In Context

Thursday, June 5, 2008

June 9, 2008

  • Please remember to update your web page
  • Copies of May Minutes--Kristin Shipp
  • Summer Reading Info--Corey O'Brien
  • Fond Farewells to Cerise Ashburne and Michael Clark
  • Happy Summer Birthdays
  • Closing Business/Checkout Info--
    End of Year Exit Conference with ITL (by June 16)
    Final Exams (copy and answer key) to ITL (by June 16)
  • Student Debts--English Student Obligations due
  • Book Inventory--Thank you for promptly returning books to the bookrooms so we can complete an accurate inventory; literature anthologies, grammar books, and dictionaries may stay in classrooms as usual
  • Student Writing Folders--Please update, label, and store in your classroom
  • Classrooms will be painted this summer: store teacher materials; remove all materials from walls; cover materials to be saved on bulletin boards and open book cases; cover computers
  • Recent Department Documents/Updates posted on our Web Page: English Awards; CHS Summer Reading List 2008; AP Lit & Comp Book List 1981-2008
  • Happy Summer, Everyone!

~Thank you for all that you do for CHS and for our students.~

~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.