Saturday, November 30, 2013

Choose a Clip

Your job is to listen to the YouTube clips (yes, I mean listen to all of them), and decide which one is the most interesting and then explain why.

Review the assignment steps:

  1. Listen to the four different YouTube clips
  2. Decide which one is the most interesting and vote for that one
  3. In the comments section of this blog, explain how you decided which clip is the most interesting
  4. Your completed assignment is due: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Thank You for a Wonderful Year

Thank you everyone for a memorable year!

I hope that you will all keep reading and writing this summer. Think about fun ways to use words, read fun books (you don't even have to take a test on the reading), write poetry, rap songs, stories, even essays if you are so inclined to.
You can always send your writings to me and I will be happy to read them.

I look forward to seeing all of you in September!


Mrs. T.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The End of the Semester

This semester is coming to an end. You have worked hard--or at least attempted to work hard. Now you only have a few days to make sure that everything that you have done and learned this semester, will show in your grades.

Here is your task:

  1. Write what you have learned this semester. Be specific! (Nobody wants to read that you have learned "stuff.") Use academic English, not slang.
  2. What is your next goal in learning English and becoming proficient in all the four domains: listening, reading, writing and speaking?
  3. If you could choose two (2) questions for the final exam, what would they be? (they can be for either class)
       a. you can write two actual questions
       b. you can indicate which two types of questions and about which topics you
          would like to have questions in the final exam

Each of these three questions is worth five (5) points. Therefore, you can earn up to 15 points for this assignment for your 4th hour class. Your deadline is June 5, 2013 11:59 p.m.

Literary TermsConjunctions and Interjections

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Calling for Opinions and Responses

This quote by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries has surfaced again. Please read the quote and then give your opinion. Make sure to include your reasons when you write your opinion.

Here is the quote:

"In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids," he says. "Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong (in out clothes), and they can't belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely."

Your deadline is Monday, May 20, 2013 11:59 p.m.
This post grade will go towards your 4th hour grade.

***Don't forget to spell check your post before submitting it!!***

P.S. In case you are wondering what Abercrombie & Fitch is, it is a clothing store at the mall.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

What is social justice?

You could be writing an essay that deals with social justice. Where would you start? Do you even know what social  justice means?
Here is your opportunity to let the others in the class know your definition of social justice.
Maybe you will find the definition in a dictionary. Maybe you will definite it in your own words. Maybe one of you will give some examples of social justice that we can share with the rest of the class.

Your comments are due on Sunday, May 12, 2013 by 11:59 pm. This assignment will go towards your writing class grade.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Which character is most like you?

As we say goodbye to Romeo and Juliet and their families, think about yourself in the play: which character is the most like you? Or, if there is not a character that resembles you, create a character for yourself. Make sure that you explain which family you are part of, who are you most close related to, who are your friends, and most importantly: what kind of character you are?
If you were in the play, would you have changed the course of the events? How? Why? What would have been the end result?

Make sure you write your answer in the comment section
by Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:59 p.m.

Your well crafted comment can be worth up to 10 points. Make sure to check your spelling before submitting your comment.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Mrs. T.

Monday, April 22, 2013

What is going on with Friar John?

What could Friar John have done to make sure that Romeo got the letter on time?
Is there anything that someone else could have done better?

Also, how would the story have changed, if Romeo had received the letter on time?

In the comments section, please write your reply. Make sure to use complete sentences in your writing.
Your assignment is DUE: Wednesday, April 24.2013 11:59 p.m.

This assignment is worth 10 points for your 4th hour class.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Smart Goals for the Last Quarter

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The last quarter of this school year is beginning. There are only 9 and half weeks left!!! Imagine! That means there are only about 47 school days left!  So much can happen in that time.
What are your goals for this last quarter of the school year? Think about what you want to accomplish? Do you need a higher grade this quarter? Do you want to learn any specific skills? If so, what are they? Is there a deadline that you have to meet in order to accomplish these goals?

In the comment section, please write about your SMART goals for this quarter. Look at the graphic above: what does it mean for a goal to be smart? 
After everyone has had a chance to write their goals, let's find a way that we can help each other to meet those goals! If we work together, everyone can succeed!

