Assignments for 01/29/2024

Winter cottage

Assignments due for the week of January 29th, 2024

Quick Looks at Great Books

We had a great review for the play, Cyrano de Bergerac, today, and finished our final test. Don’t forget to secure a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas by next week. If you would like to borrow my copy of the unabridged version, just let me know. If you want to start reading the book, you can start now. Most of you good readers will not have trouble keeping up with the unabridged reading. However, all quizzes and tests will be based on the abridged version. Those of you reading the unabridged will have to fill the others in on what they missed!

Since you have no assigned reading this week, complete the following lessons in your Literary Terms notebook. Don’t forget to bring that notebook to class next week as we will be going over the terms, and I need to check that you have completed all that has been assigned thus far.

—Lesson 30—Moral & Theme (pages 77-78)
—Lesson 34—Pun (pages 86-88)
—Lesson 35—Rhetorical Question (pages 87-91)
—Lesson 36—Satire, Parody, & Farce (pages 92-93)
—Lesson 37—Story Within a Story (pages 94-95)

Public Forum Debate

Welcome to Debate class! We’re going to have a fun semester with lots of creative ideas. For next week, turn in a sheet of paper with your name and a syllogism that you have written. (See Deductive Reasoning on page 8 in your text. Make sure it is valid and sound.) Also research one of the three words from page 7 that you were assigned for its origin and meaning over the years in debate.

Watch this brief video from Monty Python and tell me what is wrong with the deductive reasoning.

American History

We took our quiz on the Presidents today (James Polk-Franklin Pierce) and went over the events of the Civil War Next week, we will have a review game on Chapters 10-17 and the take the test on those chapters. That will be our last grade for first semester. Students should study only the circled terms (in the Chapter Review) of these chapters. Listen carefully on the review to see if you are aware of all you should remember.

Watch his 60-second video of Rutherford B. Hayes.

No-Spin Economics

We finished our review of first semester and took the final exam. We also took a quiz to find our the “Economic IQ” of each student. This is not for a grade, but only to look over at the end of the semester to see how much they know then! For next week, watch the following videos and fill out the notes on them that you were given today in class.

Summary of Bastiat’s The Law

Crash Course Economics #1

Explorations in British Literature

We finished up our first semester pages, and I gave the students the second half of our text. We will begin Oliver Twist in around three weeks, so be sure to secure a copy by then if you do not already have it.

For next week, continue with the following pages in your text. Since you now know the difference between Neoclassicism and Romanticism, we will now read some poetry which are illustrations of Romanticism.

Read “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” and see how commoners are honored! (pages 104-106) Answer the questions to the right of the stanzas. Then read and answer the questions about “A Red, Red Rose” (page 87) and “Afton Water” (page 108) by Robert Burns. Read and answer the questions on the poems “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” (pages 109-110) by William Blake. Finally, read the poem and answer the questions about the “Lines Composed a Few Miles from Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth (pages 112-112). We will define some of the goals and plans of the Romantic writers.

Listen to these two poems read for you.

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