I hope everyone had a great time at the Fall Festival/Halloween Carnival on Friday! A big shout out goes to all of you who volunteered to help and to Teacher Carrie and Teacher Jeff for all of their hard work. I was sorry to miss this, but I did enjoy the Virginia Association of Teachers of English conference in Richmond. I learned something interesting that I cannot wait to try in classes with you—mobile polling!
This is neither an A nor a B week as we do not have classes on Thursday or Friday, so with Monday off due to the storm, we will have only one A day this week and one B day.
Advanced Composition: You should be bringing a book of your choice to class each day for SSR each day, AND you should be writing in your journals. The entries this time were a bit disappointing…. Think of your journal as a place to consider the choices that writers make and how those choices affect the storyline of the books you are reading. This should work as a way to give you ideas about your own writing. This week, in your textbook, we will look at Chapter 23: “ Additional Research Strategies: Interviews, Questionnaires, Direct Observations.” This chapter is useful for your I-Search projects because it covers several elements that are important in your projects:
- The Value of Primary Research;
- General Principles for Primary Research;
- Ethical Issues;
- Questionnaires; and
- Direct Observations.
Art History: Because of the storm and the possibility that some of you have been without power, I am moving your Chrysler Museum of Art Assignment due date to Tuesday, November 6th—the same day we are headed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond! If we have school this Tuesday, we will begin our study of the High Renaissance with Art of the Western World: Art History from Ancient Greece to Andy Warhol Episode Four: “The High Renaissance” hosted by Michael Wood. Additionally we will start our study of The Sixteenth Century in our textbook, beginning with the following sections:
- The High Renaissance 1: Florence and Rome;
- Leonardo da Vinci;
- Michelangelo Buonarroti; and,
- Michaelangelo: The Sistine Chapel Ceiling.
Due to the additional day off this week and the possiblilty of another day off due to the storm, we may get slightly behind, but I think that we will easily be able to catch up.
Creative Writing: Don’t forget to keep up with the reading and practice assignments in Wild Mind for this week:
- --Try This
- --Try This
- “Junior Olympics”
- --Try This
Film as Literature: We are still behind, but hopefully we will get caught up in the next week or two. We may be able to finish Lawrence of Arabia, and if so, we will begin our review of Chapter 4: “Cinematography.” However, since we have not even started chapter 4, the quiz for Chapter 4 has been pushed back to Tuesday, November 13th, and the other chapter quizzes will need to be rescheduled as well.
Fundamentals of Composition: Because of the storm, and because I have been able to return your narrative essays to you yet, I have moved the due date for the Descriptive Essay to Wednesday, November 7th. I want you to have an opportunity to review the kinds of errors you might be making in your writing and resolve these before handing in your next paper. This week, we will begin our study of Chapter 8: “Illustration—Making Yourself Clear.” We will need to adjust the reading assignments for the next two weeks with these unplanned and planned days off, so we will continue with chapter 8 next week and then begin Chapter 10 on November 12th. However, the Process Analysis paper will still be due on Friday, November 16th. Don’t forget to bring a book for SSR each day and continue writing in your journals.
Publications and Media: I hope you took some pictures of the Fall Festival/Halloween Carnival…. We need to get the 2011-2012 book finished. Our deadline for this is Wednesday, November 14th, so decide who is responsible for what and let’s get this done!
I hope all of you are staying dry and safe as Sandy pounds her way through our region on her way to New Jersey, New York, and New England. I will see you when we get back to school! Happy Halloween!
Teacher Barb :)