9th Lit: The Cask of Amontillado Small Group Review

Within a small group, please achieve the following tasks to review our reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.  To do so, review the written text of The Cask of Amontillado on pages 131-136 in your SpringBoard text.

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9th Lit: Unit 2 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 your name and class period.
    • 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.
    • Use the word in a sentence.
  •  Cut, fold, and tape the cube!

9th Lit: Expository Essay Prompts, Topics, and Evidence

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As part of the Coming of Age process, it is important that young people stay informed about the world around them. Explain why _______________ is an important issue to teenagers using relevant evidence.

Think about the ideas in the two texts, and then write an informational/explanatory essay in your own words, explaining the impact of this issue.

Be sure to use information from BOTH texts in your informational/explanatory essay.


9th Lit: Hobnail Writing Task

Hobnail Holistic Rubric – 20 points

Prompt: Using sensory details, write an alternate ending for the narrative. Be sure to use imagery to illustrate the story’s primary theme. 

  • A theme is obvious to the reader. points
  • My narrative’s plot includes a climax and a denouement.
  • My story is at least three paragraphs in length. _
  • I use imagery and figurative language to construct my narrative.
  • I have proofread my story and it has less than 5 grammatical errors.
  • My story opens with a compound or complex sentences that uses an adverb to describe action.

Writing Assignments is due typed and shared to Mr. Rossi by the end of class on 9/02!

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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: Unit 1 – “Coming of Age” Vocab Word Associations


Using this list of words, please complete the following activity.

Detailed instructions are after the jump. Be prepared to present your project!



1. If you have not finished defining each term, please do so in your own words.

2. In the second column, record a noun that you believe reminds you of the terms meaning, but does appear in the definition.

3. Select the word and association that you believe is most memorable. Illustrate that association visually on a blank sheet of paper, print the term on the front, and pin it to the Word Wall at the back of the room!

9th Lit – A Letter to My Senior Self

  • Who do you want to be by the time you graduate high school?
  • How are you going to “come of age” throughout high school?
  • What academic goals do you want to achieve by the time you graduate?
  • Are their any social goals do you want to achieve by the time you graduate?
  • What career goals do you want to be working toward by the time you graduate?
  • How do you see yourself contributing to the Pebblebrook community throughout high school?

Be sure to include important letter writing techniques such as a salutation, a closing, and a date!

Once your letter is complete, please seal your envelope and write your name and current address on the letter’s front.

Please write your student ID# across the seal of your envelope!

9th Literature: Important Notices

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Advanced Comp: Examining College Essays

The Documents below are designed to help you understand the processes and practices that guide a strong college admission essay. Typical prompts used in these essays are…

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

 2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

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