Distance Learning

Phone: 914.376.8118


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Mr. Chris Mulqueen

Welcome students, parents and educators. Chris Mulqueen, English teacher, grades 9-10.

email: cmulqueen@yonkerspublicschools.org


Distance Learning

Classwork Assignments

October 27-28, 2020

Students will look up and define vocabulary words collected from Texts 1-2


Final Project Due Date June10

English 11 Final Project 2020 


Respond to each prompt with a minimum 250 word response.  Each response must refer to at least one text.  You must use at least 3 of the provided texts across your three responses.   


  • Read through each prompt. 
  • Formulate your opinion.  
  • Read through the texts and choose relevant information to support each response. 
  • Be sure to answer each prompt completely with effort in an academic language. 
  • Be sure to respond to each prompt. 
  • Be sure to use at least 3 (three) separate texts. 
  • Cite your text by author’s last name in parenthesis when citing text, ex: (De La Cruz). 



  1. What disappointments and challenges do graduating Seniors face amid the Coronavirus pandemic?—Explain WHY these disappointments and challenges are important to examine. 
  1. What difficult decisions have they had to make about their future? Specifically how has coronavirus affected college acceptances, deferments, and the Universities’ use of the wait list (is it even worth it to go to college?- remote learning etc.)  
  1. What steps have been taken to help mitigate the new  normal and help these students? Do you believe that the steps taken are good ones and will be satisfying to these seniors? (Is it that important to have a formal Prom as we once knew it or traditional graduations?) 



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**Important Announcement: The school year will be ending sooner on June 18. Grades will be due before that. 

Please continue to submit assignments. We do not have time to procrastinate. I will be posting the final project some time this week.

June 1-5

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Read Chapters 16-26. Reading only.

May 27-31

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Read Chapters 11-15

In chapter 13, Holden gets himself "in this big mess" when he agrees to "five bucks a throw" (p. 118-119). This means Holden agrees to spend an hour with a prostitute. What happens next?

Summarize Holden's conflict with Sunny and Maurice.

Holden leaves the hotel and plans a date with Sally Hayes.

Central Ideas:  Growing up, maturity, family, money, charity, dating, romantic relationships

May 22-26

Yonkers Public Schools Celebration of Memorial Day

Please visit https://www.yonkerspublicschools.org/Page/42061

Select choice 1 or 2 and submit a written response.

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger     


May 20-24

Here are some questions to help guide you through the reading of chapters 6-10.

You may answer these questions rather than create your own.

Who is Jane Gallagher? (We will hear more about her later.)

Summarize the conflict between Holden and Stradlater.

What does Holden call people he doesn't like? What does he mean by this?

What is Holden's plan for leaving school? What are his final words to his classmates at Pencey Prep?

What unusual question does Holden ask the New York City cab driver?

What words does Holden use to describe how he is feeling?

Some central ideas include loneliness, love, dating, attraction, anger, change.

May 18-22

Read Chapters 6-10

Create 5 Questions

3 Central Ideas with supporting evidence

May 15-18     Chapters 1-5 Questions

If you prefer, you may choose to answer five of these questions rather than create your own.

How does Holden describe his appearance?

What does Holden buy on his trip to New York City?

What is Holden's current academic standing? Why is this ironic?

What do we learn about Holden in his meeting with Mr. Spencer?

What does Holden choose as a writing topic for Stradlater's composition?

Who is Allie?

Some centtral ideas are education, motivation, direction, and loss. Please provide supporting evidence.

May 11-15     Chapters 1-5  The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger   


Main character (protagonist) and first peron narrator:

Holden Caulfield is a 17 year old boy dealing with many of the conflicts facing teenagers associated with the change to adulthood.

First person point of view:

Holden Caulfield shares his story, thoughts, feelings and memories while taking us through a few days in his life.

Holden tells the reader, "'ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me...just before I got pretty run-down...and had to take it easy" (p. 3).


Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania is a boarding school. A boarding school is a high school with dorms where the students live during the school year, just like a college.

Many of the students at boarding schools come from rich families, like Holden, but some students are not rich but attend the school on scholarships.

This takes place in the late 1940's but boarding schools still exist today.

Holden is from New York City and much of the story will take place in the city.

Holden will visit some iconic places you may know including Central Park and The Museum of Natural History.


**New Unit Assignment

May 11-June 15 Read the novel The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, 26 chapters, 276 pages


The Catcher in the Rye was my favorite book when I was in high school and I am very passionate about sharing this novel with my students.

The Catcher in the Rye is a famous Modern-American literary classic.

Part 1: Read five (5) chapters each week

Part 2: Create 5 questions for each five chapter block about the most important things that happen in those chapters.

These may be developments in plot, characters, or conflict.

You are creating questions just like my 'Do Now' questions we did in class for six months so you have plenty of experience with this exercise.

You do not need to answer the questions, simply creating qualtity questions after a close reading tells me you know the answers.

Part 3: Choose at least two (2) central ideas from those five chapters and give supporting evidence of how the author develops this cental idea.

