Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
Sources and Sample Activities:
This website from the Academy of American Poets includes information on the history of National Poetry Month.
2.) The 2009 poster features the lines "Do I dare/Disturb the universe?" from T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" at http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20220 and in TextFlows format at http://www.textflows.com/player/playFlow/20220.
In honor of National Poetry Month, students are introduced to a variety of poetic forms. One (or more) student each day is assigned as "poet of the day" for the month of April. Students are provided with several models for creating different forms of poetry, such as Shape Poems, Acrostic Poems, Diamante Poems, or Instant Poetry Forms. Each student might select one form of poetry and write an original poem, which he or she may also illustrate. On their assigned days, students will read their poetry out loud to the class.
Is a Sentence a Poem?
Students are given (or directed online to) a picture and asked individually to describe the picture in one sentence of less than twenty words. Afterward, the class analyzes syntax, imagery, and meaning in a chosen one-sentence poem by a canonical author to decide what makes it a poem. Students return to their own descriptive sentence to decide whether it is, is not, or could be a poem, justifying their reasoning. This exercise encourages students to dissect an established poem while defining the characteristics of the genre of poetry. Students then apply their knowledge during reflection upon their own work.
*Excerpts accessed on March 31, 2009.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I. Departmental Feature--
- Vocabulary Development--A Model Lesson--Jill Eisner
- Developing Effective Practices in Vocabulary Instruction
- NCTE Council Chronicle article (March 2009) "Everyday Writing: Words Matter More Than Ever in the 21st Century Workplace" http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Magazine/CC0183_Everyday.pdf
II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders--
- February Minutes
- Dear Soldier--SGA Writing Project
- Local English Assessment Data from INROADS
Grade Level Team Meetings
4th Quarter Assessments & Final Exams
- Official Ballots for Senior Superlatives--Rus VanWestervelt
- Feedback on Great Source 2005 Vocabulary Books
- --Vocabulary for Achievement, Third Course (9th Grade)
--Vocabulary for Achievement, Fourth Course (10th Grade)
--Vocabulary for Achievement, Fifth Course (11th Grade)
--Vocabulary for Achievement, Sixth Course (12th Grade)
- Utilization of the High School Writing Manual and Style Guide (especially for MLA Research Paper Guidelines) http://www.hcpss.org/aboutus/writing_manual.pdf
- English Academic Support Day--Wednesday, March 25
- Junior interviews will take place March 31 to April 2 during English classes this year; please complete the resume writing lesson by March 23
- End of Third Quarter--Friday, April 3
~English Placement Resources~
- 9th Grade Registration Information Packet--January 2011
- HCPSS Catalog of Approved High School Courses
- English 9 Curriculum Units
- Language Arts Curriculum
- HCPSS Course Levels
- Selecting an English Level
- Expectations and Guidelines
- Factors to Consider
- Humanities Overview
- 9th Grade Curriculum Writing Requirements
- How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer
- English ITL Schedule/Phone Contact
- 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
- Past HSA Tests--ALL Subject Areas
- HSA Public Release Documents--English
- What Your Child Will Learn in English (HCPSS_2010-11)
- CHS Testing Tips for Parents & Students (5.21.09)
- HSAonline practice
- HSA:highschoolassessmentprogram (2008-Present)
- testingdates 2010-2011
- marylandpublicschools.org/msde/testing/hsa (2003-Present)
- MSDEhome (2003-Present)
- "The Value of Direct and Systematic Vocabulary Instruction" by Jerome Shostak
- How and Why to Annotate a Book
- Instructional Strategies Database
- National Poetry Month
- NCTE Writing Beliefs
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.