The Excellent Endeavors of English Class

Writing is an empowering exploration. Let the discoveries begin!

Ten Line Poem

Now that you’ve completed your literary analysis essays, it’s time for you to have the chance to stretch your creativity!! PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN OPTIONAL ACTIVITY – A CHANCE TO ADD VARIED WRITING FORMS TO YOUR DIGITAL PORTFOLIO.

Your challenge is to write a ten line poem. The poem must include one sentence from your literary analysis book -that you have changed in some way. (The sentence you choose is up to you!).

Within your own ten lines, you must include FIVE words from your book that help illustrate the theme. To prepare, write your five words here:

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Be sure to include a creative title for your poem. This will be the title of your post.

Be sure to include a visual representation. Take your own picture or find a copyright safe picture on the web.


Bonus Blog Challenge:   a. Use this link HERE to find tools to create an avatar for your blog. If you’ve already created one, you are good to go! (link to avatar tools thanks to EduBlogs!!!)

  1. Once you create your avatar, add it to your blog so that it shows up wherever you’ve commented. Instructions are HERE. Basically, you will go here within your dashboard:
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Welcome to the World of Blogging!

Welcome Periods 1, 2 and 5 AP Language and Composition students to what very well may be your first online blogging experience!  Digital literacy skills are essential to your future success in college and beyond, and I am excited to be offering you the opportunity to practice within this safe learning environment.

After reviewing the D211 digital democracy points and designing your initial blogs (that’s a fun part!), you will soon feel empowered with this new platform to digitally engage in class discussions while sharing your writing with authentic audiences. I hope you find these life-skill experiences enjoyable and beneficial as you will be adding substantial work to your DIGITAL FOOTPRINT.

Initially, we will be using this site to share some of our discoveries and insights as we read our 2nd semester independent reading books.  We’ll be conversing with each other across all three of my classes and perhaps to other classes as well. Blogging provides a unique opportunity to share our interpretations more widely as we gain immediate feedback from our peers. It is my hope that the posts you experiment with here help you evolve into deeper literary analysis of what you are reading. Let the exploring begin!!

Poster courtesy of Kathleen Morris at



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Question for a Senior Viking

Okay, fabulous freshmen – it’s time to branch out just a wee bit beyond the four walls of our cozy, cool classroom.  Don’t worry, we won’t branch out too far (yet!) . . . just a few doors down to my senior Expository Writing class.  I am excited about the communication and authentic writing we are about to take part in!!



Assignment:  You will write a post directed to a senior here at FHS.  If you could ask one question about the four years spent here at FHS, what would it be?  The question could be related specifically to Fremd OR it could be concerning high school life in general.
Audience:  You will be paired with one of my senior writing students at Fremd High School
Purpose:  To get a realistic picture of high school life from a reliable source 🙂
Format:  Letter format that includes:

  • A Salutation (Dear Senior OR Dear Esteemed Upper Classman OR another salutation you create )
  • A Thank You directed to this senior, thanking for his/her time in answering the question
  • Closing and signature

Length:  Let’s make it worth their while.  Please express your question with at least TWO PARAGRAPHS.  To help you elaborate, think about this:  How will the answer to this facilitate your time here?  What will you do with this information that the seniors offer to you?

INCLUDE MEDIA:  to help illustrate the advice . . . .

– picture (yours or Google Image/Safe Search cited correctly)

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  • Place this in the CREATIVE NON-FICTION category (create the category if you don’t already have it)
  • Once this is published and looked over by me, I will pair you with one of my seniors.
  • That student will read your post eagerly and respond back with an answer.
  • You will, in turn, respond to any questions or clarifications asked of you.  This will be our first official comment thread!


– Monday, March 7th, before class

We will be in the Lab on Friday – and you will have time over the weekend to finish this.

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