Using the play Fences as an example your assignment would look like this:

Chapter        Central Idea              Supporting Evidence

1                  Racism                     Troy could not play professional basball because of racial segregation

2                  Relationships            Cory believes that his father does not want him to be better than him

3                  Innocence                Rose agrees to raise Troy's baby after his affair because the baby is innocent

Here is a list of just some of the central ideas that appear in this novel for you to use in your analysis. There are many others you may discuss.

growing up           change

education             family

dating                  loneliness

relationships         trust

loss                     goals


May 5

Note: Some students have been unable to access the movie using the links provided. I do not know why this has happened and I apologize for the inconvenience.

If this happened to you, you may enter in your Student Work Log "Technical difficulty" and you will receive credit for the assignment.

Then continue with the argument essay outlined below.

If you did not finish reading the play in class, the full text of the play is available to read online.    https://khdzamlit.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/2/6/11261956/a_raisin_in_the_sun_-_lorraine_hansberry.pdf

You do not need to use direct quotations from the play.

May 4-8 A Raisin in the Sun movie and essay

Argument Essay: The play A Raisin in the Sun explores the conflicts faced by the Younger family, but who is the main character?

State your claim as to who you think is the main character and give supporting evidence.

Discuss, acknowledge and challenge the opposing claim. Who might others choose as the main character and why? Again, use supporting evidence.

Write a conclusion which summarizes your main points and supports your thesis statement (claim).

I have included an outline below to assist you in constructing this essay.


1. Introduce title of play, author and argument.

a. _________ is the main character of the play.

b. Reason 1

c. Reason 2

d. Transition sentence.

2. One reason why _________ could be the main character is ___________.

a. Introduce evidence 

b. Analysis in your own words (2-3 sentences)

c. How this proves argument (2-3 sentences)

d. Conclusion and transition

3. Another reason why _________ could be the main character is __________.

a. Introduce evidence from the text with citation (Act.Scene)

b. Analysis in your own words (2-3 sentences)

c. How this proves your argument (2-3 sentences)

d. Conclusion and transition.

4. Others may argue that __________ could be the main character of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

a. Explain a reason why this counter could be true

b. Provide evidence

c. Transitional statement 

d. Conclude opposing claim

5. Conclusion Restate thesis

a. Summarize argument

b. Conclude argument

Note: May 4  A student brought it to my attention that the link to the movie was taken down. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Another online source for the movie is available https://hdfy.to/movies/drama/a-raisin-in-the-sun-1961-watch-online

If there is a problem with this link, search google "A Raisin in the Sun full movie" and select hdfy site

I will extend the deadline for the assignment due to these technical difficulties.

April 29-May 1 We read the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry in class. Unfortunately, we did not have time to watch the film version of the play.

The film is available to watch online at crackle.com    https://www.crackle.com/watch/6205

If there is a problem with the link, search crackle.com for the movie or google "A Raisin in the Sun full movie" and select crackle.com.

The film is from 1961 and runs just over 2 hours.

Take notes during the movie and submit, via email, a list of 3-5 Comments, Obervations, Questions, Critiques.

There is not much to contrast between the film and our reading of the play as they are almost identical.

Instead, you will comment on how the performances of the actors and the vision of the director compares with what you imagined in your mind's eye while reading the play.

I will be posting an essay assignment on Monday based on the characters in the play.

Announcement: April 27 I am still accepting late assignments for the third marking period. However, please submit assignment s as soon as possible as grades must be submitted this week.

Announcement: !0th Grade Zoom Assembly for Mr. Mulqueen's classes (Periods 1/2 & Periods 4/5) with Mr. DelMonte and Ms. Heron

Friday April 24 12:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 984 7339 0352
Password: 4gu1d&

Note: Correction was made to the link to the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Due dates were adjusted to accomodate the error.

April 28-29 After reading the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Write a literary response of 2 paragraphs summarizing the plot and conflict of the story.

First paragraph: What happens in the story? (Summarize the plot)

Second paragraph: How was the ending a surprise for the reader? (How does the author create a surprise ending?)

The second paragraph should explaing how the author uses these literary techniques to create a surprise ending.

Plagiarism from the internet will not be accepted, be the sure essay is written in your own words or properly cited with quotation marks and source.

April 27 Check your understanding of the story at   https://quizlet.com/38493630/an-occurrence-at-owl-creek-bridge-questions-flash-cards/

Complete the quiz, it is self checking, you will get the correct answers as you move along. The objective is to use the flashcards to be sure that you have a strong understanding of the text.

There is nothing to submit here, visit the site, take the quiz and enter the assignment in your work log.

April 23-24 Read the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce https://americanliterature.com/author/ambrose-bierce/short-story/an-occurrence-at-owl-creek-bridge

This is a short story famous for its surprise ending. The surprise ending is a popular literary element used by authors in some short stories.

The author hopes to create am engaging, entertaining, thought provoking and memorable experience for the reader. 

April 20 The Third Marking Period is over; upcoming assignments wil count toward the fourth marking period. I have only received all the completed assignments from a few students. I can give extra time to complete assignments but please do so as soon as possible.

