#ENG10 The Treasure of Lemon Brown- First Publication, Resources

Hey English 10,

Here’s a link to a site where you can read the original publication of The Treasure of Lemon Brown in Boys’ Life Magazine from 1983, complete with illustrations, ads, etc. :)


A reminder that you should be ready to share ideas about setting for this story gathered by annotating tomorrow in class. Good luck, and happy reading/annotating!

Reading Resources

BEFORE READING: Article about Harlem (PDF)

Activity Guide – The Treasure of Lemon Brown (PDF)

Activity Rubrics for The Treasure of Lemon Brown (PDF)

DURING Reading: Rules of Notice for Reading Fiction- notes (PDF)

DURING Reading: The Treasure of Lemon Brown, annotated (PDF)

#ENG10 Author study: Walter Dean Myers

Need some help finding sources that provide insightful background about the author of our first shared short story? Try this:

#CMT11 Practice Critiques

For today:

  1. Pick a photo
  2. Annotate/makes notes according to our three categories for analysis (technical quality, composition, emotional appeal)
  3. Draft your practice critique (on paper, using google docs or MS Word- you pick)
  4. Edit/proofread (read it out loud- fix any snags/stumbles that you hear as you read, run a spell and grammar check.)
  5. Post your finished practice critique to your reflective blog. Include the original photo, your typed, final draft critique, AND (optional) the annotated version of your image).

Practice Critiques:

C Block

C Block - Practice Critique

D Block:

D Block - Practice Critique

#CMT11 Homework for Friday, November 13

Hey CMT11 C and D Block,

For tomorrow’s class, come ready with draft notes for critique (see the outline in moodle to make sure you are including enough to cover the criteria for each of the three components) for the image we did a shared viewing of in class.

In addition, search twitter using the hashtags #CMT11 #smartphonephotography (click the “ALL” tab when the results come up, or you’ll only see one). Select one of the images one of your peers has created through our workshop to use for a draft/practice critique.


#ENG10 Drafting An Ode- Recipe and Resources- due Tuesday, October 19

Hey English 10,

See below for some resources to help you in crafting/drafting your own ode. Remember the writing process:

  1. Read to understand (we’ve done this by looking at some sample odes to understand the purpose, style and structural  characteristics of odes as a poetic genre last week)
  2. Generate ideas: we’re going to start writing by generating a list of potential ode topics, and by ranking them based on just how passionately we feel about them. We’ll ONLY start to write once we’ve identified our top three.
  3. Draft: Here’s where we are going to write thirty different phrases/lines about our ode topic. Before we worry about stanzas, etc, we need raw material. We’ll be using a thesaurus here to help make sure we’re not saying the same thing over and over. The goal? Thirty different phrases/lines that capture the various reasons our topic is so meaningful to us.

Helpful stuff:

2015 10 18 – Ode genre study, planning tips (pdf) Notes from class on “recipe,” and a sample idea gathering activity to complete before drafting.

Powerpoetry.org’s 6 Tips for Writing Odes – Pay special attention to #1-4!

You should have thirty draft lines of poetry ready for class on Tuesday, October 19!

#ENG10 Introduction to the Ode

Hey English 10,

As we start looking at the second type of original poetry we’ll be writing, check these samples by past students:

The Ode – student samples (PDF)

Remember, what do you learn about what an Ode should look/sound/feel like by reading through these samples? Consider:

  • what, if any, pattern do you see in titles?
  • what can you say about form/structure? (stanzas/not? standard # of lines per stanza/not? rhyme/not? predictable pattern of line beginnings/not? total length?)
  • what can you say about purpose/intent (why do people write odes)?
    • what kind of tone or feeling do you get from reading an ode?
  • what do you notice about figurative devices used in odes? which types are most common?

#ENG10 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Context #IRP

Hey English 10,

Today, we kick off a two week item. Below are the lesson notes, and my sample entry and draft notes.


Important Notes:

  • We will work on this during class on October 9 and October 16, and we will have access to iPads/computers to help you develop your presentation and do research.
  • Your entry should be submitted as a PDF file. Presentation files (PowerPoint, Keynote) don’t always look/work the way you want in moodle. If you don’t know how to do this, see me at extra help on Tuesday or Thursday to sort this out.
  • DUE DATE: Your completed Socio-Cultural Context entry is due by the time class starts on October 21 in moodle.


#ENG10 Homework for September 28

Hey English 10,

Tonight, you should:

  1. Annotate one of the poems in the booklet provided in preparation for writing an effective argument
    remember: No Ex-Basketball…, Autobiography…, Mother to…. or Reach Out…)
  2. Select one poem from the anthology passed out in class last week for independent study. You need a physical photocopy of this for Wednesday’s class.
    Remember, you can make copies with your CPA network login ID in our library.
  3. Check your progress on Making a Mature connection. Your completed reading portfolio entry for this item is due in Moodle for Friday’s class.
    Not sure what to do? Need a hand? Extra help is on Tuesday and Thursday at lunch in room 125
  4. OVERDUE WORDSOLVING GUIDES: Last chance to get those into moodle is end of lunch on Thursday.
    – If I don’t see you at extra help to problem solve by then, any zeros still outstanding are final for the term.
    – There will be no extra credit or make up. Two weeks is more than enough time to get it done- make sure you do. Any points are better than no points!