Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
-review over "Civil Disobedience" paragraph 5&7, Rawls' definition
-key vocabulary terms (Greek Theater/dialogue diction)
Here's a PowerPoint review:
2) Poetry Out Loud
-check the list outside the classroom whether you are presenting on Wednesday or Thursday
3) Final ROAR post due @5pm, then go and watch the snow fall
-submit your finished Short Story (draft #9) to turnitin.com and via e-mail to email@example.com
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Do select a book that interests you, but also one that you will be allowed to watch the film version (check to see what the film is rated).
You are required to prove you legally watched the film, so no downloading or streaming.
Playing the Enemy by John Carlin
Invictus is the true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Michael Oher is a poor, undereducated teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict. He is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. His living situation is noticed by the wealthy Tuohy family. They take him in and he succeeds both athletically and academically, becoming one of the top high school football prospects in the country.
The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
This is a perfect work of unnerving terror. Four seekers arrive at a notoriously unfriendly location called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
America in the near future has lost the war against drugs. Though the government tries to protect the upper class, the system is infested with undercover cops like Fred, who regularly ingest the popular Substance D as part of their work. In a bizarre twist, the drug has caused Fred to develop a split personality, of which he is not aware.
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
What’s in a name? A MIT professor and his wife face this question, when hospital authorities won’t allow them to leave with their baby until it is given a name. The staff is ignorant of the cultural difference that allow for Bengali families to spend a good deal of time and deliberation before deciding their child’s name. Thus, Ashima and Ashoke are forced to enter a “pet” name for their son- Gogol.
Slumdog Millionaire Vikas Swarup (Q&A)
Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved.
A Civil Action Jonathan Harr
This is the true story of a town’s fight against deadly environmental toxins in the town of Woburn, MA. With a class action lawsuit to file, lawyers represent families impacted by the pollution. However, the case that could ruin the law firm firm.
Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher (Finding Fish)
This autobiography tells how Fisher was born in prison to an incarcerated mother and a father who had been shot. After being placed in foster care, Fisher was treated brutally and blamed for his own misfortunes. Through these experiences, he eventually found his way into a stable job in the Navy.
Everything Is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, and a dog named Sammy Davis, Jonathan is led on an amazing journey into an unexpected past.
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby
Love sports? This book tells the story of the author's unhealthy relationship with soccer. As a fan of Arsenal, a London soccer team, Hornby describes his life as it relates to the successes and failures of his favorite team.
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Bride & Prejudice
The five Bennet sisters, including strong-willed Elizabeth and young Lydia, have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. But when Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and snobbish Mr. Darcy, a battle of the sexes ensues.
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
A wounded Confederate soldier walks away from the horrors of the war and back home to his pre-war sweetheart, Ada. This love story connects Inman's odyssey through the devastated South with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm.
Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children. What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into his world. Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a huge scandal.
Secret Window Steven King (Four Past Midnight)
Mort Rainey is a successful writer going through a rather unfriendly divorce from his wife of ten years. Alone and bitter in his cabin, he continues to work on his writing when a stranger named John Shooter shows up on his doorstep, claiming Rainey stole his story. Mort says he can prove the story belongs to him and not Shooter, but while Mort digs around for the magazine that published the story, people begin to die.
Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
The Juliet Club
Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare's Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love
Winter's Bone: A Novel
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Friday, December 17, 2010
1) Culture Vulture Rough Draft, proof, and proposal all together for Monday
2) ROAR final post due Monday @5pm
3) Poetry Out Loud presentations on Wednesday and Thursday next week
4) Antigone test on Tuesday
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Nyatiti by Andrew Bird
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Overall Best of:
20. Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
19. The Black Keys - Brothers
18. Die Antwoord - $O$
17. The Walkmen - Lisbon
16. Beach House - Teen Dream
15. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
14. The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
13. The Roots - How I Got Over
12. Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
11. Vampire Weekend - Contra
10. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
09. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid
08. Sleigh Bells - Treats
07. Menomena - Mines
06. Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
05. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (Doreian Pick)
04. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
03. The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
02. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
01. The National - High Violet
1) Kanye - MBDTF
2) Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot
3) The Roots - How I Got Over
4) Yelawolf - Trunk Muzik
5) Atmosphere - All My Friends/Blood Makes The Blade Holy
6) Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon
7) Shad - TSOL (Doreian Pick)
8) Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute (Doreian Pick)
9) Freddie Gibbs - Str8 Killa, No Filla
10) Das Rascist: Sit Down, Man
2) final Root Word quiz on Friday!
