American Literature: We continue with the period between the Civil War and WWI, 1865 – 1914, The Transformation of a Nation: American Realism. This week's focus is Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Reminder: Writing Assignment 2, which is detailed in the syllabus, is due on May 11th!
Poetry & Nonfiction: This week we are focusing on finishing up with the two nonfiction books we have read in the last few weeks: A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and In My Hands. In class on Monday we will complete a 3x4 for In My Hands. The assignment sheet for that is on the website. The sonnet for any episode from A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is due on Friday, April 27th. This assignment sheet is also on the website. I will also go over the final assignment which involves reading and presenting any nonfiction book of your choice to the class in your choice of format. The assignment sheet for this is on the website as well. Finally, next week we will begin reading Tuesdays with Morrie. We do not have a classroom set of this book, so you will need to get a copy for yourself before we start reading on April 30th!
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 with the western-themed version, King of Texas, starring Patrick Stewart as King Lear. Our field trip to Staunton next week has been canceled by the theatre due to a lack of attendance for that performance of The Winter's Tale. So... we will be attending a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream on Thursday, May 24th instead. Do NOT forget that you need to start thinking about your final project which will be due in lieu of a final exam on June 4th! The assignment sheet is on the website.
The Word: We are working on Unit Twelve: Other Letters, which includes Chapter 35: “The Fulfillment,” Chapter 36: “General Letters,” and the Unit Feature, “The Legacy of the Reformation.” Then we will move into Unit Thirteen, Revelation, which includes Chapter 37: “Crisis and Persecution,” Chapter 38: “A Great Battle,” and Chapter 39: “A New Jerusalem.” Reminder! 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 continue the unit Home Invaded by Other, reading selections from The Decameron and “The American School.” Just a reminder, long-range, Multimedia Project 2 is due May 8th!
Dates to keep in mind:
- April 26th [Thursday]--Spirit Night at Albie's Pizza, 21st Street, 6:00 PM
- April 27th [Friday]--money for the golf baskets should be in so that we can get our shopping done for gift cards for the Class of 2015 basket: We Dig Hilltop!
- April 27th [Friday}--Field Day from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM; lunch will be provided at the close of competitions!
- 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, from 7:30 - 11:00 PM
- May 24th [Thursday]--The Shakespeare clas will travel to Staunton to see a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the American Shakespeare Center followed by lunch in town. We will need to leave by 6:00 AM and will not return until late--hopefully by 8:00 PM. Please note: this is a change in date from the our original plans!