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Important Info

O. Henry unit test extra help- Tuesday morning (7:45) and Tuesday after school (9th period)- 10/15

Summer Reading Assignment

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Virtual Reverence Collection (VRC)
NY State Standards - English 6-8

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Due dates are closer than they appear!

summer reading due 9/27
unit 1 vocabulary quiz 9/12
plot quiz Thursday 9/16
irony quiz Wednesday 9/25
O. Henry unit test Wednesday 10/16


HW Calendar (scroll over the date to see the HW)


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Under Construction

- In the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Alabama by Christopher Paul Curtis, was it more helpful or harmful for the Watsons to travel to Birmingham?

- In the drama adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, how were scenes and characters used to depict the problem of poverty in Victorian London, and how were Scrooge's realizations used to indicate what needed to be done to fix those problems.

Argumentative Writing

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Short Stories

"A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry


"After Twenty Years" by O. Henry


"The Scholarship Jacket" by Marta Salinas


"Thank You M'am" by Langston Hughes



The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis


"If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking" by Emily Dickenson


"To You" by Lanston Hughes


"I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes


"Democracy" by Langston Huges


"The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes


"The Elephant" by Rudyard Kipling

Other literature

"The Last Leaf" by O. Henry



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-At the beginning of the novel The Cay, what is the name of the island?
-Which country owns these islands?
-What is the capital of Curacao?
-What is the island known for?
-What is a “cay”?
-What is the setting/time period that the novel is set in?
-      What major conflict is going on in the world at that time?


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Vocabulary words

Vocabulary from The Watsons Go to Birmingham



Vocabulary from O. Henry and "The Highwayman"



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Grammar Lessons

Parts of Speech notes

Grammar to Go

Grammar to Go 2

Parts of Speech practice

Paired Adjectives




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Inspirational Poems

Keep On Smiling If at times you feel you want to cry. And life seems such a trial. Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky So make your tears a smile. As you travel on life’s way With its many ups and downs Remember it’s quite true to say One smile is worth a dozen frowns. Among the worlds expensive things A smile is very cheap And when you give a smile away, You get one back to keep. Happiness comes at times to all But sadness comes unbidden And sometimes a few tears must fall Among the laughter hidden. So when friends have sadness on their face And troubles round them piled The world will seem a better place And all because you smiled.

Inspirational Quotes

"Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours." "Everything is as good or as bad as one's opinion makes it."

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Inspirational Stories

"The Important Things in Life"

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. 

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”