In Context

Friday, February 11, 2011

English Agenda for February 14, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011~Room 209~2:20 PM
~Strengthening the Net Through Student Engagement~

I. Departmental Features
II. The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders
  • Teaching Requests for 2011-12--ASPEN Scheduling
What's the buzz...tell me what's happening...
  • County Assessment Teacher Manuals, Quarter 3
  • Common Core State Standards Packet (Bring to March 11 PD)
  • March 11 SLA PD--Engaging All Learners
  • The Future of Testing 2014 (as we know it)
  • Winter Pep Rally--TBA--4A Lunch Shifts
  • Laptop Replacement Plan:
  • Back up all DELL files in two locations ASAP
  • March 8--Turn in old laptops by 3:00 PM
  • March 9--Apples issued (NO network connectivity all day)
  • March 10--Training (40 minutes)
Senior Writing Project Quarterly Reflections--ALL Grades
  • Senior 2nd Quarter Reflections: Persuasive/Analytical Writing
  • Third Quarter: Senior Writing Projects
Grade Level Team Meetings--Please schedule Q2 County Assessment data discussions

~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.