American Author report due Tuesday

  • Post reports in room

Read 15-21 in The Scarlet Letter

  • Make 10 observations.
  • Categorize your observations. ie: The Story, The Writing, The Context, My Reaction.
  • Pick 1 sentence and make ___ observations about it. Write out the sentence.

Read 55, 56

  • Copy, by hand, the first 2 sentences on pg 55.
  • Discuss, in a page of writing: what those sentences tell us about that time and about humans (us!). (Make a bunch of observations.)

FANBOYS, AAAWWOUBBIS, Parallel, Homophone review




  • One parallel sentence in which the parallel parts contain one word each.
  • One parallel sentence in which the parallel parts contain two words each.
  • One parallel sentence in which the parallel parts contain three words each.
  • One parallel sentence in which the parallel parts contain four words each.
  • One theme from the text and tell where in the story you see it.


4 = I have mastered this
3 = I can do it, but it takes some thought and time
2 = I am starting to get it, but I don’t have it yet.
1 = I’m still lost

Can you recognize and write parallel sentences?
Can you see themes in the text and give evidence for the themes?

The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership. by Steven B. Sample

“Dig for gold in the supertexts…”

The Power of Now. by Eckhart Tolle

“Be totally present.” (It is impossible to overstate the power and importance of this book.)

We Are All Weird. by Seth Godin.

“Mass is dead. Here comes weird.”

Seth Godin on Blogging and Productivity

“I have never met anyone who has seriously written down their goals, and done it properly, who is stuck or is considered a failure. Not one person.”

Seth Godin. Talker’s Block.

“I believe that everyone should write in public… Do it every day. Every single day.”

A question you asked me a long time ago.

“Twelfth grade, and I am so done with this place.”

Chase Jarvis Live. With Chris Jordan.

“The joy that it brings to make things for a living… I just got scared for about a decade.”

Chase Jarvis Live. With Tim Ferris.

“I had to focus on process over outcome… I wrote for my friends. It was the only way I could find my voice.”

John Muir Quotes

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

Stocism 101. @ Time Ferris by Ryan Holiday

“There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living; there is nothing harder to learn.” -Seneca

Wake up…

The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I’m sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day, we respond in the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of social norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us.

And no, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: the solution doesn’t involve tempering my life to better fit someone’s expectations. It doesn’t involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up.

This is very important, so I want to say it as clearly as I can:

F—. That. S—.


… and live.

“Tell me… do you not feel a spirit stirring within you that longs to know, to do, and to dare, to hold converse with the great world of thought, and hold before you some high and noble object to which the vigor of your mind and the strength of your arm may be given? Do you not have longings like these, which you breathe to no one, and which you feel must be heeded, or you will pass through life unsatisfied and regretful? I am sure you have them, and they will forever cling round your heart till you obey their mandate. They are the voices of that nature which God has given you, and which, when obeyed, will bless you and your fellow men.” ~ James A. Garfield, in a letter to a friend

Marathon #1

Marathon #2

1 x 1 x 1 x 1

Go here for the instructions.

Turn in:

  • 1 page research paper
  • bibliography with 1 entry
  • Freewrite and Questions
  • the article you printed

The Scarlet Letter Unit is here. Do it.

Can You Handle The Crucible?

  1. Word-process your allegory.
  2. Post it as a Comment to this post.
  3. Use your initials only.
  4. And your period number.

Make a Character Web for “Persepolis”

Have fun!

__/10 Evidence of enjoyment, creativity, originality

__/10 Includes at least ten characters

__/10 Shows relationships; is understandable


Some simple, generic examples are here, here, and here.

Make your own “Persepolis”. Here’s how:

  1. Pick a grandparent (or someone who is like a grandparent to you)
  2. Schedule time with them. Saturday mornings are good.
  3. Ask them about their childhood.
  4. Let them talk. Allow silence.
  5. Record what they say… in writing.
  6. Decide: do you want to tell an overview of their whole childhood, or do you want to tell just a couple of stories. I would prefer the first, but either work.
  7. Put their story into a comic. (At least 30 frames.)
    1. Draw it by hand
    2. Draw it on the computer (Flash, Photoshop, etc)
    3. Use ComicLife. 30-day trial available.
    4. Use Kerpoof online. (create free account)
    5. Use MakeBeliefsComix online.
    6. Use XtraNormal online. (create free account)
  8. Fine-tune. Revise. Start over. Make it perfect.
  9. Share it: print it, post it, show it.
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