Monday, December 10, 2012

Link for poetry notebook rubric

Here's the googledoc for your poetry notebook rubric. Remember this is due Wednesday, December 12!

And remember, I'm grading the dividers based on effort and quality. Be as creative as you can and try to have fun with these. You can make a collage, use pictures you take or pictures from online, use stickers, fun paper, crayons, splatter paint, buttons, ribbon, giftwrap, computer graphics, text graphics, words, newspaper, magazines, sheet music... the possibilities are endless.
Just take a moment to try not to be a square. :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012




Monday, December 3, 2012

poetry: on sonnets

We briefly discussed sonnets in class today. There are three different types of sonnets: Shakespearean (English), Petrarchan (Italian), and the Villanelle. Of these, Shakespearean is the most common. Go to this website and choose a Shakespearean sonnet:

Tell me which sonnet you chose (refer to it by its number, e.g., "Sonnet 18"), then briefly summarize what the sonnet is about. Answer the following questions:
1. What is the overall topic?
2. Write a thesis for the sonnet (i.e., if Shakespeare were to have a thesis for the poem, what would it be? What's his main argument about his topic here?).
3. Tell me one literary element he employs and briefly describe what effect it has on the poem (e.g., The use of irony reveals his skepticism of the woman's love).

This blog is due no later than tomorrow, Tuesday December 4 at 8am. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

on motivation

We're at the end of the first semester of your last year of high school (crazy!). 
As you're pushing through the last couple weeks of the fall semester, 
I want you to consider what motivates you
What incentives can you give yourself to excel in the following weeks? 
What attitude adjustments and paradigm shifts do you need? 
What is going to propel you forward to success despite busyness, senioritis, and the overall need for a break? 
Furthermore, how are you going to motivate others to create a better environment for your class (and teachers) as a whole?

This thoughtful blog is due no later than 8am, Tuesday November 27.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

poetry: on songs of innocence and experience

After reading William Blake's "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" from his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, identify which poem is from Innocence and which is from Experience. Write a paragraph about each. First, briefly (approx. 2-3 sentences) summarize what the poem is about. Then, analyze what specific elements of each makes it a song of innocence or experience. How does Blake communicate (a tone of) innocence or experience? What point is he making about his subject?

You may NOT use a blog pass for this assignment.

This is due no later than 10am on Friday, November 16.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

just a reminder

This is not a blog you need to respond to. Merely a reminder (for those of you without Facebook, mostly) of all that's due tomorrow. TYPED!

Poetry binder with contents in this order...
1. cover (represents poetry. has your name.)
2. your Sandburg definitions handout (green sheet)
3. your 10 (minimum) original TYPED Sandburg poetry definitions
4. your 20 (minimum) poetry definitions TYPED from other people (include a variety of ages; no more than 3 from FA seniors; include their name and age)


1. Accept/Except
2. Advice/Advise
3. Affect/Effect
4. All ready/Already
5. Apart/A part
6. Breathe/Breath
7. Capital/Capitol
8. Complement/Compliment
9. Counsel/Council
10. Disinterested/Uninterested

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

extra credit blog

If you respond to this blog, I'll give you a blog pass for a future blog.

What did you do to further the kingdom of God today?

Respond to this by 8am Wednesday November 7.