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WEEK 2a:  February 7-11, 2011

Oh, you're into it now!!! Week 2--"You have crossed the Rubicon!"

COLORS,

Cultural Literacy,

MLA Style,

 the CLT Paper,

History of Eng. Language

and Intro to  Beowulf !

Click  HERE for the CLASS OF 2011 PHOTO GALLERY.

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FOR FUN, Take a look that this Pride & Prejudice Austen Facebook

http://www.much-ado.net/austenbook/

GLOBAL QUESTIONS!

P&P & TFA--

1. To what extent should one adhere to tradition?  Should one try?

2. What makes women inherently different from men?  How does this contribute to gender inequality?

3. How is status used when judging someone’s character?

4.  How does gender affect behavioral expectations?

5. Is pride a bad thing?

TTC & P&P

1. Can love really overcome all opposition? 

2. What constitutes sacrifice?

3. To what extent should people fight for their beliefs?

4. How do societies deal with fundamental change?

TFA & TTC--

1. What is the stimulus for suicide? 

2. What is the nature of selflessness?

3. To what extent should people fight for their beliefs?

4. How do societies deal with fundamental change?

TFA & OWEN

1.  Is there a God, and what role does God play in our lives?

2.  How should death be looked upon?

3. To what extent can war be justified?

4.  To what extent can people exercise free will against society?

OWEN & TTC

1. Is it possible to overcome one's past? 

2. Is personal sacrifice necessary for redemption?

3.  What effects does a search for purpose have on the actions of an individual?

4.  How is the worth of a sacrifice judged?

OWEN & P&P

1. How much are we defined by our relationships? 

2. Are the greatest conflicts internal?

3. What constitutes “coming of age”?

4.  To what extent is reconciliation necessary in the human condition

OTHER COMMON UNIVERSAL / GLOBAL QUESTIONS

for Owen Meany, A Tale of Two Cities, Things Fall Apart, Pride & Prejudice

1.     When would it be justified to martyr yourself?

2.     Can a person really escape fate?

3.     What is the greatest sacrifice of love?

4.     Should one follow one’s head more than one’s heart or vice versa?

5.     Is change inevitable?  If yes, then are the events that cause change inevitable?

6.     How do you define true strength of character?

7.     Is there bravery in sacrifice?

8.     What gives life purpose?

CLT paper--due Feb. 16th!  

Review the "top ten lists" and questions on the SM transparencies.  CLICK HERE for a copy of each group's transparency done by each novel group.

 For a copy of the AP CLT PAPER PACKET, click HERE.

For a copy of the grading sheet only, click HERE.

Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials.

FYI:  ORDER TO TURN IN THE CLT PAPER: Everything goes in your file folder in this ORDER:

  • topic slip
  • grading sheet filled out (student parts only! Do not grade yourself!)
  • paper (with doc. √s highlighted in 2 diff colors)
  • works cited with 2 doc √ sources highlighted in 2 diff colors.
  • photocopy doc √ #1 with material you used highlighted in one color
  • photocopy doc √ #2 with material you used highlighted in the other color
  • SECURITY copy--turn in (but not in folder with your paper)or e-mailed to Wally by midnight the day the paper is due!

Click HERE to see Wally's current list of WA Journals.  

Click HERE to see Olson's current list of OJ journals.

Click HERE to go automatically to the yellow HW packet!

Click HERE for another copy of the 4 week IVORY HW calendar.

Click HERE for the Literary Time Periods Time line/Works Most Frequently Appearing

on the AP Open-ended Essay.

EPHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT SURVIVAL MANUAL  (rev. 11.22.09)

To print off the entire manual half size or full size or to use the manual online in "navigational mode," go to the EPHS English department home page and click on the buttons to the left of the screen:

http://ephs.edenpr.org/index.php?option=com_qcontacts&view=category&catid=76&Itemid=123

click HERE for the COVER with table of contents  (rev. 11.22.09)

click HERE for the GRS (Grammar Rules Summary) section--yellow

click HERE for the MSF (Manuscript Formatting Rules) section--yellow

click HERE for the PDQ (Parenthetical Documentation and Quotes) section--green  (rev. 11.22.09)

click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) section--pink (rev. 11.22.09)

click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) SHORT FORM--pink

Buybacks (rev. 2010)!  If buybacks are not turned in on your deadline, they are 1/2 credit the next day and no credit the day after!  Read the blue BUYBACK hand-out CAREFULLY so you can ask any questions/clear up anything you don't understand about the buyback procedure.    If you want to print out your own copy of the BUYBACK PACKET for highlighting, active reading, etc., click HERE.  If you would like to use a template (rev. 2010) to do your buybacks, click HERE.  (You can cut and paste this into a WORD DOCUMENT and make changes--add more rows or delete categories etc. to make it work for you.  Remember to print it out in landscape format!)  For a sample of what BUYBACKS ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE WHEN DONE, CLICK HERE (WORD version) OR  HERE (pdf.verson)! If you would like to use the ACE template, click HERE

 

 

 

DATE In-Class plan Homework (due next day almost always):
MONDAY  day 5

 

E.D. Hirsch--the guru of Cultural Literacy

Today's Allusion:

Pearls Before Swine

Today's Words of the Day:

solemnity

solecism

Today's Quotes of the Day:

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.  Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. -John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. -Abigail Van Buren, advice columnist (1918- )

ANOTHER WORD OF THE DAY

mantra (MAN-truh) noun

1. A sound, word, or phrase that is repeated in prayer and is believed to have mystical powers. 2. An often repeated word of phrase that is closely associated with something; a slogan, byword, or a watchword. [From Sanskrit mantra (thought, formula). Ultimately from Indo-European root--men- (to think) which is the source of mind, mnemonic, mosaic, music, mentor, money, and mandarin.] 

