Letter to Your Future Self

Prompt: Write a letter to the “you” you think you will be next year.

Discussion of Prompt: Write a letter to the “you” you think you’ll be at the beginning of next year’s school year.  You can focus on where you’re at right now, discuss anxieties and fears you have as well as what things are currently making you happy and excited.  Talk about what you hope to get out of this, your junior year & what you think your senior year will hold. Discuss the obstacles and challenges you might face this year.  You can also bring in situations outside of school, but be careful about self-disclosure: although this letter is to “you,” I will also be reading it.  Put yourself into dialogue with yourself, recognizing that both “yous” are different people.  Language and grammar can be informal (use your own voice and language – you’ll know if you were faking it when you read this letter again next year).

Put today’s date at the top, include a greeting, a closing, and sign the letter in ink at the bottom.

First Days, 2016

Students will receive and review their course syllabus.  SIGNED CARE-GIVER FORMS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AUGUST 26th FOR A GRADE (last page of the syllabus).

We will discuss participation grades.

We will discuss the SHS Student Handbook.

Students will write letters to their future selves in the computer lab on Thursday, August 25th.  Letters will be due at the end of class. Students who are absent will need to submit letters Friday, August 26th.

You can learn more about Borger here.

Final Exam

Students who are not exempt and are taking Borger’s Lit/Lang 3 Final Exam need to STUDY ALL PREVIOUS QUIZZES given this semester (from January to May).* Matching questions have been converted into multiple-choice for scantron purposes, but all of the content is the same as what you have already been tested on.



Units on the Final Exam are below – you have quizzes over all of these units. I’m not kidding about using them as study guides for the exam.

  • “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
  • “To Build a Fire”
  • Slave Narratives
    • Frederick Douglass
    • Harriet Jacobs
  • “A Pair of Silk Stockings”
  • “The Story of an Hour”
  • Know “I Too” by Langston Hughes (you memorized it earlier this semester)
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Crucible


On MONDAY 05/16, I will post the official list of students exempt from Borger’s Lit/Lang 3 Final Exam.  If you are exempt, you cannot be floating in the building during exam time. The tentative schedule is below – SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON MONDAY BASED ON FINAL GRADES AND ATTENDANCE.

1st Hour

  • Cassie P.
  • (Chase B.)

7th Hour

  • Nikki K.
  • Paige V.
  • Gavin S.
  • Carolyn B.
  • Kelby B.
  • (Justyce B.)
  • (Brandon K.)

Crucible Reading Schedule

Wednesday 04/20: view introductory clips & read introductory section to Act 1 (6-8)

Thursday 04/21: Quiz over introductory section; Read  Act 1 (8-12)

Friday 04/22: Continue reading Act 1;  finish the act on your own over the weekend

Monday 04/25: Quiz over Act 1; begin reading Act 2 (26)

Tuesday 04/26: Continue reading Act 2;

Wednesday 04/27: THINK LINK

Thursday 04/28:  View Act 1 of the film

Friday 04/29:  Finish reading Act 2

Tuesday 05/02: Quiz over Act 2; begin reading Act 3

Wednesday 05/03: Finish reading Act 3; start reading Act 4

Thursday 05/04: Finish Act 4; character study charts checked again

Monday 05/09: Quiz Act 4 – view film

Tuesday 05/10: view film

Wednesday 05/11: Seminar

Thursday 05/12: Seminar



Crucible Character List

Characters of The Crucible

Students will create a character map / family tree of the characters below*.  Find images that represent each character and include a short description.  Indicate who the character is related to / connected to on your poster.  Worth 50 points & due on Tuesday 04/18.

