For the ill and the absent-minded -

Here, you will find a very brief summary of class discussions and activities, lists of assigned readings and links to other resources. It should serve as a reminder of what we covered in class and/or of what you missed by being absent physically and/or mentally. Please read the posts and talk with your classmates before stopping me in the hallways to ask me if "we did anything important the other day". Feel free to make comments and if you're still confused, please email me!

(NB: I do not condone class absences - you must be present, in class, actively listening and participating whenever possible. Always communicate your absences with the school office as well as with me. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for missed learning opportunities. You MUST meet all assignment deadlines.)

27 April 2017

A - The poetry analysis hyperlink thing-y.

Learners read their independent novels.

We finished discussing "Bushed."

I divided the class into groups and assigned each group a poem: "The Hollow Men," "Second Coming," and "After Apple-Picking." Each group discussed their poem and strategized how to create a hyperlink version of the poem. I asked learners to be sure that they create the content for all the hyperlinks.

READ: Of Mice and Men

LISTEN: "To A Mouse" (see the link to the left)

NEXT CLASS: Hyperlink Poems

26 April 2017

G - The sustained irony thingamabobs that Swift does.

We discussed the excerpts from Gulliver's Travels, namely "The Voyage to Lilliput" and "The Voyage to Brobdingnag."

I asked you to look at the political cartoons that you brought in and compare them to the satire that Swift uses - overstatement, understatement, irony, etc.

We also spoke about "A Modest Proposal" as an example of sustained irony.

Congratulations, Madi, Patrick, James for making some great points today and to all those who offered some insightful opinions on the pieces.

NEXT CLASS: "The Rape of the Lock"

25 April 2017

A - The universality of things.

We finished discussing "The Lady of Shalott" and made some connections to the artist's search for utopia and the role of artists in the 21st century (in comparison to the 19th century, Victorian period).

HIGHLIGHTS: beauty, death, dignity

We looked at "How To Appreciate a Poem" and learners worked in pairs to read, discuss, and explicate Birney's "Bushed".

HIGHLIGHTS: man's entrance is marked by building a home, finding food, creating fashion - is this universal?! (thank you, Aidan for this insight!), connections to aboriginal world view

READ: "After Apple-Picking," "The Second Coming," Of Mice and Men

NEXT CLASS: First Nations's World View

24 April 2017

G - The one with surprise extended paragraph response on Milton.

I was off learning new things today. Hopefully, you used the period to write an extended paragraph response on  Paradise Lost - yeah, I know you bent back a little...

READ: the excerpts from Gulliver's Travels, "A Modest Proposal"

NEXT CLASS: Swift... don't forget to bring your political cartoons!

21 April 2017

A - The one you skipped.

No explanations necessary.

We will pick up "The Lady of Shalott" on Tuesday. In the meantime, please be sure to update your e-folders.

COMING UP: Life & Death, Of Mice and Men

20 April 2017

G - Eighteenth century things.

Christine, Faye, and Nakoda led us in a discussion of the political and social climate of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.

Then, Julia and Eva shared about Dryden, the learned "man" (v. the Renaissance person), Chudleigh, Montagu, and Moore, as well as Samuel Pepys... the Diary!

James talked about Defoe and "Journal of the Plague Year."

READ: the excerpts from Gulliver's Travels, "A Modest Proposal"

BRING: Your computers, a political cartoon for 26 April

NEXT CLASS: Extended paragraph response on Milton

19 April 2017

A - The thing with the different versions of Tennyson's poem.

Learners read their independent novels.

We read together The Poetry Foundation's version of Tennyson's and then we worked the 1842 version of "The Lady of Shalott."

Hopefully, you are making connections...

NEXT CLASS: Finishing Tennyson's poem, Life & Death