Example sentence:  "These tips go beyond the 'test early and often' mantra and will improve your IT organization's testing capabilities." Meridith Levinson; Testing, 1, 2, 3; CIO (Framingham, Massachusetts); Nov 15, 2005.

 

  1. Group Check-in:  weekend, share paper topics (network!)2.)  Discuss OJ 3:  Zen and exchange for Peer commenting!   Reaction to Alfie Kohn?  Zen?  Pot Luck? 3.) Housekeeping items--study buddies, fix e-mails, etc.    4.) Make file folders
  2. Rolf's Rehash-- Distinguish the difference between a topic, theme, and UQ.  first AP essay and results of consensus MC test--who won coupons?  Beowulf, Heart of Darkness, Tale of 2, Canterbury Tales groups!  UNIVERSAL/GLOBAL QUESTIONS--Olson critiques the ones we came up   Wally explains HW on coming up with more topics for a C/C of the analysis paper of the paired summer novels.  SHARE GLOBAL questions for other novels.  Choose either Owen Meany or TFA for your group activity--choose a global favorite card, share your OJ 2's:  Universal Questions.  Decide which Q applies best to your novel, which of the three novels resonated most with you?  For which SUMMER NOVELS would the same Global questions work?: Discuss which novel your group thought was the one you'd choose for AP if we could only do one in the summer.  What is the criteria?  Which global question appeared more often in your Venn Diagram poster work? Write the GLOBAL ONES DOWN ON A TRANSPARENCY. 
  3. PAIRED NOVEL WORK:   POSTER--Venn diagram.  On left side, brainstorm all the UQ's raised in both of the novels.  Brainstorm all examples/thoughts & connections from the novels to those UQ's.  On the right , do a Venn diagram of the similarities between the three summer novels Rank the novels in order of importance!  Which one do you think should stay if we had to eliminate the other two?  What criteria would you use? CLICK HERE FOR THE MASTER without any Global Questions.

HOMEWORK COLLECTED TODAY:

  1. stamp OJ 3 Zen, etc.
  2. COLOR SLIP

 

 

  1. Brainstorming PAIRED NOVELS NOTES! (at least one side of a page).  Come up with 3 more ideas for area of comparison for your group's assigned Paired Novels for the Lit. Analysis paper.  Try to frame those ideas into GLOBAL questions using some of the tips Olson suggested today.  Click HERE for a copy of the global questions your group and the other groups came up with today.  Click HERE for a copy of a template for YOU to use for your brainstorming notes  A GOOD IDEA ALSO--Think ahead of other pairs of the  summer novels you think you might want to use for the Lit. Analysis paper.  Jot their titles down and under them, write down as many broad areas of comparison and contrast you can think of.  Frame some universal questions.
  2. Respond to someone else's OJ 3: Zen and Controversial Articles  Do this honestly and respectfully.  Flood the margins with your ideas or write/type your response on another sheet of paper and staple it to the back of the original journal.
  3. ASSIGNMENT D:  #1 salmon Comma Pretest (Use scanner.  Watch the wild numbering!)  If you did not get a copy of the salmon pretest, use the one linked here OR else wait for a copy returned by someone who had one.  (You will not need to turn this in until Monday if this is the case.) For copy of this salmon pretest, click HERE.

    For fun, play the PUNCTUATION GAME!  Click HERE:  http://eatsshootsandleaves.com/ESLquiz.html

     

  4. EPHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT SURVIVAL MANUAL (rev. 11.22.09)  NOTES!  Take a minimum of 2 sides of a page of notes (note taking format, please!) worth 10 pts. and following the notes, write 5Q's and A's (5 pts) over the material to quiz your group members.  NOTE:  If you do not have a Survival Manual yet, you will need to do this assignment using the navigational Survival Manual on the EPHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HOME PAGE.  To print off the entire manual half size or full size or to use the manual online in "navigational mode," go to the EPHS English department home page and click on the buttons to the left of the screen:

    Click     http://ephs.edenpr.org/index.php?option=com_qcontacts&view=category&catid=76&Itemid=123

    HERE ARE THE ASSIGNED SECTIONS:

    PRIDE GROUP--GRS yellow section rules 1-47

    If needed, click HERE for the GRS (Grammar Rules Summary) section--yellow

    FRANKENSTEIN GROUP--GRS yellow section rules 48-93

    If needed, click HERE for the GRS (Grammar Rules Summary) section--yellow

    HAMLET GROUP--MSF yellow section

    If needed, click HERE for the MSF (Manuscript Formatting Rules) section--yellow

    OWEN GROUP--PDQ (parenthetical documentation)green Section 1:  Using Sources

    If needed, click HERE for the PDQ (Parenthetical Documentation and Quotes) section--green  (rev. 11.22.09)

    TFA GROUP--PDQ (parenthetical documentation) green Section 2:  Formatting Sources

    If needed, click HERE for the PDQ (Parenthetical Documentation and Quotes) section--green  (rev. 11.22.09)

    HEART OF DARKNESS GROUP--WC (Works Cited) pink Section WC pp. 1-19

     TALE OF TWO CITIES GROUP--WC (Works Cited) pink Section WC pp. 20-48

    If needed, click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) section--pink (rev. 11.22.09)

    If needed, click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) SHORT FORM--pink

     

    BEOWULF/GRENDEL GROUP--POTLUCK!

