I hope all of you had a nice break celebrating Easter or Passover. Spring is supposed to finally be here, but the weather hasn't gotten the message. However, Spring brings the 4th quarter, and we are in the final quarter of the year!
Thursday is a half day due to teacher training for school safety. Please have transportation available so that students can go home for noon dismissal.
Reminder, Class of 2019, our monthly breakfast for April is this Friday, so don't forgetto sign up if you are bringing something. I have already bought the meatballs!
On Friday the Class of 2018 is hosting an Upper School Lock-in with the 8th grade invited. The Lock-in begins at 7:00 PM on Friday and ends at 7:00 AM on Saturday morning. Students MUST leave campous after school on Friday. They may NOT wait around after school for the Lock-in to begin as teachers may need to go home and sleep in preporation for the long night! Don't forget to get your permission slip filled in, signed, and returned to Teacher Ebony!
This is an A week.
- American Literature: This week we contnue with our third unit, Early American Literature 1820-1865: An American Renaissance—Nationalism, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism with several reding selections:
- Abraham Lincoln: “Address Delivered at the Cemetery at Gettysburg.” [732-735]
- Henry David Thoreau: Walden [825-829; 844-920]
- Walt Whitman: “Preface” to Leaves of Grass, “One's-Self I Sing,” “Shut Not Your Doors,” “When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer,” and “Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson.” [991-1011, 1067, 1077-1084]
Poetry and Nonfiction: Reminder: Your sonnet for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is due on TUESDAY, April 3rd! We will finish the Poet and Poetry Project presentations, and then move on to a combination of non-fiction and poetry by watching a documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and then writing a haiku in response to the film! We will also begin reading In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer--”Tears” and Part One.
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories: This week we will have a “review” for King Lear [do you know all of the characters???] and then move on to a new play, The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice.
The Word—The New Testament: This week we will be viewing The Robe, an interesting film treatment of the early Christian church under presecution in Rome. Once we finish that, we will return to Unit 12.
World Literature: This week we continue with the Encounter with Supernatural and Spirit Worlds. We will be reading several selections this week, including:
- “The Rise of Islam and Islamic Literature” (861-867)
- Naguib Mahfouz [1911- ]: Zaabalawi (2881-2893) there will be an assignment for this, see the handout for specific information
- The Thousand and One Nights [14th century] (923-948)
- Once we finish these pieces, we will move on to a new unit, Home Invaded by Other. For this unit, wewill be reading:
- The Bible: The Old Testament, “Psalm 137” [1000-300 BCE] (84)
- “China’s Middle Period” (813-817)
- Tu Fu [712-770]: poetry selections (835-838)
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)