In Context

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Summer Reading Suggestions

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

June 8, 2009

I. Departmental Feature--
  • English AP Literature & Composition Exam--May 2009--Mag Polek
  • English AP Language & Composition Exam--May 2009--Holly Pasciullo & Kristin Shipp

II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders--

  • April Minutes--Liz Chung
  • English Awards 2009 at
  • English Schedule 09-10
  • CHS English Summer Reading List Input
  • Echoes and Reflections: A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust
  • Summer School Classes--June 29 to August 7 (8:00 to 12:45 PM at CHS)
  • End of the Year Clean-up--Final Exams & Keys, Books, Classrooms, Teacher Materials
~Thank you for all you have done this year for our students and for CHS.~

~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.