    NOTE:  If you were absent, call your study partner OR e-mail Wally lwallenberg@edenpr.org OR choose any one of the assigned topics above.

    FOR FUN!  read about THE GREAT TYPO HUNTArmed with Sharpies, erasers and righteous indignation, two apostles of the apostrophe make it their crusade to rid the world of bad signs!

    GREAT TYPO HUNT WEBSITE:

    http://greattypohunt.com/

    REED ON!

    A FEW VIDEOS about the GREAT TYPO HUNT:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M55wtTSNJAg

    http://greattypohunt.com/?page_id=56


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncvhn8HUhaM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpVlJJ2z2qI&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnBHzdhYV0Q&feature=related

    Can you spot typos as well as Deck and Herson? Click here to take The Great Typo Quiz.

FOR FUN!!!  Subject: How to Write "Good"

1. Avoid alliteration.  Always.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat.)

4. Employ the vernacular.

5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

8. Contractions aren't necessary.

9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

10. One should never generalize.

11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said,

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

12. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.

13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

14. Be more or less specific.

15. Understatement is always best.

16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

18. The passive voice is to be avoided.

19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

21. Who needs rhetorical questions?

22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

For a copy of these, click HERE!

 

Kirsten Hanson (former EP AP student) and Wally :)

SYNCHRONICITY! Kirsten wrote the paper on comedians rather than the HUMORS (body fluids which supposedly determine your personality)!  I ran into her by chance at Octoberfest this past fall! We laughed and laughed about her faux pas on her CLT paper topic!  THE LESSON: MAKE SURE YOU READ YOUR TOPIC SHEET CAREFULLY!

 

 

TUESDAY, day 7

 

"Bye, bye, Miss American Pie"

If you are intrigued and would like to decipher the baffling allusions in "American Pie" click HERE!    How did you do?  You may want to check out some American Pie interpretion websites: 

http://understandingamericanpie.com/

http://www.don-mclean.com/

http://www.don-mclean.com/americanpie.asp

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/music/american-pie/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pie_(song)

http://www.rareexception.com/Garden/Pie.php

A UNUSUAL PARODY ON YOUTUBE CALLED "BUY, BUY AMERICAN PIE"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8wbXAR4ZQ

Today's Allusion:

Once in a Blue Moon

Today's Words of the Day:

alacrity

ambivalence

Today's Quote of the Day:

Kites fly highest against the wind, not with it

- Winston Churchill

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), What Is Man? (1906)

  1. Group check-in-- 1.) Share your brainstorming ideas for topic for Paired Summer Novel Lit analysis paper--jot them down and share what other summer novels the topics might relate to
  2. Rolf-debrief AP MC test on Tale
  3. Wally--Paired Summer Novel Lit analysis topics paper--share
  4. REWARDS--youtube TED talk & The Office
  5. Rolf-- Discussion of OJ 3 Zen--Frame a model universal global question based on the topic of REWARDS from the readings on Kohn, Zen, etc.
  6. IF TIME, E.D. Hirsch quiz and CULTURAL LITERACY--What do you think of the concept? Gilmore Girls and "American Pie"  What do you think about E.D. Hirsch's ideas.  Do #1-54 of 300 Q and Asimov Quiz  What did you write in HW packet on p.8 about E.D. Hirsch's ideas maybe Debrief  E.D. Hirsch quiz--each group answers a Q.   Winning group gets coupons!
  7. IF TIME, SM transparencies--top ten list & 2 q's at bottom-- TRANSPARENCY--MLA NOTES (Network CLT paper topics, go RR asking your 5Q's & A's on your group's assigned MLA topic. Make a poster to use to put 5 most imp't bits of info. Write down 2-3 Q's on the bottom of the poster for the other groups.) AND WRITING ADVICE  of "must remember info" from Wilbers and O'Connor and Barry Musings comes to your group, stop & add to list.  
  8. IF TIME, CLT PAPER QUIZ--go over and show sample papers and plagiarism  and buybacks   Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials. 

HOMEWORK COLLECTED TODAY:

  1. comma diagnostic scanner
  2. Stamp OJ 3 Zen, etc.
  3. FIGS
  4. stamp Paired Novel Brainstorming notes

 

  1. Retake Comma Diagnostic (now it counts for test points)  (old ASSIGNMENT F--#1)  Correct your comma pretest right on the exam itself.  Erase the wrong answer and bubble in a new answer.  Your score will now count for a TEST GRADE out of 25 points--1/2 point per item  If needed, review the comma rules section in the gray EWS textbook--pp. 551-563.  GREAT GRAMMAR WEBSITE!  CHECK IT OUT!  BOOKMARK IT IN YOUR FAVORITES!  For a fun sight to help you with grammar, go to  http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/ .  For example, are you splitting your infinitives and thus driving your teacher nuts?  Find out what you're doing and how to NOT split those infinitives!  Click  http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/split-infinitives.aspx

  2. CLT paper research--CLT paper is due Wednesday Feb. 16th.  For a copy of the AP CLT PAPER PACKET, click HERE Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials.

