Today was our last class! In class, we watched an episode of The Twilight Zone and completed student surveys of my class. If you did not complete a student survey for my class, please complete it here:
While this was our last class session, we still technically have two more weeks of school. For these final two weeks, you will be completing a project for my class. This project consists of a book project in the format of a newspaper. This project can be completed on any book of your choosing. I have attached the instructions at the bottom of this post. Since you will be turning this assignment in via email, I suggest using an online newspaper template (Google Drive has many available newspaper templates). The final due date for this assignment is June 12th.
Additionally, if you still have a novel or textbook from my class, please return it to your EP.
Thanks for a great year, and have an excellent summer!!!
Today, we are having our English final.
You have two options for your final. You may respond to the following prompts below, or you may complete a response to literature assignment. The response to lit assignments are attached at the bottom of this post.
I, Robot Final
Choose one of the stories from I, Robot and write three paragraphs responding to the following prompts:
Paragraph 1: Give a brief summary of the story. Be sure to describe the main characters and main conflict of the story.
Paragraph 2: Give the main theme of this particular story. What do you think Isaac Asimov wanted to communicate through the telling of this story on its own?
Paragraph 3: What did this story add to the novel as a whole? How did it fit into the larger picture and increase your understanding of that larger picture? What did you learn from this story about robots and humans within Asimov’s world?
If you were absent from today's class, please let me know!
In today's class, we looked at several poems relating to some of the themes we have seen in our recent class readings and viewings. We began with the following poem:
by Emily Dickinson
Much Madness is divinest Sense--
To a discerning Eye--
Much Sense--the starkest Madness--
'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail--
Assent--and you are sane--
Demur--you're straightway dangerous--
And handled with a Chain--
divinest = most perfect
discerning = showing good judgement
starkest = most obvious
assent = say yes
demur = say no
I read the poem aloud and then gave students some time to re-read the poem on their own and answer the following questions:
1. What does this poem mean?
2. Is Dickinson right when she says, "'Tis the Majority In this, as All, prevail"?
3. What would a good title for this poem be?
4. How is the theme of this poem similar to that of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”?
Then, we had a line-by-line discussion of the poem to illuminate its meaning.
Next, we read “The Universe” by May Swenson. This poem is formatted in a unique way. I have attached a document of this poem below to preserve the formatting:
I read this poem aloud, gave students some time to read through it and analyze it on their own, and we then discussed it together. We began generally and then worked through it line-by-line.
Students then chose one of the two poems we read in today's class and wrote a response that was at least 2 paragraphs total in length. Consider the following questions in your response:
What is the poem’s meaning?
What do you think the author experienced that made her write the poem?
What can you take away/learn from the poem?
If you did not finish this assignment in class, please complete it as homework. In addition, finish reading I, Robot and complete your vocab list (handed out last class).
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.