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Mrs. Antunes

Welcome Young Scholars! I look forward to a wonderful, new school year.

"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize."

Thich Nhat Hanh-author

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 Please join me in congratulating Zach Stevenson for making into the finals of the speech competition.  Let's root him on come Monday morning.
Thank you, Zach for representing all R6 Young Scholars!

Speech Competition Semi-finalists

Wow!  Young Scholars, your speeches were so impactful that they made me laugh out loud, feel upset, tear-up, smile, wonder, and reflect.  I am so very proud of you, and I hope you feel super proud of yourselves.  It has been challenging to say the least on deciding the semi-finalists for this year.  I have thought about it all day.  I have asked questions to gauge interest and insight.  Thank you for your patience.  I could have chosen any of you, and I know you would have shined in the spotlight. Alas, I am allowed only ten choices.  Please see the semi-finalists for R6 below.  If you are on this list, you will report to the library on Friday June 2nd at a time to be determined.  Please dress formally like you did for class since the same rubric is used. Congratulations!  
Mrs. Antunes
Joey Greene
Bryn Grespan
Julia Massa
Siena Adams
Zach Stevenson
Katya Vrijen
Carter McEnroe
Caitlin Nguyen
Juliana Dalesio
Heidi Strausl
If for some reason you have changed your mind, or you are not interested, please let me know as soon as possible.
Thank you, and good luck!

Mandatory Revisions Due Monday 3-27

Revisions must be typed and turned in with final essay and marked rubric.
Revisions must be printed out and turned in as hard copies.  Golden Rod sheet must be filled out and signed by both student and parent or guardian.

Reasoning/Analysis-Going beyond the surface

"There is not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral
transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters."
Anthony Burgess.
As Anthony Burgess insists they should, so many stories contain lessons that the main character learns and grows from. It is important for students not only to recognize these transformations, but also to understand how the story's events affected the characters.
-- What are the ideas that lie at the center of the text?
-- How are these ideas presented in the text (through metaphor, symbolism, dialogue, etc..)?
The goals associated with this category require the students to "pick apart" the book. 
Interpretation requires the students to be able to explain or translate certain features and/or structures of the text. When interpreting a text, it is important for the students to try to understand the conditions of the world as it is set up and depicted within the text.
Synthesis requires the students to take all of the "pieces" they have learned and apply them to the "whole", the "whole" being their understanding of the text.
Students will take notice of all of the events a character experiences and be able to identify how, when, and why the character changes.
Internet resource by by
Katharine M. Liphardt

Example of an effective lead in from the Power Point

  •  An introducing clause plus the quotation:

Gatsby is not to be regarded as a personal failure because "Gatsby turned out all right at the end" (176), according to Nick.

This is a complex sentence.

Because is a subordinate conjunction.

Survival Traits gathered by students

What does it take to be a survivor?

Physical strength

Mental strength (determination, perseverance)






Calm disposition



Quick thinking


Strong will





Problem solver





Selfishness/Greed/Self Preservation

Willingness to take a calculated risk




Humor/Keeping spirits high