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.)

15 January 2018

G - The one with the inquiry work.

Learners used the period to work on the inquiry on Shakespeare.

NEXT CLASS: Learning Inventory, more inquiry work

12 January 2018

A - The one with a lot more questions.

Learners used the period to work on their inquiry on Politics, Revenge, Community.

I spoke briefly about documenting the process of inquiry rather than producing any one artefact. I urged learners to consider creating a bibliography (MLA style) to include with their inquiry reflections.

READ: Francis Bacon's "Of Revenge"

  • Curate your ENGLISH 12 Digital Portfolios in preparation for Learner Conferences
  • Download the Learner Inventory, upload it back into your English 12 Digital Portfolio, and complete the self-assessment by January 22
NEXT CLASS: Bacon's essay, inquiry, learning inventory, prep for Learner Conferences

11 January 2018

G - The one with the invocation to the muse.

We looked carefully at the excerpt from Milton's Paradise Lost. Specifically we discussed Milton's use of epic coneits: invocation of the muse, in media res, epic similes, heavenly and earthly beings and their interactions, origin story, epic theme - "To justify the ways of God to man," etc.)

I assigned many of the pieces from the next Literary Period.

READ: the introduction to the Eighteenth Century & Restoration

NEXT CLASS: Bunyan, 18th c & Restoration highlights, inquiry work

10 January 2018

A - The one with the soliloquies.

We discussed briefly the "just wrong" speeches that you posted over the break.

We also discussed the soliloquy as one of the only truths that exist in Denmark, and that Hamlet has seven of them! You divided yourselves into small groups and I assigned each group a soliloquy. Over the next couple of classes, it will be your responsibility to:
  • paraphrase the soliloquy
  • summarize the soliloquy
  • discuss the content and context of the soliloquy
  • evaluate Hamlet's state of mind
  • discuss how the syntax of the soliloquy reveals character
  • present a choral reading of the soliloquy
Be creative about documenting your work. Use google drive, flipboard, blog, etc.

READ: Bacon's "Of Revenge"

NEXT CLASS: Inquiry Work

09 January 2018

G - The one about faith and godly things.

Learners did a kahoot quiz to refresh their memories about the pieces we've studied so far.

We discussed 1 Corinthians 13 as a literary text.

We also discussed Milton's "On Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three," and "On His Blindness." I explained that Milton's sonnets are largely autobiographical, and that in the sonnets Milton expresses the conflict he perceives exists between his proud individualism and his desire to serve God.

READ: the excerpt from Milton's Paradise Lost

NEXT CLASS: The Literary Epic

21 December 2017

A - The one that needs no title.

We talked about what great speeches (specifically, inaugural addresses) have in common. We looked at Claudius's speech in Act I, scene ii of Hamlet, and I gave a brief synopsis of Shakespeare play. I also introduced some of the main motifs and themes.

We talked about how Hamlet's soliloquies are the only "truths" that exist in Denmark in preparation for an abridged study of the play starting in January.

Many blessings to you and your families for a happy Christmas season and a restful winter break!

OVER THE BREAK: Find a speech that "is just wrong!" and post the link to it below.

WHEN YOU RETURN: The Soliloquy

20 December 2017

G - The one with my very brief comments on the King James Bible as literary text.

I gave you an opportunity to digest the two articles your were supposed to have read (ahem!) on the contribution of the King James Bible to the English Language.

I also gave you some time to work on your inquiry into Shakespeare.

Many blessings to you and your families for a happy Christmas season and a restful winter break!

WHEN YOU RETURN: Inquiry, Milton