Advanced English B2, 2020-21

Teacher: Kara Palumbo

Time: Sunday 1:05PM - 1:50PM
Grades: 7-8


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  • Assigned on 09/20: Homework : Entrance Exam Advance English B2  |  
  • Assigned on 09/27: Homework: Vocabulary for "The Raven"  |  
    I did the hard work for you and now all you have to do is study! Here is your vocabulary list for Sunday. Please study the following words for Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven."
  • Assigned on 10/4:
    For homework, please analyze Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." There are 18 stanzas containing 6 lines each. You must give an analysis of EACH stanza, in detail. Please type up your homework in a word document and submit it in Google Classroom. Please do not submit a PDF, I want it on a document that I can comment on. You can find a version of the poem on Google Classroom.
  • Assigned on 10/18:
    For those of you that analyzed incorrectly, now is your chance to hand in a proper analyzation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Hand in all work on Google Classroom. All of you were in class on Sunday, so you all know what to do. Email me if you have further questions.
  • Assigned on 10/25:
    For this week, your homework is to peruse the Scholastic Writing Categories ( Without excuse, you MUST select a category and submit a proposal for what you will be writing about. You are not allowed to change your mind. You have from now until Saturday 9:59pm to go back and forth and change your mind, but by Saturday at 10:00pm you must have a final proposal submitted in Google Classroom. The proposal must be at least 7 sentences. Tell me your chosen category, why you chose it, what you will be discussing (what story you will be telling), who is your audience (meaning, who are you trying to capture), why this is a winner. I don't want sarcastic responses. Take this seriously. You will receive a grade and your classmates will critique your response.
  • Assigned on 11/1:
    Please write an outline of your writing competition submission. If you are writing poetry, jot down ideas, words, stanza topics, etc. If you are submitting to short story, flash fiction, or any other prose genre, have a detailed outline of your story. You will be writing in class this Sunday and need your outline as a guide. Your outline should be detailed! Depending on what category you are writing for, your outline should contain content such as setting, character names, a sketch for a plot, etc. The class should be able to look at your outline and know almost everything about your submission.
  • Assigned on 11/8:
    Begin writing. Use your outline as your guide, and be creative. Write as much as you can, without being concerned about perfection. I am not too worried about grammar at this point in the writing process. All of that can be fixed. I am more concerned about your work being organized and clear to the reader. You should have at least 50% of your piece done for homework. I will not be adding comments or corrections until the following week; I just want to see that your homework is done. You will be graded for your efforts. Reread what I just wrote so that you are clear what has to be handed in. MOST IMPORTANT! Before you hand in your homework, read it out loud. I am tired of seeing silly mistakes that you can correct on your own. I know that you know to capitalize the first letter of a person's name. Many of you are not checking your work before handing it in. READ YOUR WORK OUT LOUD BEFORE HANDING IT IN! I will randomly pick on you to read out loud in class on Sunday. Be ready.
  • Assigned on 11/15:
    I am excited to read all of your finished writing assignments! Please have them handed in by Saturday at 5pm. They need to be completed, not partially completed, not "I am still trying to figure out the ending," and not "I decided I am not doing this assignment." YAY!
  • Assigned on 11/22:
    If you have not completed your writing assignment, now is the time. As I explained in class, you really don't have much work over this break. I am the one working on your corrections. If you have to submit your work to Scholastic, it is due on December 4th.
  • Assigned on 12/6:
    Because you have been working nonstop on your writing assignments, I'd like to give you a break. We are going to read together in class. Please do not read at home. I want to analyze this text as a class. The text will be posted on Google Classroom; don't worry yourself about it now : )
  • Assigned on 12/13:
    Go to Google Classroom; you will find the short story, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" along with the article "20 Rules For Writing Detective Stories." The first thing you must do is read all 20 rules for writing a detective story. Print out the article. Have that article near you when you are reading "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. You must also print out the short story. You will be writing on the text. NO YOU CAN NOT JUST TYPE ON THE TEXT. We are going to see if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a solid detective story when he wrote "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle." When you see certain RULES show up in the short story, place the number rule next to the spot in the story.
