American Literature: We will begin the week with the 1865 – 1914, The Transformation of a Nation: American Realism unit but end it with the 1914 -1945: American Modernism unit. On Monday we will read Jack London's To Build a Fire and a selection from Jane Addams' Twenty Years at Hull House before moving on the interwar period: 1914-1945. We will use a different way of experiencing the selections in this unit: we will be putting together a bookseller team and selecting one of the short stories in this section to "sell" to the rest of the class! On Wednesday we will also select poets for the Multi-Media Project 2 Assignment which is detailed in the syllabus and which will be due on June 4th in lieu of a final exam. Reminder: Writing Assignment 2, which is detailed in the syllabus, is due on May 11th!
Poetry & Nonfiction: we will begin reading Tuesdays with Morrie. We do not have a classroom set of this book, so you will need to get a copy for yourself before we start reading on April 30th! Don't forget that you need to be working on your final project, in lieu of a final exam, which is due by Tuesday, June 5th! By the way, some of you have totally forgotten that you need to be keeping copies of the poems that are shared on our Fridays Afield! Your poetry collection is worth 20% of your final grade, so you should probably check in your cubbies, under your beds, and in your trash cans for those copies and get them into a notebook...
Publications & Media: We need to keep working on pages so we can meet our deadlines for publication!
Shakespeare's Tragedies: We are reading Othello this week, and we need to get this finished so that we can move on to Hamlet! Each of you needs to come to class every day and be ready when your cue is given for your character's part! Remember, our trip to Staunton to see a play at the American Shakespeare Center has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 24th, and we will see A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Word: We need to finish Unit Thirteen, Revelation, which includes Chapter 39: “A New Jerusalem” and the unit feature, “Dante's Purgatorio.” Then we will move on to the Crusades with The Kingdom of Heaven! Reminder: Biblical Biographies: An Afternoon with an Apostle/Disciple. This will be due on May 17th in lieu of a final exam!
World Literature: We need to finish Kojima Nobuo's The American School which we started on Thursday, and then we will spend the rest of the week visiting Korea by way of two documentaries, two short stories, and the Korean film The Way Home. Just a reminder, Multimedia Project 2 is due May 8th!
Other dates to keep in mind:
- April 29th - May 2nd--the Annual Used Book Sale [on the breezeway], sponsored by the Class of 2014
- May 4th [Friday]--monthly Advisory breakfast
- May 4th [Friday]--7th Annual Golf Tournament [download the dinner reservation form on the right]
- May 12th [Saturday]--VBFS US Prom, Light up the Night, from 7:30 until 11:00 PM
- May 24th [Thursday]--Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories class travels to Staunton to see A Midsummer Night's Dream. We need to leave school by 6:00 AM AT THE LATEST!
Teacher Barb :)