Olympia

High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

Week of 1/17 & 1/23

  1. Cover book (The Picture of Dorian Gray) and adorn the cover with a picture of the man who you think is the most attractive.   Due Friday, 1/20 (for Tea Day entertainment).
  2. Reading schedule for The Picture of Dorian Gray

          o Chapters 1 - 4 by Wednesday, 1/18.  (We will read in class on Tuesday, 1/17!)

          o Chapters 5 - 7 by Thursday, 1/19.

          o Chapters 8 - 9 by Friday, 1/20.

          o Chapters 10 - 14 by Monday, 1/23.

          o Chapters 15 - 16 by Tuesday, 1/24.

   o Chapters 17 - 20 by Wednesday, 1/25 (finals day)

  1. FINAL (Wednesday, 1/25):  Author bio., class assessment, reading quiz on Dorian, and we will watch Tess.

Week of 1/9

  1. Read chapters 7 - 12 of Book 2 for Monday, 1/9;  seminar!  Part 2 is called "Reaping."  "You reap what you sow" used to be a common saying, conveying the idea of inevitable justice and the notion that our actions bring about natural consequences.  Consider what was reaped, by whom, and why in Part 2.  Did anyone reap something that they did not sow?  Are the consequences of actions "natural"?  Are the consequences just?  Please bullet or write ideas in complete sentences along with supporting evidence (include page numbers).  Should be 3/4 - 1 page typed.
  2. Read chapters 1 - 3 of Book 3 for Wednesday, 1/11.  Be ready to explain the significance of each title.  (Please note:  The title of chapter 1 is a "sister" (hint) to chapter 1 of Part 1 ("Sowing").
  3. Read chapters 4 & 5 for Thursday, 1/12.  Be ready to explain the connection between these two chapters based on their titles.
  4. Finish Hard Times for Friday, 1/13.  Be ready for a quiz.
  5. College Application Essay:  You will be turning in a rough draft that I will edit; to receive the 50 points, be sure to complete a final draft and turn in by January 13. (Include the prompt and the date you would like the edited essay back.)

Week of 1/3

  1. Read Part 1 of Hard Times (through page 105) by Tuesday, 1/3.  Come up with quick questions based on the titles of chapters 6 - 16.  Then answer FIVE of those questions.  MUST BE TYPED.  BE READY TO SEMINAR!  Question EXAMPLES for chapters 1 - 5 are:
    • "The One Thing Needful":  What is the one thing needed?  Why is it needed?
    • "Murdering the Innocents":  Who are the victims?  What are the weapons?  Who are the killer(s)?
    • "A Loophole":  If a loophole is an inadequacy in the law, what is the law, and what is its loophole in this chapter?
    • "Mr. Bounderby":  How does his name fit his character?
    • "Keynote":  What is a keynote?  What is the keynote in this chapter?
  2. Read chapters 1 - 6 of Book 2 (Hard Times) for Thursday, 1/5.
  3. Read chapters 7 - 12 of Book 2 for Monday, 1/9;  seminar!  Part 2 is called "Reaping."  "You reap what you sow" used to be a common saying, conveying the idea of inevitable justice and the notion that our actions bring about natural consequences.  Consider what was reaped, by whom, and why in Part 2.  Did anyone reap something that they did not sow?  Are the consequences of actions "natural"?  Are the consequences just?  Please bullet or write ideas in complete sentences along with supporting evidence (include page numbers).  Should be 3/4 - 1 page typed.
  4. College Application Essay:  You will be turning in a rough draft that I will edit; to receive the 50 points, be sure to complete a final draft and turn in by January 13. (Include the prompt and the date you would like the edited essay back.)

Week of 12/12

  1. Find a picture that depicts ONE of the areas of social reform in England (1830's - 1890's; yes this is beyond Victoria . . .).  Place that picture on your book cover and be ready to discuss the problem and the reform on Wednesday, 12/14.  [Consider social, education, cultural, political, and religious reform.] PUT THE PROBLEM ON ONE SIDE and THE REFORM ON THE OTHER.
  2. You need to have a GENERAL UNDERSTANDING of the role these played in Victorian England (1837 - 1901):  the industrial revolution, Darwin, Marx, education, laissez-faire economics, and social reform.  You will want to be able to say where in the novel these subjects/people are relevant by the time we take the test.
  3. Read chapters 1 - 5 of Hard Times for Friday, 12/16.
  4. Paper filigree sample due on Friday, 12/16.
  5. List of parallels between Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility is due whenever we are done watching P & P (which will be sometime in 2017).

Week of 12/5

  • Finish reading Sense and Sensibility by Tuesday, 12/6.
  • Journal is due on Wednesday, 12/7PLEASE STAPLE THE RUBRIC/JOURNAL HANDOUT TO THE FRONT OF YOUR JOURNAL.  BE SURE TO COMPLETE THE RUBRIC DIRECTIONS.
  • Test on Sense and SensibilityThursday, 12/8.  YOU MAY USE YOUR NOTES, but no handouts. Test will cover the book and the Regency culture -- I hope you didn't ignore my class lectures nor the notes in the back of the novel!
  • Paper filigree sample due on Friday, 12/16.

