Welcome to Mrs. B’s English Class Website


This year, we are focusing on British Lit, African American Lit, and Middle Eastern Lit. See the class syllabus for more details on what we will read, write, and discuss. The syllabus also contains other important information, such as my expectations and how you will be graded!

English Syllabus 2017-2018



  • Mrs. B’s No-No Words -These words do NOT belong in formal writing. Check all papers before submitting!
  • Writing Tips – Useful tips to help you improve the technical aspects of writing.
  • Persuasive Essay Format – A step-by-step guide to writing these essays.
  • Transition Words – These are some great words and phrases to use to transition from one idea to another. These help your paper FLOW!
  • Plagiarism Checker – Use this to check for plagiarism in your essays. You must score at least 85% Unique in order to receive credit for a biography/research paper. Persuasive essays, short stories, and expository essays should be 100% Unique with the exception of quoted material.
  • Literary Devices Quizlet – Use this to study your literary devices, parts of speech, and punctuation





At 6 she wanted to be a princess10367176_10156388048325072_3508651605109577285_n

At 8 she wanted to be a ballerina

At 10 she wanted to be a veterinarian

At 12 she wanted to be president


Yet she still made it


At 13 she wanted to be the owner of a puppy

At 14 she wanted to be perfect and pretty

At 15 she wanted to be thin

At 16 she wanted to be dead


Yet she still made it1455000_10153406785510072_1778829091_n


At 18 she wanted to go to college

At 20 she wanted to have a boyfriend

At 22 she wanted to graduate

At 24 she found a job and somebody to be with


Yet she still made it


At 26 she bought a house with her boyfriend

At 28 she got married

At 30 she had children

At 32 she said “i made it” 


Yet she still made it


-Alejandra, age 14

Justice is blind to my black skin,

You will not prevail when you are the color of night,

Of Earth,

Of Space,

Of Darkness.

No, justice will not prevail for my people,

Originators of many, the first to walk upright,

Justice is not a friend to my kin,

We are from different worlds.

The Millenium long toil and damage,

The cries for mercy, solidarity, and love,

We reach out into the unknown seeking warmth

Only to be bitten by the cold.

Justice is blind to my mother,

She who created me and mine, and many to come.

Justice is blind to my land,

We are colonized to this day, beaten down to complacency.

A crying Haitian weeps for normalcy,

Order, friendship, equality,

For a continent spread thin, too far to hold,

A history lost, burned, pillaged, raped, plundered, thrown aside, stolen,

Yet we still reach out to cup the face of hope.

Justice looks the other way.

-Paris, age 18