Senior Assignments, Spring Semester 2012

Senior Assignments
Spring Semester 2012

DateAgendaAIMHomework Assignment
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012: 1. Book collections.

2. Fun Activity: Write your Senior Will. Begin it with the following: "I, ___________, being of ______________mind, and ______________body, bequeath...

3. Gifts of Flattery

4. Final Words/Reflections

How will students effectively reflect on their years of high school and prepare for the college years? Good luck on your Regents Exams! See you at graduation! In the future, pursue your passions, follow your heart, work hard, be kind to others (especially when it's not easy), do what's right and make the world a better place!

It was a GREAT pleasure being your teacher for your last semester of high school. All the best to you in college!

Monday, June 11th, 2012: ALL REMAINING GRADUATION SPEECHES!

*Return all borrowed books.

How can we effectively finish senior year English? Read for pleasure and challenge!
Friday, June 8th, 2012: SENIOR BBQ How can we effectively eat a lot and bond with our fellow graduating seniors? ALL OWED HW ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE BY THE END OF TODAY, UNLESS YOU STILL HAVE TO PRESENT YOUR GRADUATION SPEECH (THEN YOU WILL PRESENT ON MONDAY!).

PLEASE RETURN ALL BORROWED BOOKS ON MONDAY, JUNE 11th!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present graduation speeches? ALL OWED HW ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE BY THIS FRIDAY (the last day of the semester!)!.

PLEASE RETURN ALL BORROWED BOOKS ON MONDAY, JUNE 11th!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present graduation speeches? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th (all remaining speeches!):
  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due date given in class). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats. Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Monday, June 4th, 2012: SPEECH PRESENTATIONS, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric. How can we effectively present graduation speeches? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH/WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th (specific date assigned in class):
  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due date given in class). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Friday, June 1st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Practice speech delivery, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric, in small groups. Focus on eye contact, gesturing, posture, energy/enthusiasm, and vocal intonation. Continue writing the graduation speech. Practice speech delivery again.

    2. Speech presentations

    How can we effectively prepare for speech presentations? DUE THIS COMING MONDAY, JUNE 4TH/TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH/WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th (date assigned in class):
  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due date given in class). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Thursday, May 31st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Practice speech delivery, using the Graduation Speech Grading Rubric, in small groups. Focus on eye contact, gesturing, posture, energy/enthusiasm, and vocal intonation. Continue writing the graduation speech. Practice speech delivery again.

    2. Speech presentations

    How can we effectively prepare for speech presentations? DUE TOMORROW (for students who are assigned or have chosen to present early)/NEXT MONDAY, JUNE 4TH/TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH/WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th (date assigned in class):
  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due date given in class). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish introducing the graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due Monday, June 4th/Tuesday, June 5th/Wednesday, June 6th). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.

    2. Work Period: Work on speech composition and delivery.

    How can we effectively prepare for speech presentations? DUE NEXT MONDAY, JUNE 4TH/TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH/WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th (date assigned in class):
  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due date given in class). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Tuesday, May 29th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Macbeth Performances (extra credit!), using the Grading Sheet for Macbeth Scenes. Present one of these chosen scenes, from one of the following: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters).

    2. Reflections: Reflect on the freshman mentoring with Ms. Kaso's class. Was this goal-setting pairing helpful? Will it lead to long-term changes?

    3. Introduce the graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due Monday, June 4th/Tuesday, June 5th). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by interpreting scenes in theatrical performances and how can we help freshman students with goal-setting? DUE NEXT MONDAY, JUNE 4TH/TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH:
  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due Monday, June 4th/Tuesday, June 5th). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Friday, May 25th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Work in Macbeth scene groups. Apply the Grading Sheet for Macbeth Scenes. Read aloud chosen scene, from one of the following: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). Choose roles. Determine director's vision, character roles, character depictions (including identities, physical, emotional and costume choices), props, stage scenery, spatial choices, music, lighting and sound choices. Make arrangements for group practice on your own time!

    2. Work Period: Work with Ms. Kaso's freshman class to help her students improve their success in high school. AP students will find a freshman buddy, and the AP students will help their freshman buddies with the Goals Sheet. Freshman students will interview their senior student buddies (based on a worksheet given in class). Students may choose to exchange contact information (email address/facebook friendship) to continue this goal-setting.

    3. Reflections: Was this goal-setting pairing helpful? Will it lead to long-term changes?

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by interpreting scenes in theatrical performances and how can we help freshman students with goal-setting? DATE CHANGE: DUE THIS COMING TUESDAY, MAY 29th:
    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY (value: up to 50 points on the 3rd marking period quiz and homework grades!):
  • PERFORM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SCENES CHOSEN IN CLASS: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I Scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). (Editing must be part of the process; what should be included and what should be excluded? Remember, each scene must be performed under 5 minutes): Student performers should stage the scenes, using props, stage directions, physical and emotional choices to enhance the performances, clear spatial relationships (actors close together or far apart), different levels (ground, middle, air), a director's theme/vision (Examples: Angels and Devils, Superheroes and Villains, Vampires, Jersey Shore, etc.), make the scene location come to life, add lighting and/or sound. YOU WILL BE GRADED AS A GROUP ON THE FOLLOWING: GRADING SHEET FOR YOUR MACBETH SCENE.

    LOOKING AHEAD:

  • You will be writing your own graduation speech, which is worth 20% of the 3rd marking period (due Monday, June 4th/Tuesday, June 5th). See the sample graduation speeches to guide you, since you will be following their formats (we will discuss all of the components of a graduation speech next week). Refer to the grading rubric--Graduation Speech Grading Rubric for requirements.
  • Thursday, May 24th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Work in Macbeth scene groups. Apply the Grading Sheet for Macbeth Scenes. Read aloud chosen scene, from one of the following: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). Choose roles. Determine director's vision, character roles, character depictions (including identities, physical, emotional and costume choices), props, stage scenery, spatial choices, music, lighting and sound choices. Make arrangements for group practice on your own time!

    2. Work Period: Work with Ms. Kaso's freshman class to help her students improve their success in high school. AP students will find a freshman buddy, and the AP students will help their freshman buddies with the Goals Sheet. Students may choose to exchange contact information (email address/facebook friendship) to continue this goal-setting.

    3. Reflections: Was this goal-setting pairing helpful? Will it lead to long-term changes?

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by interpreting scenes in theatrical performances and how can we help freshman students with goal-setting? TOMORROW, Friday (May 25th), we will be meeting with Ms. Kaso's freshman class to help her students improve their success in high school. All senior students need to attend this important class (this will be 15% of your 3rd marking period!). PLEASE COME TO CLASS IN A TIMELY MANNER. We will use the Goals Sheet to help the freshmen determine their goals, identify obstacles from preventing the achievement of those goals, and steps to take to ensure those goals are achieved.

    Make up owed HW:
    DUE MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; -10 points each day late)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HERE'S A SAMPLE WORKS CITED (do not use this since it's not one of the texts that we are using):
    WORKS CITED Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623. New York: Barron's, 1986. Print.

    DATE CHANGE: DUE NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 29th:
    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY (value: up to 50 points on the 3rd marking period quiz and homework grades!):

  • PERFORM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SCENES CHOSEN IN CLASS: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I Scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). (Editing must be part of the process; what should be included and what should be excluded? Remember, each scene must be performed under 5 minutes): Student performers should stage the scenes, using props, stage directions, physical and emotional choices to enhance the performances, clear spatial relationships (actors close together or far apart), different levels (ground, middle, air), a director's theme/vision (Examples: Angels and Devils, Superheroes and Villains, Vampires, Jersey Shore, etc.), make the scene location come to life, add lighting and/or sound. YOU WILL BE GRADED AS A GROUP ON THE FOLLOWING: GRADING SHEET FOR YOUR MACBETH SCENE.
  • Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Continue acting exercises: Tongue twisters, vocal projections, and tableaus--Statues (acting exercise to show such relationships as the following: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and Macbeth and Banquo). Tableaus (statues) for some of the following emotions and situations--anger, lonely, brave, jealous, loyal, two-faced, crazy, in love, drunk, revenge, forgiveness, king/queen, ghost, monster, you forgot your homework, and you just won the lottery. Tableaus will include one person, two persons, and three persons. Use all muscles of your body and different levels (low, center, and high). Take up as much or as little space as possible. Students will make a sound machine (each student adding a new sound to the class machine). Stop/Go Activity: Students will walk around the room with "Go" and freeze in place with "Stop." Then, the rules will change. "Stop" will signify walk and "Go" will signify freeze. Then, "Stop" will signify walk forwards and "Go" will signify walk backwards. This activity will show that physical activity can have different meanings and the rules can change at any time. Students will use these exercises in their acting performances.

