9th Lit: EXTRA CREDIT!!! Shakespearean Sonnet Project

Notes: Sonnets

Point Value: 30 writing points.

Criteria: Your sonnet must have all of the following criteria.


  • Must describe an ironic situation (4 points).
  • Must satisfy the criteria for a Shakespearean Sonnet (12 points).
    • 14 lines
    • Proper Rhyme Scheme – ABABCDCDEFEFGG
    • Iambic Pentameter – 10 syllables per line
  • Must include at least 3 of the following pieces of figurative language. Please make these devices stand out (12 points).
    • Alliteration
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Metaphor
    • Simile
    • Allusion
    • Personification
    • Imagery
    • Oxymoron
    • Pun
    • Hyperbole
  • Must be typed on blog (2 points)




9th Lit: Unit 3 Vocabulary Concept Cubes

Using the list of vocabulary you just gathered, grab a cube pattern from the front of room and follow the directions below:

  • Before folding, students write clearly in each square following directions below.
  • Choose one challenging vocabulary word from the list and complete the following task on a desired side of the cube:
    • Write the assigned vocabulary word in one square.
    • Write a synonym and antonym (word or phrase) in one square.
    • Write the definition in another square.
    • Write a category or categories it could belong to.
    • Draw a visual word association.
    • Write an original example.
  •  Cut, fold, and tape the cube!

9th Lit: “Defining Style” Unit Vocabulary Memory Aide

I think we all agree that test-taking is a difficult process. In order to combat some of these issues, we will be creating memory aides to help you out during instances when you get stuck. These memory aides will be posted around the room and serve as reminders throughout class time. They will also serve as a review of prior knowledge for literary devices.

  1. Select a vocabulary term from the list below:
  • Symbol, Figurative Language, Literal Language, Irony, Allusion, Tone, Situational Irony, Daramatic Irony, Verbal Irony, Biography, Autobiography, Main Idea, Mood, Claim, Counterclaim, Rhetorical Appeals, Logos, Pathos, Ethos, Theme
  1. Using a piece of construction paper, complete the following on the back:
  • Print the definition of your literary term (5 points – language).
  1. On the front of your construction paper, complete the following:
  • Neatly, please print your first and last name (5 points writing)
  • Print three keywords from the definition in the area surrounding the symbol (5 points – Speaking and Listening)
  • Neatly (and preferably largely) draw a symbol you have chosen that represents one of the keywords from your definition (5 points – Writing)
  • Write three original examples that demonstrates the use of this term. (5 points – writing)

Bonus: Include examples that feature characters from The Most Dangerous Game and The Cask of Amontillado receive extra credit.

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9th Lit – Writing Project: Coming of Age Poetry Project

Coming of Age Poem

During this unit we have discussed many examples of Coming of Age narratives.  You will now have an opportunity to create your own work. Your assignment is to write a free verse poem about a Coming of Age moment. To begin, jot down some ideas. Then write your poem. Be sure to:

  • Consider carefully how you create line breaks and punctuation in your free verse poem (syntax).
  • Choose precise words (especially verbs) to convey this moment (diction).
  • Use specific diction and imagery to create an image in the mind of your reader.
  • Ensure that the theme which you learned in this moment is obvious to the reader.

Final poem should be 10-15 lines long written in free verse with at least two examples of imagery. 

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9th Lit: Constructed Response Practice

Key Vocabulary:

Motif – A repeating symbol that points an audience to the narrative’s theme or mood.

With your group members, please complete the following task in the form of a constructed response. Your constructed response should be 5-7 sentences in length and use the following structure:

(C)laim –


(E)vidence & Explanation –




Using this structure, please answer the prompt below:

Choose a motif below and explain how it helps to represent a specific theme from The Most Dangerous Game. What lesson does this important symbol represent? How do you know?

The hunting knife.

The General’s cigarettes.

The chateau.

The hounds.