Class Minutes: Thurs. April 27th

We studied John Keats.

  • Biographical info discussion
  • “When I have Fears I may Cease to be” sonnet:  read, discuss, and take notes
  • C&C thesis with “When I have Fears I may Cease to be”  and Milton’s, “On Having Arrived at the Age of 23.”
  • Read “Ode to a Nightingale”
  • Listen to the bird’s song
  • Discuss and take notes
  • Complete the guided reading questions

 

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Class Minutes: Tues. April 25th

Today we had our Romantic picnic and presented our Romantic celebrities.  Then, we painted pet rocks.

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Class Minutes: Friday, April 21

  • Read the biography of Lord Byron
  • Read the poem,  Apostrophe to the Ocean, together, taking these notes from the board
  • Write the C&C thesis statement and hand in.
  • Read the summary notes on the poem for reference
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Class Minutes: Wed. April 19

  • Complete the Coleridge True or False intro
  • Fill-in-the blanks of the Cloze notes Introduction to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner based on the lecture
  • Read the lyrics to The Rime of Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden and listen to the song on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7zk4as9kzA&list=PLl5FQNPgAE-6e-GXhqPmaDra-x7fRShYc&index=19).
  • Read the poem.  Answer the questions in the margins.
  • Copy the themes from the board on the last page of the poem.
  • Keep track of key plot points on the timeline (handout).  This will help you follow the narrative, which flips and flops a lot.
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Class Minutes: Thurs. April 13th

We discussed some biographic points on Wordsworth.  Then we read three poems:

1.  My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold

2.  Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

3.  The World Is Too Much With Us

We took notes from the board on all three.

Then, we went to the library to create a contemporary “Autocollage” montage for the real world, real time applications of  The World Is Too Much With Us.

Please print or email to Mrs. Wall by Tues. April 18th.

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Class Minutes: Tues. April 11

We presented our satires.  An amazing job by all!

We reviewed The Tyger and The Lamb, received summary notes, and wrote a C&C thesis on the companion poems.

Two marked thesis statements were handed back.

We completed the transitional poets chart by checking the Romantic characteristics reflected in Blake’s work.

We discussed the Romantic figure picnic assignment (due. April 25th, weather permitting).  Bring a stone to paint this day too.

We ended class with an intro to Wordsworth, who described poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”  Consider the connotative meanings of these bolded words and note them in the thought bubbles on the worksheet provided.

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Class Minutes: Friday, April 7th

Mrs. Wall was on the Grade 11 retreat.

We studied William Blake by:

  1. reading his biography
  2. reading “London” with the provided notes
  3. writing a C&C thesis on it and “To the Ladies” on the author’s attitude toward marriage.
  4. examining the two “The Chimney Sweeper” poems and accompanying notes from Songs of Innocence and Experience, and completing the Venn diagram.
  5. reading “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” with marginal notes and filling in the comparison chart.
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Class Minutes: Wed. April 5th

We wrote the Terms quiz #4.

We responded with agree or disagree to a number of statements; our responses reflect how “romantic” we are.

We viewed a power point introduction the Romantic period and its key figures.

We watched an intro video on Romantic characteristics. While viewing, we filled in the chart provided.

We discussed the background to the Romantic painting by Gericault, “The Raft of the Medusa” and examined a digital replica.

We attempted to identify and discussed the Romantic characteristics of the artwork (interest in the common man, strong sense of emotion, awe of nature, celebration of the individual, importance of imagination).

The Romantic Celebrity picnic assignment and rubric were discussed.  We’ll have our picnic on Thursday, April 13th weather permitting.  Bring a medium sized, smooth rock to class this day.

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Class Minutes: Monday, April 3

We finished reading and taking notes on Thomas Gray’s, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.  

Then we started our study of Robbie Burns:

  • We listened to Auld Lang Syne with the original, English and Scottish lyrics.
  • We read To a Mouse and listened to a reading with a Scottish accent.
  • We guessed at the English translations for some of the Scottish vernacular before checking the key.
  • We discussed and took notes on the guided reading questiosn.
  • We will start next class by writing a C&C thesis on the authors’ attitudes towards the poor in Gray’s and Burns’ work.

 

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Class Minutes: Thurs. March 30th

Notes for “A Modest Proposal” were handed out and we completed and discussed the Guided Reading questions.

We listened to satirical songs and discussed the criticism.

The satire writing assignment was handed out and is due on April 11th.

Terms quiz #4 (f-k, conceit) will be on April 5th.

We started our study of Thomas Gray’s, “Elegy Written in a country Churchyard” with points on Gray’s biography.  We then scanned the poem for:

a. inversion

b. allusion

c. personification

We listened to a reading of stanzas 1-4 and started taking notes.

We’ll continue our study of this poem next class.

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