American Literature: We begin a new unit, American Literature 1914-1945: American Modernism with a look at an introduction to and a timeline of this period. We will be reading Zora Neale Hurston’s “How it Feels to Be Colored Me” (2157-2161) and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dreams” (2184-2201). In addition, we will discuss Multi-media Project 2: each of you will choose a poet from the list, and create a PowerPoint presentation with a minimum of 20 slides (not including the title slide, the “ending” slide, or the sources slide) or a 7-10 minute video to introduce the poet and include selections of his/her work. Create a focus for the poems presented based on an era, movement, or theme (as discussed during the semester), design a research strategy, collect visuals and information to support the focus, and present the project to the class in the role of a teacher in lieu of a final exam for the course. Reminder, Writing Assignment 2 is due on Friday, May 10th!
Art History: We have a LOT of reading to do this week, so be prepared! We will finish the Age of Revolutions unit with several chapters:
- Art in Britain: The Vortex
- Russian Art 1: from Symbolism to Suprematism
- Russian Art 2: Constructivism
- Forward and Map: The World of the 20th Century
- Art in Italy: Metaphysical Painting
- Surrealism 1: Figurative
- Surrealism 2: Abstract
- Cubist Development
- Sculpture Between the Wars
- The School of Paris
- Art in Holland: De Stijl
- Art In Germany: The Bauhaus
- Expressionist Developments
- Art in Britain
Mystery Fiction: I am extending your due date for the crime log and postcard for The Silver Pigs to Monday, May 6th. I hope this helps! So work on getting your reading finished!
Publications & Media: We are getting close to the end of the semester, so you will need to determine the cover art for the yearbook and make sure that pages are ready for a run through by the end of the week. On Friday, I would like to see all of the completed pages on the “big screen” so that we can get a sense of what is completed and what we still need to accomplish. I would like to be ready to “burn” the DVDs during the week of May 26th and distribute these during the final exam week.
Shakespeare’s Comedies: This is the week we travel to Staunton to the American Shakespeare Center’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost! We will need to leave school by 6:00 AM on Thursday morning, and we will not return until 7:30 or 8:00 that night [the trip is about 4-41/2 hours each way…]. You will need money for lunch and any snacks you want; we still need to decide on a place for lunch in Staunton! The Bio Poems for a character from The Merchant of Venice are due on Tuesday, the 30th, so don’t forget about this! We begin our next to the last play this week with choosing parts for and then reading out The Taming of the Shrew.
Web 2.0: Tips, Tricks, and Tools: Your ZooBurst assignment is due on Monday, April 29th—hopefully you got these finished! Don’t forget, you are still supposed to be responding to my blog posts each week! Once with an original post of your own, and [at least] once in response to someone else’s post! This week we will talk about the final project, a website you will create with Weebly, and then each of you will determine a focus for your website and get started on that. The finished websites will be presented to the class, in lieu of a final exam, on Monday, June 3rd, during the afternoon exam block [from 12:30 to 3:00].
World Literature: This week we begin our final unit, Trying to Discern the Thought of the Other, with an examination of Korean culture and literature. We will look at two documentaries on Korean art and culture, The Glories of Korea, and The Wonders of Korea, read two very different translations of a short story by Hwang Sunwon, “Cranes,” and then watch a contemporary Korean film, The Way Home.
This is an A week, and the Advisory Monthly Breakfast for May is this Friday. Remember, we have two big events this month: the Lock-in on May 10th-11th, and Prom on May 18th!
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)