3) Poem memorization on Wednesday, Poetry Out Loud for next week
Short Story Draft #8- This must be a cut down version (500-750 words) with proper formatting
-Times New Roman
-1 inch margins
-centered title, no bold or quotation marks
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
ROAR post #3 on Monday
Identify 2 poems and their poet from the Poetry Out Loud website
-check out the featured poet
-search by keword
-for the ambitious student, check out this listing of poems listed by form and poetic devices!
Videos of quality recitations:
-You must select your poem to memorize by 12/8 Wednesday
-Written memorization of the poem by 12/15 Wednesday
-Poem recitation on Wednesday 12/22 and Thursday 12/23
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
(November) thanks Valerie...
-read and annotate the poems found on p.732-740
-Poetry Test and Root Words (pyr) on Friday
-upload your Short Story draft #6 to Turnitin.com
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
place ALL titles into italics. Sometimes Gawain is in italics, sometimes not. Check whether it is used as a title (the Gawain poet) or a character (Gawain was a brave knight).
use full tabs
your last name and page number MUST be a header, not just typed at the top of your page
2) ROAR post #1 on Monday
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Go to: classzone
-select Language Arts/MA then find your book
-select McDougal Littell Literature, Grade 10
-click "online book" at bottom left
-create a "student account"
-use ACTIVATION CODE: 4726324-650 for the book
2) perfectly printed paper! Friday!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Papers must be printed prior to class on Friday. If your paper does not pass, then you will have one week to make changes.
Below is the text of the paper you need to properly format.
1) copy and paste SPECIAL (just text) into Word
2) set up a cover page using your name, date, class, and the paper's title
3) center title at the top of the 1st page
4) insert page number with your last name, but do not include the cover page
5) format the essay (double space, Times New Roman 12pt, indent new paragraphs, title of books italicized)
6) format the works cited page
NOTE: the essay should fit on two pages, not including cover and works cited pages
Evaluating the Medieval in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Composed by an unknown monk in the north of England circa 1375, the romance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight exhibits attributes common to medieval literature. The Gawain poet created his verse with attention to alliterative patterns, and employed stanzas of unfixed length that are connected through the bob and wheel device. Thematically, the poet places Gawain in situations that test his devotion to the medieval ideals of courtly love and chivalry. Thus, in form and theme this Arthurian romance contains poetic elements that mark it as a medieval text.
The text of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is preserved in a religious manuscript that also contains three poems: “Pearl,” “Patience,” and “Purity” (Borroff 20). Yet, Gawain opens with a passage more accustomed to the nationalist ethos of epic poetry. The poet offers an account of Britain’s founding, connecting the heroes at Troy with the “Bold boys bred there, in broils delighting,” who inhabit England (line 21). As in Beowulf, alliteration punctuates the poetic line. Where the device once served as a rhythmic and mnemonic tool, the sound repetition in Gawain belongs to a revival of alliterative verse in the medieval period. The medieval audience would have recognized and enjoyed this poetic element as it suggested a popular Anglo-Saxon form of storytelling. Thus, the poet’s insists for the reader to “…listen to my lay but a little while,/ As I heard it in hall, I shall hasten to tell/ anew” (line 30-32). By alluding to typical elements of Old English oral verse, the Gawain poet attracts the interest of his medieval readers.
