Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Poetry Out Loud

Here is the overview that everyone at MHS will be getting:

"Poetry Out Loud is the national poetry recitation contest; Malden High has sent students to the state finals for all but one year that the contest has existed. Last year, we committed to having every student in the school take part in the contest."

The basic process:

  • Student select poems from the Poetry Out Loud collections (in print and online) to study, memorize and perform.
  • Teachers support students’ selection, study, and performance.
  • Each class holds a class contest by the end of December. We will have our contest on December 21st & 22nd, 2010.
  • Class winners will compete in the period contest in January.
  • Period winners will compete in the school contest shortly after the period contest. Period winners will need to select a second poem
  • The school winner will compete in the state semi-finals in early March.
And here are the Scoring Guides that we were given:

Malden High School's Poetry Out Loud Analytic Rubric

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Assignment for annotated bibliography for Camus’ THE STRANGER

Assignment and Scoring Guide for Annotated Bibliography for Camus

Independent reading books for Cycle 2

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote

For this assignment, you will produce 100 post-it notes that include commentary which draws from the reading strategies from the “WAYS TO ANALYZE FICTION” handout (you can find it in google docs.)

You will need to be complete ½ this assignment before you leave for winter break. You will turn in your book (with post-its) or Reader’s Notebook on January 3rd and answer a question 3 prompt in class.

For posterity, post a comment as to which book you are choosing to read and why.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Literary Analysis Paper for Camus’ The Stranger

Photo of Camus from Life

Your purpose for this paper is to develop a thesis on a topic in Camus’ The Stranger and show how it is developed throughout the novel. You will use your passage explication from Part I and your passage explication from Part II to show how this idea is developed from the beginning of the novel to the end.

  • Introduction >
  • Passage Explication from Part 1 >
  • Transition >
  • Passage Explication from Part 2 >
  • Conclusion

This should be 4 – 5 pages, proper MLA formatting and will be turned in on Monday, Dec. 6th. You will need an electronic copy of the essay in class and can print in class if needed.

Literary Analysis Paper Rubric