Great Expectations study guide author & publication info:

You must cite:
  • The novel
  • Each study guide (there are 2 - info below)
  • Class lecture (see example on exam guidelines)
  • Class handouts if you use them for your paper (see example on exam guidelines)
  • Three additional sources that you find on your own -- these are due in class

For your sources you must submit the following for each:
  1. Name, author, publication info. Does not have to be an MLA formatted citation yet.
  2. 1-2 sentences telling specifically what the source is
  3. 4-5 sentences telling how the source will be useful for your paper. Be specific!

Study guide questions that you completed in your notes:
Title: "Great Expectations: A Unit Plan" Second Edition.
Author: Mary B. Collins
Publisher: Teacher's Pet Publications, Inc.,
Location & year: Berlin, Maryland, 1999

Study guide "packets" that you completed and turned in along the way:
Title: "Study Guide for Great Expectations by Charles Dickens"
Author: no author
Sponsoring organization: The Glencoe Literature LIbrary
Publisher: Glencoe McGraw-Hill
Location & year: New York, no date/year given

When using leave blank any information you cannot locate.

In-text citations, including in-text citations for the Bible:

Outline - see me for a template if you need one

Julius Caesar - Rhetorical Appeals Assignment

Act and Scene Summaries, beginning with I.i can be found at:

Film - killing Caesar and the funeral speeches

View and take notes - It's very important to understand the historical context. Shakespeare's audience was very familiar with the history, therefore, Shakespeare's play does not get into the history of Ancient Rome, but rather begins upon Caesar's victorious return to Rome.

"Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire - Episode 1: The First Barbarian War"
"Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire - Episode 2: Spartacus"
"Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire - Episode 3: Julius Caesar"

We are going to be studying Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Complete the following in a Word or Word Online document. Printed copies due by the end of class Friday, 1/8/16. We will be in the computer lab the rest of the week. There is no Mass this week due to a funeral, so Thursday will be a full class period. You will have an additional assignment to complete once this one is finished. This assignment is also posted on my English 11 class wiki page at

Tuesday 1/5/16 only, during 3rd hour you may choose to work on English or Theology.

Work independently. You may use headphones to listen to music on your own device. You may not stream any music on the school's wifi or the school computers.

1. The qualities of a good leader is one of the play's important themes. To explore this theme, complete each of the following in writing:

• Discuss the qualities possessed by a good leader. Generate a list of these qualities and choose a leader (from the student body, history, or the contemporary world) who exhibits several of them. Write a short essay of 350 -400 words on that leader based on the list of qualities generated. The essay should include both qualities the leader possesses as well as those he or she lacks.

• Find at least 3 articles online from current newspapers or magazines focusing on current leaders. Discuss in writing in 350-400 words the leaders' strengths and weaknesses as identified in the articles. Decide whether or not the strengths and/or weaknesses are legitimate and relevant, or if they reflect bias on the part of the journalists. Include MLA citations at the bottom of the page for each article you consult. Use for formatting help.

2. Friendship is another major theme in the play. Explore this theme by answering the following questions in 500 words minimum. Put it all together in a cohesive written response.
• How far would you go to stop a friend from harming your country?
• How far would you go to obtain revenge on someone or some group who destroyed your best friend?
• Is there anything for which you would betray a friend?
• Which is more important to you, friendship or personal principles? Why?

3. One of the most sensitive issues in the play is suicide. The following activity will help prepare you for this issue:
• Research attitudes toward suicide held by the following cultures: ancient Roman, modern Japanese, and modern American. Create a chart showing the attitudes of each culture. You must include the concept of honor as related to suicide in each culture as well. Include all sources used in MLA format on a Works Cited page. Use for help.

4. The role of fate and superstition is another theme. Respond to the following questions in at least 75 words for each bullet point.
• To what extent can we control the future?
• How superstitious are you? Do you have any good luck rituals that you perform before important occasions?
• Do you watch for omens before important events?
• Why do people read their horoscopes and follow its advice?

Link to create a FREE public Prezi account:

English 11 - List of Literary Terms


Vocabulary Improvement

Check out the list of SAT High Frequency Words -- Be warned: It is long and quite daunting.

Task One:
1. Go here: - Timed test prep exercises
2. At the website, choose All Question Types
It looks like this:
Test Mode

All Question Types - 4 Sections with 5 questions in each

3. Input info. You can input your name and email or create a dummy account, such as
First Name: M
Last Name: L

4. Start the practice test.

5. Track your results at the end -- Be sure to record and report to me. Print that page if possible.

Task Two:
1. Go to the next site: <--- Just what it looks like.
2. Start the assessment (The Challenge)
3. As you go through the assessment, keep a written list of all of the words. Mark the words you missed (or are unsure of) AND their definitions.

Task Three
Practice and improve your vocabulary and synonym identification at


Most files below are either for the new or older versions of Microsoft. Note that these documents have not been written or published by me.

Great and Useful Link:
Online outline - great resource: Definition Paper