English 9 Honors

Everything you need to be successful in DeMiero's English 9 Honors classes.

Poetry Survey

Prior to beginning our poetry survey, please take this survey: POETRY SURVEY Thanks! ~ Vince DeMiero

News Writing

News Writing

News Writing Now that you’ve had some experience writing persuasive essays and editorial columns, we’re going to focus this approach even further by doing some journalistic news writing. In this case, you’ll be in charge of the topic, but the audience is going to be...

Non-Fiction Writing: Editorial Columns

Non-Fiction Writing: Editorial Columns

Editorial Column Writing Now that you've had some experience writing persuasive essays using a variety of rhetorical techniques, we're going to focus this approach even further by doing some journalistic editorial column writing. In this case, you'll be in charge of...

Irony in Context

Irony in Context

Creating Contexts for Irony Previously, we talked about reading for context in “Smart” by Shel Silverstein. Today you will be writing contexts to make situations ironic. The Task (in class) Create contexts to make the situations in Alanis Morissette’s song actually...

Narrative Essay Assignment Reflection

Narrative Essay Assignment Reflection

UPDATE: 11/19/13 As we discussed in class today, you may choose to accept the score you earned, convert it into a grade (using the scale below), write the short reflection (see the instructions below) and be done with this assignment. However, you may also choose to...

Genre Study

Genre Study

Even this blog post on my teaching website fits into a genre – what do you think? While you're pondering that question, here is the Take-Home Genre Write Assignment and its accompanying two writing excerpts that you'll use for the assignment.

A fun little spelling test

A fun little spelling test

WARNING: The Oatmeal website is absolutely hilarious, produced by a local guy and can also be terribly profane. You've been warned.  CHALLENGE This is a true story. On the morning of Oct. 8, 2013, I went to The Oatmeal website and took this test. For reals. No...

Summary News Lead Writing

Summary News Lead Writing

Summary news leads are the foundation of most effective straight news writing. I'm convinced that if you can learn how to write a good summary news lead, you can write in just about any style – mostly because the discipline that comes with summary news writing forces...

Favorite Poem Project

As part of our poetry café unit, you'll be asked to do a few things on your own time (a.k.a. homework) to supplement what we're doing in the classroom, er, uh, I mean café. Here are the steps to follow for the Favorite Poem Project: 1. Visit the Favorite Poem Project...

Welcome to Café San Marco!

Welcome to Café San Marco!

Welcome to Café San Marco! You are about to embark on a remarkable journey of self-exploration through poetry. Consume as much poetry as you can – there are free refills, after all – and don't be afraid to try something new off the menu. Enjoy! Here's a copy of the...

Literary Terms Links

Literary Terms Links

Here are some great online resources for literary terms: Gale Literary Terms Literary-Devices.com Buzzle Literary Devices Literary Vocabulary …know of any more?

Literary Terms Group Project

Literary Terms Group Project

Overview Here's the assignment sheet and proposal form. Literary Terms Presentation Here are the groups for 2012-2013. Lit Terms Presentation Groups Also, here's a sample presentation from several years ago that is similar to what you may choose to do for this...

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