This is a B week!
REMINDER: we are retaking class pictures on Wednesday, the 6th, so dress nicely and be here on time! [Some of you still do not seem to know, even after all these months, that school begins at 8:15 AM!]
Class of 2019: we have our monthly breakfast on Friday the 8th. Let’s plan something simple!
American Literature: American Literature 1820-1865: An American Renaissance—Nationalism, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism. This week we have two authors who may focus on nature, life, and death, but their approaches are VERY different:
- Emily Dickinson: poetry selections [1197-1225]
- Herman Melville: [1089-1092] Moby Dick [DVD]
Art History II: The Virtual Creator---The Age of Revolutions Glogs are due on Wednesday, April 6th! See Jupiter for this assignment for your artist and log-in information [of course, I am hoping you actually STARTED this assignment several week ago when we first discussed this! First we will finish the film we were watching before break, and then we have some reading selections as well:
- Lust for Life [DVD]
- “Post-Impressionism 2 and Art Nouveau”
- “American Art in the Later 19th Century”
- “Art in the 20th Century: A New Constitution”
- “Impressionists and Expressionists outside of France”
- “Expressionism 1: Die Brücke”
- “Expressionism 2: Der Blaue Reiter”
Poetry & Nonfiction: We need to finish The Poets and Poetry Projects! It could take us two class days to complete these presentations, but I hope not! If we DO get these finished on Tuesday, we will watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Thursday and the assignment from this documentary will be to write a haiku! I will also hand out the next non-fiction book we are reading: In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer. You will need to read Tears and “Part One” as homework… This is a B week, so we have Poetry Friday—don’t forget to bring 15 copies of the three poems you have chosen for the week. Remember, you should have had a theme in mind and be prepared to tell us what that is and why you chose the poems you brought to represent that theme. [Clearly, you are NOT supposed to be waiting until Friday morning to zip off copies of three poems you chose during Advisory that morning… it’s obvious and tiresome :( ]
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories: We will begin our reading out of The Tragedy of Othello this week. We took care of parts before the break, remember?
The Word--The New Testament: This week we have one more presentation for Art in the New Testament, and then we will finish Unit Twelve--Other Letters:
- Chapter 36: “General Letters”
- Unit Feature: “The Legacy of the Reformation”
- Chapter 37: “Crisis and Persecution”
- Chapter 38: “A Great Battle”
- Chapter 39: “A New Jerusalem”
- Unit Feature: “Dante’s Purgatorio”
World Literature: We will finish any remaining presentations of the Contemporary Infernos [last chance!], and then we will finish the unit—The Encounter with the Supernatural and Spirit Worlds, finishing Euripides: Medea [433-465]. We will quickly review Writing Assignment 1 which is due on Wednesday, April 13th. Finally, we begin another unit: Home Invaded by Other with three reading selections:
- The Bible: The Old Testament, “Psalm 137” 
- “China’s Middle Period” [813-817]
- Tu Fu: poetry selections [835-838]
Online Classes: please make sure that you are on track and on task!
There are ten weeks left before school ends, including Final Exam week. In looking over attendance numbers, I am quite concerned that some of you have already exceeded the absence limits for some of your courses, and others of you are getting close. Let me remind you that you can fail a class on the technicality of failing to attend class enough days to meet credit hour requirements. Excused absences still put you in jeopardy of needing to make up “seat time” in order to pass a class, regardless of your grade for the class at this point. In addition, the third quarter grades were somewhat disappointing—hopefully those of you who are missing classes and missing work will come back with a resolve to do better this fourth quarter. Get focused, get here on time, and attend every class. Absences and attitude DO make a difference in your grades, and time is running out if you need to make major changes in the grades you hope to achieve. I know that every one of you is capable of excellence, and I hope to see that during this final quarter.
Teacher Barb :)