Monthly Archives: September 2008


Set-Up: During our “Last Friday” advisory meetings this week, we finally had a chance to consider the summer reading:  Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Challenge: I’m curious about what you see as valuable/useful about Carnegie’s ideas and examples.

  • Pick at least 1 idea from the text.
  • Explain how it may be relevant to your current and future life.

Length: 5+ sentences.

Note: For anyone in Mr. Long’s advisory, feel free to comment on the Skype video chat we had Friday morning with Megan Hustad, the author of How to Be Useful:  A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work.  I’d love to hear what you thought before the weekend is over.

BTW: I’m hoping to ‘bring’ her to class in the coming weeks to talk about the writing/editing process, so your responses might give the rest of my 10th graders a hint of what she’s about and why it was worth talking with her today.  Oh, and here’s the link to her blog, in case you’re curious (wink, wink; nudge, nudge).



NOTE: This is a mandatory entry!

Hint: All students MUST do this one to get credit for the rest of their entries this week. [smile]


Set-Up: On Tuesday, September 30th, you will be turning in your Beowulf essay — the first major essay of the year — in two different formats:

  1. A print copy that is 2-3 pages (note: this must be double spaced)
  2. A Google Docs version (note: do not worry about double spacing for the on-line version) sent as an invitation to Mr. Long at his gmail account:  long[dot]christian[at]gmail[dot]com


  1. Submit your introduction paragraph in full, word for word as it currently is by Monday morning (even if you are going to improve it before your essay is done and turned in on Tuesday).
  2. Identify 2 things from your intro that you are really pleased with or proud of at this point.
  3. Identify 2 things from your intro you’d like help on:  sentence structure, thesis statement, transitions, vocabulary, etc.

Hint:  The sooner you do this — [drum roll inserted here]— the sooner you’ll get feedback from Mr. Long.  [wink]  This might be very helpful as you prepare to do your final revisions!

Length: Varies


Set-Up: By this point, everyone has set up their Google Docs account. Additionally, all of you will be submitting a major essay (and even drafts for early comments) to Mr. Long using GDs.

Challenge: I’m curious what all of you think about the process, as well as any tricks or challenges you’ve had along the way.

Hopefully by sharing our successes, problems, and questions, we can all learn ways to take full advantage of this very new (to us) tool.

Length: 5+ sentences.


Set-Up: All of you will be turning in your Beowulf essay this coming week.  I’m curious what quotations you are using to prove the hero’s legacy.


  • Identify 4 quotations you are using in your essay that specifically focus on “legacy”.
  • Explain how you are using all 4 of these quotations.  2+ sentences for each one!


Set-Up: Your generation is the first to naturally have 2 lives:

one on in the real world and one on-line.

Some would even call you “digital natives”.

While there are remarkable thing about being born in an age where the Internet, cell phones, IM’ing, etc is commonplace — staying in touch with friends/family 24/7, being creative with amazing new media software, getting published at the touch of a button, etc. — it also means that everything you do on-line has the potential of one day being viewed by the colleges you apply to, companies interviewing you, etc.

As you can imagine, this creates some interesting issues that your generation will have to face.


Length: 5+ sentences


Set-Up: Every week you will be given a series of random images and 10 new vocabulary words (to prepare you for an upcoming quiz) that will require you be able to use the words ‘in context’ or to use them to write a short story.

Vocab for the Week of September 28 quiz

  • analogous – comparable
  • burgeon – to grow
  • daunt – to frighten or intimidate
  • disparate – fundamentally different; unrelated
  • equivocate – to lie, to mislead; to attempt to hide the truth
  • exculpate – to clear from blame
  • goad – to urge on
  • impassive – without feeling
  • oblivion – a state of being utterly forgotten
  • rescind – to cancel


  • pick (1) of the (3) images found below
  • write a paragraph+ description (or story) based on it using 6 of the words on the list
  • add the part of speech in parenthesis [note: you have to look this up based on the definition]
  • make sure all words are used so that the definition is understood/implied

Length: There is no set length, but make sure that you use 6 words. You are free to write sentences that do not include any of the word to help you develop the overall description/story.

Hint: Go with the image that a) either grabbed your eyes first or b) seems to have a hidden story in it.

Note: Please review words from last week; they will also show up on the next vocab quiz (on Tues). All vocab words (once studied) may be used in future quizzes.

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I’m impressed by the subtle improvement in both periods 4 & 7.

Additionally, because I will be assigning your first major essay this Friday with the expectation that you’ll be working over the weekend on a partial draft, I have decided to ‘cancel’ all blog posts this week.

Note: Please go to Edline to see the words for the next vocab quiz (on Tues, Sept. 23).

Enjoy the break. See you next Monday when Week 6 will begin.