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.)

15 April 2014

F - ...when we were small in number, but large at heart.

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

We worked the first stanza of "Dover Beach" together.

NEXT CLASS:  your turn with "Dover Beach"

POST:  Leaders - peer assessment; Speakers - clarifying question

E - final project, class twenty one

Students continued to work on their final projects.

H - The one with no internet!

We discussed "The Shell" and the features of the sample explication essay.

Jennifer presented her Echo on Life and Death.

PRACTISE:  Write an explication essay on any ONE of the poems we have studied in class so far.

READ:  William Inge's Glory in the Flower (from Echoes 12)

NEXT CLASS:  Marie, Taliah, Daniel present!

14 April 2014

B - The one with my comments about thoughtful theme statements and appropriate review writing.

We got through quite a few presentations today.

REMINDER:  If I asked you to reconsider your theme statement or offer me response to a question, please post reply with a post below.

NEXT CLASS:  Finishing presentations

READ:  "The Shell" (copies are in the folder on the desk in room 204), and "The Shining Houses"

A - ...when we fixed the confusion around the in class timed explication test.

We discussed "Siren Song" and "Dover Beach."

I read a sample of Anglo-Saxon English from the prologue to Beowulf.

NEXT CLASS:  In-class explication essay

D - The class with ready presentations!

We were able to get through many of your presentations today.

We spoke briefly about "The Shell" - thankfully, Mr. Luistro (with Emily's fantastic leadership) went over it with you.

READ:  "The Shining Houses"

NEXT CLASS:  Finishing off presentations

10 April 2014

E - final projects, class twenty

Student continued to work on their final projects.

Students also listed their work days and deadlines on our class calendar.