Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I originally thought our last day before exams was April 30. It is in fact May 1, and you sit for English Paper One on Wednesday, May 2. That means B-day will meet as a class on Tuesday, providing B-day students with one additional day to do the recitations. The explication due date remains April 30 for everybody. ONLY the recitation for B-day has a one-day extension.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


If you do not email me your explications, keep up with all drafts. I want to see that you have addressed my comments.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Let me clarify a little about the "oral commentary" part of your presentation. Of course, you start by presenting all the information that you have on your study guide (only you will not have the guide with you -- you have to know it). You have, as a pair, exactly ten minutes to convey your material.

I give you an extract from one of your poets. You prepare. You MAY use up to six minutes to prepare. You have a TOTAL of ten minutes for this section, so you then have FOUR minutes to fill with meaningful commentary about the extract and the poem it came from. If you really know your stuff, you might prep for four minutes and talk for six. That would be great.