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All students must take the "Standards Baseline" Diagnostic.

Writing Resources

The rhetorical triangle and persuasive appeals.


Halloween Candy Survey

Macbeth, full play on YouTube

Click me for the play!


If you were absent... 9/10

We are going to watch the following TED talk: CLICK ME!

If the link is broken, just Google "TED Talk, procrastination monkey." It will be the first youtube video, most likely. 

Watch the video and answer the following ACE questions:

  1. What is the main argument/statement Tim Urban is advancing in his talk?
  2. Urban is clearly attempting to use humor in his talk. What elements of humor did he use (even if you don't find them funny, you can still recognize them) and what makes them effective for his talk?
  3. Self-reflect: for two paragraphs, explain what your biggest weakness is, how you became aware of it, and what you have done to control/mitigate that weakness.

Make sure to write your responses on a sheet of loose-leaf paper with your name, date, and period in the top-right corner. The title is "TED Talk Ace Questions."

Oh... write in pen. I'm about to reject papers not properly headed and written in pen. 



If you were absent... 9/13

We worked on vocabulary list 2. Get a yellow sheet off of me and complete it. Then, do the assignment below. 

Vocabulary Practice (Pick 1)

You pick any 1 to complete during class time. Any incomplete work becomes homework due at the beginning of class tomorrow.  

  1. Short Story
    1. 1-page minimum
    2. Use all the words from the assigned list(s). You can conjugate the words as needed to make grammatical sense.
  2. Poem
    1. Write a poem that is at least 14 lines and
    2. Uses all your vocab words from the assigned list(s)
  3. Image
    1. Create an image that uses all your vocab words from the assigned list(s)
    2. The words won’t be there as actual text words but will be images that represent the words
    3. Puns are acceptable.
    4. Be ready to support why you chose what you did

If you were absent 10/23

Watch this TED Talk, by Doug Rappaport:

And answer this question in the ACE format: What is the speaker's main argument and what is the best evidence in support of that argument? Be sure to explain how your citation supports your understanding. 

If you were absent 11/2

Come in for office hours to take the Macbeth viewing test. 

Composition Book Journals and Exercises

08/20 Journal 1:

What are your thoughts on standardized tests?

Do you think we should have tests? Students have to be evaluated, so, how would you suggest teachers evaluate student learning? Why would your method work better than standardized tests?

If you support standardized tests, tell me why? What makes them effective?

What is/was the test that gives/gave you the most stress?

08/20 Journal 2:

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1=lowest amount), how much do you control your own life? Explain your number and why you think it is (or has become) that way. 
How much do you control how others perceive you?

08/24 Journal 3

Humankind has been searching for the meaning of life for millennia. Is there any meaning or purpose in life? Why are we here?

08/27 Journal 4

Do good and evil truly exist? What determines if an action or a person is good or evil? Who gets to decide who or what is good or evil?

8/28 Journal 5 Finish the E portion of the ACE.




1. Question: Which will make you lose weight faster? Healthy eating or just exercise?

Healthy eating will make you lose weight faster than just exercising.

1. If you “just exercise” – you can still go eat a burger after every gym session and end up taking in more calories than burned off.


2. Question: Should all teachers have a college education?

All teachers should have a college education to be able to teach a class.

2. If a teacher does not have a college education then they do not know all they need in order to properly teach.


3. Question: Should there be an age restriction on dating?

Dating should happen in high school and after only.

3. Dating someone takes a mature and developed mind– and even then it sometimes doesn’t work out.


8/30 Journal 6
Do we really have free will? Think about this one and defend it. Ask yourself "why" several times to arrive at the underlying presumptions for your position and THEN assess their validity. 

9/4 Journal 7

If you were given a magical goldfish that could grant you three wishes– what, of this goldfish would you wish?

Be detailed! No cheesy crap like wishing for more wishes for a Genie that will give more wishes or some other nonsense. Answer the spirit of the question: three wishes. 