    2. Work Period: Work in Macbeth scene groups. Apply the Grading Sheet for Macbeth Scenes. Read aloud chosen scene, from one of the following: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). Choose roles. Determine director's vision, character roles, character depictions (including identities, physical, emotional and costume choices), props, stage scenery, spatial choices, music, lighting and sound choices. Make arrangements for group practice on your own time!

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by interpreting scenes in theatrical performances? Make up owed HW:
    DUE MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; -10 points each day late)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HERE'S A SAMPLE WORKS CITED (do not use this since it's not one of the texts that we are using):
    WORKS CITED Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623. New York: Barron's, 1986. Print.

    DATE CHANGE: DUE NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 29th:
    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY (value: up to 50 points on the 3rd marking period quiz and homework grades!):

  • PERFORM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SCENES CHOSEN IN CLASS: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I Scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). (Editing must be part of the process; what should be included and what should be excluded? Remember, each scene must be performed under 5 minutes): Student performers should stage the scenes, using props, stage directions, physical and emotional choices to enhance the performances, clear spatial relationships (actors close together or far apart), different levels (ground, middle, air), a director's theme/vision (Examples: Angels and Devils, Superheroes and Villains, Vampires, Jersey Shore, etc.), make the scene location come to life, add lighting and/or sound. YOU WILL BE GRADED AS A GROUP ON THE FOLLOWING: GRADING SHEET FOR YOUR MACBETH SCENE.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Choose Macbeth scene groups. Review the Grading Sheet for Macbeth Scenes.

    2. Acting Exercises: Begin tableaus--Statues (acting exercise to show such relationships as the following: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and Macbeth and Banquo). Tableaus (statues) for some of the following emotions and situations--anger, lonely, brave, jealous, loyal, two-faced, crazy, in love, drunk, revenge, forgiveness, king/queen, ghost, monster, you forgot your homework, and you just won the lottery. Tableaus will include one person, two persons, and three persons. Use all muscles of your body and different levels (low, center, and high). Take up as much or as little space as possible. Students will make a sound machine (each student adding a new sound to the class machine). Stop/Go Activity: Students will walk around the room with "Go" and freeze in place with "Stop." Then, the rules will change. "Stop" will signify walk and "Go" will signify freeze. Then, "Stop" will signify walk forwards and "Go" will signify walk backwards. This activity will show that physical activity can have different meanings and the rules can change at any time. Students will use these exercises in their acting performances.

    3. Read aloud chosen scene, from one of the following: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). Choose roles. Determine director's vision, character roles, character depictions (including identities, physical, emotional and costume choices), props, stage scenery, spatial choices, music, lighting and sound choices. Make arrangements for group practice on your own time!

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by interpreting scenes in theatrical performances? DUE YESTERDAY, MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; -10 points each day late)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HERE'S A SAMPLE WORKS CITED (do not use this since it's not one of the texts that we are using):
    WORKS CITED Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623. New York: Barron's, 1986. Print.

    DATE CHANGE: DUE NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 29th:
    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY (value: up to 50 points on the 3rd marking period quiz and homework grades!):

  • PERFORM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SCENES CHOSEN IN CLASS: 1.) Act I, Scene III (pp. 17-21; 7 characters), 2.) Act I Scene VII (pp. 41-45; 2 characters), 3.) Act II, Scene II (pp. 55-61; 2 characters), 4.) Act III, Scene IV (pp. 99-103; 5 characters), 5.) Act IV, Scene III (bottom of p. 153 (starting at line 240)-p. 157; 3 characters), 6.) Act V, Scene I (pp. 161-165; 3 characters), 7.) Act V, Scene VIII (pp. 185-191; 5 characters). (Editing must be part of the process; what should be included and what should be excluded? Remember, each scene must be performed under 5 minutes): Student performers should stage the scenes, using props, stage directions, physical and emotional choices to enhance the performances, clear spatial relationships (actors close together or far apart), different levels (ground, middle, air), a director's theme/vision (Examples: Angels and Devils, Superheroes and Villains, Vampires, Jersey Shore, etc.), make the scene location come to life, add lighting and/or sound. YOU WILL BE GRADED AS A GROUP ON THE FOLLOWING: GRADING SHEET FOR YOUR MACBETH SCENE.
  • Monday, May 21st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Reflect on the writing process of your FINAL PAPER. What was successful? What challenges did you encounter?

    *Turn in your FINAL PAPER with the grading rubric and all writing process materials.

    2. Discuss/Share the writing process and how you felt about the FINAL PAPER.

    3. Choose Macbeth scene groups. Introduce the Grading Sheet for Macbeth Scenes.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring characters' purpose in their lives and its significance to the play as a whole? DUE TODAY, MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade; -10 points each day late)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HERE'S A SAMPLE WORKS CITED (do not use this since it's not one of the texts that we are using):
    WORKS CITED Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623. New York: Barron's, 1986. Print.

    Friday, May 18th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Work on thesis statement for the FINAL PAPER. Freewrite one full page on the thesis statement. When finished, work on the introductory paragraph.

    Show OR make up HW: Identify six quotes (three from each of the works of literature that you've chosen from your paper) that support characters that are searching for meaning in their lives and influence the novel/play as a whole. Introduce each quote and interpret each quote in your own words and connect to the essay question.

    Check out the works of literature that you will use for the FINAL PAPER.

    2. Work Period: Work on preparation for FINAL PAPER.

    3. Discuss/Share the writing process and how you are searching for meaning in your life.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring characters' purpose in their lives and its significance to the play as a whole? DUE THIS MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    HERE'S A SAMPLE WORKS CITED (do not use this since it's not one of the texts that we are using):
    WORKS CITED Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. 1623. New York: Barron's, 1986. Print.

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, May 17th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Work on thesis statement for the FINAL PAPER. Freewrite one full page on the thesis statement. When finished, work on the introductory paragraph.

    Show OR make up HW: Identify six quotes (three from each of the works of literature that you've chosen from your paper) that support characters that are searching for meaning in their lives and influence the novel/play as a whole. Introduce each quote and interpret each quote in your own words and connect to the essay question.

    Check out the works of literature that you will use for the FINAL PAPER.

    2. Work Period: Work on preparation for FINAL PAPER.

    3. Discuss/Share the writing process and how you are searching for meaning in your life.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring characters' purpose in their lives and its significance to the play as a whole? DUE THIS COMING MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, May 16th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Work on thesis statement for the FINAL PAPER. Freewrite one full page on the thesis statement. When finished, work on the introductory paragraph.

    Show HW: Identify six quotes (three from each of the works of literature that you've chosen from your paper) that support characters that are searching for meaning in their lives and influence the novel/play as a whole. Introduce each quote and interpret each quote in your own words and connect to the essay question.

    Check out the works of literature that you will use for the FINAL PAPER.

    2. Work Period: Work on preparation for FINAL PAPER.

    3. Discuss/Share the writing process and how you are searching for meaning in your life.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring characters' purpose in their lives and its significance to the play as a whole? DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, May 15th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish introducing FINAL PAPER (see HW section for details).

    2. Work Period: Identify six quotes (three from each of the works of literature that you've chosen from your paper) that support characters that are searching for meaning in their lives and influence the novel/play as a whole. Introduce each quote and interpret each quote in your own words and connect to the essay question.

    Check out the works of literature that you will use for the FINAL PAPER.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring characters' purpose in their lives and its significance to the play as a whole? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 16th:
  • Identify SIX quotes from your two works of literature (which you will use for your paper). Write these quotes on the index cards (provided in class today). On the back of the index cards, introduce the quote and analyze the quote in detail in connection to the Final Paper Question(u>How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole.).

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive, thrive, perish and/or influence others because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, May 14th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Answer the following questions on Macbeth and be ready to share: What is Shakespeare's message to his audience? Why is a Shakespearean play important to read for a high school student today? Identify elements of Macbeth that are believable and other elements that are not believable. How did Macbeth find purpose and meaning in his life? Why is this purpose and meaning important to the play as a whole? What did you like most about Macbeth and why?

    2. Introduce FINAL PAPER (see HW section for details). Brainstorm characters in the works of literature read this semester that found purpose and meaning in their lives, for better or for worse.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring characters' purpose in their lives and its significance to the play as a whole? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 15th:
  • Choose two works of literature from two of the following works we studied this semester: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth. These two works of literature will be the focus of your final paper. Be ready to check out these works of literature tomorrow.

