In Context

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

English Agenda for March 15, 2010

English Department Agenda
Monday, March 15, 2010--Room 209 at 2:20 PM
"Beware the ides of March."
*Please plan to meet for one hour.
  • CHS Administrative Updates
  • Student Course Registration Review
  • Course Placement Reviews due by March 31st
  • TENTATIVE English Schedule 2010-2011
  • Sadlier-Oxford replacement vocabulary books for 2010-2011
  • Damaged books = $10.26 @ (includes tax)
  • Obligation form (3 copies needed for front office at year's end)
  • HoCoPoLitSo Promise and Achievement Awards--Nominations (2 Seniors)
  • The Emily Davis Memorial Scholarship Award--Nominations
  • English Department Award 2010--Nominations
  • English HSA After-School Tutoring--Wednesdays (5 weeks) beginning April 14
  • SIP Objective: With administrative support, English 10 teachers will conduct after-school intervention classes as warranted for those students identified as needing additional support to improve their English and reading skills, based on the results of class performance and quarterly assessments.
  • Ideas/input for next year--
  • Responding to Student Writing: Where are we? Where are we going? How do we "deliver useful feedback, appropriate for the writer and the situation"? How do we "analyze writing situations for their most essential elements"? from "NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing"
  • NCTE Writing Beliefs
  • Asian-American Literature Study Group--Ha Jin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chang-rae Lee, Amy Tan, etc.
  • Data Conversation Team Meetings: *Please bring documents as needed. Teachers will meet in grade level teams to discuss 2nd quarter assessment results and implications for instruction.
  • SIP Objective: English teachers of Grade 9, 10, and 11 classes will each meet quarterly as a team to analyze county assessment data and to collaborate effective strategies for differentiating instruction.
  • Reminder--
  • High School Professional Development Session
  • "The Essay, The Forgotten Genre?"--Monday, April 19th; CHS English Department Meeting with Mary Teague--Grade 11 & 12 English Teachers; Room 209 from 2:20 to 3:20 PM
  • Open Agenda

~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.