American Literature: We have a couple of presentations remaining for Writing Assignment 2. We will then continue with our unit Literature after 1945: Contemporary Literature , first watching Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and then reading a selection from Saul Bellows’ The Adventures of Augie March and an excerpt from Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. Don’t forget be thinking about your plans for Poetry Island Survivor!
Art History II: We are catching up! We will finish watching Simon Schama’s Power of Art: “Rothko” before watching a quirky little documentary, Herb & Dorothy, about a pair of modern art collectors who were quite ordinary people but who amassed an astounding collection of works which would be the envy of many museums. Finally, we will make a push to finish the textbook and the last unit: The Twentieth Century:
- American Pop Art
- British Pop Art
- Environmental Art, Happening and Performance
- Kinetic and Op Art
- Post-War Sculpture 2: Minimal and Conceptual
- Land and Earth Art
- Traditional Easel-Painting
- The Popularization of Art
Poetry & Nonfiction: We will finish with one last episode of Planet Earth and then learn about and write cinquains. It’s a B week, so we have a Poetry Friday coming up. Think of a theme, and then find three poems you like which fit the theme. This week it would be great if you could look at “classic” poets—in other words, not anonymous Internet stuff, not rap-artists singers, and not “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. Get creative and adventurous—go beyond your comfort zone this week and bring us something amazing!
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories: We will finish watching Henry V. And then, the play you have all been waiting for? Hamlet! For this, our final play, I will hand out your assignment on Monday [it’s already in Jupiter and here on the website for those of you who like to get a jump on things… you know who you are…], and I am asking that those who have taken major roles in past plays step back and let someone else who might like to take a major role do so this time.
The Word--The New Testament: This week we will view a fascinating film that depicts the struggles of Charles Darwin who would propose a radical theory of “creation” [evolution] which would seem to pit science against religion. Darwin knew he was right, but his wife was extremely religious—how did he resolve this? We will uncover his solution in Creation.
World Literature: We will continue with our unit of Trying to Discern the Thought of the Other as we watch The Way Home. Will that bratty Sang-woo change for the better? What do YOU think? Then we will continue with the unit Trying to Discern the Thought of the Other with two selections from our textbook:
- The Bible: The Old Testament, from “Job” [71-82]
- Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Gengi, “Evening Faces” [1292-1393]
Online Classes: please make sure that you are on track and on task as we only have a few weeks left. For those of you in AP classes, breathe a little easier—the big test is done [and the package has been shipped off to The College Board], and your classes should be winding down.
This is a B week.
Teacher Barb :)