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Monday, December 3, 2007

December's Book of the Month "Darkness Before Dawn" by Sharon Draper

The media center’s Book of the Month for December is Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon Draper. Recovering from the recent suicide of her ex-boyfriend, senior class president Keisha Montgomery finds herself attracted to a dangerous, older man. Have you read this book and if so did you like it?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November's Book of the Month "Forged by Fire" by Sharon Draper

Quoted from Sharon Draper's website.
“As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.” Add your comments about Forged by Fire.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

English 10 Honors/Pre-AP– Comparing poems of Emerson and Thoreau

Explain the message of each poem and the basic ideas the poems share.

The Rhodora

On being asked, Whence is the flower?

In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals fallen in the pool
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being;
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask; I never knew;
But in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there, brought you.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


O nature I do not aspire
To be the highest in thy quire,
To be a meteor in the sky
Or comet that may range on high,
Only a zephyr that may blow
Among the reeds by the river low,
Give me thy most privy place
Where to run my airy race.
In some withdrawn unpublic mead
Let me sigh upon a reed,
Or in the woods with leafy din
Whisper the still evening in,
For I had rather be thy child
And pupil in the forest wild
Than be the king of men elsewhere
And most sovereign slave of care
To have one moment of thy dawn
Than share the city’s year forlorn.
Some still work give me to do
Only be it near to you.

-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Teen Read Week LOL @ your library!

LOL @ your library Oct. 15-19. Post a funny story that that you would like to share:)

Monday, October 1, 2007

October's Book of the Month "Tears of a Tiger" by Sharon Draper

In the first book of Sharon M. Draper's trilogy Andy Jackson, the star basketball player, finds himself is a situation where he is responsible for the death of his friend due to drinking. As you read Draper’s book you can hear the sounds of the accident along with visualize the burning of the car. Andy is faced with real problems and must try and deal with his friend’s death and the consequences. Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper is a must read for all high school students.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September's Book of the Month Club Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

After reading Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, I knew this would have to be our very first book discussion for our Book of the Month Club. Draper tells a magnificent story of Amari's journey in the 1700's from a peaceful life in Africa to a strange place called Charles Town. Her tale intertwines mystery, love, friendships, hardships, and hope into a page turning tale. Although this is a fictional story it brings to light many of the trials and tribulations that occurred in early American history.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Blogs that work!

What are some of your successful blog stories?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

AP Language and Composition

Any comments on Brave New World by Aldous Huxley or the essays in 50 Essays: A Portable Anthology edited by Samuel Cohen?

Friday, June 1, 2007

Summer Reading 10 H Great Short Stories

Any comments on the following short stories: "Bernice Bob's Her Hair" by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; "A White Heron" by Sharon Orne Jewett ; "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather ; and "The Untold Lie" by Sherwood Anderson?

Summer Reading 10 H A Raisin in the Sun

Any comments on A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Defend, refute, or qualify the following statement: "The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant." --Cecil

Poetry Slam

On the request of Mrs. Moore's 1st block class we have started a poetry slam.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007