Friday, December 17, 2010
Over break you should read chapter six of A Separate Peace. You will want to keep up with your vocabulary assignment as you are working through the book. The first exam showed me that a lot of people are having problems with vocabulary - so I will be collecting bookmarks when we get back from break to check in on your progress with this. Also, A-day students, take the feedback from today's workshop to improve your drafts. Use the rubric to make them really good. Please come and see me when we get back from break to go through your essays and get some more commentary.
Over break you will need to read Act IV of Hamlet. You will want to annotate and keep track of things as you work through this section of the text. We will come back, review the material, and then move on to Act V. Also, you will want to spend some time working on your final papers - Rough Draft workshop will happen on the Wednesday when we get back from break. If you have any questions about papers, please e-mail me over the break.
That's all! Enjoy the time off.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
I'm not assigning you reading in Hamlet because I want you to be focused on your website projects. Continue to work together and hold each other accountable for their required work. Continue to also support and guide each other. I will probably give you a few mintues tomorrow to meet together and check-in with each other. Tomorrow we will finish looking at Act III as well as do a bit of overall discussion with the play.
I also remind you that there will be a final paper when we get back from break. Many of you will want to start working on this sooner as opposed to later. Don't be a procrastinator...wait, you're Seniors...don't procrasinate too much.
Next class you will have your exam. Be ready. On Thursday/Friday, you will need to bring your rough drafts of your assignments with you to class.
Let me know if you've got questions!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
- bildungsroman notes - You should know about the different stages of bildungsroman as well as important literary devices that we went over in this powerpoint
- literary devices - As you saw on the benchmark, a lot of questions relate to identifying literary devices and how they're used in a text. We've gone over a lot of these this year - everything is fair game.
- characters/plot events
- VOCABULARY- You will see vocabulary on this exam directly from the book. Be sure that you are looking over your vocabulary bookmarks as well as going back to those pages to reexamine how the vocabulary is used.
Friday, December 10, 2010
I'm not giving you any reading this weekend in the hopes that you will use this time to get a lot done with your Great Expectations websites. I'll be checking in on these over the weekend - watching just like Big Brother. Please let me know of any problems or concerns as soon as they occur so that we can deal with them.
Next week we will finish Act III of Hamlet. I'll be giving you a lot of work back on Monday including your paper topics and your Act I tests. There are a lot of interesting ideas floating around in the malestrom that is Honors English IV - I'm happy to see you all really wrestling with these.
On Tuesday/Wednesday you will have your exam on the first five chapters of A Separate Peace. Don't forget also that your rough drafts of your essays are due on Thursday/Friday. Use the feedback that I gave you on your first paragraphs to complete the rest of your papers. If you need help, please come and see me Monday afternoon during study hall.
Quick note: The chapter five worksheet asks about the conversation between Gene and Finny on page fifty-seven. This is the conversation that the two boys have while they are in the hospital, before Finny leaves Devon School.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tomorrow in class I will be collecting your paper topics. This will allow me to see what you're thinking for your final paper and give me some ideas as to how I can assist you. In my mind, I've already given you all the tools that you will need to accomplish these papers. This second round will be very hands off - I ask that you work hard and ask for any help you may need. I will have these topics back to you on Monday with commentary. Also, I will be handing back your Hamlet Act I tests on Monday as well.
The last thing that I should see from all groups is your Group Overview section. This should be completed by 6:00 on Friday evening. In the overview, be sure that you state what chapters you are studying in your group, what each person is doing in the group, and all of the members of your group. I especially want to know who is responsible for what content.
Looking forward to tomorrow's class as we move deeper into Act III.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tomorrow we will begin by finishing our discussion of "WAYG? WHYB?" - we're going to focus on the musical qualities and talk a bit more about the character names and the numbers. Be ready for that. We're also going to finish watching II.2 of Hamlet and begin our study of the third act. Please remember that paper topics are due to me on Friday. Also, I would like for you to finish the group overview section of your website by Friday.
Be sure that your chapter five worksheets and your copy of the script get to the box on Friday/Monday morning. Next class we will begin by presenting our scenes, going through chapter five, and then reviewing for your exam on chapters one through five. Also, don't forget that your essays due on the last day of class before break are now ROUGH DRAFTS, not final drafts. I will read these over the break and give you feedback to prepare for your final drafts.
Let me know if you've got questions!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tonight you need to make it your priority to read the short story "Where are you going? Where have you been?" by Joyce Carol Oates. Take a look at the questions at the end of the story first - these will give you some key points to read for as you go through the story. There are, in my opinion, several connections between this story and Hamlet as well as some other things that we've studied. This is a story with multiple layered meanings, and it's probably one of my favorite short stories ever written. I hope that tomorrow's discussion is productive.
Furthermore, you should be considering your final papers - I will be asking for topics soon. Also, continue working on your websites. Editing should be enabled for all of your group members. Try to get your Group Overview done by Thursday evening.
Enjoy the Oates!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Those of you that I did not have a chance to meet with today will get your first paragraphs back on Wednesday/Thursday. The biggest issue that I am seeing in your writing is that you are not explaining everything thoroughly AND/OR you are not really connecting your ideas back to your thesis. Remember to be clear in your writing. The idea here is that you want me to understand the story in the same way that you do. Continue working on these essays. Final drafts will be due on 12/16 and 12/17.
