"Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening's forehead o'er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth."
~Emma Lazarus, The Feast of Lights.
If you are participating in our annual Secret Santa / Hanukkah Harry / Kwanzaa Kevin / Bodhi Ben / Ramadan Ralphie / Yule Yorick / Divali Dennis. Please do NOT forget to have a small gift treat/gift for your recipient on Tuesday and then the final gift on Friday when we do our big reveal. If you forgot to give your person a gift last week on Tuesday or Friday, please make up for that this week. Don't forget that you are supposed to be keeping your person's name a SECRET!
Advanced Composition: On Monday I will meet with those of you I didn't speak with on Friday. So far everyone seems to be in good shape for this project, and I hope that is true of all of you! While I do individual conferences, you will be reading Chapter 14: “Mixing the Writing Strategies" to yourselves. Then, as a group we will read an example of this in our textbook:
- “Blur: Cheetahs, Ranchers, and Hope.”
Advanced Placement Calculus AB: Please be sure that you are where you need to be in this online class! You may want to use Khan Academy to reinforce any concepts you are having trouble with! If you have tests scheduled, you MUST be ready to take these on time on the days when your class is scheduled with me!
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition: Please be sure that you are where you need to be in this online class as there is LOTS of reading to do!
Advanced Placement Psychology: Please be sure that you are where you need to be in this online class! If you have tests scheduled, you MUST be ready to take these on time on days when your class is scheduled with me!
Art History I: We will be watching a film about Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and then you will be presenting your Chrysler Museum of Art assignments on Thursday the 18th. If we finish early, we will read three chapters in our textbook:
- Dutch Genre and Portraiture 2: Delft and Deventer
- Dutch Still-Life Painting
- Late Baroque in Italy
Creative Writing: This week, you will be reading the following in Writing Down the Bones:
- “Claim Your Writing”
- “Trust Yourself”
Film as Literature: We have watched Some Like it Hot, the film chosen by the American Film Institute as the number one film on their 100 Years, 100 Laughs list , so now we will put everything we have learned about film this semester together by reading Chapter 8: “Thinking About Movies, Theory, and Meaning” and watching AFI's number one movie from 100 Years... 100 Movies [ 1998, 2007]: Citizen Kane. Don't forget that you should be working on your final project, A Recipe for a Film...
Fundamentals of Composition: We will finish our discussion of Chapter 19: “Writing About Literature” in preparation for the Literature Project [see the handout for this for specifics] which will be due in lieu of a final exam on January 15th. Hopefully you have already selected a novel for this assignment! Remember, your Comparison essay is due on Thursday, December 18th, and we should have some time to work on this during class too.
Mystery Fiction: We are reading our final novel, A Morbid Taste for Bones. Hopefully you will find this one easier to read! You need to be finished with this one by December 17th as the postcards are due on December 18th! So, you definitely need to be reading during the time I give you for this in class! On the 18th, we will watch a filmed version of the novel—how are the book and the film similar? How are they different? It will be interesting to discover which version you like better! Remember, our class discussion takes place on our class blog; each of you must post one original comment in response to my prompt , and then each of you should respond to someone else's post if you are to earn full credit for this course requirement! Please be sure that you are posting to the correct blog entry for full credit! I am deducting points for spelling and grammar mistakes, and for obvious vague entries that you are posting when you have NOT read all of the required pages, so be mindful of this as you post!
This is technically a B week, but Friday we will do the "big reveal" for Secret Santa/Hanukkah Harry and attending the Holiday Concert before a noon dismissal, so be prepared for a busy morning without classes. Please remember that Friday IS a school day, and you are expected to be here until you are dismissed at noon for the break! Please be sure to take home any and all food on or before Friday as the school will be closed for two weeks. We do not return until Monday, January 5th.
Stay on track—the first semester ends two weeks after we return from the break! Have a great week!
Teacher Barb :)