American Literature: This week we continue with our unit on the American Renaissance—Nationalism, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism [American Literature from 1820 to 1865]. We will read a variety non-fiction, beginning with Lincoln and ending with Whitman, to include:
- Abraham Lincoln: “Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg” [732-735]
- Henry David Thoreau: Walden [825-829, 844-920]
- Walt Whitman: “Preface” to Leaves of Grass, “One's-Self I Sing,” “Shut Not Your Doors,” When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer,” and “Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson.” [991-1011, 1067, 1077-1084]
Art History: This we will continue our exploration of the Art of the Revolutionary Era with the following chapters:
- French Landscape: the Barbizon School
- Impressionism 1: the Early Years
- Impressionism 2: the Later Years
- Sculpture in the Later 19th Century
Mystery Fiction: Some of you still need to turn in postcards and crime logs for Shinju… These were due on Friday, March 22nd! We will continue reading Sujata Massey’s The Salaryman’s Wife. I can’t wait to see what you think of this one—it is quite convoluted!
Publications & Media: I have your page assignments and deadlines, and we need to keep on track as the end of the year will be here before you know it! Do we need to get more pictures taken? Let's be sure that you have all of the pictures you need and that you have each page completed by your proposed deadline for that page!
Shakespeare’s Comedies: We will continue reading out Much Ado About Nothing, and once we finish reading the play out loud, we will watch the filmed version—another Kenneth Branagh production; I think you will enjoy this! Please don't forget that your midterm projects on some aspect of life in Elizabethan England are due on Tuesday, April 9th!
Web 2.0 Tips, Trick, and Tools: This week we will look at Padlet [http://padlet.com/], a tool that lets you build a “wall” without a FaceBook account! You will need to create a Padlet account and build a wall about places you would like to visit or a fantasy vacation to any destination—even non-existent places like Amarr... [See the Travel Bucket List as an example in the Padlet Gallery http://padlet.com/wall/PlacesToSee ]. Include AT LEAST TEN items on your wall—pictures, text, video, whatever! Once you have created your own wall, you need to embed it in the class blog and be prepared to share this with us on Friday, April 5th.
World Literature: Did you finish reading Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis? What did you think? Did Gregor actually turn into a bug or not? This week we begin a new unit, Home Invaded by the Other, which includes:
- The Bible: The Old Testament, “Psalm 137” 
- China's Middle Period [813-817]
- Tu Fu, poetry selections [835-838]
Progress reports will go out at the end of the week, and while most of you are doing very well, some of you are NOT doing as well as you could be. For those of you who are not getting the grades you should, you might consider why this is happening. For my classes, poor grades are often the result of not turning work in or of losing points in daily participation due to behavior or attitude. There is still time to make improvements, and I urge you to do so and finish the year on a positive note!
I am sending a special message to the students in Alyssa's Upward Bound Program from Denver, Colorado! They sent a very nice note about my Academic Counseling page and made a suggestion for an additional link which some of you might find helpful from TurboTax: College Tax Tips It's always nice to hear from other teachers who have found the pages I do for all of you to be helpful to them as well.
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)