Monday, October 14, 2013

Thursday, October 7th, 2013

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Each student submitted their three body paragraphs in relationship to questions developed for chapters 1-3 of Turn of the Screw.  Everyone indicated that they felt their writing was improving, but that they still needed assistance with topic sentences. We will continue to work on topic sentences.

2. Students were then introduced to a group assignment involving Turn of the Screw. Each group randomly selected three chapters from the novella that they in turn were assigned to teach  the class. Hector and Pavel, you were absent when this was assigned, and I am having a hard time loading the PDF for the file, so when I see you on Tuesday, you can collect the handout. The students that were assigned chapters 4-6 and 7-9 will be presenting on Tuesday, so you can observe their presentations. Please plan on staying after class, so we can discuss your assignment.

Please read chapters 4-6 and 7-9 of Turn of the Screw. Develop questions for both sets of chapters for Tuesday.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following"

1. Journal Entry #6 Gothic Characteristics in The Changling. Students watched a clip from a Gothic horror film entitled "The Changling." They were asked to identify all the characteristics associated with the Gothic genre while watching the clip.

Chapters 1-3 of Turn of the Screw

2. Students were asked to share their questions regarding Chapters 1-3 of TURN OF THE SCREW with their peer groups. From those questions they were asked to select three and respond to each one in the from of a body paragraph. Please see the assignment explanation below. The body paragraphs are due on Tuesday!

Response to Turn of the Screw Questions (Chapters 1-3)
Due Date: ______________________________ (three body paragraphs)
Explanation: Questioning is one of the most effective ways to appreciate a literary work, as doing so gives one the opportunity to explore the text and develop deeper insights into the author’s choices.
Assignment: For today you should have come prepared with questions you developed for chapters 1-3 of Turn of the Screw. You will share and discuss your questions with each other. You will select TWO questions created by other students in your group. You should not select questions that you developed, nor questions that are similar to those you created. Once you have made your selection, you should answer the questions through textual support. You will respond to your questions by writing a body paragraph for each response.
Compulsory:  You must also select ONE of the following questions and include a solid response in the form of a body paragraph.
1.      What is the master’s reasoning in asking the governess to “never trouble him—but never, never, neither appeal nor complain nor write about anything; only meet all questions herself?”
2.      What are the governess’s impressions of Flora? What descriptions imply that there is something otherworldly about the little girl?
3.      Ms. Grose, the house keeper, seems to be holding something back when she converses with the governess about Miles, particularly in relationship to Miles and the previous governess. What might she be hiding, and why not tell the new governess of her concerns?
4.      Henry James characterizes the governess as being lonely and possessing some anxiety. Which details give the reader a sense of these traits, and why are they so important to the governess’s character?



1. Continue reading your "Reading Record" book.
2. Body paragraphs are due on Tuesday for chapter 1-3 questions.