    DUE NEXT MONDAY, MAY 21st:
    FINAL PAPER (50% of your 3rd marking period grade)=Viktor Frankl, the author of Man's Search for Meaning, was a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and documented in his writing that human beings cannot choose the course of their lives, but instead can choose how they deal with their experiences, both the joys and sufferings. Frankl argued that people's primary drives are to find purpose and meaning in their lives. HERE'S YOUR PAPER QUESTION: How do characters in two works of literature (choose two characters from two of the following: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Metamorphosis and Macbeth) find meaning in their lives? Explain how these characters' searches and achievements of meaning contribute to the works as a whole. You may choose to examine how these characters survive and thrive because of what they find personally meaningful. You should cite evidence from the works to support your answer to the essay question. You should have FOUR to EIGHT quotes (1-2 quotes per typed page). Do NOT summarize the plot. Do NOT use any form of you (your, our, we, etc.) OR I (me, my, mine, etc.). IF you passed BOTH 1st and 2nd marking period, your paper should be 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. IF you failed at least one marking period, your paper should be 7-10 pages to be offered the opportunity to pass the semester. Quotes should be properly inserted in your paper (here's a resource on using proper in-text citation). Here's an example: Winston said, "Down with Big Brother" (Orwell 53). Also, include a Works Cited at the end of your paper (here's a great Works Cited Resource, proper heading and page format (here's a Sample Paper with a Proper Heading and Page Format, an original title, a clear thesis statement (which addresses the paper focus) in your introduction, and a paper that follows the categories of audience & expression, organization & structure, development, sentence structure & word choice, and grammar & mechanics. Use this Grading Rubric to guide you in composing a successful paper.

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, May 11th, 2012: Work Period: Answer the following questions on Macbeth and be ready to share on Monday: What is Shakespeare's message to his audience? Why is a Shakespearean play important to read for a high school student today? Identify elements of Macbeth that are believable and other elements that are not believable. What did you like most about Macbeth and why? How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements and their significance to the play as a whole? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012: 1. DO NOW: Discuss Acts IV and V in Macbeth. Focus on evidence of the themes of deception/false appearances, guilt and morality and the literary elements of imagery, diction and foreshadowing. Discuss the following: In Act III, Macbeth began his downfall with the murder of Banquo and the encountering of Banquo's ghost. Act IV is the start of Macbeth's spiraling downfall. Act IV opens with the witches and their famous lines, "Double, double toil and trouble; / Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." Why does Macbeth believe the witches' prophecy that no man born of a woman will harm him and the warning to be careful of Macduff? In Act IV, Scene I, Macbeth makes his plan to continue to murder--to kill Macduff's family. What are some examples of imagery and diction that foreshadow Macbeth's demise and Malcolm's ascent? In Act V, why is Lady Macbeth's downfall significant to the play? What is Shakespeare's message to his audience? What diction is foreshadowing Macbeth's demise in Act V? Why doesn't Macbeth have a real reaction to his wife's death?

    2. Take notes on the Do Now.

    3. Quiz returns

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements and their significance to the play as a whole? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2012: 1. DO NOW: Quiz on all of Macbeth. Show HW: Study Guide, which includes the themes of deception/false appearances, guilt and morality and the literary elements of imagery, diction and foreshadowing.

    2. Review the answers to the quiz.

    How can we effectively prove our reading/analysis of Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements and their significance to the play as a whole? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2012: 1. DO NOW: Discuss the summary of Acts II and III of Macbeth. Refer to evidence from Acts II and III that support the themes of deception/false appearances, guilt and morality and the literary elements of imagery, diction and foreshadowing. Take notes.

    2. Prepare for the HW: take notes on the following--Evidence of Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, Morality, Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. Identify how these themes and literary devices are used in the play to contribute to the story as a whole. Identify specific evidence to support each of your findings.

    How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements in Acts II and III? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th:
  • Read all of Macbeth--Acts I-V (play provided in class).
  • Compose a two-page (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font) study guide on the thematic focus and analytical focus. Your study guide must include cited references to the play to support the thematic focus and the analytical focus. The thematic focus includes the following: Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, and Morality. Analytical Focus includes: Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. For both the thematic and analytical focus, please include why these themes and literary terms are important to the play's storyline as a whole. Study guide will be worth 15% of your 3rd term grade. **For each day late, you will have -10 points deducted. Punctuality is important!
  • Quiz on Macbeth. Quiz will be worth 10% of your 3rd term grade.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, May 7th, 2012: 1. DO NOW: Discuss the summary of Act I of Macbeth. Take notes.

    2. Prepare for the HW: take notes on the following--Evidence of Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, Morality, Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. Identify how these themes and literary devices are used in the play to contribute to the story as a whole. Identify specific evidence to support each of your findings.

    How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements in Act I? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MAY 8th:
  • Be ready to discuss Acts II and III in Macbeth, focusing on evidence of the study guide themes and literary elements.

    DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th:

  • Read Macbeth (play provided in class).
  • Compose a two-page (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font) study guide on the thematic focus and analytical focus. Your study guide must include cited references to the play to support the thematic focus and the analytical focus. The thematic focus includes the following: Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, and Morality. Analytical Focus includes: Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. For both the thematic and analytical focus, please include why these themes and literary terms are important to the play's storyline as a whole. Study guide will be worth 15% of your 3rd term grade.
  • Quiz on Macbeth. Quiz will be worth 10% of your 3rd term grade.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, May 4th, 2012: 1. DO NOW: Review HW details.

    2. Work Period: Read, take notes and prepare for the study guide for Macbeth. Take notes on the following: Evidence of Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, Morality, Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. Identify how these themes and literary devices are used in the play to contribute to the story as a whole. Identify specific evidence to support each of your findings.

    How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements? DUE THIS COMING MONDAY, MAY 7th:
  • Be ready to discuss Acts I and II in Macbeth, focusing on the study guide.

    DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th:

  • Read Macbeth (play provided in class).
  • Compose a two-page (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font) study guide on the thematic focus and analytical focus. Your study guide must include cited references to the play to support the thematic focus and the analytical focus. The thematic focus includes the following: Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, and Morality. Analytical Focus includes: Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. For both the thematic and analytical focus, please include why these themes and literary terms are important to the play's storyline as a whole. Study guide will be worth 15% of your 3rd term grade.
  • Quiz on Macbeth. Quiz will be worth 10% of your 3rd term grade.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, May 3rd, 2012: Work Period: Read, take notes and prepare for the study guide for Macbeth. Take notes on the following: Evidence of Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, Morality, Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements? DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th:
  • Read Macbeth (play provided in class).
  • Compose a two-page (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font) study guide on the thematic focus and analytical focus. Your study guide must include cited references to the play to support the thematic focus and the analytical focus. The thematic focus includes the following: Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, and Morality. Analytical Focus includes: Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. For both the thematic and analytical focus, please include why these themes and literary terms are important to the play's storyline as a whole. Study guide will be worth 15% of your 3rd term grade.
  • Quiz on Macbeth. Quiz will be worth 10% of your 3rd term grade.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Discuss the Historical, Personal and Literary Connections to Macbeth:
  • AMBITION: Julius Caesar, the title character of a Shakespearean play set in ancient Rome, was also a military commander, like Macbeth, who was consumed by ambition and died because of it. What other great leaders in history or fiction fell to ruin, or death, because of their ambition?
  • GUILT: Lady Macbeth repeatedly washes her hands to expiate her guilt. In modern psychology, what is the term used to describe Lady Macbeth's disorder? If you were a psychologist–or a priest–what would you advise Lady Macbeth to do to unburden her conscience?
  • DECEPTION/FALSE APPEARANCES: Lady Macbeth advises her husband to “Look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under it” (Act I, Scene V, Lines 66-67). What things in the modern world present themselves as "innocent flowers" even though they are really "serpents?"

    2. Distribution and Book Receipts of Macbeth

    3. Discuss/Read the opening scenes of Macbeth. How are these scenes typical of Shakespearean style? What literary devices does Shakespeare use? How are the opening scenes relevant to the themes introduced and discussed today(ambition, guilt, deception)?