However, the form of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight breaks from the Anglo-Saxon pattern in its stanza construction. Visually, the poem lacks caesura line breaks that divided the line after two stressed syllables. In its place, the Gawain poet employs a bob and wheel at the end of each stanza. The bob is a two-syllable line that sets a rhyme scheme in the four-line wheel. Most often, the bob and wheel offers a conclusion to a stanza, as shown in lines 485-490:
"Such happiness wholly had they that day/in hold./Now take care, Sir Gawain/That your courage wax not cold/When you must turn again/To your enterprise foretold." Here the bob presents “hold” as the initial sound to be rhymed in the wheel; the poet forms the wheel around this sound in an ABABA arrangement. Before expanding the narrative by offering further description or changing scenes, the Gawain poet uses the bob and wheel to alter the physical line length.
In plotting, the poem exemplifies the paradoxical romantic virtues of courtly love. Sir Gawain is tested to deny his faith and break his word by the temptations at Lord Bertilak de Hautdesert’s home. The host and Gawain agree to swap their daily earnings: the lord from hunting in the woods, Sir Gawain from interactions with the lord’s beautiful wife. As a guest, Gawain must obey the wishes of his host and hostess- a situation made difficult by the lady’s bold suggestions. Resembling the game animals Bertilak hunts, Gawain nervously evades the lady’s requests. To preserve the marriage vows, their love is never consummated; still, Gawain obeys the lady’s demands and his own desires by sharing furtive kisses. The responsibility required by chivalry and courtly love make Gawain’s temptation a foremost example of romance literature.
The Gawain poet makes skillful use of the romance conventions, writing the poem with attention to medieval aesthetics. Modern readers might not share Bertilak’s claim that Gawain is “polished as a pearl,” or worthy to wear the pentangle star after his blatant deception and failure to trust Mary against the Green Knight (line 2393). Still, the romance offers a fitting example of medieval literature in its poetic construction and thematic development.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Trans. Mary Borroff. The Norton Anthology of English
Literature. Ed. M.H. Abrams. 7th edition. Volume 1. New York: Norton, 2000.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
by Masha Hamilton
Jammana, a 11-year-old girl experiences an unsettling coming of age in a Jordanian village. She possesses an ancestral gift that allows her to see the past, travels with her mother, Rafa, against her father's wishes, to Rafa's birthplace, the ancient village of Ein Fadr.
Breath, Eyes, Memory
by Edwidge Danticat
After twelve years of being raised in Haiti by her aunt Atie, young Sophie Caco has been summoned by her mother to join her in New York. Sophie is terrified and does not want to go, especially since she does not remember her mother, who left Haiti when Sophie was just a baby. What follows is a painful rendering of horrifying secrets and Haitian tradition that deeply affects Sophie and the way she lives her life.
by Chaim Potok
In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, a horrible baseball accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their religious differences, Reuven and Danny form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence and family conflicts.
by Sandra Cisneros
Lala Reyes is the seventh child of the family and the only girl. They live in Chicago, where her dad and his two brothers run an upholstery shop. There are cousins (three brothers named Elvis, Byron, and Aristotle), looong caravan-style car trips to Mexico City to visit the Awful Grandmother, and some snooping into the past by Lala.
Crazy in Alabama
by Mark Childress
Family tumult and social unrest converge to shake the world of 12-year-old orphan Peejoe Bullis in the summer of 1965, "when everybody went crazy in Alabama." Peejoe's relatively tranquil life with his grandmother is jolted by the arrival of his Aunt Lucille, who is on her way to Hollywood to become a star after poisoning her husband. The family moves to Industry, Ala., where racial conflict brings together George Wallace and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
Jerry Renault is a typical fourteen-year-old freshman (and football player) at a private Catholic high school. But then he decides to go against the school fundraiser run by a gang called The Vigils. Can Jerry survive at school as the thugs and teachers plot to ruin his life?
by M.T. Anderson
The story begins on the Moon, where Titus and his friends have gone for spring break. He and his buddies all have Feed, which is an online computer implant typically installed shortly after birth. Feed constantly bombards the characters with information and banners, much of which has to do with the latest fashions, upcars, and music. It also provides them with Chat--the capacity to mentally instant message each other. Enter Violet; a girl Titus meets on spring break, a girl who wants to 'fight the feed'.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the "poor-ass" Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one.
