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 work and/or quizzes. You MUST meet all assignment deadlines.)

23 April 2014

H - The one with Mr. Luistro.

Students worked in cooperative groups to discuss "The Shining Houses" and The Glory of the Flower (from Echoes 12.

NEXT CLASS:  conclusion of presentations, Bomb-itty of Errors

F - ...when we talked about all the misery Sophocles felt and how it still exists in Arnold's time and place.

Students worked in cooperative groups to discuss "Dover Beach" and "My Last Duchess."

READ:  Beowulf

POST:  Leaders - peer evaluation; Speakers - clarifying question


E - final project, class twenty two

Students continued to work on their final projects.

22 April 2014

D - The class with the Marianne's "heroes" and Vanessa's African-American introduction to the narrative of death.

Students continued their presentations on the big idea, Life and Death.

READ:  "The Shining Houses"

NEXT CLASS:  conclusion of presentations, "The Shell"

B - The one about the Joanne's beautifully narrated presentation on the culture of death and Charlene's comments on the "thug life."

Students continued their presentations on the big idea, Life and Death.

READ:  "The Shining Houses"

NEXT CLASS:  conclusion of presentations, "The Shell"

A - ...when we had to go back a little to talk about boring things like parts of speech.

We reviewed Editing Skills #8 & #9 - many students had trouble understanding active and passive voices.  We revisited the Parts of Speech in order to give students the vocabulary for discussing the sentence.

I shared samples of Anglo-Saxon verse and an excerpt from Chaucer in Middle English.  Students worked the translation of Beowulf in Echoes 11 - I asked them to pay attention to the alliteration and to summarize the different sections.

PRACTISE:  Divide the poem into sections and have different members of your group paraphrase and summarize.  What are some Anglo-Saxon heroic traits?

READ:  Poetry Explication Rubric and Poetry Echo assignment details (see the links to the left)

NEXT CLASS:  Elegy writing

16 April 2014

B - The one with Mr. R.

Students worked in cooperative groups to discuss "The Shell" and "The Shining Houses."

COMING UP:  Explication Essays, Environment and Sustainability