This is a B week.
American Literature: As part of our continuous exploration of the unit, “1865-1914: The Transformation of a Nation—American Realism,” once we finish Mark Twain's The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, we will be reading Stephen Crane's The Open Boat and Jack London's To Build A Fire. If we have time, we will also read selections from Jane Addams' Twenty Years at Hull House.
Art History: Finally, we have reached the 20th Century! We will finish watching The Art of the Western World, Episode 8: Into the Twentieth Century, and then read a few chapters in the textbook:
- Cubism 1: Picasso and Braque
- Cubism 2 and Orphism
- Art in Britain: the Vortex
- Russian Art 1: form Symbolism to Suprematism
- Russian Art 2: Constructivism
Mystery Fiction: Keep reading Lindsay Davis' Silver Pigs! Your crime log and postcard for this book will be due on Wednesday, May 1st. That is sooner than you think!
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 you need to get more pictures taken? If you need more pictures, please make sure you have a plan for getting these taken! Are you going to meet the deadlines you have for this week?
Shakespeare’s Comedies: We will finish watching The Merchant of Venice before working on a minor assignment for this play. Remember, the definition of a comedy in Shakespeare's time is somewhat different from our definition of a comedy... Mark your calendars: we are headed to Staunton to the American Shakespeare Center to see Love's Labour's Lost on Thursday, May 2nd! We will need to leave by 6:00 AM and will not return until 7:30 PM...
Web 2.0 Tips, Tricks, and Tools: This week we will work with two visual tools to create an autobiographical comic strip and a pop-up/VR picture book. First, use MakeBeliefsComix to tell us something about yourself with a four-panel comic strip [you MAY use more panels, but you may not use fewer!]. YouTube has a couple of great tutorials to help you get familiar with this tool:
Next, you will use ZooBurst to create a “picture book” of an event in history, a science concept, a math lesson, or an original short story. I have account sheets for each of you, so please do NOT create your own account! YouTube has tutorials for this tool that you might find helpful:
ZooBurst book is due on Monday, April 29th.
Remember, you are required to post to the class blog at least twice by Saturday of each week!
World Literature: We continue with the “Home Invaded by the Other” unit with excerpts from Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron and Kojima Nobou's The American School. Don't forget, your Zaabalawi map/timeline assignment is due on Wednesday, April 24th!
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 24th is class picture day, so please dress nicely and be on time!
Friday, April 26th is Field Day!
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)