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
by Victor Martinez
The tale follows the life of Manuel Hernandez. Manny's a good kid. He has a slacker older brother, an older sister that flirts with danger, and a baby sibling that doesn't understand the ways of the world just yet. His father is unemployed leaving him regularly drunk and belligerent. His mother, not quite up to facing the problems surrounding her, stays by his side despite the effects of his actions on the kids.
Yoruba Girl Dancing
by Simi Bedford
Remi is born into a privileged large Nigerian family. At the age of 6 she is sent to a very exclusive all girl boarding school in England. Feeling alienated because she was the only black girl in a school full of perfect English girls. She gets ridiculed for her culture and race. It isn't easy being different, but Remi has to cope with it and she needs to understand that people are different.
by Maxine Clair
These interrelated short stories are set in fictional Rattlebone, Kan., a vibrant, close-knit African-American community. Narrated by young Irene Wilson, the confident but naive girl tells how she grows up in a town devoid of whites, falling in love with the boy who sells eggs, and witnessing the dissolution of her parents' marriage.
by Ntozake Shange
Betsey is the oldest child in a large, remarkable, and slightly eccentric African American family. Her father is a doctor who wakes his children each morning with point-blank questions about African history and Black culture while beating on a conga drum; her mother is a beautiful, refined, confident, and strong-willed social worker who is overwhelmed by the vast size of her young family and who cares very little for “all that nasty colored music.”
All that Lives
by Melissa Sanders-Smart
The Bell Witch is poltergeist that bedeviled a family of Tennessee farmers in the early 1800's. At age 13, Betsy Bell becomes the focus of the witch's torments. For more than a year, the Bell family is subjected to nocturnal noises, rains of stones, blows from invisible hands and, eventually, belligerent back talk from the articulate spirit.
Rule of the Bone
by Russell Banks
Flunking out of school and already hooked on drugs, the 14-year-old narrator leaves his mobile home in a depressed upstate New York town. Convinced that he is destined for a criminal career, Bone vents his anger in acts of senseless destruction. His wanderings are paused when he takes refuge in an abandoned schoolbus with an illegal alien from Jamaica called I-Man.
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
by Roddy Doyle
An Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like-minded hooligans, playing cowboys and Indians, etching their names in wet concrete, and setting fires. Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad boys; they're just a little bit restless...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
2) TKAM chapter 1
-Thursday (period 1,2)
-Wednesday (period 4,6)
3) Root Words Quiz #4 on Friday -----> Erg/o
4) ROAR post #3 on Friday
Short Story #5 for Thursday
When Nikos spills his oranges on the bus, the other passengers erupt with laughter. Think of a moment when you/character faced similar humiliation. Build the story toward that point of embarrassment, proving background details that foreshadow the eventual upheaval. Try to write in 3rd person!
Come on out and enjoy some great authors and books. You can use the day as a festival Culture Vulture or Extra Credit.
Here are my choice selections:
OPEN MIC (share your stories)
MOVIES (famous folks)
WHAT MEANS SWITCH (famous folks)
TRAVEL (very funny)
TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES (painful like your ROAR books)
4:00pm Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury Street
Monday, October 11, 2010
|Horns all raised for a mighty shout!|
|Elsie was a hit. Check the guy who asked to film her dance moves.|
|This was one hard core trumpet player!|
Friday, October 8, 2010
Test whether you are part of the %3 of Super Taskers!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
2) ROAR post #2 on Friday 5pm
3) Literature Exam on Friday
Short Story #4 for Thursday
"How to __________"
Write a story in the style of Junot Diaz, where the reader is told how to do something. Use 2nd person POV, and build a character through a set of instructions/flow chart.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
2) Big Literature Test on Wednesday next week. There might be a problem with a field trip, but we can schedule a make up for Thursday after school.
