Posted on Jan 09, 2015




As promised, here is everything you’ll need for studying for your English 1 Mid-Term. First, a few tips (many thanks to Ms. Bogner for the ideas and the template, and some of the words):


Start Now. Start skimming the materials listed below. This will refresh your memory and guide you through the rest of your studying. I would advise doing this for all your subjects. Don’t cram.  It doesn’t work, and it adds stress – which in turn causes you to perform badly on the exam.

Make sure that you arrive on time to take your exam. If you are not in the right room, seated, and ready to take the exam when the papers are handed out, you will be sent to the office to take your exam there.

Come prepared. Once you are in the room, you are not permitted to leave to get anything. Bring at least two sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers. Better yet, bring at least two sharpened #2 pencils and a big eraser. Seriously. There is nothing that a teacher hates more than to have a student come into a mid-term or final exam without a pencil.

Study! Look over your old tests, notes we took on the units, quizzes, homework, assignments, or any other papers you may have. I will post on Classroom Connections all the slide shows that I presented in class so you can look at those in addition to your notes, but I will not be re-posting any of the study materials from previous short stories or novels. You should have all those in your English notebooks.

If there is a particular story or concept (Literary Term, grammar rule, etc.) that you did not completely understand the first time we read it, you might consider going back and re-reading it to understand the material. Anything that we read from the beginning of the school year is fair game. I have listed below the selections that we have read and the concepts that we have covered.

I would recommend that you take each story and write out the main characters, themes, a short plot description, and vocabulary you don’t know. Also, consider getting together with a few friends to study. As long as you stay on-task, this can help with understanding and retaining the information.

  • Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy, by Tim O’Brien
  • The Rules of the Game, by Amy Tan
  • The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  • Vocabulary for all the above
  • The Odyssey, Books 9 and 12
  • Literary Terms and Basic Knowledge
  • Irony
  • Satire
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Run-on or Rambling Sentences
  • Fragment Sentences

Here are ALL THE THINGS – everything presented in class from August to today. You already have THE REST OF THE THINGS, like the vocabulary list (in the post below this one) and the study questions from the things we’ve read.

We will review The Princess Bride on Monday and Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy? and The Rules of the Game on Tuesday, barring any more weather interference. The review will be question-driven; this means that I will ask you what you want to review. Be prepared to ask, participate, and listen. 


Literary Basics – Terms and Concepts



Fragments and Run-ons

Prepositions and Conjunctions