The height of summer is upon us, so I wanted to check in with a call to heed what days remain! I suggest you follow my lead: fill the calendar with reads to recommend, be outdoors more than in, and hide from the afternoon heat in a cinema or siesta. I’m looking forward to seeing you in August (after I’ve seen that eclipse!), but let’s not rush the pages by counting them.
Welcome back! Fresh from Flagstaff with a measure of professional fulfillment, inspiration has struck to makeover the page. Special kudos to the webmaster-wife in this effort! Sorry to those of you who struggle with shifting (and shifty) internets.
Please continue to use the site as you normally would – Odyssey posts are directly below, and past Remind messages are now accessed through the tabs at the top. Off to Ithaca!
“Poets to Come (Leaves of Grass.90)”
by Walt Whitman, (1819-1892)
Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental,
greater than before known,
Arouse! for you must justify me!
I myself but write one or two indicative words for the
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back
in the darkness.
I am a man who, sauntering along without fully
stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then
averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.
The annual Shakespeare commemoration (although, really, here’s it’s pretty much every day) is marked in this edition with a beautiful, sad song and a funny graphic adaptation of class favorite Romeo and Juliet.
From last year’s Shakespeare Live! from the Royal Shakespeare Company (aired on BBC), here is Gregory Porter singing “When that I was and a little tiny boy (With hey, ho, the wind and the rain)” from Twelfth Night, Act 5, Scene 1.
And, for lighter fare, Mya Gosling regularly creates comic adaptations, and interpretations, of Shakespeare and other goodness on the site Good Tickle Brain.
Among plenty of the frequently updated and fun Shakespeare, there are three panel reviews of many plays, including those from our classes this year. Ah, memories.
This year, I hope to share with you a set of video traditions that have already taken a special place in the hearts of my family, as I’m sure they will in yours. Of course, they are mostly about food, but be sure to set time aside for that family talking and activities kind of stuff. There are only so many Thanksgivings.
Now back to food. Eat it, even if you don’t like it. Put it on your plate. Thank you food bringers for caring enough to bring anything. Bob’s Burgers says it best:
And it’s been covered by the National!
That turkey should not die in vain.
Maybe it’s the gravy that really sets your family Thanksgiving apart. Bob’s Burgers and The National are here to help us again!
And if you’re still needing to satisfy your family’s quirkiness or willingness to try it all, go Ron Swanson. If you’ve already satisfied yourself with “the Swanson” – a turkey leg wrapped in bacon – maybe try one of Nick Offerman’s home recipes:
Enjoy! Best of luck today, tomorrow (for the bold fools who will Black Friday), and this weekend. See you Monday!
Last night, the third (and final) Presidential Debate was held a few blocks down from me at UNLV, and I’m happy to say that I survived with no more than a smattering of harsh words heard.
In case you’ve forgotten, this is my preferred candidate for the time being:
Putting that behind us (and not soon enough) – Well done, everyone! I didn’t get any notice (yet) from concerned individuals – parents or administration – so I can only assume that all is good. I will be traveling back homeward near the end of the week, and will resume gradebook updating and responding to queries early next week. If you have any questions or items that I should note, please consider leaving me a note in the turn-in tray, which should be filled with:
9th: “The Interlopers” WS, Peter and the Wolf Viewer’s Guide, “Gray Area” graphic organizers, and the Wolf Writing Constructed Response (as well as any missing TKAM items).
12th: Unit 1 Projects, with reflective essay and rubrics attached, leaving me a note if your project didn’t fit in the bin, or was digital upon completion. All of the Unit 1 (Beowulf and Canterbury) items should be in as well.
1010: Playing Devil’s Advocate graphic organizer, Toulmin Model organizers, Character Cards, and any notes or relevant votes pertaining to the Town Hall.
Congrats, again, everybody! Start planning your Halloween costume if you haven’t already (like some of us did back in July) – the costume contest will be in one week, on the 27th of October!
And on that final pic, good gourd, you shall dance into the weekend. Woot!
Hey, hey Wednesday! I’ll be brief, as your Remind text probably sent you here while you should be getting ready for school. Skim through these notes while you slug that skim milk.
Just kidding – no one should drink skim milk:
9th: Important goings on in class today! But first: Werewolf socks!
Okay, now that that’s covered – your own Wolf Week continues in class today, involving group collaboration to synthesize (Vocab! see the board’s Thinking Strategy poster) some article pieces from the Casper Star Tribune in 2015.
There are photos and links to help each group, but especially pertaining to those of you in Group 3 for the Timeline, which has a much larger version available through the article.
12th: It’s your final official work day for Unit 1 Projects, so make some magic happen! Or else.
1010: Today’s the day for your Town Hall! Unless you want to do it tomorrow. Whatever works – it’s your class. Just live in that character card, keep your manners clean, and don’t be throwing anything besides carefully considered arguments and objections.
Before the reminders, just a note – please feel free to reach out to me this week through the school e-mail or the Remind App. As I warned you, I will be away from grading this week, but I can still hear your questions, updates, and arguments as to why you should get extra credit/Vegas goodies/Time and Space considerations, etc.
On to your shameless check-ins!
9th: Did you enjoy Peter and the Wolf?! I love it. Make sure your Viewer’s Guide notes are in by the end of the week, or else you’ll be seeing this face when I get back in.
12th: How did I miss this opportunity last week in our Arthurian adventures?!
Maybe it fits into your Unit 1 Project on the cultural legacy of Arthur in British Literature. Or you can just get Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes treatment on this year too, in pre-medieval times. With monsters!
1010: Is the snark boiling over in class yet this week?! Keep it respectful, but get ready to amp up your character cards in that Town Hall. For some additional help, here’s a link to the original article’s comment section on The Atlantic. Maybe you’ll get some good arguments to try in class! I haven’t previewed them all of course, so I do not condone any comments by trolls you may find.
Read Neil Gaiman’s Troll Bridge instead. Read anything by Neil Gaiman. Everything.
That’s it! Stay tuned for tomorrow, and keep at it!