Our annual holiday breakfast was a great success—weren't those pumpkin pancakes delicious? Additionally, THANK YOU for your generosity! We were able to play Santa for five young people on the Mattaponi Reservation, fulfilling their wish lists and wrapping everything after the holiday breakfast. On Saturday, Teacher Carrie and Teacher Sue delivered our gifts to the Spirit Rising coordinator for delivery to the children later this month. Finally, the VAIS visit was a positive experience, so things should quiet down a bit this week as some of us celebrate Hanukkah, and others get ready for Christmas!
Advanced Composition: We will continue discussing “Argument” as we read several selections from our reader:
- “The Misguided Zeal of the Privacy Lobby”;
- “Halt and Show Your Papers”;
- “A Journalist's View of Black Economics”;
- “Close the Borders to all Newcomers”: and,
- “Give Us Your Best, Your Brightest.”
Art History: We have a LOT of reading to do this week on Monday and Friday as we focus on the Baroque era—the 17th century:
- Landscape Painting in Italy
- French Art 2: The Sun King
- Art in Flanders
- Art in England
- Art in Spain
- Art in the Dutch Republic
- Dutch Landscape 1
- Dutch Landscape 2: “Classic”
- Dutch Genre and Portraiture 1
- Dutch Genre and Portraiture 2: Delft and Deventer
Creative Writing: Don’t forget to keep up with the reading and practice assignments in Wild Mind for this week:
- “White Castles”
- “Crossing Boundaries”
- “Paris Notebook”
- “Dark and Light” and its related “Try This”
Film as Literature: The quiz for Chapter 6: Editing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th! Be sure that you know the major techniques involved in the craft of editing!This week we are looking at two Hitchcock films: Vertigo and North by Northwest. Don't forget about your final project—it will be the end of the semester before you know it!
Fundamentals of Composition: This week we will look at Chapter 19: “Writing About Literature” in preparation for writing the final assignment for this course--the literature project which is due on Wednesday, January 16th. [The handout for this project is downloadable from your class page if you no longer have the one I gave you at the beginning of the term!] Reminder: the comparison essay is due on Wednesday, December 19th!
Publications and Media: We will be burning the 2011-2012 Yearbook to DVD-ROM and packaging these for distribution prior to turning our energies to the 2012-2013 yearbook.
For those of you participating in the Secret Santa / Hanukkah Harry Gift Exchange, remember to keep your recipient's name a SECRET!!!! Don't forget, you need a small gift for your person on Wednesday the 12th and Friday the 14th this week!
Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)