In Context

Thursday, August 19, 2010

English Agenda for August 24, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010--Room 209 following Staff PD
~Strengthening the Net Through Student Engagement~

I. Departmental Features--

"The Unwritten" by W.S. Merwin (See links in previous post)
Student Engagement Criteria

MSDE AYP Data; HSA, SAT, and AP Results
CHS SIT Plan for 2010-2011

II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders--

September 3rd PD; Senior Writing Project

Classroom Supplies and Equipment
English Birthdays/Addresses/Phone Numbers

Vocabulary Workshop Books--Numbers

High School Writing Manuals

English Web Page
Teacher Web Pages

Language Arts Expectations
Student Writing Folders
Student Aides

CHS English Department Plagiarism Policy
Signed Classroom Copy
Student Notebook Copy
NYTimes Article on Plagiarism 8.01.10

Syllabi, Etc.—3 Copies to Mag: Include Grading Policy, Class Procedures, Expectations, Materials, Departmental Plagiarism Policy, and

Substitute Lesson Plans: Keep updated and current in a clearly visible folder in the classroom; include Syllabi, Objectives, Seating Charts

III. Grade Level Team Meetings--

Book Charts--As a team, please review your syllabi for BALANCE and DIVERSITY (Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Time Periods, Genres)

Check current English Book Inventory Binder in 601 for ordering needs

~Thank you for all that you do for our students and for CHS.~

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

~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.