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.)

19 October 2017

G - The one about frame stories and chivalry.

We finished discussing Chaucer's pilgrims. I stressed the importance of Chaucer's ability to describe character types as well as focussing on the individual.

Learners worked in groups to tackle "The Pardoner's Tale" and the excerpt from "Gawain and the Green Knight".

PRACTISE: Find a modern day pilgrim and write a character sketch in Chaucer's style: iambic pentametre, rhyming couplets (12-20 lines).

NEXT CLASS: sharing modern day pilgrims, finishing Gawain, quiz on the Medieval period

ENTRANCE SLIP: Is it appropriate for the Pardoner to preach against the sin of greed? (Please post your response below before you enter class next day.)

18 October 2017

A - The one with all the thinking.

We jumped right into a discussion of Joyce's "A Little Cloud" and Camus's "The Guest." It was all about practicing close reading skills!

HIGHLIGHTS: character (how are we set up for the other elements of the story?), setting, social commentary

FLIPPED LESSON: Please do the lesson on Camus for next day.

VIEW: Notes on Camus

NEXT CLASS: Camus's The Outsider

17 October 2017

G - The one with the merchant class.

We continued our work with Chaucer's pilgrims.

READ: "The Pardoner's Tale," and the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

NEXT CLASS: Summoner, Pardoner, "The Pardoner's Tale", the host's proposal

16 October 2017

A - The one with just Kaitlyn, NIcole, and Dylan, so to speak.

Learners read their independent novels.

We spoke about how Amy Tan uses a photograph to tell story and give historical information. Most learners used the rest of the period to complete the reading assignment from last class. (Oh dear!) I worked with Katilin, Nicole, and Dylan - we discussed Camus's "The Guest."

PRACTISE: Write an original composition, using the prompt, Snapshot: Lost Live of.... Model the structure after Amy Tan's essay.

READ: "The Guest," and "A Little Cloud"

NEXT CLASS: character, social commentary

13 October 2017

G - The one with your Middle English pronunciations.

Megan went over some highlights from the introduction to the Medieval Period.

We began sharing your work on Chaucer's pilgrims. We were able to get through the knight, the squire, the yeoman, the nun, the monk, and the franklin.

NEXT CLASS: Bondoc's Merchant

12 October 2017

A - The one with the artistic representations of self.

Learners read their independent novels.

We spoke briefly about the art of the self-portrait, and about using the pieces we have studied so far to as stepping stones when writing "artist statements." Learners helped each other choose and edit their self-portraits.

DUE: .jpg file of self-portrait to

READ: "A Little Cloud," and "The Guest"

NEXT CLASS: artist's statements, Amy Tan's essay, becoming "other"

11 October 2017

G - The one with the work on the pilgrims.

Learners used the period to finish the essay on Anglo-Saxon ideals and to read and make notes on their assigned pilgrim.  (Please see last day's post for the guidelines for presenting your pilgrim.)

NEXT CLASS: Megan's introduction to the Medieval Period, the knight, the squire, the yeoman, the nun