The Class of 2015 sends out a huge THANK YOU to all of you who ordered Valentine’s Day carnations! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we appreciate your support!
American Literature: In order to make things a bit more interesting as we examine the various voices included in our current unit, Early American Literature 1700-1820: An Expanding World leads to an Enlightenment, a Great Awakening, and a National Identity, we will divide up the remaining writers and each of you will read the selection(s) for your writer in our textbook and then create an obituary and a tombstone for your writer as a way to share what you have read with the rest of the class. The obituaries and tombstones will be due on Thursday, February 28th. See the handout for this assignment for more information.
Art History: This week we will read the section in our textbook on woodblock prints and then learn to unpack these prints to discover what they tell us about the people and culture that created these works of art. Each of you will then choose a woodblock print to analyze and share with the class using a Glogster to do so. These glogs will be due next Tuesday, February 26th. Don’t forget, the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary has 26 drawings by Michelangelo on display, and although admission is $15, you may want to check this out as this is an incredible opportunity for those of us in Virginia!
Mystery Fiction: Due to the Administrative half day, we only see each other once—so keep reading Death on the Nile as the postcards and crime logs [notebooks] for this book will be due next week, Thursday, February 27th!
Publications & Media: You now have the class pictures, and I will transfer some pictures that I have taken so that you can set up the class pictures and candids pages. We still need to determine the theme for the 2013 book, the “cover” picture, and any dedications and special pages you plan to include! We are going to need lots of pictures, so we need to start bringing in digital cameras and planning for the pictures we want/need!
Shakespeare’s Comedies: We will continue reading out Love’s Labour’s Lost and then watch the Kenneth Branagh version of the play on film. Don’t forget, your assignment A Study of the Comedy in Twelfth Night using the Channel 4 film version [or the Trevor Nunn version, as you choose] is due Thursday, February 21st!
Tech 101: Web 2.0—Tips, Tricks, and Tools: Don’t forget that you are supposed to be posting twice each week on our class blog! We are already in week FIVE, and some of you have earned NO points in this category! Additionally, your glogs are due Wednesday, February 20th! Please stop trying to do the work as we have class—the idea is to learn to use a new tool, and if you are NOT practicing this outside of class, you are not getting the full benefit of what we are doing! This week we will look at some phone apps and maybe even do some phone polling.
World Literature: We still have Ana’s presentation to look at for the Gods/Goddesses project, and then we will look at an overview of Ancient Rome as a wrap up to Ancient Greece and Rome and their contributions to Western civilization and literature. Once we have finished this, we will continue exploring the theme of Travel and Self-Recognition in the Face of the Other by investigating a totally different culture, the warrior culture of The Anglo-Saxons, through a documentary analysis of Beowulf.
Stay warm and well--only two weeks to go until Spring Break [March 2nd - 10th]! This is an A week!
Teacher Barb :)