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Welcome to my classroom website. On here you will find course outlines for my classes and general information about me and my courses. A year ago I made the switch to Google Classroom for posting information about specific assignments so I would encourage all of my students and their families to check there often.

Students received the code for joining the Google Classroom in class. If you need help joining it please come see me or drop me a note at


Ideal Bookshelf Essays

Adv Eng 11:

When assessing your Ideal Bookshelf essays, I will be looking at two qualities:

  • Reading: evidence of thoughtful reflection about the texts you have selected.
  • Writing: ability to communicate clearly


5: Thoughtful, perceptive observations about the texts you selected.

4: Comprehensive and thorough comments about the texts.

3: Basic and perfunctory comments about the texts.



5: Writing is clear, expressive, and engaging.

4: Writing is clear and effective.

3: Writing is comprehensible (may contain some errors that do not interfere with meaning)


Here is a link to some examples from the book.

Romantic Modernism

We discussed two literary traditions in AP English 12 class today and watched videos about  Romanticism and Modernism. In many ways, F.S. Fitzgerald draws heavily on Romantic ideas while situating his novel The Great Gatsby in a Modernist environment.

Speaking of Modernism, we began exploring T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land” and it’s worth re-watching Fiona Shaw perform the first section. For homework tonight, please read the essay on “The Waste Land”. Remember that this is a first draft reading of the poem and essay so it is not as important to understand every nuance as it is to read for a general sense of how this poem is an example of Modernism.



Our Notebooks are a place to keep track of our reading and writing this semester. You can design the pages to look however you like, but I would ask that the first 8 pages are set up with the following content:

page 1: Books I Have Read

Pages 2 & 3: To Read List

Page 4: Reading Stats

Page 5: Writing Stats

Page 6: Reading Overview

Page 7: Writing Overview


Here are images from my own Notebook to help get you started:


Graphic Autobiographies

In English 12 we have been working on our graphic autobiographies. These are texts inspired by the work of James Gulliver Hancock and his book Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Dreamers. For Monday, students should have most of their draft completed. The final texts will be due on Tuesday.3029648-slide-jghbarackobamafinal2a

School Supplies!

Don’t you just love back to school shopping??? All of those beautiful notebooks and pens neatly lined up on the store shelves just waiting to be taken home… ahhh!

For our classes together (Advanced English 11, English 12, and AP English 12) you will all need a notebook of your choice. My only suggestion is that it is full size (8 by 11-ish) because it is pretty hard to write on mini-pages (unless that is your preference!) and that it has a firm back cover if possible because we will often be writing away from our desks (a.k.a on our laps).

Here is mine ready to go for September. I can’t wait to write in it!


AP Summer Reading

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you have been having an enjoyable summer filled with sunny days and great books. Speaking of books… I wanted to send out a quick reminder to AP students that you need to read The Great Gatsby before school starts. I just finished re-reading it this afternoon and my head is swimming with images of glamourous parties, fancy cars, and jazz music. I can’t wait to talk with you all about it!

Along with reading the book, I would like you to complete a double-entry journal. That basically entails drawing a line vertically on your page and put your notes and observations on the left side and your thinking and responses on the right side.

3 weeks to go!!!

MGP Genres

Two weeks to go!

I hope you find some time this weekend to do some writing for your projects. The more pieces you create, the more you will have to choose from when it comes time to put your papers together!

Here is a list of genres we have been exploring:


  • “Aspects of Robinson” by Weldon Kees
  • “Good Old Days” by Ralph Fletcher
  • “The Fish” by Lila Zeiger
  • prose poems such as “Black Snake” by Mary Oliver and personifications from The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler
  • recipe poems
  • photograph poems such as “England, 1944” by Donald Murray
  • poems for two voices
  • black-out poems (see video in an earlier post)
  • found poetry



  • Flash Fiction
  • Indelible Moments
  • Internal Thoughts/Stream of Consciousness
  • Fragmented Narrative