A letter to Dudley’s incoming students . . .


Before we say farewell, and before you forget me and all the activities, such as the “ball game,” or the play that you wrote and performed, Genius Hour that was a failure, and the other fun and not so fun work we did this year, take the time to give some advice to the next students who will have me as their English teacher next year.


What have you learned this year in your English class?   Which were your favorite assignments, activities, and/or projects? Your least favorite?

Transcribe your penultimate journal entry here.

How does the artist create horror in a visual image?

horror in art
In Roman mythology, the father of the Gods devours his children to ensure none becomes greater than him. Goya, a Spanish artist, painted this child murder on the wall of his house along with other gruesome paintings known collectively as “The Black Paintings.” Of the Black Paintings which Goya completed the other most famous work is probably his “Witches’ Sabbath.”

What may have been playing out in the aging artist’s mind? How does the artist create horror in this painting. Using the ICE strategy answer one of these questions in your writing joural

Bare-bones Outline


  1. THESIS STATEMENT / CLAIM = Ricemshldnt be fired
  2. evidence of claim = his own busines
  3. evidence of claim = too harsh
  4. antithesis / counterclaim some say he deserves firing
  5. summary / conclusion to para I
  6. restatement of evidence A
  7. support evidence A
  8. support evidence A
  9. support evidence A
  10. summary / conclusion to para II

III.   restatement of evidence B

  1. support evidence B
  2. support evidence B
  3. support evidence B
  4. summary / conclusion to para III
  6. support antithesis /counterclaim
  7. support antithesis /counterclaim
  8. support antithesis /counterclaim
  9. summary / conclusion to para IV
  11. concluding statement
  12. concluding statement
  13. concluding statement
  14. summary / conclusion to essay

Poughkeepie Varsity Forfeits Game to Saugerties

POK team

Poughkeepsie Varsity Football

Should the Poughkeepsie High School football team forfeit its Friday game because of unsportsmanlike behavior following last Friday night’s game?

The superintendent announced the following:  “We deeply apologize to our parents, students, and our Poughkeepsie City School District community for the cancellation of the varsity football game scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2015. At this time, the varsity football team will forfeit the game due to concerns raised about “unsportsmanlike” behavior this past Friday, September 11, 2015 as the team was returning from an away game.”

Should the Poughkeepsie High School football team forfeit its game against Saugerties because of unsportsmanlike behavior?

Using the believing and doubting strategy, write a believing and then a doubting paragraph.  The class responses uploaded here may inform your draft argumentative essay.