Eng H2: We began our final approach to the Grade 10 SLO with an overview of the exam and a review of the Critical Lens Essay format. There is no homework over the weekend. Enjoy the break!
Eng 12: After some volunteer performances on Ambiguous Scenes to demonstrate the value of establishing context, we discussed the importance of knowing what you’re saying when you say those lines so they mean something to you and the audience. We finalized anyone who had not yet chosen a performance piece. You have no specific homework over the long weekend, but looking at your monologue or scene a couple of times wouldn’t do you any harm. Enjoy the weekend!
Eng H2: You took your Poetry test. Tomorrow, bring your binder of notes for the major works we’ve done this year. We will start preparing for the final.
Eng 12: We finished The Visit and started selecting scenes and monologues for our final performances. Final choices should be made by tomorrow.
Eng H2: You recorded your poems for the Photography students on the digital recorders.
Tonight, study your poems in preparation for your poetry assessment: two poems, of which you will choose one to write a paragraph of explication for during the period. You are studying the various poetic (literary) elements at work in each poem, how they help create meaning, so you will be ready to spot them and write about them should you see them at work in the poems tomorrow.
Tomorow, remember to take 10-15 minutes to do a 3-reading analysis of your chosen poem before you start your writing, so you start with a clear idea of interpretation in your topic sentence (CLAIM), and you know what specific words and phrases (EVIDENCE) you will include to support your idea (COMMENTARY).
Eng 12: We nearly finished The Visit.
Eng H2: We worked with “Birches,” particularly its use of deviation from blank verse to develop meaning. No homework tonight except to rehearse reading your poem.
Note: You should not be asking for your poem back from the photography students. You all sent a copy to Art. You print another for yourself. I thought some of you only needed to enquire as to which poem the photography student was doing. Do not ask for the poem back.
Eng 12: We are continuing with The Visit.
Final AoW will be due 5/31. details to follow in end of year post.
You may choose to read and write about this AoW #25B or the one I posted earlier on contaminated pools. It’s up to you. I saw this one after I had posted the original and couldn’t resist putting it out there since it is exactly what one of our classes ended up talking about on Friday. This will be the last AoW of the year, so choose the one that interests you. We’ll find time to discuss what people are most interested in on Friday, May 31, when this is due.
Just in time for warm weather fun, here is AoW #25, with some words of caution before you head off to that public pool for your summer frolic or job as a lifeguard.
Due Friday, May31. That’s right, that’s two weeks away. We don’t have AoWs due on Thursdays, but I really did want this up before the Memorial Day weekend. So apropos for the kick-off of the summer season.
Dive in kids, the water is great!
Eng H2: Army or Trickle? Nevermind. We discussed the AoW, then we started “Birches,” which we will continue on Monay. Please practice reading your poem for the photography project recording slowly and clearly. We will record on Monday.
Eng 12: With remarkably spotty attendance, we spent the period discussing the AoW and anything else that struck our collective fancy. Be sure to show me your AoW on Monday if you were not here today. We will resume reading The Visit on Monday.
Eng H2: We studied “Night Journey,” and our homework is “Birches.”
Eng 12: We continued reading The Visit. Some great pontential scenes between Ill and the policeman or Ill and the mayor.
AoW due tomorrow for all.
Eng H2: We did an expert jigsaw for “Eight-Cylinder Man,” which took us the whole period, not surprising when people started off thinking it was about a “guy with a lawn mower” and didn’t know what yews or bereaved meant. We need to do our homework, folks. When you do the second reading of a poem, you are looking up all words that you don’t know. In poetry, where every work counts, you absolutely need to know what every word means. It only makes sense. Homework for tomorrow is to reread “Night Journey,” making sure you know all its parts.
Eng 12: The first part of class was a trip to SS Resource to complete your senior surveys for Guidance, then we continued reading The Visit.
AoW due Friday for all.
Eng H2: After a quick look at the John Donne poem, “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,” inspired by Troy having a compass out on his desk, we did a close reading of “Stars.” Homework is “Eight-Cylinder Man” and “Night Journey.”
Eng 12: We began reading The Visit. Some of you are already showing great dramatic potential and a willingness to take direction. Very fun. No homework.
AoW due Friday for all.