9/6 Journal #8

What is your favorite pastime? Why?

9/7 Journal #9
Are you a procrastinator (someone who puts things off until the last possible moment)? Why do you think you are this way? What can you do to no procrastinate? Can you do anything about it? Are you in control or not in control?

9/10 Journal #10
List your current top 5 goals for this year. List your top 5 goals for when you are 25. Why those goals? Now that you look at them, are they really all that significant? Explain.

9/13 Journal #11

What does it mean to protest, as in what set of actions constitutes a protest rather than, say, violence, obstruction, harassment, etc.?
What kinds of protests are permissible?
What kinds aren’t?

9/14 Journal #12
What is something that you would be willing to protest for? Why?
9/18 Journal #13
What was a movie that you enjoyed but had an ending that left you dissatisfied? Why? Pretend you are the director and are re-filming the ending. What changes would you make? Why?
9/20 Journal #14
What makes you, you?
10/1 Journal #15
What is your most prized material possession? Now, as a thought experiment, convince me to purchase it off of you.
10/5 Journal # 16
What is the thing that scares you the most? 
10/8 Journal # 17
What makes something "cheesy/corny"?
10/9 Journal #18
Describe the perfect sandwich in great detail. Why is this the perfect sandwich?
10/11 Journal #19
Write a hilarious product review for something you own. 
10/12 Journal #20
Which is better, cats or dogs? (I'm referring to the domestic animal. No wolves or tigers and no choosing "none" or "both.")
10/16 Journal #21
Examine all sides of the following axiom: "Money can't buy happiness."
10/22 Journal #22
What is a current fashion trend you loathe or love? Why? Convince me of your position.
10/23 Journal #23

For your journal today I want you to rate your experience level with Shakespearean texts. Would you consider yourself to be at a level 1 (the lowest of the low– barely any knowledge)? A level 2 (I know who Shakespeare is– but I’ve never read anything by him– and if I have I don’t remember!). Or a level 3 (I am ready! Let’s do this!).

Explain your answer to fill the page. 

10/24 Journal #24
Make a case for Halloween being turned into a federal holiday --or-- argue that it should remain as it is, i.e., not a federal holiday. 

10/25 Journal #25
Create three predictions about your future. Make sure to be detailed about these predictions--maybe they might come true and be somewhat is known as a "
self-fulfilling" prophecy.

Journal #26
Explain the influence your peers have on your decision making. Generally, is it a positive or negative influence? Describe a time when you gave into peer pressure. What were the effects?

10/28 Journal #26
Cereal is breakfast soup. Discuss.

10/29 Journal #27
Explain the influence your peers have on your decision making. Generally, is it a positive or negative influence? Describe a time when you gave into peer pressure. What were the effects?

10/30 Journal #28
Who, at this point in the play, is the more morally evil of the two: Lady Macbeth or Macbeth?

10/31 Journal #29
In the spirit of Halloween, if someone were going to summon you, what 5 items would they have to put into the magic circle?

11/1 Journal #30
What do you make of the phrase, "evil means justify honorable intentions"?

11/2 Journal #31
Now that you have seen the entire play, which character is more evil/sinister, Macbeth or Lady Macbeth?

11/5 Journal #32
When is it acceptable (as in, how soon) for a store to begin playing winter holiday music (i.e., Christmas) and display winter holiday decorations? Why?

11/6 Journal #33
What are ethos, logos, and pathos? This is a memory check. We discussed these along with the "Rhetorical Triangle."

11/9 Journal #34 
When does one become an adult? Is it age? Physical maturity? Self sufficiency?

11/13 Journal #35
Describe your family's Thanksgiving celebrations. Do you participate? What do you do if you do? Do do you do something else if you do not?

11/14 Journal #36
In honor of Stan Lee's passing, who is your favorite superhero and why? Make the claim that he or she is the superior one (this doesn't necessarily mean strongest or most powerful).