  1. John Proctor–  A local farmer who lives just outside town; Elizabeth Proctor’s husband. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. When the hysteria begins, he hesitates to expose Abigail as a fraud because he worries that his secret will be revealed and his good name ruined. 
  2. Abigail Williams–  Reverend Parris’s niece. Abigail was once the servant for the Proctor household, but Elizabeth Proctor fired her after she discovered that Abigail was having an affair with her husband, John Proctor. Abigail is smart, wily, a good liar, and vindictive when crossed. 
  3. Reverend John Hale–  A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem to examine Parris’s daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused. 
  4. Elizabeth Proctor–  John Proctor’s wife. Elizabeth fired Abigail when she discovered that her husband was having an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth is supremely virtuous, but often cold. 
  5. Reverend Parris–  The minister of Salem’s church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in the community. 
  6. Rebecca Nurse–  Francis Nurse’s wife. Rebecca is a wise, sensible, and upright woman, held in tremendous regard by most of the Salem community. However, she falls victim to the hysteria when the Putnams accuse her of witchcraft and she refuses to confess. 
  7. Francis Nurse–  A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife. 
  8. Judge Danforth–  The deputy governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupu-lous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft. 
  9. Giles Corey–  An elderly but feisty farmer in Salem, famous for his tendency to file lawsuits. Giles’s wife, Martha, is accused of witchcraft, and he himself is eventually held in contempt of court and pressed to death with large stones. 
  10. Thomas Putnam–  A wealthy, influential citizen of Salem, Putnam holds a grudge against Francis Nurse for preventing Putnam’s brother-in-law from being elected to the office of minister. He uses the witch trials to increase his own wealth by accusing people of witchcraft and then buying up their land. 
  11. Ann Putnam–  Thomas Putnam’s wife. Ann Putnam has given birth to eight children, but only Ruth Putnam survived. The other seven died before they were a day old, and Ann is convinced that they were murdered by supernatural means.
  12. Ruth Putnam–  The Putnams’ lone surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night. 
  13. Tituba–  Reverend Parris’s black slave from Barbados. Tituba agrees to perform voodoo at Abigail’s request.
  14. Mary Warren–  The servant in the Proctor household and a member of Abigail’s group of girls. She is a timid girl, easily influenced by those around her, who tried unsuccessfully to expose the hoax and ultimately recanted her confession.
  15. Betty Parris–  Reverend Parris’s ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.
  16. Martha Corey–  Giles Corey’s third wife. Martha’s reading habits lead to her arrest and conviction for witchcraft.
  17. Ezekiel Cheever–  A man from Salem who acts as clerk of the court during the witch trials. He is upright and determined to do his duty for justice.
  18. Judge Hathorne–  A judge who presides, along with Danforth, over the witch trials.
  19. Herrick–  The marshal of Salem.
  20. Mercy Lewis–  One of the girls in Abigail’s group.

*descriptions from Sparknotes

Of Mice and Men

We will begin the novel Tuesday 03/29/2016.  It is your responsibility to stay on top of the readings, especially when you are absent.  Being absent doesn’t mean you are exempt from homework.  As per the syllabusyou will still be responsible for quizzes and homework even when you’re absent because they are pre-scheduled.

Consider starting to collect quotes for the Split-Quote assignment which will be due once we are finished reading the novel.  You will need a total of 15-20 quotes from throughout the novel.  Quotes should cover themes related to friendship, loneliness, or the American Dream. Keep a notebook nearby for quote collecting as you read.  I do not give out study guides for novels.  Split-quotes are your study guide: create your own as you go.

Reading Schedule: Subject to change (but stay on track by reading a chapter a day and two chapters over weekends).

  • Chapter 1 (pages 1-16) Tuesday 03/29
  • Chapter 2 (17-37), Wednesday 03/30
  • Chapter 3 (38-65),  Thursday 03/31
  • Quiz Chapters 1-3, Friday 04/01
  • Chapter 4 (66-83) Friday 04/01
  • Chapters 5-6 (84-98; 99-107) Monday 04/04
  • Quiz Chapters 4-6, Tuesday 04/05
  • 15-20 Split-Quotes Due Wednesday 04/06/16 – worth 150 points

SIU College Fair

For students attending the college-fair at SIU:

  • GO TO FIRST HOUR. We will leave after 2nd hour -meet Mrs. Eaton in the cafeteria.
  • Wear clothes appropriate for the weather tomorrow: sunny & 60 degrees
  • Wear clothing that you look good in: admissions officers are interviewing you & sizing you up as much as you are interviewing them.
  • Be comfortable: no heels, uncomfy dresses, or suits – we will be walking on campus, so wear shoes you can walk in.
  • Make me proud and represent yourself and Sparta High School well. We compete on a National level in science, vocational, FFA, FBLA, etc.  Do not act foolish or make us look bad – this is my home & these are my stomping-grounds.  Make a good impression. 🙂
  • Bring $$ for lunch – we’ll be eating in the Student Center.
  • Consider questions to ask college admissions officers: