Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dorian Gray 1-4 Period 1


Dorian Gray 1-4 Period 4


Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24 Period 4

Today in class, the medium, your selfies (one how society sees you and the other how you see yourself), and the reading of chapters 1-2 of "The Picture of Dorian Grey" were due. We symbolically cut up our selfies and glued them to our posters and attached them to the posters. We also used class time to type up our selfie explanations

 -Come prepared for a Fishbowl on Wednesday over Chapters 1-4. If you are a presenter you will need a list of questions and a summary over the chapters read, printed out and ready to hand in. 
-Read Chapters 3-4 
-Meet with Smith for LL2
-In 3 paragraphs explain your selfies (typed). The first paragraph should explain your selfie on how you view yourself. The second paragraph should explain your selfie on how society views you. Some ideas to explain would be to discuss if your selfies are in color or black/white, if there is a size difference, if they are zoomed in on your face or if you are a part of the background etc.. Then the third and last paragraph should explain how you decided to cut up the selfies THIS IS DUE FRIDAY

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday 2-21-14 Period 1

Hello everybody!

Here's our wonderful homework: For Monday, read and annotate The Picture of Dorian Gray chapters 1-2. Also, you need to bring in a canvas or other medium for your portrait and bring in two selfies: one of how you see yourself, the other is how society sees you (you may want multiple copies of each since we will be cutting them up on Monday). Think about how you can use color or the absence of color. Remember that you need to meet with Ms. Smith by the end of next week to talk about your Last Lecture!!

We got new seats today!
Then we checked in our Frankenstein books and checked out The Picture of Dorian Gray.
We received our papers from Frankenstein.
We also signed up for fishbowls for The Picture of Dorian Gray. Note: you must present and discuss at least once for each.

After all of this, we watched another SoulPancake video about Art Therapy.
As a class we assigned points to each section of our Self Portrait Final Project.

  1. Medium (Canvas) ---------- 10 pts
  2. 2 Selfies -------------------- 10 pts
  3. Cut it Up ------------------- 10 pts
  4. Explanation ----------------- 40 pts
  5. People, Places, Things (a) -- 50 pts (20 for items, 30 for explanation)
  6. People, Places, Things (b) -- 50 pts (20 for items, 30 for explanation)
  7. Vices and Virtues ----------- 20 pts
  8. Regrets --------------------- 20 pts
  9. Essential Question ---------- 40 pts
This is a grand total of 250 points for this project. It's a big deal!

Then we did a T/F activity about judging a book by it's cover.

To end class, we read the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray and highlighted any epitaphs that stood out to us.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, February 21st! 4th hour

Happy Friday!

Today in class we started off by getting new seats. As we found are seats, we turned in our Frankenstein books and received a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray. If you would like to still purchase a copy, you can, make sure to have it for Monday! We then discussed the outline for the Dorian Grey art project and agreed that it looked good. The link can be found here Finalize Dorian Gray final projec .While we discussed the project, Smith passed around a sign up sheet for fishbowls we will be having on our new book. The fishbowls will start on Wednesday, so make sure to see Smith and sign up if you have not.

After we were done discussing our project, we watched a video called Painting makes you happy and saw what ideas of what we could possibly use for our own self-portraits. If you would like to try what is seen in this video click this link .

For the rest of class we filled out a questionnaire and discussed our answers by going to either the true or false side of the room. Smith told us to be completely honest as we responded to the statements that she gave us. Our class had good discussions on why believed what we did.


