This is a B week.
American Literature: Don't forget that your take home quiz for Ralph Waldo Emerson is due on Thursday, April 11th. In our last week of the unit “1820-1865: An American Renaissance—Nationalism, Transcendentalism, and Romanticism” we will look at Emily Dickinson's poetry and then watch Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Our next unit is “1865-1914: The Transformation of a Nation—American Realism.”
Art History: We will continue our examination of Impressionism with documentaries about Van Gogh, Gaugin, and the Impressionists in general. Reminder: your Age of Revolutions Artist Presentations are due on April 23rd.
Mystery Fiction: You need to finish The Salaryman's Wife by Monday so that we can resolve any questions you may have. The due date for the postcards and crime logs for this novel has been extended to MONDAY, April 15th! Next up? Silver Pigs by Lindsay Davis.
Publications & Media: I have your page assignments and deadlines, and we need to keep on track as the end of the year will be here before you know it! Do we need to get more pictures taken? If we need more pictures, please make sure we have a plan for getting these taken! Are you going to meet the deadlines you have for this week?
Shakespeare’s Comedies: Please don't forget that your midterm project on some aspect of life in Elizabethan England is due on Tuesday, April 9th! Each of you will be evaluating each of the projects presented as one of your minor grades. After your presentations, we will be reading out The Merchant of Venice.
Web 2.0 Tips, Tricks, and Tools: For the next two weeks, you will choose your own adventure—selecting a web 2.0 tool to explore, creating a lesson plan, and then teaching us how to use the tool you have selected. The first part of this assignment is due by Monday, April 8th: you will select the tool you plan to learn about and teach to us and post the name of that tool on our blog so that we do not have more than one person for each of the tools you select! You will need to be prepared to teach us your chosen web 2.0 tool on Friday, April 19th. Some tools to consider include:
- BitStrips [cartoon strips] http://www.bitstrips.com/
- Bubbl.us [mind mapping/brainstorming] https://bubbl.us/
- Create your own Museum http://museum.thinkport.org/
- Inkle [create interactive stories]http://www.inklestudios.com/
- JeopardyLabs [game builder] https://jeopardylabs.com/
- LiveBinders [website collection] http://www.livebinders.com/
- MapWing [virtual tours] http://www.mapwing.com/
- PearlTrees [curate the web http://www.pearltrees.com/
- Prezi [presentations] http://prezi.com/
- PowToon [cartoons] http://www.powtoon.com/
- SlideShare [presentation] http://www.slideshare.net/
- SpicyNodes [visual organizer http://www.spicynodes.org/
- StoryBird [create short stories] http://storybird.com/
- StudyStack [flashcards] http://www.studystack.com/
- Twiddla [a team whiteboard] http://www.twiddla.com/
World Literature: We continue with the “Encounter with the Supernatural and Spirit Worlds” with Naguib Mahfouz's Zaabalawi and an exploration of Islamic literature, The Thousand and One Nights. Don't forget, Writing Assignment 1 [specifications for this assignment are in your syllabus] is due on Wednesday, April 10th!
The US Activities Committee is sponsoring Springathon on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 to 2:00. The Used Book Sale will take place over the same weekend. Because the Christmas Book and Gift Fair was scaled down this year due to the VAIS visit, we did not have an opportunity to replenish our treasury which helps to fund the Prom, the Lock-ins, and the combined Advisory breakfast in December, so Springathon will be our major fundraiser this year. We will be hosting a bake sale at the Springathon in addition to renting tables to vendors for arts, crafts, and flea market treasures. So sign up to bring baked goods and help work that day to ensure a successful fundraiser for us and opportunity for our vendors! Springathon vendor forms and the informational flyer are downloadable from this page [see the sidebar].
The Spring Lock-In has been moved to Friday May 10th due to conflicts with teacher schedules.
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)