Everything goes in your file folder in this ORDER:

  • green topic slip
  • grading sheet filled out (student parts only! Do not grade yourself!)
  • paper (with doc. √s highlighted in 2 diff colors)
  • works cited with 2 doc √ sources highlighted in 2 diff colors.
  • photocopy doc √ #1 with material you used highlighted in one color
  • photocopy doc √ #2 with material you used highlighted in the other color
  • SECURITY copy--turn in (but not in folder with your paper)or e-mailed to Wally by midnight the day the paper is due.

 Be sure to check out our black LBT textbook to see if there is anything on your topic there. To see a copy of the packet explaining the paper, click HERE.

For Fun: 

Check out The Beloit Mindset list for the class of 2011:

http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2011.php

 

IF YOU NEED A BREAK AFTER ALL THIS AWESOME HOMEWORK OR ARE VERY HUNGRY, CHECK OUT AN UNUSUAL PARODY ON YOUTUBE CALLED "BUY, BUY AMERICAN PIE"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8wbXAR4ZQ

FOR FUN!  Check out this youtube spoof on Wuthering Heights and Julius Caesar:  http://youtube.com/watch?v=o0vgZ2UNS54   Also, check out Kate Bush's song "Wuthering Heights" (hope you can understand the lyrics!): http://youtube.com/watch?v=Hv0azq9GF_g&mode=related&search=

 

 

WEDNESDAY, day 8

 

E.D. Hirsch--the guru of Cultural Literacy

CULTURAL LITERACY

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FOR FUN!  Check out the allusions from season 5 in Gilmore Girls here:  http://www.warnervideo.com/gilmoregirls/pdf/Gilmore-isms_Season_5.pd

MLA

Today's Quote of the Day:

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

-Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

Today's Allusion:

crocodile tears

Today's Words of the Day:

avarice

behest

tantalize 

(TAN-tuh-lyz) verb tr., also tantalise

To tease or torment by showing something desirable but keeping it out of reach. [After Tantalus in Greek mythology. Tantalus, a king of Lydia, was condemned to stand in Hades chin-deep in water and under fruits that receded whenever he tried to drink water or eat the fruit.]

"(JK) Rowling e-mailed Catie back with some tantalizing snippets from her fourth book -- `Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' -- and then phoned her in Albany, New York to read extracts." "Rowling Read Unfinished Potter Book To Dying Fan," The Times of India (New Delhi, India), Dec 29, 2002.

"Though Law & Order follows a long line of case-solving hits from Dragnet to Columbo, its penchant for real-life cases is its bread and butter. They tantalize with a whiff of familiarity, but often veer off in another direction to surprise viewers -- and to forestall lawsuits." Gary Levin, Plot Ideas Ripped From the Headlines, USA Today, Dec 6, 2002.

 

 

  1. Group check-in--1) synchronicity?  2.)  E.D. Hirsch's ideas--3.)  Network CLT topics  4.)  CLT paper quiz --assigned sections
  2. E.D. Hirsch quiz and CULTURAL LITERACY--What do you think of the concept? Gilmore Girls and "American Pie"  What do you think about E.D. Hirsch's ideas.  Do #1-54 of 300 Q and Asimov Quiz  What did you write in HW packet on p.8 about E.D. Hirsch's ideas Maybe Debrief  E.D. Hirsch quiz--each group answers a Q.   Winning group gets coupons!
  3. SM transparencies--top ten list & 2 q's at bottom-- TRANSPARENCY--MLA NOTES (Network CLT paper topics, go RR asking your 5Q's & A's on your group's assigned MLA topic. Make a transparency/poster to use to put 5-10 most imp't bits of info. Write down 2-3 Q's on the bottom of the poster for the other groups.  MAYBE: WRITING ADVICE  of "must remember info" from Wilbers and O'Connor and Barry Musings comes to your group, stop & add to list.  
  4. IF TIME, start CLT PAPER QUIZ--go over and show sample papers and plagiarism  and buybacks   Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials. 

    HOMEWORK COLLECTED TODAY:

    1. comma diagnostic scanner re-do
    2. Survival Manual Notes--2 sides + 5 Q's and A's = 15 points
    3. Notes on History of the English Language (10 pts) + 5 Q's and A's and post-its (5 points) = 3 stamps

 

    1. WA 4 Modern English Issues (old ASSIGNMENT  X)  (minimum of 2 sides).  You MUST cover THREE areas of discussion: 

       topic 1   talk about your own learning of the English language

      Some ideas:  What do you remember of your parents' earliest English?  (If your native language is not English, you can talk about your native language here.)  What input do your parents or other adults still give you on your spoken language?  What did you realize about your own language once you started learning a second language?  Do you think there is classism in language?  Share what you like.

       topic 2   CLASS ARTICLES: discuss several articles in the colored sets you were given.

      First, read the blue Dave Barry article.  Jot down a comment or two or some "musings" about it. Next, dive into the yellow or salmon packet you were given.  "Take what you like and leave the rest!"   If you need copies of the articles, click HERE for Dave Barryclick HERE for the yellow ones or HERE for the ivory ones.  If you were absent, just choose either the the yellow or the ivory colored set. There is a wealth of interesting topics raised in these articles.  Jot choose as many as you want to comment on/explore connections, etc.  Be sure to LABEL THE NAME OF THE ARTICLE ABOVE YOUR RESPONSE so we know to which article you are responding!  

