August 28- September 1


Read section 2 of Gilgamesh together as a class. Textbook p 23. I will supplement with some of the poetic version of Gilgamesh since the textbook leaves some beautiful parts out.


Today we are going to group up with our texts and do the first half of our Gilgamesh/Genesis Flood comparison. [We’ll do the second part when we get to our Hebrew narratives!]  Genesis vs Gilgamesh flood comparison chart blank


SHORT DAY! I’m going to assign The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff and do a short intro with you. Please have a copy in hand by Tuesday 9/5.

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Class discussion of Gilgamesh flood narrative characteristics. Poohsonality test results 🙂 Are you an Eeyore?  A Piglet? A Pooh?


Sub directions since I am heading up the pep rally this afternoon…

  1. Get out a textbook!
  2. Get out your flood chart!
  3. Turn to page 44!
  4. Fill in the Genesis [Ancient Hebrew] side. Help each other out especially if you are familiar with the story. Check against the text.
  5. Two things for HW: Read “The Return” on p 30-32 to finish our Gilgamesh excerpts. And have a good long weekend 🙂 See you at the pep rally!!!



August 21-25



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Web Quest in Media Center today!

Mesopotamian Web Quest

HW: please read the Prologue to Gilgamesh on p19 of your home textbook [it’s short!]. What do we learn about Gilgamesh from this beginning? Why was he a good king?


Discuss Mesopotamian Web Quest

Notes: Epics/Epic Heroes [begin at slide 18 on the powerpoint]   Ancient Worlds

introduction PPT

Prologue: what made Gilgamesh a great king??

Bonus Enrichment Video:



I was on a field trip with Art History so you guys read the first section of Gilgamesh in your textbook. Thank you!


Discussing the first section of Gilgamesh and we also took a brief quiz over the Mesopotamian chapter we read.

August 14-18

I’m so sorry my blog dropped off. I have been so sick this week and just barely alive. I’m back with my sincere apologies!


I was absent! You read the chapters from Grendel by John Gardner. At the end of the chapters was an assignment: Choose a brief segment of any part of Beowulf- a scene- and write it from ANY character’s POV. Since we are in third person, you can choose Beowulf but feel free to choose ANY character.

Aim for two pages. This is informal. It’s a way to assess your writing levels! Due FRIDAY.


Discussed section 2 of Beowulf, The Fight with Grendel’s Mother.


Beginning Gilgamesh and Mesopotamia! intro video on The Epic of Gilgamesh.



Mesopotamia background group hunt!

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reading guide for ch 8 mesopotamia

August 7-11


SLO Pre-test. Don’t worry, this is not a grade for you!


Test over Haroun and the Sea of Stories

HW: Bring Beowulf tomorrow!


Ok, I haven’t taught Beowulf in FOREVER and I am very excited!

How has the English language changed over the years? What is the culture that Beowulf comes out of? How does it shape the telling and recording of the story?

HW: please go back through the selected pages on this guide and try your best to answer the questions. Beowulf Section 1

Beowulf Map (Klaeber)

Welcome back and hello sophomores! July 31- August 4

I am so very excited to share this year with you in 10th World Lit Honors!

I’ve taught it for MANY years at the senior level and I have enjoyed it greatly. I love exploring the world and its cultures through literature and writing.

More information on the class, readings, etc will be forthcoming.


Intro; transcripts; expectations; what are we doing in here? Please bring your copy of Haroun and the Sea of Stories the rest of this week. We will be doing group review and then your test on Thursday.


Syllabus Fall 2017

Today, group up and work on the review for Haroun!


Media Center for Computer Day

  1.  Sign up for your account. Here is the link for my class.
  2. Sign up for a Remind account! You can do it through an app on your smartphone or text message or even in your email if that is preferable. remind invite
  3. Fill out the student info form.
  4. Read the plagiarism contract. Plagiarism Contract 2017-18
  5. Electronically “sign” that you have read and understand it.
  6. Once you are done, please log off the computer so I know you have completed all steps. We will return to the room and do some review on Haroun!

HW: continue to review Haroun. Test on Tuesday, 8/8.   MORE INFO THAN YOU NEED: Haroun-and-the-Sea-of-Stories-LitChart


Class Meeting

Preview for next week

Monday-SLO test

Tuesday- Haroun Test

May 1- 5

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Monday-Wednesday– groups doing their presentations!

Thursday– most people are out for AP Gov exam. We will take our quiz over cantos 1,3,5. Use your notes! Here is the study guide for the test on Tuesday. I am including some resources for you on canto 34.

dante study guide

Canto 34 Sparknotes

Textbook – Canto 34

EXAM EXEMPTION- our final is a cold-lukewarm reading exam. The last day to tell me if you are exempting is May 11 by 3:30. After that, the train leaves the station.

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Before I get into the week, I want to post some helpful items that you may want to peruse if you are taking the AP Exam on 5/10.

Rhetorical Devices

Rhetorical Terms Part 1A

how to synthesis packet

How to write a rhetorical analysis essay


Make That Essay a Unicorn

Remember, I will have breakfast items and tea and coffee available starting at 6:45 AM on 5/10.

April 24-28, 2017

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Monday– Review background on Inferno. Introduce allegory. Begin Canto I and reading guide.

Textbook – Canto 1

Canto 1 – Questions to Answer


GREAT map but it’s huge so you’ll have to move it around!

