Monday, April 26, 2010

BNW Ch 13-18

Friday, April 23, 2010

BNW Ch7-12

Monday, April 12, 2010

BNW Ch1-6

Friday, April 2, 2010

Scribe 4/2/10

Today we are presenting our satire examples. We also turned in our last lecture part 2. Those have to be turned in by the end of today or they are late and Smith will not accept them. Other than that its a Friday so enjoy the weekend and remember our only homework is to read the foreword in BNW and to read the first and second chapters by Monday.
Remember to enjoy your weekend and we will see you all on Monday!
Your scriber for 4/2/10, Daniel Brus

Enjoy your weekend again.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recap- Mon, March 29


-We learned about Satires and the two types: Horatian and Juvenalien (Make sure to pick up a blue sheet of paper about Satires from Smith).
-To go along with that, we split into groups to read a few articles from the Onion (the satirical newspaper with fake articles). Those articles are on her webpage, and very entertaining!
~Onion Articles (Click on link)
-Then we watched the Simpsons and picked apart the different types of Satire
-Also, we have groups that we will form on Wednesday, where we will find satire articles and present them on Friday.

BIG REMINDER: Last Lecture Part 2 is due on FRIDAY!!!!
Also, have your Brave New World copy!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What's the point?

In a quick overview, what is the point of what Oscar Wilde was trying to say by writing this book? Is it significant that he didn't want us to analyze it?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dorian Gray 17-20

Friday, March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010 Dorian Gray Fischbowl

In your opinion, is Dorian temptation, the sinner or the victim? Explain.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dorian Gray 13-16

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fishbowl Blog March 3rd

Is it Dorian's fault that he is the man he has become, or is it Lord Henry's influence? Is it a combination of both? Why?

Dorian Gray 9-12

Friday, February 26, 2010

Dorian Grey Chapters 5-8

Do you think the changes in the painting are real or are they just something that Dorian sees out of guilt?
Do you think Dorian would feel bad about Sibyl's death if the painting hadn't changed?

Dorian Gray 5-8

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fishbowl Number 1

Does Dorian's sudden engagement to Sibyl prove that he is more mature or immature?

Dorian Gray 1-4

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

scribe 2/17/10

In class today we took the quiz on Dorian gray ch 1-2 HW we received a self portrait project due Monday and we are to start our last lecture part 2 we need to read ch 3-4 but she wasn't sure when there is also a fishbowl Friday over chapters 1-4.

Friday, February 12, 2010

February 12th, 2010


Scribe 2/12/10

Turned in Last Lecture Part 1. Mrs. Smith would like everyone to know she wants it to be PRINTED not emailed. If you haven't turned it in by 2:00 today. It's late.

Homework: Read Chapter 1 & 2 of Dorian Gray. Make sure you ask questions, look for points of interest and highlight. Every four chapters we'll be having a fishbowl.

We discussed the yellow packets from Wednesday because there was an in-class Summary Response.

Summary Response Format

First paragraph: Summarize what was said.

Second Paragraph: Respond to the piece of work.

Signed up for fishbowls. Check to see when you are going or if you have not signed up. One fishbowl and one discussion.

Summary Response to the Preface of Dorian Gray for the rest of class.

If you were absent turn in the Summary Response next class period.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February 10th

Finished afterlife presentations
Talked about blog response
-moral, guilt, free choice, selfless v. selfish acts, depending on situation, Is a lie, a lie, a lie, who is to decide?
Talked about Oscar Wilde background
HW: last lecture due friday, teacher appointment, read preface of Dorian Gray and highlight phrases, read two yellow handouts about Oscar Wilde

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bad Boys Bad Boys

If you could do something without getting caught, would you? Why or why not?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Scribe for Wednesday, February 3

We had a work day on our posters and religion group work.

Scribe 2/5/10

February 5th 2010

Blog about Reflections of the afterlife.
Work on afterlife projects due Monday

Homework: Afterlife project, Last Lecture, teacher appt, buy Dorian Gray, Blog, Reflection piece
Last lecture part 1 due next Friday
Afterlife Project Due Monday

Reflections of the afterlife

How does what you learned about others’ interpretation of the afterlife, connect with your previous understanding as well as what we have watched, seen and read?

How has the start of the semester been? What is going well for you? What struggles are you having? What can I help with?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Scribe for Feb. 1st, 2010

  • Read Milton's Paradise Lost

    • also read the background of Milton; story in giant purple book (pg. 435)

    • connect to Dante, music, photos, genesis, creation stories, etc.

  • Homework: Last Lecture, the after life project, schedule a teach appointment

Notes: overall, a day of reading. Nothing more that that.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Reading Milton...

