On Friday students presented their boasts. Many excellent efforts were heard today (especially ALL of Period 3!!).
Started on the concept of "weir guild" if we had time after presentations.
Only HW is to work on the REPUBLIC or POETICS essay.
- Several short vids: intro to BEOWULF, Old English (OE) examples and similarity to our English, and the EC assignment vid of BEOWULF being sung/chanted in OE. (see attached videos)
- EC opportunity: ID the lines sung by Christopher Paige. Use the opening line, followed by an ellipses, and the ending line sung (eg: "Once upon a time... Snow White screamed." Due Friday for credit.
- Lecturette on Viking culture and the Heroic Code.
- Assigned the Beo Boast (see handout below), due Friday. You WILL present to the class.
- Assigned essay, due Tuesday (see attachments below).
- pop quiz for reading check
- discussion of opening of BEOWULF
Kennings are two-word descriptive phrases that, like pronouns, replace a noun. Our first evidence of them is in Beowulf, but the tradition persists into the modern day (sky scraper, couch potato, etc.). On the attached worksheet, you will write the kenning that best fits the description. Due as a self-graded, in-class assignment, worth 10 pts. Absent students should fill the sheet in and bring to class upon return.
HW: read in BEOWULF up to the point Beowulf and his crew set sail for the land of the Danes.
- Brief discussion of "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" writing assignment results.
- Discussion about AP quizzes and prompts and how they will be "graded" on good faith effort, not # correct.
- You need to write far more than I can grade (intensively). While there will be at least one essay a month I mark up, many AP preps will receive only cursory commentary.
- Acquire a copy of Beowulf for next week!!!
Class discussion of the poem, particularly on the level of the profound meaning/theme of the poem.
Finish up that summer reading if you haven't yet!
Acquire a copy of BEOWULF for next week (e-text available for free in many places or at Gutenberg.org. I recommend finding a parallel text (showing the Old English as well as the Modern English).
Mr. Buckle will give his annual "School Rules & Harassment/Bullying Prevention" talk.
Read, in text, "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers". Write a one page analysis of the poem. We'll discuss the poem in class on Thursday.
IF you didn't do the summer reading, I sure hope you've been frantically doing so this we
Don't forget to read the three docs and sign the form, and to have your parents/guardian of record do so too!
Today in class we read the article below and discussed the differing literary theories. If you were absent, please write a couple of sentences (don't merely quote or paraphrase!) for each theory to demonstrate to me that you understood the concepts in the article (in lieu of the class discussion).
Today you'll get your books and a brief overview of some important info. Please review the documents and "sign" that you've read and understood the info. Please also have your parent/guardian of record do so in a separate submission. Due WED 8/21/13
I hope you did the summer readings! More on that later.....
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