The last week of high school :)

Thank you for a wonderful year of discussion and personal insights.

It has been an absolute pleasure teaching each and every one of you this year and I wish you much success and joy on your future adventures!

Week of May 16, 2016

It’s hard to believe this is our last week of English Seminar–it has been a pleasure working with all of you this year ūüôā

We will be completing the course evaluation on Thursday. If you are not present in class, I hope you will take a few minutes to complete the evaluation as I value your feedback. It will be live on Schoology starting on Wednesday. Here is the overview of our last week:

libraryon Monday: Siddhartha due (reading quiz)

due Wednesday: Final project presentations

due Friday (last day of class): Siddhartha haiku

UPDATED SCHEDULE: Last two weeks of school

This week we will finish up our study of Orwell’s¬†1984¬†and then begin our last unit of study and our final project for English Seminar. Here is our work for the week:

on Monday: We will be finishing our discussion on Newspeak and working on the Newspeak assignment

due Tuesday: Draft of Newspeak assignment due; discussion of symbols

on Wednesday: (1) Introduction to final project (2) 1984 as Dystopian literature

on Thursday: (1) Newspeak assignment due  (2) Independent work on final project

on Friday: Socratic Seminar on 1984

due next Monday: Read Siddhartha (last reading quiz)

due next Wednesday: Presentation of final projects

due next Friday: Siddhartha Haiku 

Week of May 9, 2016

This week we will finish up our study of Orwell’s¬†1984 and then begin our last unit of study and our final project for English Seminar. Here is our work for the week:

on Monday: We will be finishing our discussion on Newspeak and working on the Newspeak assignment

due Tuesday: Draft of Newspeak assignment due

on Thursday: (1) Newspeak assignment due  (2) Socratic Seminar on 1984

on Friday: Introduction to final project

due next Monday: Read Siddhartha (last reading quiz)

due next Wednesday: Siddhartha Haiku

due next Thursday: Presentation of final projects

Week of May 2, 2016

Happy May! It’s hard to believe we are in our last month of school. This week we will continue our study of 1984. Other than¬†the vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, there will be no other homework this week as many of you prepare for AP Exams (good luck to all who are taking them)! Here is an overview of our week:

on Monday: 1984 methods of control

on Tuesday: Vocabulary Quiz on “A Modest Proposal” and¬†1984 terms. Quizlet here¬†(or on Schoology)

on Wednesday: AP LITERATURE EXAM

on Thursday: Newspeak and Dystopian literature

on Friday: Stockholm Syndrome and the definition of power in 1984

 

Week of April 25, 2016

This week we will continue our study of satire and begin George Orwell’s satirical masterpiece,¬†1984. Here is our work for the week:

due Monday: Part I of 1984

on Tuesday: Independent work period (reading 1984 or working on original satire)

due Wednesday: Draft of original satire due

due Thursday: Parts 2 and 3 of 1984

due Friday: 1984 vocabulary list due

due next Monday: final draft of original satire due

on next Tuesday: Vocabulary Quiz (“A Modest Proposal” and¬†1984 terms)

on next Wednesday: AP English Literature Exam

Week of April 18, 2016

This week we will have our last exam for the year and then begin our study of satire. Here is our work for the week:

due Monday:¬†Close reading on Act V of¬†A¬†Midsummer Night’s Dream

on Tuesday, April 19: SHAKESPEARE AND STOPPARD EXAM

Literary Terms (7 questions/14 points)

Important literary terms from our study (review packets and notes)

Identification (6 questions/6 points)

Identify key ideas specific to each of the three plays

Multiple Choice (16 questions/32 points)

Specific questions based on content, themes, characterization, key quotes, class notes and discussion

Understanding Language (11 questions/22 points)

5 specific quotes each followed by multiple-choice questions on meaning, significance, speaker, context, purpose

Essay (26 points)

Focused around the idea of the play-within-a-play

due¬†Wednesday, April 20:¬†Hamlet¬†and “A Modest Proposal” vocabulary list (in¬†Hamlet¬†packet)

due Thursday, April 21:¬†Finish reading “A Modest Proposal” (handout)

due next Monday, April 25: Part 1 of 1984

due next Thursday, April 28: Parts II and III of 1984

Week of April 11, 2016

This week we will finish our discussion of the existential and absurd nature of¬†Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and then¬†continue our study of dramatic works with our second comedy,¬†Shakespeare’s¬†A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Any student who did not see the entirety of¬†Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead¬†is welcome to borrow the film overnight. Here is our work for the next three¬†weeks:

due Monday: Response to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (first person acceptable)

due Tuesday: A¬†Midsummer Night’s Dream¬†due (reading quiz)

Wednesday-Friday: Film study

due next Monday: Close reading on Act V of¬†A¬†Midsummer Night’s Dream

on next Tuesday, April 19: SHAKESPEARE AND STOPPARD EXAM

due next Wednesday, April 20:¬†Hamlet and “A Modest Proposal” vocabulary list (in Hamlet packet)

due next Thursday, April 21: Finish reading “A Modest Proposal” (handout)

due Monday, April 25: Part 1 of 1984

due Thursday, April 28: Parts II and III of 1984

Week of April 4, 2016

This week we will finish our study of Hamlet and then extend our study of existentialism, Theater of the Absurd, and Hamlet by viewing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Here is our work for the week:

due Tuesday: Using the notes and questions on Rosencrantz and Guidenstern, review their role in Hamlet in preparation for the film

Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: Film study

on Friday: Socratic Seminar on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

due next Monday: Written response to the Socratic Seminar

due next Tuesday:¬†A Midsummer Night’s Dream (reading quiz)

Week of March 28, 2016

This week we will continue our study of Hamlet. Here is our work for the week:

ON MONDAY

Period 1: Act IV due

Period 10: In-class essay

ON TUESDAY

Period 10: Act IV due

due Wednesday: Draft of “To be or not to be” parody

due Thursday: Read Act V and questions

due Friday: Final draft of parody and analysis

due next Monday: Response to Harrison quotes