NWSA English II

Ms. Strahan's English II Class


January 2015

Quarter II Notebook Test 2

Bell Ringers:

Consider the word “death.” How would you personify it and write it as a character in a work?

Zusak continually uses colors to describe people and events. Give me three examples and explain one that is most significant to you.

Define “good vs. evil” in your own terms. Then define both terms from societies viewpoint. Based on YOUR definition, what term would you align yourself with?

Other items in Notebook Test:

The SIX questions for The Book Thief/NY Times “Auschwitz” article (You can scroll through older posts to see the excerpts and questions on this page.)

The poem that YOU wrote in our “Death be Not Proud” activity.


An Important Note to Parents in Regards to Grades

Hello all,

I am writing to you all to let you know that the last day I will accept late work for Quarter 2 will be on Friday, January 16th. I am putting in the Mid-Term grades as each class tests, but there are a few more grades that I will enter before the end of the quarter on January 20th. The students will have a final notebook test for the quarter, and I have two more grades that will be posted. One of these grades is from the research paper that the students worked so hard on.  I have been spending a lot of time grading and revising over 160 papers, so as soon as those are complete, they will be entered in the grade book. Please be checking the PowerSchool portal and double check your student’s assignments. I have tried to talk to each student individually on the work they have missing, but it is their responsibility to have it to me by 4:45 on Friday afternoon so they may receive partial credit. Thank you for your support.

Kind regards,

Sarah Strahan

Possible Book Thief Questions for Mid-Term Part I (for both Honors English II and English II)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Multiple Choice
Prologue, A Mountain Range of Rubble, and Part One, The Grave Digger’s Handbook

1. Who places Liesel Meminger in foster care?
a) Her grandfather.
b) Her mother.
c) Her father.
d) Her aunt.

2. Who is the narrator of this novel?
a) Hope.
b) Love.
c) Death.
d) Fate.

3. How does the reader know Liesel’s brother is sick?
a) He is sneezing.
b) He is moaning.
c) He is coughing.
d) He is sweating

4. How are Liesel and her brother traveling to the foster care system?
a) By ship.
b) By train.
c) By airplane.
d) By taxi.

5. How many armed guards escort Liesel when she helps to bury her dead brother?
a) Three.
b) Four.
c) Five.
d) Two.

6. To which German city is Liesel being relocated by the foster care system?
a) Hamburg.
b) Stuttgard.
c) Berlin.
d) Munich.

7. Which of the following adjectives best describes Rosa Hubermann?
a) Warm.
b) Shy.
c) Vulgar.
d) Cruel

8. Which of the following instruments does Hans Hubermann play?
a) Bagpipes.
b) Banjo.
c) Harp.
d) Accordion.

9. Which of the following activities does Hans Hubermann convince Liesel to do after she has been in the house for a few weeks?
a) Eat porridge.
b) Change her clothes.
c) Take a bath.
d) Walk the dogs.

10. Why does Liesel struggle in school?
a) Because she cannot read.
b) Because she has no friends.
c) Because she cannot spell.
d) Because she cannot do math.

11. What is the BDM?
a) Girl Scouts.
b) Hitler’s Youth Organization.
c) Band of German Girls.
d) Cooking Club

12. What does Rosa do for a living?
a) She is a midwife.
b) She is a seamstress.
c) She is a factory worker.
d) She is a laundress.

13. What does Liesel clean off the door frame every day, left by Frau Hollapfel?
a) Chicken feathers.
b) Newspaper clippings.
c) Spit.
d) Eggs.

14. What sport does Liesel regularly play with the neighborhood kids?
a) Dodgeball.
b) Soccer.
c) Football.
d) Baseball.

15. Which of the following sports is Rudy most interested in?
a) Track and Field.
b) Gymnastics.
c) Swimming.
d) Rugby.

16. What does Rudy use to darken his body in the hopes of emulating Jesse Owens?
a) Dirt.
b) Magic Marker.
c) Coal.
d) Paint.

17. Which of the following characters teaches Liesel how to read?
a) Rosa.
b) Max.
c) Rudy.
d) Hans.

18. What does Hans Hubermann do for a living?
a) He is a painter.
b) He is a mechanic.
c) He is a teacher.
d) He is a musician

Review Packet II for English II Honors

Please refer to pages 14-20 for practice. This must be complete by our next review session.

Death Personified Activity 1/7/15 and 1/8/15

Website for the poem:
Compare and contrast the message and tone of these two mentor texts.(The Book Thief and “Death Be Not Proud”)
Choose your own object or idea that needs something important said to it and write a poem full of voice and strong ideas.
You should use poetic devices such as personification, tone and metaphorical language to clearly convey your message to the reader.

Mid-Term Prep Excerpts

Mid Term Prep Pages for Wiki

The Book Thief Complete Unit Questions

The Book Thief Reading Comprehension Questions

Student Leadership Scholarship Opportunities  January 8th Deadline  THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM   January 14th Deadline

(Please look at specific qualifications.) January 12th Deadline

Bobby Phills Scholarship Fund-Must be a graduating high school senior from a school in the Mecklenburg county area with a SAT of 1150 or higher. Submit entry form, 400-word essay, current copy of high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, two letters of reference, explanation of financial need. Must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning.

Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship- January 12th Deadline. The following is the judging criteria for the SSCS:Character ,Scholastic record,Demonstration of ambition and leadership,Potential to succeed,Financial need. $6,000 per year for four years, for a total of $24,000. In addition, the state runner-up shall receive a one-time award of $1,500, the second runner-up shall receive a one-time award of $1,500.

Kelly Cunningham, Junior Womans Club of Charlotte Scholarship Committee Chair 11035 Stonepath Lane Charlotte, NC 28277

Tom Joyner Foundation 2009 Full Ride Scholarship-January 17th Deadline. Full tuition waivers and generous stipends to cover room and board and books.Open to current high school seniors who are US citizens planning to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Must have GPA at least 3.5 (on 4.0 scale), SAT at least 1300 or ACT 28. Must be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2009. Must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service or extracurricular activities.

The Tom Joyner Foundation, Attn: Full Ride Scholarship Committee, PO Box 630495, Irving TX 75063, telephone (972) 789-1058 or fax (972) 789-1428

General Foundation of Woman’s Clubs (GFWC) Junior Woman’s Club of Charlotte – Sallie Southall Cotton Scholarship-January 20th Deadline. $750 – $1,500; one time (state level winner will receive an additional $24,000) Open to students who are qualified US citizens in the top 25% of their class. Must plan to attend one of our state-supported universities. Judging is based on character, scholastic record, leadership, potential, and financial need. Submit typed application, transcript, recent photograph, completed FAFSA form, 2 typed letters of recommendation, personal letter, and SAT scores.First contact your school scholarship coordinator for information and application materials. Christi Gray 4707 Valley Stream Road Charlotte, NC 28209  

For more scholarships please check out

Mid-Term Review Guide

Hello everyone! I have many difficulties trying to upload your Mid-Term Review Guide over the break. I have a hard copy that I will pass out to all of you this week, and we will review in class with discussions and activities. Please be sure to have your assigned reading complete as well as the questions that go along with said reading. I hope you all have had a marvelous break! I look forward to seeing you all, and know that we will have a GREAT START to 2015!

Kind regards,

Ms. Strahan

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