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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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

I really hope you are enjoying listening to Holden - it is quite a rollercoaster ride, isn't it? He has us laughing one moment and then crying another. Typical emotional life of a 16 - 17 year old?

Continue to "converse" with Mr. Salinger, and use Post-its for comments, reactions, questions, etc. Think about narration and description writing strategies.

Post #3: 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 2 paragraph discussion. Due sometime next week (by 11/7) - 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 some information on J. D. Salinger and this very controversial book, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Salinger