Wednesday, March 31, 2010
English III - Tomorrow we will have bookstore day. Come prepared to learn about a bunch of new novels and be ready to decide which you will study for the last nine weeks. Also, I will be handing back a lot of work to you tomorrow including your quizzes on The Crucible and your timed writing activities. Finally, your Mean Girls/Crucible papers will not be due until we get back from break. I will gladly take them from you early - but you don't have to turn it in until we're back. Because of the extended deadline, I will not accept late papers. No exceptions.
That's all. One more day until break!!!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Don't forget that your papers are due to class on Thursday. Come see me with a second draft if you'd like my review.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Juniors - Your papers on Mean Girls/The Crucible are due on Thursday. If you are going to be absent on Thursday, be sure that you turn in your paper before you go.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Also, on Monday you will need to come to class with copies of your compare/contrast essay. Remember - try to keep it in the range of 600-800 words. Come up with a good title.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Also, a lot of you are absent for a variety of reasons (school, sickness, etc.) please make sure that everything gets in when it is due. Shakespeare/Drama projects are coming due soon - 30th for A day and 31st for B day. With the closeness of Spring Break, I can't really take these late.
See me if you need help. I'll be around after school next Monday for Study Hall.
Tonight I would like for you complete an outline for your Crucible/Mean Girls paper. Please follow the outlining format as much as you can - show me what your thesis is as well as what elements from the texts you will use to prove your point. Tomorrow we will finish watching the film version of The Crucible and you'll have time to work in your groups.
We'll present the group assignments on Friday!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- How much time as passed between Act III and Act IV?
- What is going on in the town of Andover? Why is this important when considering the idea of power and authority?
- What happened to Abigail?
- What has happened to Parris in Salem? His reputation?
- Why are the judges so concerned about postponing the execution of John Proctor?
- What has happened to the town of Salem?
- The wind reappears toward the end of Act IV - what meaning could this symbol have?
- Pay close attention to the scene at the end of John's confession. What's going on here? What is the meaning of the scene about honesty and truth?
- What is the irony of Danforth discussing lies?
- How is the motif of dark and light used at the end of Act IV?
If you can answer all of these questions about Act IV then you are in good shape. Be prepared to quickly review Act IV tomorrow and then work on a group assignment. Also, continue to work on your thesis statements for your Mean Girls paper. If your thesis was approved today, you may want to think about what you need to discuss to prove this and organizing your information.
If you need help, ask. I'm available after school on Wednesday.
Monday, March 22, 2010
As you prepare to give your monologue, be sure that you have your written paragraphs ready to hand in when you present your speech. One paragraph is on the context of the speech (what is going on when the speech is said) and one paragraph is on the importance of the speech (why is the speech important to the play). If you don't have these to hand in on time, you will not get the points for being punctual.
Also, on Wednesday/Thursday we will have a quiz on Act III. This quiz will have quotes and multiple choice questions. The quote section will ask you to translate lines from Shakespearean English to modern day English. Use the online text to practice. Look at the original, translate, and then check your answer next to the updated version. Also, be sure that you can recognize literary devices like irony (all three kinds) as well as metaphors, similes, personification, and other types of figurative language. Honors students, you will also need to say who said the quotes and why they are important to the story. Be prepared!
If you have questions - please ask! Currently I'm sitting in an empty study hall - this would have been a perfect time to seek help.
Tomorrow there will be a quiz on Act II and Act III. The format will be much the same as before: multiple choice, quote identification, and drawing. We will begin tomorrow's class with the quiz and then move on to work on the compare/contrast essay assignment.
If you have questions, please e-mail
Friday, March 19, 2010
- What is the turning point of the play? Why is this so important? What turns? For whom?
- Look at group mentality - are there more than just the group of girls? How does this group work? Why does it work?
- Watch Proctor's anger. Why does he get so angry? How does he put his anger out against Abby?
- Look at Elizabeth's mistake. What is the mistake? Why is it important?
- What is the scene of hysteria? Who begins the hysteria? Why?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Tomorrow we are also going to read a really fantastic poem - I think that you all will like it a lot.
Finally, if you need to make up the Act II Quiz - you'll need to do that tomorrow afternoon.
