Mrs. Bongaardt

Phone: 610-522-4330 ex. 6216


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in English & M.Ed.

Mrs. Bongaardt

April 3rd UPDATE: Have you kept up with your reading schedule? Have you attempted Reading Logs 4 and 5-emailed to for suggested edits? Have you checked the 12th grade English tab under Covid19 Supplementals on the district Homepage? If you have answered NO to any or all of the above I have GREAT news to share. NEXT WEEK is spring break! You should use this time to catch up on READING, WRITING and REVIEWING. Again, our plan from January is to finish your independent reading by APRIL 17. This is the time to keep your literacy moving forward! Please reach out at any time if you have any questions for me ( 

April 2nd UPDATE: Please utilize the following questions for Reading Log #5. If you have any questions, please email me

Reading Log #5:

  • Question 1: Discuss the major crises in the rising action. Quote an event or information learned that is going to impact the character(s) thoughts and actions (motivation) in the next part of the plot. Explain how it might affect the character(s) (inference).
  • Question 2: What has the author been able to teach you about life through the text so far? Example—Consider how we learned that Beowulf, though an extremely strong epic hero, was still capable of acknowledge bad decisions (like when he challenged Brecca to a swimming match that almost killed them both). The author of Beowulf taught readers that even the most epic of heroes was human and that flaws are a natural part of human nature. Attempt to identify a theme that the author of your selected novel has been able to teach you so far in the reading. Provide a quote that portrays part of this lesson.
  • Question 3: Discuss the author’s use of dialogue in the novel (or discuss the author’s lack of dialogue in the novel). Select a moment of intense dialogue that was important to the novel and explain why (Or, select a moment in the novel that lacked dialogue that you wished to be present. Briefly rewrite the scene to include the dialogue that you wish was there and explain why).

April 1st UPDATE: Happy April Fool's Day! Please remember to follow the suggested schedule for this week (found at the English IV materials link below) and your reading schedule throughout April--it will keep you on track for finish your senior novel. Again, I am happy to read through Reading Log #4 or answer your questions about your novels, just email me at

March 30th UPDATE #2: Continue reading, reading, reading! Your senior novel is the perfect source material to continue your literature. Reading Log #4 can be answered in your journal, typed or handwritten. Please share your responses with me if you would like feedback at 

Reading Log #4:

  • Question 1à Reader Response (Emotions = MOOD and Environment): What feelings did the literature bring out of you during your current reading? What emotions did you feel? Select a quote that develops the mood and environment that affected you and explain why.
  • Question 2à How does the society/environment of the literature differ from your world? Select a quote that identifies this difference in interactions, belief systems, goals, speech, or other aspects of life that clearly affect the characters. Explain how this differs from your daily life.
  • Question 3à Is there a clear antagonist? Who or what is opposing or working against the protagonist? Provide a quote that clearly identifies this antagonist or proves that even though there is an antagonist, the identity has not yet been revealed. Explain how the antagonist is contributing to the conflict of the novel.

March 30th UPDATE: Along with the reading of senior novels, the senior teachers want to provide students with opportunities to review key material from each unit. Beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period, seniors can use the provided material found on the district website, here English IV Materials to review their knowledge and comprehension of this unit. If at any time, you have a question about novel reading or the review topics posted, please reach out to I will be happy to go over material with you. 

March 26th UPDATEMorning English IV! Have you read from a novel today? If so, you're welcome to share with me 1 interesting part of your plot, 2 aspects of life that the author addressed (relationships, conflict in society, belief systems and so on), and 3 questions that you have regarding the reading. If you'd like to cite the lines from the reading to recall how to use in-text citations in your writing, I'd be happy to check the accuracy and provide editing suggestions on the review of this skill that we have been working on with your senior novels. Please reach out if you have any questions,    

Hello English IV students! I hope that you and your families and friends are doing well during this time. During this uncertain time, I wanted to remind you to continue to grow in your literacy. Even though we cannot be together in the classroom, there are plenty of suggestions for how to keep growing in your reading and writing abilities. One activity for suggestion would be to read your provided senior novel. If you are unable to locate your novel, the provided links below might help in keeping you actively reading. Also, there are provided questions that you can consider while reading. I use these questions as a way to organize my thoughts and reactions to a text, while also comprehending what the author has developed in plot, characterization and purpose. These suggested active-reading activities might also help guide you in reading for literacy.

