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QUIZ THURSDAY, 4.10: W. LETTERS ALLUSIONS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOK 
 
DUE WEDNESDAY, 4.9--Please complete the questions about Part I: The Whalestoe Letters.  THE WHALESTOE LETTERS PART I QUESTIONS
 
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DUE FRIDAY, 3.28--read the remainder of "The Horla" and keep the annotations going strong, because you know that I will be checking those packets. Keep your concept in focus as you finish the story, and continue to record questions that you have about the story.
 
DUE MONDAY, 3.24--Annotate "The Horla" through the July 4th entry. If the annotations are not up to our class standards, you will get a "O" on that assignment.  
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Due TUESDAY, 3.18--Please prepare your slide that you made about "The Yellow Wallpaper" and be ready to read your poem aloud about The Road. You will submit your slide during the class period. We will be reading "The Horla" and getting the research assignment this week. 
 
HW for MONDAY, 3.10--please finish the Road Newspaper Blackout reflection. You can use "I" in the writing; please post your final product to turnitn.com.
 
DARK ADVENTURE VOCABULARY QUIZ ON THURSDAY, MARCH 13  --QUIZ CANCELED!! WOOT #congrats
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DUE FRIDAY, 3.7-- Read and annotate the story "The Yellow Wallpaper." Annotations will be checked; please do a thoughtful job to include questions, thoughts, insights, connections, etc. As you read, pay attention to a concept or motif (a repeated idea/ concept in the story) that is appealing to you. I have some listed below; do not feel as though you have to use one of these. Identify areas in your notes that relate to the symbol/ motif you are noticing. I will provide you will some vocabulary words that you need to define for the story as well (in class activity).
 
In class, we will be finishing the Newspaper Blackout poem and composing the reflection piece about it. We will read the poems aloud as well this week.
 
"Yellow Wallpaper" motif/ concept ideas:
  • reflection
  • madness
  • sleep/ dreaming
  • (irrational) fear
  • obsession
  • things seen/ unseen (illusion vs. reality)
  • power/ control & or powerlessness 
  • paranoia
  • community and its effect on the narrator
  • isolation (self-imposed &/ or externally imposed)
  • captivity
  • the narrator's unreliability (reader only sees through the narrator's biased account)
  • death
  • oppression
  • alienation 
  • setting and its focused presence in the story (its purpose/ contribution to the story's events)
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NO HW for MONDAY, 3.3--good luck on the HSPA & don't forget your magic pencils.
 
 
TEST FRIDAY: THE ROAD ASSESSMENT
DARK ADVENTURE VOCABULARY QUIZ ON THURSDAY, MARCH 13 
 
DUE TUESDAY, 2.19--finish reading The Road if you have not yet done so. Submit your third and last reading journal to turnitin.com before midnight. See you tomorrow! Bring your book.
 
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DUE MONDAY, 2.24 
 
NOTE--YOU RECEIVED THIS IN AN EMAIL ON THURSDAY. PLEASE CHECK IT FOR ALL OF THE ATTACHMENTS THAT YOU NEED. 

I'm attaching vocabulary terms for you that are featured in the article "Dark Adventure: On Cormac McCarthy's The Road." It says on the directions to hand write the definitions--this takes a very long time. Just make little quizlet style flash cards for yourselves or a typed list. You don't have to hand write anything. The article itself if hard enough to understand, but if you don't have the words, it's a foreign language. There will be a vocabulary section on the Road test next week featuring some of these terms. Make sure you provide the part of speech and a definition that you can understand in order to study.

I have no idea why I highlighted some of the words in the vocabulary document. Don't worry about that.

Once all of the words are defined, use the definitions for reference as you read the article. As you read, please mark areas of confusion (places you don't understand) so that we can chat together as a class. I'm not looking for annotations this time; just highlight or write "WHAT?" so you can easily find these confusing areas. Work independently or with a partner (not eight people--partner=2 people) to read/ discuss the article. You can rotate the article by right-clicking and choose "rotate" or whatevs.