Please write your goals by Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:59 pm

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Romeo and Juliet Part II

From Zeffirelli 1968

Here is a task for you:

Describe the first meeting between Nurse and Mercutio. Be specific. Give examples
Leave your response in the comment section.
Well crafted responses could earn extra credit. J

Your answers are due: April 10, 2013 by 11:59 pm.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Romeo and Juliet Part I

From Zeffirelli's film: Romeo and Juliet

Here is a question for you:

If you had to choose to be either Romeo or Juliet, which one would you be and why?

In the comment section, leave your response. Well crafted responses could earn extra credit 

Your answer is due by Monday morning 8 am (on April 8, 2013).

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Spring is my favorite season from the four seasons. I love it so much, because it come after winter , and it give alive  for everything  after  the winter killed  all the flowers, trees, and grass etc. when spring start, everything  start with beautiful and new life, full of clean air, and the flower’s beautiful smell, beside seeing the tree’s green leaves. That doesn't just for the plants and trees. That can be for human and animals too, both of them start with new fresh life. The most thing I like in spring is the smell which coming of the soil, I’m enjoying by smelling this beautiful smell. It’s really amazing season. I’m happy that spring is coming.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Break

This break my family is going to Pennsylvania expect me and my brother; we stay in the home.
I’m go with my brother to swim, go in my uncle and go in the mall to shopping.
Then I go in restaurant to eat dinner.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Grandmother

When I was little kid my grandmother would play with me and give me games to play with. I go to my grandmother house every weekend. I go with my grandmother to shop. I go to swim and I go to the park with my family to make barbecue and we play in the park. After I eat I go to the mall to shop with my family, and I go after this to the home to do my homework.

-Mohammed A.-

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Favorite Player

Kevin Durant is 24 years old he plays for the OKC the Oklahoma City thunder. The OKC is one of the best teams in the NBA. They went to the finals last year but they lost to the heat all because of king James the devil hate him so much. I hope he goes to the final I’m 85% sure he will make it and beat whatever team faces them. I’m wishing that he wins the NBA final but it’s going to be hard for him because he has to face lots of hard unlike the east there’s clippers and Lakers it’s going to be hard but I have feeling that he could make it. Why I like him? Because his great player the first I watched him I just had feeling that he was the best until today I am his number one Fan.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

I Love You Mom

When I see you my body retrieves his soul

and on myself I lose control
When I see you I can't help not looking into your eyes

Because seeing their brightness are moments of joy that I can't deny

When I see you I can't wait to hold you tight

because with you by my side I feel that everything is alright.

You are the person who I can never get enough of his love

I love you mom

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spine poems part 1

These are spine poems that students did last week in preparation to put them on the blog. This is our first attempt in creating spine poems. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Universal Language

Maybe i dont speak the language you speak
maybe i dont understand greek

maybe i dont know how to preapare a chineese meal

maybe i dont know how to make a business deal

maybe i dont know the area of the earth

but i sure know your emotions worth

no matter what language you speak

no matter what food you eat

no matter what do you believe in

or what are your dreams

you will always have emotions to share

thats why i call emotions the universal language


Friday, March 22, 2013

Sunny Day

Yesterday it was a sunny day
It’s in the middle of May
We are going to cedar point
With brothers and cousins
We leave home at 8 A.M
And get home at 7 P.M
I ride most of the rides
Like power tower and dragster
I get dizzy and start walking like a drunk man
We go eat after riding scary rides
Then get home and
Wanting to sleep
Until my birthday in July

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I wish, I want, I need

I need to be organized

I need to focus on school 

I need good job to feed my family

I need good college degree

I need to live my life


I wish was not ESL student

I wish I go to good college

I wish I get married

I wish to become more religious

I wish my wife lovely 


I want to be one of the richest guys on the world

I want to get money for college

I want to get kids

I want to become a PA

I want smart kid that doesn’t give me hard time on school

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Future

I'll finish high school.
Then I'll go to college to be a dentist, because this is my dream since I was a little girl.
 I want to achieve my dream to be a dentist.
 But, I have a problem with that. I'm afraid of everything about medicine.
When I see blood or any surgery even in TV I feel like I will throw up. I have a weak heart.
 But I'll try to be a dentist, it's my dream.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A World of Silence

I want to live a day of dominated silence

A day of overcastting quietness.

