Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Week 4 - 2/19/2018

Happy Winter Carnival!!

Here are this week's agendas:

The satiric piece we're reading on Wed/Thur is available here

Be sure to get caught up in Things Fall Apart over vacation week.  That's also a good time to practice your Poetry Out Loud poem.  We will be performing them in the week that we come back.

Tuesday we talked about the characteristics of a highly developed culture.

Week 3 - 2/12/2018

It's Tech Week in the LRTC!

This is a retroactive post, but it may be helpful if you need to get copies of handouts or assignments.

In case you need them:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Week 2 - 2/5/2018

So far, so good!  How is Borne coming?  Make sure you finish it this coming weekend.

From now on, the weekly agenda will be personalized for each class. 

The stories we are reading are available via the following links:

You have a choice of writing prompts for the Okri story.

Vocabulary 1 sentences are due.  Do you need the words and definitions?

Monday's lesson includes a number of Poetry Out Loud handouts and an assignment.  Reprints are available through the links below.  Take some time to play on the poetryoutloud.org website on the Find Poems page.  Try to find a poem that speaks to you--something you're willing to spend some time with--by the end of class on Friday.  We're going to be reading them aloud, writing about them, and memorizing them over the next month.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Happy Spring Semester!

Welcome to Mr. Lang's English 12H--the last high school English class you'll ever take!  I can't wait to get started.  There are so many things I love about this class--the texts I get to share with you, the research and insgihts that you share with me, the goofy things you do while we're reading Hamlet or The Importance of Being Earnest....oh, the list is long!

I'm going to do my darnedest to keep this page up to date.  I'll still give you handouts in class, but if you lose them, or if you forget them, or if the 'rents are being a pain and want to see what you're working on, you will have access and can keep working from home (or wherever you are).

For example, if you've already lost or misplaced the syllabus, you can always access this one.  And here's the movie permission slip.

Every week, I will also post the weekly agenda here.

And on Thursday, you will get the list of words for our first vocabulary unit.  If you want to get a head start, go for it!  For basic credit, write 7 original sentences that show the meaning of any seven of the words.  If you want extra credit, do all 15.    For full credit, turn them in on Monday, Feb. 5.

The first two stories we are reading are Doris Lessing's "No Witchcraft for Sale" (for Thursday) and V. S. Naipaul's "B. Wordsworth" (for Friday).

At every chance you get, keep reading Jeff Vandermeer's Borne.  The in-class essay test is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 12.  I hear the LMC still has copies on Kindle.

If you wanted to see those poems again, here they are:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 13 - 11/30/2015

Welcome back from Thanksgiving!  It's good to have the family circle back together again.  I've been thinking about what I could give you for the holiday season and it seems the best choice I could offer is personal choice.

You're already working on your independent reading book.  This week we start working on an independent reading assignment that will take us through till the end of the term.  

Meanwhile, we're still reading Hamlet and answering these prompts.   

We're just getting started on Poetry Out Loud, we're finishing our action letters (final draft), and we have a new vocabulary list, #9a.

Here's the agenda for the week.

Weeks 10, 11, & 12 - 11/2/2015,11/9/2015, and 11/16/2015

Looking backward once again, this was the agenda we were marching to in the week of 11/2/2015
Here is the text for Diane DiPrima's "Rant."   


Here is the agenda for the week of 11/9/2015.
And here are the words for Vocabulary 7b
We chose our independent reading books this week.  Here is the independent reading assignment.
You can find Rudyard Kipling's "Proofs of Holy Writ" here.


And here is the agenda for 11/16/2015.  
And here are the words for Vocabulary 8a
This is the action letter assignment.  And here are some letter-writing tips.
And here is a link for Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weeks 8 and 9 - 10/19/2015 and 10/26/2015

Just for the record, this was the agenda we were marching to in the week of 10/19/2015.

And here are the words for Vocabulary 6a, though we never got around to the quiz that week.

As for Shakespeare's sonnets, you can always look them up online.  They're in the public domain.

Now we're well on our way into week 9.  Here's the revised agenda for 10/26/2015.  We won't get to Hamlet till next week, but that should help us clean up what we need to do for our college application projects and for 1984. 

The test for that book now spans two days, Thursday and Friday of this week, Reading journals are due Thursday.  We chose as a class to watch Brazil.  We may start that Thursday or Friday and peck away at it through midterm week next week.

Our midterm will be on Thursday, November 5th.  More on that anon.