  • Read chapters one and two of The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Answer these questions on sticky notes or in book (if it is your own copy) as you read:
    • Who is the creator?
    • Who/ what is the creation?
  • Have your medium and two selfies for Monday
    • Medium- canvas, poster, cardboard,etc.
    • Selfies- One of how others view you, and one of how you view yourself
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday, Feb 19 (Period 4)

  • Agenda
  • We discussed chapters 15 and 16 then split into two groups: those that thought the monster was more like Adam and those that thought he was more like Satan. Some points made were:
    • Adam: The monster was cast away like Adam. The monster was created from parts like Adam was created from dust, each the only one of his kind. The monster has aspects of kindness and the ability to love.
    • Satan: The monster murdered a child (sin). The monster held resentment and anger towards his creator like Satan.  The monster is ugly and beastly like Satan.
  • Then we discussed to what extent a creator bears for its responsibility, and whether or not Frankenstein was  responsible for the death of his child (via the monster's actions)
  • NOTE: We did not really take a quiz, we only answered these questions.
  • Mrs. Smith collected the questions from chapters 15 and 16 (assigned Friday)

  • Complete this Student Perception Survey (Link found on the Agenda) AFTER reading the letter (link also found on the Agenda): This is student feedback for Mrs. Smith--what you think of her and this class, it is anonymous so please be honest.
  • We talked about the next unit: The Picture of Dorian Gray and the project accompanying it (there will be no quizzes for this unit, only the portrait project)

    • Read background information on Oscar Wilde (author of The Picture of Dorian Gray), two links found on the Agenda
    • Set a conference date for your Last Lecture Part 1 and record in Mrs. Smith's planner.
      • Mrs. Smith's off hours: MWF: 6th hour.  TR: 1st, 4th, 6th hour
    • Obtain a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray over the weekend and read chapters 1 and 2 by Monday
    • Take two selfies: one that shows who you are and one that shows how others view you, and print them out big enough to fit on your canvas or poster, due Monday*
    • Purchase one or two canvases or posters by Monday*
      • *NOTE: If you are confused about these 2 homework items, please refer to the Self Portrait Project and if you are still confused, ask Mrs. Smith on Friday

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We started off class discussing chapters 15-16 trying to figure out who was more like Adam from Genesis: Dr. Frankenstein or the monster? We also discussed: who was the creator?  and who was the creation?

We also took a small “quiz” that drove discussion. Those questions included:

  • Presuming that Frankenstein is a creator, do you consider Frankenstein's creation to be more like Adam or Satan?  Use specific evidence to support your opinion. Is there some level of responsibility owed by the creator towards its creation?  Explain.
  • Give one name the creature is called.
  • How does the creature learn to speak and read?
  • What book touched the creature the most?
  • What is the creature's plan with the DeLacey family that gives him hope?
  • What ends up happening to the DeLacey family as a result of the creature?

  • After our discussion, we took a survey to evaluate Mrs. Smith and her class. The link can be found on her class agenda.
  • We started to read some background information on Oscar Wilde. Links can be found on her class agenda.
  • After that we started discussing a self-portrait project about taking "selfies" to reveal things about ourselves. In the first part, it is supposed to be about how society views us. Then we use those pictures to show how we view ourselves. We then need to add influences in our life to our portrait.Then we have to talk to people that have influenced us. Those people have to give us an object to put on our portrait. Then we have to add things that represent some of our best qualities.

  • Schedule a conference with Ms. Smith to discuss a transition to your next paper for your last lecture.
  • Read Wilde background articles online (links can be found on the class agenda)
  • Get a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • think of what materials you need for Friday
  • Bring your "Canvas" for monday

REVIEW GUIDING QUESTION: “to what extent does a creator have responsibility for its creation? when does the creation assume responsibility for its own actions?”

Erica Blair

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, Period 1, Andrei Williams

Today we started off the class by watching a video on gratitude which showed how showing gratitude increased levels of happiness in people. Then we turned in our Last Lectures which were due. Next we talked about chapters 10-13 and the four questions that we were assigned to answer.

  • What does Frankenstein want to do when he first meets his creation again?
  • What does the creature ask Frankenstein to do initially?
  • After being driven from the village, where does the creature finally settle?
  • Name one thing the creature does to secretly help people in the village.

