NOVEMBER 17-27, 2017

11th grade: DUE ON MONDAY, NOV. 27

  1. “Letter from Birmingham City Jail by MLK Jr.” : read and Q&A.
  2. Text: “On The Death of MLK Jr.”: annotate and one paragraph summary/ TYPED!!!!!
  3. Text: “The Death of a Moth.”: read and answer 6 Q&A./ TYPED.

12 th grade: DUE ON MONDAY, NOV. 27:

  1. Part 3/ chapter 2: 1/2 page summary
  2. Part 3/ chapter 2:      A: What happens to Winston during the preliminary phase of his interrogation?       B: To what question does O’Brien tell Winston he will never know the answer?          C: Why does O’Brien say Winston’s mind appeals to him?           D: What happens during the next phase?          E: What is O’Brien trying to get Winston to see by turning the dial?           F: How does Winston think of O’Brien during his interrogation?          G: What does O’Brien show to Winston before dropping it down a memory hole?          H: Why does the Party bring people to the Ministry of Love?          I. How does O’Brien say the Party differs from the Inquisition of the Middle Ages or the Russian Communists?          J. What fact does O’Brien say Winston must relearn?
  3. Part 3/ chapter 3: 1/2 page summary
  4. Part 3/ chapter 3:    A: What is Oceanic civilization founded on?          B: What principle does Winston believe will one day defeat the Party?          C: What is the one degradation Winston says has not happened to him?          D: How does O’Brien say an individual can become immortal and all-powerful?          E: What does O’Brien say about the nature of reality?          F: How, according to O’Brien, does one person assert power over another?          G: What does O’Brien tell Winston to imagine if he wants “a picture of the future”?           H: What are the three stages of Winston’s reintegration?          I: What does Winston initially believe to be the Party’s motive for seeking power?          J: Why does the Party really seek power?
  5. Part 3/ chapter 4: 1/2 page summary
  6. Part 3/ chapter 5: 1/2 page summary
  7. Part 3/ chapter 4 and 5: A: What last change does O’Brien say must take place in Winston?          B: What is the worst thing in the world in Winston’s case?         C: What explanation does O’Brien give for what is done to people in Room 101?          D: What does Winston realize is the one way he can save himself?          E: What is the “unspoken tradition” about how the Party executes people?          F: What happens that causes Winston to cry out?          G: What does Winston inadvertently confess with his cry?          H: What does Winston believe is freedom?          I: What three phrases does Winston write on the slate?          J: What dangerous thought occurs to Winston that prompts him to train himself in crimestop?
  8. Part 3/ chapter 6: 1/2 page summary
  9. Part 3/ chapter 6:      A: What reason do Winston and Julia give for no longer feeling the way they once did about each other?          B: What is Winston’s new job?C: What does Winston think of his memory of playing snakes and ladders with his mother and sister?          D: What does the voice on the telescreen announce after the trumpet call?          E: What “final, indispensable, healing change” occurs in Winston after the announcement?          F: What has Winston been worrying about off and on all day?             G: What does Winston think is symbolized by the idea that in chess “white always mates”?           H: What does Winston write in the dust on the table?          I: To what does Winston compare the way Julia’s body feels now?           J:    Where and how does Winston now spend most of his time?

AP:

  1. Dancing After Hours by A. Dubus:       A: Read and write 1/2 page summary          B: Discuss the theme(s)          
  2. Self Reliance by R. W. Emerson:          A: read and write a 1/2 page summary          B: Explain the Transcendentalist movement Emerson is the founder)        C: Are there metaphors use?           D: Describe the importance of personal independence.          E: Can you find rhetorical elements (logos/ pathos/ ethos)? Explain.
  3. Letter from Birmingham City Jail: read and answer the questions.
  4. President Lincoln: Gettysburg Address:     A: read and summarize in 1 paragraph          B:  Can you find rhetorical elements? Explain.
  5. President Lincoln: Second Inauguration:     A: read and summarize in one paragraph          B: Can you find rhetorical elements? Explain.          
  6. Orwell: A Hanging:      A: What is the major theme? Explain.          B: Setting; where and the year?          C: What was the profession of Orwell?          D: Explain the following symbols: gallows; superintendent’s stick;   “March” (not the month); water; dog.          E: is this fiction or non-fictional? Explain. 
  7. Orwell: Political and the English Language:     A: Read and write 1/2 page summary          B: How does Orwell use rhetorical devices?          C: What tactics is Orwell using to manipulate voters? Explain and try to find example.          D: What is Orwell trying to suggest?          E:  In paragraphs 15 and 16, why is Orwell using smiles?          F: Paragraph 4: find the similes and/or metaphor/ explain.          G:  What is the major argument?                                 

