Jack Smith & Bill McCloud

Attention students who did not submit their notes on Jack Smith: Friends, if you do not give these to me before school starts on Monday, I will not have time to read them and thus will not evaluate them and give you a target score. TURN THIS ASSIGNMENT IN BY 8:20 A.M. MONDAY 6/4. I will not take your work after that.

Your annotations of the packet of Bill McCloud’s poetry may be handed in on Monday only. I will not take them on Tuesday. If you don’t have them done and ready to turn in on Monday, you will receive a zero. TURN THIS ASSIGNMENT IN WHEN YOU HAVE ENGLISH CLASS ON MONDAY 6/4. I will not take your work after that.


One off?

If you missed the next level target score BY JUST ONE question, I will give you an extra-challenging bonus question tomorrow during recess ONLY.

If on your scantron, you earned a 38, 34, 29, or 24, you can come see me during recess only for one extra-challenging bonus question.

This offer expires at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow.

Jack Smith & Bill McCloud

Part I: Jack Smith

As you know, you are to read Jack Smith‘s story and practice your note-taking skills. We discussed the format for notes in class: one column for Notes, and one column for Comments & Questions. If you were not in class when we discussed how to set up notes for this reading, please ask a classmate!


Part II: The Poetry of Bill McCloud

Read and annotate your Vietnam poetry packet (handed out in class – a few extra copies in bins right inside door, next to crate where I return papers – or print yourself a copy from link). As you read, please annotate for the following:

Reactions and Responses

  • What does the poem make you think or feel?
  • How does the poem relate to what we’ve learned about in American Studies?
  • How do the poems relate to one another?
  • What do you like or find interesting about the poem? What do you dislike about it?
  • What surprised you, confused you, made you stop and think, made you see from a different perspective?


  • Contrasts & Contradictions: Why is the character doing that?
  • Aha Moment: How might this change things?
  • Tough Questions: What does this question make ME wonder about?
  • Words of the Wiser: What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?
  • Again & Again: Why does this keep happening or coming up?
  • Memory Moment: Why might this memory be important?

Word Gaps

  • Look up words or abbreviations you don’t know.


  • What questions do you have for the poet, Professor Bill McCloud? As you know, we will Skype with Professor McCloud on Monday, June 4th!