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!



Opportunity to publish your work!


Lisa Wong, one of the editors for the Upper School’s Phoenix Literary Arts Magazine, has invited us to submit our writing or art for publication! You have written some outstanding poetry this year, and I encourage you all to consider submitting your work to the Phoenix. To submit, fill out this form here: https://goo.gl/forms/ErJTb6OsFQk3l8vs2
If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Phoenix Magazine Editors at 20lwong@ga.usmk12.org20aquryshi@ga.usmk12.org, and 20rmullick@ga.usmk12.org.
Of course, I would be happy to workshop your piece with you before you submit it.


We got a couple of sockdollagers comin’ up!

So you better know your onions… It’ll be the bee’s knees!

Harlem Renaissance Poetry Slam

A Social Gathering of 1920s Luminaries

Check Slam Poems and Luminary Roles here.

Schedule up to Spring Break:

  • Friday 3/9 ~ Work Day
  • Monday 3/12 ~ Everyone has English; we’ll learn about the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Tuesday 3/13 ~ Everyone has English; we’ll host our Harlem Renaissance Poetry Slam.
  • Wednesday 3/14 or Thursday 3/15 ~ In English, we have our List #1-4 Vocabulary Assessment.
  • Friday 3/16 ~ Social Gathering of 1920s Luminaries!


WWI & Poetry ~ Poetry Writing Assignment

Poetry Writing Assignment

WWI & Poetry Poetry Writing Assignment

Under “Reading the War,” you’re asked to read and annotate the poems. We will do so in class! The writing, however, will require work both in and out of class.

If you write more than one poem, you need to create a poster for just one.

A hard copy of your poster goes nicely and neatly (make sure it’s straight and secure, please!) on your locker. Submit all of your poetry to GoogleClassroom.

In Memory…

In the Trenches…

As you march, with what little writing supplies you have, read and note:

  • What thoughts or feelings do the poems evoke?
  • What is the tone of each poem?
  • What do you take away from the poem? What are the “Words of the Wiser” of the poem?
  • What figurative language do you find in the poems?
  • Underline your favorite words, phrases, or lines in each poem. Be prepared to explain why this is your favorite line.

I’m gettin’ my stamps out…

So I can help you write the best poem you can. 🙂

Here’s what we’re working on… Rewriting Carl Sandburg’s “Fog”

Rough drafts are handwritten.

Final drafts are due this Friday for everyone! (We all have class on Friday- which is also when we’ll take our vocabulary test with bonus section on the Gettysburg Address.)

Final drafts require three steps:

  1. Submit on GoogleClassroom.
  2. Print hard copy and hang on locker.
  3. Print hard copy and give to Doc — who will in turn hand them to family at conferences!

Cities & Immigration…

…at the Turn of the Twentieth Century


It’s a snow day… so you can explore cities and immigration at the turn of the 20th century from the warmth of your own bedrooms!

Please check out the resources below and read and annotate the texts via GoogleDocs on GoogleClassroom. Students in sections 2 and 6, you can work with a partner or group of three with anyone in sections 2 or 6; make sure everyone contributes to one document and include everyone’s names. This work is due on Tuesday for sections 2 and 6.

Students who had class yesterday in sections 1, 5 and 7, you’re finishing up with whomever you worked with yesterday as homework for Monday.

Show what you think the texts mean; look up words, phrases, allusions you don’t know. Last week, you did an awesome job closely reading and analyzing Emily Dickinson’s poems — do the same with these!

Take your time, give your full effort, and show me your ready-to-move-on-to-Upper-School skills.

If you do not finish in class, this is homework for Monday/Tuesday. If you have extra time, dive back into To Kill a Mockingbird.

Even though we had a snow day today, next week is still busy with assessments:

  • Monday/Tuesday – American Studies joint assessment on the turn of the 20th Century Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
  • Wednesday/Thursday – Vocabulary assessment on Lists #1, 2, and 3. While the assessment will focus on List #3, words from the first two lists can always make a comeback!

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair


Click here for an introduction to Upton Sinclair and The Jungle.

Read a brief excerpt from The Jungle.

Revisiting ‘The Jungle’ in modern times

7 Things You May Not Know About “The Jungle”

Carl Sandburg


“I Am the People, the Mob”

Emma Lazarus

“The New Colossus”

Interactive New Colossus