Then straight I ‘gin my heart to chide,
And did thy wealth on earth abide?
Didst fix thy hope on mould'ring dust?
The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?
Raise up thy thoughts above the sky
That dunghill mists away may fly.
Thou hast a house on high erect
Frameed by that mighty Architect,
With glory richly furnished,
Stands permanent though this be fled.
It‘s purchased and paid for too
By Him who hath enough to do.
A price so vast as is unknown,
Yet by His gift is made thine own;
There‘s wealth enough, I need no more,
Farewell, my pelf, farewell, my store.
The world no longer let me love,
My hope and treasure lies above.
Anne Bradstreet

Romeo and Juliet Act III Quiz Preparation
Due Date: 9/30/2014
Subject: English 9

Romeo and Juliet
Act Three (study guide)

Words to know:  Banishment, dexterity, idolatry, reconcile, exile, fickle, gallant 

(This scene marks the climax of the drama.)

1. Tybalt, still enraged at Romeo's intrusion at the Capulet's ball, is determined to fight, but Romeo refuses. Why?  

2. How does Mercutio get involved, and what happens to him?


3. How does Romeo react to this?


4. What decree does the Prince make?  

5. Explain how this scene serves as the climax or turning point of the drama. (Think of all that has happened between Romeo and Juliet so far.)  




1. Dramatic irony is when the audience/reader knows something that the characters do not.  Explain the dramatic irony in the beginning of this scene.  


2. How does Juliet react to the nurse's news?  


3. How does the nurse console her?  




1. How does Romeo react to the news of his banishment?




1. How does the action in this scene complicate matters even further?  



2. How does Capulet's attitude now differ from his attitude when Paris first came to ask for Juliet's hand in marriage?



3. Explain the dramatic irony in this scene.




1. A paradox is when two opposing truths exist at the same time.  Explain the paradoxical phrases in lines 94-103.  



2. How does Capulet react to Juliet's refusal to marry Paris?



3. What advice does the nurse give Juliet?



4. What does Juliet decide to do?

Reading Strategy - Detail/Motivation/Analysis
Due Date: 9/25/2014
Subject: English 11

Reading Strategy
Sample answers follow.
1. Juliet wants to protect Romeo from possible
2. The friar wishes to help Romeo marry and
also to end the long Capulet-Montague
3. Mercutio is afraid that the lovesick Romeo would
be no match for the skilled Tybalt in a duel.
4. The Nurse is acting out of affection for Juliet
and sentimental ideas about romance.
5. Though her intentions seem good, the Nurse
is betraying the trust of the Capulet family.

How the World Was Made
Due Date: 8/22/2014
Subject: English 11

How the World Was Made (translated by James Mooney)

The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. When the world grows old and worn out, the people will die and the cords will break and let the earth sink down into the ocean, and all will be water again. The Indians are afraid of this.

When all was water, the animals were above in Gälûñ'lätï, beyond the arch; but it was very much crowded, and they were wanting more room. They wondered what was below the water, and at last Dâyuni'sï, "Beaver's Grandchild," the little Water-beetle, offered to go and see if it could learn. It darted in every direction over the surface of the water, but could find no firm place to rest. Then it dived to the bottom and came up with some soft mud, which began to grow and spread on every side until it became the island which we call the earth. It was afterward fastened to the sky with four cords, but no one remembers who did this.

At first the earth was flat and very soft and wet. The animals were anxious to get down, and sent out different birds to see if it was yet dry, but they found no place to alight and came back again to Gälûñ'lätï. At last it seemed to be time, and they sent out the Buzzard and told him to go and make ready for them. This was the Great Buzzard, the father of all the buzzards we see now. He flew all over the earth, low down near the ground, and it was still soft. When he reached the Cherokee country, he was very tired, and his wings began to flap and strike the ground, and wherever they struck the earth there was a valley, and where they turned up again there was a mountain. When the animals above saw this, they were afraid that the whole world would be mountains, so they called him back, but the Cherokee country remains full of mountains to this day.

