**If you received a score lower than 70% on the grammar quiz last week, you must take a requiz before the end of the day next Friday (November 14th)--make arrangements with me ASAP if you have not already done so--additional preparation materials are located on the shelf next to the door above the “Grammar Hammer Extras” sign**
--list of students needing to reassess for restrictive and nonrestrictive elements shared--would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during my Office Hours?
--list of students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio shared--would anyone like to schedule a meeting for a time slot during my Office Hours?
--The due date for completing a grammar requiz for restrictive and nonrestrictive elements is November 14th (a week from today). Please make arrangements with me ASAP if you have not already done so.
--The due date for submitting a revised Thematic Writing Assignment--Partner Interviews essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is November 17th (approximately 1.5 weeks from today)--YOU MUST schedule a meeting with me to go over your revisions; simply handing in the revisions is unacceptable as per the protocol. When time permits, meetings can/will occur during class time.
--Actively/purposefully read up to the page break on page 127 of The Alchemist by the beginning of next class. (See me if you need more Post-it Notes.) Expect to engage in discussion about your thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. in the future. I reserve the right to conduct a reading assessment at any time--prepare accordingly!
--Remember that you are expected to both understand and apply your understandings of the following terms/concepts to your reading of the novella (in addition to the typical terms/concepts such as setting, symbolism, theme, etc.): aphorism, dilemma, fable, foil, genre, interior monologue, leitmotif, magical realism, monomyth (hero's journey), motif, myth, and quest.
--If you are not "feeling good" about your active/purposeful reading abilities (e.g., tracking Foster's "List of 18", applying the terms/concepts listed above to the novella, etc.), consider the following tips:
What to put on Post-its:
- Clarification of confusing aspects
- Connections to other readings, personal experience, etc.
- Favorite lines, sections, etc.
- General comments
- Notes about the author’s style
- Recognition of literary elements and devices (e.g., flashback, irony, symbolism, etc.) in action
- Unfamiliar words/allusions (and their definitions/origins once you’ve looked them up!)
CONSIDERING AUTHORIAL PURPOSE IS KEY!
--Article-of-the-Week will return next week (November 10th-November 14th)!
--Don't forget about your free reading book. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS
--Enjoy the weekend--you only get so many of 'em!