English Midterm Grades 7th-12th

Cagey’s:

Students will receive multiple choice questions (ones they have already been quizzed on and were told to keep) on Chapters 1-16 from the book we have been reading in class: Life of Pi.  They will also need to choose one of the following essay prompts and write a four paragraph essay:

Expository/Informative topic: Music plays an important role in every culture and in every individual’s life. Write an essay explaining the role music plays in your culture or in your own life.

**OR**

Persuasive topic: Your city council is considering a proposal that would ban the use of cell phones in privately
owned businesses such as restaurants, movie theaters, and retail stores. Violators would be
subject to a fine. What is your position on this issue? Write a letter in which you convince the city
council to support your position, giving strong evidence for your reasons. **Do not use pronouns!  This should be written in the third person**

Romeo’s, Lacey’s, Cookie’s, and Geuliette’s: 

The students in these groups need to study the following parts of speech:  Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Articles, Adverbs, and Conjunctions.  They will receive a series of worksheets focusing on these parts of speech.

***GEULIETTE’S ALSO HAVE AN ESSAY TO WRITE!  THE PROMPT IS THE EXPOSITORY/INFORMATIVE PROMPT UNDER THE CAGNEY’S SECTION.  THIS ESSAY SHOULD BE 4 PARAGRAPHS***

Annabel’s:

Students in this group will receive 10 poems from 10 different authors.  They must choose 4 poems to analyze (making notes next to the lines in the poem), and write 2 paragraphs explaining what each poem meant.  The poems are listed below:

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

“Since Feeling is First” by E.E. Cummings

“Romance” by Edgar Allan Poe

“A light exists in Spring” by Emily Dickinson

“Words” by Sylvia Plath

“Tears” by Walt Whitman

“Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes

“The Naming of Cats” by T.S. Eliot

“The Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Evening in a Sugar Orchard” by Robert Frost

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