       

      topic 3   INTERNET ARTICLE:  Check out something else online regarding modern issues of the English language.  There is a wealth of interesting topics raised on these websites/in these articles linked below.  Choose as many as you want to comment on/explore connections, etc.  Be sure to LABEL THE NAME OF THE ARTICLE/SITE ABOVE YOUR RESPONSE and perhaps provide the URL so someone else might look the information up.

      http://craigmod.com/journal/ipad_and_books/

      On e-books and what about the printed word disappearing?

      A Good Mystery: Why We Read

      By MOTOKO RICH

       

      Is Google Making Us Stupid?

      http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google

       

      What if Ebooks Were the Dominant Platform?
      Posted by Mac Slocum

       

      On writing well . . . Great advice from Peter Jacobi

       

      Troubling Case of Readers' Block

      Citing Decline Among Older Kids, NEA Report Warns of Dire Effects

      By Bob Thompson

       

      Twilight of the Books

      What will life be like if people stop reading?

       by Caleb Crain

      BoSacks Asks: What's a Pound of Flesh Worth These Days, Anyway?

      Who Says the Book Business Is Dead?  On E-BOOKS!
      by Peter Osnos

      Here are some more fascinating websites with info/articles to check out:

      http://www.pbs.org/speak/ahead/change/ruining/#

       http://www.pbs.org/speak/ahead/mediapower/vanishing/#

      http://www.pbs.org/speak/ahead/

      http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/campustalk/

      http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/slang/#

      http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/buffy/

      http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/#

      http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20071210/013111.shtml

      http://media.www.redandblack.com/media/storage/paper871/news/2008/01/17/Opinions/Buzz-Words.Ruin.English.Language-3155251.shtml

      http://bosacks.homestead.com/pmg1.html

      http://bosacksarchive.blogspot.com/

      http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs091/1101283694210/archive/1102301906530.html

       

    2. SM transparenciesCLT paper research CLT paper is due Wednesday Feb. 16th.  For a copy of the AP CLT PAPER PACKET, click HERE Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials.

      Everything goes in your file folder in this ORDER:

      • green topic slip
      • grading sheet filled out (student parts only! Do not grade yourself!)
      • paper (with doc. √s highlighted in 2 diff colors)
      • works cited with 2 doc √ sources highlighted in 2 diff colors.
      • photocopy doc √ #1 with material you used highlighted in one color
      • photocopy doc √ #2 with material you used highlighted in the other color
      • SECURITY copy--turn in (but not in folder with your paper)or e-mailed to Wally by midnight the day the paper is due.
    3.    Optional--if you like to actively read!:  Get Seamus Heaney's  translation of Beowulf from school store $10.00.  We start reading part 1 this weekend.

      Here's the Amazon link if you want to buy it cheaper (used):  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393320979/102-8754601-7566560?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance 

       

    IF YOU NEED A BREAK AFTER ALL THOSE WONDERFUL NOTES OR ARE HUNGRY FOR SOME PIE, CHECK OUT AN UNUSUAL PARODY ON YOUTUBE CALLED "BUY, BUY AMERICAN PIE"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8wbXAR4ZQ

     

               

THURSDAY day 9

Today's Allusion:

Mrs. Grundy

Today's Quote of the Day:

Lying is done with words and also with silence.

-Adrienne Rich, writer and teacher (1929- )

Today's Words of the Day:

litotes

lugubrious

 

    1. Group Check-in highlight a few things from your notes on History of Eng. Language notes (assignment V) and share something from WA4 MODERN  English Language Issues
    2. CLT PAPER QUIZ--go over and show sample papers and plagiarism  and buybacks   Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials.
    3. SM transparencies--top ten list & 2 q's at bottom-- TRANSPARENCY--MLA NOTES (Network CLT paper topics, go RR asking your 5Q's & A's on your group's assigned MLA topic. Make a transparency/poster to use to put 5-10 most imp't bits of info. Write down 2-3 Q's on the bottom of the poster for the other groups.  MAYBE: WRITING ADVICE  of "must remember info" from Wilbers and O'Connor and Barry Musings comes to your group, stop & add to list.    
    4. IF TIME, Discuss WA 4 Modern English Issues (old ASSIGNMENT  X)  (minimum of 2 sides).  You MUST cover THREE areas of discussion: 

       topic 1   talk about your own learning of the English language

       topic 2   CLASS ARTICLES: discuss several articles in the colored sets you were given.

      topic 3   INTERNET ARTICLE:  Check out something else online regarding modern issues of the English language.

