Thursday, May 28, 2009

Junior English

What did you think of this year's english class. Lets be honest, did you like it or not? If so what was your favorite story or assignment that we did this year in english and why?

Wrapping it all up

As the year is ending and kids in Mr. Dutrow's English classes cram in all of their late work, blogs, extra credit, and The Term Paper. What have you seen as the most helpful assignments that allowed you to boost or keep the grade you wanted? And how much work are you cramming into tonight so that you can turn it in tomorrow?

Summer Studies

When summer hits will any of you be doing anything so that we do not forget what weve learned? Or are we going to just forget about it all and have as much fun as humanly possible?

Tewwg Test

What did you think of the test? Was it easy? Hard? If so what was the hardest part?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Junior Year

Now that we are near the end of our Junior year, do you feel that you will be ready to be a senior? Do you think you have what it takes to make your class a "class to remember"? If so, how can you contribute?

Late Work

Mr. Dutrow is one of the few teacher's who accept late work. Are you one to cram in all the assignments the night before the end of the quarter? Or do you complete them as they are assigned?

Reading Response

What do you think about the Reading Responses? Were they given too much? Is a page tough to think out? Give your opinions of Responses.


As finals approach us, what classes do you feel you should studdy for more then others?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Of all of the major stories that we have read, which one did you enjoy the most? Was it the stories that we read in the beginning of the year, or was it the ones that we had saved until the end?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Class Overview

What do you think of Mr. Dutrow's class? What do you think he should do differently next year? What should he keep the same?
What do you think of Mr. Dutrow's class? What do you think he should do differently next year? What should he keep the same?

Post 39

As the end of the year comes to a close and the final grades will be coming out after exams which of quarters did you do the best in or the worst in? Also did your grades improve every quarter,stay the same every quarter, or were they up and down the whole year?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

post 38

After reading the entire book of Their Eyes Were Watching God what did you think? Did you feel things ended properly, or do you feel the ending should have been different?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Their Eyes Were Watching God

What do you think will happen by the end of the book with Janie's love interests? Do you think she will end up in a good or bad situation?

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Do you think that we are doing too many responses with the reading or do you think that the response actually make us think about what we are reading?

Monday, May 18, 2009

blog post 37

After writing my opening paragraph for my research paper I am happy with my author. After writing yours are you happy with whom you choose? If you could choose over would you stay with the same author?

Blog #36

After reading a decent amount of Their Eyes Were Watching God, along with seeing parts of the movie, do you wish you hadn't seen how others imagined the characters so you can keep your own images in your mind, or are you glad you got to see this? Also, do you think that the film version gives justice to the book version? Please explain.

Friday, May 15, 2009


After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, what do you think of the story so far? Do you like the story? Explain.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Term Paper

Do you think that we started talking about and working on the term paper later than the rest of the classes had? Do you think that when we started we should have kept working or did this, what I thought was a long break between talking about the paper, help you gater your thoughts or ideas? or did it just let it slip your mind and make you forget about it?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blog #33

After taking the test on The Great Gatsby, do you think it was easy or difficult? Also, which part of the test do you think was most difficult? Please explain.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Blog #32

After reading chapter eight of "The Great Gatsby," do you think that Jay Gatsby got what he deserves? Did you expect this to happen to Gatsby? What are your thoughts of chapter eight? Explain.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blog 31

I think that the story that we are reading is getting a little bit more interesting. We are find out a lot more about Gatsby and his interest. What do you think of the story so far and of Gatsby?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Third Quarter

How did you do in the third quarter? Did you do as well as you wanted, or did you fall somewhat short of your goals? For those of you super students with A's, what advice can you give the rest of the students to help get A's and B's.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Third chapter of The Great Gastby, why do you think Jay Gatsby secludes himself from his very own parties

Reserving Judgement is a good thing to be able to posses. I think that whether you dislike someone or if you have negative feelings toward someone, you should be able to keep that to yourself. I also believe that you should be able to speak your mind in a way. If what you have to say isn't totally downgrading, you should be able to voice your opinios on certain subjects and topics.

Monday, March 23, 2009

movie blog

After viewing the first part the "The Great Gatsby" movie, how do you think it compares to the first two chapters of the book.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blogging Post

After reading the second chapter of "The Great Gatsby", what did you think of it? Were you left with a few unanswered thoughts about the characters that have been introduced? Also, with the very little information given about Gatsby, what kind of person do you think he is?

What does it mean to you to reserve judgement?

What does it mean to you to reserve judgment, especially for people?

The Test

What did you think of the last test we took? (Did you think this was too long, short, hard, easy, etc.) What do you think was the hardest question on the test?

