In Context

Saturday, February 7, 2009

February 9, 2009

"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
--Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian Philosopher 1889-1951

I. Departmental Feature

  • Vocabulary Development--
    "Content-Area Vocabulary: A Critical Key to Conceptual Learning" by Janis M. Harmon and Karen D. Wood from Adolescent Literacy in Perspective, October 2008
  • PowerPoint Summary and Discussion
  • Survey of Great Source 2005 Vocabulary Books

II. The Nitty Gritty--

  • Administrative Visit
  • English Academic Support Day--Wednesday, February 11
  • Poet-in-Residence Liz Rees visit--Thursday, February 12
    Kristen McManus' 4B 10 GT class
  • International visitors from England--Tuesday, February 17
    Mag Polek's 4B 12 AP class
  • Junior interviews will take place March 31 to April 2;
    complete the resume writing lesson by March 23


  • ETS Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Program
    Grades 9 and 10; Regular and Review Classes
  • ACCUPLACER--English 11 Classes
    College Readiness Elective
  • CPR Rhetoric Activities


  • Celebrate African American Writers throughout February: Twentieth National African American Read-In

~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.