English 9

with Mrs. Saxton

Absent for The Odyssey background notes?

We acted out the notes that provide background information for The Odyssey. Students had to summarize what happened by writing, drawing, or a combination of the two. If you were absent, use the following links to fill out the notes:


Helpful links  A review chapter by chapter for a 6th grade exam SparkNotes review of the Trojan War  Cliffsnotes review of the Trojan War and the travels of Odysseus

Videos: (in order)

History Channel Video:  The True Story of Troy.  Can show the first 1 ½ minutes as intro to:

Youtube video of a class project made by 8th graders about the Trojan War and why it happened.  Movie clips from “Troy”

Trojan Horse clip from “Troy”


Writers Notebook 2/10/16

Write about the following prompt, using as much detail and creativity as possible: 

You are a mid-level Greek deity, hoping to move up the ranks of Olympus. What are your powers, and how will you use them to impress Zeus and the others? (from 642 Things to Write About)

Sentences of the Week – Review from Semester 1

Semester 1 – Sentences of the Week


#1:  His room smelled of cooked grease, Lysol, and age.(Maya Angelou, “I Know Why

      the Caged Bird Sings”)


Serial commas:


#2:  “I feel braver when I’m around you, you know,” he says. “Like I could actually fit in

       here, the same way you do.”  (Veronica Roth, Divergent)


Punctuation of dialogue:


#3:  There are two choices at this time: run away or fight.




#4:  We have learned so much; we have so far to go.  (Dave Pelzer, A Child Called It)




#5:  “Forty-four percent of stressed people lose sleep every night.” (“Stress is Killing



MLA format for Numbers:


#6:  Arguably, Led  Zeppelin’s song “Stairway to Heaven” from their untitled fourth

      album (sometimes referred to as Led Zeppelin IV), is the best rock song of all time.


Punctuation of Titles:

Odyssey Webquest

Use this link to complete the webquest. Disregard the links on the handout.

Odyssey Webquest


**New Link for Task #1:

Iambic Pentameter

Watch these two videos and try to figure out what

Iambic Pentameter is!


#1: How & why did Shakespeare use iambic pentameter?

#2: SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED | Joseph Fiennes Visits a Class on Iambic Pentameter | PBS


Book Review Form

Click here to fill out a book review!

Links for “Anatomy of a Book Review” assignment

Question 1:’s book department

Question 2: The New York Times’ Bestseller List

Question 3: Good Reads

9th graders are working hard on their informational research projects!

Working hard!
Working hard!

Daily Agenda 11/3/2015

Learning Target: I can explore resources related to a general topic in an attempt to create a specific, thoughtful research question.

*No sentence of the week this week!*

  1. Access the “Research Topic Chart” in the Eng 9 Shared Folder: Research Topic Chart. Make your own copy and begin researching!

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