Friday, February 26, 2016

Reading Period 19: March 4 - 10: National Velvet

Class meeting: March 8, 10

Due dates: 
Quiz due Monday March 7, 7pm
Assignments due Wednesday March 9, 7pm

Long read: National Velvet by Enid Bagnold, chapters 1-6

Short read: "How an Eleven-Year-Old Came to Swim the English Channel" by Owen Amos, BBC News

Poem:

"The White Cliffs" by Alice Duer Miller

Creative Assignment:

Velvet Brown keeps a box of paper horses that she feeds and waters and exercises and treats like real horses. They are all named and have their own personalities and needs. For this assignment, choose a few animals that you would like to keep as pets. If you have a pet in D&D, one of your animals must be that one (or however many you have). So for example, Leah can choose her meerkat and Jack and maybe another animal. Find pictures of the type of animal you choose, either in magazines or catalogues or printed out from the internet. Find a box to keep your animals in and post photos of the animals, the box you keep them in. We will continue this assignment next week with further developments.

OR

Write a poem about an animal you fervently admire, explaining why you love it so much. You might write about horses, if you love horses, or another animal you find thrilling and majestic, like Velvet loves horses. You might start the poem with something like Velvet's prayer to the moon in chapter one. "Oh, God, give me horses! Give me horses!"

Writing Assignment:

Velvet Brown's mother has accomplished an enormous feat: swimming across the English Channel. Many people call this swim the Mt. Everest of swimming because it's so difficult due to the cold and distance. After you read our short read for this week, about a boy your age who swam across the Channel, read this article about what it's really like to swim the Channel nowadays, and the preparation and organization that goes into it. Now you're ready to write your essay about swimming the English Channel. Write 200 words in which you answer the question: Why do people swim across the English Channel? And would you do something like this?

OR

The Grand National horse race has been held annually since 1839, always in the same place and over the same famous and difficult jumps. Do some research on the Grand National and write a short essay (200 words) telling us about it. You might find out where it is held, how long the course is, the nature of some of the more difficult obstacles, and some of the race's history. Why is The Grand National thought of as the ultimate test of horse and rider? What makes this race so special? It's perfectly fine to use the Wikipedia article as your source for this essay.

Quiz:

1. Name all the Brown siblings and give a distinguishing aspect about each one.
2. List all the Brown pets.
3. Give a quote that tells us Velvet's father wants her to wear the dental plate.
4. Give a quote that tells us Velvet's mother doesn't want to dwell on having swum across the English Channel.
5. Why does Mrs. Brown have a wound that Velvet had to treat? What injured her?
6. Why did Edwina get home late?
7. Why is Mr. Ede going go raffle off his piebald horse?
8. Give an example from the text that shows Donald is naughty.
9. What do Mi and Velvet realize about the piebald horse when they visit him in the field?
10. What is a Gymkhana? You may answer this from context or look it up.
11. List all the horses Velvet acquires in this section, and give a distinguishing aspect about each one.
12. At the end of chapter 6, what are the girls plotting?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Reading Period 18: February 20 - 26: Anne of Green Gables

Class meeting: February 23, 25

Due dates: 
Quiz due Monday February 22, 7pm
Assignments due Wednesday February 23, 7pm

Long read:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, chapters 25-38

Poem:

"The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes

In the book version, Anne recites "The Maiden's Vow" but in the television production this is the poem she recites at the White Sands hotel. Here's a song version:



Creative Assignment:

Write a story suitable for the Story Club! It must be "romantical" and it must also be moral -- the good people must be rewarded and the bad people punished. You can use the names Cordelia Montmorency and Geraldine Seymour if you want to. You can also include dragons, swords, and genies if you want to. Just make it a story that Anne would love. 200 words.

OR 

In your D&D adventure, Anne Shirley, pretending to be Lady Elaine from the poem The Lady of Shallott, has somehow made it into medieval England and been kidnapped by Mordred to get back at Lancelot. He thinks she is the real Lady Elaine! Write the story of how this happened. You can start with Anne in Avonlea, or start with the moment she travels through time to the real river that leads to Camelot, or you can tell the story in Mordred's point of view.

