This was obviously an extremely difficult week for our school. Our thoughts and prayers go out especially for the Rock family, but also for all who were impacted by this tragedy. There are no words to describe the pain of losing a loved one, and the best we can do is reach out to others to allow the process of grieving and healing begin.
I intentionally allowed for a lighter work load this week. There's nothing worse than having to choose between real life and school work. Real life (and the tragedy at school is just that) will win every time. That said, one of the best ways we can rage against the dying of the light, to allude to Dylan Thomas, is to illuminate ourselves and the world with our learning.
RECAP & WRITING CONFERENCES
In Lang-Comp this week, we examined the writing of Jonathan Edwards, we constructed and presented posters (B-team on Friday, A-team on Monday the 6th), we examined our thesis statements for GOW argument papers, and I have been meeting with you one-on-one for writing conferences. If you haven't signed up for a time to see me, don't fret, there's always the next paper we write. You should have at least 1 writing conference with me per semester.
Those of you who have shown up for your writing conferences will attest to the usefulness of having your work sifted through, not just for editing and grammar issues, but mainly for big ideas.
Recap: You guys did a fabulous job presenting your posters on Friday. We learned from the presentations that the MOST IMPORTANT THING for your posters is your ANALYSIS. We saw some posters that weren't stellar aesthetically, but that were masterfully presented. We also saw some that were extremely attractive, but that didn't seem to indicate the presenters' careful analysis. Ideally, you want both; however, the analysis is key.
The 2 groups that didn't present will present on Tuesday. You should also bring in to class on Tuesday your collaborative (or individual, if that's the way you roll) mash-up between Queen's "We Will Rock You" and Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." We will begin class with a battle of the banters... Make sure you have a typed copy with you!
B-Team's final GOW argument paper is due on Thursday, October 9.
The "Sinners" posters you guys worked on are due at the start of class on Monday, October 6. Remember that the chart I gave each group is what helps you organize the information you need to have on your beautifully rendered, thought-provoking posters! (Due Monday, October 9)
In class on Monday, we will also work on a mash-up between Jonathan Edwards and Brian May...
Your final GOW paper is due on Wednesday, October 8.