In Context

Friday, October 17, 2008

October 20, 2008

I. Departmental Features
  • Welcome to Rachel Grap--Longterm Sub for Kristen McManus
  • September Minutes--Val Watson
  • ETS Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Program
    Grades 9 and 10; Regular and Review Classes

II. The Nitty Gritty

  • ACCUPLACER--English 11 Classes
  • English SIT Objectives 08-09
  • INROADS--Accountability and Planning Data
  • High School Writing Manual and Style Guide
  • PTA Reflections Program
  • Grub Street Poetry Competition-- Towson University
  • NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing 2009--Juniors
  • English Academic Support Day: Oct.22
  • End of First Quarter (47 days): Oct. 31
  • Reminders--
    English Course Placement Review Folder 08-09
    English Web Page
    Language Arts Expectations
    Teacher Web Pages
    Student Aides—Attendance, Activities, Grades
    Substitute Lesson Plans
    Writing Folders Swap

~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.