Borger Goes to SIU

In August, 2017 I accepted a position teaching UCOL 101, the first-year experience course at SIU-Carbondale. I’m grateful for my time at SHS and will miss my students and colleagues, but am very excited about this next chapter in my life.

I will leave your course pages up for awhile so you can access past resources. Most of this information will still exist on this site after that time, but it might be in a different location. Check your course sites periodically or email me if you need to find something:

If you’re in the SIU neighborhood, come pop in for a visit.  I’m in the Student Services Building on the first floor in Exploratory Student Advisement.



Final Exams

The list of students below are exempt from 2nd semester final exams

1st Hour

  1. Ava C.
  2. Kelsey D.
  3. Isabella J.
  4. Chauncy L.
  5. Grace Mc.
  6. Noah P.
  7. Destinee R.
  8. Sydney S.
  9. Melanie V.

7th Hour

  1. Jonah B.
  2. Mackenzie C.
  3. Kayla C.
  4. Anthony F.
  5. Josh G.
  6. Adam K.
  7. Cameron M.
  8. Nate M.
  9. Tyler O.
  10. Sommer R.
  11. Daniela S.
  12. Jacob S.

Students who have to take exams should study all old quizzes given back this week. You can also review materials by going back through old posts starting in January (in links on the left if you’re on a computer, or all the way at the bottom of the scroll on a phone). Everything we have covered this semseter will be on the final exam:

  • Realism notes
  • “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
  • “To Build a Fire”
  • “The Story of an Hour”
  • “A Pair of Silk Stockings”
  • Slave narratives:
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Jacobs
  • Slavery by Another Name & Convict Leasing
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • “I, Too” by Langston Hughes
  • Paul Dunbar’s poetry
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Crucible

The Crucible Acts 2-3

We started reading Act 2 in class on Tuesday 05/09. We will read through as much of Act 3 as we can on Thursday 05/11. What we do not finish in class is homework as you have a quiz over Acts 2-3 on Friday 05/12. 

After the quiz, start reading Act 4.  We will finish the play and take a quiz over Act 4 as soon as we finish reading it, Monday 05/15.

There will be an in-class essay over 1-2 of the characters on Tuesday 05/16. Finish character charts prior to that essay to be prepared.

Testing & Crucible Reading

Some classes finished Act 1 on Friday.  Others did not.

Students will be completing the final standardized testing round for the state on Monday.  Classes that did not complete reading on Friday should finish it on their own before class on Monday.

All classes have a quiz over Act 1 on Tuesday 05/09. Students can use the optional study guides and mandatory character charts on the quiz.

Borger will check character charts on Tuesday as well.

We will begin reading Act 2 after the quiz. If you are absent, you are responsible for keeping up with the reading and will be required to take quizzes when you return. 

The Salem Witch Trials

Students will start reading The Crucible this week.

Students will view a portion of a film on the Salem Witch Trials & take notes on Monday, 05/01.

Students will  read introductory material in The Crucible. Read page 4, and pages 6-8.  You can take notes to use on a short quiz over this material tomorrow, 05/03/17.

We will begin reading the play Wednesday this week.

Of Mice and Men In-Class Essay

Of Mice and Men In-Class Essay
Follow MLA format: only write on one side of the page, double-space, write in ink.  Put your name information in the upper right corner, and give your paper a title.

 Prompt:  Write an essay on one of the themes from Of Mice and Men. 

  • Topic 1: Friendship
    • Argue whether George’s act of shooting Lennie at the end of the novel is out of friendship or out of selfishness.
  • Topic 2: Loneliness
    • Argue which character / characters are the loneliest in the novel. Your body paragraphs can focus on individual characteristics of a single character or each paragraph can focus on a different character’s loneliness.
  • Topic 3: The American Dream
    • Argue whether George and Lennie (and Candy) would or would not have gotten their little house an’ lived “off the fatta the lan’!”

Be sure to have a topic sentence and closing sentence for each paragraph. Write 500-750 words (this prompt is about 400 words).

Discussion of the prompt:  Your essay will be a minimum of five paragraphs in length.  You need three main points total, one for each paragraph.  Use at least one quote in each paragraph, but preferably two.  Follow the outline below.  Remember to set up quotes with tags (introduce who said the quote and to whom they were speaking), and end quotes with page citations.

Example:  George tells Lennie “I ain’t mad.  I never been mad, an’ I ain’t now. That’s a thing I want ya to know” (106). This shows that…

  • Introduction:Open with an attention getter, mention the author & title of the text (title is underlined), briefly summarize the novel, then narrow to a thesis statement: “Friendship is X, Y, and Z.” or  “George and Lennie are / aren’t friends because X, Y, Z.”
  • Body: Three paragraphs, each one examining a characteristic of friendship, lonliness, or the American Dream or specific examples of each.
  •  Conclusion:   Summarize the main points of your essay, end with a final thought about friendship, loneliness, or the American Dream:   Would they have gotten their little farm?  Was George really Lennie’s friend in the end? What does loneliness do to the characters?