Category Archives: 12th Grade: European Literature

12th – Invitations into Victorian Era Culture!

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Welcome back students!  Distract yourself from the hazardous, wintry roads with some travels in time-and-space!

Your adventures ask you to follow the invitation drawn in class, and then head to the suggested sites to learn all you can about that aspect of Victorian Life.

The two sites recommended for each invitation come to us from dedicated professionals and amateurs alike.

The first is a major authority – the British Library’s Romantic and Victorian collection: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians

If you could be trusted to self-motivate, this  site would be your teacher.

If you could be trusted to self-motivate, this site would be your teacher.

The second demonstrates the collective scholastic innovation of dedicated lovers of lit: the Victorian Web: http://www.victorianweb.org/

The Web will be significant in Great Expectations, not least of which in building expectations that are great.

The Web will be significant in Great Expectations, not least of which in building expectations that are great.

The other sites, based upon your subject, could include:

the BALL:

https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/

the NATURE WALK:

https://vqronline.org/nature-loving-victorians

the ANATOMY LECTURE:

http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/body-snatching-around-the-world/

the COURT:

http://vcp/e2bn.org/justice/

the GOVERNESS:

http://web.utk.edu/~gerard/romanticpolitics/governess.html

the GRAND TOUR:

https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/the-grand-tour-in-the-18th-19th-century/

the NEWSPAPER:

http://find.galegroup.com/bncn/BNCN_researchguide.htm

the CARRIAGE:

https://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/bynpwllr/coaches2.htm

British Lit. – Unit 3 Overview

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A new week, a new unit!  Now, I know all of you loved Macbeth ever so much (almost at dashing-brains-on-the-floor levels), but it’s time to move into our needlessly overpacked third unit — the Enlightenment, Restoration, and Romantic Eras in 6 weeks or less!

As promised, I have included today’s content-opening overview so that you may review the years, terms, and personalities that you might explore in your Unit Projects.

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Mr. E is Missing! (Kind of.) Updates from the Faraway.

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It’s mid-October again!  Time to repost some “Magicke Moste Foule”.  Sadly, I won’t be with you in this most wonderful week – what with 9th graders contending with wolves, Brit. Lit. finishing their pilgrimage to Canterbury, and the 1010 peeps playing Devil’s Advocate – out am I making conferencing!  Just because I can’t be with you doesn’t mean I’m not here to help.  All week, I will send you updates from my conference, and give you an opportunity to check in with me about assignments and other nonesuch.  Be good to your sub, and check in every day for bonus items and reminders.

It’s the season of suspenseful storytelling, with an emphasis on imaginative yarns and wanderings through folklore.  Here are some of the resources from class, by your request, that captured through digital wizardry (a most mysterious magic) the senses, tales, and spine-tingling thrills of the school year in October.

9th – Intro to Literature: This week, you’ve got suspenseful wolf texts to read and watch.  All worksheets and reading notes will be due at the end of class Thursday.  Today it’s “The Interlopers” – if you don’t finish in class, you can find the story online or pick up a print copy in the classroom.  Also, because it’s the song you can’t escape from, no matter how far the river takes you, here’s “The Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae.  Look for the wolves in the lyrics!

Perhaps one of the greatest music videos out there, not least of which in the terrible joy of ambiguity.

 

Brit. Lit:  You’re finishing Unit 1 this week, with an emphasis on what this unit does for our class.  Why study Early and Middle English?  Answer this question with your impressive project, due Thursday.  In today’s class you met Death – don’t incur another visit by turning in that project late!  Remember: project reflective essay, rubric.  All due Thursday!

For those of you looking for more Chaucer inspiration, here’s “The Canterbury Tales: Part I”, from Christmas Films, Pizzazz Pictures, and Right Angle.

These episodes aired on the BBC in 1998-2000, excerpting highlights from Chaucer with inventive animation swings.  Not for the faint-hearted or tidy-minded, but then, a lot of the fun stuff from different historical eras isn’t.

Part II: https://youtu.be/9i97vbwSSMM

Part III: https://youtu.be/4pG5G45m6dg

 

ENGL 1010: Oh, my eggheaded darlings.  I haven’t forgotten you.  If you think I have, let’s play Devil’s Advocate about it!  That’s your goal this week, and to help you poke holes in arguments you don’t like, we won’t just shout “WRONG!” or console ourselves with “That’s your opinion”.  Get logical!  Here’s the link to our favorite Book of Bad Arguments.  Sometimes the best way to be right is simply being less wrong – point out those fallacies in your content this week!

https://bookofbadarguments.com/

by Ali Almossawi!

by Ali Almossawi, who made it FREE on the web!

Tomorrow I’ll send you an update from the AECT in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.  Teachers don’t have it all bad, I suppose.  Now, get to work!

First Folio! – Felicitous Fall Fare

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The Shakespeare season is upon us!  Before you go further unto the breach, check out what I mean by visiting this 23rd of April post from this site:

The Wonder of Will

Still unsure what a Folio actually is?  Check it out!

Now that you know tthe readiness is all, are you ready for the Extra Credit?  (By “Extra Credit”, I mean one of the three options – a HW pass, points on a low-scored assignment, or an item from the Time and Space Box.)

It’s simple, by Jove – go see the exhibit!  That’s it.  Brush up your Shakespeare with a visit to the State Museum, and prove it with a selfie in the exhibit!

Your selfie must be in the exhibit, however!

Your selfie must be in the exhibit, however!

