Today, August 26, 2013
We started off class today being introduced to books that each student will have in order to study for the SAT tests, and then we continued to annotate “The Cask of Amontillado.” Our homework was to finish annotating “The Cask of Amontillado” if we did not in class, (There is more information below as to how far into the story we annotated today, and a few examples of the annotations) and our SAT book exercises.
1) The café specials today included but were not limited to: Fazoli’s pasta bowls, pizza, salad, fresh fruit, and chick-fil-a sandwiches.
2) There is a meeting on the morning of August 29 in room C1 at 6:45 A.M. for any freshmen who are interested in running for student council. For more information on this particular event, look at the Arapahoe website.
*On speaker information was announced regarding Littleton Public Schools code of conduct (which can be found online) which defines weapon policies, etc. Mrs. Smith passed around sheet of paper which the class signed saying that we were aware of this information. Those that missed today’s class will need to contact Mrs. Smith if they have any questions and want to sign the paper.
Today each student received a copy of “Vocabulary Power Plus for the new SAT” which we will use every week to prepare for our SAT tests. On the inside cover we wrote the day it was issued, our names, and under the “Condition” column, wrote down “Mrs. Smith.”
This week we will complete Lesson one, which can be found on page 15. Below it, you will see 15 words, with their meanings and other specifics. EACH MONDAY we will be introduced to 15 vocabulary words, which we will study throughout the week on our own time. Be prepared to know those 15 words, the correct spelling, definitions, and parts of speech by Friday. On Friday, we will be quizzed over our knowledge of those words on paper and will have to know all of the above information.
IN ADDITION to the vocab words, there are five exercises per chapter. This week, we will need to complete exercises 1, 2, 3, 4, and the Identifying Errors section by Friday. Write the answers down on a separate piece of paper. Do not worry about doing Exercise five. If you have any questions regarding Lesson One, be sure to ask on Wednesday, which is the designated day for Mrs. Smith to answer any questions about the SAT books.
The answers to your exercises on your sheet of paper should look like this:
1) … the rotting deer carcass smelled to high heaven.
1) Fusion= melt together
1) … last very long.
The Cask of Amontillado
Our annotations of “The Cask of Amontillado” consisted of highlighting words or phrases, and adding comments throughout the story on things that we wondered, noticed, or wanted to look back on. (To insert a comment, go to the insert file, and click comment, after you have selected the portion of the text you would like to comment on.) We took the text into our own hand and deciphered it line by line. (You do not have to have a comment on every line- just phrases that stand out to you or mean something that is crucial to the story.) Here are a few examples that we did in class to get you started:
"And I must satisfy them."
"As you are engaged, I am on my way to Luchresi. If any one has a critical turn it is he. He will tell me --"
"Luchresi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry."
"And yet some fools will have it that his taste is a match for your own.
"Come, let us go."
Comment of highlighted script : Oh never mind... I'll just visit… You're busy." He knows Fortunato will jump at the chance to be the best connoisseur of wine. The use of "My friend" continuously builds up the trust Fortunato has for him.
He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells. I was so pleased to see him that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand.
I said to him --"My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day. But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts."
"How?" said he. "Amontillado, A pipe? Impossible! And in the middle of the carnival!
Comment of highlighted script: "I have this fancy wine, but I don't know if it is good or not. Because I know of your expertise, will you try it?" The narrator is using Fortunato's flaws against him, luring him. It is a possibility that the wine is poisoned...
We continued to annotate right up until the point when the narrator notices that “the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off.” The rest we will do in class tomorrow.