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The Power of Telling a Positive Story

Below is a link to my article published in ASCD Express Feb. 13, 2014. I wrote about my experience sharing positive classroom stories on social media to change the perception of public schools: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol9/910-gage.aspx Advertisements

Context and The Custom House videos-“The Scarlet Letter”

This video places The Scarlet Letter in context:   This video summarizes “The Custom House” from The Scarlet Letter:

Personal Narrative Assignment English I

English I               “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote Writing a Narrative Unit (rough draft due Nov 25, final copy due Dec. 2) Link to story: http://capoteweb.com/a-christmas-memory/  After we read Truman Capote’s story together, we will discuss the story. Follow along and underline description that you enjoy. You will receive a copy of the vocabulary … Continue reading

English I Persuasive Research Paper

Here is the link to our research paper materials, including the assignment sheet, a model paper, and research sources: http://www.edline.net/pages/Mount_Vernon_High_School/Library/Research_Materials If the link doesn’t work, go to http://www.mountvernon.k12.ia.us and then go to the library site and click on “research materials.”

Introduction to Poetry Scansion Feb. 8

We marked the stressed and unstressed syllables in four different types of meter in poetry on Tuesday in Freshman English. The poems we used are printed below. Four Different Types of Meter in Poetry Example of iamb: A Thousand Years From Now By Carrie Richards For he who leans upon the ancient tree In future’s … Continue reading

Scanning lines of poetry for meter Jan 9, 2013

Here is film of our freshman English class Jan. 9.  I have a worksheet with lines from many different poems.  Your job is to mark the stressed and unstressed syllables in the lines and then come up with what type of meter it is.  The video shows us working on it together in class after … Continue reading

A Christmas Memory assignment.

Here is a link I found online to the complete text of “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. http://www.sailthouforth.com/2009/12/christmas-memory.html   English I               “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote Writing a Narrative Unit   Rough Draft due Dec. 3; final copy Dec. 5, 2012 After we read Truman Capote’s story together, we will discuss the … Continue reading

Welcome to class!

Above you will find the syllabi for many of the classes I teach.  On these, there may be links to important handouts.  Please contact me with questions at my email jgage@mountvernon.k12.ia.us, or school phone (319) 895-8843.