English 9

with Mrs. Saxton

To Kill a Mockingbird – Webquest Link

Click here to begin the webquest:

Writer’s Notebook 3/24

Tell a story that revolves around a bottle of ketchup.


Writer’s Notebook Prompt 3/23

Write a story that starts with the following situation:

You just got your driver’s license! Congratulations! As you pull out of the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Hastings, you look in the rearview mirror and see a strange woman sitting in your backseat. You’ve never seen her before. “Don’t be scared,” the woman says…

The Journey

Use this link to read along and participate in Reading Football:


Sentence of the Week 3/7/16

Week #3: Complex Sentences (Independent + Dependent Clause)

After two full days of blissfully farting around inside the hotel, I reluctantly venture forth out of the resort area.

-George Saunders, “The New Mecca”




Writer’s Notebook 3/3

You are swimming in a lake, but you left your glasses on the dock and your eyesight is terrible. You’re treading water in the middle when you see a large, dark, blurry shape approaching. What happens?

Sentence of the Week 2/22/16

Sentence of the Week #2: A series without a conjunction

What’s a conjunction? Remember FANBOYS?

I have come to you without sin, without guile, without evil, without a witness against me.

-from The Book of the Dead

Sentence of the Week 2/15-2/19

This week’s sentence of the week deals with apostrophes. What do you do when you need to use an apostrophe and an “s” at the end of a word that already ends in “s”?

According to MLA format:


Our sentence of the week: 

Odysseus’s journey home took ten years.


Writer’s Notebook 2/15/16



Cupid is the Roman god of love. Legend has it that the person he shoots with his arrow will fall in love with the next person they see. This is often a problem, because Cupid’s arrow does not guarantee that the love is mutual; in fact it’s usually not. In your writer’s notebook, write a story in which something goes wrong with Cupid’s arrow. Maybe he shoots the wrong person by accident! Maybe he shoots the right person, but then the next person they see (who now they’re madly in love with), hates them! Use your imagination to come up with an entertaining, interesting, detailed story of a time when Cupid’s arrow went wrong.

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