For the rest of class we just started reading chapters 15-16.
Homework is to read those two chapters and answer this question: Presuming that Frankenstein is a creator, do you consider Frankenstein's creation to be more like Adam or Satan?  Use specific evidence to support your opinion. Is there some level of responsibility owed by the creator towards its creation?  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Today is Friday, February 14th. Today in Mrs. Smith's fourth hour English Literature class we began class by handing in our last lecture part 1 assignments that were due today. Once they were all turned in and everyone was in their seat, Mrs. Smith walked around class and handed out kisses to the students who completed the reading questions over chapters 10-13 of Frankenstein ;) (chocolate candies). For about the first twenty minutes of class we went over these questions as a class and discussed the answers. Once we went over all the questions we watched a video called Day of Gratitude and it was a very enjoyable video to say the least. When the video ended we used the remainder of class to read chapter 15. We finished chapter 15 with 15 minutes of class left and Smith gave us the choice of either reading chapter 16, or answer the following question which is homework for when we get back to class on Wednesday which is "Do you consider Frankenstein's creation to be more like Adam, or Satan? use specific evidence (quotes) to support your opinion." Also homework for Wednesday is to complete reading over chapter 16.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday February 12 period 1 Scribe Sam G

Today there were no donuts again (My fault) but there will be on Friday for valentines day.
We went over the homework which was to read chapters 10-13 in Frankenstein and answer 4 questions about those chapters. We also have our first part of our Last Lecture, childhood dreams due Friday. Here is a link to the homework and the questions for 10-13.

In class we got into small groups to discuss our sticky notes on the question: why does Frankenstein not tell us the secret to animating human flesh? that were due today from chapters 3-5. We then discussed these as a class. We then answered 7 questions on chapters 3-5 in our groups, (these questions can be found through either of the above links) and turned them in. We then discussed these questions as a class. Then Ms. Smith gave us a choice to either start reading chapters 10-13 or to get out laptops and work on our Last Lecture part 1's. That's what happened today.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday, February 10 Period 4

Hello and Happy Monday!

Due Wednesday, the homework is to:
  • Read chapters 3-5 for Frankenstein and on a sticky note or note card answer the question, "Why won't the narrator reveal the secret of animating human flesh?' 
  • Also, while you read the chapters, find examples in the text that answer the essential question which is, "To what extent does a creator have responsibility for its creation? When does the creation assume responsibility for its own actions?"
In Class: This is week 6 of second semester and so far you have survived! Today in class, we started reading chapter 3 of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and remember that Frankenstein is the Doctor and not the monster described in the book. Before we started reading, we discussed Shelley's influences from her life and how they tied into the book. Some examples were, the deaths of her children, her husband and her mother as well as her exposure to ideas from various philosophers and her knowledge due to her freedom to read whatever she pleased. After that, we started reading and paused a few times to talk about the idea of how the creator took care of the creation or how the creation would have to live without the creator and took notes on sticky notes and stuck them in the book. This continued until the end of the period. The homework is listed above.  

Friday, February 7, Period 1, Andrei Williams

On Friday we started the class by turning in the Fall of Satan packet. Next Mrs. Smith checked everyone for their five questions for the fishbowl. For the rest of the class we had a fishbowl discussion. One of the main topics in the fishbowl was "to what extent does a creator have responsibility over its creation?" A few other topics were why does God let evil happen and why do people sin even though they know it's wrong.

If you were not here for the fishbowl on Friday or want to say some more for more points, you have to come into Mrs. Smith's office and talk about your questions. 

Lastly, we checked out Frankenstein books.
Homework was to read vii-xxii

Monday February 10 P.1

Happy Monday!!

First, our HOMEWORK is to finish your Last Lecture Part 1 for Friday. Also, read Frankenstein chapters 3-5 and answer the question: Why won't the narrator reveal the secret of animationg human flesh? Finally, if you missed Friday's Fishbowl or you have something to add, you can bring your 5 discussion questsions and talk to Ms. Smith tomorrow!

At the beginning of class we satched a short clip called Frankenstein: it's Alive to give us an idea of Dr. Frankenstein. The link is on today's agenda.