  • How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic ideas and literary elements? DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th:
  • Read Macbeth (play provided in class).
  • Compose a two-page (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font) study guide on the thematic focus and analytical focus. Your study guide must include cited references to the play to support the thematic focus and the analytical focus. The thematic focus includes the following: Deception/False Appearances, Guilt, and Morality. Analytical Focus includes: Imagery, Diction and Foreshadowing. For both the thematic and analytical focus, please include why these themes and literary terms are important to the play's storyline as a whole. Study guide will be worth 15% of your 3rd term grade.
  • Quiz on Macbeth. Quiz will be worth 10% of your 3rd term grade.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, May 1st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish sharing Thematic Ideas in Macbeth: Do you agree or disagree with each statement? State your reasons why.
    1.) Behind every great man is a great woman (every great man is supported, guided, helped and even pushed by a great woman).
    2.) Witches, demons, and evil spirits actually exist.
    3.) Sometimes it is necessary to do something wrong to get what you want.
    4.) What goes around comes around (karma).
    5.) Human beings are easily tempted by things they want, even if it’s wrong.
    6.) If someone feels that the ruler/s of his/her country is destroying the country, that person should try to overthrow the ruler/s.
    7.) There are circumstances or events that justify murdering someone.
    8.) Success is worth any price you have to pay.
    9.) Kings are appointed by God, and they rule as His representatives on Earth.
    10.) Your astrological forecast (your horoscope) is a good indicator of how your day will go.

    2. Historical, Personal and Literary Connections to Macbeth:

  • AMBITION: Julius Caesar, the title character of a Shakespearean play set in ancient Rome, was also a military commander, like Macbeth, who was consumed by ambition and died because of it. What other great leaders in history or fiction fell to ruin, or death, because of their ambition?
  • GUILT: Lady Macbeth repeatedly washes her hands to expiate her guilt. In modern psychology, what is the term used to describe Lady Macbeth's disorder? If you were a psychologist–or a priest–what would you advise Lady Macbeth to do to unburden her conscience?
  • DECEPTION/FALSE APPEARANCES: Lady Macbeth advises her husband to “Look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under it” (Act I, Scene V, Lines 66-67). What things in the modern world present themselves as "innocent flowers" even though they are really "serpents?"
  • How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic statements?
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, April 30th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Brainstorm Thematic Ideas in Macbeth: Do you agree or disagree with each statement? State your reasons why.
    1.) Behind every great man is a great woman (every great man is supported, guided, helped and even pushed by a great woman).
    2.) Witches, demons, and evil spirits actually exist.
    3.) Sometimes it is necessary to do something wrong to get what you want.
    4.) What goes around comes around (karma).
    5.) Human beings are easily tempted by things they want, even if it’s wrong.
    6.) If someone feels that the ruler/s of his/her country is destroying the country, that person should try to overthrow the ruler/s.
    7.) There are circumstances or events that justify murdering someone.
    8.) Success is worth any price you have to pay.
    9.) Kings are appointed by God, and they rule as His representatives on Earth.
    10.) Your astrological forecast (your horoscope) is a good indicator of how your day will go.

    2. Discuss/Share Do Now answers.

    How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by exploring thematic statements?
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, April 27th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Continue Note-taking on Shakespeare's life and times. What prior knowledge do you have? Let's access it, discuss and share.

    2. Add to Shakespeare's notes by introducing his literary works (poetry and plays; identify similarities among them) and his style (iambic pentameter, rhyme scheme, figurative language, religious references, etc.).

    3. Thematic Ideas in Macbeth: Do you agree or disagree with each statement? State your reasons why.
    1.) Behind every great man is a great woman (every great man is supported, guided, helped and even pushed by a great woman).
    2.) Witches, demons, and evil spirits actually exist.
    3.) Sometimes it is necessary to do something wrong to get what you want.
    4.) What goes around comes around (karma).
    5.) Human beings are easily tempted by things they want, even if it’s wrong.
    6.) If someone feels that the ruler/s of his/her country is destroying the country, that person should try to overthrow the ruler/s.
    7.) There are circumstances or events that justify murdering someone.
    8.) Success is worth any price you have to pay.
    9.) Kings are appointed by God, and they rule as His representatives on Earth.
    10.) Your astrological forecast (your horoscope) is a good indicator of how your day will go.

    How can we effectively prepare to read Macbeth by learning about the life and times of William Shakespeare and explore thematic statements?
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, April 26th, 2012: 1. Do Now: What do Kafka, Wilde and Shakespeare all have in common? Brainstorm. Answers may include the following: they were all brave to write about controversial or daring subjects, they all were European authors (Wilde and Shakespeare were English and Kafka was German), and they all are universal (exceed time and space).

    2. Note-taking on Shakespeare's life and times. What prior knowledge do you have? Let's access it, discuss and share.

    How can we effectively understand and identify comparisons between three brilliant authors, Kafka, Wilde and Shakespeare, and prepare to read Macbeth by learning about the life and times of William Shakespeare? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW--2nd marking period ends TOMORROW, Friday.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, April 25th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish reviewing the answers to novella's questions. Consider Kafka's reasons for the ending. What is Kafka's message to his readers?

    2. How is the human experience universal (exceeds the bounds of time and space) in this novella? Answers up for discussion: disdain for one's job, commitment to parents/family obligations, commitment to work/job (we are a 'slave to the man'), desire to be useful in society, turn to religion in times of difficulty, the feeling that no one understands you, the need to please others,

    *Some other issues concerning the stages of human growth that are mentioned in this novella include: Society and the Individual, What Drives Human Behavior, and Pursuit of Dreams and Goals

    3. Return the novellas.

    4. What do Kafka, Wilde and Shakespeare all have in common? Brainstorm. Answers may include the following: they were all brave to write about controversial or daring subjects, they all were European authors (Wilde and Shakespeare were English and Kafka was German), and they all are universal (exceed time and space).

    5. Note-taking on Shakespeare's life and times. What prior knowledge do you have? Let's access it.

    How can we effectively prove our study of The Metamorphosis in connection to universal themes? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW--2nd marking period ends this Friday.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, April 24th, 2012: 1. Do Now: QUIZ on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (quiz value=10% of 2nd marking period). Show your HW: Answer, in complete sentences, all of the novella's questions (15% of 2nd marking period).

    2. Review answers to novella's questions.

    How can we effectively prove our study of The Metamorphosis in multiple assessments? RETURN THE METAMORPHOSIS TOMORROW!

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW--2nd marking period ends this Friday.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, April 23rd (Shakespeare's Birthday), 2012: 1. Do Now: Honoring Shakespeare--what is he famous for? Share famous facts about his life, his language style, his plays and his sonnets.

    2. Sharing of Famous Shakespearean Quotes.

    3. Shakespeare's birthday party

    How can we honor Shakespeare's birthday? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 24th:
  • Read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Answer, in complete sentences, all of the novella's questions (15% of 2nd marking period).
  • QUIZ on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (quiz value=10% of 2nd marking period).

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, April 20th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Read and discuss pp. 3-4 in the study guide for The Metamorphosis.

    2. Discuss/Share the following:

  • What might be some positive aspects of Gregor's metamorphosis?
  • How does the publication year of this novella (1915) reveal its time period in the storyline?
  • What are the top five rules for creating and maintaining a healthy family life?

    3. Shakespeare's birthday party reminders

  • How can we prepare to read Kafka's The Metamorphosis? DUE NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 24th:
  • Read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Answer, in complete sentences, all of the novella's questions (15% of 2nd marking period).
  • QUIZ on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (quiz value=10% of 2nd marking period).

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, April 19th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Discuss the answers to the following questions: Based on the bio of FRANZ KAFKA, the author of The Metamorphosis, what do you believe were society's expectations for him? What sacrifices did Kafka have to make? How did he feel alienated? What do you believe were Kafka's dreams/goals? How are those themes (society's expectations, sacrifice, pursuit of dreams, and alienation) revealed in the opening of his novella? What is the tone of his novella right from the beginning, in the opening pages? What are some other literary terms revealed in the opening pages (besides tone and theme)? Identify evidence from the opening pages to support your answers.

    2. Read "First they came..." poem to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

    How can we prepare to read Kafka's The Metamorphosis? DUE NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 24th:
  • Read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Answer, in complete sentences, all of the novella's questions (15% of 2nd marking period).
  • QUIZ on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (quiz value=10% of 2nd marking period).

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, April 18th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Based on the bio of FRANZ KAFKA, the author of The Metamorphosis, what do you believe were society's expectations for him? What sacrifices did Kafka have to make? How did he feel alienated? What do you believe were Kafka's dreams/goals? How are those themes (society's expectations, sacrifice, pursuit of dreams, and alienation) revealed in the opening of his novella? What is the tone of his novella right from the beginning, in the opening pages? What are some other literary terms revealed in the opening pages (besides tone and theme)? Identify evidence from the opening pages to support your answers.

    2. Plan for Shakespeare's birthday party: Monday, April 23rd. What would be most appropriate to honor his birthday?

    How can we prepare to read Kafka's The Metamorphosis? DUE NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 24th:
  • Read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Answer, in complete sentences, all of the novella's questions (15% of 2nd marking period).
  • QUIZ on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (quiz value=10% of 2nd marking period).