3) ROAR post #2 on Friday, 5pm
Healthy Local Food for All!FREE Admission! Saturday, October 2nd from 11am - 5pm Bring your water bottle, reusable shopping bag and something from your garden to donate to Crop Share! Boston Local Food Festival, presented by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN), is a delicious outdoor celebration of the many benefits of local food. The festival showcases affordable, scrumptious local food sourced in the Boston area, Massachusetts, and New England. Festival-goers can engage with farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs, learn from exhibits and demonstrations, and enjoy activities and local music. Local Craft Beer Tastings will be held at the Daily Catch on Northern Avenue. Join us! The festival takes place at Fort Point Channel - on the Congress Street Bridge and outside Boston Children's Museum up to the Moakley Bridge at Northern Avenue. This exciting event is easily accessible via the MBTA Red Line, South Station or the Silver Line, Court House Station.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
These author talks and lectures, all of which are free, take place at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St. Author talk events feature questions from the audience and include time for book signings. Additional details are available online at www.bpl.org.
The schedule is as follows:
• October 6, 6:00 pm, Michael Cunningham, author of By Nightfall.
• October 6, 6:30 pm, Neil Miller, author of Banned in Boston.
• October 14, 5:30 pm, Ronald Grim and Paul McDermott, authors of Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-54.
• October 20, 6:00 pm, Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms.
• October 20, 6:30 pm, “Researching the History of Your House” with Marian Pierre-Louis.
• October 25, 6:00 pm, Alexander McCall Smith, best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agencyseries.
• October 28, 6:00 pm, “Heroines: Literary and Super!” featuring Erin Blakemore and Mike Madrid.
• November 2, 6:00 pm, Bill Reynolds, author of Rise of a Dynasty: The ‘57 Celtics, The First Banner, and the Dawning of a New America.
• November 3, 6:30 pm, J. L. Bell on how Bostonians celebrated the fifth of November.
• November 4, 6:00 pm, Dennis Lehane, best-selling, Boston-based author.
• November 10, 6:00 pm, John Ochsendorf, author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile.
• November 17, 6:00 pm, Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
• Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 pm, Carol Clingan with an introduction to Jewish genealogy.
• November 30, 6:00 pm, The Best American Sports Writing featuring Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan, and Bob Hohler.
• December 1, 6:00 pm, Roger Lowenstein, author of The End of Wall Street.
• December 1, 6:30 pm, Eric Jaffe, author of The King's Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Let 'em know here:
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is located on Columbus Avenue between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. It is free and lasts from Noon to 6pm.
Schedule and Map:
1) Short Story #2
-a character who wants to hide family/cultural secret from school or lies to gain popularity
2) ROAR blog created, and comment on my post to share its URL
3) Root Words Quiz #2---> Cardi
4) ROAR post #1 due on Sunday, 5pm
Monday, September 20, 2010
2) Root Word Quiz #2 on Friday ---> Cardio
3) Short Story #2 on Thursday
-a lie told by a student to get popular, or something a student wants to hide about their family/culture
4) ROAR blog- create it by Thursday, 1st post by Sunday 5pm
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
2) Begin to study your Root Words for Friday's quiz (a-anti)
3) Keep looking for your Term 1 ROAR book. The proposal sheet is due 9/20. Check previous posts for suggestions
4) A Long Way Gone multiple choice quiz TOMORROW
Friday, September 10, 2010
1) proper genre- biography/memoir
2) proper difficulty- 200 pages, strong vocabulary
3) proper content- parent signature
The Term 1 ROAR proposal sheet is due Monday, September 20.
Here's a link for student suggestions:
Here are some additional suggestions:
This book specifically focuses on the apartheid South Africa of Mark Mathabane's childhood. Publishers Weekly says the book is "Powerful, intense, (and) inspiring," and I strongly agree.
Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit
No one would have expected a famous actress to ever step foot on the terrains of Africa. But there is one person that devoted her entire life to sharing love and affection to people all around the world; she is the one and only Audrey Hepburn.
Warriors Don't Cry
Melba Pattillo Beals
What was it like growing up as a black student in the United States during the beginning of integration? Melba Pattillo tells her story when she was one of nine African-American children chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.
A great book for urban teens about Sister Souljah’s life experiences, which can show people the way city people work and the things people do to get money and how love can affect the way others think. Each chapter is about a person in her life who affected her greatly.