The Museum is located at 2301 Central Avenue in downtown Cheyenne (mind the road closures at 19th street).  The hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday (Fridays and Saturdays are your best bet unless you’re on a field trip I should’ve been invited on, fustilarian!).  Admission is FREE!

There is also an opening night reception, featuring guest lecturer Professor Peter Parolin of UW’s English Dept. (one of the best classes I took there)!  This event is tonight (8th September) from 5-7 pm to see the folio, and the lecture runs from 7-8 pm.  So fair a day you shall not likely see, and you can get extra credit if I see you there!

So that’s it!  Check in with me for more info should you need it – better three hours too soon than a minute too late!

Book it!

Book it!

World War Poetry Posters

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Kitchener, from: 'Your country needs you' advertisement in London Opinion, Vol. XLII No.546, 5 September 1914. British Library.

Kitchener, from: ‘Your country needs you’ advertisement in London Opinion, Vol. XLII No.546, 5 September 1914. British Library.

The following links are meant for the 1st and 4th Hour British Literature classes, but anyone should feel free to follow these them to education (or emptiness).  It may be said that no retelling can ever truly capture the horrors and mindset of warfare.  But artists and authors have to try – sometimes only poetry or paint can communicate the senses and worst fears made real.

WNB#2 (cont.) URLs:

World War Pictures hosts a variety of visual media pertaining to the conflicts: http://www.world-war-pictures.com/

The British Library, again, gives us great multimedia and perspectives on our class content.  The first link, on propaganda, should be used to answer prompt 13.  The second link is extra reading, if you are looking for more perspective on the poems for your posters.

http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/themes/propaganda

http://www.bl.uk/world-war-one/articles/reframing-first-world-war-poetry 

If you are curious, you could also follow-up with two perspectives on the ubiquity of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan, by Dr. Henry Irving and Owen Hatherley, respectively.

Finally (because why not), here is the trench game from the UK’s National Archives.

Hurrah for the Scarlet and the Blue, and may we never again find ourself in a war to end all wars.

Magicke Moste Foule – October Threads

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DeltaRae

It’s the season of suspenseful storytelling, with an emphasis on imaginative yarns and wanderings through folklore.  Here are some of the videos from class, by your request, that captured through digital wizardry (a most mysterious magic) the senses, tales, and spine-tingling thrills of the school year in October.

Intro to Literature: “The Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae

The song you can’t escape from, no matter how far the river takes you.  Perhaps one of the greatest music videos out there, not least of which in the terrible joy of ambiguity.

Brit. Lit – The Middle Ages: “The Canterbury Tales: Part I”, from Christmas Films, Pizzazz Pictures, and Right Angle.

These episodes aired on the BBC in 1998-2000, excerpting highlights from Chaucer with inventive animation swings.  Not for the faint-hearted or tidy-minded, but then, a lot of the fun stuff from different historical eras isn’t.

Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep6tvT3NQ_o

Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCq6117mYqg

 

ENGL 1010: Facundo the Great! from StoryCorps

The now-epic story of a stand-up guy who made room for others to stand up.  Keep checking out the StoryCorps animated features and other site items.  The Great Thanksgiving Listen is coming up soon! https://storycorps.me/about/the-great-thanksgiving-listen/

Thanks for reading/watching.  Now, get to work!

Reading Picks: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls. Patrick Ness. Candlewick Press. 2011

A Monster Calls. Patrick Ness. Candlewick Press. 2011

I’m in the midst of grad school books (in addition to my upkeep with To Kill a Mockingbird and Beowulf), so there isn’t much to share in my current readings that most students would be interested in.  Conversations in the senior classes, however, reminded me of a very, very good book I picked up in our school library a few years ago that is perfectly timed for the change in seasons.  If you aren’t already excited to read this month’s pick by the compelling cover art alone, the above book should appeal to you for many, marvelous reasons.  Not least of which is the promise of the title – indeed, A Monster Calls (from Candlewick Press, 2011).

A Monster Calls was inspired by an idea from author Siobhan Dowd, a famed, prize-winning British writer of young adult fiction who died from a severe case of breast cancer in 2007.  Her (unfortunately) short list of completed works were widely recognized by literary awards, including the Carnegie, which is the British version of the Newbery Medal.  In the words of Patrick Ness, who completed this story: “She had the characters, a premise, and a beginning.  What she didn’t have, unfortunately, was time.”  Ness, author of the Chaos Walking series, picked up her idea and ran with it to a Carnegie Medal of his own for this novella, which details the troubled nights of Conor – a 13-year-old boy with an ailing mother and an inhuman visitor.

Illustration by Jim Kay from A Monster Calls.

Illustration by Jim Kay from A Monster Calls.

The Monster in this book is of the Wild – a creature of the thresholds who is literally made of the natural world, visiting Conor each night seven minutes after twelve.  The creature is vividly brought to life in award-winning illustrations by Jim Kay, and the images blend seamlessly into the words much as the natural world slowly encroaches on our own concept of “safe” “civilization”.  The theme of slow, inexorable changes settles in the pages: in Conor’s attitude, his mother’s health, and the changing role of the monster who visits Conor night after night, stories in hand.

Storytelling is the one of the main takeaways of this novel, which addresses all of the English classes this year.  I won’t say any more about this book in the hopes that you will check it out for yourself for a monstrously-good read in this most exciting of seasons.  Again, the book is available in our own school library, as are the Chaos Walking books, and a host of other Carnegie winners (and fantasy/young adult fiction books).  If nothing else has you looking for this pick, think of it as a chance to read it before it gets cool – the upcoming movie adaptation is due October 2016, written by Ness, and starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones.

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