November 13, 2017

11th grade:

  1. PERIODS 1 AND 2: STUDY BOTH PACKETS FOR TEST ON THURSDAY/ VOC/COMPREHENSION IN DETAILS. PERIODS 6 AND 8: TEST WILL BE ON FRIDAY.
  2. MISSING ASSIGNMENTS ARE ACCEPTED UNTIL FRIDAY 3:45PM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK OVER THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12TH GRADE: due by Thursday/ NO EXCEPTIONS.

  1. PART 2/CHAPTER 9: QUESTIONS:     A. What does Goldstein say lies at the very heart of Ingsoc?        B. For what two reasons does the Party find it necessary to alter the past?         C. What is crimestop?           D. What is black white?          E. What are the two great problems that the Party wants to solve?           F. What, according to Goldstein, is the primary aim of modern warfare?           G. What three groups of people have existed throughout human history according to Goldstein’s book?           H. What are the two aims of the Party?            I. What announcement is made during the Hate Week demonstration in the square?        J. What has Winston been doing that has kept him from reading the book for six days?             PART 3/ CHAPTER 1: QUESTIONS:       A. Which question is answered for Winston when the guard strikes his elbow with the truncheon?           B. Where does the starving man try to prevent the guards from taking him?          C. What difference does Winston observe between the Party prisoners and the “common criminals” in the prison where he is first taken after his arrest?          D. Why does Winston think the woman prisoner the guards drop on his lap could conceivably be his mother?          E. Why does Ampleforth believe he has been arrested?          F. What does Winston hope O’Brien and the Brotherhood might send him while he is imprisoned at the Ministry of Love?          G. Where do most of the prole prisoners expect to be sent?           H. Who denounced Parsons for thoughtcrime?            I. What does Winston realize he has always known?           J. What are Winston’s only six thoughts while he waits in the cell?

AP:

  1. ANN0TATE THE CHAPTERS 9, 10 AND 11.
  2. ESSAY TITLES:  EACH ESSAY NEEDS TO BE AT LEAST 1/2 PAGE LONG….BUT….NO LONGER THEN 1 1/2 LONG!!!!!:):):):):):):):):

    1.Why do you think it was important for slave owners to keep slaves ignorant about their birthdays and parentage? Douglass opens his story by telling us that he is troubled by not knowing when he was born. Why is this fact so important to him?

    2. List the turning points in Douglass’ life. To what extent did his “take-charge” attitude create these turning points?

    3. Douglass presents much of his narrative in a factual tone and avoids personal opinions, yet the story is full of emotion. How is this possible? Where do you find evidence of emotion?

    4. What kind of hero is Douglass? Does his heroism come from his physical or mental state? Or does it come from both? Of the two types of heroes (physical or mental), which would he consider himself?

    5. In Chapter II, Douglass expresses his belief that education will set him free. What does he mean by this? Is this essentially an optimistic view? If he could visit us today, do you think he would still hold this view?

November 7, 2017

11th grade: 

  1. PERIODS 6 AND 8: bring HW back. If I do not receive it tomorrow, I will not accept the work.
  2. Read the story of Olaudah Equiano: highlight all unknown vocabulary. 

