Studying for the Mythology Unit Test . . .

I've been talking about this lately in class, but it's really important, so I want to make it available here as well. To study for the mythology unit test, you need to concentrate on two lists that I gave you: (1) the mythology terms list you received back before Fall Break, and (2) the list of recurring topics that we've been discussing in all of the mythology presentations.

75 questions on the test will be fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and matching. Most of these will deal with identification of the terms on the mythology terms sheet that I gave you (except for Chapter 16, whcih we didn't read). Remember, this is the sheet that I said to study for your quizzes, to review as you read through the book. Some of you may have set up flash cards or quizlets to help you study these, and that kind of strategy should be helpful for this portion of the test.

There will also be three discussion questions in which you will not only have to display your knowledge of the myths but also discuss the myths in the context of the recurring topics. Study the notes you've been taking in class during the presentations. You should be able to identify recurring topics that each of the myths involve. Also, if I ask you about a specific topic, you should be able to think of one or two myths that apply to that topic. Again, follow the link to the topics here so you can make sure you have them all.

Finally, I've also uploaded a review crossword puzzle that reviews the terms from the first 12 chapters of the book. Keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive review exercise; it only reviews the first 12 chapters. Also, it is not a required assignment. It is only here as a study aid. I also have uploaded a PDF of the gameshow review that we did in class. The links don't work, but you can use the questions and terms for review.

The test on Nov. 16-17 is a LARGE grade for the quarter, so be sure to study well!

Posted 11/15/22



Below are the lists of the mythology presentation assignments. Check the appropriate list to make sure your name is listed next to the myth you signed up for.

For the reading assignment in Mythology, Chapters 17-19, you can choose to complete the study questions OR to take a quiz at the beginning of class. See the assignment schedule below. You can only complete one or the other. If you choose to take the quiz, once you begin the quiz, you will not be able to change your mind. So, decide which you want to do, and be ready when you come in to class.


Beef up those mythology presentations!

We are well into the mythology presentations. We’ve seen some cool projects so far, and I’m looking forward to some more, so I wanted to give you a few more pointers. For those who still have to present, I’ll be expecting you to have polished your presentation skills, so keep these points in mind:

The Intro: Be sure you have a hook for your presentation. You would never begin an essay with, “Ok, I’m doing my essay on . . .” but we’ve had a few introductions begin that way. Have a hook to draw the audience in (and possibly lead up to your creative title). Also, avoid the “ridiculous question” to get a laugh. There have been way to many of those. The hook can be funny–but not ridiculous. Then, after the hook, introduce yourself: “My name is Billy Bob and this is the myth of Phaethon.” Also, be sure to include the main idea, e.g. “As we will see, this myth gives us a glimpse of what the Greeks thought about fate and hospitality while it presents a theme about grief and loss.” Finally, the brief summary should be just that . . . very brief. Think about if you and a friend saw a movie last year. If you wanted to discuss this movie, you wouldn't spend a great deal of time summarizing it. You would give a sentence or two to refresh his or her memory. That’s what you are doing here.

Theme: I’ve noticed quite a few students not discussing their theme at all. The rubric asks for a thorough explanation of the theme, using specifics from the story, so be sure to follow the rubric.

Transition words: Be sure to guide your audience through each part of your presentation. Use clear transition words just as you would in an essay. Avoid simply skipping to the next part without leading into it.

The Conclusion: The main thing to do here is to make sure you have one. There are two specific elements I’m looking for, but they should be self-explanatory. The main problem I’ve seen is that students simply haven’t prepared one, and they close by saying, "That’s it." The conclusion is worth 8 points, and I can't give you any credit for it if you don't have one.

The Creative Project: Make sure we can see your project. If it is a small picture or even a poster, take close up pictures and put them on a PowerPoint. Your audience will not connect with your project if they can’t see it. Look at your rubric so that you know where your points are coming from.

Keep these things in mind as you prepare. Good luck! :)
Posted 11/1/22


"Missing" assignments

In Skyward, please do not panic if it notifies you of missing assignments. I haven't entered grades, yet, but I will in the next couple of days. For some reason, Skyward marks assignments as missing when I haven't entered them yet. Sorry for any distress or confusion.
Posted 8/17/22


Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I'm looking forward to a great year with you! Below is some information to help answer some questions you might have about the upcoming year.


Back-to-School Stuff


To help you get ready for school, I've listed the basic supplies you'll need below:


Notes on supplies:


Wish List

The following are items that are not required, but would greatly help us get through the year:


I look forward to seeing you all soon! In the meantime, please email me at if you have any questions.


Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments will be tested the second or third week of school in class. The assignments are posted on the Central Magnet webpage, but I've posted your English assignments here, as well: 

Posted 8/2/22