Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Grade 9-12
You must be citizen of or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any
student under the age of twenty (20) years on the date of the National
Contest who is presently enrolled in a high school. To enter there is no
application required. Just contact your local American Legion Post for
entry into the local or district contest.
California Finals Scholarship - $1,200; National Finals Scholarship -
Information at www.legion.org

Grades 11 and 12
Choose a topic from a list on the website www.aynrand.org/contests
To avoid disqualification, a stapled cover sheet MUST include: your
name and address; your e-mail address (if available); the name and
address of your high school; topic selected; your current grade level
and (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you
are completing it for classroom credit.
Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length,
and must be typewritten and double-spaced. One entry per student,
Deadline is April 25, 2009.
FIRST PRIZE: $10,000, 5 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000, 10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000, 45 FINALISTS: $100, 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $50
Submit it on line at www.aynrand.org/contests

Monday, October 27, 2008


Reminder #1: The unit exam is on Wednesday. Please bring your study packet to class on Tuesday.

Reminder #2: You need to be reading the new book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Ch. 1-3 are due Thursday. Here are the questions.

Chapter 1
  • What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family?
  • What do you learn about Dill's character?
  • What, briefly, has happened to Arthur “Boo” Radley.
  • Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?
  • What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel?
Chapter 2
  • Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school?
  • Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behaviour typical of an older child?
  • What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher? Can you find qualities which would make her good or not so good at her job?
Chapter 3
  • Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household?
  • What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behaviour during lunch suggest about his home life?
  • What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter?
  • Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think this is?
  • Atticus says that you never really understand a person “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. What does this mean? Is it an easy thing for Scout to learn? (In the last chapter of the novel, Scout repeats this, but she changes “skin” to “shoes” - this is probably not a mistake: Harper Lee suggests that Scout cannot clearly recall exactly what Atticus said and when, but the reader can check this!)
  • What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Got Plans is on Tuesday!

"Got Plans?" is our career/college night that prepares all students to go to a 4-year college, 2-year college, or vocational/trade school, armed forces or into a career. This year the event is at Cuyamaca College on Tuesday, October 21st, from 5-8 pm. This is a good opportunity to have a conversation with your student about what their future holds. Now is the time to think about this. Do not wait until senior year. By the end of junior year, students should have a good idea of what school they want to apply to.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Community Service

Anza Elementary School is looking for volunteers for their booths at the Fall
Festival, Friday, Nov. 21st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Please contact Oluna Bradley PTA rep at 820-8543


Your fairytale project is due one week from today!!!! (Oct. 22) Be prepared to read it to the class!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Final Draft of Essay is Due Tuesday!!!

Please make sure that your final draft is in class on Tuesday. You need to make sure that you have revised your essay and made the necessary corrections based on today's peer review. Make sure that you are paying attention to the writing conventions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Upcoming due dates

Your typed rough draft of your essay is due Friday. You can find a copy of the Collins article here. It can be found in the assignments folder.

Also, don't forget that you exam analysis is due on Friday, too.