If at any time you would like to discuss a text and/or ask for suggestions for the development of your literacy, please contact me through school email (

Links to senior novels for consideration:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist

Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Macbeth

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Stevenson Treasure Island

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson: Stevenson Kidnapped

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells: The Time Machine

Suggested active-reading questions:

1. Initial Reaction: What is your first reaction or response to your current reading (provide pages)? Describe or explain it briefly. Why is this particular scene/event/dialogue important to the plot? What are you looking forward to seeing happen in the novel at this stage?

  1. Reader Response (Emotions = MOOD and Environment): What feelings did the literature bring out of you? What emotions did you feel?
    3. Perception: What did you see (visualize = use of imagery) happening in the literature?
    4.  Paraphrase: Retell the current storyline briefly. BE specific. Label what point in the plot structure that you are in. Is the plot chronological or sequential? Explain if it is effective or not.
    5.  Associations: What memory does the literature bring to mind-people, places, events, sights, smells, or even something ambiguous like feelings and/or attitudes? BE specific.
    6.  Thoughts/Ideas: What idea or thought was suggested by the literature? Explain briefly.
    7.  Selection: What word, phrase, image or idea grabbed your attention and your focus?
    8.  Importance: What is the most important word or image in the literature? Why?
    9.  Problems: What is the most difficult word in the literature? What in the literature do you have the most trouble understanding?
    10.  Author: What sort of person do you imagine the author to be? Or, with what you know about the author, how is his life and style reflected in the work?
    11.  Response: How did you respond to the work intellectually or emotionally? Did you feel involved with the literature or distant?
    12.  Evaluation: Do you think this is a good piece of literature? Why or why not?
    13.  Literary Associations: Does this work call to mind any other literary texts (prose, play, film, short story, or novel)? If so, what is the work and what is the connection that you see between the two?
    14.  Writing/Thesis Development: In writing about this literature, what would you focus on? Would you write about some association, memory, and some aspect of the text itself, about the author or some other matter?

Setting Questions:  

  1. What is the setting (time, place-environment)? How do you know? What clues were given, if any? Would the literature be as effective in another setting? Does the setting play a major role?
    16. Flashback: Is there any unity of time and place or does the story change from time to time and from place to place? What is the time span of the story?
    17.  What other works does the setting remind you of?
    18.  What are your feelings about the setting? Would you like to live in this place, why or why not?
    19.  How does the society/environment of the literature differ from your world? Which world do you prefer and why?
    20.  Is the characterization effective?
    21.  Are the characters stereotypes, static, dynamic? Explain.
    22.  Is the character motivation valid?
    23.  Is there a clear protagonist? Explain.
    24.  Is there a clear antagonist? Explain.
    25.  What are the internal conflicts? How are they resolved?
    26.  What are the external conflicts? How are they resolved?
    27.  Do major characters change in any way in the story?
    28.  Are the characters’ personalities consistent or do they behave irrationally at any point? Explain.
    29.  How would you have acted differently than a major character during a crucial event in the story?
    30.  Which characters remind you of someone you know and how so?
    31.  Which character reminds you of yourself and why?
    32.  Compare a character to another character in literature.
    33.  Discuss a character that you admire, like or dislike. Explain why.
  2. Give reasons for a character’s behavior. Speculate what causes a character to act the way that they do.
    35. Does the major or the minor character’s actions parallel anything in your own life?
    36.  Give your first impressions about a major character. Do they change as you finish reading?
    37.  If you could talk to any character, who would it be and what would you say?
    38.  Which of the following tells you the most about a character; what he/she does, what he/she thinks, what others say, how others react to him/her, what the author says about him/her and support with examples.
    39.  Explain how a character is responsible for what happens to him/her?
    40.  Write an interior monologue for a character in a specific scene.

