Today we had our Romantic picnic and presented our Romantic celebrities. Then, we painted pet rocks.
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.
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.
Mrs. Wall was on the Grade 11 retreat.
We studied William Blake by:
- reading his biography
- reading “London” with the provided notes
- writing a C&C thesis on it and “To the Ladies” on the author’s attitude toward marriage.
- examining the two “The Chimney Sweeper” poems and accompanying notes from Songs of Innocence and Experience, and completing the Venn diagram.
- reading “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” with marginal notes and filling in the comparison chart.
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.
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.
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:
We listened to a reading of stanzas 1-4 and started taking notes.
We’ll continue our study of this poem next class.