In Context

Friday, May 13, 2011

English Agenda for May 16, 2011

~Strengthening the Net Through Student Engagement~
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." ~John Adams (1735-1826)

Departmental Features:

The Nitty Gritty/Updates/Reminders:
  • A Few Words from Dr. Perkins
  • Thank You--English 10 HSA Prep/After-School Review Teachers (5 Weds. Classes) (Candice, Corey, Judy, Kristen)
  • English AP Literature and Composition Exam Suggested Book Titles 1981-2011
  • CHS Notes from May 11th ITL Meeting--Forwarded in an email 5.11.11
  • Notes from May 4th SLA County ITL Meeting--Forwarded in an email 5.10.11
  • English 10 Prep Summer Course--No Cost--Current Grade 9 Students
  • The HCPSS Senior Writing Project--Mandatory Next Year
  • Common Core Language--Argumentative Writing with Evidence
  • Standards for English Language Arts 6-12 Packet--Writing Standards 6-12, Grades 9-12 (pg. 45)

  • Textbook Selection Committee (3 CPD Credits)
  • Local Assessments 2011-2012--Annotated Teacher's Manuals
  • Summer Monies--CCS Documents Defining Argumentative Writing
  • Grade Level Team Meetings--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.