12th grade: 

  1. Read 1984 part 2/ chapter 7 and chapter 8: se questions to answer.
  2. Chapter 7:          a.What does Winston say would be the “real betrayal”?          b. What is the one thing Winston and Julia decide the Party cannot do?          c. What is important to Winston about the arm gestures made by his mother in his dreams and by the Jewish woman on the news film?          d. Why does Winston believe the proles have “stayed human” while Party members like himself and Julia have not?          e. What are Reclamation Centers?          f. Why does Winston believe his mother possessed “a kind of nobility, a kind of purity”?          g. What is the “never-mentioned thing that was about to happen”?          h. What did Winston take from his younger sister?          i. How did Winston spend long afternoons as a child?j. What sudden change came over Winston’s mother after his father’s disappearance?
  3. Chapter 8:      a. What does Winston ask O’Brien before he leaves, and how does O’Brien answer?          b. What privilege does O’Brien say Inner Party members have that surprises Winston and Julia?       c. What does O’Brien tell Winston he will have delivered to him by a man with a briefcase?          d. What is O’Brien’s “characteristic gesture”          e. To what idea does Winston suggest he, Julia, and O’Brien drink the last of the wine?           f. Who is Martin?          g. Why does O’Brien say the Brotherhood can never be wiped out?          h. To whose health do O’Brien, Martin, Winston, and Julia drink?          i. What is the one thing Winston and Julia say they are not prepared to do on behalf of the Brotherhood?          j. How does the Brotherhood alter its members’ identities?

AP:

1. The BALDWIN packet needs to brought back……

2. DIGGING: SYMBOLS (tools; Earth/dirt; potatoes); SETTING;       QUOTES: A. When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: (4)            B. Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds (6)             C. The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly. (10-11)      D. My father, digging. I look down (5)             E. Bends low, comes up twenty years away (7)              F. To scatter the new potatoes that we picked,
Loving their cool hardness in our hands. (13-14)     G. By God, the old man could handle a spade. Just like his old man. (15-16)              H. My grandfather cut more turf in a day (17)            I. […] the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head. (26-27)       J. But I’ve no spade to follow men like them. (28)       

  1. Boy, that image of the pen with a gun really gets our attention. Why do you think Heaney compares something so seemingly harmless to something more powerful and violent?
  2. Do you think the speaker is unhappy that he’s not a potato farmer like his father and grandfather? Why or why not?
  3. What similarities are there between writing and digging for potatoes or peat? 
  4. Did you notice any sounds in the poem in particular (maybe some rhymes or interesting rhythms)? What do all these sounds have to do with what the poem is about? 
  5. When the lines “Between my finger and my thumb/ The squat pen rests” are repeated at the end, has the meaning changed from when you read them at the beginning? How so? 
  6. What do you think the speaker will dig for with his pen? His past? Truth?

     

    2. THE PACKET: ON BEING CRIPPLE: A. ANNOTATE IN DETAILS           B. QUESTIONS:

    Nancy Mairs “On Being a Cripple”

     

    1. Mairs’s opening paragraph is, to say the least, multifarious/multifaceted and, in my opinion, amazing. What makes this introduction humorous, brilliant, and different than most you have encountered? Also add other observations you have of this introduction.
    1. Discuss her syntactical shift (of sentence structure) from the introduction to the first sentences of the second paragraph.
    1. Define “swagger” and discuss why she chooses this word.
    1. Paragraph 3—1. discuss her feelings about words that describe her condition. 2. Then, discuss the comparison between the semantics of words to describe her condition and words to describe countries.
    1. End of paragraph 7—I found this interesting and surprising. What are your thoughts?
    1. How does her tone shift from the introduction to paragraph 9?
    1. Paragraph 17—what is her definition of “faking” and what are your thoughts about the incident with her mother?
    1. Analyze the literary allusions in paragraph 19. Why does she use them?
    1. Paragraph 23—how is it syntactically different? What is the effect?
    1. Paragraphs 24 and 26 explore one of the most fundamental societal questions “Are there worse things than dying?” Which can lead to the “right to die” controversy. What is Mairs’s opinion? What is yours?

