Monday, August 31, 2009

Scribin' for 8.31.09

  • Check your grades on line, quiz scores are posted

  • sign-up for a college essay writing conference

    • pick the best essay or a college assignment


  • Writing Lab: Tuesdays and Thursdays in C-9 you can get help during an off hour with your writing

    • Sponsored by The English Teachers

  • Discussion of what to do to liven up class


      • too cold” whine

    • to the outdoor classroom

      • more whining

    • Smith: Executive decision

      • going to the outside classroom, take book and notes. Leave laptops......except me! :) I scribe for you and only you.

        • This is great because the outdoor classroom resembles the Greek theaters with the ascending seating and the orchestra at the bottom with the actors.

  1. Read Oedipus through page 60

  1. Conference on final Essay Choice

  1. Workshop for Essays on Friday

Friday, August 28, 2009

Scribe 8/28

HW DUE: Who am I essay

We spent the first 2o min researching the college we are applying to. We looked for the essay prompt to see what we will need to write for our school.

We then began talking about Oedipus. Mrs. Smith wrote ideas on the board and we contributed to the ideas.

Dramatic Irony

-Oedipus curses the killer of Laius but he is the killer

-Married to his mother

-”as if he was my own father” pg. 16

-Oedipus thinks he has “no reaction to murder”

-Tiresias' speech on pg. 25


-Fate vs. Free Will




-”sure footed”


-Returns to Oedipus


-disciplining the one responsible for Laius' death

-For each action there is an equal and opposite reaction



Tragic Hero

-Self-fulfilling prophecy


-King of Thebes

-Prince of Corinth

-Wrong choice at cross roads

-Too much pride

-Won't listen to others

-The put their blinders on

-Everything is on display

Heroes Journey

-Oedipus believes he is innocent

-Defeats Sphinx

-Creon, a once trusted friend Oedipus now believes to want to overthrow him

-Fate dictates his failure

-Oedipus calls town meeting and brings Tiresias in which causes mass chaos when Tiresias tells Oedipus he killed Laius and Oedipus calls him a liar

-Self-fulfilling prophecy

We read Oedipus through pg.

HW: Set up a time with Mrs. Smith for a college essay workshop

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This is NOT education as usual

Guess what? You are seniors! Because you are so learned in your ways and I can't teach you anything you don't already know ( I am being facetious- look up this word if you don't know what it means), I want you to think about what you want your last year of high school to look like. THINK BIG!

What do you hope to get out of this class?
What do you want to learn?
What do grades mean to you?How do you learn best?
What activities have you previously done in other classes that have been meaningful or interesting to you?