       

    HOMEWORK COLLECTED TODAY:

  1. WA 4 Modern English Language (10 pts)

 

 

 

 

  1. FH-colorful-FF!--bring something the color of your color group

  2. Bring a file folder tomorrow!

  3. Take Anglo-Saxon/Medieval History pretest.  Do not consult any textbooks, AP Euro teachers, the web, etc.  CLICK HERE FOR A COPY.
  4. BACKGROUND NOTES ON THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (15 points)  (OLD ASSIGNMENT Y): Take a minimum of 2 sides of a page of notes (10 HW points total) on what you think is most important and interesting concerning the background of the English Language AS FOLLOWS:  TWO SIDES MINIMUM ON THESE BLACK LBT PAGES (label these carefully in your notes): pp. 64-65; pp. 186-187; pp. 338-339; pp. 428-429; pp. 560-561; pp. 678-679; and pp. 804-805  and following the notes, write 5Q's and A's (5 pts) over the material to quiz your group members.
  5. Make  3 Etymology post-its for your 3 assigned words Make sure you write each WORD in huge letters in permanent marker on the top front of the post-its and in smaller letters the etymology in pencil on the lower part of the front of each post-it!  For a list of all the assigned words (particularly needed if you were absent today--hint!  you will still need to get post-its to do this), click HERE   Do ONE post-it per word.  If you don't have post-its, just use index-card sized paper!  Here's a sample of how to do the FRONT side of the post-it:  

  6. Review the "top ten lists" and questions on the SM transparencies.  CLICK HERE for a copy of each group's transparency done by each novel group.  Work on CLT paper research CLT paper is due Wednesday Feb. 16th.  For a copy of the AP CLT PAPER PACKET, click HERE Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials.

    Everything goes in your file folder in this ORDER:

    •  topic slip
    • grading sheet filled out (student parts only! Do not grade yourself!)
    • paper (with doc. √s highlighted in 2 diff colors)
    • works cited with 2 doc √ sources highlighted in 2 diff colors.
    • photocopy doc √ #1 with material you used highlighted in one color
    • photocopy doc √ #2 with material you used highlighted in the other color
    • SECURITY copy--turn in (but not in folder with your paper)or e-mailed to Wally by midnight the day the paper is due.
  7.    Optional--if you like to actively read!:  Get Seamus Heaney's  translation of Beowulf from school store $10.00.  We start reading part 1 this weekend.

    Here's the Amazon link if you want to buy it cheaper (used):  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393320979/102-8754601-7566560?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance 

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FRIDAY day 10

Meet your COLOR GROUPS

COLOR GROUPS

Artisans = Orange

             Guardians = Gold

Idealists = Blue

           Rationals = Green

Links to famous people (celebrities, presidents, etc.) who exhibit the four colors:

Artisans (ORANGE) http://keirsey.com/personality/sp.html

Guardians (GOLD) http://keirsey.com/personality/sj.html

Idealists (BLUE) http://keirsey.com/personality/nf.html

Rationalists (Green) http://keirsey.com/personality/nt.html

What color(s) are we?

  

 

Can you believe it?  Wally saw this in a parking lot.  Whoever owns this car is an ENFJ--Meyers-Briggs for a BLUE and a teacher, too!  SYNCRONICITY AGAIN!

Today's Allusion:

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Anglo-Saxon and Medieval HISTORY and HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 

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  1. Group Check-inweekend hopes and plans, progress on CLT, C/C works cited , CHANGE TO COLOR GROUPS,  highlight a few things from your notes on History of Eng. Language notes (assignment V) and share something from WA4 Thoughts on the English Language with your group, assemble hand-outs to turn in
  2. COLOR GROUPS & make posters-What color are you? your secondary color articles? thoughts on colors?  Then, make a poster explaining, celebrating your colors and commonalities.  Post the posters in the hallway outside of our room.
  3. COLOR GROUPS DEBRIEF--present posters!  green meets blue poem
  4. Explain how to correct works cited--Show error on the one-pager WC hand-out
  5. Explain PR journals:  What will your verse be?"
  6. Discuss WA 4 Modern English Issues (old ASSIGNMENT  X)  (minimum of 2 sides).  You MUST cover THREE areas of discussion: 

     topic 1   talk about your own learning of the English language

     topic 2   CLASS ARTICLES: discuss several articles in the colored sets you were given.

    topic 3   INTERNET ARTICLE:  Check out something else online regarding modern issues of the English language.

     

  7. Start HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE! ---Share WA --your own experiences. and then a  few things from your notes on History of Eng. Language notes (assignment V)  Large group: Share most interesting things and "nuts and bolts" material. If you need a copy of the History of the English Language packet, click HERE  or HERE.  Click HERE for a copy of a Runic Writing Hand-out!
  8. Click the link below to hear the prologue in Old English:

    http://faculty.virginia.edu/OldEnglish/Beowulf.Readings/Prologue.html

  9.  

HOMEWORK COLLECTED TODAY:

  1. Notes on History of the English Language (10 pts) + 5 Q's and A's and post-its (5 points) = 3 stamps

TO SEE MOVIE PHOTOS OF BEOWULF & GRENDEL, with Gerald Butler, CLICK HERE!

To see lots of fun artwork and more Beowulf movie pix and action figures, click HERE.

  GRENDEL!!!!

 

  1. PR #1  don't forget your CODE, type double-spaced, and title your PR) PR #1  HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU:  Don't forget to put your CODE on top--not your name (if your code is 2R, make up a "handle" such as 2-Reggae or 2-Responsible or 2-Ready to Leave, etc.).  Type double-spaced and give your PR 1 a title other than "PR 1."  You are to type a minimum of one page on a topic (anything!) that you would like someone to respond to.  Be sure to not give away anything that would make someone guess who you are.  Write about a situation you'd like feedback on, something you have a passion for, rant about something, praise something, etc., etc.   Keep anonymity! (see assignment H 2)

  2. BEOWULF: NAMES!  Start by looking through the Beowulf packet to see what's there.  NOTE:   you can print this out in WORD format (click HERE ) and type your response.  Click HERE for a PDF version.

