Advanced Composition: We will finish Wonder Boys and then move on to a review of chapters 1-4 of Strategies for Successful Writing. Please do not forget to bring your copy of When the Emperor was Divine to class, along with your journal, for SSR each day!
Art History I: We will probably get ahead of the syllabus this week so as to stay on track next week. Our focus will be on Ancient Worlds this week, and we will be watching a documentary and reading several chapters in the textbook:
- How Art Made the World [DVD]: "The Day the Pictures were Born"
- African Art 1: Prehistoric and Historic
- African Art 2: Tribal
- Pre-Columbian Art
- A Tlingit House Post
- Oceanic Art
- Egyptian Art 1: The Old Kingdom
- Egyptian Art 2: The New Kingdom
Creative Writing: Don't forget that you need a writing journal for this class, and your first piece should be in response to the quotation I put on the board Friday after we finished watching Stranger than Fiction:
“At any given point, you have the power to say, 'This is NOT how the story is going to end!'”
I should have your syllabus ready for you by Wednesday, and we will look over the textbook we will use in this workshop, Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
Film as Literature: Once we finish Spirited Away, we will take a look at Chapter one in our textbook, Looking at Movies, before turning to our next film, Jurassic Park. For this film, you will be answering a few questions related to the material in Chapter one, so don't get too mesmerized by Steven Spielberg's use of crane shots to bring the dinosaurs alive! Your syllabus is ready, and I will hand this out on Wednesday!
Fundamentals of Composition: We will finish Finding Forrester, and then we will take a look at Chapter one of Strategies for Successful Writing. Please do not forget to bring your copy of The Alchemist and your writing journal to class each day for SSR!
Mystery Fiction: This week we will be reading Crocodile on the Sandbank during class. Please do NOT forget to check out our blog! You should respond to that prompt by Thursday with a post. Each post you write in response to a prompt should consist of 250-300 words. In addition, each of you will respond to at least one other post by Saturday of this week with a meaningful comment or question which will again add to the conversation. The blog is meant to be a forum where we can discuss the author's structural choices [for example, narrative point of view], stylistic choices [the use of figurative language, such as similes], and character development and how you think these choices impact your experience with the novel. Clearly written, detailed, thoughtful responses posted on time will earn full points; late, vague, or confusing posts [misspellings/typos] or Rubber Stamp comments ["Me too!" "You are so right."] will not be given full credit, so take this responsibility for class discussion seriously! Each week's posts are worth up to 10 points.
Because of the Labor Day Holiday, this is an A week. Don't forget that the Upper School Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2nd at 6:00. I look forward to seeing all of you here!
Teacher Barb :)