Ms. Rana

Room 211


Periods 2,4, 8:  Final Reflection Journals due Monday, June 14th


Listening and Speaking Practice:  Watch English-language news, films, and television programs.

(The Paramus Public Library offers a wide array of DVD’s, audio books, videos, and other resources)

Talk about your day with friends and family members at home.  Use descriptive vocabulary when speaking. 

Self-Study Grammar Quizzes:

Date:  Week Ending



June 4th

Subject Reinforcement:  Non-fiction reading (magazines, newspapers, texts News for Now, True Stories)

7 Current Events for MP 4


June 4th

Beginner ESL: 


Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales



  • Quiz Monday, May 10th on words 1-10
  • Journal:  “What is the moral of “The Knight’s Tale”? Use specific examples from the text and outside sources to respond in 1-2 paragraphs in your journals. (Monday)
  • Words 11-20 due Friday, May 14th
  • Read “The Clerk’s Tale” for Wednesday
  • Read “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” for Thursday
  • Complete vocabulary 11-20 for Friday
  • Quiz Tuesday, May 18th on words 11-20
  • Read “The Pardoner’s Tale” for Tuesday, May 18th
  • Quiz Monday, May 24th on words 21-25
  • Journal paragraph-response due Monday, May 24th:

“After reading “The Pardoner’s Tale” determine who was the hero of the story and why. Provide evidence from the text to justify your response.”


Dialogues due Wednesday, June 2nd



June 4th

Intermediate ESL: 


H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine

1.      Complete the pre-reading journal questions

2.      Complete the vocabulary for Chapters 1 and 2

3.      Independently read Chapters 1 and 2 in preparation for in class reading and discussion

4.      Read Chapter 3 for Friday, May 21st

5.      Provide sentences for vocabulary from Chapters 1 and 2

6.      Read “The Morlocks”

7.      Complete the vocabulary for Chapter 3

8.      Quiz on Chapter 3 vocabulary, Wednesday, May 26th

9.      Complete vocabulary for Chapters 4-6

10.  Read the final chapter

Tuesday, June 2nd:

Journal Question:  “What was H.G. Wells saying about the future? Based on the text, was Wells hopeful?  Give specific textual evidence and outside sources, including your opinion, to provide a critical response.”

Vocabulary quiz on Chapters 3-6, Friday, June 4th



June 4th

Advanced ESL: 


Arthur Miller’s

Death of a Salesman

Paragraph due:  Thursday, May 20th

Following the reading and discussion of Act One, respond to the following questions in a cohesive paragraph


  • What is important to Willy Loman?
  • What life lessons has he taught his sons?
  • How does Linda feel about Willy?
  • How does Willy feel about Linda?
  • How does Willy perceive himself, and how does his perception contrast with the world’s view of Loman?



 Journal:  Act One questions due Friday, May 21st, Day 3


Act One Questions:



1. Why is Willy home? Why is Linda alarmed that he’s home?

2. Why is Willy annoyed at Biff? How does he describe Biff? What does this tell us about Willy?

3. How has the neighborhood changed? Why does it matter to the story that his surroundings are no longer the way they used to be?

4. How does Linda treat Willy? How do the boys feel about him? Is Biff trying to spite Willy? Why does Biff come home in the spring?

5. Why won’t Happy go out West with Biff, and why won’t Biff stay? Why doesn’t either son get married and settle down?

6. How does Willy act toward the boys when they are young? How do they act toward him? How does Willy feel about Charley and Bernard?

7. What does Willy’s reaction to Biff ’s theft of the football tell us about Willy?  What clues show that Willy believes in appearances?

8. Willy praises and then curses the Chevrolet; he tells Linda that he’s very well liked, and then says that people don’t seem to take to him. What do these inconsistencies tell us about Willy?

9. “Five hundred gross in Providence” becomes “roughly two hundred gross on the whole trip.” How does Linda take Willy’s stories? What does this reveal about her? Why does Willy make a fuss about Linda’s mending stockings? How is this important to the play?

10. Why does Charley visit? How does he feel about Willy? How and why do they insult each other?

11. Who is Ben? Why does Ben appear? What does Willy think about the future? About the past? What does Ben teach Biff?

Why does Willy feel “kind of temporary” about himself and want Ben to stay?

12. What does Linda think is the trouble with Willy’s life? Why is she angry at her sons? Why does she put the rubber hose back after she had taken it? What does this tell about her?

13. Why is Willy interested when Biff mentions Bill Oliver? Why do they argue? How does Happy try to capture attention?


For week of May 28th:


Read Act 2

Complete all vocabulary


Act Two Journal Questions:

Due June 4th



1. Why is Willy’s mood upbeat at the start of Act Two? What does he expect to happen?

2. Why does Willy tell Howard about Dave Singleman? Describe the dramatic effect when Howard listens to the voices of his family while Willy tries to talk business. Why does Howard tell Willy to drop off his samples and forbid him to go to Boston? Why is this such a blow to Willy?

3. What is Willy’s philosophy? How does Biff as a football hero embody his father’s dreams? Why does Charley say Willy hasn’t grown up?

4. What is Willy’s impression of Bernard when he sees him in his father’s office? Why does Willy exaggerate Biff ’s importance? Why does Bernard ask what happened after the game at Ebbets Field?

5. Why won’t Willy work for Charley? Why is Willy able to ask Charley for money? How is Charley’s view of what a salesman needs different from Willy’s view?

6. In the restaurant, how does Happy reflect Willy’s values? Why does Miller have the girls come in?

7. How does Biff ’s realization that his life is a lie underline the theme of the play? Why does Biff take Bill Oliver’s fountain

pen? Why can’t he tell his father what happened with Bill Oliver? Why do Biff and Happy leave Willy at the restaurant?

8. Why did Biff go to Boston? What does he discover when he sees the Woman? Why is it that Biff never went to summer school? Why can’t he believe in his father?

9. Why does Linda tell the boys, “Get out of here, both of you, and don’t come back!”?

10. Why does Willy keep planting seeds where they’ve never grown before? Why does Willy think Biff will be impressed with his funeral? Why does Ben say that Biff will call Willy a fool?

11. Why doesn’t Willy want to see Linda? Why does he think Biff is spiting him? Why does Biff show him the rubber hose? Why does Biff confront Willy and Happy?

12. What does Biff do that elates Willy? How does Happy try to attract Willy’s attention? How does Ben influence Willy at this point?