The classic map

A different map!  [see below]


Tuesday– Canto III of Inferno. Textbook – Canto 3         Canto III study guide

Wednesday– Canto V    Textbook – Canto 5      Canto V study guide   Also, introducing the Tour Through Hell assignment… A Tour through hell

Sample Tour

Sample Tour 2

Resources for Working on Your Tour! These are great resources. PLEASE look around them and search for what  you need.

World Of Dante

Dante Worlds

Thurs/Fri– Work in groups with laptops on your circle(s) of hell. Look at yesterday’s post for resources and sample tours.

Schedule to present next week:

Mon- 7 Deadly Sins/Circle 3

Tue- Circles 4/5

Wed- circles 6/7

Th- wrap up/check quiz; test on Tuesday 5/9

Fri- Circles 8/9


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Monday– Rhetorical Analysis

Tuesday– Argument [and I’ll give  you the synthesis packet to look over for the next few days]

Wednesday– Break Day, thank goodness.

Thursday– Synthesis

Friday– Multiple Choice

April 17-21

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Monday– 3rd period: SLO test/Bloom Ball construction/ some Oedipus if time

6th/7th: Bloom Ball construction/Oedipus

*I am grading the dystopian journals. I am seeing that many of you do not adequately explain what you mean. For instance, you might say it is a current connection and you translate the quote but you don’t really say how it connects to current society. Likewise on dystopian characteristics, many of you have put things that you think are bad or futuristic but that’s not enough. You have to show how it reflects actual dystopian characteristics. I’m including a handy sheet here though you should have had these in your notes. You will be able to amend your journals if you wish.*

Please use these additional notes to help in fixing your entries: DefinitionCharacteristics

Tuesday– Continue with Oedipus Rex. If we do not get to finish, please watch the last bit on youtube. I will put timecounts for each class.

Wednesday-Finish Oedipus play. Figure out who you want to partner with for the Oedipus test. UP TO 3 in a group [total].  Part I Oedipus Partner Test. [I will be out for professional learning but I will be in the building so be good!]

Thursday–  Oedipus partner test. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have had from yesterday.

Friday– Wrap up Oedipus/discuss assessment/Intro Dante’s Inferno.

Highway to hell viewing guide

Here’s a Dante’s inferno quizwhat level will you go to… IF YOU DARE…… [btw this is just jokey… you are all my little angels!!]



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Monday– Go over last two quizzes in preparation for tomorrow’s test over Wild/Into the Wild. Keep the quizzes to study for tonight and then bring back tomorrow so I can put in!

Tuesday– Wild/Into the Wild written test

Wednesday– Sub day- Reading “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto.

Annotation instructions:

As you read, mark it up!

-What is his argument? See if you can get it down to a sentence.

-How does he make his argument? What’s the structure? Find the ethos, pathos, logos—look at the varieties of arguments!

-Highlight any particularly strong arguments or evidence he presents or any ideas that you would like to discuss further in class.

Thursday– Discuss Against School.

Friday– Intro ReConstructing Education.

Please RSVP for exam day breakfast! RSVP HERE.


April 10-14. The Countdown begins.

Hang in there. As of this writing there are only 26 days, including Monday, before senior final exams start. Remember, I only record grades. It’s your effort that I record. If you want to finish strong, then please act accordingly. No, there are no bonus assignments. Do the assigned work–ON TIME.  I believe in you!

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Monday–  Review for Iliad test, which is tomorrowIliad Review  The test is book only so please review your notes today.

You may also work on your dialectical journals for your dystopian novel, which are due Wednesday.

TuesdayIliad Test.  Test moved to Thursday. Newspaper survey. Greek Drama background. greek drama 2 side [text]

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Wednesday– Dialectical Journals due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS, TYPED. Handwritten, or turned in after I take them up, are points off. 25 entries.

Book 24 of Iliad KEY [no i guess i did not give you a guide, just use this]: Iliad Book 24 Study Guide Key Honors (1)

Review guide for Test: Iliad Review

In class today: Crash Course Oedipus Intro! Oedipus Rex and tragedy crash course

Thursday TEST over Iliad.

Friday– We will be watching a version of the play that was done as closely as possible in the style of the original. Notice the masks, robes, overly dramatic acting… it’s all because of the elements we talked about outside the other day. See Tuesday’s entry above to refresh.

I’m posting a reader’s theater version here for you to review prior to next Wednesday when you will be taking part I of a partner test. 🙂 Reader’s Theater version (1)

HINT: put on the closed captions so that you can read along with it.

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Monday– Introduce Deconstructing Education unit [our last unit!]- School Venting Session!

Tuesday– Argument/Synthesis workshop. Please look at the corresponding pdf below this for whichever argument you wrote the first time. We will be switching topics and writing our last argument in class on Thursday.

certainty vs doubt student samples

creativity student samples

ALL students please look at the synthesis sample. You did body paragraphs but look at these whole cohesive essays to see how they did what they did.

honor code synthesis student samples

Wednesday–  Last reading check

Thursday  Argument Switch.

AP Exam pdfs from Mrs. Robinson! absent note 2017       AP newsletter 2017

Fri– Deconstructing Education Unit/News

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March 27-31

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Monday–  Read first half of Book 24 “Achilles and Priam”. Please read the second half from this pdf: Iliad Book 24. [Study questions forthcoming]. Test on Tuesday, April 11.


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Remember: get those notes off of here. Test on Tuesday, April 11.





Friday: Senior Picnic/Xblock/Percy Jackson for good measure for 3rd and 7th.


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Monday– Big show details/planning.

Tuesday– Discuss last quiz/ take next reading check. See Calendar for details.

Wednesday– Big show field trip 1st-3rd periods.


Friday– 2nd period, reading day; 4th senior picnic.