In Context

Monday, August 18, 2008

August 18, 2008

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. The Nitty Gritty

  • Classroom Supplies
  • Equipment--LCD Projectors
    Signing Out Materials
    Book Orders
  • Wednesday, August 20th County Language Arts Inservice at Long Reach High School
  • English Department Meeting Schedule—Room 209
    Recorder; Refreshments
    Monthly Departmental Features Recommendations
  • Final English Department Schedule
  • CHS English AP Scores--May 2008
  • The English Web Page at
  • Teacher Web Pages
  • TeacherEase at
  • Writing Folders--Language Arts Expectations
    Sample LA Lesson Plan Format
  • Current Addresses/Birthday Celebrations
  • Student Aides—Credit, Attendance, Activities
  • English Activity Fee--Vocabulary Workshop Books; Cuckoo's Nest for 12 Honors: Vicki Sattler will visit classrooms to collect payment from students; fees cover the cost of each text, plus shipping and tax
  • Syllabi, Etc.—3 copies to ITL
    Include Grading Policy, Class Procedures, Expectations, Materials, Departmental Plagiarism Policy, and turnitin
  • Substitute Lesson Plans—Keep updated and current in a folder on the Teacher’s Desk in classrooms--Include Syllabi, Objectives, Seating Charts

3. Grade Level Meetings

  • Book Charts--Please check for balance and diversity as a team (Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Time Periods, Genres)
  • Check current English Book Inventory Binder in 601 for ordering needs

~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.