Karen Duffy's English Class

Dec. 2018
English & History 9/10 classes travel to see John Steinbeck's play Of Mice and Men.


"Communication--the human connection--is the key to personal and career success."  Leadership expert Paul J. Meyer's quotation illustrates the vital role of good reading, writing, and speaking skills.  These are life skills, and in these classes there will be plenty of opportunities for developing and polishing these skills.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic schedule--Let's Have a Great Year!

Welcome to Mrs. Duffy's English classes. Please contact her with any questions about homework, expectations, or extra-curricular opportunities. Notifications are sent via email, so contact her with your address to receive these messages.

All English students have a vocabulary book, and there are two great resources to review words before each quiz. Buttons to the left will take you to vocabulary games or vocabulary review.

All English students also have a text called Grammar for Writing. Each grade has a different color (ninth=blue, tenth=orange, applied=green, advanced=gold) and links on the "Grammar for Writing" website will provide additional practice. There is also additional ACT & SAT practice here.

There is a new literary journal called Up North, which accepts student writing.  Peruse work from other students or submit your own by using the tab.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest is a scholarship opportunity for those who love speaking and have knowledge of government. Requirements are to research, write, and deliver a memorized 8-10 minute speech as well as research and prepare for a 3 minute impromptu topic. There are levels of advancement, with contests for Post and County (December), District (February), and Regional/State (February). The top state winners travel to the National contest in April.

There are extra writing contest opportunities for students: The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets student contest, the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest, The UW Barron County Red Cedar Review,  the Bong Veterans Historical Center contest, and others will be added as available. Take the initiative to enter these, and feel free to use Mrs. Duffy for guidance.   See the links on the left or talk to Mrs. Duffy for more information.

The Quiz Bowl team members are part of ITV contests throughout the winter, sponsored by Academic Hallmarks. Now everyone else can get a taste of this challenge! Visit this site for practice questions or sign up to receive a "question of the day" via email--the button is to the left.

The ACT is a college readiness test, which college-bound students should take in their junior or senior years before applying to post-secondary institutions. In Wisconsin, all juniors take this assessment.  The ACT button to the left will connect you to the Home Page, which has test registration, test location centers, and test prep activities. Register at least a month ahead. See Mrs. Duffy for additional review activities.

Students interested in attending WITC can find a direct link to their admissions page. WITC now requires students to take a placement tool called the Accuplacer test, and on that same page can be found review materials and sample exercises. See Mrs. Duffy for additional review activities.

There is a good online source for testing general knowledge while donating food to the poor. Free Rice is a great way for students to help feed the world while also honing their math, English, language, and other skills. Click on the link to the left to start the fun.

Poets, are you having trouble thinking of a good word for your work? Try the Rhyming Dictionary link to the left.

Students with additional interests in English/Language Arts can study independently by arranging alternate activities with the teacher.  Do you like speaking, theatre, writing, or government?  Let's talk.  

Students: BADGERLINK button for research, STAR reading for thrice-yearly testing.

If you have any questions about these classes or activities, please contact Karen Duffy ( )

Contact: Karen Duffy