Archive for October, 2012

28
Oct

Morning (or evening, depending), y’all. Sorry for missing a few posts. That shouldn’t happen again. Let’s get right to it.

Monday: On Monday we will continue working in groups on our Puritan Synthesis Essays. My expectations are that you will continue to work as each others’ editors and writing critics. Your job is to begin mapping out your essays in an outline. When you’ve completed that first step of the writing process I will sign off on your work and you can begin typing the essay.

Tuesday: This will be the third writing day specifically dedicated to the construction of your body paragraphs. Again, I will have computers in the room, and you’re welcome to use them with your partner to craft your essay. Again, the goal here is for students to function as editors during the writing process, not simply after it.

Wednesday: I will be lecturing briefly on introductions and conclusions during class on Thursday. Naturally, I’ll post the notes after class. You need to plan on being in class, as there are a number of strategies that skilled writers use as the introduce and conclude their own writing that I will be presenting to you and expecting that you make use of.

Thursday: Again, I’ll have some computers in class, and I expect that your groups will be constructing your introductions and your conclusions based on the notes from Wednesday.

Friday: TBD

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
28
Oct

Hey y’all! So sorry for the lack of web stuff for the last 2 weeks. I’ve been buried in grades, guitars, and… um… I can’t think of something else that begins with “g.” Let’s get right to it.

Monday: Monday will be the second writing day for your MacEssays. I’ll have some laptops in the room, so if you have already started typing them you’ll be able to continue in class. Remember that we’ll be peer editing on Tuesday and Wednesday, so you need to be ready to go.

Homework: Print 2 copies of your essay for class on Tuesday.

Tuesday: As I stated before, Tuesday will be our first day of peer editing. I’ll be available to help, too, but I sincerely desire for you guys and gals to be resources for each other.

Wednesday: And we’ll have one more day of peer editing.

Thursday: As we transition away from Shakespeare (sad!) I’ll be introducing the novella (I hesitate to call it a novel…) by Elie Wiesel entitled Night. It’s a short book, but is tremendously powerful. I think that you’ll find it both terrifying and heart-wrenching. I have a short lecture on the geo-politics of Europe prior to WWII, where the book is set. If you miss class, shoot me an email, and I can send it to you.

Friday: Friday is a reading day. I’m carving some time out of our busy schedule in order to give you time to work on the reading for Monday. Remember, your MacEssay is due by 11:59:59 on Friday.

Homework: Read Section 1 of Night.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog
23
Oct

Hey all! Here’s the PDF of the study guide. Enjoy!

Category : Honors 10 | Blog
11
Oct

Hey y’all, here are the review questions as well as the vocabulary for the first act of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. Enjoy!

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
8
Oct

Guten Morgan (I actually have no idea at all how to spell “good morning” in German)!

Monday: We’ll start the day by sharing what we’ve found out about The Red Scare and McCarthyism. This will set up the work that we’ll be doing with the play The Crucible. I’ll be reading the introduction aloud to you afterwards.

Tuesday: Because I like plays to be, well, you know, plays, we’ll be reading this one aloud in class (which has the lovely consequence of making it so that you have very little reading homework). You can find the full text of the play here, which will be useful for completing the discussion questions that you’ll have for homework.

Homework: Complete discussion questions.

Wednesday: We’ll start the day by stamping your homework, then we’ll move to reading another section of Act 1 aloud. Again, there will be a series of questions that will be used for talking about the novel at the start of class on Thursday.

Homework: Again, complete your discussion questions.

Thursday: Like the previous day, we’ll begin by stamping your discussion. We’ll have short quiz on Act 1 afterwards.

Friday: Friday will be the beginning of Act 2, which is generally speaking my favorite part of the entire play. We’ll be reading through most of it in one go, so be ready to jump right in when class begins.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
8
Oct

A happy end-of-weekend/start of week to you all! We’ve got all sorts of fun things at the ready this week in the midst of all of the Homecoming craziness. Most of it will center around Macbeth and a series of journal entries, so make sure that you stay on top of the blog if you’re not in school, as I’ll be posting the writing tasks after class on Tuesday and Thursday.

Monday: We’ll start the week of strong with a look at I.iii looking especially closely at his handful of asides. We’ll discuss why they aren’t technically soliloquies and we’ll be setting up how we’ll be keeping this set next set of Dialectical Journals.

Homework: Read I.iv and I.v

Tuesday: In keeping with our emphasis on specific language we’ll be taking a very close look at Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy. The emphasis here is on learning to craft a detailed analysis of a passage. We’ll have a specific journal entry on the topic of gender roles as well.

Homework: Read I.vi and I.vii

Wednesday: I have a short worksheet designed to help you work through what, exactly, happened in Act I. When we read Shakespeare I find that it is necessary to take a minute to review in order to make sure that we didn’t miss anything. Afterwards we’ll be watching most of Act I.

Homework: Read Act II.i and II.ii

Thursday: We’ll start the day with a short journal on fate (yeah, I know…). This will serve as the fodder for our discussion of the start of Act II.

Friday: I’m so excited about this one! The day will start with a short excerpt from the BBC version of Macbeth (II.iii). Afterwards we’ll jump into an analysis of the symbolism in the Porter’s speech (trust me on this… it’s unreal).

Homework: Read II.iv. There are also some discussion questions which I’ll post after class.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog
1
Oct

Hello from Safeco! Let’s keep this short, as Felix is throwing.

Monday – Wednesday: Each day you’ll be reading a new story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hopefully you’ll have the chance to finish them all in class and avoid homework. At the start of each period I will have a short quiz. They’ll be easy, but they’ll keep you honest.

In case you miss the stories, here they are: The Minister’s Black Veil, Young Goodman Brown, and The Maypole of Merrymount.

Wednesday: I’ll also be presenting a short lecture on Wednesday on some of the themes that perhaps you should be aware of in Hawthorne, as well as some of his literary technique. I’ll post it afterwards.

Thursday: We’ll be having a fishbowl style seminar on the stories, so make sure you’re here. This can’t be made up if you’re gone.

Friday: I’ll be assessing your understanding of Hawthorne on Friday through an in-class writing piece.

Category : 11th Grade | Blog
1
Oct

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So… They may have also finished 3rd, maybe 7th, at an event that may or may not have been part of a state tournament. Yet again, those quotes don’t mean what y’all think they mean.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
1
Oct

Hola, s’mores! Sorry for the later-than-usual post. (I’m so dedicated to y’all that I’m doing this from a Mariners game). Let’s keep things short, shall we?

Monday + Tuesday: I’ll be giving you the period on both of these days to finish working on your essays and continue peer editing. I’ll be lecturing briefly on Monday about comma splices (which I encountered at every turn in your Momentous Essays). Make sure you understand the content, because I’ll be looking for these in your essays. Finally, at the request of some of your peers I have the examples I showed in class of how to successfully integrate source documents into your body paragraphs, both directly and indirectly. Check those out here.

Wednesday: Wednesday is essay day. We’ll set up accounts on Turnitin.com, and the essays will be uploaded by 11:59:59.

Thursday: I’m really not one for wasting time, so we’ll jump right into Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Please bring 451 and Lord of the Flies as I’ll be collecting them as I check out your new books. Once the books are in your hands, we’ll read Act I.i aloud. You’ll learn how I like to do read alouds, too.

Friday: I have a fantastic version of Macbeth that we’ll occasionally watch some scenes from, so we’ll start off with Act I.i so that you picture what’s going on. I’ll supplement this with a lecture on witches in Elizabethan England which I will post afterwards.

Homework: Read I.ii and I.iii for Monday. Expect a quiz.

Category : Honors 10 | Blog