We’ll finish the book for Monday, when we’ll talk about it. I’d like you to keep track of THEMES and SYMBOLS/LITERARY ELEMENTS in this section with as much detail as possible. You can see the guide to doing this in your study guide, which we’ll look at today.
Then, I’ll introduce the affirmations.
Here’s the truth about this class: English 10H is the beginning of a cohort. What I mean is that the people in your 10H class are people you’ll be working with for the rest of your high school path, people you’ll want to see at reunions, and they’re probably the people you’ll remember the most about when your 40-something and have two small kids. You’ll stay up late memorizing lines (10H) and going to Prairie Lights readings (USLH) and making your Dante projects (AP Lit). You’ll groan about your work load and suffer through AP exams together.
So I believe one of the best ways to end this first year of cohort building is to take some time to affirm each other. So, for May 25th, I will ask you to write a short affirmation for each person in your class period.
This may sound a lot like “nice notes” from grade school (thanks for the tip Cecilia), but I expect better from you than “You are cool and nice. I like to play soccer with you at recess.” and “Good to have class with you! See you next year.” For the love of all that is holy, please avoid this yearbook cliches and solecisms!
As an example, here’s one I’ve started writing for one of your classmates (I’m sure you can guess who):
Your performance of Bottom in the play was so physical it made me see his character in a new way. I also loved being in discussions with you because whenever you have an aha moment, I can see it on your face and then you share it with the class. We all get to vicariously experience it with you and that builds so much energy and joy.
If you would prefer to type these, there is an electronic version available on Google Classroom, but you must have a PHYSICAL copy with you on May 25th, when we will cut the affirmations into strips and deliver them to the recipients. That day, we will also have a p_ _ lu_ _ to celebrate the end of the year together.