This is an A week.
While this may not be a very busy week for us in my classes, it IS a busy week for me as I prepare for the College Counseling Workshop that I will be presenting for the US community on Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 to noon! If you are planning to attend, you MUST email me and let me know that you are coming and how many people you will be bringing. I will have breakfast and coffee available for participants along with a notebook for each family, and I need to make sure I have enough supplies for everyone! The workshop is designed for JUNIORS and their families [the SENIORS should have come LAST year!], but anyone is welcome to attend. Please note, I will NOT be doing any individual counseling at this workshop—it is designed to be an overview with LOTS of information that you will probably need to think about after attending. The notebook will serve as a great handbook for you as you navigate this challenging part of your high school years.
Advanced Composition: We will be looking at Chapter 9 in our textbook, “Classification: Grouping Into Categories” this week in preparation for our first essay writing assignment for the semester [the classification essay will be due October 4th]. In addition, you should finish reading When the Emperor was Divine as we will discuss the book on Friday, paying particular attention to the similarities and differences between When the Emperor was Divine and Farewell to Manzanar. Don’t forget that you have a critique of When the Emperor was Divine due on Monday, September 30th—I moved the date due to a mistake I made in the syllabus, so you get an extra few days to complete this! Remember, you are writing a CRITIQUE, not a SUMMARY, discussed when we reviewed Chapter 2: “Strategies for Successful Reading” in your textbook.
Art History: We will finish “Once Upon a Time” from How Art Made the World and then move on to Unlocking the Great Pyramid before resuming our readings in Ancient Worlds:
- The Artemesium Zeus/Poseidon
- Classical Greek Art
- Fourth Century Greek Art
- Hellenistic Art
- The Lost Riches of Classical Painting
- Roman Art I
- Trajan’s Column, Rome
- Roman Art II: The Hadriatic Period
- Late Antiquity and Early Christian Art
Fundamentals of English Composition: You should have finished The Alchemist by now, but if you have not, please have this done by Thursday as we will spend some time in class getting started on the critique of The Alchemist which is due Thursday, October 3rd. If you have NOT finished The Alchemist, then you will need to read this during SSR, but if you have finished it, you will need to bring a book of your choosing to read each day from now on. This week we will turn to Chapter 3: “ Planning and Drafting Your Paper” in the textbook in preparation for writing our first essay, a narrative, which is not due until October 17th, but you will be surprised at how quickly this due date will sneak up on you! As for the critique, please ensure that you are writing a CRITIQUE, not a SUMMARY, as we discussed last week when we went over Chapter 2 in your textbook, “Strategies for Successful Reading.”
Science Fiction/Fantasy: I am a little concerned because several of you forgot to post ANY entries to our class blog, and others only posted once! Remember, in place of a journal, we are blogging about our reading, and each of you is supposed to post a minimum of twice during each week [the posting window is Sunday through Saturday]. These entries are a LARGE part of your grade, so please do not forget to keep up with this! We need to finish with our reading of Frankenstein this week so that we can get started on the films [the 2004 version and Young Frankenstein]. We will be discussing the similarities/differences between the text and the filmic treatments of Shelley’s work and considering whether this example of speculative fiction is more science fiction or fantasy, based on the definitions we decided upon in the first two weeks of class. I hope to have you syllabus completed by the end of the week, based on the reading abilities of the class.
The Word--The Old Testament in Art, History, Literature, Music, and Culture: This week we will read Unit 3: “Call and Promise” which contains:
- Chapter 5: Abraham and Sarah
- Chapter 6: Ancestors
- Unit Feature: Literary Views of Abraham and Isaac
Once we have completed the readings, we will be watching The Bible Stories: Genesis. In addition, you may have some time to work on your Ten Commandments Glog which is due on Thursday, October 10th. If you cannot remember which commandment you chose for this assignment, the list is posted on Jupiter and on the class page on this website.
Just a reminder—I upload almost every handout I use in classes to Jupiter Grades and to this website [by class page], so if you need more information about a project or an assignment, or if you have lost your copy of a handout, please check these locations before asking me for another copy of the handout OR before working on an assignment without reviewing what you need to do in order to meet the requirements of that assignment. OK?
Finally, if you are planning to attend the College Counseling Workshop this Saturday [the 21st from 9:00 until noon], PLEASE let me know by Thursday at noon so that I can be sure that I have created enough notebooks for everyone who plans to attend! Thanks!
Teacher Barb :)