Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 (A day)

December 12th, 2017

Students had class time to work on their essays, which are due Friday, Dec. 15.

Friday, Dec. 8-Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 (B and C days)

December 11th, 2017

Students had time to work on their essays and reflections in class.

Reflections on Szymborska context are due in my box by the end of the school day Monday, Dec. 11.

Essays (IB written assignments) are due Friday, Dec. 15–paper copy in my box by the end of the school day, and electronic copy on Turnitin.com by 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 (A day)

December 7th, 2017

Today’s goal: Research and understand biographical and historical context of Wislawa Szymborska’s poetry.

Today students researched Szymborska and the time and place in which she lived. I gave students a list of links, which they then chose from to browse, taking notes about what they learned. Please click on the “Szymborska Context” tab above to see the list of links.

Students then discussed their findings and began writing a reflection. The reflection assignment is here: szymborska reflection hw 2017 This assignment is due to my box by the end of the day Monday, Dec. 11 (but I encourage you to finish it sooner so you can concentrate on the IB written assignment).

Homework: write reflection. Also, bring materials to work on your IB written assignment next class. You will have class work time.

Tuesday, Dec. 5-Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 (B and C days)

December 6th, 2017

First day of Term 2.

We started with a grammar minilesson: MINILESSON 5

I then introduced the IB written assignment (WA)–a formal essay that is due Friday, December 15. The assignment is here: WA Instructions 2017-2018 Here are some guidelines for in-text citations on poetry and drama: mla poetry drama  And here is the scoring guide for the essay assignment: Written Assignment Scoring If you missed class, please peruse all these documents carefully. If you missed class and you are an IB literature course candidate or IB diploma candidate, please see me for information on how IB will evaluate this assignment. (It is a requirement for this course, not just for IB, so everyone has to do it, whether or not you are taking the exam!)

Homework: Find your Akhmatova, Beckett, and Szymborska in-class essays and choose the subject for your WA.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 (A day)

November 30th, 2017

Last day of Term 1!

Students wrote an in-class essay on the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska. See previous post for details.

No homework. See you in Term 2.

Tuesday, Nov. 28-Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 (B and C days)

November 28th, 2017

I showed this PowerPoint to review some style tips: notes before Szym essay 2017

I handed out the prompts for the Szymborska essay: Szymborska In-Class Essay 2017

Homework: Prepare for the in-class essay, which will be this Thursday.

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 (A day)

November 28th, 2017

Students did some grammar practice: GRAMMAR PRACTICE minilessons 1-4

We read and discussed the Szymborska poem “True Love,” with particular attention to the idea of the turn.

We also read “Seen from Above” and “Starvation Camp Near Jaslo,” and I asked students to annotate/consider these poems on their own. I handed out this list of elements to consider: 

  • turns
  • wordplay
  • paradox
  • imagery
  • theme
  • mood/tone/atmosphere
  • diction (word choice)
  • syntax (sentence structure, including basic grammatical things like questions/rhetorical questions, fragments, short/long, simple/complex sentences)
  • sound elements (alliteration, rhyme, internal rhyme, etc.)
  • repetition
  • verb tense
  • structure/form
  • enjambment vs. end-stopping
  • significance of title
  • historical context (or commentary on general aspects of 20th century human experience…what is the poem saying about humanity, about life, about the world?)
  • other: irony, oxymorons, euphemisms, double meanings…
  • narrative perspective/POV and narrative distance

Tuesday, Nov. 21-Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 (B and C days)

November 21st, 2017

Today’s grammar lesson: We reviewed the parts of speech. If you missed class, you can review them at this web site: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/730/1/

Our poetry study today looked at poems that deal with alternate realities or timescapes. I asked students to do a visual or artistic project to explore this. If you missed class, please do this assignment: rr station lot’s wife

Homework: Finish the visual assignment if you didn’t finish it in class. Also, re-read all the poems in the packet–and get lots of sleep over the four-day weekend!


Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 (A day)

November 20th, 2017

Today’s grammar practice: Write 2 of each of the sentence types we discussed last time–simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

We discussed poems nominated by groups last class. In 12A, we discussed “An Opinion on the Question of Pornography” and “Hitler’s First Photograph.” In 12B, we discussed “The Terrorist, He’s Watching” and “An Opinion on the Question…” If you missed class, please spend re-reading and thinking about these poems. What is Szymborska trying to communicate in them? What specific style elements contribute to that communication?

Homework: Read any poems that you haven’t read yet in the Szymborska packet.

Thursday, Nov. 16-Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 (B and C days)

November 16th, 2017

Today’s Grammar Goal: Identify English sentence patterns.

Today’s Literature Goal: Analyze how Szymborska’s poetry reflects on 20th century events and life.

Grammar Minilesson #3 focused on sentence types. I handed out this page from Purdue OWL: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/573/02/ If you missed class, please read the Purdue OWL page and then do the exercise that is on page 2 of this Word document: Grammar Minilesson 3 2017

We then moved on to Szymborska’s poetry, looking at the more serious side of her work through this assignment: 20th c commentary poems If you missed class, please do this assignment.

Homework: None for lit. Senior papers are due Monday. Paper copies are due to the IHS office by noon; electronic copies are due to Turnitin.com by 10:00 p.m. The paper and electronic versions must be identical, so if you have been keeping sections of your paper in different electronic files, you will need to merge them before you upload to Turnitin. Good luck on this last stage of your paper!