For reading homework tonight you have to read chapter five of A Separate Peace as well as complete the worksheet. The worksheet should go to the box by Friday/Monday morning. Make sure that it's complete.
Lastly, don't forget about your websites. The next deadline will be Thursday! By Thursday you should have the Group Overview for your page done.
Tonight you should finish your reading of Act II. Be sure that you're using the annotation guide which I gave out last week to understand the goings on of Act II. Tomorrow we will discuss Act II in a lot of depth before moving on to one of my favorite short stories ever written. There are a lot of interesting connections between the short story, Hamlet, and a few books of the Bible. Some strange things are going on here - and I look forward to investigating them with you all.
Let me know if you've got any questions or concerns.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Next class we will be having our Benchmark Test. Please be sure that you come to class with two pencils. If you'd like to study for this exam, look over grammar and literary terms. Don't concern yourself with other things.
Now, for Monday and Tuesday you should come to class with your introduction paragraph and first body paragraph for your first essay. Use the tips and strategies that we went over in class today to write your body paragraphs. Be sure that you're using your outlines to complete this part of the assignment.
This website provides good information on topic sentences and writing body paragraphs. It also contains those transition words which I referenced earlier.
Other than writing, you should also read chapter four of A Separate Peace. I hope that you're noticing how things are changing in this text, especially with Gene.
Your explications are due tomorrow! Use the rubric and other information that we've gone over to craft a well-written piece of poetic criticism. The biggest thing to remember about this assignment is that you are trying to prove to me that the meaning is created throughout the whole piece. Be sure that you take me through all of the poem as you write your explication. I will collect these from you tomorrow at the beginning of class.
Also, don't forget that you should finish Great Expectations this week!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today is the 29th of November - we have fourteen more days of school until Winter Break! Things will move pretty quickly before break, make sure that you're keeping up with EVERYTHING that we have going on. There will be a lot of deadlines for you to meet.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Over the break you'll need to read chapter three of A Separate Peace. Make sure that as you read you keep up with your vocabulary. We will have a vocabulary check in the coming days.
Over break you'll need to finish reading chapter two. Please keep up with the vocabulary assignment.
All Freshmen: You will have your first benchmark exam on December 2nd and 3rd. Feel free to review your grammar warm-ups and grammar notes as well as important literary devices. Don't spend a lot of time studying; I want to see what you know and where you don't understand things.
Over the break you should make it a priority to finish reading Great Expectations. You've got fourteen chapters left in the text to finish Book Three. If you don't finish it over break, you'll want to finish it in the week that we begin Hamlet, after break. Also, over break, you'll want to get your copy of Hamlet. You can get just the Shakespearean version, but I recommend the No Fear Shakespeare - it will help with understanding the plot!
Everyone! Have a great Thanksgiving! Eat lots of food!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tonight you should be able to finish reading book two of Great Expectations. Tomorrow we're going to finish reviewing some of the main concepts from book two to give you some things to think about as you finish reading Great Expecations on your own.
Also, when we get back from break we will begin studying Hamlet. I would recommend buying a copy of No-Fear Shakespeare Hamlet - this will provide a great aid to help you understand Shakespeare's language.
You should finish reading chapter two of A Separate Peace. Be ready for good discussion tomorrow!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
This weekend you need to read chapter two of A Separate Peace. As you read, be sure that you're keeping up with the vocabulary bookmark assignment. Jot down the words that are new to you with the page number, after you complete the reading assignment, look up the word and - on the bookmark - write a personal, one or two word definition of the new word. Reading is important because it builds vocabulary!
Also, as you read, pay attention to the ideas that we're raising in the class discussions. Especially in this opening bit of the text you want to really pay attention to the characters of Gene and Finny. Their similarities, their differences, and the relationship between them.
Freshmen (B-day): You've got to finish reading chapter one. Don't forget about the vocabulary bookmark.
You've got memorized poems to present on Monday and Tuesday. This should be your priority for the weekend. As I suggested earlier, try recording the poem and then listen to it again and again. Another good memorization technique is to write the poem again and again until you've literally etched it into your mind. We're also going to get back into discussing Great Expectations in these last two classes before we leave for Thanksgiving break. On Monday we'll be discussing chapters thirty, thirty-one, and thirty-two. Be prepared to discuss areas of these chapters in some depth on Monday.
Lastly - all of you come to the game tonight! HUP FALCONS!!!!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
For tonight make sure that you get your vocabulary cards taken care of. I will be collecting these from you tomorrow. Tomorrow we'll also have a timed writing on poetry. Try to use some of the things that we've been talking about lately in class about writing for tomorrow. Also, think about the sample essays that we analyzed today in class. Be more like a nine, and less like a two.
Lastly, you should be reading two chapters of Great Expecations each night. Tonight you'll need to read chapters thirty-four and thirty-five. I know that some of you are behind, please take the weekend to get yourself caught up. Don't forget about memorized poems on Monday and Tuesday.