Escape the world noise.

Avoid painful criticizing swords.

A world where all I can hear is the sound of my steps.

Where I can shout out my thoughts without any regrets.   
Rip all the maps people had drawn for my future.                                                

To stop feeling like I am a controlled creature.

To see the world from my view not through people's eyes.

To make my own decisions and learn how to take a decisive stands.

Because I want to color my life with my own crayons.

And to have faith in myself which will help me carry on.

Monday, March 18, 2013


Let’s forget about the world and think about today
let’s be the one who doesn’t care what people say
let’s be close and take our love to a hideaway
don’t be afraid I’ll be there when ever you want me to stay
let’s cooperate together and break the fear away
I promised you that I will never walk away
you will be in my heart forever no matter when people cast you away
let’s make everything soft  like a waterway
I want you to be happy everyday
so we can celebrate today like it’s your birthday
hold me tight so I will be stuck on your way
do you know what will happen if you leave me and go away?
I will lay in my tomb wasting away
I really love you in a crazy way 


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Is Family the Most Important Thing?

How can we change a country that's made of madness?
Is it easier to make the people share happiness?
It's beautiful day why we care about dying.
We should sit with the family and say the truth without lying.
It's a beautiful life we have to enjoy it to the max.
We don't have to hurt our mind with paying tax.
Should I take my family's opinion in everything?
The family is the most amazing gift and we can't compare it to any other thing.

-Mohammed B.-

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I Remember

I remember my last day in Palestine.
I remember the tears in my eyes
I remember the last view of Palestine in my eyes
I remember my 3 days in Jordan that I spend with Mohamed
I remember the fights that I and Mohamed had
I remember my first minute in America
I remember all of my uncials waiting for us at the airport
I remember first time seeing new cousins    
I remember new language, new friends and new cousins.
I need a car as fast as a light
I need a car that doesn't waste a lot of gas
I need a cheap car for middle class people
I need a car that has technology
I need a big house for all of my family
I also need a big garage for my car

I want to go to Palestine
I want to see my family and friends
I want to visit all the places that I missed
I want to see my grandpa’s grave
I want to visit my old house that I became Yahya in
I also want to visit my old school and see all of my teachers and friends.


Friday, March 15, 2013

The Most Beautiful thing in the world

The Most Beautiful thing in the world is the clouds.  I could look at them for days without stopping I love the way clouds move and get together. The sun looks amazing I hate when thunderstorms are surrounded by clouds. I wonder how clouds feel about thunderstorms do they hate them. I feel like the clouds dance and change places when I look at them they’re running away from something and I wonder if it’s the thunderstorms. Once I was sitting outside and looking at the clouds for 20 minutes straight it was amazing. All I can say is clouds are the best and most beautiful thing on this world. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Favorite Class

I like math because I like solving equations.
I like math because I have a great teacher.
I like math because I like graphing.
I like math because math doesn’t have a lot of memorizing.
I like math because I can understand it in Arabic, so I can understand math in English.
I like math because it’s easier than history.
I like math because it keeps my attention.
I like math because I need math every where.
I really like math ….. J J J

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Surprise Party

            In May 1, 2011 my brother graduated from College. It was the best day for him. I never saw him happy like that day before. He graduated from the University of Michigan, which is my future college. He graduated as an engineer. On May first we went to his graduation and we mad my sisters make a surprise party for him. We wanted to have a fun dessert party. After the graduation we went to my brother’s favorite restaurant.

 So, I was thinking the surprise party was going to be boring without family and friend. I called all the family members and friends to come over and surprise him. The women went to my cousin’s house. The party was all ready and the house was all decorated. His friends were coming over so I told them to keep the lights off and park their cars on another street. As he walked in he got surprised, he was thankful to us who set it up. He worked hard so he deservesthe surprise party.
My brother on his graduation day.