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Review FRANZ KAFKA, the author of The Metamorphosis. What can you anticipate in his novella? What does he have in common with Oscar Wilde? Examine Kafka's birthplace, Prague in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (see today's map: Eastern European Countries).

    2. Check out the novella, The Metamorphosis.

    3. Introduce HW.

    How can we prepare to read Kafka's The Metamorphosis? DUE NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 24th:
  • Read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Answer, in complete sentences, all of the novella's questions (15% of 2nd marking period).
  • QUIZ on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (quiz value=10% of 2nd marking period).

    MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, April 16th, 2012: 1. Do Now: EXAM RETURNS and REVIEW. Identify a favorite quote from the novel. RETURN YOUR COPY OF THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.

    2. Introduce FRANZ KAFKA, the author of The Metamorphosis. What can you anticipate in his novella? What does he have in common with Oscar Wilde?

    How can we prepare to read Kafka's The Metamorphosis? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Share connections between Oscar Wilde's biography and the plot and characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray:
  • Basil's and Lord Henry's obsession with Dorian Gray (pp. 12-13; p. 49)=Wilde's obsession with Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas
  • Lord Henry's anti-marriage (p. 51)=Wilde's bad experience with marriage
  • Basil's desire to keep his feelings for Dorian private (p. 13)=Wilde's need to keep his love for Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas private
  • Dorian's love for Sibyl (p. 55)=Wilde's love for his wife (both based on intellectual attraction)
  • Dorian's sins to be private, only shown on the painting (p. 100, p. 110, p. 122)=Wilde's sins hidden when married
  • Rumors spread in London about Dorian's exploits/sins (p. 145, p. 154)=Wilde is being gossiped about and trashed because of his homosexual activities

    2. Discuss/Analyze Do Now comparisons between the novel and the author's life. Why do you believe Wilde wrote this novel? What was his purpose? What were his messages? Refer to haunting sins, the desire to cleanse one's sins/repentance, illusion of appearances, societal expectations of marriage, city (corruption) vs. country (serenity and goodness), the value of pleasure-seeking, the value of facade, the desire for deception, and the value of literary knowledge. What literary devices does Wilde use to tell his story?

    3. Identify your favorite quote(s) from the novel and explain their personal resonance and/or significance.

  • How can we examine values and messages in The Picture of Dorian Gray, as revealed through a comparison to Oscar Wilde's life? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW. IF YOU NEVER FINISHED THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, FINISH IT OVER THE VACATION! You will need it at the end of the semester!!


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, April 4th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Examine Oscar Wilde's biography and the plot and characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Basil's and Lord Henry's obsession with Dorian Gray (pp. 12-13; p. 49)=Wilde's obsession with Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas
  • Lord Henry's anti-marriage (p. 51)=Wilde's bad experience with marriage
  • Basil's desire to keep his feelings for Dorian private (p. 13)=Wilde's need to keep his love for Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas private
  • Dorian's love for Sibyl (p. 55)=Wilde's love for his wife (both based on intellectual attraction)
  • Dorian's sins to be private, only shown on the painting (p. 100, p. 110, p. 122)=Wilde's sins hidden when married
  • Rumors spread in London about Dorian's exploits/sins (p. 145, p. 154)=Wilde is being gossiped about and trashed because of his homosexual activities

    2. Discuss/Analyze Do Now comparisons between the novel and the author's life. Why do you believe Wilde wrote this novel? What was his purpose? What were his messages?

    3. Identify your favorite quote(s) from the novel and explain their personal resonance and/or significance.

  • How can we examine values and messages in The Picture of Dorian Gray, as revealed through a comparison to Oscar Wilde's life? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW. IF YOU NEVER FINISHED THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, FINISH IT OVER THE VACATION! You will need it at the end of the semester!!


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012: EXAM on The Picture of Dorian Gray (this exam is worth 30% of 2nd marking period). You may use your notes and the novel. How can we examine values in The Picture of Dorian Gray, as revealed through Oscar Wilde's life and Victorian society? MAKE UP ANY OWED HW.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, April 2nd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Review answers to the quiz on the reading of Chapters III-V (pp. 34-76) in The Picture of Dorian Gray

    2. Group discussion on the following: evidence of Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you. Discuss the following question: What are valued ideals and qualities in the novel? Find evidence to support these values.

    How can we examine values in The Picture of Dorian Gray, as revealed through Oscar Wilde's life and Victorian society? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd:
  • Read ALL of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annotate with a purpose. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you.
  • EXAM (30% of 2nd marking period) (in-class writing exam). You may use your notes and the novel.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, March 29th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Quiz on the reading of Chapters III-V (pp. 34-76) in The Picture of Dorian Gray

    2. Group sharing of the analysis of the following meaningful quotes in Chapters I and II. You will identify the speaker, the plot surrounding the quote, the characters involved, foreshadowing of future events, life lessons that you can connect to today's society, the author's intentions, and connections to the author's autobiography.

  • "You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages" (Wilde, p. 8).
  • "I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anyone else in the world" (Wilde, p. 11).
  • "Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul" (Wilde, p. 20).
  • "He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression, or when some thought that terrifies us lays sudden siege to the brain and calls on us to yield" (Wilde, p. 25).
  • "Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever" (Wilde, p. 26).
  • "Man is many things, but he is not rational" (Wilde, p. 30).
  • "Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say" (Wilde, p. 32).
  • How can we obtain life lessons and understand Wilde's intentions in chapters I-V in The Picture of Dorian Gray? DUE THIS MONDAY, APRIL 2nd:
  • Read Chapters VI-XVII (pp. 77-204) in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you. Be ready to discuss and share in class.

    DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd:

  • Read ALL of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annotate with a purpose. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you.
  • EXAM (30% of 2nd marking period) (in-class writing exam). You may use your notes and the novel.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, March 28th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Introduce the analysis of the following meaningful quotes in chapters I and II. You will identify the speaker, the plot surrounding the quote, the characters involved, foreshadowing of future events, life lessons that you can connect to today's society, the author's intentions, and connections to the author's autobiography.
  • "You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages" (Wilde, p. 8).
  • "I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anyone else in the world" (Wilde, p. 11).
  • "Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul" (Wilde, p. 20).
  • "He watched it with that strange interest in trivial things that we try to develop when things of high import make us afraid, or when we are stirred by some new emotion for which we cannot find expression, or when some thought that terrifies us lays sudden siege to the brain and calls on us to yield" (Wilde, p. 25).
  • "Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever" (Wilde, p. 26).
  • "Man is many things, but he is not rational" (Wilde, p. 30).
  • "Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say" (Wilde, p. 32).

    3. In small groups, discuss and compile your answers to the Do Now.

  • How can we obtain life lessons and understand Wilde's intentions in chapters I and II in The Picture of Dorian Gray? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, MARCH 29th:
  • Read Chapters III-V (pp. 34-76) in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you. Be ready to discuss and share in class.

    DUE MONDAY, APRIL 2nd:

  • Read Chapters VI-XVII (pp. 77-204) in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you. Be ready to discuss and share in class.

    DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd:

  • Read ALL of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annotate with a purpose. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you.
  • EXAM (30% of 2nd marking period) (in-class writing exam). You may use your notes and the novel.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, March 27th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Share yesterday's characterization of an artist. Discuss the following questions: What are his personality traits? What are his thoughts and feelings? What are his actions? What do other people think of an artist?

    2. Discuss/Analyze: For chapters I and II of The Picture of Dorian Gray, discuss the following questions:

  • How is Basil's portrayal as an artist?
  • How does Basil describe Dorian Gray, his subject?
  • What are the messages that Basil expresses about humanity? About art?
  • Identify meaningful quotes in chapters I and II that reveal Wilde's opinions about humanity and any life lessons.

    3. Discuss HW.

  • How can we effectively analyze chapters I and II in The Picture of Dorian Gray, with an emphasis on the artist, his subject and life lessons? DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd:
  • Read The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annotate with a purpose. Take notes on the following: Victorian society's conventions (norms/standards of behavior, which include, but are not limited to the following: different classes of people, marriage between a man and a woman, and art for a purpose), Victorian values (including, but not limited to the following: beauty, youth, morality, reputation, and art), evidence of Oscar Wilde's opinions/life experiences, and any meaningful quotes that hold value to you.
  • EXAM (30% of 2nd marking period) (in-class writing exam). You may use your notes and the novel.


  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, March 26th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Characterize an artist. What are his personality traits? What are his thoughts and feelings? What are his actions? What do other people think of an artist?