Tonight you all need to finish reading chapter one of A Separate Peace. As you're reading, continue to pay attention to your vocabulary bookmark assignment as well as your motif and character lists. Note important quotations as you read as well to bring up in the class discussion.
See you all tomorrow. Happy Friday!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
You have the personal reflection about friendship due on Monday and Tuesday - please make sure that these get into the box. Furthermore, if you did not turn in your outline to the box yesterday or today, you will want to make certain you attend study hall on Monday or see me at A-lunch. These outlines are very important, not submitting them is getting you far behind in your essay.
Your homework for the weekend is to read/annotate chapters twenty seven and twenty eight. Also, I gave you back your annotated poems today - use these to begin planning for your dramatic readings next week. Dramatic readings will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Don't forget that the timed writing will happen on Friday and the memorized poem presentations will be on the 22nd and 23rd. We will be signing up for presentation slots on Monday of next week.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I want you to continue thinking about the idea of "friendship/brotherhood" which was raised in the story "The Scarlet Ibis." This idea is going to be really important as we start getting into our novel A Separate Peace next week. Over the weekend, I want you to write about this idea. Please answer the following questions in a personal response. Note that since this is personal, writing rules don't apply.
Describe the perfect friendship. What are important qualities to a good friendship? Why do these qualities matter? What causes friendships to fail?
Be as thorough as possible in your answer. You may want to draw on examples from your own life or from literature, television, or films. Please put your responses in the box on Monday/Tuesday.
I will have your anntotated poems back for you on Friday. You'll need to use these to prepare for your dramatic readings next week. I've changed the date for the dramatic readings: these are now going to be on the 17th and 18th of November. In terms of homework, you will need to read chapters twenty-five and twenty-six of Great Expectations. Furthermore, your vocabulary cards are due on Friday!
You may want to start discussing in your groups who is going to do what for the website. Divide and conquer!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Tomorrow, I'm going to be sharing your final project on Dickens and Great Expectations - I'm putting you in groups for this assignment and will have you build a website. This assignment will also count as your major paper for Great Expectations. But more on that tomorrow...
Monday, November 8, 2010
Would make a really good paper.
Tonight for homework you have two things to do:
1. Finish reading "The Scarlet Ibis" and complete your dialectical notebook. Honors students should have anywhere from seven to ten entries; Standard students should have three to six entries. Do not turn these notebooks into the box, keep them for our class discussion.
2. Don't forget your outlines for your essays are due to the box on Wednesday/Friday! Work hard on these. Come see me if you need help!
Tonight you all need to read chapter twenty-two of Great Expectations. This chapter provides a lot of backstory on Miss Havisham. Pay close attention to what we learn about her. Keep up with your bookmarks and vocabulary cards, I'll collect those Friday. Finally, don't forget the first stage of your poetry project is due Wednesday. I will not accept this late.
Great conversation today in class. You all made me very proud.
Friday, November 5, 2010
This weekend you should read chapters twenty and twenty one of Great Expectations. Welcome to London! As you read, pay attention to the city of London and Pip's attitude toward the city. Also, take note of new characters and what we begin to learn about existing characters. As we are getting into the reading again, you will want to get back to your bookmarks and vocabulary cards. I'll collect those next Friday.
Again, if you want to read ahead - please do so. Be prepared for conversation in class on Monday!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Over the weekend you all should be pulling together your outline for your formal essay. Remember to follow the formatting guidelines that I went over with you in class. Label everything and follow the guidelines about topic sentences and examples to include in the body paragraphs.
Tonight you need to do some time playing around with Google docs and finish the selecting of your poem for your project. Make sure that your posting in the last thread is done tonight.
Now, the Google docs stuff should be relatively easy for you based on the orientation we did today in class. Open your gmail/e-mail account that you set up for the Google group - you'll see that I shared a document with you. That document will include the instructions for tonight's assignment. Bring a paper copy of the response as a back-up just in case the internet fails. I'll be providing feedback in the document that you upload. Make sure that you share your document with me and that I can edit it!
Let me know if you've got questions. I'll be checking these tonight around 9:00 to see what you've all got.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Also, you should be reading Great Expectations - get ahead on your reading before next week!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Copy this link into your browser and use the information to complete your homework tonight. Also, don't forget that only two of your poets can be singers.
Tonight for homework you will need to complete the first paragraph of your essay. Please follow your writing notes as you begin to write. Make sure that you have your thematic, attention grabbing opening. Then make your connection to the story. Finally, include your thesis. Bring these to class with you on Thursday/Friday as we will begin coming together and editing for strong beginnings to our essays.
Get off to a good start this nine weeks - 100% completing the assignment.
We are going to focus on poetry for a little bit because we've really neglected it. Tonight, to facilitate that, I would like for your to do some research for homework. Find four British poets who interest you in some way shape or form. Note the following information abouth them:
- Their name. Birth and death dates.
- Major works, poems of acclaim.
- Literary period to which they are connected.
- Reception by the British public - were they famous? obscure?
- Why does this poet interest you?
