Monday, August 30, 2010


For Wednesday/Thursday, finish Heart of Darkness. Study the literary terms that are in the right hand column. You will need to use these terms next class.

Friday, August 27, 2010


OK, yall, look at the blog. You will find two versions of Heart of Darkness that are searchable. You can copy text from them too, so you do not have to write out anything as long as you have access to a printer. Commentary passages should be between 25-40 lines, so it will almost always print on a single page. Look on the right for a downloadable .pdf. Further down, under "Handy Dandy Links," you will find an internet link to an online version of the same novella. (Look up "novella" and use that word when referring to this little book).

Thursday, August 26, 2010


For Monday/Tuesday, read all of Part II, at least. Continue to note Marlow's attitude, the role of women and the imagery surrounding them, and the "impressionistic" method employed in the novella.

Thursday addendum

Donut notes: Those Krispy Kremes will be in NEXT Friday, not tomorrow! Sorry about that. However, Mr. Belk says ok for his room next Friday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


For Thursday/Friday, choose one extract from Part I of H of D. The extract should be between 25 and 40 lines in length. Annotate it independently as you did the first extract in class with a partner.

Annotate your extract in the following ways (at least):

1. Give a name to the point of view.
2. Identify, as clearly as possible, the speaker or speakers in your extract.
3. Note the structure of your extract as a whole, within paragraphs, and within selected sentences. Point out any movement or changes that occur (in anything!) through the course of your extract.
4. Using at least four different colors, mark things that you think, for some reason, can and perhaps should be grouped together. (Anything to do with darkness, for instance, or all complex similes, or the author's or the speaker's use of color -- like yellow).
5. After you have done this, provide a legend for your markup that shows what each color indicates: label or categorize the each color.
6. Star any striking or powerful phrase, sentence, or passage.
7. After all, note any changes you see in the speaker's or speakers' attitude.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Read pages 3-31 in H of D; paraphrase the designated passage about the "glow."

Consider WLA 2. You may see some descriptions of the variety of assignments available in the guide that is posted to your right on this web page as "IB Handbook." Check page 30 of the paper edition or page 33 of the .pdf for initial guidance. The rubric is the same as for WLA 1.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I'm so glad you're here. For your next class, print off one copy of the syllabus and present it in class. Also, be prepared to enter your email into my invitations list so that you can contribute to the blog from time to time. For Friday/Monday, bring in a notebook of the kind I showed you.


P.S. Third block ends for seniors, upstairs A-hall, at 1:27.

Sunday, August 1, 2010