Friday, December 19, 2008

Oedipus work from Friday, December 19th

You will be practicing what you know about voice and writer’s purpose. You are to retell the events of the play’s ending from ONE particular “slant.” Be sure to capture the “voice” of that slant as well as stress the element of the plot that would be most significant.

Here are the “tellers of the story”

How would CNN cover this as a “Breaking News” story?
The National Inquirer covers this as a front page scandal story. Write their lead.
What would Entertainment Tonight use as a teaser to get people to tune in?
What would Oedipus’ press secretary tell the media of Thebes?
Athens has a long-standing distrust of Thebes. What’s the lead in the story for the Athens Today newspaper?
Hermes, messenger of the gods, is acting as Apollo’s media consultant. What would he tell the Olympian News and World Report?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Senior Interviews--Forsberg's class

Two things:
1. Our interviews are scheduled for Friday, January 9th--the last day. If you know now that you aren't going to be available, you must let me know ASAP so I can make arrangements for you to interview at another time. If you are sick and absent that day, we will have to punt--SO STAY HEALTHY!

2. I will have the sign up schedule on my cabinets beginning at 7 AM Thursday, December 18th. Whoever signs up first, gets the first choice.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Graded Discussion Make-Up

Students who missed this week's grade discussion on Oedipus Rex can make it up Tuesday morning at 6:30 with Mrs. Dufault or after school Thursday at 2:20 with Mr. Forsberg.

Make your plans now!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Additional Novel

Hey Folks,
We are trying to get 101 books list updated. Hopefully, that will ease the stress some of you felt first trimester.

Here are the questions for the take home essay to write on your additional text:

1. Connect the theme of this text in a significant way with the theme of another text that we have studied this year. Explore the significance!
2. Choose a minor character in the text who plays an important role in the story. Examine how this character has an impact on the protagonist and the text's theme.
3. Explore how the author's use of diction, syntax, or tone (pick one!) develops the theme.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Oedipus Reader's Notebook

The completed notebook entry is your ticket into the graded discussion on "B" day. No entry: No discussion! Get it finished.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

"To Be of Use"

I would encourage my students to go back and re-read the poem. I think most of my students misread it.

I would look at the term: "work of the world" as a single, specific concept rather than as a way of understanding "all work." I would also go back and look at the images she uses and the connections they make.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Finding terms to fill holes

You may find this site helpful to find literary term meanings.

Coming Up

December 5th
1. Explications
2. Vocab work
3. Poem test
1. Vocab work
2. Reader's notebook entry
A Day
1. prep for discussion
2. Info about final Oedipus product
3. Info about choral reading

B Day
Graded discussion

Poetry test.
Work time

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Reader's notebooks

Thank you to the people who took the assignment seriously and produced quality work. Check with you teacher to see if they are available to be returned. (Forsberg's are in the boxes on the file cabinets in the break out area.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Portfolio Help--Response needed from those who helped.

Forsberg forgot to list add bonus for people who worked the portfolio "sweat shop" on Friday, November 21st. If you were there, email him and let him know!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday, December 1st Review

1. Do you have you have a study buddy?
2. Can you write a smart goal? You need three for Friday based on the categories you have chosen--think of it as a needed revision.
3. Have you selected a poem and a partner for your poetry presentation?
4. Do you know when you will be planning to finish the presentation?
5. Did you remember that the syllabus is online if you want to see it?

For A Day
1. Books will be signed out.
2. We will be forming reading groups for Oedipus. The class will decided whether to focus on Oedipus or to use time for poetry presentations. We will also do some review of the Oedipus myth. We can also do a combination of those things.