Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:" Homer Edition

Books 10, 11, and 12 of The Odyssey are like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in The Odyssey. We will be meeting some very interesting and very dangerous creatures and humans. Get ready for the most interesting part of the story! Be sure that you are following along with the Travel Log assignments and questions. You should be writing these answers in your Daily Composition Notebooks.

Today, we have presentations for Circe, Aeolus, the Laestrygones, and Apollo. The remaining presentations will occur next week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Odysseus vs. The Cyclopes

Halfway done with the adventures of Odysseus! Too bad he is no closer to home, though. :( Perhaps one day... For now, make sure that you have completed all of the Travel Logs up through Book 9 in your Daily Composition Notebooks. Hold onto the Book 1, Book 5, and Odyssey Notes pages that you turned in Friday and received back today. You will need them for The Odyssey Part I Test coming up after we finish Book 12!

Tomorrow's presentations are Circe, Aeolus, the Laestrygones, and Apollo. Remember your visual aid!

Statue found in Sperlonga, Italy

Steampunk Re-imagining of the Cyclops

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Digging Deep into The Scarlet Letter

Now that we have established Hawthorne's unique and detailed writing style, we will read the rest of the text independently (see schedule below) and discuss the chapters in class. Tomorrow, we will look into the main characters in the close reading style that we employed today.

 We will also be supplementing our understanding via the WGBH Boston mini-series interpretation. We will be completing ABC Charts within our Daily Composition Notebooks. Using the alphabet, we can identify lots of symbols and setting elements that set the tone and theme of The Scarlet Letter. These charts will help us identify the Dark Romantic style of Hawthorne's writing. Follow this link to watch a video about American Dark Romanticism.

Additionally, we will be doing pages from the Glencoe Activities Packet. Keep up with these papers in your Comp Notebooks and we'll work on them as we go!

For an online version of Hawthorne's original text, click here!

Reading Schedule:
(Due in class on day mentioned)
Wed: Ch 1
Thurs: Ch 2-4
Fri: Ch 5-6