ALA Fusion


Caught Ya #5: ah hippolyta my pert and noble bride to be let us marry with pomp and much reveling. in other words let us have a jolly good time of it too. yes my wise and noble mate to be you won me in battle you wooed me with your sword lets make a merry joyous thing of our wedding lets stop the strife among are 2 nations and have a blast

HINT: How many speakers are in the above Caught Ya?

Today in class we outlined the difference between a short response and a long response when you’re writing an essay test.  We talked about outlining each paragraph and what each section should include.  Then, we gave you some time to get some information for the test.  We will workshop paragraphs of the long response on Thursday in class.

The long response (5 paragraph minimum, including thesis statement, introduction, conclusion) is:

Both Frankenstein and The Book of the Dead describe a quest for knowledge and power.  Compare and contrast the journey presented by each text (focus on either Frankenstein or the creature, not both.) What are the strengths and/or weaknesses of each journey? How should one strive for knowledge and/or power?


  1. Weekly Report
  2. Do you have your book?  You need it next Monday!
  3. Your test will be posted on Canvas on Wednesday.  It is due on Wednesday, October 18.  You can get a bonus if you turn it in early!


Caught Ya #4: theseus had just ordered philostrate his master of revelry to devise some diversion to distract he and hippolyta until their wedding day

Today in class we workshopped the short answer response for your final essay test.  We selected the prompts that will be on the essay test that you can choose from and workshopped responses to the prompt “Parents have a never-ending responsibility to their children.”  Everyone wrote a response and we workshopped them as a group to practice for the essay.  (You can use these practices for the final test if you want to!)

Upcoming Deadlines: 

  1. Late work is due 10/9
  2. If you need us to order a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird for you, we need a receipt from the front desk by tomorrow at 4:00.
  3. The deadline of the social media assignment has been moved to Monday to accommodate some technological issues people have had.  We went over some of the technology tricks with Canvas in class today – come see us for help if you need it.
  4. There is a quiz on the end of the book due for Monday (on Canvas).
  5. Your test is coming!  It will be given out next week.
  6. Egyptian Symbol test is due on Thursday.

We also had our beginning discussions to prepare us for our study of the Bhagavad Gita.  Remember that this is a sacred text for millions of people in the world.  Our job is to approach it professionally and with respect!


Caught Ya #3: they were impatient as would be any red blooded middle aged couple for theyre nuptial day to arrive five days hence on july 1 1600

Today in class we began with time to work on the following assignments for Frankenstein: 

  1. You need to finish reading the book.
  2. You need to finish the Egyptian Symbolism Quiz (Canvas).
  3. You have the Social Media assignment due this Thursday (on Canvas).
  4. You have all late work due next Monday
  5. You have a quiz for the end of the book due on Monday (on Canvas).

We also discussed the history of the Aryans, their connection to Egypt, and the Great Migration.  You will need these notes for upcoming quizzes and tests, so talk to a friend (or to us) to get these notes.


Caught Ya #2: our jovial and mirthful story commences when theseus the duke of athens and his bride to be hippolyta the comely queen of the amazons was planning the pagentry for there forthcoming wedding

In class today we went over the Canvas page for our class and made sure that everyone was able to log in.  If you are unsure of how to log in, come talk to us for help.

After that, the bulk of class time was set aside for getting work done on the assignments that are currently given, including:

  1. The Book of the Dead/Egyptian Symbols quiz is available on Canvas and is due on Thursday of next week.
  2. You need to read through chapter 22 for Tuesday.
  3. The Frankenstein chapters 17-22 assignment is due for Thursday, and is available on Canvas.
  4. All late work is due on October 9th.


Today we introduced “Caught Ya’s”.  These are a grammar assignment where you will be asked to type out a sentence (or sentences) with 100% accuracy.  We will give you the wrong sentence, you’ll correct it to the best of your own ability, then we will correct it as a class.  After we have finished six, you will be given two at random on a Canvas quiz that you will have to submit.  You do have to make these up if you are absent, and you can find them here, or in a folder in our classroom.

Caught Ya: 

  1. this is the earthy tale of love impending nuptials trickery mistaken identities passion and celebration which involves fairies sprites noblemen and hard-handed laborers that takes place in the ancient kingdom of athens greece where mens words were the law and women were subjugated to there will

Today we also finished going over The Book of the Dead and talked a bit about Frankenstein.  You need to read chapters 20-22 on your own at home – these chapters will be quizzed.  You don’t need to read these chapters for intense detail, but don’t just skim either.

Finally, we started sorting!


Bellwork: What are the pros and cons of Victor creating a female companion for the creature?

Today in class we had a (fantastic!) discussion on the benefits and drawbacks to the creature’s request that Victor make him a female companion.  We also went through the theme tracker as a class and added some more detail to what we did on Tuesday, as well as finishing off the categories we didn’t get to last time.  You need to read chapters 17-19 for Tuesday.  Don’t worry about doing these chapters with intensely close reading, but don’t just get a summary either.  Somewhere in between.

We also looked over the full-sized complete “Book of Ani” (Ani’s book of the dead) and identified the different steps in pictures that are there.  These are the steps we reviewed in class when we read the book, but in picture form.  You will need to be able to identify these steps on the test by looking at the pictures in question and describing what’s happening in each picture.  You’ll want to come get an explanation from us (or from a friend you trust) so that you are prepared for this section of the test.

Don’t forget to do your weekly report!


Bellwork: Is what you get or what you become more important? Why?

Today in class we gave you time to work on filling out the quote tracker for Frankenstein and we worked as a group to write down some of the quotes that are most useful.  Then we read chapter 13 as a group.

We also passed out the Frankenstein quote tracker and the quiz for chapters 11-16.  The quiz is due on Tuesday of next week, the quote tracker will be checked off before the test as a sign that you are preparing and paying attention during class time.

Please read through chapter 15 for class for Thursday.



Bellwork: What do you think about the rules for Jonas’ new job? Would you want to be the Receiver of Memory?

Today we turned in bellwork. We also read through chapter nine of The Giver.  You will need to read these chapters on your own.  We continued reading The Foreigner as well.

You don’t have any homework over the weekend, although you will need to do your Weekly Report if you have not done it yet.


Bellwork: Write about the differences between men and monsters.

Bellwork was turned in today!

We also had a quiz on the reading you did from Tuesday and turned in the chapters 5-6 quiz that was passed out last week.  Then we gave you time to read the next several chapters in small groups. Be prepared for a quiz next week! You should have read through chapter 12 for next time.

We finished reading and taking notes on the Book of the Dead as well.

Keep in mind that a test on how Frankenstein and the Book of the Dead connect is coming.  Make sure you are taking good notes as you read and are making connections to the primary themes we discussed at the beginning of the unit.


This post is accurate for both A and B day high school sections. 

Today in class we finished our readings of The Book of the Dead.  You should have detailed notes on what we discussed by this point, and be able to explain the symbolism associated with each part of the reading.

We also continued reading Frankenstein.  You will need to read chapters 8-9 on your own at home and complete the chapters 5-6 quiz for Thursday.  You can pick up a copy of the quiz from us.

We are nearing mid-term – most of our grade at this point has been completion, so the major tests of your class-time preparation are still coming.  Are you doing the work now to make your life easier in the future?