     

     

     

November 3, 2017

11th grade:

  1. NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!!!!!
  2. FOR /TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY: a. work on missing assignments, PLEASE…….THE NEXT PROGRESS REPORT CARD IS DUE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK)!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. HW FOR TUE/WED:
  4.   http://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1539&context=nejpp    Click on the website and read the short text: answer all questions.                       a.    Dumpster diving has serious drawbacks as a way of life.” What drawbacks does he cites in this essay? 
    b.    In addition to food, what else does Eighner scavenge for?
    c.    Describe the tone/ emotional impact on a human being.
    d.    Does he feel people that view him as disgusting and repulsive are incorrect? Explain in details.
    h.     In this autobiography, write the beginning of his life….what exactly happened to him and where did he ended?
    i.     Write a 1 paragraph summary OVER THE TEXT
    j.     Write your own autobiography/ 2 pages typed. 
    12th grade: NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY/ SEE YOU TUESDAY.
    1. 1984: part 2/chapter 4/5/6: DUE TUESDAY:
    2. CH. 4:       a. What church is mentioned in the line of the old rhyme that Julia sings?        b. How does Julia say she learned the rhyme?       c. What does Winston imagine the paperweight represents as he gazes at it?   d. What does Julia say she will be instead of a Party comrade in the rented room?      e. What frightens Winston in the room and reminds him of a recurring nightmare?         f. Where is Winston certain he and Julia will end up 
    3. before their executions?          g. What does Julia bring to the rented room in her tool bag?      h. What country does Julia say Oceania has recently captured?        i. Who is singing the song Winston hears through the window of the rented room above Mr. Charrington’s shop?        j. What does the Music Department use to produce songs for the proles?
    4. CH. 5:      a. What does Winston tell Julia that she thinks is “brilliantly witty”?         b. On whom does Winston think the Party is most successful in imposing its worldview?       c. What does Julia believe about the rocket bombs that has never occurred to Winston before?        d. What does Winston argue about with Julia and eventually convince her of?         e. What is the only 
    5. practicable plan Winston and Julia discuss for their future (but do not actually intend to carry out).          f. What does Julia believe is the only way to rebel against the Party?           g. What is depicted on the new posters that suddenly appear all over London?        h. Why do the proles burn down an old couple’s house?       i. What detail is enough to tell Winston that Syme has “ceased to exist”—or rather, has “never existed”?       j. For what event are the Ministries preparing?
    6. CH. 6:        a. What suppressed memory is Winston finally able to recall?         b. What ration does Winston recall stealing from his sister?       c. For what reason does Winston believe the proles have been able to hold on to their humanity?       d. As a child, how had Winston spent his afternoons?          e. True or False: Winston knows what became of his mother and sister but has suppressed the memory          f. At the end of Book 2, Chapter 6, of 1984, what frightens Winston?         g.  What does O’Brien compliment Winston on in Chapter 6, Book 2, of 1984?          h. Where does Winston meet O’Brien?         

    AP: NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY/ SEE YOU WEDNESDAY:

    1. The BALDWIN packet needs to brought back……

    2. DIGGING: SYMBOLS (tools; Earth/dirt; potatoes); SETTING;       QUOTES: A. When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: (4)            B. Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds (6)             C. The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
    Against the inside knee was levered firmly. (10-11)      D. My father, digging. I look down (5)             E. Bends low, comes up twenty years away (7)              F. To scatter the new potatoes that we picked,
    Loving their cool hardness in our hands. (13-14)     G. By God, the old man could handle a spade. 
    Just like his old man. (15-16)              H. My grandfather cut more turf in a day (17)            I. […] the curt cuts of an edge
    Through living roots awaken in my head. (26-27)       J. But I’ve no spade to follow men like them. (28)       

    1. Boy, that image of the pen with a gun really gets our attention. Why do you think Heaney compares something so seemingly harmless to something more powerful and violent?
    2. Do you think the speaker is unhappy that he’s not a potato farmer like his father and grandfather? Why or why not? 
    3. What similarities are there between writing and digging for potatoes or peat? 
    4. Did you notice any sounds in the poem in particular (maybe some rhymes or interesting rhythms)? What do all these sounds have to do with what the poem is about? 
    5. When the lines “Between my finger and my thumb/ The squat pen rests” are repeated at the end, has the meaning changed from when you read them at the beginning? How so? 
    6. What do you think the speaker will dig for with his pen? His past? Truth?

