Monday, January 28, 2013

Semester 2!

Good morning,

Welcome to second semester.

We are reading at the bell.

Then I want to show you a quick video.

Then we read some more, Thoreau this time.  You will need your English Journal open.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Final Preparation

Good morning,

Your final is Thursday.  To prepare for your final copy and paste the quote from Emerson below into your English Journal.  Then explain what Emerson is saying and discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree. Give examples from your life or literature to support your position.

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude..."

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Emerson - Self Reliance

Good morning,

Read at the bell.

When your computer is ready open your English Journal and answer this question. "How do you decide what is right and what is wrong?"

 Today we will read excerpts from "Self Reliance" by Emerson. These passages are in your textbook, but I shared a digital copy with you in your Writing Group Folder.  As we read through the text you will have time to "discuss" each section of the text with your group using the chat window on your shared document. Use the Insert/Comment feature to document your understanding of the text as you discuss it.

In other news:

  • Your final is one week from today. I will tell you more about it in class today. 
  • All work MUST be turned in by 11:45 am on 1/24/13.  This includes your links to your TWO book reviews which you need to give me on this form
  • If you have a question about your grade I will be available at lunch to discuss it with you Thursday, Friday or Tuesday.
  • No school Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King Day. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Last full week of the semester!

Good morning,

Today you will be presenting your poet research to a group.

Tuesday I will give you time for your expert project research.

Wednesday we will meet in the back of the library with GearUp, so get your college research sheets done before then.

Thursday and Friday we will be reading Self Reliance by Emerson, but more about that later.

Your FINAL for our class will be Thursday 1/24.  ALL work is due before the final, this includes any late work and your TWO book reviews. Make sure you share the links to the book reviews here

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Psalm of Life

Good morning,

We are reading at the bell.

Click on the picture to see it larger.
When your computer is ready go to your English Journal and write about the image to the right.

Today you will be reading "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with a partner.

After reading and writing about the poem on your document, use this form to turn in the paragraph.

Fireside Poets: Mini Research Project

Monday, January 7, 2013

Welcome back

We will begin with some reading and then I have some minds-on questions for you to ponder.