    Now do ASSIGNMENT A:

    Journal Entry WA#5:  "WHAT'S IN A NAME?"

     Begin by reading through the yellow packet of articles on names ("Take what you like and leave the rest!" CLICK HERE IF YOU NEED THE NAMES PACKET!

    Choose a few articles that interest you and "inspire" you to think about this concept of names. Names were a big deal during the Anglo-Saxon times and in Beowulf.  Is this also true still in our society today?    Where did you get your name?  (Be sure to ask your parents tonight!) What weight has your name been given through-out your life?  Has your name ever brought you privilege or the cause of a negative situation?  What name would you rather have?  Do you have a nickname?  How/why did that come about?  Will you change your name after marriage?  What do you think of the increasingly popular option of a woman (man?) retaining her (his) childhood family name?  What about double or hyphenated last names?  "What's in a name, anyway?"

     Now, taking all of this into consideration, the articles you just read on names, and your own ideas on the topic of names, write at least a one-sided page response on the names issue for your WA 5 Make sure you identify the name of the article you are reacting to before your actual reaction to each specific article.

    Click HERE if you need a copy of the entire blue BEOWULF packet.

    NAMES STUFF FOR FUN!  

    Check out this website on names:         www.behindthename.com  CELEBRATE YOUR NAME DAY!  In Sweden, you celebrate your birthday and a separate day, called a "namnsdag" or "NAME DAY." Read more about this:  http://stjarnhimlen.se/ndag/namedays.html   

    To find what day to celebrate your "NAME DAY," go to http://stjarnhimlen.se/ndag/ndag_alf.html  

    Find how to write your name in runes!  Click on this website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/runesright.html   

    an article on NAMES: http://reference.aol.com/article/_a/fewer-girls-named-katrina-since/20070518131109990001

    NOTE:  WE ARE USING THE SEAMUS HEANEY TRANSLATION OF BEOWULF, SO YOU WILL USE THE "SH-B1" and "SH-B2," etc. ASSIGNMENTS WHICH ARE IN RED IN THE ONLINE HOMEWORK PACKET!)  You should have gotten the new BLUE Beowulf assignment packet from Mr. Olson on Thursday, too.  DO NOT FOLLOW THE BEOWULF ASSIGNMENTS IN THE REGULAR YELLOW AP HW PACKET WE'VE BEEN USING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.  THAT IS FOR THE OLD BURTON RAFFEL TRANSLATION.

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    Find how to write your name in runes: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/runesright.html

    JUST RELEASED--info on names from the Social Security Office!  Check these out to learn more about names! 

    http://www6.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20080510/Baby.Names/print/ 

    soc security office   http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ 

    http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi 

    http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/baby-names2007-pr.htm 

    by year http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi

    popular names for twins  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/twins.html 

    video on names  http://www.comcast.net/a/

     

  1. BEOWULF:  First, read PART ONE (pp. 3-89). 

    Click the link below to hear the prologue in Old English:

    http://faculty.virginia.edu/OldEnglish/Beowulf.Readings/Prologue.html

    Then do ASSIGNMENT C:  WA 6  Beowulf  PART ONE (minimum of 3 sides)  NOTE:   you can print this out in WORD format (click HERE ) and type your response.  Click HERE for a PDF version.

    SIDE 1:

    1. Read the chapter called “The Middle Ages” (from Norton Anthology of English Literature). This article is printed on BLUE pages and is right in your Beowulf packet.  Take one side minimum of BACKGROUND NOTES on the Anglo-Saxon Heroic Ideal.

    SIDE 2:

    1. SET UP A BATTLE CHART—list the key elements of battle #1 with GRENDEL.  Eventually, you will look specifically for comparisons and contrasts between the battles once the second battle and third battle take place.  Some say the battles mirror the three stages of life—adolescence, middle age, and old age.  You will be trying to look for elements of each battle which relate to the stages of life.  Also, you will be looking for elements which characterize Beowulf’s personality as well as Anglo-Saxon values.  ONLY DO THE FIRST COLUMN NOW!

    Beowulf vs. Grendel

    Beowulf vs. Mom

    Beowulf vs. Dragon

     

    1.  no weapons

     

    2.

     

    etc.

     

     

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    etc.

     

     

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    etc.

     

    SIDE 3:

    Beowulf part 1:  Quotes and LAYS

    SIGNIFICANT QUOTE:

     Your first task is also to focus on one significant quote in part 1.

    Look over quotes 1-19 (or find your own quotes from part one), and choose the ONE quote that you think is MOST significant for part one.

    Write the quotation in its entirety on your journal entry (along with its page number) and underneath it, comment on  each of the following:

    a.        the quote's context

    b.        its possible meaning and relevance to part 1

    c.        possible larger meaning for us today or you personally

    SIGNIFICANT LAY:

     Your second  task is also to focus on one lay in part 1.

    Choose one of these three lays:

    "The Lay of Breca" pp.  35-39

    "The Lay of Siegmund and Hermod" pp.  59-61

    "The Lay of Finnsburg"  pp. 71-81

    For the lay you choose, discuss the significance of  the lay to Beowulf (the character) or any of the other characters AND/OR to the plot or themes you are seeing surface  in the story.  Why was the lay included?  How necessary is it? 