    2. THE PACKET: ON BEING CRIPPLE: A. ANNOTATE IN DETAILS           B. QUESTIONS:

    Nancy Mairs “On Being a Cripple”

     

    1. Mairs’s opening paragraph is, to say the least, multifarious/multifaceted and, in my opinion, amazing. What makes this introduction humorous, brilliant, and different than most you have encountered? Also add other observations you have of this introduction.
    1. Discuss her syntactical shift (of sentence structure) from the introduction to the first sentences of the second paragraph.
    1. Define “swagger” and discuss why she chooses this word.
    1. Paragraph 3—1. discuss her feelings about words that describe her condition. 2. Then, discuss the comparison between the semantics of words to describe her condition and words to describe countries.
    1. End of paragraph 7—I found this interesting and surprising. What are your thoughts?
    1. How does her tone shift from the introduction to paragraph 9?
    1. Paragraph 17—what is her definition of “faking” and what are your thoughts about the incident with her mother?
    1. Analyze the literary allusions in paragraph 19. Why does she use them?
    1. Paragraph 23—how is it syntactically different? What is the effect?
    1. Paragraphs 24 and 26 explore one of the most fundamental societal questions “Are there worse things than dying?” Which can lead to the “right to die” controversy. What is Mairs’s opinion? What is yours?

     

     

     

November 2, 2017

11 th grade:

  1. Speech to the Virginia Convention: do/ finish the packet and do pages 61 and 62. DUE ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY depending on the periods.
  2. Bring the book back.
  3. Finish the missing work.

12th grade:

  1. 1984: part 2/ chapter 3: see questions in your email: DUE THURSDAY.
  2. 1984: part 2/chapter 4/5/6: DUE TUESDAY:
  3. CH. 4:       a. What church is mentioned in the line of the old rhyme that Julia sings?        b. How does Julia say she learned the rhyme?       c. What does Winston imagine the paperweight represents as he gazes at it?   d. What does Julia say she will be instead of a Party comrade in the rented room?      e. What frightens Winston in the room and reminds him of a recurring nightmare?         f. Where is Winston certain he and Julia will end up 
  4. before their executions?          g. What does Julia bring to the rented room in her tool bag?      h. What country does Julia say Oceania has recently captured?        i. Who is singing the song Winston hears through the window of the rented room above Mr. Charrington’s shop?        j. What does the Music Department use to produce songs for the proles?
  5. CH. 5:      a. What does Winston tell Julia that she thinks is “brilliantly witty”?         b. On whom does Winston think the Party is most successful in imposing its worldview?       c. What does Julia believe about the rocket bombs that has never occurred to Winston before?        d. What does Winston argue about with Julia and eventually convince her of?         e. What is the only 
  6. practicable plan Winston and Julia discuss for their future (but do not actually intend to carry out).          f. What does Julia believe is the only way to rebel against the Party?           g. What is depicted on the new posters that suddenly appear all over London?        h. Why do the proles burn down an old couple’s house?       i. What detail is enough to tell Winston that Syme has “ceased to exist”—or rather, has “never existed”?       j. For what event are the Ministries preparing?
  7. CH. 6:        a. What suppressed memory is Winston finally able to recall?         b. What ration does Winston recall stealing from his sister?       c. For what reason does Winston believe the proles have been able to hold on to their humanity?       d. As a child, how had Winston spent his afternoons?          e. True or False: Winston knows what became of his mother and sister but has suppressed the memory          f. At the end of Book 2, Chapter 6, of 1984, what frightens Winston?         g.  What does O’Brien compliment Winston on in Chapter 6, Book 2, of 1984?          h. where does Winston meet O’Brien?         

AP:

  1. Work on missing work.
  2. The poem will be finished in class. Bring all papers back.
  3. SOME OF YOU DID NOT LISTEN/READ AND PICKED UP THE PACKET TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. The packet from Baldwin, we did already on august 16……….so bring it back. 
  5. Crippled: annotation. Questions be on the blog tomorrow.

