Class of 2015: Don't forget our December monthly breakfast is this Friday, December 6th, which we will be having with the seniors, is tentatively planned for The Jewish Mother, so we need to finalize plans for that. We still have not managed to plan anything to do as a class for the holidays—skating at Macarthur Center? Touring the Holiday Lights on the Boardwalk? Going to see Santa Clause and having our picture taken with him? The Winter Break will be here before we know it, so if we are going to do anything, we need to get this planned! Finally, don't forget our Mattaponi adoptees—we need to have everything pulled together by next Friday [December 13th, an Administrative half day] when we will wrap everything and get it delivered to Spirit Rising each class has selected at least one child to sponsor by collecting money to buy the gifts, or buying the specific gifts on each child’s list. The list of children and gifts is posted on this page [right sidebar] if you need more information about this service activity.
Advanced Composition: I moved the due date for your Definition Essay to Wednesday, December 4th, so make sure you complete this and have it ready to turn in on time! This month we focus on the Argument paper [due Wednesday, December 18th] and the I-Search—we will be reading an example of an argument essay each day before spending the remaining class time in Writing Workshop, so PLEASE come prepared to work! If you are NOT prepared to work on the I-Search, you will be losing class participation points.... You may bring your own laptop--we have power connections, and wireless IS available—or we have a few computers available in the classroom or in the mall computer lab. Bring your project on a flash drive if you plan to work on a school computer. The argument essays for this week include:
- “Close the Borders to All Newcomers” and
- “Give Us Your Best, Your Brightest.”
Art History I: Please don't forget to get your permission slips and class attendance waivers completed and turned in for our field trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art's Glass Studio next week [Thursday, December 12th]! This week we continue with the Baroque Era [17th Century], beginning with the documentary we didn't get to last week:
- Simon Schama's Power of Art: Caravaggio;
- Simon Schama's Power of Art: Bernini
- French Art 1;
- Landscape Painting in Italy;
- French Art 2: The Sun King;
- Art in Flanders;
- Art in England;
- Art in Spain;
- Art in the Dutch Republic;
- Rembrandt van Rijn; and,
- Rembrandt: The Self-Portrait at Kenwood.
Fundamentals of Composition: Reminder: your Illustration essay is due on Friday, December 6th. This week we will be discussing improving your writing through techniques which go beyond using simply ensuring that you have specific examples to support your thesis statement; we turn to Chapter 17: “Diction, Tone, and Style.” There are no notes for this chapter—we will be working our way through it all week. We will also read an essay from our textbooks that illustrates the techniques in this chapter:
- “Gender Gap in Cyberspace.”
Science Fiction/Fantasy: I will have a new blog post up for A Wizard of Earthsea by Monday afternoon, so make sure you are caught up with the two week combination posting for The Pride of Chanur from last week by Monday afternoon! The Post Cards from Tully will be due on Wednesday, December 4th!
The Word: Art, History, Literature, and Music in the Old Testament: We begin Unit 7A: Writings and Wisdom, reading three chapters:
- Chapter 14: “Songs and Poetry”
- Chapter 15: Bits of Wisdom
- Chapter 16: “More Wisdom
This is a B week, and we need to stay focused, even in the midst of holiday celebrations because the semester will be over before you know it!
Teacher Barb :)