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.)

16 January 2017

G - The twin-compasses conceit thingamabob.

We looked at the growth of the English Language during Elizabethan times, and spoke briefly about the metaphysical poets (conceits and paradoxes) and about John Donne.

We read and discussed "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning."

I went over some guidelines for providing evidence of learning during Demonstration of Learning Week.

READ: Donne's Holy Sonnets (4, 6, 10), "Meditation 17"

BRING: An example of a metaphysical conceit (for January 24th)

NEXT CLASS: Jan 20 - Demonstration of Learning

13 January 2017

A - The second class with Mr. Choy thingamabob.

Learners read their independent novels.

You flushed out Horatio's speech together, hopefully, and completed your responses to my EXIT SLIP prompt from last day.

You also worked on your Learner Inventory (please see the link to the left, under ASSESSMENT). Please remember to reflect on:

  • self-as-learner selfies
  • the essay on Camus
  • the essay on "The Destructors"
  • your work on Identify, Self, Other
  • class discussions
Have a look at the assessment rubrics ("Literary Essay," "PechaKucha") to the left to help you make your inventory. Please fill out the inventory (downloadable) and bring it to class on Tuesday for your interview during Demonstration of Learning Week.

READ: Hamlet

12 January 2017

G - The thing about Shakespeare's contemporaries.

I went over the Learner Inventory and gave instructions for learners to prepare for next Friday's Demonstration of Learning session. (Please see the link to the left.)

Be sure to reflect on:
  • the essay on Anglo-Saxon ideals in Beowulf
  • the presentation on your pilgrim from The Canterbury Tales
  • the essay on chivalry
  • the presentation on one of the pieces from Medieval Literature
  • your work on the sonnet
  • class discussions
I reviewed the process of looking at literature and emphasized the need to use the language of literature. We spoke about Francis Bacon and looked at his essay, "Of Studies" - I carefully noted the clarity of his exposition.

READ: "Early Modern English," "The Metaphysical Poets," John Donne, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (all in the textbook)

11 January 2017

A - The Mr. Choy's guide to close reading thing.

Mr. Choy began reading Act I, scene i with you. He modelled how to do a close reading: paraphrase first, then summarize, then appreciate the figurative quality of the images,...

You had the opportunity to paraphrase Horatio's opening speech...

EXIT SLIP: How does Horatio's speech in Act I, scene i compare to Bacon's essay "Of Revenge" in terms of structure? (Please post a response below.)

10 January 2017

G - The end of De Vere.

We watched the rest of the film Anonymous (2011).

Hopefully, it peaked your interest and that you can use some of it to inform your inquiry.

READ: Francis Bacon, "Of Studies," John Donne, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," all the "Holy Sonnets," "Meditation 17"

NEXT CLASS: The Jacobeans, Metaphysical Poets

09 January 2017

A - The themes and motifs thingamabobs.

Learners read their novels.

I did a complete introduction of Shakespeare's Hamlet: plot (everybody dies...), themes (revenge, deception, madness), motifs (light and dark, unweeded garden,...).

We spoke briefly about the "big idea" - Politics, Revenge, Community.

NEXT CLASS: Act I, scene i - model close reading of text

BRING: $5 for you own copy of the play!

06 January 2017

G - The thing about gingers.

We continued to watch a little more of Anonymous (2011).

NEXT CLASS: Finishing the film!