In Context

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lunch Agenda for January 20, 2010

Wednesday meeting (1/2 day) 11:30 AM in the English Office for a few important updates. Teachers will:
  • Appraise ideas/criteria for recommending course selections for students for next year
  • Survey what's in store for eleventh and twelfth grade English teachers on the February 11th Professional Development Day (at CHS from 12:00 to 2:30 PM)
--Grade 11 Assessments no longer in pilot mode next year
--Plans for a future Senior Writing Project Requirement
--Teaching the Informational Essay Genre
--Effective Use of 6+1 Traits of Writing
  • Acquire exciting ways to "defrag" laptops from Rus VanWestervelt
  • Examine a "Critical Thinking" Question Wheel to support the application of "academic rigor": In applying academic rigor, the teacher provides students with opportunities to move from basic knowledge to an application of knowledge reflecting higher critical thinking.

~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.