Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Icy Homework!

I hope everyone is safe and warm and enjoying a day (or two?) off from school.

Some Gentle Reminders to 1A and Assignment for 1B:
  1. For Monday or Tuesday of next week (February 2-3), read through chapter five of the The Great Gatsby. Based on what you have read thus far, draft a letter from Gatsby to another character. Click here for the prompt and note-taking chart.
  2. First blog post is due! I plan to grade those while we having this nice, "cool" break...hopefully, we will continue to have electricity! Topic? Your thoughts on materialism.
  3. Due to the BHS's reading expectations, please be reading an "outside of class" novel. REMEMBER: a book review of each novel must be posted to your blog and Good Reads = the assessment for each novel. I hope to complete the book review rubric and post this document for you soon.

What are your thoughts so far on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Great Day in English 11

The guys dominated our class today thanks to D'Mac...and all the girls who chose to not attend class today! Thanks, Emily and Gabby, for gracing us with your presence!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What's your color?

As we read chapter two of The Great Gatsby, you are to gather evidence of Fitzgerald's deliberate use of color. Be sure to include the color, the character/object being referenced, and the page number.

Then you will be assigned a color to research and present to your peers.


Good luck, Mr. Obama!

Today is a history-making event as the first African-American is inaugurated into the grand office for our outstanding country.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

You choose the version!

Let's get started on The Great Gatsby! While you will be assigned a hard copy, you may access this novel online at this site.

Check back for more "materialistic" updates!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Welcome Back!

Glad to have you back on our journey through English 11...Gillmore Style.

So far we have...
  • Reviewed run-on sentences. What are the two types?
  • Analyzed an EOL prompt using an excerpt from The Signers...an prompt that I meant to use during A Pioneer Never Quits unit. Uh oh, where does all the time go?
  • Reviewed your semester test.

Now, for the rest of the week:

  1. Grammar Time: Review of parallel structure.
  2. Review the EOL prompt.
  3. Complete a prompt using Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay," which will serve as a starting point for our next thematic unit.
  4. Assign an essay modeled after an EOL writing prompt.

What is in our near future?

  • Completing your assigned essay.
  • The Materialism Unit during which we will read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
  • Analyzing your annotated bibliographies for your Natural High Day paper.


  • You have to read six books this nine weeks. As a class, we will read The Great Gatsby and Night this nine weeks, so that means you are responsible for reading four novels of your choice.
  • Expectations/Length Requirements:
    1-299 pages = 1 book
    300-599 pages = 2 books
    600 + pages = 3 books
  • I will post assessment options soon...just as soon as I get that all decided!

Once again...welcome back!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Check out my newest blog!

Throughout 2009, one of my goals is to write book reviews as I complete the latest great read.

Please check out Mrs. Gillmore's Book Reviews here.

Completed my first novel yesterday...Twilight!