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.

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!