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June1

Dear Students,

I changed my mind.  There will be no blog this weekend.  Instead, please take a look at the attached final exam outline and begin preparations!

Best,

 

Ms. Quinson

English 9H Final Exam Outline 2012

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Winter Poems

May31

Perhaps these poems will make us feel a little cooler….

Read both poems several times, and then write a response to one of them.  Your response should include many specific details from the poems and answer all or some of the following questions:

  • What happens in the poems?
  • What literary devices do I see?
  • What are the literary devices suppose to show or teach the reader? Why might the poet have included them?
  • What are the purposes or underlying meanings of the poems?  Do they have similar purposes?  If so, why are they different?
Be sure also to comment on at least one of your classmates comments in this thread.  When you respond to your classmates, be sure to comment on the poem for which you did not write your own response.

January

The days are short
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor
And parkas pile up
Near the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees’ black lace

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.

–John Updike

By Morning

Some for everyone
plenty

and more coming

Fresh      dainty      airily      arriving
everywhere at once

Transparent at first
each faint slice
slow       soundlessly tumbling

then quickly thickly a gracious fleece
will spread like youth      like wheat
over the city

Each building will be         a hill
all sharps made round

dark worn noisy narrows made still
wide       flat      clean      spaces

Streets will be      fields
cars be      fumbling sheep

A deep bright harvest will be seeded
in a night

By morning we’ll be      children
feeding on manna

a new loaf on every doorsill

–May Swenson

(In the Bible, manna was food that was miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness.)

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Shakespearean Sonnets

May30

Choose one sonnet to memorize and explain your choice, then, compare the two sonnets we read today. How are they similar? How are they different? Be specific and clear in your response.  Also, please don’t forget to comment on at least one other response in this thread.

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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Curioser and Curioser!

May29

Free Swim!  Please discuss our discussions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland here.  You may consider sense, nonsense, logic, numbers, satire, Literature (capital L) or anything else.

 

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“A More Perfect Union”

May4

Please consider the Rhetorical Triangle we discussed in class today.

Next,  review Atticus’ summation, pp. 271-275.  As you reread, consider:  what elements of the rhetorical triangle can you see in Atticus’ speech?

Then, please read the speech entitled “A More Perfect Union Speech,” by then Senator Barack Obama, from March 2008.  It is posted on the handouts page of our website, as well as on the links page.  You can actually watch the video on the links page if you prefer.  As you read or watch this speech, consider:  what element of the rhetorical triangle can you see in this speech?  How do the ideas in this speech relate to our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Then, blog!  On the blog please discuss your observations about the rhetorical triangle and the themes of both President Obama’s speech and Atticus’ summation.

Boo was our neighbor.

May3

Tonight please finish reading  To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Annotate!

Find great passages to discuss in class.

Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night on your vocabulary flashcards.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of ourMockingbird assessment.

As it was we were compelled to hold our heads high and be, respectively, a gentleman and a lady.

May2

Tonight please read chapters 24, 25, and 26 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Annotate!

Find great passages to discuss in class.

Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night on your vocabulary flashcards.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of ourMockingbird assessment.

“…it’s because he wants to stay inside.”

May1

Tonight please read chapters 21, 22, and 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Annotate!

Find great passages to discuss in class.

Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night on your vocabulary flashcards.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of ourMockingbird assessment.

“He’s the same in the courtroom as he is on the public streets.”

April30

Tonight please read chapters 18, 19, and 20 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Keep annotating!

Review those flash cards!  Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night, once or twice on the words.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of our Mockingbird assessment.

“I’ll tell him you said hey, little lady.”

April27

Tonight please read chapters 15, 16, and 17 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Keep annotating!

Review those flash cards!  Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night, once or twice on the words.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of our Mockingbird assessment.

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