English 9 Honors

Everything you need to be successful in DeMiero's English 9 Honors classes.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short stories

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short stories

We’ll read “The Lie” and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And we’ll also watch “Examination Day” – an episode of “The Twilight Zone” – and “2081” – an adaptation of “Harrison Bergeron.”

“Secondhand Lions” and “The Secret Lion”

“Secondhand Lions” and “The Secret Lion”

“The Secret Lion” Author Alberto Álvaro Ríos tells this wonderfully conversational coming of age tale that is somewhat autobiographical. Ríos is an educator and an author, too, and still actively involved in the academic community. Check out his Web page: • Alberto...

“The Man in the Moon”

“The Man in the Moon”

As a film instructor, I’m often asked what my favorite films are. Frankly, I don’t have a favorite, but I do have a pretty short list of movies that I consider to be important contributions to the art form, and in some cases nearly flawless. “The Man in the Moon” is...

“The Door”

“The Door”

“The Door” This film, by Juanita Wilson, is a powerful tribute to one family's tragic experience following the Chernobyl nuclear accident that occurred in 1986 in what was then the Soviet Union territory of Ukraine. By focusing on the simple story of Lena and her...

On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

On the Line (Auf der Strecke)

This Swiss film is such a great example of how effective a short film can be. In fact, it was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 in the live-action short film category. SUPPLEMENTAL: Here's a link to a brief synopsis of the film. Trailer Auf der Strecke (On the line) from...

A word about Skyward

A word about Skyward

Okay, okay. I’ll admit it: As a teacher, I despise Skynet… er, ah, Skyward. However, as a parent of an MTHS student, I love Skyward Family Access.
So, I understand that I’m trying to have it both ways when it comes to this wonderful, horrible Web tool. Of course I want to know how my son is doing in his classes, but I don’t want to be enslaved to updating Skyward on a daily basis for my students.
But, it’s more complicated than that. Let me explain…

Parent/Guardian access to our classes

Parent/Guardian access to our classes

Accessing Student Online Systems at MTHS for Parents/Guardians Thanks to our former tech guru Christy Frary, here are the directions for you to follow if you want to observe your student's work in any of my classes. It's great and can really come in handy! By the...

Found Poetry

Found Poetry

Found poetry can be as profound as original, traditional poetry. The difference? The words are found in existing texts, then edited and arranged in new, poetic ways by the poet. Confused? No worries. Read this excerpt from Poets.org: Found poems take existing texts...

Literary Terms

Literary Terms

Outside Links Literary Devices-dot-com A College Professor's Literary Terms DeMiero’s List of Terms Rhetoric Definition Rhetoric the art of effective or persuasive communication, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques and literary...

Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Our ‘national novel’ – Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” "To Kill A Mockingbird" became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. Not only did it earn author Harper Lee the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, it was also made into...

Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Have you planted “Marigolds”?

Eugenia Collier’s short story challenges us to think about that moment when we transition from youth to adulthood. It’s clear that her narrator has thought about this deeply, and only after several years has she been able to put her thoughts and experiences into...

“Heart of the Game”

“Heart of the Game”

“The Heart of the Game” Here are several resources for you about this fantastic documentary. THOTG_DIRECTORS_COMMENTS Heart of the Game 3 Heart of the Game 4 In the years since these compelling stories were captured on film, much has transpired – some good news and...

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