If you act like a success, you will be a SUCCESS!

Hi all!  I am so proud to say that a great majority of you are PASSING my class with a B or better!  WOOOHOOO!!! GO YOU!!!   AS we move towards the end of the quarter please continue making an effort to stay focused on your work.  As an additional push I am offering an extra credit option that you may complete to push your grade from the A to the B or the C to a B, which ever floats your boat! YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS BY FRIDAY OCTOBER 10! 

I am so proud of those of you who are trying your best to read better, write better, be curious and successful! Stay focused and on track towards a better YOU! Here is your extra credit question.  Complete this for 10 points (or replacing a missing assignment):

In the comments below please reflect on your own progress in this class and answer 3 of the following questions:

1) Which skills are you doing really well? Which skills confuse you?

2) What classroom activity do you really enjoy? Why?

3) What classroom activity is confusing to you? Why?

4) What can you do to improve your grade?

Complete ALL 4 and get an additional surprise in class tomorrow!


Make sure you are checking Student Portal so that you know your updated grade.  More grades will be updated this week, so you might see some drastic changes. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Homework ENG I

Read Chapter 16. Find 3 metaphors and explain their importance.  You may use this graph to complete your work.

Double Entry Journal

Chapter 16 (pg114-117) Rowdy Gives me Advice About Love

Focus Question:  What are 3 examples of metaphors in Chapter 16?  Explain the comparison.


Textual Evidence: Write down quotes from the text that supports your answer. Interpretation: Explain how the quote answers the question.














Homework ENG II

Finish annotating YGB and complete your Reciprocal Teaching Sheet.



Division TOMORROW after 1st period!

CHECK YOUR GRADES AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!!! You can always raise your grade by going to lunch tutoring or Scholar Hour. See me for more details and a pass. Then, I will send you down during lunch or after school.

-Build On Meeting next Tuesday!

-Trek Applications Due Friday!!!

-Culinary Club Meeting 10/16/14! Turn in your permission slips and money if you want to cook.

-Door decorators sign up!


About jvpilar

Here's a little info about your teacher. I worked really hard to become your teacher. I went to UIC to get a degree in English, but decided to work as a writer in California. While I was there I realized I would rather work with kids than work in an office all day, so I decided to come back to Chicago and become a licensed, fully certified teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education from Dominican University and got my first job at Hancock. During my 4 years at Hancock, I have taught English at every grade level. I started the Culinary Club and also sponsor BuildOn, both clubs do community service projects all over the city. I also have a cat named Duke that I rescued during one of our BuildOn service learning projects and a dog named Duchess.

5 responses to “If you act like a success, you will be a SUCCESS!

  1. Karissa urbina

    1. The skills that im really doing good in i feel is determining what type of context clues is being used in a text for example (in a sentence, surrounding sentences etc.)
    2. I really enjoy watching people play the “statue” game because it gives us a visual presentation of the book.
    3. Im currently not confused with any activity i understand almost everything we do i might have minor questions but nothing major.
    4. Last time i checked i had an “A” i believe, but if i want to keep my grade up i just need to continue working hard and staying focused also.

  2. 1)I am doing really well in the DEJ’s like finding quotes and supporting it.
    2)I enjoy when we read together because we get to talk about what we read incase if we don’t understand what happened.
    3)I so far understand everything we’re doing in class.

  3. jesus alanis

    1.) my skills are good in group work and im bad in talking to the text
    2.) I LOVE when we do that story telling thingy
    3.) come to class ;*

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