In Context

Friday, September 18, 2009

September 21, 2009

I. Departmental Feature--
  • Outcomes of Data Conversations from September 4, 2009: Implications and Goal Setting
  • Individual Reading Conferences (IRCs)
  • Metacognitive Log Prompts
  • October 10 SAT
  • October 14 PSAT
II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders--
  • SGA Letters to Soldiers Feedback
  • NCTE National Gallery of Writing:
  • October 20, 2009--the National Day on Writing:
  • National Writing Project:
  • Letters About Literature--Maryland Humanities Council
Updates from CHS (9/17) & County (9/16) ITL Meetings
  • Budget
  • Schedule Changes, Drop/Add Signature Forms
  • Interim Reports issued to students on October 9
  • Hall Passes
  • CHS Staff Reference Info Folder on CLC
  • Contact to report flu-like symptoms
  • Printshop
  • Textbook Replacement Plan
  • Quarterly Assessments--Grades 9-11
  • Sample Anchor Papers Needed
  • Poetry Out Loud:
  • Writing Manuals
  • Textbook Selection Committee
  • LA Coordinator/Facilitator Visits
  • Student Writing Folders
  • ACCUPLACER Testing
  • College Readiness Initiative--English 11
  • Substitute Lesson Plans
  • Please keep current in a clearly visible folder in your classroom
  • Include Syllabi, Objectives, Seating Charts

~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.