    2. For chapter 1 of The Picture of Dorian Gray, answer the following questions:

  • How is Basil's portrayal as an artist?
  • How does Basil describe Dorian Gray, his subject?
  • What are the messages that Basil expresses about humanity? About art?
  • Identify meaningful quotes in chapter 1 that reveal Wilde's opinions about humanity and any life lessons.
  • How can we effectively analyze chapter 1 in The Picture of Dorian Gray, with an emphasis on the artist, his subject and life lessons? DUE TOMORROW, TUESDAY, MARCH 27th:
  • Read chapters 1 and 2 in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • Finish answering today's classwork questions: Characterize an artist. What are his personality traits? What are his thoughts and feelings? What are his actions? What do other people think of an artist? How is Basil's portrayal as an artist? How does Basil describe Dorian Gray, his subject? What are the messages that Basil expresses about humanity? About art? Identify meaningful quotes in chapter 1 that reveal Wilde's opinions about humanity and any life lessons.
  • Be ready to discuss and share your answers.

    DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd:

  • Read The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annotate with a purpose (details TBA).
  • EXAM (30% of 2nd marking period) (details TBA)


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, March 23rd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Share analysis of yesterday's paintings and photos in the Gallery Walk. Share students' answers to the following analytical questions: What were the artists'/photographers' intentions with his art? Identify the five senses that are evoked (called forth) from each work of art. Write a caption.

    2. Distribution of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    How can we effectively analyze current events and artwork to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd:
  • Read The Picture of Dorian Gray. Annotate with a purpose (details TBA).
  • EXAM (30% of 2nd marking period) (details TBA)


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, March 22nd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Debate Review/Reflections

    2. Gallery Walk: Analyze paintings and photos. What were the artists'/photographers' intentions with his art? Identify the five senses that are evoked (called forth) from each work of art. Write a caption.

    3. Class sharing of Gallery Walk analysis.

    How can we effectively analyze current events and artwork to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? Go find a good book and read! Enjoy the journey!


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, March 21st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Using The New York Times article: "Accused G.I. ‘Snapped’ Under Strain, Official Says", engage in debate. Students will be assigned different sides: One side says he should be convicted of the crime (charged as guilty) and the other side says he should not be convicted of the crime (charged as not guilty). Each side will formulate five reasons/arguments to support their side and anticipate five reasons/arguments for the opposition (so as to prepare for the attack/rebuttal).

    2. Debate Review/Reflections

    How can we effectively analyze current events to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? Go find a good book and read! Enjoy the journey!


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, March 20th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Using The New York Times article: "Accused G.I. ‘Snapped’ Under Strain, Official Says", prepare for tomorrow's debate. Students will be assigned different sides: One side says he should be convicted of the crime (charged as guilty) and the other side says he should not be convicted of the crime (charged as not guilty). Each side will formulate five reasons/arguments to support their side and anticipate five reasons/arguments for the opposition (so as to prepare for the attack/rebuttal).

    2. Debate Preparation

    How can we effectively analyze current events to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? Go find a good book and read! Enjoy the journey!


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, March 19th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Referring to the Rutgers spying trial: "No verdict reached in Rutgers webcam spying case after day two of deliberations" from Fox News and The New York Times article: "Accused G.I. ‘Snapped’ Under Strain, Official Says", discuss the following questions: How do these news stories defy societal expectations? How do these news stories characterize the outward appearances and reputations of these accused men? How do the issues of influence and responsibility impact these news stories? Compare (find similarities) and contrast (find differences) these two accused men.

    2. Discuss and analyze the Do Now articles and questions.

    How can we effectively analyze current events to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? Go find a good book and read! Enjoy the journey!


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, March 16th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Update on the Rutgers spying trial: "No verdict reached in Rutgers webcam spying case after day two of deliberations" from Fox News.

    2. Read/Analyze: Read The New York Times article: "Accused G.I. ‘Snapped’ Under Strain, Official Says".

    3. Work Period/Discuss and Analyze: How do these news stories defy societal expectations? How do these news stories characterize the outward appearances and reputations of these accused men? How do the issues of influence and responsibility impact these news stories? Compare (find similarities) and contrast (find differences) these two accused men.

    How can we effectively analyze current events to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? Go find a good book and read! Enjoy the journey!


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, March 15th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Discuss/Analyze Washington Post article, "In closings, 2 views of ex-student charged with NJ webcam spying: ‘kid’ or not ‘good-natured’".

    2. Discuss the following questions: Predict the outcome of this trial and explain your reasoning. What are your perceptions of the Rutgers student on trial? What is shaping your perceptions? How does morality play a role in this case? How does morality play a role in our American, 21st century society? Why is this case getting an international audience? How do American stereotypes of modern-day youth play a role in this case?

    How can we effectively analyze current events to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? MAKE UP OWED HW (the last day of the 1st marking period is TOMORROW, Friday, March 16th):

    THIS WAS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:

  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, March 14th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish discussion of "The Go-Nowhere Generation" editorial article from The New York Times.

    2. FInish discussion of the article in the Do Now. Here are the questions: Do you agree with its content? What was the author's purpose in writing this article? What does this article reveal about America and America's young people? Is the characterization of America's young people accurate? Does this characterization bring pride to parents of these young people? What happened to the young people who were working hard to achieve the American Dream? What are next steps/resolutions to the problems revealed in the article? What makes this article reliable? What is the structure of this article? Examine the organization/flow.

    3. Read Washington Post article, "In closings, 2 views of ex-student charged with NJ webcam spying: ‘kid’ or not ‘good-natured’". Answer the following questions: Predict the outcome of this trial and explain your reasoning. What are your perceptions of the Rutgers student on trial? What is shaping your perceptions? How does morality play a role in this case? How does morality play a role in our American, 21st century society? Why is this case getting an international audience? How do American stereotypes of modern-day youth play a role in this case?

    How can we effectively analyze current events to help us prepare for our study of The Picture of Dorian Gray? MAKE UP OWED HW (the last day of the 1st marking period is THIS Friday, March 16th):

    THIS WAS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:

  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, March 13th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Continue discussion on "The Go-Nowhere Generation" editorial article from The New York Times.

    2. Discuss the article in the Do Now. Do you agree with its content? What was the author's purpose in writing this article? What are next steps/resolutions to the problems revealed in the article? What makes this article reliable? What is the structure of this article? Examine the organization/flow.

    3. Share your thoughts/insights on the article that supports at least one of the themes below:

  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    *Current events to discuss the rest of the week:

  • Does Iran have nuclear weapons?
  • What's the latest in the trial of the Rutgers student accused of video-taping his roommate engaging in a homosexual tryst?
  • How could a housewife be engaged in running a brothel?
  • How can we effectively analyze an editorial for structure, author's purpose, and cause/effect evidence? MAKE UP OWED HW:

    THIS WAS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:

  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, March 12th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Read "The Go-Nowhere Generation" editorial article from The New York Times.

    2. Discuss the article in the Do Now. Do you agree with its content?

    3. Share your thoughts/insights on the article that supports at least one of the themes below:

  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    *Current events to discuss the rest of the week:

  • Does Iran have nuclear weapons?
  • What's the latest in the trial of the Rutgers student accused of video-taping his roommate engaging in a homosexual tryst?
  • How could a housewife be engaged in running a brothel?
  • How can we effectively improve our current event analysis and connection to themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray? MAKE UP OWED HW:

    THIS WAS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:

  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, March 9th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Read "GOP Candidates Sound Off On Why Their Wives Would Make Great First Ladies" from Huffington Post.

    2. Discuss findings from #2. What kind of news organization is the Huffington Post? Left-wing news organization. How does its left-wing status influence your interpretation of the facts in this article? By showcasing the positives of the GOP candidates' wives, the article sends an underlying message that the GOP candidates have deficiencies.

    3. Share your thoughts/insights on current events that support each of the themes below:

  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way (Student volunteer offered that Iran has nuclear weapons)
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises (Student volunteer offered the Rutgers student being on trial for video-taping his roommate engaging in a homosexual tryst)
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior (Student volunteer offered the housewife who was running a brothel)
  • How can we effectively improve our current event analysis and connection to themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray? MAKE UP OWED HW:

    THIS WAS DUE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:

  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, March 8th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Share your thoughts/insights on the TWO current events that you identified to support each of the themes below:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    2. Work Period: Read "Cost of Gene Sequencing Falls, Raising Hopes for Medical Advances", taken from The New York Times. Identify evidence that supports at least two themes.