Monday, March 15, 2010
PS - I understand that today was Monday and that many of you were tired today, tomorrow I expect we'll be more awake.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Juniors - You don't have anything that you absolutely need to do this weekend. If you were absent today or yesterday, you'll need to make up the Act I quiz on Monday, after-school. If you were absent today or didn't turn it in today, make sure that you get it in on Monday. This weekend you do not have any reading that you need to do. If you would like to read ahead in The Crucible, go for it. This will save you from reading homework down the line. Remember, however, that reading quizzes can happen, make sure you know the assigned reading for the next day's discussion.
Freshmen - Some of you have monologues to perform next week. I have seen some people who have not yet even read their play - this is a problem. Some people have brought me their paragraphs for their monologues. Please continue to do so. Also, remember that you can bring drafts of other parts of your project as well. You have an in-class presentation on Tuesday and Wednesday - be prepared for that. Most of you have used your class time really well to prepare. Finally, I have reviewed Benchmark data with all of you and told most of you areas to work on before the EOC - during upcoming study halls I will be offering help sessions on particular areas. You should make an effort to attend these sessions OFTEN!
I am now going to play a few rounds of Call of Duty before I have to do laundry. Enjoy the weekend.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tomorrow we will review Act I and have a movie day! Act I Quiz on Friday and Positions Papers due Friday!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
We'll discuss this tomorrow as well as hopefully finish Act I.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Juniors - You need to finish reading the introductory information in Act I of The Crucible. Do not begin reading the actual play. You should also take tonight to make any revisions to your position papers - please come see me to look at your papers. Your final drafts of these papers are due on Friday.
Freshmen - Today you signed up for spots to give your speeches. You should begin memorizing so that you are ready! Also, you should go ahead and write your paragraphs to turn in on the day of the presentation.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Juniors - Your rough drafts of your position papers are due on Monday. Remember to work quotes from both the original source and your research into your writing. You don't need to have a bibliography for the rough draft, but you will need to have one for the final draft. Remember to cite your quotes using parenthetical citation of (Author Last Name, Page Number). If you don't have an author, use the title of the article. Follow the formatting rules for a position paper that we went over in class on Friday. We will really get into The Crucible on Monday.
If you have questions - leave a comment or e-mail!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Freshmen. You had your Benchmark exam today. I feel for those of you that had two exams today, I know that they can be really mind numbing. Over the weekend you need to prepare for your quiz on Othello, Act II. Use the online text a few pages back to help you prepare. You will have multiple choice questions as well as a fill-in-the-blanks summary activity - study your vocabulary!
Juniors. Today you took a "quest" for me. I'll hand those back to you tomorrow. I'm seeing improvement and I like it. Tomorrow we will begin a new unit on Modern American Drama. We will also spend time in the library researching for the position papers.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States
Use of primary sources in the piece, rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), "unlearning"
Native American Literature
views of nature, organization of society, purposes of mythology, cyclical view of life and nature
Mary Rowlandson's "Narrative of the Captivity"
use of allusions, attitude toward the Native Americans, strong woman
use of irony, difference between Oluadah and Mary in their story and narration, purpose and rhetorical appeals, appeal to the audience
poetic style, the use of the master's letter, revolutionary and conformist
Puritan life and womanhood, poetic style
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Which speech from your play will you present to the class? Why did you choose this speech?
Write your response as a good, well organized paragraph which is insightful. Really answer the question "why" giving examples from the speech.
Also, you have your Benchmark exam on March 4th (A) and March 5th (B). There will be a quiz on Act II of Othello on Monday and Tuesday of next week! Be ready!
First, read the biographical information on Anne Bradstreet on page 27. Feel free to skim this. Then read the information on plain style and inversion on page 28, and finally the poem on page 29.
After you've done all of that, you can read the article that I gave you. Think about how the article informs your understanding of Bradstreet and the poem.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Take the conversation that we had in class today as a kick in the butt. Rise to the new expectations that have been placed on you and meet them!
Tonight for homework you need to read the packet that I gave you. Read the following from the packet:
- The biographical data on Wheatley
- The letter from her master
- "To the University of Cambridge in New England"
- "On Being Brought from Africa to America"
- "To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works"
- "To His Excellency..." and the attached poem which starts "Celestial choir."
Read the poems, mark notes. Underline lines. Be a good reader and really pick these apart!