Week of 11/28

  • Read chapters 1 - 5 for Monday, 11/28; complete watercolor or pencil (colored?) sketch miniature of significant moment.  Effort, not outcome, is all that matters. 
  • Read chapters 6 - 9 for Tuesday, 11/29.
  • IF YOU WERE ABSENT ON 11/29 YOU MUST COMPLETE THE IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT.  See "What We Did In Class Today."
  • Read chapters 10 - 14 for Wednesday, 11/30.
  • Write an unexpected love letter!  Be ready to exchange it with someone in the class who also wrote to "you" (e.g., If you have Mrs. Palmer write to Brandon, perhaps someone in class will have Brandon write to Mrs. Palmer -- then you two can exchange letters!):  Due Thursday, 12/1.
  • Read chapters 1 - 4 (Part 3) for Friday, 12/2..  Complete journal entry AS EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL) for Friday, 12/2.

Week of 11/21

  • Read chapters 16 - 22 (i.e., the end of Volume 1).  Corresponding journal assignment is also due on Monday, 11/21.
  • CHANGE IN DUE DATES!!  Because I created journal handout before I realized that Wednesday, 11/23 was part of our Thanksgiving Break, please change the journal #4 assignment due date to Monday, 11/28.  (This, of course, changes all subsequent due dates, as well!  Each is pushed forward one day except for the last journal entry!)

Week of 11/14

  • Please print this Sense and Sensibility journal handout.  First assignment is due Tuesday, 11/15.
  • Read chapters 11 - 15 for Wednesday, 11/16.
  • Journal entry for chapters 11 - 15 due on Thursday, 11/17.
  • IF YOU WISH:  You may choose a question from the handout available in class (NOT #5 though -- we are doing that one in class) TO REPLACE the "rapture and reserve" question that is on your journal entries handout. 
  • EXTRA CREDIT ESSAY:  Click here for prompts.  This essay needs to be submitted on Turnitin.com by Sunday, 11/20.
    • TURNITIN 3rd period -- ID#13521763; Password: 3Violette
    • TURNITIN 5th period -- ID#13521775; Password: 6Violette

Week of 11/7

  • EXTRA CREDIT ESSAY:  Click here for prompts.  This essay needs to be submitted on Turnitin.com by Sunday, 11/20.
    • TURNITIN 3rd period -- ID#13521763; Password: 3Violette
    • TURNITIN 5th period -- ID#13521775; Password: 6Violette
  • Test on Gawain, Chaucer, and historical "odds & ends" (i.e., William the Conqueror - Charles II:  Church of England, Divine Right of Kings & the King James Bible, the Great Plague & the Great Fire; Restoration Theatre): Thursday, 11/10.

Week of 10/24

  • Read the rest of Gawain for Monday, 10/24.  Click here for Fitt 4 link.

Week of 10/17

  • Finish writing down the "5/5's" on Gawain's shield pentangle.  Click here for a picture of the text.  Due Tuesday, 10/18.
  • (Optional, but recommended) Reading:  If you really want to know what's going on, read lines 763 - 1049 in a translation such as this.  Due Tuesday, 10/18.
  • Use this translation link, and read Fitt 3 (lines 1126- 1997) for Wednesday, 10/19.  Using your "medieval mind," consider how the bedroom scenes and the hunting scene correlate with one another on a symbolic level.  Who is the deer, for instance?
  • Poster presentation:  Friday, 10/21.
  • Read the rest of Gawain for Monday, 10/24.  Click here for Fitt 4 link.

Week of 10/10

Week of 10/3

  • Test on BeowulfMonday, 10/3.
  • We will be examining the college application essay next week, so gather your prompt(s)!
  • College Application Essay:  You will be turning in a rough draft that I will edit; to receive the 50 points, be sure to complete a final draft and turn in by January 13. (Include the prompt and the date you would like the edited essay back.)

Week of 9/26

  • Read Beowulf through 34 for Monday, 9/26.
  • Finish Beowulf by Tuesday, 9/27.
  • Test on BeowulfMonday, 10/3.
  • We will be examining the college application essay next week, so gather your prompt(s)!
  • College Application Essay:  You will be turning in a rough draft that I will edit; to receive the 50 points, be sure to complete a final draft and turn in by January 13. (Include the prompt and the date you would like the edited essay back.)

Week of 9/19

  • Read Prologue through fitt 9 for Monday, 9/19.  We will read 10 - 12 in class.
  • Read through fitt 21 for Wednesday,9/21.
  • BECAUSE I AM SICK, PLEASE REDUCE YOUR READING TO THE FOLLOWING -- Read through fitt 27 for Friday, 9/23.  (I'd really just like to watch a movie . . .)

Week of 9/12

  • Due Thursday, 9/15:  Grendel poster.
  • AUTHOR BIO REQUIREMENTS:  Please prepare a poster for your assigned author and day (Tuesday or Thursday).  The poster should include:
    1. PICTURE OF AUTHOR
    2. NAME OF AUTHOR
    3. DATE OF BIRTH/DEATH
    4. FAMOUS WORKS
    5. NOTORIOUS FACTS or SCANDALOUS STORY.  (Elaborate orally)
    6. GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE (e.g., wrote the 1st dictionary; started a literary movement, etc.)
    7. SAMPLE OF THEIR WRITING (This is the only thing that is NOT placed on the poster.)
  • Bring in tea-cup or mug for Tea Day, Friday, 9/16.