English 10R – Mood

7 Oct

Today we discussed mood as a literary technique. We defined mood as the emotional effect the text creates for the audience.

At the beginning of Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s description portrays different moods to introduce readers to the conflicting emotions of the boys’ new experience on the island.

Assignment: Students worked with partners to create a story with a mood. The story had two key elements:
1. characters: Sam and Alex
2. setting: the first day of school.

Students made decisions to portray a specific mood.

English 9H – Perceptions

5 Oct

Students read and discussed a story about assumptions and presuppositions. Our conversation focused on ideas about others we already have and how that perception clouds our judgment and influences our decisions.

For the remainder of the week, we will continue pre-reading activities and conversations to lead us into To Kill a Mockingbird.

English 10R – Chapters 1 and 2 Discussion

5 Oct

Today we discussed the plot details of chapters 1 and 2 from Lord of the Flies. Like many other works of literature, the beginning of the novel establishes the setting and introduces the characters. Students discussed the character traits, motivations, and emerging conflicts of characters like Ralph, Piggy, and Jack.

Student conversations also shifted toward predicting examples of foreshadowing and how characters may change and develop as the novel progresses.

1. If you haven’t already, read through the end of chapter 2.

Study Guide Questions:
Chapter 1
1. Why is Ralph elected chief?
2. How does Ralph betray Piggy? What does this show about Ralph’s character?
3. What is the conch and what purpose does it serve?
4. How are Jack and the choir described? What might this foreshadow?
5. Why is Jack unable to kill the pig?
6. Why did Golding use British school boys?
7. How is Piggy revealed as most clearly tied to the world of adults?

Chapter 2
1. What rules are established to keep order on the island?
2. What are the biggest differences between Ralph and Jack?
3. Describe the little boy who speaks up at the meeting. Of what is he afraid?
4. What happens to the fire?
5. What tragedy occurs at the end of the chapter? How do the boys react?

English 10R – Lord of the Flies

29 Sep

Please visit the following link for a full-text PDF of Lord of the Flies: http://colleronline.weebly.com/uploads/2/8/2/0/2820270/lotf_text.pdf

Today we discussed the opening conversation between Ralph and Piggy. We also discussed the power of William Golding’s imagery in describing an unfamiliar island.

Please finish reading chapter 1 by Friday’s class.

1. Finish reading chapter 1.

English 9H – Baseline Essay

28 Sep

This week, students are continuing to work on their baseline essay. This assignment will be completed entirely in class.

English 10R – Topics for Lord of the Flies

28 Sep

To begin our unit on William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, students worked in groups to discuss three overarching topics from the novel: survival, the power of authority, and mob mentality.

Students pulled from current events, other works of literature, and their own experiences to define these topics and make predictions about the novel.

Today students began reading chapter 1.

1. Read to page 20 of chapter 1.
2. Be prepared for a possible quiz.

English 10R – Milgram Experiment

21 Sep

Students read about and discussed the Milgram Experiment. Our conversation focused on the power of authority.

Here is the article and video we used to begin our discussion: http://www.simplypsychology.org/milgram.html