Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vacation Homework

1: Catch up on TKAM, and read to page #211

2: Get into your ROAR book. 2 posts due Tuesday 12/2

3: Culture Vulture! Take time this week to get out a see a play, hear some music, and enjoy a museum

4: Send your Bildungsroman to TiP Boston via e-mail

Check out the magazine in class, and here:

1: Create an e-mail introduction for your story. Tell your name, school you attend, and a quick overview of your story.

2: Copy and paste your story into the e-mail

3: attach your story as a Word document attachment

4: write "TiP story submission" for the subject line

5: send the message to kelly.knopf-goldner.jcs@cityofboston.gov and cc me at Idoreian@boston.k12.ma.us

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tasty Culture Vulture

Celebrate the art and science of cooking at Harvard
In December, two free public events at Harvard University will celebrate the art and science of cooking.

Cooking & Science with Ferran Adria: A Conversation on Creativity
Who: World-acclaimed chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli
What: Adria will discuss the fascinating relationship between modern
science and modern cuisine.
When: Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Physics Department, Jefferson Hall 250
Note: Seating is first-come first-served. No exceptions.

From Bean to Bar: The Sweet Science of Chocolate
Who: Howard Stone, Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied
Mathematics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
and Amy Rowat, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics and School
of Engineering and Applied Sciences
What: Family-friendly holiday lecture on the science of chocolate (with
live experiments and demonstrations). Appropriate for children ages 7
and up.
When: Saturday, December 13
10:00-11:00 a.m. (morning lecture)
1:00-2:00 p.m. (afternoon lecture)
Where: Harvard Science Center, Lecture Hall B
Note: Tickets required. Registration will open November 25th.
Email: sciencetix@seas.harvard.edufor more information.

A short week for Thanks(giving)

Here's the reading schedule:

1: do not worry about ROAR reading. A little will go a long way...unless you have not found a book yet. In this case you are seriously slacking, so put the Turkey down and get to a library.

2: To Kill a Mockingbird reading
Tuesday- page 135
Wednesday- page 178
In class Wednesday- read chapter 18

3: Enjoy the vacation!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mockingbird Reading

Today was a very important day in English class. We, and you as an individual, must be dedicated to being very Active Readers. Not just to complete your homework, but so that the book is enjoyable.

Please be zealous as you read.

1: Read TKAM to page 99

2: One ROAR post by Monday. Concentrate on reading TKAM, and then take December for reading your History ROAR

Weekend Culture Vulture

Harmony for the Hungry Benefit Concert for the BMC Food Pantry

Come enjoy a concert to benefit the BMC Food Pantry, performed by the members of the BUMC Band on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7-9 p.m. in Bakst Auditorium, BUSM. Enjoy music from a wide array of styles, from jazz to rock, performed by faculty, staff and students from BMC and BUSM.

Voluntary cash donations of any amount will be accepted, with all proceeds to benefit the Pantry. The Pantry is in need of resources to help more and more families during these tough economic times. All donations are tax deductible.

Bakst Auditorium is located at 80 East Concord Street - off of Harrison Avenue - enter through the Boston University School of Medicine - The #10 bus stops right there - which also goes to Back Bay - orange line connection.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

End of the Week Matters

1: upload your Bildungsroman to Turnitin.com

2: Read to page 50 in To Kill a Mockingbird

3: ROAR post by Monday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A new book

-vocab quiz #8
-upload short story to turnitin.com

Period One:
-read To Kill a Mockingbird to page #50.

Period Two:
-use the workshop edits to revise your story

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

-Vocab Quiz lesson 8 (11/20)
-Final draft of Bildungsroman on Turnitin.com (11/21)
-ROAR post for new book (11/24)

Period 1
-many have not shown a 2nd draft of their Bildungsroman

Period 2
-printed, clean draft of Bildungsroman for tomorrow's workshop

I was asked about Author Events, and here is the best one coming up soon:


Tuesday December 16th 7pm
Deb Olin Unferth - Vacation
M.T. Anderson - The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom of the Waves

Deb Olin Unferth’s first book of short stories, Minor Robberies, was included in a shared collection and hers was the voice that stood out. Vacation, her debut novel from McSweeney’s Books, has been described as “wonderfully unsettling” and compared with the post-realist work of Chris Adrian.

Cambridge-based young adult fiction superstar M.T. Anderson (Feed, Thirsty) won the National Book Award for the first volume of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, putting to rest his assessment of it as a work that missed its audience by two centuries. Volume II revisits the young violinist and polyglot as he fights in the Revolutionary War.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Southern Literature

We should order up some sweet tea and chicken fried steak to go along with To Kill a Mockingbird.