You can use Wikipedia for this, but you may want to double check to make sure that your information is sound. Don't walk in to class with faulty information tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tonight you should all be getting ready for your vocabulary exam. We will start class with this tomorrow and Wednesday. Also, if you are going to do the extra credit assignment - you need to get that turned in tomorrow for A-day and Wednesday for B-day.
Only students who need to resubmit their assignments for a new grade need to turn in their paper tomorrow. Other students don't necessarily need to do anything tonight - enjoy your night off.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Tonight/Over the weekend you will need to read and annotate chapters fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen of Great Expectations. We will be taking a small break from the text in the not too distant future, at the end of book one. Book one will end at the beginning of chapter twenty. Start paying attention to how things are changing in the text from the earlier chapters. Also, notice new conflicts and new developments.
Furthermore, if you need to resubmit your paper - please do this by Tuesday. Also, I am more than willing to go through your paper with you to explain your grade. Make an appointment to see me to do this.
On Tuesday/Wednesday you will be having your Wordskills Unit 1 Exam. Use the guide I provided today in class to prepare for this examination. I will not collect this for a grade. Use it to study. Also, if you choose to complete the extra credit assignment, that will need to be turned in on Tuesday/Wednesday.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tomorrow you will have your first major assessment on Great Expectations. You will need to focus on the information presented in chapters one through fourteen. Be sure that you understand the major plot events from these chapters. Also, you will be asked to make connections between 1984 and Great Expectations - be sure that you are putting some thought into these connections. We went over one today in class, you will want to think about others.
Another section of this assessment will focus on the use of satire. I will be giving you a small passage and you will need to annotate the passage and compose a brief essay on the elements of satire used in the passage. Be sure that you can use your literary vocabulary to discuss satire.
Lastly, remember that redone vocabulary cards will be due tomorrow. I will not be accepting these late. If you are going to do this, have them tomorrow.
Tomorrow we are going to finish our Wordskills Unit One information in preparation for your exam next week. I would begin to study for this now. Also, you have an extra credit assignment due on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spend some time putting this together, I will not accept these assignments late.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
You have a quiz coming up on short stories. Be sure that you can discuss in depth many of the elements in each of the short stories that we have read so far. Your quiz will focus on the stories of "The Lottery," "The Necklace," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Interlopers." As you are studying for these stories, you will want to pay attention to literary devices as well as the plot events of each stories. Below is a list to get you started with your studying, this is not everything - just a list to get you started. For each of the terms below you should be able to give an example from a story we've read as well as comment on the importance of the device in the story.
- irony (situational, verbal, dramatic)
- unreliable/reliable narrator
- first person narrator
- third person limited/omniscient narrator
Your quiz will be forty multiple choice questions, short answer questions and quote identifications for Honors students. If you have any questions while studying, please leave a comment below!
I hope that you all enjoyed our character roundup today. I certainly enjoyed watching you all make links between the characters. Hats off to Mr. McGibney for the link between the convict and Joe Gargery. For tonight I would like for you to begin your review of chapters one through fourteen. You will have a sizeable assessment on Friday on this opening chunk of the book. Review your annotations, reread certain passages, and make sure that everything is clear. I will be offering a review session for this exam on THURSDAY after-school. As we work through the week we will have a bit more time to prepare for the exam. You may also tonight want to begin to think about your dramatization activity. I will be giving you the majority of class tomorrow to work on this assignment.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Read and annotate to the end of chapter fourteen in Great Expectations. This is going to be our first break in the text - we'll be spending the next few classes reviewing the information in chapters one through fourteen and really understanding the opening chapters to lay a foundation going forward.
Be sure that you're reviewing your notes for your quiz next week! Also, be sure that you finish your movie poster and get it in the box for Monday/Tuesday.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
**Be sure that you're citing everything that is not your original thought. Including images! I need to know where everything is coming from. Be sure that within your paper you are using parenthetical citations to show me any ideas, quotes, or paraphrases that are not your ideas. Don't plagiarize, even by accident!
For Vocabulary Cards:
Using this page, you will insert the word in the search box at the top. For the word's entry find the information under Origin. This is the information that will provide you the etymology of the word. Be sure to look for the root of the word and its meaning.
This is another good source for you. You may need to click on "show full entry" to get to all of the information. Again, look for the Origin information.
Over the weekend you should begin to study for your short story quiz. Focus on the main aspects of the stories, literary devices apparent in the stories, and also the plot events in the stories. Also, you need to be sure that you complete your movie poster review activity. Be sure that on the poster you include the requried information of: title, image, quote, critic's quote, characters and what actors would portray the characters.
Be sure that your movie poster gets to the box on Monday/Tuesday.
You've got a few things to accomplish tonight:
- Complete your paper! I appreciate the fact that so many of you have come to see me to review these essays. Finish your papers and turn them in to me tomorrow.
- Complete your vocab cards and bookmarks. I'll be collecting these tomorrow too. Make sure that you take the time and get them completely finished.
- Watch an episode of The Simpsons tonight - we'll be looking at an episode in detail tomorrow to discuss satire. You will want to consider the elements of satire and how they are seen in episodes of The Simpsons.
