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)

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

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

“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost (blank verse)

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

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

“A Plea for Free Verse” by Y.F. Swain

Free Verse—a definition

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.

agenda M/T May 1/2: drawing on our reading

learning goal: what do the various physical locations look like?  where are which features in relation to each other?

draw one or more of the physical locations, with as much detail as you like–e.g., Stephen’s grandparents’ house in Tarumi, the village of Yamaguchi, the area around and including the grandparents’ house, or another physical location of your choice

enter some content (of your own choosing) on one of the squares inside the SG booklet with reading schedule

leave a thoughtful, original comment to one of the posts about The Samurai’s Garden, found at readingcolors

agenda T/W Apr 25/6: Poetry Day–haiku, tanka, and novel

learning goal: what scene or moment captures my attention well enough to plant a poem in my mind? why this one?

poetry and passages from The Samurai’s Garden

intro to favorite Macbeth lines from last Poetry Day

read for half hour–with OCC sheet distributed at start of class

after this half-hour, compose either two haiku or one tanka based on notes from your 30-minute reading session (the subject of your poem(s) is up to you

if you want help with haiku/tanka requirements and dynamics, see either of these these links: “Three Haiku, Two Tanka” by Philip Appleman or “Selected Haiku by Issa,” translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

end class by hearing people’s poems