Milton's Paradise Lost poses the question to readers: Why does a just and good God allow evil to exist? Considering all of our readings, listening to music, and watching scenes of the afterlife, what is your answer to Milton's question?

Wednesday January 27, 2010

Smith told a parenting story about her daughter at the beginning of class
Talked about Dante 3 and what we got out of what we read
Read Dante 5- Why does Dante consider sins of flesh deserving of hell?
Excerpt from the Quran (get from Smith) and Book 11 Odyssey
Homework: last lecture 2/12, teacher appointment, afterlife project 2/8, finish readings

Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22, 2010


We watched a scene from the Devils Advocate, and discussed the differences in the videos of the devil.

Read from the book of Genesis in the Literature book. Pg. 416. The book of Genesis 1-3 shows how God created Earth and how Adam and Eve sinned

We also received two short pieces for The Creation.

Homework- work on last lecture, get an appointment with Smith, Afterlife project, Read the two pages of The Creation

Scribe for Jan. 20

Today in English we listened to the songs, The Devil Went Down to Georgia and Seven Deadly Sins. We discussed them and their connection to Hell. We also viewed a web site about Dantes 9 circles of Hell. We looked at the different layers and what determined what layer you go to. The homework was to work on your afterlife project and parts of your last lecture

Scribe 1/15/10

Group Culture/Religion
Kelli, Sean, Riley, John Mormonism
Anthony, Dil, and Kayli Egyptians
Kyle and Brandon Shamanism/Native American
Niki, Lyndsey Hinduism
Rachel, Lauryn, Kayla, Deirdre Swahili
Maddie, Louise, Tim, Sean Buddhism
Adam, Alex, Jake, Anthony Rastafarian
Daniel B, Jordan B Shinto
Eva and Jenna Atheism
Lexi Agnosticism

We watched bits of the film, Legend. It was about hell; good and evil. The devil looks like the stereotypical devil, red with horns. They used light and dark to show good and evil. Mrs. Smith also showed us a few pictures and we discussed good and evil; heaven and hell. Smith gave us two packets. We listened to Sympathy for the Devil by Rolling Stones.

Our homework is to work on the project, the first part of out last lecture, and to read the background info in the packet Smith gave us about The Inferno

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Scribe 1/13/10

Today in class smith told a story about the point of hell and the class answered a blog of who goes to hell and who decides. We received info on a research assignment due Feb 8th it'll be done in groups on on different cultures religions and belief systems . We also watched a video (the legend)

Home work :afterlife project and begin work on the Pausch lecture part 1 and blog

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

H-E- Double Hockey Sticks

This first unit in our English class is going to get very personal very fast. I need you all the be open-minded, concientious in your replies and carry on an adult conversation. I am trusting that you can all do this and all participate so that we all learn and grow from this experience. We don't want anyone to walk away from this hurt or angry.

The question is...

Who goes to Hell? Who decides? Why do people go to Hell?

Think. Defend. Challenge. Expand.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Scribe for 1/11/2010

The class entered the room in the general manner. We sat and listened to announcements followed by saying hello to the wonderful Mrs. Smith. She spoke with us about homework and being proactive regarding our assignments. We then began watching the last lecture of Randy Paush which involved virtual programming, retrospective understanding of life's path, and teaching technological courses. The class watched with a strange sense of awe. The video had good messages and I think the class respected those messages. It preached a lot about helping people, never giving up, and having fun... which is always great stuff to preach.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Collaborative Goals for Second Semester

Personal Goals:

• make sure I'm ready for college
• participate more in class discussions
• learn to write better conclusions
• better my organizational skills
• be a full time student, not just between 7:21 and 2:16
• stay in tune and connected with school, don't space out
• turn in assignments on time
• get better at writing skills
• get better at analyzing the books
• finish second semester and senior year strong. don't get sloppy or fizzle out

Teacher Goals:

• -Hold us accountable for our mistakes (x2)
• -Be patient
• -Tough enough to keep us on track but still fun
• -Keep us entertained
• -Be understanding
• -Supervise without babysitting
• -Don't sugar-coat things
• -Help us understand the context of what we are reading
• -Help us to make sense of the things we are really confused about
• -Teach in a fun manner
• -Thoroughly explain ideas
• -Have open-idea projects (we get to choose our projects)

Class goals:

• have fun
• participate
• learn from one another
• be respectful to one another
• stay open minded
• don't interrupt each other
• think deeper then we have before
• grow life long relationships
• push ourselves
• make a great last semester
• be supportive of others
• follow through in group projects
• stay focused. no senoritis
• ask questions and don't be afraid to talk
• have fun and be creative
• stay motivated
• oh and by the way......graduate.....teachers don't want you to be here another year.