Surviving Freshman Year

Tips and Tricks 101

The Series Continues

Hello everyone! My name is Jillian Hellman, and as of last year, I was a ninth grade student in Mrs. Allen's English 9 class. Now, many people in the eighth grade think the ninth grade is going to be a crazy difficult grade. Trust me, IT'S NOT! Especially in Mrs. Allen's class, she makes the class run smoothly and easy to understand. Luckily, she is someone who is patient. Make sure to do work as soon as you get it. Don't worry, you'll have an awesome freshman year!

What will we be reading throughout the year?

Throughout the class, we will be reading many books and poems. Luckily, Mrs. Allen makes this super fun! Some of the things you will be reading are:

  • A variety of short stories
  • The Hunger Games
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Monster
  • The Odyssey
  • A variety of poetry
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My Favorite Parts About The Class

Although I loved every part about my Freshman year, I had some specific favorites. I loved reading Romeo and Juliet and The Hunger Games. We read it at a good pace and we read it in many different ways. Sometimes, Mrs. Allen would read aloud, other times we would popcorn read. I especially loved it when we watched the movies. I definitely suggest that you pay attention because it can be confusing. Many people think Romeo and Juliet will be boring but trust me, it is a bundle of fun!
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Things I Almost Detested

My least favorite part of the course this year was reading The Odyssey. Many people will disagree with me and say it was so much fun to read. I found it very confusing. There had to be at least 50 different characters in each story, and it was too much. Some of the stories I really did like, but I couldn't remember the characters. I hope you guys like it as much as I do!
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Advice For Up and Coming Freshman

Now, this class isn't exactly a piece of cake, but Mrs. Allen lights candles that sometimes smell like cake! English can be overwhelming, but if you do what is told you'll do well! Here are some tips and tricks to help you:

  • Make sure to pay attention
  • DO NOT PROCRASTINATE
  • Keep your binder organized
  • Enjoy it while you can

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Top 5 Ways to Make Mrs. Allen Laugh

  1. Make stupid English jokes. No one really knows why but she likes it.
  2. If you realize there was an inappropriate joke and you get it, she'll enjoy it.
  3. Make your Kahoot name something funny.
  4. Talk about Ray Rice
  5. Be Luke Duckworth
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Some Quotes to Get You Through the Year

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. -Tom Bodett

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandella

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Make Sure To Remember: Make every day count and enjoy it while you can!

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