CTLS #7 and USA Test Prep

Today, we completed CTLS #7 in class, which will require you to draw on your knowledge of rhetorical devices and strategies. If you were absent today, please be sure to make this up within one week of your return.

USA Test Prep Instructions:


  1. Click “Log In” in the top right-hand corner.
  2. If you have an account, log in! You may have used USA Test Prep for another course.
  3. If you do NOT have an account, create one, using the information below:
    1. Account ID: pebblebrook (case-sensitive)
    2. Activation Code: stu1223 (case-sensitive)
    3. Fill in your information.

Once you’ve logged in…

  1. Click on “Join Class” (orange button)
  2. Find “Mariko Antonacci” (the list is alphabetical by teacher last name, so I should be right at the top)
  3. Join “American Lit., Fall 2017”
  4. Take the practice EOC. You may take this as many times as you need to get at least a 70%. Any score above a 70% will be awarded extra credit! 🙂

Do Now: Transcendental Thoughts

Do Now: Monday, November 13, 2017

Transcendental Thoughts


On your own sheet of paper, briefly answer the following questions in 1-2 complete sentences. There is no right or wrong answer to these; you have a voice and it is valid! 🙂

  1. How are you affected by nature? Do you find comfort in it? Do you reflect the moods of nature?
  2. What is the role of nature in your life?
  3. What is meant by an individual’s spiritual side? How do you define it?
  4. Is there a connection between the individual’s spirit and nature? If so, what is that connection?
  5. What does it mean to know something intuitively? For example, has a parent or a sibling ever known something was wrong with you without having talked with or seen you? What do we mean when we say “I just know it”?
  6. How do you demonstrate that you are an individual? Do you think independently of others or do you follow the crowd? Explain.

House for Sale PBL

Sell me the Usher House!


Please be sure to read through ALL of the requirements for the House for Sale PBL below.


  • Sell me the House of Usher!!!
  • Using persuasive techniques and rhetorical strategies, your task is to generate a realistic and honest Open House pamphlet for the House of Usher.
  • You will evaluate and assess current real estate resources to assign a fair market price, figuring structural weaknesses and flaws into your final asking price.
  • You will make persuasive aesthetic choices in the original visuals you will include in your final pamphlet.

Steps to Take:

  1. Fold your computer paper to resemble a vertical pamphlet.
  2. Front flap:
    • Compose a welcome message that discusses the sale and rich history of the House of Usher.  Remember that, by law, you will need to disclose EVERYTHING that happened in the house.  You need to tell the truth, and cannot lie by omission.  A requirement is to employ two of the three appeals from the rhetorical triangle in this disclosure.  This text should be no longer than a paragraph.
    • You also need to draw (or find a digital representation) of your idea of what the House looks like. Remember your purpose when considering your aesthetic design. Be truthful, but persuasive.
  3. Inside pages (pages 2-4):
    • You will choose the placement of a total of three original images that show the Romantic settings described in the story. Under each image, provide an abbreviated direct quote from the story describing the setting. You MUST use a parenthetical citation for each quotation.
  4. Inner flap (page 5): You will compose two testimonials from any character represented or mentioned in the story that actually stayed or lived in the House. Adopt the appropriate diction and syntax of your character as you style this paragraph. Again, your placement of these compositions is your choice.
  5. Back cover (this should be directly on the back of #1):
    • List the total number of rooms according to the story
    • One sentence that describes a distinguishing feature of the House
    • Make an allusion that in some way references the life, death, or other works of Edgar Allan Poe
    • List the fictional name and contact information for your real estate company


*Want extra credit?

  • Consider the overall aesthetics of your finished product, and thematically align them with the characteristic of dark romanticism.  Plan everything from the placement, orientation, content, and even font choice and size to reflect one or more of these characteristics.
  • Come up with a 30 second jingle for your fictional company and sing it when turning it in –OR- a 30 second memorized sales pitch you would use to greet guests to your Open House.  Again, perform this pitch when turning in your finished product.


Examples and Resources:

Romanticism and Transcendentalism


With Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention,” we are officially done with Rationalism. It’s time to move on to my (second) favorite literary movement(s), Romanticism and Transcendentalism. Since these two movements overlap in American history, we will study both in tandem.

Please review the Prezi here and take notes!

“Said” is Dead!

“Said” is dead! Use these more powerful verbs below in your writing to introduce quoted source material. Be sure to use the PRESENT tense, and look up words you do not know; do not simply “plug” any of the verbs below in your paper without knowing the meaning!

  • Addresses
  • Affirms
  • Adds
  • Admits
  • Argues
  • Asserts
  • Believes
  • Cautions
  • Challenges
  • Claims
  • Continues
  • Criticizes
  • Declares
  • Demonstrates
  • Explains
  • Emphasizes
  • Illustrates
  • Implies
  • Insists
  • Introduces
  • Mentions
  • Notes
  • Observes
  • Points out
  • Presents
  • Reasons
  • Reveals
  • States
  • Suggests
  • Thinks
  • Urges
  • Warns