Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Read "Down the Mine" and choose a 30-40 line section to use as a basis for an oral commentary. Be prepared to defend your choice. Why this section? What do you see in it that makes it a good selection for such a task?

Monday, January 23, 2012


Read "The Spike" and prepare for a practice oral on the assigned passage.

Monday, January 30, B-day performs a self-assessed oral commentary on a new passage chosen by chance that day. Tuesday, January 31, A-day performs a self-assessed oral commentary.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Friday, January 13, 2012


Sign up on the sheet taped to my door for a writing conference about your WLA 2. See note below about what you need to bring.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Finish up the writing piece after the walkabout. Read "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell. What statement does this piece make about empire? In what way, or how, does it make this statement? Do you recognize any symbols? (The symbol must have some consistency -- an elephant can't mean one thing here and another there).

Also, define these three terms in order to understand the differences among them: simile, metaphor, and analogy. Use the most appropriate terms as you discuss "Shooting an Elephant."

Plan on signing up for a time on January 19 to discuss your WLA 2. Have a tentative thesis (or hypothesis) and at least five quoted selections from which you intend to develop your hypothesis.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


On Thursday and Friday, we're taking a walk on the wild side. So wear good shoes and bring a coat. (It will be colder Friday than it is today, Thursday!)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Since Mr. Galeota is out tomorrow, the whole IB English class will meet in A221 for some prep time for each group before Friday. Bring whatever materials and ideas you think you might need!