Vernal Equinox is the 20th], but with the weather we have been having, it feels more like summer!
American Literature: We are still exploring the literature of 1820-1865: the American Renaissance. We will begin this week with “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving and then read two poems by William Cullen Bryant: “Thanatopsis” and “To a Waterfowl.” We will end with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature” and “Self-Reliance,” which we may have to finish reading as homework. Don’t forget, Writing Assignment 1 is due Friday, March 30th! The specifics for this assignment are in your syllabus.
Poetry and Nonfiction: We are still waiting for the Poet/Poetry Presentations from Barbara, Tyler G., and Sarah. And some of you are missing poems from our Friday Poetry Sessions. I would hate to see anyone fail this class for not turning in work, but it could happen to a few of you…. This week we are concentrating on chapters 6-10 of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Additionally, we will talk about the Nonfiction Observational Writing Project, which will be due on Friday, March 30th.
Publications & Media: This week we need a plan to put together the 2010-2011 yearbook while taking pictures for the 2011-2012 yearbook. Most of you have at least SOME knowledge of how to use one of our Adobe tools, so to make the most of our computers, we need to create deadlines and determine how we will schedule our time in order to MEET those deadlines.
Shakespeare’s Tragedies: With multiple absences of key “players,” we have gotten behind. We will finish our second film version of Macbeth this week and begin reading out Julius Caesar. Don’t forget that your Macbeth acrostics are due on Wednesday, March 21st, and your midterm projects are due on Wednesday, Marc. Because I will be at a writing conference next week, your midterm presentations have been moved to Monday, April 2nd. PLEASE be ready as we need these grades for progress reports!
The Word: We will explore the journeys of Paul and the experiences of early Christians through the film Peter and Paul. Don’t forget that our “gallery” opening is scheduled for Friday, March 23rd when your explications of a work of art based on the New Testament are due. [See the handout, The Object Speaks, for specifics for this assignment.]
World Literature: This week we begin a new unit,“Encounter with Supernatural and Spirit Worlds.” We will begin with a visit to Greece as we read Euripedes’ play Medea. Then we will discuss the Golden Age of Japanese Culture and Nōh drama before reading a terrific “spirit” story from Japan, Kanze Kojirō Nobumitsu’s Dōjōji. Don’t forget, your five haiku are due Thursday, March 29th!
OK, those of you who always turn in your work early or on time, THANK YOU! The next part is NOT for you. For those of you who are “missing” any assignments, and you know who you are since I nag you continuously, there are only two weeks left in the third quarter, so you need to get all of your work completed and turned in! Remember, I DO subtract points for late work, but SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. I would hate to have anyone failing a class on Progress Reports, but if you don’t turn in your assigned work, this is your choice.
This is a B week.
Teacher Barb :)