Confessions of a Video Vixen
Many girls have the desires and dreams to become the ladies that they watch on television that gets the chance to dance with the stars, gets the chance to be famous
and noticed by the guys. Yet, The true story behind it all might not be that American dream you hoped it to be.
The Road from Home - The story of an Armenian girl
Everyday, you get up at a certain time in the morning. On the weekdays you go to school, and on the weekends you stay at home or go out with your friends. You go on with your certain routine, not thinking about anything going wrong or changing. But what if it does. What if one day, out of no where, you and your family are told that you have to pack up your things quickly because you are being deported?
Gather Together In My Name
In this biography, Maya opens up by giving a description of herself by saying 'I was seventeen, very old, embarrassingly young, with ason of two months, and I still loved my mother and stepfather (Angelou 3).
Adeline Yen Mah
Not being wanted by her family was complicated. Yen Jun-ling, known in her family as Wu Mei (Fifth Daughter), was born unlucky. Her mother died while giving her birth. "If you had not been born," said Big Sister to her one day, "Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. You are bad luck."
The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dream
Derek Jeter with Jack
One of the best shortstops in the modern era has been Derek Jeter; he is a three time gold glove winner and multiple time batting champ. In his book, he talks about his childhood and lifestyle now. He also tells you his lessons learned as a child from his parents and the world around him.
When I Was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda is a girl growing up in Puerto Rico. Life is hard because her family is not that rich. Esmeralda experiences changes that show who she is and where she comes from. It helps show the transition to a new place and new people, how she has to change everything when she has to travel to new places and adapt to her new world. Esmeralda's journey shows her she will always be Puerto Rican.
John "Red" Shea
This is the true story of how a boy grew up during a very difficult time in the late 70's, in a predominately Irish neighborhood. He was taught to use his fists because the educational system had let the community down. He learned about respect and loyalty from the very people that would kill you just for pure greed.
A Long Way Gone
Red Scarf Girl (Honors only)
2) complete your Student Info sheet, and your Requirements & Contract
3) be prepared with graphic organizer for our writing prompt on A Long Way Gone for Monday
Monday, September 6, 2010
Enroll in the correct ELA section, using the class # and password listed below:
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
RETURN your textbook and vocab book
1) Start looking over your vocab words for the final!
2) here are the links to our ROAR and Culture Vulture sites
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
check out the annotations! Not as good as our Julius Caesar site, but nice.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I have done a lot at City Year this year. I have stepped into many roles and have stepped out of my previous comfort zone more times than I can count, but nothing compares to the scope and the results of what my team and I were able to do on Saturday, May 22nd.
To sum up the day quickly, it was fantastic. Completely, totally, unrelentingly fantastic. That is not my highlight however… my highlight took place after the volunteers had left, after my team had left, while I was sitting on a bench in the park that we just transformed. Sitting there, all alone, I had the experience that made my year, and the experience that quite possibly put my entire life into a new perspective.
My site contained a wall with the letters M.A.D. painted onto it, covered by about three decades of wear, decay, and graffiti. We wanted to mural the site, so on the first day of prep we went out to survey the area. An East Boston local came over and basically warned us not to mess with M.A.D.; it was a memorial to Michael Anthony D’avella, who was murdered years before. We decided right there that we had to leave it… or did we? We would make it better, we would redo it! So we set out scraping and priming. Multiple people came over, worried that we were erasing a hero from their history, but we assured all of them that it would be fine, that we were going to do it justice.
So it went on, three weeks of prep, over 150 man hours of work, then it was the big day, Serve-a-thon 2010. The mural came to life. Michael’s full name, previously just ambiguous initials to an outsider, finally came to life. Shane Quigley, the mural’s designer, beautifully weaved the name into the river along the Boston skyline, rendering most onlookers speechless. We had many community members come out and observe and compliment, but none like one man, after everyone else had left.
