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September 18, 2013

Welcome to a new year of English 12.  This blog will be the place to find class updates, PDFs of assignments and handouts, and tips for success in English 12.

We are beginning the year by looking at several pieces of literature with similar themes.  We will spend some time learning techniques and writing formats that I would like you to know for this year.  Sometimes what we are doing or discussing will seem “easy” at this stage, and that’s ok – if it’s easy, then it means it’s familiar to you.  Just remember a couple of things – this is English class so things like grammar, spelling, punctuation, and legibility ALWAYS count, you will make more work for yourself if you don’t meet deadlines, AND… (and I know this is three things, and that’s more than a couple), ENGLISH is the MOST important class you are taking this year!!!

By now you should have your first blog post complete – about winning the lottery.  You should also have commented on at least three of your classmates’ blog posts.  Next we read The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson.  Following this, we learned about response journals, and you should now be working on a polished draft to hand in of your response journal.  This is due Friday, September 20th in hard copy form.

Just a reminder that the course outline and response journal criteria are available on the “handouts” page above.

September 27, 2012

Today was a shortened class due to the Terry Fox Run.  We did our silent reading and then finished watching The Lottery.  I really like how the ending of the movie comes full circle back to Jason’s father in the state mental institution.  The charade that the townspeople put on is pretty impressive as well.

Next class we will be reading Leo Tolstoy’s The Three Questions – in his original form (in translation) and in a children’s picture book form.  How do you think these two genres will differ?

The term for Tolstoy’s story that we will learn is parable – you might want to look that one up 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

September 25, 2012

After silent reading you were given the opportunity to finish your Response Journal blog posts on The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson.  Don’t forget that you need to include hyperlinks as part of the “connections” section of your response, and you need to add a paragraph where you discuss your initial reactions to the 1996, made-for-tv movie based on the story.  Part of your blogging responsibility is also to comment on at least 3 of your classmates blog posts.  Remember that you want to offer meaningful comments, constructive criticism, or add something new to their ideas.  It is not enough to say “I agree,” or “good job.”

Next class we will finish the movie and look at a story and poem with similar themes.

Don’t forget to renew your library book if you are still reading it – it is now overdue.

September 19, 2012

After finishing some explanatory notes on writing a response journal, we headed to the computer lab to do our first response journal blog post on The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson.  Remember that you want to respond to all 4 parts in your response.  The notes are also available on the handouts page above.

Hyperlinks are a great way to add depth to your response.  This can be especially useful in the “connections” section of your response.  Link to an informational page or an image, to enhance your response blog post.
UPDATE – Your blog posts are NOT due Friday – I will give you more time in class.

September 17, 2012

Today we had a lottery in class! I know… you were all super excited!  Greg Z. offered the first bit of foreshadowing when he asked if this was a 6/49 type lottery, or a Hunger Games type lottery – great question Greg! And an awesome lead in to our story “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson.
We read the story in 4 chunks, stopping to question and think about key lines or words.  After we read the story, we had some discussion about why the town holds the “lottery” each year and then we began looking for evidence in the story that foreshadows the dark ending.  We all agreed that the story has a “heavy” feel to it – something that Jackson is great at creating – mood, atmosphere (note use of terms from that ridiculously long list of terms I gave you at the beginning of the year).

Next class you will complete your first response journal, using this story as a prompt.

September 11, 2012

After our silent reading and a bit of “word work” with our terms and devices, we headed to the computer lab to become familiar with our blog hosting platform.

Be sure to read my blog first, so that you are clear about your first post.  Although it is exciting to change your background, blog title, and your photo, this is not the main purpose of our blogs 🙂  You should have your first blog post completed for Friday’s class.

On Friday we will be reading a short story called “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and then we will go to the lab to comment on our classmates’ first posts, and to do a reflection piece on the story.