See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tonight for homework you need to read the story "The Necklace" by Guy DuMaupassant. Be sure as you read that you read all of the related information connected to the story. Including the note on "Separate Spheres" and any important literary device information before the story begins. When you finish the story, try answering the questions to yourself. This is a great tool to see if you comprehended the story or not. "The Necklace" will be our last story before you have your first short story quiz next week.
Tonight you need to complete the reading of chapters eleven and twelve. We'll be slowing down the pace of the reading relatively soon to allow those of you a bit behind to catch up. Be sure that you're keeping up with vocabulary bookmarks, cards, and your annotations!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Over the weekend you need to complete chapters seven and eight of Great Expectations. Be sure that you continue with your annotations and with your vocabulary bookmarks/cards. We have yet to have a reading quiz - be aware that we will have one or two during the time that we study this text.
Your task over the weekend is to rewrite a portion of the story "The Cask of Amontillado" from the point of view of Fortunato. You can rewrite this in a variety of ways (Facebook statuses, journal, story, poem, text messages) - but I want to see that you're really getting into the head of Fortunato. Use creative language and have fun with this creative writing assignment. It will be due on Tuesday for A-day and Wednesday for B-day.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tonight you need to complete the reading of chapters five and six. Make sure that you keep up with your annotations and your vocabulary assignment. Try to look for words that you can add to your working vocabulary and USE THESE WORDS! That way, you'll actually remember them. You'll be amazed how high your SAT Verbal score will go.
Finish reading "The Cask of Amontillado" - we're going to discuss that in depth tomorrow.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tonight you will need to finish reading chapters three and four of Great Expectations. Remember as you read that you will need to keep up with your annotations and your vocabulary assignment. Vocabulary is always due on Friday. As you begin to move deeper into the book, look at the patters. Do you see any motifs developing in the text? Do you see a tone developing? Remember to focus on the details but keep an eye out for the bigger picture at the same time.
Furthermore, your papers will be due soon. Please come and see me to review your drafts so that I can give you some more guidance on these.
Tonight you need to finish reading the story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe. The language in the story is relatively complex, please use your resources to define vocabulary words that you don't know so that you can understand the story.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tonight you need to read the first two chapters of Great Expectations. Take your time getting through the first two chapters. Keep up with your vocabulary bookmarks and cards. Remember that vocabulary cards are due for all of you on Friday!
Also, tomorrow we will look at drafts of the ABC assignments. Bring the beginnings of your drafts!
You don't have any homework tonight. Take the night to relax and get ready for tomorrow!
Friday, October 1, 2010
This weekend you should spend your time creating your rough drafts of your final assignment for 1984. Be sure that everything is clearly cited and that you have a thorough bibliography. I will not accept final assignments without these two elements.
Also, you may want to begin reading Great Expectations this weekend. We will begin our study of the text on Tuesday.
Enjoy the long weekend. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tonight your goal is to complete the story "The Interlopers" by Saki, found on page 150 of your textbook. Be sure that you understand the story completely and that you remember the main events of the plot. We will work on the story tomorrow in class.
Tomorrow you will have a timed writing in class. Your preparation in class today should have gave you some ideas to ponder in preparing for tomorrow. Make sure that you're continuing to work on your final papers - drafts are due on Monday! And, you need to have a copy of Great Expectations on Monday. Please be sure that you have your copy of 1984 with you tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Today was a relatively productive day in the library. You should continue to work on your final 1984 assignments. Please come to see me this week if you're having trouble or to begin working on your thesis. Once you have the basic idea charted out, the assignment should fall into place.
I'm looking forward to what you come up with here. Also, start reading Great Expecations -- get ahead!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tonight I would like for you to think a bit further on the story "The Lottery." Please answer questions two, six, and eight. Remember to follow writing rules, use a clear topic sentence to answer the question, and use quotes to support your answer. Furthermore, be sure to explain the quote/detail so that I can see how it proves your topic sentence. Answers should be three to five sentences. I will be very precise when grading these, I ask that you be precise when answering.
I think that we had a good discussion today about punishment and its goals. I would ask that you come back to these ideas as we move through the week. Tonight, you don't have any homework that will be turned it, but it would be a good idea for you to spend some time planning for your final assignment with 1984. Begin thinking of a thesis, think of ideas that you'd like to explore in a criticism, think of an important concept. Don't wast time tomorrow in the library, we'll only go back one more day this week before drafts are due.
Further, make sure that you get your copy of Great Expectations. Beginning the reading this week will be very helpful for you as we move forward. The first six or seven chapters are bland and will take a lot of getting used to.
Have a question, ask it.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
One of the biggest hang-ups that I have as a reader is with endings of
books. If a book has a bad ending then I think that the whole experience of
reading the novel can be ruined. So, here's the discussion board posting
for this weekend:
Are you satisfied with the ending of 1984? Why or why not?
Of course, be specific in your answer. Use quotes if you feel it necessary
to prove your point. Remember that if you use a quote then you should
provide a page number.
I look forward to your responses!
If you choose not to respond to the discussion board posting, then I will collect a response via this website or on paper in class on Tuesday.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Over the weekend you need to finish reading 1984. On Monday we will wrap up the book and begin moving on to some other parallel texts before we move back in time to the 1800's. Be aware that I will be collecting your novels to check annotations soon for a final grade. Once you finish the book, please answer the Discussion Board 2 posting on the google group. You may complete the assignment on paper and turn it in to me. Posting to the Discussion Board is due by midnight on Monday.
