June 3

Because of the grad walk, many students lost a day in English class. We finished up with the notes from the previous post (Thematic Elements in Room) and talked about instances of Jack as an outsider and his unique role in commenting on our society. We also started the film.

There is an optional essay question on the final in which you compare and contrast elements from the film and elements from the movie. Students who either miss part of the movie or have opted out of viewing it will not be impacted in their ability to take the final.

Here are some additional videos you may find interesting. They are all of Elizabeth Smart, a woman who was kidnapped as a young teenager and held captive for eight months. She has become a public figure in her advocacy for rights of victims, as well as being an outspoken critic of abstinence only sex-education programs and the way many of these programs frame sexuality and the worth of individuals, particularly young women. These videos highlight her current, valuable work. The last video highlights the problem with media coverage in these high profile cases.

While these clips are short, she has also given many longer talks and presentations that can be viewed on YouTube. Many are worth watching.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

May 25, 2016

We have been reading the novel Room by Emma Donaghue for the past few weeks. In addition to class assignments, quizzes and discussions, we have also taken some notes. The presentations for the notes can be accessed here:

The final for the class will essentially be over the novel Room and cover elements found in these presentations. There will also be a final review.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

April 26, 2016

Today we took notes for our short story unit. The presentation can be accessed here.

Each day for the next couple of weeks, there will be a short story that we do in class. Each short story will have some kind of artifact produced from it. For example, we made a timeline from Margaret Atwood’s story “Stone Mattress.” We took 4 X 2 notes on Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day.” These artifacts will make up a prep score for the short story unit, which will culminate with a test. Scores from the test will include reading, speaking and listening, and language. Ample practice will be given before then. Some questions will come from the notes taken on the above presentation. More preparation and information will be provided before the test.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

March 17, 2016

Olivier 1948

Zefferelli 1990

Branagh 1996

Almereyda 2000

Doran 2009

After you view each of the five versions, click on this link and follow directions there:

Hamlet Survey

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

March 15

Today we spoke briefly about Shakespeare’s use of language and poetry. We viewed this video.

As for reading, we have read most of the way through Act II, Scene 2. We will wrap up Act II on Thursday and begin Act III. There will be a homework assignment over break.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

March 1, 2016

Today we will transition over to studying Hamlet. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. Before beginning our study of the text, however, we are going to spend a day learning about Shakespeare. Scholars have studied and analyzed Shakespeare’s life–both because his works have greatly influenced Western culture, but also because there are few writers to rival his genius.

You were given the wiki assignment as a hard copy and will write your portions and do your research on Chromebooks today. After you have prepared your selection, cut and paste it into this document:

Shakespeare Wiki

NOTE: Make sure that your section ends up in the correctly place in the wiki. Look at the topic headings found on your folder to make sure that you are editing the wiki correctly. Only move fully edited selections over to the wiki! Edit your citations in your own document as well before moving them over!

The second part of the assignment you will complete in the comment section below. In the last ten to fifteen minutes of class, you will read part of the wiki (choose topics that sound interesting), and add a comment to the bottom of this post that includes THREE complete sentences telling what you found interesting.

Posted in Uncategorized | 42 Comments

February 10

Our first several weeks of this term will be occupied with the writing process. Analyzing different pieces of literature, students will write two different essays–the first will be a draft only and graded on the writing process. The second will be a best version that will be assessed after students go through the writing process. Assignments can all be found in the Common Core Assessment Booklet.

These were issued to students in the fall but have been stored in the classroom as they weren’t used first semester. All booklets will stay in the classroom unless is student is getting particularly behind. Students were given a rubric for the grading of the writing process.

One of the first pieces we are looking at is a classic poem from Percy Bysshe Shelley about the fleeting nature of power. It is called Ozymandias. It can be heard below as read by Bryan Cranston:

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

February 1 Final Review

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

January 29, 2015

As you prep for your Speaking and Listening final, you may find this resource helpful:

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

January 12, 2016

We have begun working on our last major thing for the class in the reading of the novel, The Things They Carried.

Here is the introductory presentation:

Students will work through a series of reading assignments and class discussions. Additionally, the final exam for the class will include portions from Beowulf as well as The Things They Carried.

Students have been given a complete reading schedule through the end of the semester.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment