American Literature: We continue with our study of voices from 1700-1820, and this week we focus on Black Voices [Olaudah Equiano and Phillis Wheatley are our representatives] and Women’s Voices [with selections from Sara Kemble Knight, Sara Wentworth Morton, and Mercy Otis Warren]. Don’t forget, the due date for the Tombstone Assignment has been extended to Wednesday, March 14th. This week we will also look at the requirements for Writing Assignment 1, due on Friday, March 30th.
Poetry & Non-Fiction: Who would have guessed that US students would have so much fun with newspapers, scissors, and glue? We are working with the poetic techniques of alliteration and assonance within the technique of creating Found Poetry—these are due on Wednesday, February 29th--Leap Day! We had a poetry picnic on Friday where those who remembered [and if you were one of those who did NOT remember, get busy!] shared three poems each with the class; poets included Emily Dickinson, Theodore Roethke, and Robert Frost, apparently a favorite for several class members. At some point, I hope we will have some student-written poetry shared during our A Friday poetry afield sessions! On Monday, we will begin with the Poet & Poetry Presentations, so I hope everyone is ready! These will continue on Wednesday. UPDATE: Because no one was ready, we will start the presentations on MONDAY, MARCH 12th! PLEASE BE READY!!!!
Publications & Media: We had a great time last week on our field trip to Norfolk Collegiate School for their 6th Annual Student Journalism Conference—thank you Judy and Jewell! Ilana, our yearbook editor, spent most of the Lock-in Friday night working on the 2010-2011 yearbook, sorting pictures and moving folders. She has also set up the folders we need for the 2011-2012 yearbook. Our Adobe Classroom in a Book CS5 books for Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop have arrived, so we will be using the lessons in these texts for the next few weeks as we focus on gaining the skills we need to produce the school’s yearbooks in-house.
Shakespeare’s Tragedies & Histories: We are reading The Tragedy of Macbeth this week. We are running a bit behind and may have to make adjustments after the break to get back on track, but the due date for the Macbeth Acrostic will remain March 21st.
The Word: We are watching The Greatest Story Ever Told. A bit of trivia—Max von Sydow, who stars in our film as Jesus, was Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Just a reminder: The Oject Speaks assignment is due on Friday, March 23rd!
World Literature: We will begin with a virtual field trip to Dante’s Inferno [http://foxtwin.com/inferno/], and then we will move from Italy to England to travel with Chaucer on a pilgrimage to Canterbury with the “The Prologue” and “The Miller’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales.
OK, lots to do this week, so let’s NOT lose focus thinking about the break before it actually starts!
Teacher Barb :)