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May 15th, 2014

Hey everyone!

You guys were great today and on fire with interpretations! We looked at the more classical poems as well as a handful of Gallassos. We’ll get through the rest tomorrow.

No homework tonight- enjoy the muggy weather. Stay highdrated!

Best Wishes

Ms. Aeschbacher


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May 14th, 2014

Dearest English Lovers,

Today, we looked at the more canonical poems in terms of literary terms. Then we spent the rest of class writing sentences to determine the extent in which word choice impacted the poem through said literary terms.

Homework comes in two parts:

1) Take a look at the Gallasso handout and mark up literary elements and try writing a few sentences about the effect of syntax in conjunction with the literary elements.

2) Find a news article, write a Gallasso about the article, and then examine your word choice.

For those of you that were not in class today because of the AP exams- you can pick up the handouts tomorrow in class.

Best Wishes

Ms. Aeschbacher

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May 13th, 2014 10th Grade

Hello Sunshines,

Today’s lesson came to you in two parts.

Part One:

We learned how to look at a poem so that we get the most meaning for understanding the author’s words. We also looked at how syntax is important in understanding what the poet is trying to convey.

We looked at Buffalo Bill by e.e Cummings and We Real Cool by Gwendyln Brooks.

For homework for part one- take a look at the remainder of the poems in the packet. See what you can find for each poem using the method that we discussed in class.

Part Two:

We then took a look at a newer form of poem called a Gallasso. We briefly covered how one was written, but looked at some profound statements that fit within the specs of the poem format.

For homework in part two- I’d like you to take your favorite song –or one that speaks to you in particular (keep it cleaner if you’d please) and turn it into a Gallasso.

We didn’t get to the example in class, so I will share it with you here.

Please click the link and listen to the song Sound and Vision by David Bowie –it’s one of my favorite tunes of all time and some of you might recognize it from Pandora and Rhapsody ads on television and the radio.

I then took the lyrics to the song. Altogether, the lyrics total 78 words. I’ve cut it down to the 42 of a Gallasso. Take a look at the example I made.

Sound and Vision

By David Bowie (and Ms. Aeschbacher)


Blue, electric blue

That’s the color of my room

Where I

Will live – All Blue.

With pale blinds drawn all day,

Nothing to do and nothing to

Say. I will sit

Right down

To wait for the gift

Of Sound and



For class tomorrow I would like you to try doing the same with your song lyrics. Feel free to change tenses and add/omit things as needed. If you have too much trouble -choose a different song.

As per usual, if you have any questions, comments or concerns –please feel free to email me at either [email protected] or [email protected]


Best Wishes

Ms. Aeschbacher

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Monday, May 12: English 12

Eng 12: We continued reading Oedipus Rex, getting about as far as scene four, and we should finish it tomorrow.

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May 12th 2014- 10th Grade

Greetings English Enthusiasts!

Today we started our crash course in contemporary poetry.

Poetry in Latin means beauty –specifically in words. I would argue that you can find poetry in almost everything if you take the time to stop and take it in.

Many people in both sections did not believe that what I presented in class was Poetry. Spoiler Alert: poetry doesn’t always rhyme, it’s not always boring, it’s not always hard or trying to confuse and trick you.

Second Spoiler Alert: Everything I showed you today IS poetry- just not examples that you are used to looking at. (Poets can’t be famous nowadays just by writing sonnets. They have to get creative.)

With that being said, slow down a bit and analyze what we looked at in class on Introduction Day. What do you find beautiful about what we looked/listened to today?

Pick one of the examples that I showed you and find something beautiful about it. Why do you find it so? Write a few sentences about it.

After you have done that, slow down even more and determine how the author or the poems places his words in the poem. How does this impact the meaning? What kind of Tone and Mood is the author trying to accomplish? Write a few sentences about this too.

I’m excited to see what you come up with- especially if you’re willing to open up your mind a little bit.

If you want a refresher, you can find Christian Bok’s work here:  We looked at Mushroom Clouds ‘Cyborg Opera’ and his larger printed poem (the first page of “A” ) from Euonia –both located on this website. They are located further down on the page.

We also looked at Aryam Saroyans experimental work. Google him if you’d like, and either write about the poem we looked at in class, or something else you find by him.

Responses will be due at the start of class tomorrow.

Best Wishes

Ms. Aeschbacher

PS- If you have any questions, please feel free to email me tonight at [email protected]

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AoW 24: How does this happen in our times?

AoW 24

Please respond by Thursday, May 15, 11 pm.

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Thursday, May 8

Eng H2: We did an introduction to Poetry by creating unusual metaphors and reviewing terms. AoW due tonight.

Eng 12:We continued reading Oedipus Rex, getting half way through Scene 2. AoW due tonight.

All AoW research papers are graded.

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Wednesday, May 7

Eng H2: You took the test for the novel. No homework.

Eng 12: We began reading Oedipus Rex in class. No homework.

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Tuesday, May 6

Eng H2: You spent the period in groups of your own choosing preparing for tomorrow’s test. You will choose two of the questions to write about.

Eng 12: We did a four-corners activity to preview some of the themes in the two plays we will be reading next.

Both periods four and five are graded on turnitin.com now.

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Monday, May 5

Eng H2: Great discussion on the end of the novel. Your homework tonight is a study sheet for Wednesday’s exam.

Eng 12: We discussed last week’s AoW and some of your research projects. No homework. We start our next unit, Drama, tonight.

Period four’s essays are graded on turnitin.

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