  • Assigned on 12/20:
    Please See Google Classroom For Competition Instructions (posted by 12/23).
  • Assigned on 01/10:
    If you already got a 100, no need to redo your "Let the Competition Begin!" assignment. If you got less than a 100 or you didn't submit it yet, please make the corrections and complete the assignment by Friday 1/15. Many of you haven't submitted it yet. If you don't complete the assignment, then we can't declare competition winners.
  • Assigned on 01/17:
    Please read ONLY the first 3 parts of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" with the document "20 Rules for Writing a Detective Story" next to you. Keep in mind that you will eventually be comparing detective stories, so you want to have a clear understanding of how this story functions as a well-written detective story. Read carefully. There is nothing to show for homework, just be prepared to answer questions about the text when I call on you in class. Texts are posted in Google Classroom.
  • Assigned on 01/24:
    If you are behind on your reading, catch up. Please read ONLY the first 3 parts of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" with the document "20 Rules for Writing a Detective Story" next to you. Keep in mind that you will eventually be comparing detective stories, so you want to have a clear understanding of how this story functions as a well-written detective story. Read carefully. There is nothing to show for homework, just be prepared to answer questions about the text when I call on you in class.
  • Assigned on 01/31: Homework: Vocabulary for "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"  |  
    1st- DO NOT CONTINUE READING THE TEXT- LET'S DO IT TOGETHER!!! JUST DEFINE AND STUDY VOCABULARY! 2nd- Please define the following vocabulary in your own words. Don't just quote the dictionary. Make them nice short and simple definitions, ones that you understand. Then study!! Example: The first word is "acumen" The dictionary definition is- the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain. The definition I would write down is- Acumen- able to make good, quick judgments. That may not be the best example because I had to take a lot from the original definition, but at least I'll be able to study my answer and memorize it. I know that my answer is in my own words. In 7th grade I don't typically use words like "in a particular domain," so why am I going to write it in a definition? It's just going to give me more to memorize and more to forget.
  • Assigned on 02/7:
    If you haven't already, please finish reading "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Once you have done that, you have no other homework! Enjoy your February break.
  • Assigned on 02/21: Homework: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" Summary  |  
  • Assigned on 02/28:
  • Assigned on 03/7:
    As we discussed in class, please create a thesis for your "Murders in the Rue Morgue" paper. You are trying to prove a point. You are making a statement that someone can argue. Do not use the pronoun "I." When you are done writing your thesis statement, walk away from it for a while. Go back to it. Reread it. Then ask yourself, what am I trying to prove? If you can answer that question, then you, most likely, have a thesis statement. Please hand in your thesis statement by Saturday morning 9:00Am
  • Assigned on 03/14: Homework: Introduction to paper on "TMitRM"  |  
  • Assigned on 03/21:
    Please have your introduction and first body paragraph posted in Google Classroom by this Saturday March 27th at 1:00PM. Also, take a photo of your notes from this past Sunday's class and post the photo along with your written assignment. This is a large part of your homework grade. We discussed the importance of taking notes this past Sunday. The only acceptable excuse will be if you were absent.
  • Assigned on 03/28:
    After a month of preparing, your paper is finally due. If you have been keeping up with the weekly assignments, you should have completed your introduction and first body paragraph, therefore almost having completed your first page! You also have next week off. You have two weeks to finish your work. I am available if you need to email me questions. If I don't respond immediately, please be patient. Remember that I am on break as well. You papers must contain the following: A thesis statement (you must be arguing a point, don't just state a fact that everyone knows) Clear transitions from one paragraph to the next Properly citing sources. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" must be one of your sources. Page set up, 12 point font, Times New Roman, Double Spaced, DON'T MESS WITH YOUR MARGINS
  • Assigned on 04/11:
    no homework
  • Assigned on 04/18: Homework: "Sonnet 18"  |  

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