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.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Truly Cuckoo...

When you are finished creating your blog and typing up your first post, check out the link below. Peruse info about Mr. Kesey; click on the links within the site - the Merry Pranksters, The Beat Culture, the 1960s...you might also want to Google search mental institutions in the 1950s.

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."
"...that big wide-open laugh of his. Dials twitch in the control panel at the sound of it" (Kesey 22). You should be brainstorming ideas for a metaphor paper - it is your own creative piece, written as a narrative story or as a descriptive essay. Think in terms of relating a person to an object or animal, or an emotion to an object...i.e., love is a pencil, a book is nourishment, summer is freedom, my car keys are my life. Develop every nuance, every detail - create the extended metaphor. Use Cuckoo's Nest as an example. 1 - 1 1/2 pgs rough, typed dbl sp - due Wed., Sept. 30th.

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

Post #1: Mr. Kesey does an outstanding job building up the characters

of McMurphy vs. Nurse Ratched. The battle has begun! Who will win this power struggle? Will McMurphy get Big Nurse's goat? Discuss this, using two textual passages to support your reasoning. (cite). 1 - 2 paras; due anytime next week. (15 pts)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009