REMINDER: Friday, May 23rd is now a full-day of classes, and it will be an A Friday. We canceled the Administrative Half-Day some time ago in order to make up some of the time we missed due to the snow days earlier in the semester. So, please make a note that you are expected to be in school all day that day!
Class of 2015: You are allowed to walk off campus for lunch during exam week with a signed permission form on file with me. You may download the form from the sidebar or pick up a hard copy from our classroom.
American Literature: This week we continue our final unit, American Literature since 1945: Contemporary Literature. We will finish A Streetcar named Desire on Monday and then move into one of the most popular activities in past years: Poetry Island Survivor! This week we begin with two “episodes”:
- Wednesday, May 21st: Mood Music
- Friday, May 23rd: Artistic Interpretations
Specific information concerning this assignment is available on Jupiter Grades and on the American Literature class page.
Art History II: We will be watching two documentaries and finishing our textbook by reading the last chapters which focus on the late 20th century:
- Simon Schama's Power of Art: Rothko [we started this last week]
- American Pop Art
- British Pop Art
- Environmental Art, Happening and Performance
- Kinetic and Op Art
- Post-War Sculpture 2: Minimal and Conceptual
- Land and Earth Art
- Traditional Easel-Painting
- The Popularization of Art
- Herb & Dorothy
Poetry and Nonfiction: Now that we have finished reading the book, we will be watching Lessons on Living, the ABC News Special with Morrie Schwartz and then the film, Tuesdays with Morrie. Don't forget that you need to choose three discussion questions from our reading that you need to answer by Thursday, May 29th. [See Jupiter Grades or the class page on the Poetry and Nonfiction class page to download a copy of the discussion questions!].
Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Histories: We will finish reading out Hamlet this week, and when we finish the play, we will be watching the Kenneth Branagh filmed version. Will you be able to identify all of the Hollywood celebrities who had cameo roles?
The Word: The New Testament in Art, History, Literature, and Music: Now that we have finished exploring the New Testament, we will put our skills of identifying Biblical allusions to work as we watch The Matrix Trilogy. Be prepared to tell me each day what connections you find...
World Literature: As part of our unit Trying to Discern the Thoughts of the Other, we will return to “The Golden Age of Japanese Culture” as we read a classic from this period: the “Evening Faces” Chapter of Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji. Don't forget to get started on Multimedia Project 3 which will be presented in lieu of a final exam on Wednesday, June 4th at 9:00. Specifics for this assignment can be found in the syllabus, pages 8-9, which is available on Jupiter Grades and the World Literature class page.
This week is an A week, and we are down to the last two weeks of classes before we have final exams, so please make sure that you are completing and turning in all of your assigned work! The exam week schedule is as follows:
8:30 – 8:55 Advisory
9:00 – 11:30 Morning Exam [odd-numbered blocks]
11:30 -12:25 Lunch
12:30 – 3:00 Afternoon Exam [even-numbered blocks]
Exams are scheduled as follows:
- Monday, June 2nd morning exam: block 1 / afternoon exam: block 2
- Tuesday, June 3rd morning exam: block 3 / afternoon exam: block 4
- Wednesday, June 4th morning exam: block 5 / afternoon exam: block 6
- Thursday, June 5th morning exam: block 7 / afternoon exam: block 8
Teacher Barb :)