  2. Review the "top ten lists" and questions on the SM transparencies.  CLICK HERE for a copy of each group's transparency done by each novel group.  Work on CLT paper research CLT paper is due Wednesday Feb. 16th.  For a copy of the AP CLT PAPER PACKET, click HERE Click HERE for a template of an e-mail you could use to request credentials.

    Everything goes in your file folder in this ORDER:

    •  topic slip
    • grading sheet filled out (student parts only! Do not grade yourself!)
    • paper (with doc. √s highlighted in 2 diff colors)
    • works cited with 2 doc √ sources highlighted in 2 diff colors.
    • photocopy doc √ #1 with material you used highlighted in one color
    • photocopy doc √ #2 with material you used highlighted in the other color
    • SECURITY copy--turn in (but not in folder with your paper)or e-mailed to Wally by midnight the day the paper is due.
  • Yeah!  It's the weekend! Have a great one!

     

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♥ ♥

Today's Valentine Quotes of the Day:

When love is not madness, it is not love.  ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

kisses are a better fate
than wisdom.
~e.e. cummings

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.  ~Robert Browning

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.  ~Aerosmith

A Valentine's Day Sonnet from Shakespeare!

CXXXI.

Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,
As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;
For well thou know'st to my dear doting heart
Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.
Yet, in good faith, some say that thee behold
Thy face hath not the power to make love groan:
To say they err I dare not be so bold,
Although I swear it to myself alone.
And, to be sure that is not false I swear,
A thousand groans, but thinking on thy face,
One on another's neck, do witness bear
Thy black is fairest in my judgment's place.
In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,
And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.

 

P&P & TFA--To what extent should we follow tradition?  Is pride a bad thing?

TTC & P&P--Can love really overcome all opposition?  What constitutes sacrifice?

TFA & TTC--What is the stimulus for suicide?  What is the nature of selflessness?

TFA & OWEN--Is there a God, and what role does God play in our lives?  How should death be looked upon?

OWEN & TTC--Is it possible to overcome one's past?  Is personal sacrifice necessary for redemption?

OWEN & P&P--How much are we defined by our relationships?  Are the greatest conflicts internal?

OTHER COMMON UNIVERSAL / GLOBAL QUESTIONS

for Owen Meany, A Tale of Two Cities, Things Fall Apart, Pride & Prejudice

1.     When would it be justified to martyr yourself?

2.     Can a person really escape fate?

3.     What is the greatest sacrifice of love?

4.     Should one follow one’s head more than one’s heart or vice versa?

5.     Is change inevitable?  If yes, then are the events that cause change inevitable?

6.     How do you define true strength of character?

7.     Is there bravery in sacrifice?

8.     What gives life purpose?

 

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  1. Works Cited Practice Assignment  DUE FRIDAY!  (it might take awhile!)    For a copy of the actual ivory hand-out given in class, click  HERE.

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  3. OJ 4 FIRST AP TEST REACTION (1 side minimum PLUS a list of literary jargon unfamiliar to you on the back) Write a minimum of a one side reaction to taking the practice A.P multiple choice and essay.  IDEAS FOR COMMENTING:  What was it like taking the tests, reaction to your results, how  did the group consensus debrief go, what did you learn in the process, any questions for Mr. Olson about your score?  Fire away!   On the back, make a list of unfamiliar literary jargon.

  4. Works Cited Practice Assignment  DUE FRIDAY!  (it might take awhile!)    For a copy of the actual ivory hand-out given in class, click  HERE.

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  6. OJ 5 COLORS! (old ASSIGNMENT D #2: ) (2 sides minimum) After reading the specific articles that give you more information about your individual color results, do OJ 5 "COLORS."  If you didn't pick up the articles, here they are:  KEIRSEY ORANGE, KEIRSEY GOLD, KEIRSEY BLUE, KEIRSEY GREEN, HARTMAN YELLOW, HARTMAN RED, HARTMAN BLUE, HARTMAN WHITE.  Set it up like this:  SIDE ONE personal reaction:  an initial reaction to the tests, the whole concept, and your colors: Kiersey colors (Artisans = Orange, Guardians = Gold, Idealists = Blue, and Rationals = Green)  or the Hartmann colors (yellow, red, blue, white) or even the Gregorc Learning Styles (AS, CR, AR, CR)                  SIDE TWO literary character application:  Using what you know of the colors, pick out several characters from the summer novels (and, if you like, any characters from any works of literary merit you have academically studied--for example, Holden Caulfield, Tom Joad, Atticus Finch, Huckleberry Finn, Lenny, George, Hester ) and predict what color each character probably would be had he or she the opportunity to take the COLOR TESTS.  You may consider the Kiersey colors (Artisans = Orange, Guardians = Gold, Idealists = Blue, and Rationals = Green)  or the Hartmann colors (yellow, red, blue, white) or even the Gregorc Learning Styles (AS, CR, AR, CR).

  7. Optional:  Get Beowulf from school store--the Seamus Heaney translation (about 15.00 Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders?)

    Here's the Amazon link:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393320979/102-8754601-7566560?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance 

To see lots of fun artwork and  Beowulf movie pix and action figures, click HERE.

Viking Burial Grounds in Uppsala Sweden

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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