    41.  Choose two characters to compare and/or contrast.
    42.  Write a detailed physical description of a character.
    43.  Discuss actors who would appropriately portray characters in a film version.
    44.  What is the main problem that the protagonist faces? What is his/her big decision? Is it a good one?
    45.  What is the source of the conflict? Is there more than one conflict that the protagonist must handle?
    46.  Discuss the major crises in the rising action.
    47.  What is the climax of the story?
    48.  What occurs during the falling action? Why is it important?
    49.  Make a diagram of the plot.
    50.  Is there adequate suspense or tension in the story or does it lose your interest? Where and why?
    51.  Do any of the incidents seem too contrived or false?
    52.  What parts are realistic or effective? Why?
    53.  Predict what would possibly happen next and why?
    54.  Comment on the structure of the plot.
    55.  What general truth does the author seem to stating about human nature? What is the view about humanity, the universe and/or society?
    56.  Discuss a minimum of two themes found within the work.
    57.  Do you agree with the author’s feelings about humanity or the world?
    58.  Is this work realistic, naturalistic, romantic, or so forth? Explain how.  What is the author’s philosophy about life as it is stated within the work?
    59.  Are there ideas within the work that remind you of other texts that you have read?
    60.  Choose a passage that you think is significant to portraying the author’s message and comment on it.
    61.  Discuss and idea/theme within the literature that you like or dislike and explain why.  Give your interpretation of one of the themes.
    62.  Argue about a controversial issue or scene within the text.
    63.  Defend the different ideas presented within the text.
    Style: Consider appropriateness and originality.
  3. Choose a short passage to analyze for style.
    65. What are key elements of the author’s style?
    66.  Write a short passage copying the author’s distinct style techniques.
    67.  Compare and/or contrast the author’s style with another authorÆs style.
    68.  Discuss, using examples, the author’s diction.
    69.  Discuss, using examples, the author’s use of dialogue.
    70.  Discuss, using examples, the author’s use of syntax.
    71.  Find and discuss effective figures of speech (similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, paradox, puns)
    72.  Find and discuss examples of versification (alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme, repetition)
    73.  Find and discuss effective example of imagery.
    74.  Defend the author’s choice of point of view. What is it? Why is it effective? What are its limitations, if any?
    75.  What is the author’s tone? Is it effective and appropriate?
    76.  Find examples of symbolism within the literature.
    77.  Discuss the atmosphere and mood of the literature.
    78.  Discuss the use of irony in the literature. Look for dramatic, verbal and situational irony.
    79.  Find examples of foreshadowing within the work.
    80.  Find and explain allusions in the work.
    81.  What do you like or dislike about the author’s style?
    82.  What is your favorite passage within the work? Copy and discuss.
    General Response:  
  4. 83.From what you know about the work, speculate and make predictions about its outcome.
    84. Interpret an important passage chosen by the teacher.
    85.  List questions about puzzling passages.
    86.  Comment of the relevance of an important passage to the present.
    87.  Discuss the importance or relevance of the title.
    88.  Discuss the genre of the work and how it compares to other works within that genre.
    89.  Comment on the contents of a passage as it relates to its historical context.
    90.  Evaluate the work as a whole. Do all aspects work together or what doesn’t work?
    91.  Reflect upon what you have learned from this text. How has your ideas, thoughts, attitude or feelings been changed?
  5. 92. What changes would you suggest to the author about his/her work?
    93. What questions would you like to ask the author?
    94.  Write a brief scene that could be added before, during or after the work.
    95.  Create an artistic representation of the work.
    96.  Create a letter to and from either characters or the author.
    100. Write an advice letter to a character helping him/her deal with a conflict.
    101. Would you recommend this work to others? Why or why not?




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