Wednesday, November 19, 2014


2014-15 Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application will retain the current set of first-year essay prompts for 2014-15, without any edits or additions. The essay length will continue to be capped at 650 words. The feedback received from member colleges and school counselors has been positive. The essay prompts will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that they continue to serve students and member colleges well.

The essay prompts are as follows:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Monday, September 29, 2014

25 Thought-Provoking Questions


Thursday, September 25, 2014

EIII (Honors) - WN: "The Shawshank Redemption" Quote Analysis


11 Awesome Quotes From


The 1994 drama based on Stephen King's novella, 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,' celebrates 20 years since its release.
 If you were to take a poll today and ask anyone from Gen X and back what they think of Shawshank Redemption, chances are you'd get an overwhelmingly positive response. The story of a banker convicted of a double homicide, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), maintains his innocence and finds a way of surviving 19 years of harsh prison life, all the while creating an unlikely bond with fellow convict Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman).
 Thanks to cable networks like TNT, Shawshank's message about the enduring power of hope and friendship has found a special place in our nostalgia-loving hearts (not to mention our DVRs), but surprisingly, this wasn't always the case.
 Upon its immediate theatrical release in the U.S. 20 years ago, the film didn't make a huge impression, except to film critics, who lauded it for its realism and existential motifs. In fact the American moviegoers' response was rather tepid, and the film barely made up for its production costs.
However, seven Academy Award nominations later and thanks to word of mouth, Shawshank eventually became one of the highest grossing movie rentals and most watched films on cable TV.
 In honor of Andy and Red's 20th, we selected some of our favorite quotes from the film (some bold, some beautiful, and some... just downright funny):
WARDEN NORTON: I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your butt belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.
RED: I could see why some of the boys took him for snobby. He had a quiet way about him, a walk and a talk that just wasn't normal around here. He strolled, like a man in a park without a care or a worry in the world, like he had on an invisible coat that would shield him from this place. Yeah, I think it would be fair to say...I liked Andy from the start.
ANDY: I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
WARDEN NORTON: Lord! It's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind!
RED: Same old stuff, different day.
CAPTAIN HADLEY: What is your malfunction, you fat barrel of monkey spunk?
BROOKS: Easy peasy japanesey.
RED: I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.
ANDY: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
ANDY: You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?
RED: No.
ANDY: They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.
RED: I find I'm so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at a start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Literary Devices in Pop Culture!




Alliteration: The repetition of
consonant sounds within close proximity, usually in consecutive words within
the same sentence or line.

EXAMPLE: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Imagery: Language
which describes something in detail, using words to substitute for and create
sensory stimulation, including visual imagery and sound imagery. Also refers to
specific and recurring types of images, such as food imagery and nature

EXAMPLE: The author’s use of visual imagery is impressive; the reader
is able to see the island in all its lush, colorful splendor by reading
Golding’s detailed descriptions.

Metaphor: A
direct relationship where one thing or idea substitutes for another.

EXAMPLE: Shakespeare often uses light as a metaphor for Juliet; Romeo
refers to her as the sun, as “a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear,” and as a solitary
dove among crows.

Simile: An
indirect relationship where one thing or idea is described as being similar to
another. Similes usually contain the words “like” or “as,” but not always.

EXAMPLE: The simile in line 10 describes the lunar eclipse: “The moon
appeared crimson, like a drop of blood hanging in the sky.”

Personification (I) Where inanimate objects or abstract concepts are seemingly endowed
with human self-awareness; where human thoughts, actions and perceptions are
directly attributed to inanimate objects or abstract ideas (not to be confused
with anthropomorphism).

EXAMPLE: Malamud personifies Hobbs
bat, giving it a name, Wonderboy, referring to it using personal pronouns, and
stating that “he went hungry” during Hobbs
batting slump.

Personification (II) Where an abstract concept, such as a particular human behavior or a
force of nature, is represented as a person.

EXAMPLE: The Greeks personified natural forces as gods; for example,
the god Poseidon was the personification of the sea and its power over

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


R E I K I ?!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

FORGED BY FIRE Character Map Project - Submit Your Link!

DIRECTIONS: Submit your FULL NAME and the LINK to your Character Map Project in the comment box provided. Click on where it says "Comments". You must be logged into Google in order to post anything. If you have any questions, then ask!
*Please make sure that the link to your project works, because if you post it incorrectly, then I won't be able to see it, and then you get a zero!

Monday, January 27, 2014


• I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

• When chemists die, they barium.

• German sausage jokes are the Wurst.

• A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

• I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

• I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

• This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

• I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

• I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

• They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.

• This dyslexic man walks into a bra ….

• I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

• A cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils.

• When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

• What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back four seconds

• Broken pencils are pointless.

• What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus .

• England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

• I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

• I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx .

• All the toilets in Boston police stations have been stolen; police say they have nothing to go on.

• I took the job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

• Velcro - what a rip off!

• Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.