2015-16 Week 17 – Dec 7

Here we are–one week before we’re out for Christmas! All we’ve got between us and a nice long Christmas break is a week of work and a week of Finals. We can handle that, though, right? We’re not going to throw up our hands and give up now are we? I didn’t think so! 🙂

Don’t forget that if you have any late work to turn in, your deadline for that is Monday, Dec 7. I will not accept any late work after that point, as I have to get everything finished up for the end of the semester.

This week we’re going to talk more about the Romanticism period of American Literature, and I’m going to introduce you to the Fireside poets. We’re also going to do the essay portion of your Final so that you won’t have to do that during the Final Test time.

Let’s take a look at this week:

  • Monday, Dec 7
    • Deadline for ANY late work for Quarter 2
    • “The Devil and Tom Walker” activity
    • Be prepared to discuss “The Devil and Tom Walker” p. 258 (in your textbook)
    • Literary Letter due (printed!)–REG ENG
    • Article of the Week due–Google Classroom
  • Tuesday, Dec 8
    • Mass Day–Feast of the Immaculate Conception (which is when Mary was conceived in Ann’s womb, NOT when Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb–that was the Annunciation 🙂 )
    • Finish up “Devil and Tom Walker” discussion
    • Introduce Fireside Poets
    • Read “Old Ironsides” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and discuss in class
  • Wednesday, Dec 9
    • Continue Fireside Poets discussion
  • Thursday, Dec 10
    • Final Exam writing portion (in class–no extra preparation necessary)
  • Friday, Dec 11
    • HONORS–Lit Cir Session 1 for Book 2 due
    • Final Exam writing portion (in class–no extra preparation necessary)
    • Mass Day

Don’t forget to start studying now! Don’t wait until the night before the Final Exam to study. Semester exams are cumulative (which means that they cover the material from the whole course).

Here’s our Finals Week schedule:

  • Tuesday, Dec 15
    • 7:30-9:40 1st period exam
    • 10-12 A period exam
  • Wednesday, Dec 16
    • 7:30-9:40 2nd period exam
    • 10-12 B period exam
  • Thursday, Dec 17
    • 7:30-9:40 D period exam
    • 10-12 E period exam
  • Friday, Dec 18
    • 7:40-10 C period exam

Here’s a list of what will be on the exam:

  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Speak
  • DPG
  • Native American Origin myths
    • “The Earth on Turtle’s Back”
    • Navajo Origin Myth
  • Puritan Literature
    • “Of Plymouth Plantation”
    • “Huswifery”
    • “To My Dear and Loving Husband”
  • Revolutionary Literature
    • “Declaration of Independence”
    • “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano”
    • “Crisis”
    • Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention”
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Romanticism Literature
    • “The Devil and Tom Walker”
    • “Old Ironsides”
    • “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

Finally, don’t forget that we’re collecting money as a Sophomore class to make a donation to Heifer International. I’d love to have every Sophomore contribute at least $1–we could purchase rabbits and honeybees for a community. If we can raise $120, we could purchase a lamb, a goat, a pig, or a sheep. I’ve got a collection jar in my room, so you can just drop in whatever change you have. St. Therese of Lisieux said, “What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.” She believed that, while many of us many not achieve great acts of faith like the martyrs and the Doctors of the Church, we can all do little things every day to spread God’s love throughout the world. I want to encourage you to join me in this little act of spreading God’s love.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening, my friends! I look forward to being with you this week!

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