Class of 2015: You are allowed to walk off campus for lunch during exam week with a signed permission form on file with me. You may download the form from the sidebar or pick up a hard copy from our classroom. I still do not have these from all of you...
American Literature: This week we continue with our last “episode” of Poetry Island Survivor! On Wednesday you will be dramatizing the poems, and I can't wait to see what you have thought up for this! Specific information concerning this assignment is available on Jupiter Grades and on the American Literature class page. On Friday we will finish up with a last reading: Eudora Welty's “Petrified Man” [pages 2323-2334] and perhaps have some time to work on your final presentations [see Jupiter Grades for specific information on this] which will be presented on Monday, June 2nd during your final exam block. Remember, there will be NO time to make this up, so please be sure that you are ready to present your project to the class next Monday!
Art History II: On Wednesday, after we take a virtual tour of the collection of The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, we will be watching The Thomas Crown Affair, and we will finish that up on Friday. Please don't forget that you should be working on your Virtual Curator for the 20th Century project for presentation during our final exam block [12:30 – 3:00] on Tuesday, June 3rd. Specifics for this assignment are available on Jupiter Grades and on the Art History II class page. Remember, there will be NO time to make this up, so please be sure that you are ready to present your project to the class next Tuesday!
Poetry and Nonfiction: REMINDER: Your poetry collection is due on Thursday along with a written reflection [1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced] about this process... On Tuesday, we will finish the film, Tuesdays with Morrie. Don't forget that you need to choose three discussion questions from our reading that you need to answer and turn in by Thursday, May 29th. [See Jupiter Grades or the class page on the Poetry and Nonfiction class page to download a copy of the discussion questions!]. We will finish the semester with a last documentary--The Story of the Weeping Camel—and then, on Thursday, you will write a cinquain based on this fascinating story of separation and reconciliation. Please do not forget that you will be presenting your Multimodal Nonfiction Project in lieu of a final exam on Thursday, June 5th during our exam block [9:00 – 11:30]. There will be NO chance to make this up, so please do NOT procrastinate!
Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Histories: Reminder: Your Shakesbook page for a character in Hamlet is due on Thursday. We will finish watching the Kenneth Branagh filmed version of Hamlet and then finish the semester with his Henry V. Hopefully you are on track with your final projects which you will present to the class on Wednesday, June 4th, during our exam block [12:30 – 3:00]. There will be NO opportunity to make this up, so please do NOT procrastinate, and STICK WITH THE PRESENTATION TIME LIMITS!
The Word: The New Testament in Art, History, Literature, and Music: Now that we have finished exploring the New Testament, we will put our skills of identifying Biblical allusions to work as we watch The Matrix trilogy. Be prepared to tell me each day what connections you find... This week we will focus on the second film in the series: The Matrix Reloaded.
World Literature: For our last week we will wrap up our unit Trying to Discern the Thoughts of the Other, with The Kite Runner, an explosive film that explores the relationship of two boys who were inseparable friends but who are torn apart, like Afghanistan, through clashing cultural issues. Don't forget that you will be presenting Multimedia Project 3 in lieu of a final exam on Wednesday, June 4th at 9:00. There will be NO time to make this up if you are not ready on Wednesday, so please be prepared to present your project on time! Specifics for this assignment can be found in the syllabus, pages 8-9 which is available on Jupiter Grades and the World Literature class page.
Because of the Monday holiday, this last week is a A week.
The exam week schedule is as follows:
8:30 – 8:55 Advisory
9:00 – 11:30 Morning Exam [odd-numbered blocks]
11:30 -12:25 Lunch
12:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Exam [even-numbered blocks]
Exams are scheduled as follows:
- Monday, June 2nd morning exam: block 1 / afternoon exam: block 2
- Tuesday, June 3rd morning exam: block 3 / afternoon exam: block 4
- Wednesday, June 4th morning exam: block 5 / afternoon exam: block 6
- Thursday, June 5th morning exam: block 7 / afternoon exam: block 8
Friday, June 6th is the Awards Ceremony, 8th Grade Graduation, and final activities for Advisories. Please note: you are REQUIRED to be here for ALL classes, regardless of the grade you currently have in the class. If you have a workshop, you are REQUIRED to be here—you surely have studying to do. The ONLY workshop block NOT being held is Block 8. If you have a Block 8 workshop, you may leave school after your 7th block exam with permission from a parent/guardian. ALL CLASSES HAVE AN EXAM OR FINAL ACTIVITY SCHEDULED, SO YOU SHOULD BE HERE EVERY DAY OF THE FINAL WEEK OF SCHOOL. SUMMER VACATION DOES NOT START UNTIL AFTER DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY, JUNE 6th!!!!
Please note that I will not be at school on Thursday and Friday as I will be attending my granddaughter's graduation. So, if you have any questions for me concerning final projects and presentations, please ask them before the end of the day on Wednesday. MY “absence” is not an excuse for YOU not being ready for class presentations!
Teacher Barb :)