Monday, May 16, 2011

Performance Final Exam - Tuesday, May 17

It will cover texts studied this semester. Here is a list of texts covered by Honors and/or CP:

King Arthur's "Sword in the Stone" - Young Arthur becomes king by pulling a sword out of a ston
Lancelot and Guinevere - Lancelot woos Guinevere (Arthur's wife) and they begin their affair
Lay of the Werewolf - A husband has a secret--he turns in to a werewolf--and his wife does not like it. She betrays him, but he gets the last laugh.
How Siegfried was Slain - Chivalry at it's worst - Siegfried is stabbed in the back (literally) for being a good friend.
Perceval: The Grail - Sieze an opportunity when given, Perceval went on a quest to find the Holy Grail and bound by his chivalrous code let the moment pass him.
Dante's Inferno - Dante takes a journey through hell and shows that what you did on earth, you will suffer the consequences for in eternity--symbolic retribution.
Julius Caesar - Et tu Brute?
Of Mice and Men / Lord of the Flies / The Other Side of the Sky / Fahrenhiet 451

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Assignment: Extended Metaphor and Symbolism

Assignment: Write 2 poems. (Remember, your final project will be to perform one of your original works. Your building your portfolio to select your poem from).

Poem 1: Extended Metaphor Poem
A metaphor that weaves its way throughout the entire poem is called an extended metaphor. Read the poem below and examine how the following demonstrates the concept.

Cliché by Billy Collins

My life is an open book. It lies here
on a glass tabletop, its pages shamelessly exposed,
outspread like a bird with hundreds of thin paper wings.

It is a biography, needless to say,
and I am reading and writing it simultaneously
in a language troublesome and private.
Every reader must be a translator with a thick lexicon.

No one has read the whole thing but me.
Most dip into the middle for a few paragraphs,
then move on to other shelves, other libraries.
Some have time only for the illustrations.

I love to feel the daily turning of the pages,
the sentences unwinding like string,
and when something really important happens,
I walk out to the edge of the page
and, always the student,
make an asterisk, a little star, in the margin.

Your Turn: Think of a metaphor for your own life that you can extend in this same way. Think of something which has several components, such as a kind of television show, movie, or game. Even certain kinds of food that involve many elements -- pizza, casserole, chef salad, -- or ingredients -- cakes and cookies, could inspire your poem. What about complicated places -- highway, library, cruise ship, dormitory, apartment house, shopping mall, a stadium, a garden? Perhaps your metaphor might extend an activity, like playing a football game or driving a car. You can begin your poem "My life is . . . " or try somethg more subtle. Then explore the extensions of your metaphor. Length at least 16 lines (4 quatrains)

Poem 2: Symbolism
Symbolism is something that on the surface is its literal self but which also has another meaning or even several meanings. For example, a sword may be a sword and also symbolize justice. A symbol may be said to embody an idea. A symbol is an object, animate or inanimate, that stands for or points to a reality beyond itself. The cross, for example, is often used to represent suffering. Symbols, however, also indicate their own reality. For example, a cross not only stands for suffering, but it also stands for Christian suffering. A sunrise not only represents new beginnings but the beginning of a new day.

Today's poem in class - Persimmon - illustrated how a symbol is used in a poem and elaborated throughout it.

Your Turn: Think of an object which has symbolic significance for you., perhaps even idiosyncratically. Compose a poem which features that object and reveals its layers of meanings through the details you select. Respect your readers enough to reveal this. Don't tell us what it represents; show us. Length at least 16 lines.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This Week: 5/2 - 5/6

Monday: Poetry Terms

Tuesday: Final JC presentations, List poem HW: finish list poem started in class and according to your definition of poetry, bring in an example of a poem

Wednesday: Grammar review (fragments, run-ons), Figurative language

Thursday: Grammar review (independent vs dependent clause); Outside reading book- Of Mice and Men; sonnets

Friday: Grammar review (parallel structure); sonnets and symbolism; BLOG DUE

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Julius Caesar Essay Prompt and Outline

Prompt: Discuss the tragic hero of the play and the tragic flaw that brings him/her down

Outline requirements:
Create an outline (only an outline) with the following information. You will use your outline to write your essay in class. This will be a timed essay. Outlines are due on Friday.
-Hook, opening sentence
1st point / reason
-Supporting quote(s) (with line number: ex: 1.2.154)
2nd point / reason
-Supporting quote(s) (with line number: ex: 1.2.154)
3rd point / reason
-Supporting quote(s) (with line number: ex: 1.2.154)
-Ending statement

Monday, April 25, 2011

This Week: 4/25 -4/29

Monday: I was unexpectedly absent due to Airtran. Hopefully, this day was used to work on Caesar projects that are due on Thursday. There IS a blog this week.

Tuesday: Tragic hero and Julius Caesar

Wednesday: More on tragic hero

Thursday: Julius Caesar projects are due; YEAH!!!

Friday: In-class Julius Caesar timed writing

Friday, April 22, 2011


1. There is NO blog this week

2. Here is a link to find a couple of video editing software: CLICK HERE (It really depends on your computer, but you probably already have something on your computer--MovieMaker is on Windows, iMovie is on Apple)

3. My expectations for the Julius Ceasar project--to be WOWED and see GREATNESS! (You can do it--think outside the box, but remember the THEME and Shakespeare's objective).