Also, today I gave you the final assignment for 1984. You have a lot of freedom in completing this assignment and I'll be looking forward to what you produce. Please let me know if you have any questions getting started with this. The rough drafts of this assignment will be due on October 5th. Also, you need to be sure that you have a copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in class on the 5th. As this will be our next major piece.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Over the weekend I would like for you to review the story "The Lottery." If you couldn't answer the question I asked at the opening of class, you may want to reread the story to review key details. Remember, a key to remembering what you read is to be an active reader. Take notes, underline, highlight, be active!
Once you finish reviewing the story, please answer question one at the end. Bring this question to class with you so that we can work on these together.
Finally, make sure that you have your final draft of your assignment ready to turn in. I will be collecting your final draft, rough draft, and your peer editing checklist.
You should continue reading book three though we have not yet discussed much of it. I will be giving your final assignment to you soon; having this reading done will make your life a lot easier. Also, you may want to go out and get a copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, our next novel. You will need to have this book in class the day after we finish 1984.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
You should be relaxing. You don't have anything to complete for class.
After speaking to a few groups I've decided to keep the pages open. Some groups were having technical problems and I want to be sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to get their project accomplished. I think that the presentations today were all very well done; they showed me that you all are really looking at these ideas and considering them within the text. As for homework, I would like for you to be reading Book Three. I will not give you a reading goal until we finish up with Book Two, which will hopefully be tomorrow. Keep reading! Keep annotating. Be thinking of what you would like to cover for your final project, details about that are just around the corner.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- When you're coming up with the thesis statements, examine the small details in the text. Look at the detail and nuance in the text and explore the issue of why these seemingly insignificant patterns are significant.
- Make sure that everyone in your group understands and can discuss the quotes. I want to see that this is a team effort in which everyone contributed.
- There is no minimum on the number of quotes. I would rather you have five really good quotes with thorough, shared explanation than fourteen poorly done ones. Sometimes less is more.
- Be sure that with the quotes with images you've discussed the connection between the quote and the thesis and the quote/image.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tonight you should wrap up studying for your Autobiography/Memoir Test. A-day students will have this test on Friday. B-day students will be tested on Monday. Also, today in class we did peer editing. I would like for you to take the edits from class and improve your draft. Make sure that you have a clear tone, that you have a lot of sensory details and imagery, and that you're focusing just on one specific moment. Everything needs to revolve around that one moment. I'll be collecting your final drafts and rough drafts/peer editing on Monday the 27th for A-day and Tuesday the 28th for B-day. Please come see me if you want help.
We're drawing to the end of the week very quickly. Your Utopia papers are due at the end of the week! I've started to see more of you for conferences, this makes me happy. Remember that the point of this is to not only express your philosophy but to do it in the form of a narrative. Don't just say "My perfect world is..." -- instead, present the life of a character/yourself in such a way that your philosophy becomes clear.
Tomorrow we will be going to the computer lab to work on the group pages; we will also schedule all the groups to present. Remember that you need to have book two of 1984 done by this Friday. I want to start seeing more of you speak up in class. Tell me what you think, tell me what ideas you're coming up with.
Finally, if you'd like to sit down with me to review your test or any other assignment, please let me know. The goal is to always improve your standing in class, and not to backslide.
Let me know if you need anything!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
- You do not have to dramatize a scene from the novel.
- Instead of this, you have to present three of your quotes with a non-textual representation. Use the magic of technology. You have to be able to explain the connection of the NTR to the quote and the connection from the quote to the thesis.
- I want you to include a thesis for your quotes. Some overall idea to bring everything together. You can then use this as an anchor for your discussion of the quotes as a group. Anchors are always a good idea.
Friday, September 10, 2010
All classes have a lot to work on over the weekend.
Freshmen: You should be working on the rough draft of your reminiscence assignment. Remember to use the assignment sheet to give you guidelines. I want to be sure that you're focusing on one specific event, using sensory details to show me the event, and fill your piece with imagery and details that reveal your tone. Also, we have a test coming up next week! You should take the weekend to begin studying.
Seniors: I think that today's class discussion on 2.3 went really well. I hope that as you're reading you're slowing down to examine some of the deeper elements within the text. Be sure that this weekend you spend some time working on your utopia papers, working on your group assignment, and reading book two. Next week we're going to spend some time every class working on the group assignment as well as continuing to study in depth certain sections of book two the way that we did today. Presentations of the group assignments will most likely begin at the end of next week.
All students: Don't forget that I'm always available after school and during lunch for extra help. You've all got papers coming due soon, I'd like to see you to work through any issues that you're having in working on these assignments. Remember, ask for help early to keep little problems from turning into big ones.
Have a good weekend! Happy New Year!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tonight your homework is to brainstorm three important events in your life. With each event, list as many details as you can remember, down to the smallest possible detail if you can! Also, with each event think about what you learned from this event. What is the message that you came away with?
