This is an A week.
American Literature: We begin our next unit, “1865-1914: The Transformation of a Nation—American Realism,” with Mark Twain's The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. We have already made the selections for Writing Assignment 2 [due on Friday, May 10th]; these are as follows:
- Courtney--Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (pages 764-799)
- ________--Herman Melville: Bartleby, the Scrivener (pages 1093-1118)
- Seth--Henry James: Daisy Miller—A Study (pages 1491-1532)
- Rikki--Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper (pages 1682-1693)
- ________--Willa Cather: The Sculptor’s Funeral (pages 1901-1903 and 1923-1932)
- Sarah--Katherine Anne Porter: Flowering Judas (pages 2147-2157)
- Skylar--John Cheever: The Swimmer (pages 2408-2417)
- Walker--James Baldwin: Going to Meet the Man (pages 2556-2568)
- Sam--Flannery O’Connor: Good Country People (pages 2568-2583)
- ________--Thomas Pynchon: Entropy (pages 2717-2728)
- ________--Toni Morrison: Recitatif (pages 2647-2631)
- Zoie--John Updike: Separating (pages 2659-2669)
- Felipe--Philip Roth: Defender of the Faith (pages 2669-2691)
- Lane--Raymond Carver: Cathedral (pages 2732-2743)
- Kaleigh--Maxine Hong Kingston: No Name Woman (pages 2743-2753)
- Noah--Alice Walker: Everyday Use (pages 2772-2778)
- Barbara--Sandra Cisneros: Woman Hollering Creek (pages 2819-2817)
- Alexa--Louise Erdrich: Fleur (pages 2828-2829 and 2831-2840)
- Thomas--Jhumpa Lahiri: Sexy (pages 2857-2874)
Art History: After we finish the documentary on Gauguin, we will move from the 19th century to the 20th with:
- Post Impressionism 2 and Art Nouveau
- Paintings in America in the Later 19th Century
- Twentieth-Century Art: A New Constitution
- Impressionism and Expressionism Outside of France
- Cubism 1: Picasso and Braque
- Cubism 2 and Orphism
- Art in Britain: the Vortex
Mystery Fiction: The postcards and crime logs for The Salaryman's Wife are due on Monday, April 15th! From modern Japan, we will take a step back in history to ancient Rome with Lindsay Davis' Silver Pigs. I hope you will enjoy meeting Marcus Didius Falco and his friend Petronius as they try to unravel a mystery stretching from Rome to Britannia and back again, accompanied by a patrician girl, Helena, who knows what she wants... perhaps it's Falco!
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: The midterm projects went quite well, and now we are reading out The Merchant of Venice, a rather serious and intellectually troubling “comedy.” Remember, the definition of a comedy in Shakespeare's time is somewhat different from our definition of a comedy...
Web 2.0 Tips, Tricks, and Tools: During this second week of our Choose Your Own Adventure on the web, you should be exploring the tool/application you have selected to teach us, creating a lesson plan, and then teaching us how to use the tool/application you have selected. Your completed lesson plan—in writing—is due on Wednesday, April 17th. You will need to be prepared to teach us your chosen web 2.0 tool/application on Friday, April 19th. Don't forget to post twice to the class blog for the week...
World Literature: We continue with the “Home Invaded by the Other” unit with excerpts from The Song of Roland and Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. Don't forget, Multimedia Project 2 presentations are due on Wednesday, May 8th! The selections were as follows:
- Dennis--Gilgamesh (pages 10-42)
- Ana--Sophocles: Oedipus the King (pages 388-433)
- Steph--Confucius: The Analects (pages 545-555)
- Cam--The Bhagavad-gita (pages 612-624)
- _______________ Virgil: selections from The Aeneid (pages 636-683)
- Aiden--Yuan Chen: The Story of Ying-Ying (pages 839-848)
- Channa--The Koran (pages 868-888)
- _______________ Abolqasem Ferdowski, from Shâhnâme, The Tragedy of Sohráb and Rostám (pages 888-9230
- Tyler--Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (pages 1217-1273)
- _______________ from The Epic of Son-Jara (pages 1431-1472)
- _______________ Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince (pages 1488-1502)
- _______________ Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote, part I (pages 1523- 1577)
- Reid M.--Popul Vuh (pages 1742-1759)
- _______________ Cao Xuequin: The Story of the Stone, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (pages 1768-1887)
- Sam--Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière: Tartuffe (pages 1898-1956)
- Reid C.--Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal (pages 2027-2034)
- Sydney--Lu Xun: Diary of a Madman (pages 2723-2735)
- Michael--Virginia Woolf: An Unknown Novel (pages 2735-2746)
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].
Wednesday, April 17th is an Administrative half day; blocks 1 and 2 will meet with a noon dismissal for all students.
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)