November 1, 2017

11th grade:

  1. Speech to the Virginia Convention: do/ finish the packet and do pages 61 and 62. DUE ON THURSDAY OR FRIDAY depending on the periods.
  2. Bring the book back.
  3. Finish the missing work.

12th grade:

  1. 1984: part 2/ chapter 3: see questions in your email: DUE THURSDAY.
  2. 1984: part 2/chapter 4/5/6: DUE TUESDAY:
  3. CH. 4:       a. What church is mentioned in the line of the old rhyme that Julia sings?        b. How does Julia say she learned the rhyme?       c. What does Winston imagine the paperweight represents as he gazes at it?   d. What does Julia say she will be instead of a Party comrade in the rented room?      e. What frightens Winston in the room and reminds him of a recurring nightmare?         f. Where is Winston certain he and Julia will end up before their executions?          g. What does Julia bring to the rented room in her tool bag?      h. What country does Julia say Oceania has recently captured?        i. Who is singing the song Winston hears through the window of the rented room above Mr. Charrington’s shop?        j. What does the Music Department use to produce songs for the proles?
  4. CH. 5:      a. What does Winston tell Julia that she thinks is “brilliantly witty”?         b. On whom does Winston think the Party is most successful in imposing its worldview?       c. What does Julia believe about the rocket bombs that has never occurred to Winston before?        d. What does Winston argue about with Julia and eventually convince her of?         e. What is the only practicable plan Winston and Julia discuss for their future (but do not actually intend to carry out).          f. What does Julia believe is the only way to rebel against the Party?           g. What is depicted on the new posters that suddenly appear all over London?        h. Why do the proles burn down an old couple’s house?       i. What detail is enough to tell Winston that Syme has “ceased to exist”—or rather, has “never existed”?       j. For what event are the Ministries preparing?
  5. CH. 6:        a. What suppressed memory is Winston finally able to recall?         b. What ration does Winston recall stealing from his sister?       c. For what reason does Winston believe the proles have been able to hold on to their humanity?       d. As a child, how had Winston spent his afternoons?          e. True or False: Winston knows what became of his mother and sister but has suppressed the memory          f. At the end of Book 2, Chapter 6, of 1984, what frightens Winston?         g.  What does O’Brien compliment Winston on in Chapter 6, Book 2, of 1984?          h. where does Winston meet O’Brien?         

AP:

  1. Work on missing work.
  2. The poem will be finished in class. Bring all papers back.
  3. PLEASE, PICK UP THE PACKET “on being crippled” THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVING TODAY, BUT I LEFT FOR WASC…… THX.

October 30, 2017

11th grade:

  1. Bring the book back.
  2. Work on missing assignments. PLEASE, COME IN DURING LUNCH SO WORK ON THEM…….

12THG RADE:

  1. work on your NYTIMES article.
  2. Work on the missing assignments of the book 1984.

AP:

  1. NO RECENT HW, but; WORK ON THE MANY MISSING ASSIGNMENTS.

October 27, 2017

11th grade: DUE MONDAY

  1. Bring book back.
  2. read the story: A Rose for Emily   http://xroads.virginia.edu/~drbr/wf_rose.html
  3. Write a one paragraph summary over this story: due for all periods 1,2,6,8.
  4. 12TH GRADE: DUE MONDAY
    1. Read the 1984: part 2 /chapter 2/ answer the following questions:
    2. What does Julia say she instinctively knows about Winston?
    3. What article of Julia’s clothing represents her membership in the Junior Anti-Sex League?
    4. What does Winston feel when he finally kisses Julia?
    5. What treat does Julia offer Winston that she got from the black market?
    6. With whom did Winston fear Julia was allied?
    7. WORK ON MISSING ASSIGNMENTS!!!!!!!

     

    AP:  1. Read the text of Eighner Lars: “On Dumpster Diving.”     Answer the 4 questions on the website (underneath the text) and the 9 questions given by me in the email.  DUE MONDAY.