Canvas Wins

So early in the year, I wasn’t sure if our new Canvas system was going to take over for the blog, but it’s looking like it will. While there are some archived files here that I’ll still use, I will link to them directly from the new system.

Parents, if you’d like to keep up with English 9 without being added to Canvas, you can always check in here. The most recent day is on top and it goes backward from there, just like a blog.


Welcome to English 10H!

I love this class, and I’m thrilled you’re here. In terms of supplies, you will need:

  • $3 (to purchase your Lab Book)
  • Chromebook/school account
  • Notebook/paper
  • A durable folder
  • Pen/pencil
  • Highlighters
  • 1-2 pads of post-it notes

5/22-26 – Movie Review

Monday – You’ll get your Task 6 assignment, which will be to write a movie review of The Princess Bride, a campy romantic comedy from the 1980s. This is a “one-and-done” assignment, meaning you get no revisions, no drafts, no comments–just two days to write the best paper you humanly can.

We’ll take time today to talk about the elements I expect to see in your review:

  • A dramatization of at least one scene, like the opening paragraph of this review or the Hotel Rwanda samples in your packet. This must be SHOWING not TELLING.
  • Reference to the plot; there has to be enough of this to ground your reader, who “hasn’t seen the film” and also to make the essay stand up as an essay without the prop of the film behind it. But you also don’t want to give EVERYTHING away. You can deal with the plot in succinct paragraph or two (as you see in the Moana review synopsis) OR you can build your review like an explication giving a little bit of story as you go through, analyzing each of the key elements (as you see in the La La Land review, linked below).
  • A paragraph or two dealing with the quality of the actors’ performances.
  • A paragraph of two dealing with cinematic elements in the film (camera angles, music/sound, costumes, sets, props, etc).
  • A paragraph or two dealing with literary elements of the film (symbols, archetypes, genre/pattern/comparison to other films or texts or franchises, plot/pacing).
  • At least one paragraph in which you assess the purpose of the film: essentially using your “reading” of the film to explore whether the film is PARODY or SATIRE.

For each of these elements, we’re going to look to the sample reviews as mentor texts. We’ll find a specific example or two of what that element “sounds like” when it’s in a quality review. Here are the samples I offered in class, each a simple word document version of the NYT review for that film:

Tuesday & Wednesday: We will watch the film. You’ll take Notes on your graphic organizer to help you keep track of the things you may want to write about in your review. In fact, think of this organizer as a rough version of a proposal–or at least notes on each of the sections you’ll end up writing.

Thursday & Friday: You’ll write Task 6 One and Done in class on these two days.

5/17 – Irony, Parody, Satire

Today I’ll introduce a couple of fun assignments coming up:

  1. SSR Recommends
  2. Affirmations
  3. Bring a NYT review

Then, we’ll talk about the differences between Parody and Satire. In small groups, I’ll ask you to develop a list of elements from SH5 that might be “parody” versus elements that might be “satire” and we’ll discuss these elements together.

Finally, I’ll collect your SH5 books.

5/12 – SH5 Chapter 5

Today we had our Chapter 5 quiz and discussion. My hat is OFF to first hour, who really made me think differently about this book than I have ever thought before.

Chapters 6-10 (rest of the book) are due on TUESDAY, but Monday will be a reading/lab book day to help make sure you have time to get through it.