Advanced Composition: We are well within schedule and will talk about the I-Search project this week. Each of you will receive a binder with information on what the I-Search project consists of, along with a sample project in the correct format and lots of other useful information to help get you started on this. On your class page there is also a sub-page with the handouts there for download as well. I can't wait to see what questions you will ask yourselves and how you will answer them! The final project is not due until January, but there are milestone dates along the way for certain elements, so please keep on track! Please do NOT forget that you still need to bring a reading book for SSR AND continue to write in your journals as I will be picking these up again before the end of the quarter [hint, hint!] Reminder, the Cause and Effect paper is due Friday, October 26th.
Art History: This week we will continue with Romanesque and Gothic art, including sections on Italian Gothic sculpture and painting, International Gothic art and architecture, and the works of Giotto di Bondone and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. We also have a trip planned to the Chrysler Museum to just get acquainted with an art museum and some of the things they have “collected” through the years. You will have an assignment to begin during the visit—you will select one item at the museum which you would like to add to the VBFS Art History Virtual Museum we will create from pictures you take of any object representative of the Ancient through Medieval periods. You will need to justify this acquisition, so be prepared to tell the board/class all about why we should acquire this item. You will have a handout with more information before we leave on Friday.
Creative Writing: This week you should try some observational writing; sit quietly in a specific location [outside in a park, at the local coffee shop, on a bench in the mall] and write about what you see and hear. Continue your reading in Wild Mind: “All over again,” “Not Like Therapy,” and “Try This.” Don't forget, your portfolio with ten pieces of writing [your choice] is due for evaluation on Friday, October 19th, and your Travel Diary Project is due on Tuesday, October 23rd.
Film as Literature: we will finish our reading of chapter 2 on narration and watch Stanley Kubric's 2001: A Space Odyssey as an introduction to Chapter 3: “Mise-en-Scène. Don't forget, the Chapter 2 quiz on narrative is Friday, October 12th! Please skim through Chapter 3: “Mise-en-Scène” for Friday as well!
Fundamentals of Composition: This week our focus is on Chapter 6: “Description.” If you need copies of these notes, they are available on the class page. Please do NOT forget that you still need to bring a reading book for SSR AND continue to write in your journals as I will be picking these up again before the end of the quarter [hint, hint!] Reminder: The Narrative paper is due on Friday, October 19th! Please check your syllabus for guidelines on the requirements for these papers.
Publications and Media: Our goal for completion of the 2011-2012 yearbook is Friday, October 19th. So we need to be as productive as possible this week and next!
Reminder: Upper School testing takes place next week on Wednesday, October 17th. Please arrive on time and well-rested. Although these tests do NOT impact your grade or ability to graduate in any way, I urge you to take them seriously as these tests can help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses in preparation for ACT, SAT, or vocational testing.
Please sign up on Teacher Carrie's door to help out with the Halloween Carnival and plan to attend the Lock-in--we have a scary movie theme just for you!
This is a B week!
Teacher Barb :)