American Literature: We still have one PowerPoint presentation from The Beginnings to 1700 period, and we didn't get as far as we were supposed to in the “Religious Voices” section of our present era, 1700 – 1820: An Expanding World Leads to an Enlightenment, a Great Awakening, and a National Identity, so you have some reading to do at home to keep us on track. Please read pages 194-205 [Jonathan Edwards] and 292-300 [John Woolman] for class on Wednesday the 22nd. We will then move on to “Native American Voices” (pages 206 – 218) and “Political Voices”: Benjamin Franklin (218-226), John and Abigail Adams (300-309), Thomas Paine (324-338), and Thomas Jefferson (338-346). Don't forget that you need to select a person from this section for the tombstone assignment (Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John & Abigail Adams are already taken!) which is due on Wednesday, February 29th!
Poetry & Non-Fiction Literature: Don't forget that we may go “afield” on Friday, and that means you need three poems (with copies for each person in class) to share that day. On Wednesday, we will be doing some ransom poetry, and you will also have time to locate poems for Friday or work on your Poets and Poetry Project Presentations which are due next week, February 27th and 29th!
Publications and Media: We are off to Norfolk Collegiate on Wednesday, February 22nd for their Sixth Annual Norfolk Collegiate School Student Journalism Conference! We will leave school at about 7:45, and we will return by 2:00. Lunch is being provided by Norfolk Collegiate, and we will have an opportunity to meet other school yearbook staff members as well as participate in some great writing and photojournalism sessions. Additionally, the manuals I ordered for our Adobe CS5 software should be in this week, so we will be able to do more than just sort pictures—we should be able to get started on manipulating the pictures and creating pages for our two yearbook projects: 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. I am excited, aren't you?
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories: Well, some of you didn't finish your scrapbook pages for Romeo and Juliet, but you still have time, although you will lose points for every day you are late with this.... Most of the pages were really great, and I hope you had fun with this project! This week we will finish watching Romeo + Juliet and then move on to reading Macbeth.
The Word--The New Testament: We are a little behind due to the ski trip, but on Tuesday we will read Chapter 27: “John” and the Unit Feature, “The Parables of Mercy.” Once we finish reading the Gospel chapters, we will view The Greatest Story Ever Told. Don't forget that your midterm project, The Object Speaks! is due on Friday, March 23rd!
World Literature: We are still working on getting through the God/Goddess presentations, but so far these have been great! We are a little behind due to the ski trip on the 16th, but we will catch up in a week or two. Once we have finished the presentations, we will view Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons before moving on to “the Roman Empire” (627-631) and “The Formation of a Western Literature” (951-955). We may forgo reading the selections from Dante's The Divine Comedy and cover this material during our field trip to Dante's Inferno [http://foxtwin.com/inferno/]
Don't forget the Lock-In on Friday; the information/permission slip can be downloaded at the right. It's hard to believe, but we only have another week after this before Spring Break [March 3rd - 11th]!
Please note: We are now past the deadline I gave for turning in work for any credit for First Semester classes, so those classes are no longer available on this website.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Teacher Barb :)