    3. Discuss findings from #2.

  • How can we effectively improve our current event analysis and connection to themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray? THIS WAS DUE YESTERDAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:
  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, March 7th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Compose an abstract, which is a 20-word summary of your creative writing story. Write this abstract on the back of your grading rubric, which you will turn in with your paper.

    2. Work Period: Identify TWO current events that support each of the themes below:

  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    3. Discuss/Share: Reflect on the creative writing process. Challenges? Effective techniques used?

  • How can we effectively improve our creative writing composition and reflection? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY:
  • Finish #2 in today's classwork. You may use these RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; be ready to share your findings in class discussion and in writing tomorrow):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report

    THIS WAS DUE TODAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:

  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT (-10 points each day it's turned in late): Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, March 6th, 2012: 1. DO NOW: Introduce the Creative Writing Rubric, which will guide you in writing the creative story.

    2. WORK PERIOD: Work on HW due TOMORROW, Wednesday (see details in HW section).

    How can we effectively improve our creative writing composition? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:
  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class. Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, March 5th, 2012: WORK PERIOD: Work on HW due THIS Wednesday (see details in HW section). How can we effectively improve our creative writing composition? DUE THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:
  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class. Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE LAST MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, March 2nd, 2012: WORK PERIOD: Work on HW due Wednesday (see details in HW section). How can we effectively improve our creative writing composition? DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:
  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class. Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE ON MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, March 1st, 2012: WORK PERIOD: Creative Writing practice (substitute teacher should have provided this assignment) How can we effectively improve our creative writing composition? DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th:
  • CREATIVE WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Using the Creative Writing Rubric to guide you, write a CREATIVE WRITING STORY (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the themes discussed in class. Start your paper with the theme. Your paper must be a minimum of 4 handwritten pages or 2 typed pages. This is 15% of your 1st marking period grade. You are encouraged to increase the use of sophisticated vocabulary, and you may use words from Ms. Conn's SAT/College Vocabulary List.

    MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE ON MONDAY!):

  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, February 29th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish discussing your notes (interpretations in your own words; think of personal, societal and literary connections) on the following themes present in The Picture of Dorian Gray:
  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    2. English Terms Review: What do you recall? What are some literary terms that you will always remember? What will you find most useful that you learned in your years of studying English at ITHS?

    3. Work Period: Choose one of the themes in which you will write a fictitious story or an autobiographical story. Make sure that you start with the theme as your story starter.

  • How can we effectively prepare to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by exploring themes? MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE ON MONDAY!):
  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, February 28th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish Sharing of Community Service Experience (be ready to discuss the following questions):
  • What research did you do to find an appropriate community service activity?
  • How did the community service activity help you connect to the "Respect for All" philosophy?
  • What would you have done differently, if anything, in this community service activity and writing assignment?
  • What did you find most valuable from this community service project (refer to the actual activity and/or writing assignment)?
  • What kinds of community service activities will you choose in the future? Explain reasons for your choices.
  • How do you believe community service benefits people, individually and collectively?

    2. Work Period:Take notes (interpret in your own words; think of personal, societal and literary connections) on the following themes present in The Picture of Dorian Gray:

  • Self-worship leads to self-destruction
  • Time will have its way
  • Beauty is only skin deep
  • Earthly pleasure can never completely satisfy
  • Evil appears in winsome/appealing disguises
  • The pernicious effects of immoral behavior

    3. If time allows, share interpretations and personal, societal and literary connections to the themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray, which we are preparing to read.

  • How can we effectively evaluate our community service project experience and prepare to read The Picture of Dorian Gray? MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE YESTERDAY!):
  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, February 27th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Sharing of Community Service Experience (be ready to discuss the following questions):
  • What research did you do to find an appropriate community service activity?
  • How did the community service activity help you connect to the "Respect for All" philosophy?
  • What would you have done differently, if anything, in this community service activity and writing assignment?
  • What did you find most valuable from this community service project (refer to the actual activity and/or writing assignment)?
  • What kinds of community service activities will you choose in the future? Explain reasons for your choices.
  • How do you believe community service benefits people, individually and collectively?

    2. Discuss/Share: Discuss Do Now. Turn in HW (community service project).

  • How can we effectively evaluate our community service project experience? MAKE UP HW (THIS WAS DUE TODAY!):
  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, February 17th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Famous quotes by Oscar Wilde (interpret and share your thoughts based on his biography and The Importance of Being Earnest):
  • "Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different."- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world." --Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."--Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    2. Discuss community service vacation project. Any ideas? Did you do any research last night? What challenges did you encounter?

  • How can we show respect toward Oscar Wilde and society at large? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th (the day we return from vacation):
  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, Volunteer Match and a food pantry in Rego Park, Queens. See the writing assignment here (also provided in class): the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, February 16th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Final discussion (at tables, first, and then the whole class) on The Importance of Being Earnest--What are Wilde's messages? What were the most memorable parts of this play? Was the ending a surprise?

    2. Sharing the Do Now with the whole class.

    3. Introduce vacation HW

    4. Return the plays.

    How can we effectively engage in the analysis of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest viewpoints and satire of courtship, marriage, and etiquette? DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th:
  • Community Service Project (Service Activity and Writing Assignment): In honor of Respect for All Week, Black History Month, the beauty of volunteerism and good citizenship, you are assigned to do the following: Volunteer a minimum of two hours of your time in which you help make the world a better place! This community service assignment is a PROJECT GRADE (20% of your 1st marking period grade). You will lose -10 points for each day late. You will be required to do the following to earn a 100%: Volunteer two hours of your time (where you are not getting paid). How about volunteering at your local library (story time in the children's section!), homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter/pet store, church/temple/mosque, senior citizen/nursing home, hospital, one of the great NYC parks or museums? Here are some recommended websites to find volunteer opportunities: Volunteer in NYC, Community Service Opportunities for Students in NYC, and Volunteer Match. See the writing assignment here: the COMMUNITY SERVICE SHEET.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Quiz on The Importance of Being Earnest

    2. Analyze each of the following quotes by interpreting each quote in your own words and explain how each quote is significant to the play as a whole:

  • "As a man sows, so let him reap" (Act II).
  • "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his" (Act I).
  • "You never talk anything but nonsense."--Jack. "Nobody ever does"--Algernon (Act I).
  • "Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth" (Act III; last page of the play).
  • "I've now realized for the first time in my life the vital importance of Being Earnest" (Act III, last words of the play).
  • How can we effectively engage in the analysis of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest viewpoints and satire of courtship, marriage, and etiquette? DUE TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th:
  • Turn in the The Importance of Being Earnest.

    Make up any owed HW.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012: 1. Do Now: From The Importance of Being Earnest, read aloud and act out the following scenes:
  • Algernon being accused of owing money as Ernest and possibly going to jail in Act II (deception leads to consequences: "as a man sows, so shall he reap").
  • Jack and Algernon's discussion of Bunburying in Act II (deception is the heart of their concerns)
  • Cecily's pre-planned courtship, gift-buying and proposal to Algernon in Act III (preoccupation with superficialities)

    *We will discuss and analyze in terms of the themes of deception, social obligations and marital/romantic expectations (adherence to conventions) in the Victorian Era.

    2. Discuss/Analyze the Do Now. Discuss Victorian etiquette. What are described as proper manners at this time? Approval from parents for marriage, a man's proposal on his knee, men having knowledge, an occupation, a suitable salary, political beliefs, a good family lineage, a chaperone during courtship, religion part of daily lives/references (christening of Jack as Ernest), publicly reveal everything (revealing Cecily's diary, just like facebook today), and importance on marriage (a single life is considered an empty one).

  • How can we effectively engage in the analysis of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest viewpoints and satire of courtship, marriage, and etiquette? DUE TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
    Read The Importance of Being Earnest (play provided in class). Be prepared for a quiz (20% of 1st marking period). Take notes on evidence of the discussion points (analyzed in class), seen here:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers
  • We All Wear Masks
  • "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • Know how the following literary terms and main ideas are revealed in the play: satire, irony, manners, and conventions.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, February 13th, 2012: 1. Do Now: From The Importance of Being Earnest, read aloud and act out the following scenes:
  • Jack and Gwendolen's discussion of his name ("Ernest") in Act I
  • Jack's origin in a handbag in Act I
  • Algernon being accused of owing money as Ernest and possibly going to jail in Act II
  • Jack and Algernon's discussion of Bunburying in Act II

    *If time allows, more scenes will be shared. We will discuss and analyze in terms of the themes of deception, social obligations and marital/romantic expectations (adherence to conventions) in the Victorian Era.

