The Second Coming

This week in class, we’re reading “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats.

In this famous poem, William Butler Yeats paints a terrifying, apocalyptic scene in order to describe the atmosphere of Europe following World War I.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Technology, Progress & Industry and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What should the future look like?” and “How are we changed by war?”

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Easter 1916

This week in class, we’re reading “Easter 1916” by William Butler Yeats.

“Easter 1916” is a famous poem by William Butler Yeats that deals with themes of war and loss of innocence. Although Yeats was an Irish nationalist, in the poem he describes conflicting emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of War & Peace as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How are we changed by war?”

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Parent Guide: A Rose for Emily

This week in class, we’re reading “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. This story takes place in Mississippi around the turn of the 20th century. After the death of Miss Emily Grierson, the people of Jefferson, Mississippi, uncover a dark history in this classic piece of Southern Gothic.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Death and Revenge & Betrayal as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What drives a person to betray?” and “How do people face death?”

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Araby

This week in class, we’re reading “Araby” by James Joyce.

“Araby” (1914) is a classic coming-of-age story written by James Joyce. It touches on themes of disillusionment and the consequences of idealism.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Growing Up as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”

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Parent Guide: There Will Come Soft Rains

This week in class, we’re reading “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale.

In “There Will Come Soft Rains,” nature is indifferent to the conflicts and suffering of mankind.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Man vs. Nature and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?” and “How are we changed by war?”

Ways to support your child:

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A Sound of Thunder

This week in class, we’re reading “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury.

In Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder,” a man goes back in time to hunt a Tyrannosaurus rex and inadvertently changes the future.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will, Man vs. Nature, and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?”, “What are the costs and benefits of technology?”, and “Can we control our fate?”

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English 30-1 March 2020 Midterm: The Blind Side

DIRECTIONS: Write a well-organized composition on the topic below.

The most profound discovery that we can make is our discovery of self. Our identity rests in the kind of people we are. To understand who we are and to develop fully as human beings, we must explore the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives.

During our study of The Blind Side we didn’t want to focus just on the individual striving for identity, but we focused as often as we could on how those around us shape who we become. We looked closely at the integral roles other people play in our lives.

By examining the relationships in our lives, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

Our discussions of details from The Blind Side focused on a character(s) examining related questions about the role others play in our lives: How should we treat people? What characteristics make people liked and respected? What is the meaning of love? How can it be destructive? How do people confuse love with other feelings? How do we get our needs met through our relationships with others?.

The Blind Side, directed by John Lee Hancock based on the book by Michael Lewis, the protagonist, Michael, explores the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives. Using detailed references from the work, explain the role(s) people play in Michael’s life.

As you write your composition, remember to:

  • Give the title, director, and writer of the work.
  • Give specific examples, reasons, and details to explain the role(s) people play in Michael’s life.
  • Give any necessary plot information but avoid giving a plot summary.
  • Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs. Use a five-paragraph expository essay approach.
  • Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
Expository Literary Essay Plan

Expository Literary Essay Plan

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The Sniper

This week in class, we’re reading “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty.

In Liam O’Flaherty’s “The Sniper,” a sniper during the Irish Civil War survives a brief conflict but suffers a terrible loss.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy, Death, and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How do people face death?”, “What can we learn from tragedy?”, and “How are we changed by war?”

Ways to support your child:

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The Road Not Taken

This week in class, we’re reading “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

Published in 1916, this poem is one of the most frequently cited and most misunderstood of Frost’s poems.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What makes you who you are?” and “Can we control our fate?”

Ways to support your child:

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Invictus

his week in class, we’re reading “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet, critic, and editor. His best-known poem is “Invictus,” published in 1875, which he wrote just following the amputation of his foot due to tuberculosis.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free WillIdentity, and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?”, “What makes you who you are?”, and “Can we control our fate?”

Ways to support your child:

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