agenda W/Th May 17/18: review KR, M and poetry terms

learning goal: what overlaps (large or small) exist between Shakespeare’s play and Hosseini’s novel?  what insights emerge from this comparison–insights about either work, about literature in general, or about life and the human condition?

exercises TBA–based on elements of fiction, and this trio of story-aspects (conflict, resolution, revelation)

with a side order of poetry and poet’s tools

May Exam 2017: FAQs

FAQs

What is the format? What’s on the exam?

The exam has three parts: ten short answer responses–i.e., 2-3-sentence responses (poems and poetic terms); one paragraph response (The Samurai’s Garden and basic elements fiction); essay response comparing two of the semester’s major works (The Kite Runner, MacbethThe Samurai’s Garden).

Submit your exam–as one document–to TURNITIN (“May exam”).

What do I bring to the exam (Tue May 23)?

Bring your LAPTOP, and your own copy of THE SAMURAI’S GARDEN (with your bookmark/booklet). During the exam, you will not be allowed to share any of these materials with another person. As for The Kite Runner and Macbeth, the exam packet includes approved passages for both books.

If you want, also bring a book to read, in case you finish early because you will be asked to close your laptop after submitting your exam to TURNITIN.

How should I study?

Poetry: re-read the poems in your folder–ALOUD, either with someone or privately. Have a list of poetic terms nearby, so that you can identify examples in the poems you read. Or, take turns reading poems aloud with a partner, taking turns identifying poetic terms in the poem your partner reads aloud. As with other study techniques described here, I am suggesting methods that might prove helpful for some of you. By all means, be creative. Invent methods, games, practices that work for you and your study-buddies.

The Samurai’s Garden: review your booklet notes. Study those through the lens of individual elements of fiction–characterization or plot development, for example. Continue the mind-map exercise started in the first class of review week.  Compare your map(s) with classmates: talk to and question one another.

The play and two novels: Note overlapping subjects and themes among the three major works. With a study-buddy, anticipate and write down questions that could address some aspect of this overlap.   For example, how is courage represented in each work?  Also, imagine–and write down the results of your imagining–how any of the characters might answer our course’s essential questions: Who am I? What are my primary responsibilities to myself and to the communities in which I live? What does wisdom look like?

When are review sessions?

During regular classes Mon-Thu, May 15-18.  Also 1 o’clock Mon May 22, which is the day before our exam.

Anything else I should know?

In class during review week, I will preview the  revised exam preamble.  You will be asked to sign this preamble on Tuesday morning as a first step in the exam.

What do I bring to the exam Tue May 23?

What do I bring to the exam (Tue May 23)?

Bring your LAPTOP and your own copy of THE SAMURAI’S GARDEN (with your bookmark/booklet). During the exam, you will not be allowed to share any of these materials with another person. As for THE KITE RUNNER and MACBETH, a collection of approved passages for both books will appear in the exam packet.

If you want, also bring a book to read, in case you finish early because you will be asked to close your laptop after submitting your exam to TURNITIN.

Revision update #2

Earlier I had set the revision deadline for Mon May 15.  I am moving that to Fri May 19.

This means that anyone revising an assignment–according to established protocol–needs to submit that revision to TURNITIN by Fri May 19.

Realistically, this new deadline means I should have received your rubric application or had the required conference (in the case of an original Macbeth essay of 90 or higher) no later than Wed May 17.  This cut-off date gives you and me time to approach our work thoughtfully.

After you have submitted the revision to TURNITIN, be sure to return the approved rubric to me; otherwise I will not know to read and score your revision.

agenda F/M May 5/8: Poetry Day, free verse (or reading)

special announcement: Friday’s A block used this agenda, but Monday’s H and E blocks did not because of people taking the AP Bio exam.  Instead, these groups read in our novel, which is what A block will do in Tuesday’s class.

learning goal: What is free verse?  What are its advantages over other kinds of verse?

for your Poetry Folder Table of Contents: Pinsky, Frost, Williams; free verse, meter, rhyme, lyric poetry

Free Verse. May 2017

conversation with police outside a Moscow courthouse (April 2012)

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2013/10/free-verse-was-doubly-forbidden-kirill-medvedev-provokes-on-behalf-of-pussy-riot/

Robert Pinsky on “sonic harmony”—i.e., chime without rhyme

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2010/10/wild-and-rhyme-free-verse/

full Pinsky essay at slate.com (how can unrhymed poetry please the ear?)

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem/2010/10/keener_sounds.html

“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost (blank verse)

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44266

“An Old Man’s Winter Night” by Robert Frost (blank verse)

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/old-mans-winter-night

“To Waken an Old Lady” by William Carlos Williams (free verse)

http://www.phys.unm.edu/~tw/fas/yits/archive/williams_towakenanoldlady.html

“A Plea for Free Verse” by Y.F. Swain

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=17509

Free Verse—a definition

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/glossary-terms/detail/free-verse

Revision Update

Some people who scored a 90 or above for the recent Macbeth essays have asked about revisions. Initially, I told several of these people that the assignment was ineligible, as has been true for all such assignments this year.

In this particular case, however, for several reasons, I have developed an option—one that requires a different degree of application and preparation. Specifically, anyone interested in revising a final Macbeth essay that scored 90 or above needs to make an appointment for before or after school. During this appointed time (10-15 minutes in most cases), we will review the essay on the smartboard together, to make sure you understand the rubric markings and the specific steps for strengthening the essay.

If interested, email me with proposed time(s) for such a review session.  To the scheduled conference, bring a paper copy of the rubric–marked on front and back as you would for the regular revision protocol.  All revisions, including this exceptional type, are due by Mon May 15.