In any event,

1) Action Research article review. Typed and printed for tomorrow morning.
2) Vocab Quiz # 8
3) ROAR! Get some posts and reading done this week.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Last day o' the week

1: Get your short stories ready for me to read over the weekend

2: Action Research Reflection- due Monday to Turnitin.com

3: Upload your Adolescent Development work to Turnitin.com, especially groups who do not have citations for the biography section

4: ROAR? Yes, you can read!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Short Stories!

Well done Period 2. Hannah from 826Boston had high praise for you and the level of writing you had done. Also, she passed along some fliers for the Song Lyric workshop happening this Saturday. You need to RSVP, so do check it out tomorrow.

-Vocab quiz #7
-Action Research Reflection due Monday (submit to Turnitin.com)

Period 1
-compose your short story, have it be 2-3 pages

Period 2
-finish the editing of the story you read today


Whoa....You Wrote That Song?

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ages: 14-18
Teacher: Sarah Green
Enrollment is capped at 8 students.

We'll bring the chords; you make the words. Join two local musicians in November for a fun and friendly songwriting workshop. By the end of our session, you'll have written lyrics and recorded your own new hit! Astonish your friends and family. Rule the charts. No songwriting experience necessary.

About the teacher:

Sarah Green holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is on the faculty of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College. She guest-taught a lesson on Pablo Neruda's Book of Questions and a town-hall debate on bigfoot at 826 Boston's summer camp.

Sign up by calling 617.442.5400 or emailing programs [at] 826boston.org with the student's name, age, school, email and phone number.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To Kill A Mockingbird Trailer

Here is the trailer for To Kill A Mockingbird from 1962.

The style is much different from today's films, but it gives a good introduction to our next story.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans' Day

Tomorrow is Veterans' Day, and I hope you tell someone who serves for our country the thanks you have for their sacrifice.

-Vocab Quiz on Thursday- lesson 7
-ROAR needs to be started.

Period 1
-please fill out the Bildungsroman sheet. The actual story is due on Thursday.

Period 2
-your 2-3 page short story is due Wednesday. Have a print and electronic copy of the story ready to workshop with the writing tutors.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Operatic Culture Vulture

Monday, November 10, 2008

Evening of Opera at Whitehead Institute

Time: 6:00p–7:30p

Location: N25, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge)

A special evening of operatic performance by Andrea Matthews, soprano; Philip Lima, baritone; William Merrill, pianist.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Whitehead Institute

For more information, contact:
Ceal S. Capistrano
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Saturday, November 8, 2008


Do come on out to the soccer game on Sunday. This should be a great day, and it all kicks off at 1:00.

Both Classes
1: upload your Adolescent Development work (biography, literary analysis, annotated bibliography) to Turnitin.com.

2: Find, and begin reading your History ROAR. The 12 students on the ROAR hit-list for Term 1 must check in with me after school on Monday to talk about their next book.

3: Vocab Quiz #7 on Thursday (11/13)

4: Get out there and Culture Vulture! Anyone go to the ICA last night?

Period 2
4: sketch out your short story using the handout. A working draft is due before class on Wednesday, so maybe get started this weekend. Be sure to have a paper and an electronic copy ready before class starts.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

still more Culture Vultures...

Here are some quality options...

11.5 - 11.7 Michael Eric Dyson | Harvard

(Culture Vulture or Extra Credit)

W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture Series presents Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University Professor in three separate talks on: From Homer to 'Hova Hustling, Religion and Guerrilla Literacy in the Pavement Poetry of Jay-Z. at Harvard University (Barker Center, Cambridge)

Nov. 5 - 'Che Guevara with Bling On': Hustling, American Ideals and Jay-Z's Complex Vision of The Game

Nov 6 - Been Praying to God So Long That They Atheist': Jay-Hova and the Politics of Project(ed) Theology

Nov 7 - 'Monster of the Double-Endentre The Rhyme and Reasoning of Jay-Z's Oral Arguments.

All events begin at 4 p.m. For more info click here.

Center for Latino Studies @ Harvard Events

Fri, 11/07/2008 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm
26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge

Tue, 11/11/2008 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Thu, 11/13/2008 | 6:00 pm
Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street

Tue, 11/18/2008 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tsai Auditorium (CGIS South), 1730 Cambridge Street

Culture Vulture or Extra Credit!

November 6, 2008, 4:30-6:30 pm

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles


Hip Hop and Academic Literacies: Linguistic, Poetics and Social Critique


Boston Latin School
78 Louis Pasteur Ave
Boston, MA 02115
For directions go to:


ICA Teen Night


Next Teen Night: Friday November 7 from 6-9pm
What happens when you invite teens to a party in an art museum? Teen Nights—the ICA's art happenings organized and promoted for teens by teens.


Monday, November 3, 2008


Get ready for the great Gateway election throw-down. It should be wonderful time!

1: Many folks did not turn in Culture Vulture works cited.
2: Find your History ROAR book for Term II and start posting
3: Your Adolescent Development groups should have a schedule and outline of work