College Entrance Guides:

General Resources:
Profile Organizer - from

Essays that worked - a compilation of essays that impressed admissions boards
More Essays that worked - this compilation from John Hopkins University has notes from the board
Even more Essays that worked - pdf link that also links to helpful websites; variety of colleges

Common Application Essay Topics 2015-16:
A guide

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family

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A Hero's Journey - the traditional steps
Hero's Journey sample- from The Fellowship of the Rings
Hero's journey pdf- the first example from class

Hero's Journey interactive - Yes, use this one!
Anglo-Saxon family legends:

The Canterbury Tales

The Pardoner's Tale Rap


Link to Online Othello for Translation Project
  • The scene menu is on the right side
  • Copy and paste the scene into a word document for easier manipulation; save it in your H-drive
  • Create a modern version by creating dialogue that is easier to understand more relevant
  • If you share the scene with another person, decide a half-way point so that you can work separately on the scene (one completing the beginning, the other finishing it simultaneously)



Schmoop - the best explanations and overall guide to Hamlet written by graduate students from Princeton and Harvard. Also, it's entertaining.

Classroom Hamlet Projects

Made with Padlet

Shakespeare Soliloquy Options - click here to find your dramatic performance piece

Shakespeare Insulter - click to be insulted by the Bard himself

Soliloquy Act 4, Scene 4


Norse Mythology

Norse page with culture notes and creation video

Debate - a great resource for topics and arguments - another great site for topics; includes quotable material and resources

Annotated Bibliography example

Topic Selection, Affirmative Construction, Negative Construction:

Affirmative Construction Ex: Be it resolved that marriage equality extends to all sexual orientations.
Negative Construction Ex: The traditional concept of marriage should be maintained.

Lauren and Alyscia

Affirmative Construction: Be it resolved that animal experimentation should be outlawed.
Negative Construction: The current practices of animal experimentation should be maintained.

Aaron and Megan

Affirmative Construction: Be it resolved that the United States changes its policies to that of an isolationist country.
Negative Construction: The United States should maintain its status as an interventionist country.

Sara & Michala

Affirmative Construction: Be it resolved that the abuse of narcotic drugs should result in rehabilitation instead of incarceration.
Negative Construction: The United States should maintain their drug conviction policies of incarceration.

Taylor & Russell

Affirmative Construction: Be it resolved that the United States' Death Penalty should change it's policies.
Negative Construction: The United States should maintain its policy for the Death Penalty.

Brittany & Nathan

Affirmative Construction: Be it resolved that torture be legal for means of protecting the United States from terrorism.
Negative Construction: The United States should maintain keeping torture forbidden.

Emily & Jayden

Affirmative Construction: Be it resolved that a student who maintains a GPA of a 3.0 should not have to take standardized tests.
Negative Construction: The United States should maintain its policy on standardized testing for all of their students.

British Modernism

The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling

The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

Talking of Michelangelo Video - Bayside
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