On Friday the annual Founder's Day event, Back to the Future, will take place in the Wilson Center, and it looks like there will be lots of fun, food, and friends, so I hope to see parents and families that night in support of the school. Tickets are available through the office.
American Literature: Writing Assignment 1 is due Thursday, March 22nd! This week we contnue with our third unit, Early American Literature 1820-1865: An American Renaissance—Nationalism, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism.
- Washington Irving: Rip Van Winkle [453 – 466]
- William Cullen Bryant: “Thanatopsis” and “To a Waterfowl” [475-479]
- Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown, The Birthmark [589-92, 605-614; 631-643], and Rappaccini's Daughter [DVD]
Poetry and Nonfiction: You should have finished reading Pilgim at Tinker Creek. There will be an assignment to write a sonnet based on your reading, and we will talk about that this week. We will also work on alliteration and assonance, and there will be an assignment based on these techniques—Found Poetry! We will not have Six-Word Poems this week as I need to get caught up with all of your other assignments! However, don't forget that you have a mid-term project on a poet or style of poetry you want to share with the class... That is due on March 27th!
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories: Assuming that we have finished reading out King Lear, we wil move on to viewing two very different versions of this play—one, a stage version with the incomparable Lawrence Olivier. The second is an adaptation into a western [yes!] with the inimitable Patrick Stewart—yes, he of the oh, so bloody version of Macbeth we saw a few weeks ago! Your Macbeth acrostics were due last week on the 15th, so I am hoping everyone turned these in!
The Word—The New Testament: Reminder: your project, The Object Speaks—Art in the New Testament is due on Wednesday the 21st. This week we will finish Unit Ten: The Early Christian Community:
- Unit Feature: A Death with Meaning
- Chapter 31: Grace and Faith
- Chapter 32: The Power of Love
- Chapter 33: The Christian Community
- Chapter 34: Social Order
- Unit Feature: Augustine
World Literature: Your Contemporary Inferno projects are due on Friday the 23rd! We will return to the “Travel and Self-Recognition in the Face of the Other” Unit with Matsuo Basho's The Narrow Road to the Deep North after discussing “The Rise of Popular Arts in Japan.” Then we will discuss a haiku assignment and Writing Assignment 1 before moving to the 20th century and Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.
This is an A week.
Teacher Barb :)