Category Archives: Secret Life of Bees

Honors English

Due Today: The Secret Life of Bees Project final-project

We are beginning our new unit for The Odyssey, beginning with “The Hero Quest” as an archetypal story pattern. Here is a PPP introduction-to-archetypes to help you with the note taking introduction-to-archetypes-guided-notes. As a part of the “Examples” section, try to place archetypal characters from The Secret Life of Bees.

This short video “The Hero’s Journey According to Joseph Campbell” will provide a brief understanding of the various steps in the journey. This video “The Hero’s Journey through Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Wizard of Oz will take you again through the steps as well as make connections to real life.

Finally, fold a big sheet of paper (SEE ME for this) into 12 sections and label 10 of those sections, using the steps listed on the back of your “Intro to Archetypes Guided Notes”. Label the 10 steps, and as we watch and read Homer’s Odyssey, fill in the information for each step. In the extra two sections, you may write about the monsters/obstacles Odysseus and his men encounter along their journey. As you label the sections, watch this last example of a Hero Journey, “The Quest for the Golden Potato”, about the first 3 minutes of the video.


Honors English

Finish “Details” in The Secret Life of Bees activity begun yesterday.

Read/Finish FW#14 – Due: tomorrow! friday-writing14honors

IMPORTANT: Deadline for all late work: TOMORROW! Please do NOT submit late assignments (except research paper) to Google Classroom. You need to print a copy and hand it in to me.

English 9 and Honors English

Due Tomorrow: Your final draft of your Research Paper – Turn this into the assignment in Google Classroom titled “Final Draft of Research Paper”. You do NOT need to print a copy of your final draft. You DO need to turn in your revised draft that I returned to you with feedback, or a draft with feedback from some other adult. (7th hour due: Friday).

A reminder of what your paper will be graded on prioritystandardsandgrading-1: PS#1, PS#3 (x2), PS#4, and PS#6, as well as an “On Time” score.

Some Links to use for help:

Honors: Read The Secret Life of Bees through Chap. 12 for Tuesday, 01/17.

1st and 3rd: Finish Socratic Discussion of Bless Me Ultima and turn in your paragraph analysis of the discussion.


Honors English

Inner/Outer Circle Socratic Discussion – chapters 1-8 The Secret Life of Bees (questions for discussion due today).

A reminder for Monday: 5th hour will be going to the auditorium to hear the story teller, Kevin Kling. If any of you from 2nd or 7th hour has 5th open, you are welcome to attend as well. Go to the auditorium at the beginning of 5th hour.

Due Monday, 01/09: Friday Writing 12- MLK Essay Contest 2017-mlk-day-essay-contest-flyer-2 – If you choose not to enter the contest, you may use the elementary school prompt as one of your writing choices. If you are entering the contest, be sure to review the rules and print and complete the entry form.

Continue reading The Secret Life of Bees

English 9 and Honors English

I apologize for not getting this one up yesterday.

Passed back revised draft of research paper with feedback.

Use the Mayo Media Center website to access a sample MLA research paper and Works Cited page. Yours should look similar if you are doing it correctly.

READ: Honors: read through chap. 8 of SLofB for Friday (7th hour for Thursday). Have your two questions ready for discussion. English 9: read through chap 12 of BMU – 1st hour for Friday; 3rd hour for Thursday, and have your two discussion questions written down.

Honors English

The Secret Life of Bees – Figurative Language Chap 1 – Review definitions of Simile, Metaphor, Allusion, Hyperbole; find ten examples of Figurative Language throughout chap. 1 (some of each of the previous), copy them down, tell what kind of Fig Lang they are, and the page number you found them on; finally, choose three and explain the effect on the reader (that’s you).

5th per. – Read chap 1

Tomorrow: Come prepared with note cards and envelopes to begin taking notes

  • 2nd and 7th periods – 2-203
  • 5th per – classroom

Don’t forget to check out the GOFA Dress-up Days – Tomorrow is “Jersey Day”!

Honors English

Friday Writing #11 fw11-note-card-sample – a sample of your note cards and source slips – NOTE: if this is all you have by Friday, you will be way behind. Also NOTE: I will not take these late – you either get the points for having them done, or you take a zero. There is NO 24-hour grace period on the note cards. If you are using your time wisely, you should be able to have these done at the end of the period Wednesday.

Read Chap. 1 The Secret Life of Bees for tomorrow.

5th per. – Because of the computer lab scheduling, we were in the lab today, and will begin reading SLofB tomorrow.