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.)

07 December 2016

A - The amazing echo things.

A few of you were able to present your echo on Individual, Identity, Other - the theme statements have ALL been so clear and concise, and the echoes have been unreal. Congratulations!!!

If your echo is digital, please POST THE LINK below.

NEXT CLASS: Echo Presentations continued, Shamrock Tournament

COMING UP: Timed essay on "The Destructors" - Dec 13

06 December 2016

G - The chasing the deer metaphor thing.

We reviewed sonnets by Wyatt, Spenser, and Sidney.

I spoke briefly about the inquiry on Shakespeare. The guiding question: "Does Shakespeare still matter?"

READ: the excerpt from Spenser's The Faerie Queen, Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," and Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd"

NEXT CLASS: What characterizes Renaissance poetry?

05 December 2016

A - The not-to-be-snow-day-snow-day fiasco.

Only ten people made the treacherous journey into class today...

I postponed the timed essay to December 13th.

We worked on several activities:
  • close reading notes for "A Little Cloud"
  • thesis and topics sentence writing for essay on "The Destructors"
  • last minute touches on the Echo on Individual, Identity, Other
NEXT CLASS: Echo Presentations

  • Shamrock Tournament (Let's face it, we won't have class on Friday, but please check-in!)
  • Timed essay on "The Destructors" - 13 December

02 December 2016

G - The sonnet shmoop thingamagig.

Learners used part of the period to finish the essay on chivalry.

They also created their own "spark notes" for ONE Wyatt, Spencer, or Sidney sonnet.

READ: all the early sonnets (Wyatt, Spencer, Sydney)

NEXT CLASS: More on the sonnet!

01 December 2016

A - The modge-podge of reading activities thing.

Learners used the period to finish re-writing the essay for The Outsider.

You should have also made some close reading notes on Joyce's "A Little Cloud."

NEXT CLASS: Timed essay on "The Destructors"

30 November 2016

G - The writing about chivalry in the the medieval period thing.

Learners used the entire period to write the essay on chivalry in the medieval period.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing the essay, Shmoop the Sonnets!

29 November 2016

A - The Little Chandler versus Ignatius Gallaher battle thing.

Learners read their independent novels for fifteen minutes.

I modelled a close reading of the first couple of paragraphs of Joyce's "A Little Cloud." Learners worked in pairs to continue making notes on Joyce's short story.

Learners used the second half of the period to edit their essays from Camus's The Outsider and/or complete their preparations for the essay on "The Destructors."

NEXT CLASS: timed essay

COMING UP: Echo Presentations (Monday!)