The Great Gatsby

What do you think happened in the second chapter that reinforced the negative side of Tom?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blogging Post 30

I didn't know if it was just me, but I had hoped to hear more about Gatsby. If you thought so too, why? And if not, why not?

Blog Post 29

One thing that we discussed in class is how Tom is an idiot. He tries to say things and sound smart, but they backfire. He's an unlikeable character even in the first chapter. What else don't you like about him?

How did you like the first chapter of our new book, The Great Gatsby?


Monday, March 16, 2009

How did you like the idea of a take home essay for the test

In what ways is realism a reaction to romanticism?

These were two very good reads. The stories explain very well, how many different people endured the tragedies that came along with war. You can learn many lessons from these two pieces of literature.
The tests for american literature aren't usuaully tough, but time consuming. I think the toughest parts of the tests in lit are the short answers. Short answers are what you must leave time for, there normally three- four sentences long, but there is like seven short answers. I guess i can say yes the tests may be challenging, but not "hard". I dont think there is a better way to prepare for the short answers, just for the simple fact that there not short, there rather longer.
To build a fire was an easy ready, at least I thought. They way the author told the story helped me to understand better whaty was going on between the man and his dog. I do not think it was smart on this mans behalf to go take and adventure in the yukon in -53 degree cold weather. Especially with the small amount of clothes that he took. The book was very gopod in telling what happened in a life like experience. if i was the man in the arctic I probably would have worn more clothes, or just would have been prepared a little more for what was ahead of me.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Blogging Post 28

After reading Richard Cory, one thing I thought about is why he would kill himself, maybe he was going bankrupt, maybe he did something illegal. What do you think his reason was for killing himself?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What did you think of the realist stories? Did you enjoy them more than the Romantics? Did You think they were easy or hard stories to understand? What story was your favorite, and which story did you not like the most?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Blogging Post #27

After reading "To Build a Fire" what were some of your reactions? What would you have done differently? Did you enjoy reading this story? Explain?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Blogging Post #26

What did you think about the test? Were their to much short answers? Was it to hard to finish? Or did you find it easy and would like to have another test like this one? What would you like to see on the next test that would be different.

Blogging Post #25

What did you think of the two pieces of literature, "An Episode of War", and "Willie Has Gone to the War"? Do you think these two correspond with each other, but with different views? Please explain what you think these two pieces were about.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blog 24

After reading the story, Where is Here, i am still left clueless about the stranger. What do you think may have happened to him in the past? Explain?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Blogging Post #23

Since we now have finished dark romantics, what did you think of all the poems? Did you understand them or had no clue what they meant? Were they easy to read? Explain.

Blog #22

After reading Where is Here, just like Sean, I was disappointed. What do you think would have been a better ending for the story?

Blog #22

After reading Where is Here, just like Sean, I was disappointed. What do you think would have been a better ending for the story?

Blog #21

Overall what did you think of the 2nd quarter? How did you do? If you didn't do well, what could you do next quarter to improve your grade? If you did well, share your technique to get a good grade so everyone else can benefit.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Which of the essay contest topics most interests you and why?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blogging Post #20

What did you think of the stories Nature, Self Reliance, and The Snowstorm by Ralph Waldo Emerson? Did you think they were easy reading, or were they difficult to understand in the beginning? Please explain.


After reading where is hear I got a sense of disappointment from the story. While nothing out of the ordinary happens until the end of the story. Did you while reading get the most suspense while waiting for something to happen that never does?

Blogging Post #18

After finishing most of the dark romantic literature we have just been reading, compare it to the light romantics. Now obviously there are a lot of differences between these two types of literature. But tell me what you thought about it, which did you like better? Who was your favorite writer? If you could would you rather write a gothic or a light romantic story? Explain…

Blogging Post #17

What did you all think of the story “Where is Here?” by Joyce Carol Oates. Since Mr. Dutrow was absent for a few days due to the retreat he was not able to describe the story to us, so it was really up to us to read and understand the story. I know for me the first time that I read the story I did not understand it. Then I read it again and I started to like it. I personally liked the fact that in such a simple theme the writer could make me feel interested in the story. Express your thoughts…

Monday, January 12, 2009

Blogging Project Post #16

What did you think of the essay we had to write over the weekend? Was it hard or easy? Did you have trouble finding certian examples from the text or did you know exactly what to write? What are your thoughts on it?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Blogging Project Post #15

What did you think of the movie Moby Dick? Did you think the moral of the story was well expressed? What in your words does the moral of Moby Dick mean? Express your thoughts.