Writing Assignment:

Consider this quote from Anne of Green Gables:

"Marilla is such a sensible woman. It must be a great deal better to be sensible; but still, I don't believe I'd really want to be a sensible person, because they are so unromantic. Mrs. Lynde says there is no danger of my ever being one, but you can never tell. I feel just now that I may grow up to be sensible yet. But perhaps that is only because I'm tired." 

Write a personal essay about your personal nature. Are you sensible or romantic? Would you rather be sensible or romantic? Do you think it's necessary to choose to be one or the other? Which would make you happier? Which would make you safer? Which would you choose? Do you think it's possible to choose, or is one born in a particular way? Which do you think you have been so far in your life? 200 words.

OR

Analyze the poem "The Highwayman" in terms of Anne's preferences in poetry. What would make it a good choice for a recitation? Why would Anne like it? Use specific aspects of the plot and scenes of the poem. What lines would she particularly enjoy delivering? Bonus: How is this poem similar to The Nightengale and the Rose? 200 words.

Quiz:

1. What did Matthew bring home from Carmody, instead of puffed sleeves?
2. Who is allowed in the story club?
3. What was Marilla's solution to the green hair?
4. What is Anne's response to Gilbert's apology?
5. Based on the context and what Anne experienced there, what do you think the "exhibition" was like in modern day terms?
6. Based on the context, and what the students intend to study there, what do you think "Queen's" is?
7. Give a line from the text that shows us Miss Stacy is a good teacher.
8. Who passed the exams with the top score?
9. Why did the American say that Anne's hair was "Titian"?
10. Why does Marilla cry when she sees Anne in the new dress?
11. What is a scholarship?
12. What is commencement?
13. What was on the paper that Matthew had in his hand?
14. What decision does Anne make about Redmonds College?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Reading Period 17: February 13 - 19: Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery
Class meeting: February 16, 18
Due Dates:
Quiz due February 15, 7pm
Assignments due February 17, 7pm

Long read:

Anne of Green Gables, chapters 13-24

Short read:

"14 Facts about L. M. Montgomery" by Joy Lanzendorfer

Poem:

"Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight" by Rose Hartwick Thorpe

Creative Assignment:

What would Anne Shirley is obsessed with fashion, especially puffed sleeves! But what would she wear if she lived in 2016? Using Polyvore's app for putting together outfits, create a look for Anne Shirley including a top, bottom, bag, shoes, and any acccessories you think she would like. You don't need to sign up
Puffed sleeves, YO!
for Polyvore to share your look -- just take a screen shot when you're happy with what you've made, and post that along with a description of the items you chose and a price tag for the whole outfit.

OR

Create Green Gables in Minecraft. Obviously to correctly replicate the book's main setting you want to create a white house with green gables, with a tree outside at least one window. But how much farther can you take it? Add the barn? The brook? The grey house in the distance? The sorrel mare? The road to Mrs. Rachel Lynde's house? Go for it! Post screen shots.

Writing Assignment:

Sometimes Anne's imagination works against her, as when she let the pie burn to a crisp, or when she becomes scared of her own pretends in the "haunted wood." Write about a time when your imagination has got the best of you, either by taking time away from your tasks, or convincing you something was real when it wasn't, or making you paranoid or nervous, or anything else you've experienced. 200 words.

OR

A lane on Prince Edward Island
What makes a good friend? Write your definition of a good friend, using at least two examples of good and bad friend behavior from Anne of Green Gables. What are the most important traits of a good friend? What can ruin a friendship? You can use Anne and Diana as examples, or other characters like Marilla and Mrs. Rachel Lynde. 200 words.

Quiz:

1. Name one thing that Anne is anticipating about the picnic.
2. Where does Anne confess that the brooch is now, and where was the brooch really found?
3. Give an example of a name Anne came up with for something and a name Diana came up with for something.
4. How did Gilbert get Anne's attention and what was her response?
5. Why does Mrs. Berry decide that Anne is unfit to be Diana's friend?
6. What does this mean? "All things great are wound up with all things little."
7. What is Mrs. Berry's reaction to Anne's heroic rescue of Minnie Mae?
8. What happened when Anne and Diana jumped into the spare room bed?
9. Why does Anne think the spruce wood over the brook is haunted?
10. What is Anne's worst subject in school?
11. What prompts Diana to shriek, "Anne, are you killed?"
12. What is the name of Anne's new teacher?