Welcome to our class blog, seniors!! Please visit here to check out some reminders (which will be up top, just below these notes) and then any Posts that you may be required to read, follow, use for reflection, pondering, writing, screaming, laughing, etc...these Posts will be further down. The most current ones will be first - always check the dates. There may be times where I may ask you to visit an older Post.

Remember to always converse with the author - use post-its and take notes -annotate- be active readers! Happy reading and writing.

I hope to have a wonderful last year of high school with you! Fight off that horrid senioritis!

Bulldogs Bulldogs Bow Wow Wow (that's for my Yalie son, Kyle...check out his football pic on the link to the left!)

**HP has created a Google account just for you - so check it out at the HP website. Click on the link for student Google accounts**

Happy Spring! March Madness begins...

1. Continue to actively read the memoir that you chose, and complete the open-ended/reflection questions (packet). Keep in mind the characteristics of a memoir. I hope that you are enjoying your choice! Please bring your memoir book with you to class. Have about 3/4 done for 3/24...try!

2. Over the next few days, we will be presenting the "Impact of the Written Word" PowerPts/Prezis that you created. Nice job! Enjoy.

3. See below for the Memoir packet to work on and bring with you over the next week or so...just in case you misplace it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

POST #3: Getting to Know the Clutters and the Killers...

As you read through Part I of In Cold Blood, "The Last to See Them Alive," reflect on Capote's amazing writing techniques and how he draws the reader so closely in to BOTH the Clutter family as well as Dick and Perry. How does this make you feel? Why? What parts leave you full of suspense, horror, and/or shock? Develop your discussion into two lengthy paragraphs, incorporating at least three textual passages - be sure to quote and cite. Due by midnight on Friday, November 14th - 20 pts.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Catch" the updates...:)

1. You should by now have checked out the college applications that you plan on submitting, and either printed up the college essay topic (s) or written it (them) down to complete for class.

2. Today and tomorrow will be dedicated to working on your college essays - use your time wisely. A final typed up, double-spaced college essay will be due any time next week (40 pts).

3. Finish up The Catcher in the Rye, commenting on Salinger's purpose, the title, and the symbolism of Holden's red hunting hat and the carrousel. (due for Monday)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Catcher - it kills me, it really kills me...

I hope you are enjoying listening to Holden...it's quite a rollercoaster ride, isn't it? He has us laughing one second and crying another. Typical emotional life of a 16 - 17 year old? (Well, Holden has suffered tremendous loss...)

Please continue to "converse" with Mr. Salinger, and use Post-its for comments, reactions, questions, etc.. Always think about the author's purpose, audience, and writing strategies. Remember we are still focusing on the Narration/Description Writing Mode, so keep in mind the choice of narrator and point of view, word choice, plot and pace, conflict, etc..

Chapters 1 - 7 for Tuesday, Rock-tober 14th
Chapters 8 - 12 for Friday, Rock-tober 17th

Blog Post #2: Discuss what makes Holden a universal, typical teen...worries? angst? opinions? general beliefs? fears? Why is he so sad? Use at least two textual passages (quote and cite) in your lengthy one-paragraph discussion - due by midnight, Tuesday, Rock-tober 21st - 15 pts.

"I still had my red hunting hat on, with the peak around to the back and all. I really got a bang out of that hat" (Salinger 27).

For more information on Mr. Salinger and this famous controversial book, you can visit:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

From Novel to Screen...Wow! A Sweep of all Five

As we view the five-time-Oscar-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, you are to finish reading the novel and conversing with Mr. Kesey. The final discussion questions are due for Friday, October 3.

"...that big wide-open laugh of his. Dials twitch in the control panel at the sound of it" (Kesey 22). Start brainstorming ideas for your metaphor paper - remember, it's your own creative piece, written as a narrative story or a descriptive essay. Rough draft is due Tuesday, Oct. 7.

A Newsweek photographer recently traveled the world and documented horrific, deplorable conditions of mental institutions. Take a look - click on the newsweek link, and look for "A Shameful Legacy." http://xtra.newsweek.com/

Remember to start the college application search - look for the essay topics - print them up! We will be working on the dreaded college essay soon!

Monday, September 15, 2008

"Who's the bull goose looney around here?"

Continue to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and converse with Mr. Kesey. Comment, question, argue, discuss!! Use post-its or paper! Read actively!! Be through page 101 for Wednesday, Sept. 17th; be through 122 for Monday, Sept. 22nd. Check out the link below - peruse info about Kesey; click on the links within the site - the Merry Pranksters, The Beat Culture, the 1960s...you might also want to Google mental institutions in the 1950s.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Please click on the link to the left, "Why I Write" by George Orwell, and print up your own copy of Mr. Orwell's essay. Read it over, and have a conversation with Orwell! Highlight, underline, comment, question, react. If you come across any unfamiliar vocabulary, define them.

Due Wednesday, Sept. 10

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Reading and/or revisiting The Giver

Please read/reread Lois Lowry's The Giver by February 22nd. Make note of how she uses the division and classification writing strategies, and be prepared to write about the effectiveness of this in conjunction with Rand's Anthem. (You might want to have specific text and page numbers written down.) Consider the purpose and audience of both authors.

Anthem and ARI

Please click on the link over to the left, "The Ayn Rand Institute," scroll down and visit the Ayn Rand Lexicon. Refresh your understanding of her philosophy of Objectivism, and then go to any letter to search for topics and read her statements. Pick any one topic, read what Rand has to say, and then post a personal reaction/discussion on your blog. Based on your reading of Anthem, does it surprise you that she feels this way about the topic you chose? Explain, using specific references to Anthem. (Length: 2 paragraphs, 10 pts.)
Peruse the Ayn Rand Institute site, and let me know if you wish to borrow her famous novels, Atlas Shrugged and/or The Fountainhead.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Final Memoir?

Revise, edit, develop your memoir. Remember, there is no set length, so write to your heart's content - most of you have at least two pages, typed, double spaced by now! Hand in anytime up until the end of next week - Feb. 15th.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Writing Your Own Memoir

Just a reminder...two pages (typed, double spaced) of your memoir is due for tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 5th, as we will be working on editing and revising your writing. Enjoy!