American Literature: We are still exploring the literature of 1820-1865: the American Renaissance. We will be looking at Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Birth-Mark” and watching Rappaccini’s Daughter. Next we will read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “A Psalm of Life,” “The Slave’s Dream,” “The Jewish Cemetery at Newport,” and “My Lost Youth” before turning to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” 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; you have until Wednesday afternoon before I mark these as zeroes. Some of you are missing poems from our Friday Poetry Sessions; these MUST be turned in by Wednesday, or you will receive a zero for any missing work. 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 11 - 15 of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. We will finish the book for and discuss it on Monday, April 2nd. Please remember, your Nonfiction Observational Writing Project, Cosmic Oranges, is due on Friday, March 30th. The specifics for this assignment are in your handouts and are also available on this website on the Poetry/Nonfiction page.
Publications & Media: You have been doing pretty well with learning the Adobe CS5 platform, and I am hopeful that we will meet the deadlines you are setting for yourselves. I need to see at least TWO finished pages from each of you for grading purposes for the Progress Reports….
Shakespeare’s Tragedies: We will continue with our reading out of Julius Caesar, and then watch the film starring Marlon Brando—it is an interesting piece! As I told you last week, because I will not be here on Friday, I have moved the due date for your midterm presentations. Your midterm projects are due on Monday, April 2nd. If you are NOT ready on Monday, this could severely impact your Progress Report
The Word: Our Art Gallery “opening” went very well, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! We will finish watching Peter and Paul and then begin Unit Eleven A: “The Letters of Paul” which includes Chapter 31: “Grace and Faith” and Chapter 32: “The Power of Love.”
World Literature: You did a wonderful job with our two plays last week; we had a lot of fun, didn’t we? This week we will continue with our “Encounter with Supernatural and Spirit Worlds” unit, moving to the Twentieth Century: "Self and Other in Global Context” with Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. Don’t forget, your five haiku are due Thursday, March 29th!
Again, this week marks the end of the third quarter, so Progress Reports will be going out right after the Easter/Passover holiday. Most of you have done quite well and should be pleased with your resulting grades. However, a few of you are currently failing one of my classes because you have not turned in any/al of your assignments. Except for The Word, ALL of my classes have something due this week or on Monday of next week [Shakespeare only!]. Do not use the excuse that “Teacher Barb wasn’t here, so I didn’t/couldn’t turn in my work!” If you do NOT turn in the work that is due on its due date to my substitute, there could be dire consequences for you, and I do not necessarily mean just the failing grade you could receive for the class; I am sure your parents can think of several consequences for you for not doing your work. FINAL REMINDER: TURN IN ANY MISSING ASSIGNMENTS BY THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th!
This is an A week.
Teacher Barb :)