In Context

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 16, 2009

"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) (Awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature)

I. Departmental Feature--

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)
  • 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 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.