Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1/17 Blizzard Bag Day

FOR A1 & A2: Prepare your work area (and yourself!) to do the Q1-Style Poetry 40-min Essay below -- handwritten, please.  I recommend eating a nice healthy breakfast first while glancing over your lit. terms packet.  Remember to read the poem at the "word level" and to answer the whole prompt (use the "how" and "so what" to fuel your thesis statement).

          Click here for the prompt when you are ready.  Good luck!

FOR D-Block: Please re-read Chapter XI in Ayn Rand's Anthem (the one that begins with the line, "I am. I think. I will.")  Write a 1-page response to this chapter in which you explain the main character's philosophy.  What does he understand now that he didn't know in the beginning?  What does he value, and why?  What are his plans for the future, and how have his hopes and dreams changed for him?  Using details from the text, explain his new ideas about the "meaning of things" (11.4)  Note: if you get stuck on how to respond or what to write, you could get a little help from the author herself by looking up her own definition of her philosophy called "Objectivism" and considering whether Chapter XI fits her definition ... or, of course, you may do this entirely on your own because after all ... you are, you think, you will :)  

Friday, January 12, 2018

HW 1/12: Poetry Terms and POL Poem #2

In the Lit. Terms packet: identify ALL of the terms you think might be applicable to poetry, then make some tough choices to create your own list of ten (10) to focus on.  My suggestion would be to identify ten that you think will be the most useful -- the ones that will best help you unlock the meaning of a poem.  For what it's worth, I will share my personal version of the list on Monday.

For Poetry Out Loud: Learn your second poem, and prepare your "What/How/SoWhat?" thesis statement to share with the class. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

HW 1/4: Blizzard Bags

          If today is declared a Blizzard Bag day, then here is the assignment: complete an Essential Literary Synopsis (<--click on text for template PDF) for Wuthering Heights.  

          Complete the first chapter of Ayn Rand's novel Anthem (<--click on text for online version).  Note: we read up to 1.26 in class.  Start reading again at the line "So we wished to be sent to the Home of the Scholars" (1.26).   It would be a good idea to take a few notes (in particular character names) about key pieces of information that Equality 7-2521 gives us.  We'll have an assessment on this reading when we have class next. 

Happy Snow Day :)
Mr. G.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

HW: Poetry Out Loud

Our Winter Break assignment will be as follows: working from the lists on the Poetry Out Loud website, choose your two poems to memorize, and learn one of them.  We will work with your first poem the week of Jan 3rd.  The second poem will be due the following week.

See you in 2018, Class of 2018 :)
Mr. G.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wuthering Heights Essay Prompt

If you were absent, here is a link to the 40-minute essay prompt.  Just get yourself all set up with paper and a timer and then read the prompt.  Good luck!  --Mr G.

Monday, December 11, 2017

HW 12/11: Wuthering Heights Sample Essays

NO homework (except for reading) if you were in class today, but for those of you who were absent, here is the assignment:

Critique these first TWO sample essays -- for both style and content.  We'll discuss the third one tomorrow in class.  Good luck!  --Mr. G. :)