American Literature: We move into the period after the Civil War, 1865 – 1914, The Transformation of a Nation: American Realism. After an introduction to the period and a review of the timeline, we will discuss Writing Assignment 2 which is detailed in the syllabus. Basically, you will select one of the works listed below [one student per work, please], select 15 words that believe are essential to that story, and using a written format of your choice, explain why you selected each word and how it is integral to that story. This assignment is due on May 11th! This week's focus is Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.
Poetry & Nonfiction: I hope you enjoyed our first Friday afield—it was a lot of fun! This week we will continue reading In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, and on Wednesday we will travel to Richmond to visit the Virginia Holocaust Museum http://www.va-holocaust.com/default.asp . We will have lunch in Richmond, possibly at Bottoms Up Pizza http://bottomsuppizza.com/ so you should bring money for that, but there is no additional cost for museum admission. We will leave school at 8:15 AM and return by 3:30 or 4:00, depending on the traffic. You should finish the book this week as we will move on to Tuesdays with Morrie on April 30th. We do not have a classroom set of this book, so you will need to get a copy for yourself before we start the book! Reminder: your sonnet on an episode from Annie Dillard's A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is due April 26th!
Publications & Media: We need to keep working on pages so we can meet our deadlines for publication!
Shakespeare's Tragedies: We will continue with King Lear this week, first finishing the traditionally staged version with Sir Lawrence Olivier and then with the western-themed version, King of Texas, starring Patrick Stewart as King Lear.
The Word: We are working on Unit Eleven B: The Letters of Paul this week. We will continue reading Chapter 33: “The Christian Community,” and then read Chapter 34: “Social Order” and the Unit Feature, “Augustine.” We also need to read all of Unit Twelve: Other Letters [including Chapter 35: “The Fulfillment,” Chapter 36: “General Letters,” and the Unit Feature, “The Legacy of the Reformation.” At the end of the week we will discuss your final project for the course, Biblical Biographies: An Afternoon with an Apostle/Disciple. This will be due on May 17th in lieu of a final exam!
World Literature: Don't forget that you need to read Zaabalawi and create a map/timeline of events for that story for April 26th! This week we begin the unit Home Invaded by Other, and we will start with The Song of Roland and then move to The Decameron. Just a reminder, long-range, Multimedia Project 2 is due May 8th!
Dates to keep in mind:
- April 14th [Saturday]--Campus Clean-up Day, 8:30 AM - ???
- April 18th [Wednesday]—Poetry & Nonfiction Class field trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond
- April 19th [Thursday]—VBFS Admissions Open House
- April 26th [Thursday]--Spirit Night at Albie's Pizza, 21st Street, 6:00 PM
- May 3rd [Thursday]—Shakespeare class field trip to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton to see The Winter's Tale [we need to leave VBFS by 6:00 AM!]
- May 4th [Friday]--7th Annual Golf Tournament [download the dinner reservation form on the right]
- May 12th [Saturday]--VBFS US Prom, Light up the Night
Teacher Barb :)