I went ahead and set up your group pages in the google group for your book two project. You can begin using those to collect data and collaborate. Tomorrow you have an exam on Book One of 1984. Remember the activity that we did today in class - important/unimportant. I'm going to be asking you about big ideas. Study, know your information, and be ready to explain your ideas.
Also, today I gave you a paper assignment. Your draft workshop will be on Friday. Papers will be accepted from 9/13 to 9/17. Please let me know if you need any help with anything.
Friday, September 3, 2010
This weekend I'd like for you to spend some time and reflect on what we've gone over so far in 1984. Please respond to one of the following prompts either in the google group discussion board or on paper. Make sure that you have responded before class on Tuesday! I will collect any paper responses then. The prompts are given for you below:
1. In "Welcome to North Korea" it is possible to see many connections between the society and culture in 1984 and that of North Korea. What do you think is the most interesting similarity? Why is this similarity important? What does reading a text like 1984 do to help readers understand life in a totalitarian society?
2. Throughout book one of 1984 the reader is introduced to the world of Winston through a distinct third person narrator. There are several areas in the text where the narrator presents seemingly shocking events as if they were completely normal. However, there are also several places where the narrator presents very everyday scenes in a way that makes the event seem abnormal. Find an example of this in the text and comment not only on the scene presented, but also the way that Orwell uses tone and diction to send a subtle message to the reader about the world presented in 1984.
3. Many readers argue that Orwell's use of irony is one of the most important elements of this text, that without the irony in this story, the novel would not function. Find a scene or moment in the text that is particularly ironic and comment on the importance not only of the scene but also on the importance of irony in this scene. What effect does Orwell's use of irony have on this text as a whole up to this point?
Finally - you will have a quiz/test on Book One on WEDNESDAY! Use the opportunity over the weekend to collect any questions that you may have so that you can get some clarification on Tuesday in class. If you have any problems completing the homework assignment, let me know as soon as possible so that we can try to work that out.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This weekend you will be reading excerpts from David Sedaris. He's a pretty humorous author, and I think that you're really going to enjoy these pieces. Be sure that you read "Go Carolina" thoroughly and then complete the worksheet. Make sure that the worksheet gets in to the box before 7:30 on the day it's due.
Also, Honors students need to read the additional piece "Me Talk Pretty One Day." Those of you learning a new language will really associate with this piece.
Tonight I would like for you to finish book one. Make sure that you are keeping up with your annotations. After you've finished reading, you may find it helpful to go through the first book of 1984 and notice the things that you noticed your first time through. Try to figure out some of the deeper messages and movements in this text.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tonight for homework you need to read both parts of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and complete the worksheet. Answer the questions on the worksheet like notes. We will go over the piece and the worksheet in class on Thursday/Friday.
Tonight I would like for you to read and annotate 1.5. Tomorrow in class we will be discussing and reviewing 1.2-1.5; make sure that you are ready for this by reviewing your annotations and your reading from the past few days. It looks to me that a lot of you are starting to figure out some really interesting things in this text - keep working.
Also, make sure that you join the google group! If you haven't given me your gmail address yet, please e-mail it to me. Once you've done that, check this account for your invitation to the group.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I think that we had a really great discussion today in class. It's obvious to me that you are reading and doing a lot of thinking as you read. For tonight, read 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 - be sure that you annotate as you read.
Also, get your gmail account established and e-mail me or in some way give me the address. I have been sending out group invitations for our google group to these e-mail addresses. If you have gotten an invitation, please join by Wednesday! We are going to start using this group later this week.
If you have any questions - feel free to ask!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Using the guide that I gave you today in class I would like for you to begin reading and annotating your copy of 1984. You are, of course, invited to adapt the annotation assignment so that it is easier for you, but you must make sure that you have the required information. For the weekend, finish reading chapter one of book one. As we did today in class, stop after every paragraph or every page to review what you've read and take notes. Underline passages you'd like to discuss in class. Mark questions that you have or things you don't understand.
You may read ahead in the book - this will actually be really helpful for a lot of you. Just make sure that you don't spoil things for other people.
I think that we had a great conversation today about the poem "About School" - tonight I'd like for you to finish the worksheet about the poem. Make sure that you follow the homework policies for completing the assignment and turning it in. It's due to the box by 7:30 am on Tuesday!
Of course, let me know if you have any questions!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Make sure that you come to class tomorrow with your copy of 1984. Try to get the Signet edition if you can. If you don't have your own copy for tomorrow then I will issue you one from the bookroom. If you are using a school copy of the book, make sure that you have some post-it notes or index cards to annotate the text. We'll talk more about annotations tomorrow.
Also, if you haven't turned in your parent contact form yet - please get that to me with your google account information ASAP!
Here are some of the links that I shared today in class. I think that the timeline is pretty interesting and goes into a lot more detail than we did today. Also, we've got our map of the British Empire and the image of the Bayeaux Tapestry and Stonehenge.
See you tomorrow!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I think that this is going to be a really exciting year for all of you! I know that I'm really excited and I think that we've started the year off well.