    2. Discuss/Analyze the Do Now.

  • How can we effectively engage in the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by analyzing courtship, marriage, and etiquette in Act I and Act II? DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
    Read The Importance of Being Earnest (play provided in class). Be prepared for a quiz (20% of 1st marking period). Take notes on evidence of the discussion points (analyzed in class), seen here:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers
  • We All Wear Masks
  • "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • Know how the following literary terms and main ideas are revealed in the play: satire, irony, manners, and conventions.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Friday, February 10th, 2012: Work Period: Read The Importance of Being Earnest. Analyze and take notes on the evidence of Wilde's satire of the confines of marriage, class structure, manners dictating their daily lives (even superceding poor health), romantic etiquette between men and women, and double lives (see Jack and his country life as Jack and city life as Ernest and Algernon's invention of his invalid friend named Bunbury who he can visit to avoid social obligations). Also, analyze and take notes on evidence of adherence to conventions, how we all wear masks (we are all deceivers!), rebellion against conventions, and other ideas mentioned in our recent class discussion points. How can we effectively engage in the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by analyzing courtship, marriage, and etiquette in modern-day society and in the opening of Act I? DUE THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
    Read The Importance of Being Earnest (play provided in class). Be prepared for a quiz (20% of 1st marking period). Take notes on evidence of the discussion points (analyzed in class), seen here:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers
  • We All Wear Masks
  • "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • Know how the following literary terms and main ideas are revealed in the play: satire, irony, manners, and conventions.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Thursday, February 9th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Answer the following questions--
  • What are romantic conventions today? For example, what do you do to obtain a romantic relationship? What's courtship like today? What are the burdens of courtship?
  • What are today's conventions regarding marriage? To clarify, how does a man or woman get married? What does he or she need to do in a romantic relationship to lead to marriage?
  • What are the drawbacks in marriage? Think about what a satirist would ridicule about the institution of marriage.
  • What are the the burdens of etiquette (proper manners)?

    2. Reading the opening of Act I of The Importance of Being Earnest. Analyze and take notes on the evidence of Wilde's satire of the confines of marriage, class structure, manners dictating their daily lives (even superceding poor health), romantic etiquette between men and women, and double lives (see Jack and his country life as Jack and city life as Ernest and Algernon's invention of his invalid friend named Bunbury who he can visit to avoid social obligations).

  • How can we effectively prepare for the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by analyzing courtship, marriage, and etiquette in modern-day society and in the opening of Act I? DUE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
    Read The Importance of Being Earnest (play provided in class). Be prepared for a quiz (20% of 1st marking period). Take notes on evidence of the discussion points (analyzed in class), seen here:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers
  • We All Wear Masks
  • "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • Know how the following literary terms and main ideas are revealed in the play: satire, irony, manners, and conventions.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Sharing of Power Point on Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Era

    2. Discuss Victorian Era and Victorian fashion.

    How can we effectively prepare for the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by analyzing Victorian society? DUE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
    Read The Importance of Being Earnest (play provided in class). Be prepared for a quiz (20% of 1st marking period). Take notes on evidence of the discussion points (analyzed in class), seen here:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers
  • We All Wear Masks
  • "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • Know how the following literary terms and main ideas are revealed in the play: satire, irony, manners, and conventions.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish discussing Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be able to anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde). Identify at least three interests/life experiences that will likely be revealed in Wilde's works of literature. Be ready to share.

    2. Discuss/Analyze ideas (below) that Oscar Wilde subscribes to that connect to his life's events and experiences :

  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers, We All Wear Masks, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • How can we effectively prepare for the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by analyzing the man, Oscar Wilde, and his rebellion against Victorian society? DUE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
    Read The Importance of Being Earnest (play provided in class). Be prepared for a quiz (20% of 1st marking period). Take notes on evidence of the discussion points (analyzed in class), seen here:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers
  • We All Wear Masks
  • "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde
  • Know how the following literary terms and main ideas are revealed in the play: satire, irony, manners, and conventions.


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report
  • Monday, February 6th, 2012: 1. Do Now: Brainstorm (define and make connections) ideas that define the life of Oscar Wilde:
  • "Art for Art's Sake"--the motto for Aestheticists (of which Wilde associated)
  • People are Posers, We All Wear Masks, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players..." (As You Like It)
  • We are All in the Gutter
  • Adherence to Conventions
  • Rebellion Against Conventions
  • Imprisoned Wilde
  • Courageous, Modern Man, Oscar Wilde

    2. Discuss and share brainstorming of Do Now.

  • How can we effectively prepare for the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by analyzing the man, Oscar Wilde, and his rebellion against Victorian society?
  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report


  • Check out the Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be ready to discuss and anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde).
  • Friday, February 3rd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Define manners, conventions, irony, and satire. Brainstorm first, and then look up the definitions in the class dictionaries. Turn in HW: page 5 of the syllabus.

    2. Discuss Do Now findings.

    3. Read Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be able to anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde). Identify at least three interests/life experiences that will likely be revealed in Wilde's works of literature. Be ready to share.

    4. Discuss/Analyze Oscar Wilde's biography and findings. Discuss Victorian Era and Victorian Literature.

    How can we effectively prepare for the reading of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest?
  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report


  • Check out the Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be ready to discuss and anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde).
  • Thursday, February 2nd, 2012: 1. Do Now: Confirm that self-assessment and the 2022 creative writing assignment have been turned in.

    2. Introduce Senior English Syllabus

    How can we effectively prepare for the final semester of high school English and engage in self-assessment? DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd:
  • Page 5 of Senior English Syllabus


  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report


  • Check out the Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be ready to discuss and anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde).
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Finish writing the 2022 Creative Writing Piece. Imagine it's 2022 and you're about to go to your 10-year high school reunion. Write a fictional story about yourself in 2022. Describe your life, the people around you, the state of our country and the world, and your community. Suggested questions to answer: Have you accomplished your goals? If so, how? If not, why not? Include the effects of your childhood/adolescent events and choices. Show (use the five senses--sight, sound, smell, taste, touch); do not tell. Include both direct quotations (where a person's exact words are used and those words are set off with quotation marks: Jack said, "The match won't start on time if it rains.") and indirect quotations (give the meaning of what a person said, but not necessarily his or her exact words: Jack said that the game would start late if it rains tonight.). Write a minimum of two full, handwritten pages. TURN IN AT THE END OF CLASS.

    2. Self-Assessment (turn in at the end of class):

    Write your answer to each question below in descriptive detail (3-4 complete sentences). You may want to include specific examples.

    1.) Describe your performance in high school. Include any factors that have influenced your school performance, either negatively or positively.
    2.) Describe your academic and personal strengths.
    3.) What three characteristics or traits best define you?
    4.) If you were writing yourself a recommendation for college, what would you say about yourself?
    5.) What skills do you want to improve or acquire in English and other subjects before high school graduation?
    6.) What are your future goals? What do you want to become? What area of study (in college) most interests you and why?
    7.) Share three random things about yourself that would be surprising or unique. Of course, this would be appropriate to share with me, your teacher, and your classmates.

    How can we effectively prepare for the final semester of high school English and engage in self-assessment?
  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report


  • Check out the Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be ready to discuss and anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde).
  • Tuesday, January 31st, 2012: 1. Do Now: Share (in an anonymous slip of paper) your hopes and desires for the final semester of high school English.

    2. Introduce and begin to write a 2022 Creative Writing Piece. Imagine it's 2022 and you're about to go to your 10-year high school reunion. Write a fictional story about yourself in 2022. Describe your life, the people around you, the state of our country and the world, and your community. Suggested questions to answer: Have you accomplished your goals? If so, how? If not, why not? Include the effects of your childhood/adolescent events and choices. Show (use the five senses--sight, sound, smell, taste, touch); do not tell. Include both direct quotations (where a person's exact words are used and those words are set off with quotation marks: Jack said, "The match won't start on time if it rains.") and indirect quotations (give the meaning of what a person said, but not necessarily his or her exact words: Jack said that the game would start late if it rains tonight.). Write a minimum of two full, handwritten pages.

    2. College Scholarship Reminders

    How can we effectively prepare for the final semester of high school English?
  • WORK ON YOUR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS!!!
  • CHECK OUT Random House Creative Writing Competition/Scholarship for NYC High School Seniors--Deadline is VERY SOON: February 10, 2012
  • MY RECOMMENDATION: READ THE NEWS EVERY DAY FROM ONE OF THESE RESPECTED NEWS SOURCES (be aware of state, national and international current events; share your knowledge in class discussion and in writing):
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • US News and World Report


  • Check out the Biography of Oscar Wilde. Be ready to discuss and anticipate how Wilde's life will be revealed in his works of literature (we will be reading a play and a novel by Wilde).