As you read, complete the reading questions attached to this email. Put thought into your answers and make sure that they are accurate, not rushed, and detailed. This is where a partner can come in handy, so that you have someone to chat with about sections of the article. Do NOT copy each others work. NOOOO. Do your own work after you talk with other people and get ideas.

I won't see you until Monday. That is when all of the reading questions are due. 
Cheat Sheet:

  1. begin reading the article in class, chatting about it with a partner, and identifying confusing areas. <--those should be your only annotations.

     

  2. finish reading the article over the weekend and complete the reading questions for MONDAY

     

  3. test about the novel featuring vocabulary words=FRIDAY next week 
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ASSIGNMENT FOR TUESDAY, 2.11
 
Lovely humans,

I am at jury duty (!!!) and most likely sitting in my filth as you read this. Regardless, you have a few things to accomplish today.

Before I make a huge list of those things, I want to remind you that I will be giving you a small reading-check quiz on WEDNESDAY right at the beginning of class. Review the revised calendar that I sent to you last week.

Now, here is the list of things to do today:
  1. Your homework was to write responses to the person whose card you received. You should have a response for both parts (the overwhelming question & the important thoughts). Please put your name on the card and RETURN that card to its owner. Owners, READ THE CARD to see what the person wrote to you. It's the only "discussion" that we've had so far from page 222.
  2. KEEP the card as a bookmark so that I can check it when I see you & give you credit.
  3. Compose the three-paragraph response that you were working on yesterday. You are working with another person & this response should be PURE GENIUS.
  4. Format of response: heading with all members' names, date, my name, period 4. Use 1.5 spacing and a 12pt. font. Remember that I hate the default fond and therefore if you use it, I may subconsciously become prejudiced against your writing (!!!).
  5. Submit your work via email TO ME AND TO EVERYONE WHO IS WORKING WITH YOU. There should be only one response for a group.
  6. This is DUE TODAY. Get on this!
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Here are the most recent date changes: 

1. The “concept” assignment that you started briefly today is due on FEBRUARY 11. We will have time in class on Monday to work on it; there is NO QUIZ on Monday, and NO SAT WORK due on the 11th.

2. You need to keep up with the reading—THIS IS YOUR ONLY HOMEWORK RIGHT NOW; I am moving “read to page 262” to February 12th. We may be still speaking in class about the “concept work” but I will be prepared to give you a small reading-check quiz to make sure you are up to date. I will do that at the beginning of the period.

3. The book needs to be finished by February 18th, and the last journal is due that day. The journal should pertain to the book ranging from pages 222-end of the book.

4. We will have a creative writing project that we do in class, but who knows when that will take place. It literally only takes one day to do it.

 

 

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DUE WEDNESDAY 2.5 (OR THURSDAY, 2.6)--PLEASE REFER TO THE TOPIC & PAGE # THAT YOU GOT TODAY OUT OF THE BOX. Take notes about your impressions and interpretations about that section. You will be explaining this section to class later, so spend time really thinking about the language, the main ideas, the thematic suggestions.  Bring your notes to class. If we have a snow day on Thursday, I will change our reading calendar to deal with that. :) 
 
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HW DUE TUESDAY, 2.4--FOLLOW THE READING CALENDAR. You have reading to do for Tuesday--in class, we will see a bit of McCarthy's interview with Oprah :) ALWAYS be ready for me to ask a question (on the spot!) to check if you are keeping up with the reading.
 
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MIDTERM EXAM: TUESDAY, 1.28!!!!!
 
UPDATE! THE ROAD READING SCHEDULE AND THE QUESTIONS THE ROAD QUESTIONS THE ROAD READING SCHEDULE 2014
 
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DUE 1.13 (LATE WORK NOT ACCEPTED): Post-its to Thesis Poster & Presentation RIPLEY: POST-ITS TO THESIS PROJECT
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Due TUESDAY, 1.7--brainstorm and begin organizing your ideas for the poster. We will have a mini-lesson on how to create a thoughtful thesis statement that is more complex than obvious. Also this week, we will finish watching The Talented Mr. Ripley and discuss impressions of the film's alterations to the plot, etc.