The US A/B schedule is available to download on the right as well. Whenever there is a handout that pertains to US students, I will do my best to have it available for you here.
Now, on to the notes for each class for the week!
Advisory: Class of 2015, you are now JUNIORS! We will take our traditional pictures on the first day of school [Tuesday the 27th], so be prepared! I will be expecting more from you this year as far as being role models and helping to set the correct tone for the Freshmen and Sophomores. This week we need to choose class officers and our representatives for the Honor Council.
Advanced Composition: You were to have read Farewell to Manzanar for class over the summer--you still have another week as we will not get to this until next week. The book is an introduction into the process of personal research--the infamous I-Search project which is coming your way next month! This week we will be looking at another great film about writing and the writing process: Wonder Boys. I hope you will enjoy this one--it's kind of quirky!
Art History I: We will begin with a quick classroom exercise to determine what type of art speaks to you and then move on to How Art Made the World: More Human than Human--Ancient Worlds. You will also complete an outside of class assignment--Picture It! You will need to take a picture of something interesting that you see around town, send me the photo, and be prepared to tell the class where you took the picture and why! This will be due on Friday, September 13th!
Fantasy and Science Fiction: Two of my favorite kinds of "reads." Do you know the difference between FANTASY and SCIENCE FICTION? IS there a difference? We will look at H.G. Well's The Time Machine before turning to Tuck Everlasting as a way of trying to define science fiction and fantasy--categories within the genre of speculative fiction.
Fundamentals of Composition: We will begin our adventure in composition with a look at what several writers have had to say about Prevision, Vision, and Revision before examining a film which delves deeply into the writing process: Finding Forrester. We will also begin reading Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. Good writing requires reading, so be prepared!
The Word--The Old Testament: I hope you are ready to examine one of the foundational texts of Western literature and learn how The Old Testament has influenced and permeated art, culture, history, literature, and music to an incredible extent. Bring an open mind and be prepared to be challenged AND to challenge as we discuss the what is alternately known as The Hebrew Scriptures/Torah--the first five books of the Bible. To get us started, we will accompany Bruce Feiler as he "walks" the Bible, learning about the geography and culture of the of the people who were instrumental in creating this monumental work.
Clearly we will be busy, even though this will be just the first week of school! So, come prepared to begin another year of exploration and learning with me!
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year,
Teacher Barb :)