Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wednesday, January 27th

The countdown to the final begins now (1 more class day next Monday).

Today, we...

1. Watched any and all remaining performances of the Song of Solomon mini-versions
2. Split into groups to create review questions on the four texts the final will cover (Poetry, Dubliners, Othello, and Song of Solomon)
3. Played Jeopardy with the review questions
4. Discussed the most common paper-writing errors of the semester so far that you can NOT make them next week

HW: STUDY! Especially look over poetry and Dubliners as we studied those longest ago.

Poems you could possibly draw on the final: "Act of Union", "Questions of Travel", "Easter, 1916", "On Being Asked for a War Poem", "Edge", "Mirror"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday, January 24th

Today, we...

Watched group performances (for those groups who had all members present). If you were absent today, expect to perform on Wednesday.

Read and turned in the final chapters. Bring yours to me as soon as you return, if you haven't already sent it by way of a friend.

HW: begin reviewing your notes and the texts for the final. Dubliners, Song of Solomon, and Othello are all available online.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Strong Passage Analysis

As I'm sure you remember, your final exam for the semester will be in the same format we've been practicing all semester - an I.B. Passage Analysis.

Here is an example of a strong 6 from the Othello Passage Analysis Assignment.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wednesday, January 20th

Today we spent the whole period working on the group project we began on Monday. Group performances will take place on Monday - be sure to find out if/when your group is rehearsing so you won't be out of it during the performance.

Monday is the final deadline of the semester, our last day of regular class before we begin review.

HW: complete your creative final chapter for the novel, be prepared for your group performance, be sure you've completed your portfolio by class time on Monday

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday, January 18th

Today, we...

1. Had a surprise reading quiz. Whoo hoo!
2. Discussed the ending of the book.
3. Started a new project, which we will also work on Wednesday and which will be due on Monday. Read all about it here. It's a group project, and you'll find out on Wednesday when you return who your group members are and what they accomplished today.

HW: work on your creative last chapter and your productions as needed

Remember, the portfolio is DUE NEXT MONDAY.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday, January 13th

Today, we...

1. Discussed Song of Solomon:

A) What is the significance of the theme of flight in the text? When does it come up?
B) Which characters are round? Flat? Static? Dynamic? Are only the younger characters dynamic?
C) Milkman experiences the "Trials" stage of the heroic journey in the last section of reading. What trials does he encounter? What does he learn?

HW: read p.p. 305-337, start writing your final chapter if you wish, work on your portfolio

Portfolio Deadline for Early Credit: January 15th
Portfolio Final Deadline: January 25th

Image from: http://thepeoplecouldfly.blogspot.com/2007/11/some-people-said-that-when-negro-died.html

Monday, January 11, 2010

Announcement - U.S. College Essays

After you complete your portfolio and receive your grade, you should take down your college ap essays (those of you who posted U.S. personal statements) so that they cannot be copied by someone else next year.


Monday, January 11th

Today, we...

1. Discussed Joseph Campbell's theory of "The Heroic Monomyth." Check out a short movie introducing the concept at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZJI3Tk5Gkg

2. Worked on maps to document Milkman's journey so far. You need to complete one, so print it from here.

3. Discussed the reading, particularly focusing on Guitar's motivation and the role of Circe.

4. Did some creative writing about the idea of "my people" discussed on p. 129. Write one half page on this prompt: Who are your people? Describe the community you come from, or one of your relatives that you are proud of.

HW: 259-304

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wednesday, January 6th

Today, we...

1. Turned in the comment paragraphs and current events (turn yours in when you get back).

2. Reviewed the exam format and did some practice passage analysis for paragraphs from Song of Solomon. Remember to include in your analyses: context in the book, context in history, characterization, themes, style, modern connections.

3. Looked at some Sylvia Plath poetry. Be sure to read the two poems a couple of times. Find them here.

HW: 219-258 and work on your portfolio (remember to add the reflection at the end)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday, January 4th

Happy New Year!

We started today with some housekeeping items:

New Seating Chart until second semester
Othello Papers Back (finally, phew!)
Reminders: BRING YOUR BOOK AND NOTEBOOK TO CLASS, mark your absent work "absent" so I know it isn't just late
Announcement: Please clean up your garbage and push in your chairs before leaving class. I am doing a lot of cleaning up after you and I shouldn't have to.

And then we...
1. Did an "open mind" exercise for the characters of Guitar, Milkman, Macon Sr., Ruth, Hagar, and Pilate
2. Had a graded Harkness
3. Went to the computer lab to do final responses for partners in Kentucky. You need to write a paragraph comment to your partner if they have posted any new work, otherwise you need to write for the person ABOVE you in the blog links. Print this out and turn it in on Wednesday as well as posting it.

Portfolios will be due Jan. 25th, but anyone turning them in by Jan. 15th will receive 2 free points on the assignment (not to exceed a 100% score). Simply write me an e-mail to let me know when your portfolio is done.

HW: print comment paragraph, read p.p. 187-216, current event article relating to a theme from Song of Solomon + paragraph showing how they relate