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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Weeks 6 and 7 - 10/5/2015 and 10/13/2015

In week 6, we chose to read George Orwell's 1984 as a class. Yes, the full text is available online!  No excuses!

Here is the agenda for the week of 10/5/2015

And this is the chart with all the weekly class responsibilities for the semester.

Here is the list for Vocabulary 5a.

The reading schedule and prompts for 1984 are available here, as well as the pre-reading survey.

Most of you have found the Common Application (or some equivalent) on your own, but that has been linked in past blog postings.

Week 7: The agenda for the week of 10/13/2015 is here.  

(Another vocabulary holiday!  Yea!)

The contemporary sonnets by Midge Goldberg are only available in the paper handout given to you in class.  If you want more, buy the book.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 5 - 9/28/2015

Wow, what a big week this is!  On the plus side, we'll get a lot of stuff out of the way before Spirit Week.

Good news!  No vocab quiz this week!

Instead, we have two tests and a college application essay due.  You'll be so rested and refreshed by the time you take the SAT on Saturday!

Here's the agenda for 9/28/2015.  Watch those dates!

  • Earnest test on Wednesday (open book / open notes)
  • application essay (first draft) due on Thursday
  • Things Fall Apart journal due and test on Friday (open book)
If anything falls through the cracks, let it be the recommendation letter proofs.  I know you'll get those done.

    ~ Mr. Lang

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 4 - 9/21/2015

This week we will be

  • watching The Importance of Being Earnest
  • compiling evidence for a list of satiric targets in the play
  • finishing Things Fall Apart
  • studying sample college application essays, and
  • knocking off another vocabulary unit

Below are links to some of the handouts I am distributing:

Various college application support texts

        ~ Mr. Lang

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Week 3 - 9/14/2015

This week you can leave your textbook in the classroom.  If you need to catch up on The Importance of Being Earnest, it is available online.  You will also need the Achebe's Things Fall Apart and the following handouts:

Agenda for the Week of 8/14/2015

College application project overview

Sample resume 1

Sample reference request letter

Guidance contact information

Resume skills and personal qualities

Juvenalian satire example

Vocabulary #2

Congratulations on finishing the summer reading exam!  Now we can get on to the stuff you need to do (college applications) and the stuff that's fun to do (Earnest).  Remember that we will be reading the play in class and you will need to read the book outside of class.  Multi-tasking is good prep for college, too!

    ~ Mr. Lang

Week 2 - 9/8/2015

You will need your textbook or the links to the texts posted in the previous blog entry.  You will also need these handouts:

Agenda for the week of 9/8/2015

Reading schedule for Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming"

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

English 12H Overview

Welcome English 12H students!  

I'm very much a paper handout kind of guy, but I'm going to try to be a more conscientious blogger this year.  I'm already giving you a paper agenda at the beginning of each week, but who hangs on to important papers any more?  I figure if I do my homework on a regular basis, I can make it easier for you to do your homework on a regular basis.  At the very least, I can give you another stable place to locate your assignments and handouts.

For example, where's that pesky Summer Reading handout?

Or how about the Course Syllabus I passed out today?

Missing the Weekly Agenda for 9/1/2015

Man, I sure could use that list of words and definitions for Vocabulary 1.

Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to lug our big honking silver anthologies back and forth? Couldn't we read the next four stories online?  Of course, we can!

Good luck this semester!  
~ Mr. Lang