Please download or print Student Work Logs to keep track of your assignments for each class at yonkerspublicschools.org/students-work-logs

Use today to complete any assignments and your student work log, specifically for English 11.

Enter the work, reading, writing that you completed on that date. If you could not complete assignments on some days due to lack of access to technology, please enter "NO ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY" If your were sick on a given day please enter "ILLNESS" or if a family member was sick, enter "FAMILY ILLNESS"

Save your student work logs as they will be important documentation of your completed assignments via distance learning. Of course, I am saving all work you send me in my email inbox.

April 14-17 Text-Analysis Repsonse (Central Idea/Literary Element Essay)

 NYS Regents June 2014 Part 3     https://nysedregents.org/hsela/614/hsela62014-exam.pdf

April 17   Submit completed essay

April 15-16    Complete Text-Analysis Repsonse Essay (Central Idea/Literary Element Essay)


3-4 paragraphs (Introduction, Central Idea, Use of Literary Element)

Use quotation marks and line numbers to cite supporting evidence from the text

Follow each quotation with an explanation, in your own words, of the meaning or significance of the supporting evidence. (This line shows...)

Include a paragraph analyzing the central idea of the text (equality, equal rights)

Include a paragraph analyzing the use of literary element (conflict, setting)

April 14    Read Text excerpt "The Fundamental Principle of a Republic" pages 19-20


Argument Essay

April 13 Complete and submit Argument essays

April 9-10 Complete writing Argument Essay


4 paragraphs, Introduction and one for each of three texts

Must use 3 texts

Establish your claim and the opposing claim

Use quotation marks and line numbers to cite your supporting evidence

Follow each direct quotation with an explanation, in your own words, of the meaning or significance of the supporting evidence. (This line shows...)

April 7-8 Argument Essay    Topic: Should companies be allowed to track consumers' shopping or other preferences without their permission?

Read Texts 1-4  Pages 11-17

Journal Entries

Journaling can be an effective way to process our thoughts and feelings in writing especially during these difficult times. It is also a great way to keep our writing sharp and fluid. Please repond in one to two paragraphs to the journal topics posted here, please include your response in the body of the email rather than as an attachment. And remember, we are all in this together.

4/6/2020 Continue to work on journal entries 1-4 and submit by email by Tuesday April 7. If you need more time, contact me to discuss.

4/3/2020 Please complete journal entries 1-4 and submit by email by Monday April 6. if additional time is needed, please contact me to discuss.

4/2/2020 Journal #4 What do you miss most about school? Please take your response beyond "I miss my friends." What do you miss about the social interaction, laughing, sharing personal feelings, or playing sports? What about academically, your favorite subject, getting a good grade on a test, learning something new, or reading a good book? Also, it's okay to say you miss your teachers, I promise you, we miss you too.

4/1/2020 Journal #3 Most colleges and universitites offer distance learning courses. Some degrees can even be earned without ever stepping foot in a classroom. There is certainly an adjustment to the sudden change to distance learning we are forced to resort to given the current circumstances. What challenges are you having adjusting to distance learning? What are some advantages and disadvantages of online distance learning as compared to the classroom? What skills would be essential for success in a distance learning course? Which method would you prefer in college? Why?

3/31/2020 Journal #2 During these diificult times, we are all expreiencing some level of anxiety about coronavirus, concern for loved ones, difficulty with the Stay at Home order and adapting to a disruption of our daily lives. Just a reminder, your parents and teachers have not experienced anything quite like this either. All that said, can you find a silver lining in this otherwise dark cloud? Write about something, anything, positive that has or may still come of this in the future, either for you as an individual or for society as a whole. Maybe you have been helping your little brothers and sisters learn to read, or spending more quality time with family, perhaps you have helped others or used this time to pick up a new hobby that you enjoy. Please share.

3/30/2020 Journal #1 We are all social beings who thrive on human interaction and during these difficult times many people may be eperiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation. How are you coping with the "social distancing" requirement of this current global conflict? How are you maintaining social contact with others? Do you have any positive tips that may be helpful to others?

3/26/2020 Students I am now on Remind @mmulq class: English 11. Please join, contact me, let me know how you are doing on the first assignment, and share with classmates.

3/25/2020 Students please check in as soon as possible. Send me an email cmulqueen@yonkerspublicschools.org and let me know where you are with the first assignment. Please direct any classmates you are in contact with to visit this page.

In these challenging times we want to stay sharp and continue the educational progress we have made this school year. I hope students and families are healthy and safe. I will be available to repond to all emails Monday-Friday from 8:00 am -11:30 am.

If you managed to pick up a paper version of the distance learning packet, we will begin with that. If not, the materials are available online.

3/23/2020 The first assignment is a mock Regents exam.

Please email the argument essay and the central idea/literary element essay and I will be grading it and providing feedback. Please submit the essay in the body of the email rather than as an attachment. In addition, complete Part 1, reading comprehension with multiple choice questions.

Feel free to email me cmulqueen@yonkerspublicschools.org with any questions or concerns or just to say hi, we miss you all.