American Literature: This week we start our fourth unit, Early American Literature 1865-1914: The Transformation of a Nation—American Realism:
- Introduction and Timeline [1255-1269]
- Mark Twain (Samuel L Clemons): Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Poetry and Nonfiction: Reminder: the haiku response for Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is due on Thursday the 19th! We will also continue reading In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer--Part Three and “Amber.” Please do not forget to locate a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young man, and Life's Greatest Lesson for class next week!
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories: This week we will begin Julius Caesar, a fascinating look into Shakespeare's treatment of an historical event with lessons to teach us on political and moral behavior.
The Word—The New Testament: This week we will be finishing the textbook and moving on to questions of how the New Testament informs Western art, history, literature, and music, to say nothing of Western cultural and moral values!
- Unit 14: Epilogue
- Chapter 40: “The Bible and Literacy”
- Unit Feature: “Freedom and Faith in America”
World Literature: This week we continue with the unit Home Invaded by Others. We will be reading an interesting selection from post-WWII Japan:
- Kojima Nobuo: “The American School” [2896-2919]
As many of you know, my cancer is back, and it is quite aggressive. I will enter treatment this week and will need to be out on Monday afternoon and all day Thursday. I may also need to be gone for a few hours if a surgeon can arrange to put the treatment port in for me this week. I have really worried about having to need so many subs, but the fact that I have my syllabi for classes so well-organized means that someone can easily follow my plans for you, and we should be able to stay on track. I apologize for any discombobulation over the last several weeks as I have waited for test results and treatment plans. I will do my best to keep my medical needs from disrupting classes, but I will need your patience for the next few weeks as the oncologist works to get the cancer under control. I cannot do this without your help, and I am counting on you to do what you can to make sure that we can end the year smoothly.
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)