When the earth was dry and the animals came down, it was still dark, so they got the sun and set it in a track to go every day across the island from east to west, just overhead. It was too hot this way, and Tsiska'gïlï', the Red Crawfish, had his shell scorched a bright red, so that his meat was spoiled; and the Cherokee do not eat it. The conjurers put the sun another hand-breadth higher in the air, but it was still too hot. They raised it another time, and another, until it was seven handbreadths high and just under the sky arch. Then it was right, and they left it so. This is why the conjurers call the highest place Gûlkwâ'gine Di'gälûñ'lätiyûñ', "the seventh height," because it is seven hand-breadths above the earth. Every day the sun goes along under this arch, and returns at night on the upper side to the starting place.

There is another world under this, and it is like ours in everything--animals, plants, and people--save that the seasons are different. The streams that come down from the mountains are the trails by which we reach this underworld, and the springs at their heads are the doorways by which we enter, it, but to do this one must fast and, go to water and have one of the underground people for a guide. We know that the seasons in the underworld are different from ours, because the water in the springs is always warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the outer air.

When the animals and plants were first made--we do not know by whom--they were told to watch and keep awake for seven nights, just as young men now fast and keep awake when they pray to their medicine. They tried to do this, and nearly all were awake through the first night, but the next night several dropped off to sleep, and the third night others were asleep, and then others, until, on the seventh night, of all the animals only the owl, the panther, and one or two more were still awake. To these were given the power to see and to go about in the dark, and to make prey of the birds and animals which must sleep at night. Of the trees only the cedar, the pine, the spruce, the holly, and the laurel were awake to the end, and to them it was given to be always green and to be greatest for medicine, but to the others it was said: "Because you have not endured to the end you shall lose your, hair every winter."

Men came after the animals and plants. At first there were only a brother and sister until he struck her with a fish and told her to multiply, and so it was. In seven days a child was born to her, and thereafter every seven days another, and they increased very fast until there was danger that the world could not keep them. Then it was made that a woman should have only one child in a year, and it has been so ever since.

Vocabulary – copy these on loose-leaf paper (Heading: “ How the World was Made”)
1. Vault – an arched structure forming a roof or ceiling
2. Alight – to descend and come to rest
3. Conjurer – one who performs magic; sorcerer

1.  a. What is the little water beetle’s role in the creation of Earth? b. What does this tell you about Cherokee reverence for all creatures?
2.  a. What do the “conjures” do?  b. Who do you think the conjurers are? Explain.
3.  a. Which animals and plants are able to keep awake for seven nights? b. What moral lesson might this teach?
4.  a. What phrases or expressions does the narrator use when Cherokee tradition has no answer or explanation for an occurrence? b. How does the narrator’s phrasing enhance the myth? Explain.
5.  For the Cherokee are humans more important than nature or equal?  Use examples to explain your view.

Act III Julius Caesar Textbook Questions
Due Date: 4/26/2013
Subject: English 10

Act III Questions

2.a. What most surprises Caesar when he is attacked?  b.  What might Caesar have been thinking as he died?  Explain.

3.a. How does Antony respond to the conspirators immediately after Caesar's murder?  b.  In your opinion, why does he behave this way?

4.a. Summarize the crowd's reactions to Brutus' and Antony's funeral speeches.  b. What can you infer about the crowd from their reactions?

5.a. What was the content of Caesar's will?  b. Why might Antony have read the will?

6.  How did Caesar's behavior outside the Capitol just before he died affect your reaction to his death?

7. a. What is your opinion of Brutus?  b.  Has it changed since Act I?  Explain.

8. a. Why might Shakespeare have chosen to include the incident of the attack on Cinna the poet?  b.  What contemporary incidents or events might you compare to that incident?  Explain.

Julius Caesar Text
Due Date: 4/23/2013
Subject: English 10

Click on this link to read the full text of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.


English 10 Short Story Unit Test Study Guide
Due Date: 1/18/2013
Subject: English 10

"The Most Dangerous Game" Text
Due Date: 1/8/2013
Subject: English 9

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What's Random about You
Due Date: 1/7/2013
Subject: English 9

Facebook recently forwarded 25 Random Facts About You. Create your own 25 random facts. It may seem difficult, but try to focus and concentrate on facts about yourself and your life. Think about events, moments, factual information—all about yourself.


Intro Essay
Due Date: 1/7/2013
Subject: English 10

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