In Context

Friday, March 7, 2008

March 10, 2008

  • February Minutes
  • APRIL--National POETRY Month
    2008 Poster Online
  • "LIFE/LINES--Vital Words" Project;
    "Poem in Your Pocket" Day--April 17
  • POETRY APPRECIATION Presentation--Dr. Michael Clark: CHS English 11 & 12; Advanced Composition
  • HCPSS Secondary Language Arts Teacher Survey
  • Spring 08 Department Meeting Dates/Plans
  • English Numbers 08-09
  • English Presentation to CHS PTSA on March 12
  • CHS English Web Page--English Placement Resources
  • Week of March 25--Junior RESUME Writing Week Reminder:
    Teacher taught in ALL English 11 classes;
    Graduation requirement for Junior Interviews
  • HoCoPoLitSo 2008 Writing Contest--Entries due April 2nd;
    Promise & Achievement Awards (2)
  • APRIL 24 Professional Development--"Curricular Connections to the Real World"; Online Registration THIS WEEK

~English HSA Online Resources~

~English HSA Online Resources~

  • Maryland HSA Overview & History
  • Class of 2009--First Class Required to Pass Tests for Graduation
  • High School Testing Content & Data
  • High School Assessment Testing Calendar
  • Publicly Released Test Forms--2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
  • Answer Keys & Scoring Rubrics
  • Online HSA Courses
  • Testing Options/Accommodations
  • Contact Information
~from The Tragedy of King Richard II (Act 3, Scene 3) (1623) by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Yet looks he like a king: behold, his eye,
As bright as is the eagle's, lightens forth
Controlling majesty: alack, alack, for woe,
That any harm should stain so fair a show!

~from Moby-Dick (Chapter 96: The Try-Works) (1851) by Herman Melville (1819-1891)

There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he forever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.

~from Love's Phases (1899) by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Love hath the wings of the eagle bold,

Cling to him strongly
What if the look of the world be cold,
And life go wrongly?
Rest on his pinions, for broad is their fold;
Love hath the wings of the eagle bold.

~from What the Eagle Says (1999) by Xi Chuan (born Liu Jun, 1963)

Among men there are men who are not men, just like among eagles there are eagles that are not eagles: there are eagles that are forced to pace up and down the alleyways, and there are men who are forced to fly through the air.