Persepolis Intro

  • Using your graphic organizer, record what you know from the first video, as well as what you’d like to know.


  • Please record the book number and sign your name

  • Sticky Notes go on the following pages:

             pg. 25 – Due 5/24

             pg. 46 – Due 5/27

             pg. 71 – Due 5/31

             pg. 93 – Due 6/3

             pg. 117 – Due 6/7

             pg. 152 – Due 6/9

Persepolis Table Texting


Argumentative Essay Writing

Using what you learned yesterday about writing effective claims, revise the following statements so they become effective claims. Write down the original as well as your revision.

Here’s some help:

  • Responsible Agent (who) / “Should” / Action

  • Affirmative (Never, Not) / Controversial / Specific

  1. Kids should be allowed to wear whatever they want in school.

  2. Parents should do more to keep their teens from drinking and driving.

  3. Students should be allowed to skip their senior year of high school.

  4. Anti-smoking ads are not effective.

  5. Students should be able to use cell phones in school.

Romeo and Juliet – Act II

Scene Two Figurative Language Review

A simile is a comparison between two unrelated things using “like” or “as.”

A metaphor is a direct comparison between two unrelated things.

Personification is giving non-human or non-living things human qualities.

In the scene below, Romeo has just arrived at Juliet’s house. He is hidden, and she doesn’t know he is there. She comes to the balcony and Romeo says …

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief,

That thou her maid art far more fair than she:

Be not her maid, since she is envious;

Her vestal livery is but sick and green

And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.

It is my lady, O, it is my love!

O, that she knew she were!

She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?

Her eye discourses; I will answer it.

I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:

Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,

Having some business, do entreat her eyes

To twinkle in their spheres till they return.

What if her eyes were there, they in her head?

The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,

As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven

Would through the airy region stream so bright

That birds would sing and think it were not night.

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!

O, that I were a glove upon that hand,

That I might touch that cheek!

Find examples of similes, metaphors, and personification in the selection. Using colored pencils, highlight each example, using one color for each type of figurative language.




~ A character’s remark, either to the audience or another character, that other characters on stage are not supposed to hear

~ An extended speech by a single character that is uninterrupted by others

~A speech a character gives when she/he is alone on stage

~ Used to convey to the audience the characters private thoughts

Sampson and Gregory’s short exchange:


(aside to GREGORY)

Is the law of our side if I say “ay”?



(aside to SAMPSON)


Mercutio’s famous monologue begins with:

“O then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.” II iv

Romeo’s famous soliloquy begins with:

“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” III ii


Juliet’s famous soliloquy begins with:

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” III ii


Your Best Draft

Getting a draft done is a great success. However, we often turn in the roughest of the rough, with obvious mistakes (You do know that the first word in each sentence should be capitalized, right?).

~ We do not hand in roughs or “sloppy copies.”

~ We hand in Best Drafts

~ Expect your Best Draft (what you typically call a rough) to be graded.

Farewell to:

“I was gonna fix that later.”

“It’s only a rough draft.”

“I didn’t know we had to have it all done.”


Week Two – 9/15-9/18

Tuesday: StarBook setup


~ Handwriting Card – In your best handwriting write the following sentence on your index card.

My name is ________ and this is my absolute best handwriting.

Guidelines  Tape into notebook

 ~Daily Pages – How your homework works

Wednesday – Friday:  Writing Diagnostic – Show us what you CAN DO; don’t focus on the CAN’Ts. 

Week One: 9/8-9/11

Welcome to ELA 9


1. Find you seat

2. Start on any of the items in your folder. Work silently and independently. 


This Week’s Agenda:

~Taking a tour of the classroom

~Completing paperwork including student information sheets, Thought Bubbles, 50 Things I Love (5 min)

~Reviewing the syllabus –  Supplies due by Friday.

~Practicing classroom procedures (running drills, class jobs, etc)  

~John Green – Open Letter to Students – Your Response

~Class Website and Blog

~Class Dojo

~ STAR Books Setup

By the end of your initial training, you will be required to have:

~your notebook setup completed.

~any paperwork that required parent signatures turned in

~signed up for or logged into your resource websites

~All of your materials ready to go



Inquiry Project – Lesson 1 – Quote / Paraphrase / Summarize

Entrance Ticket – STICKY NOTE:

 ~ What’s the difference between paraphrasing, and summarizing? 

Lessons in Resilience Reflection

~ What decisions did you make on your own?

~What did you think worked about this way of writing an essay and what didn’t work?

~ What should we do to improve the process?

My Close-Reading Annotation Symbols

! This is important.
* Key vocabulary word or detail
 circle or box Unfamiliar vocabulary word
? I have a question about this.
?? This is a confusing part.
E This is evidence.
= I made a connection (this reminds me of)
+ I agree with this.
X I disagree with this.
LOL This is funny.
:) I like this.
D Interesting detail
Q I might quote this.
Fig. Figurative Language

text annotation chart complete

  • Reword – replace words and phrases with synonyms whenever you can.

  • Rearrange – rearrange words within sentences to make new sentences. You can even rearrange the ideas presented within the paragraph.

  • Recheck – make sure that your paraphrase conveys the same meaning as the original text.

  • Realize – that some words and phrases cannot be changed – names, dates, titles etc. cannot be replaced, but you can present them differently in your paraphrase.