11/26 Journal #37 
What is a pet peeve of yours? Why does it bother you? Are you aware of any personality tics/behaviors that may be someone else's pet peeve? 

11/27 Journal #38
What is a hero?

11/28 Journal #39
Rant! Just rant, intelligently, about something. Use as much ethos, logos, and pathos as possible. Use proper language. 

12/3 Journal #40
Would you rather fight 1 500lb duck or 500 1lb ducks? Which seems like the least terrible, most winnable scenario? You get no tools or weapons to help you in this conflict. 

12/4 Journal #41
Boneless wings are just nuggets. Discuss.

12/5 Journal #42
If I have an axe and replace the handle, is it the same axe? If I then replace the head, is it the same axe? Over the years, I replace the haft (handle) and head three more times. Is it still the same axe?

12/10 Journal #43
What is your dream job?

12/11 Journal #44
What is the hardest decision you have ever had to make?

12/12 Journal #45
Google "The Trolley Problem." What are your thoughts?

12/13 Journal #46
Freebie! Write for one page about whatever you would like!

01/09 Journal #47
If your personality were described as a weather forecast, how would it be and how does that specific forecast symbolically represent you?

01/11 Journal #48
Horrifyingly or hilariously describe your 5 favorite animals. For example, a six-ton monster with spikes and a giant tentacle growing out of its face, i.e., the elephant. 

Notes Attachments


Set 1

  1. delineate
  2. infer
  3. poignant
  4. wizened
  5. beleaguered
  6. fluent
  7. photogenic
  8. exploitation
  9. ruinously
  10. lacking
  11. conviction
  12. unadulterated

Set 2

  1. Communal
  2. Seldom
  3. Deplore
  4. Affiliates
  5. Compelled
  6. Dialogue
  7. Monologue
  8. Stammering
  9. Ordinance
  10. Degrade
  11. Enact
  12. Precipitate

Set 3

  1. Haunches
  2. Girded
  3. Infer
  4. Theme
  5. Tone
  6. Denotations
  7. Connotations
  8. Rebuttal
  9. Counterclaim
  10. Relevant
  11. Truncate
  12. Vicarious

Syllabus and Curriculum Map

Contact Info and Bio

Department: Literacy

Email: [email protected]


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About me

Greetings students and parents!

I’d like to tell you a little about myself, but, oh! where to begin?

I’m a Georgian by birth, Arizonian by childhood, and Floridian by adolescence. The Sunshine (Rainshine) State has been my humid, rainy, and often sultry home for 28 years. My education is entirely local as well; I graduated from Pine Ridge High School in ’02, Associates at Seminole in 2012, then succeeding undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCF in English and Creative Writing. As of August 8, 2018, I've undertaken coursework for my Ph.D. in Texts and Technology at the Universtiy of Central Florida with a graduation date of 2013 pending successful candidacy and thesis defense. 

UHS has been my home for the past five years and, every year, I look forward to working with an exciting new batch of young people.

Much like the youth I teach, my life doesn’t revolve around school (though it should, for you, go study... even more), and a rather wide and culturally opposed set of hobbies fill my rare chunks of spare time. I’m a Crossfit athlete, weightlifter, painter, amateur chef, dungeon master, and video gamer. My home is stuffed to the brim with gaming and anime memorabilia. Furthermore, I am a life-long martial artist having earned instructor credentials in Kenpo, Judo, Aikido and Tae Kwon Do. I've actively competed in submission wrestling and in local karate tournament circuits for the better part of the last decade. I wrestle with the boys’ wrestling team at UHS, partially out of a desire to help, and partially out of a love of the technical beauty of the sport and the amazing exercise that only grappling can offer. 

Finally, I am a family man: a husband of 14 years (as of December) and father of 13 and 11-year-old daughters. My desire to be a role model for them is as strong as it is to be one for my students, and I strive to impart the importance of a lettered, educated, and professional self-presentation in everyday life.

I also like tacos.

Love tacos.