He was an East Boston native, born and raised. He walked into the park as I was sitting there, and his jaw just dropped. It was like in a comic book; it literally dropped and he just stood there, staring all around. He turned to me and said “This couldn’t be more beautiful…” He started walking around just taking it all in, then he walked towards the court. He stopped suddenly, turned to me and started walking back. As he got closer, I could see tears on his face. The man was a childhood friend of Michael Anthony D’Avella. He was crying to me, a complete stranger, thanking me for making the M.A.D. memory live on so beautifully. He choked through numerous ‘thank yous’ but then he couldn’t speak anymore… he shook my hand, and he walked out of the park, taken over by emotions and his memories that we helped to preserve. With the man gone, I sat there, put my hands behind my head, and I felt the power of what had just taken place. Whether it was the emotion of what I just experienced, or realizing the weeks of work had actually finally paid off, or maybe it was realizing that my year was coming to an end, whatever it was, it was beautiful, and I savor the memory of how I felt right then. I never want to forget that moment.
This shows what an incredible thing that we at City Year Boston did this past weekend. I can guarantee that stories like this happened all throughout the city, and that they are happening right now. What we accomplished on Saturday is nothing short of breathtaking, and the sentiments that he made to me were echoed by the smiles and laughter of the families that came out to the park, enjoying an area that was long neglected and misused.
East Boston will remember us, and they thank us. As well do I. I want to personally thank everyone that came out with so much for their time, their effort, and their commitment to making beautiful positive change.
This is City Year, this is what we do.
2) Huck Finn Socratic Circle #3 on Wednesday. Chapters 20-26
3) ROAR post #1 on Tuesday. Check the right column for other due dates
4) Vocab Quiz #19 on Thursday
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Silly Bandz a no-no at Finn
by susan on May 19, 2010
Last night WBZ-TV ran a piece on the latest fad in kid accessories: Silly Bandz. Those of you with young ones know that Silly Bandz are brightly-colored rubber bracelets in the shape of things like animals. A private school in Milton recently banned the bracelets because they’ve become such a distraction for students. Turns out, they’re a distraction in our town, too.
While she didn’t call out Silly Bandz by name, Finn principal Mary Ryan sent a note home to parents last week asking them to not send their kids to school with “jelly bracelets,” saying they’re causing similar issues as trading cards.
“The bracelets are distracting, they are being traded, and children are having conflicts because of them,” Ryan wrote in the letter. “I ask that these be kept as special bracelets to be worn outside of school.”
Oh the fashion fads of the young. We had jelly bracelets in my day too, but the only way to wear them was layered over your Swatch. What about you?
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
2) create a works cited for your ROAR presentation
3) get a head start on your ROAR reading
4) get caught up, or push ahead for your Huck Finn reading
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Read chapter 2
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Read the Twain biography/view the movies at this site:
There are 14 pages of text (click on "print" to view as a single page) and five short videos.
Also, think of the event that for your family/culture provides a paradox of memory.
For me, it's Gallipoli:
Saturday, May 1, 2010
-animal fable shows the problems of communism and democracy
-a future world where technology is prohibited so all humans are equal
Bartleby, the Scrivener
-a boss tries to fire a secretary who “prefers not to” do any work, but Bartleby keeps returning
-a biting satire of faith in God and the futility of finding hope in the midst of disasters
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel García Márquez
-you and the entire town know he is about to be killed, but Santiago Nasar has no idea
-a boy is visited by a mysterious visitor who teaches him to not be a slave or a master
Lan Samantha Chang
-a family struggles with isolation, adapting to a new culture and broken dreams
Pafko at the Wall (Underworld)
-a famous baseball game is the background for America entering the Cold War
Seize the Day
-one day in the life of a man who has lost his family and his money
-a wealthy young man leaves his home to search for meaning in life
-a Spanish shepherd travels to the Great Pyramids for a promised treasure
The Day the Leader Was Killed
-an account of a modern assassination in Egypt
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
-a man dies from a freak accident with curtains, but it’s really caused from living a bad life
-Gregor wakes up one morning, and has been turned into a beetle
The Old Man and the Sea
-a fateful fishing trip to regain honor ends with the largest fish the Cuban village had ever seen
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
-the lives of many students are impacted by this remarkable teacher