Literary Terms Podcast

Hello, classes!

To download and listen to the literary terms podcast, click here.

What more could you want to do on your weekend then listening to me talk to you for 13 minutes?? ­čÖé

If you are having trouble downloading the file, you can always go to our Google Classroom site and listen to it there!

Email me if you have any questions!

Mr. G

Complex characters!

Hello, all!

Over the next week, we will be continuing our discussions about complex characters (those with multiple or conflicting motivations). Big idea: which characters have we encountered this year that are complex? What makes them complex?

A couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Remember Spongebob and how he helped us discover the traits of characterization? Don’t forget about him! In fact, try to find that worksheet/character chart I handed out a while back when we started “The Crucible”. I have extra copies if you need it. These traits of characterization are like the ingredients for a thoughtful discussion about complex characters.

2. These “ingredients” contribute to the following traits of a complex character, and give us words and phrases to use when writing or discussing what makes a character complex…

A character is referred to as  COMPLEX (or DYNAMIC or ROUND) if s/he:

  1. Undergoes an important change as the plot unfolds;
  2. Experiences change (good or bad) as a result of his or her own actions/ experiences in the story;
  3. Possesses a variety of traits and different sides to his/her personality–some of which may even create conflict within the character;
  4. Displays strengths, weaknesses, and a full range of emotions;
  5. Experiences significant interactions with other characters; and/or
  6. Advances the plot or develops a major theme in the text.

We will continue to discuss these traits in class over the next week.

Mr. G

The great and powerful… reading survey!

I’m collaborating with another teacher (the wonderful Ms. Hughes!) on a year-long research project studying the┬álove of reading.

We’ve developed this survey to get the ball rolling. I am asking for your honesty and patience with this task – it is greatly appreciated!

The survey can be found here:


Mr. G

G Block – Article for In-Class Activity

Please read this article and respond in your Journal (Journal 4, at least eight sentences). Think about the following:

This can be a tough essay┬áto read, so I encourage you to take it slow. If you don’t understand a word or reference in the piece, look it up. Don’t just breeze through it.

Consider the following:

What do you hear this writer saying? How does she inform the audience with her experience?

What connections to SFSB can you draw? Is Sarah mentally ill, even though she is faking it?

What is Liza Long asking us to do?

I’m leaving it rather open-ended for this one. If you aren’t comfortable responding to this piece, or even reading it, that is okay. Free write!