I wanted to remind you all of the homework that you need to complete tonight:
Friday, May 28, 2010
• direct and indirect characterization
• character trait
• connotation and denotation
• conflict (man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature, man vs. society)
• internal conflict
• external conflict
• figurative language
• metaphors (direct and indirect)
• epic simile
• extended metaphor
• blank verse
• comic relief
• free verse
• iambic pentameter
• irony (situational, verbal, dramatic)
• lyric poetry
• plot (plot diagram pieces)
• point of view (1st, 3rd limited, 3rd omniscient)
• rhyme (end and internal)
• short story
Next week we will begin taking the EOC for English I. If you would like some more sample items to prepare yourself, please use the following links.
For grammar items, copy and paste these links in your browser:
For literature items, use this link:
The answers for the questions are provided at the end. If you get a question wrong, think about why the answer given is the BEST answer. Remember that it's not always the right answer, but it is always the best answer. If you have specific questions, please let me know.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Those of you who handed in papers today are basically done. I would spend the remaining days preparing for your final exam and getting ready for your presentations.
Your (optional) book projects are due on Thursday/Friday. Also, you should begin studying for your EOC. Use the study guide that I gave you today in class as well as all of the grammar sheets and packets that I have given you. Let me know if you have questions.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
You have rough drafts for your papers to do! Remember that rough drafts are not required but they are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. When you submit your rough draft make sure that you include a "Works Cited" page so that I can check you with your citations. At the very end remember that the bibliography ends up being work seventeen total points. You will be forced to resubmit if you don't have the bibliography.
Also, remember about the e-mail blackout. I will not speak to you about your papers after 3:45 PM on Monday. Deal with it before the last minute.
You need to study for your Odyssey test. Use the study guide that I gave you in class. Review the major characters, the events, the chronology of the story. Also, consider the role of women in the story too. We covered a lot with this story - be ready for your test!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Rough drafts will be collected on Thursday/Friday. Final drafts will be collected on Tuesday the 25th.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I appreciated checking in with each of you today. Remember that as you are pulling things together you should always see me once you run into questions. Now, Tuesday and Wednesday we will continue to meet in the library to do research. On Wednesday I will be collecting outlines from each of you for this paper. For your outlines I am looking for the following materials:
- Your thesis.
- At least three topics - you may have more...but you need at least three.
- With each topic you should list the research and quotes that you will use to explain and support the topic. Each topic will need a parenthetical citation.
- Under each quote you should have one or two bullet points to connect the quote to the thesis.
Remember that I will be available today and tomorrow after school. Come and see me! Also, rough drafts will be collected on Thursday. Rough drafts are not required but they are strongly recommended.
You should begin working on your final projects. Please read tonight for one hour. Begin the opening to your project. Also, all library books need to be returned by the 21st of May. You will have your test on part one of The Odyssey on Friday for A-day and Monday for B-day. We will work on a study guide for the test in class on Wednesday/Thursday.
Friday, May 14, 2010
You should be able to find ten to fifteen quotes/examples from your text to support your thesis. Remember, it's better to have more information to begin writing your paper rather than not enough.
Lastly, I am a bit concerned about the amount of work that some groups are doing in class. Most of you are getting good stuff done - but some of you are not really doing much of anything. We don't stop until the final exam. If you need help with the term paper, please come see me Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday after school. Don't come to me at the last minute with problems, those concerns will fall on deaf ears.
E-mail me if you need help this weekend.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
That's where we'll meet in the morning.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
If you are not going to put forth 100% of yourself for class, then why are you even bothering? Part of this class requires that you find the internal motivation to do well - we are beyond Freshman year. Now is not the time to expect to be coddled by me.
Anyway, tonight you should review "To Build a Fire" in preparation for a brief quiz tomorrow. Furthermore, you should review the information on page 741-742 on The Harlem Renaissance. We will begin studying the Harlem Renaissance tomorrow. Also, you may find it helpful to read over the poem "Incident" by Countee Cullen and "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes. Tomorrow's class will focus more on discussing style and the things that create style.
I hope that tomorrow is better than today.
Monday, May 10, 2010
We will review this story tomorrow. I hope that you enjoy it!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Over the weekend you all have some reading from The Odyssey to complete. Honors Students - you should read the packet that I gave you and answer the questions. You should answer all of the questions.
Standard Students - you should read the excerpt "The Land of the Dead" from the text book. Answer the questions that you find the answers to. Do not answer all of the questions.
Please answer the questions in your notebooks - bring the information to class on Tuesday/Wednesday so that we can discuss.
You will have to discuss specifics and pull together a thorough argument in one hour on Monday. This is your second timed writing. Be ready!
On Monday I will be handing back your "research papers" and go over some of the common errors with these. If you are absent Monday for AP's - please come and see me individually.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
- an introductory paragraph which builds to a thesis
- a thorough first body paragraph with a topic sentence, explanation, and examples
- parenthetical citations for your outside sources used effectively
- a conclusion which restates your thesis and begins to wrap up your argument
- a works cited area which has at least your novel citation and your research citation
Use the rubric to help you to complete a thorough draft. I will be grading you based on this. We have spent this whole week working on this assignment and my expectations are pretty high for these pieces.
Next week we will begin turning these smaller research assignments into a full paper.