Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Computer lab today--work on biography by completing Part II of the research handout

HW: Bring your four poems and citations to class EVERY DAY!

Monday, May 23, 2011


Review TPS-FAST analysis using the James Wright poem "Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota"

Class Assignment: Complete TPS-FAST analysis for one of your four poems

HW: Make sure you have emailed your four poems and MLA Format citations to jpust@smmusd.org and that you have printed out a hard copy for class tomorrow! Phone calls/emails to parents and advisors for anyone who is slipping behind!

Friday, May 20, 2011


Congratulations on finishing CSTs!

Due Monday - FOUR poems by your approved poet (see list of recommended poets for ideas) and MLA format citations for each.

MLA Format:

Poet Last Name, Poet First Name. "Title of Poem." Name of Website. Date copyrighted or updated. Web. Date you visited the website.

So, as a sample:
Frost, Robert. "The Road Not Taken." Academy of American Poets. 2011. Web. 21 May 2011.

Or, for a book entry:

Poet Last Name, Poet First Name. "Title of Poem." Title of Book. Editor name, ed. City of Publication: Publishing Company, Copyright Date, page number. Print.

Frost, Robert. "The Road Not Taken." The Second Book of Modern Verse. Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920, 240. Print.

NOTE: If your book does not have a separate editor listed, omit that and move on to the next part of the citation. If you are using the entire book, omit page numbers (but use page numbers if you are only referring to one or a few pages).

Email me at jpust@smmusd.org if you have questions, and remember to please email your poems and citations no later than Monday evening in order to gain admission to the computer lab on Tuesday (and avoid unpleasant phone calls/emails to your folks and advisors!).

Monday, May 9, 2011


Begin Poetry Unit
Read and analyze "The Boy Died in My Alley" using the TPS-FAST method

HW: Bring in a favorite poem to display on the bulletin board by Thursday. It should be typed or neatly written and suitable for display. Make sure to include the poem's title and the poet's name.