We broke into groups of four and each wrote on sticky notes what attributes of Shelley's life influenced her writing. The class determined that the 4 basic categories had a major influence:
  1. Her work (Frankenstein and the monster) represent the loved ones she lost
  2. Shelley repeatedly lost her children and had pregnancy issues
  3. She grew up without her birth mother, who died when she was born
  4. The role of the people and world around her (i.e. industry, her father's literary friends, rise of science, etc.)
Then we started reading Frankenstein and what we didn't finish is homework, ch. 3-5.

Have a great day!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Friday Feb. 7 Hour 4

During class we went over what is homework. The homework was to write the last lecture part one which is due on Friday the 14. Other homework was to read the introduction to Frankenstein which is pages vii through xxii.

Once we were finished with talking about homework we got ready for our fishbowl. Once we started our fishbowl Mrs. Smith went around the room and checked off who all had their five questions done. We spent the rest of the class period on the fishbowl covering all sorts of group with the topics. Once we were finished talking Mrs. Smith told everyone, who didn't get any speaking time or only talked a couple of times, that they need to go in and see her to make up the points they missed.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 5th Scribe Period 1 Sam G

Class started with a greeting, then we expressed our sadness for the lack of donuts. Ms Smith gave us our homework which was to come up with 5 questions for Fridays fishbowl, to work on our last lecture part 1, and if we wanted to get a head start on Frankenstein to read the introduction for Monday. Here is a link

We then continued reading the from Paradise Lost and working on our Fall of Satan packets which were due at the end of class. At the end of class we turned in our packets and were allowed to check out a copy of Frankenstein from Ms Smith if we wished.

Period 4 Scribing- Jens Peaslee

Today began just as usual with Mrs. Smith saying hello to the class and the class replying.  Sadly, this Wednesday we had no snacks yet again.  But the class had to go on.

She then proceeded to give us our homework which consists of the First part of your Last Lecture being due on week from Friday, finishing your 5 Fishbowl questions, and a rare opportunity.  She gave the class an option to check out a Frankenstein book and read pages vii-xxii (7-22) of the introduction.  You can read it now, or do it for homework over the weekend, but if you do it now you won't have homework over the weekend.

She then had us split up into our groups that we were in on Monday to finish the "Fall of Satan" packet.  She told us that it would be due by the end of the hour, and then let us go to work.

At the end of class, almost everyone was working on the reading and most everyone had turned in the packet and was ready to leave.  Mrs. Smith sent us on our way saying, "Have a great day!"

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Feb 3, 2014 period 4

In the beginning of class we formed the desks together into a circle. Then we turned in the Two Gallants packet and discussed what we thought about the men in the story. Afterwards we started reading the story about Genesis and discussed about what we thought about it. Then Mrs. Smith started reading the Milton autobiography. Then we got into groups started reading the Milton's "Paradise Lost", but we didn't finish reading. We will continue reading on Monday.
 Remember!! Bring 5 questions on Wednesday for the fishbowl. Questions are based on what we have read the past week and we have to put it together into one question.  Readings: (Two gallants, Paradise Lost: Fall of Satan, Genesis, Dante’s The Divine Comedy, movies, songs, art)
HW: Milton packet, Fishbowl questions make 5!! & LL p.1

Monday, February 3, 2014 Period 1

Today we discussed the ending to the packet, “Two Gallants”, and afterwards turned them in. We then read the article “Genesis” in our language arts textbooks, and afterwards started to read “Milton’s Paradise” in small groups while answering the questions in “The Fall of Satan” packet that was handed out in the beginning of class.
For homework the following is due:

  • Milton Packet
  • Fishbowl on Wednesday, bring in five questions that pull together all of the Hell-themed text excerpts, and media we have gone over including but not limited to “Two Gallants”, “Paradise Lost: Fall of Satan”, “Genesis”, “Dante’s The Divine Comedy”, movies, songs, and art.
  •   LL part 1 is due February 14th.
  • Remember our review-guiding question: “To what extend does a creator have responsibility for its creation? When does the creation assume responsibility for its own actions?”

Jenevieve Wiegman