Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and ate a TON . . . .I know I did!
We begin reading Great Expectations this week! Just to recap what we discussed in class, this novel tells the story of Pip, an English orphan who rises to wealth, deserts his true friends, and becomes humbled by his own arrogance. Sounds great right?!
To keep you updated: The marking period officially ends on Tuesday the 27th. We'll be getting new seats! Think of the new marking period as a fresh start- if you weren't satisfied in your performance the first marking period, this is your chance to make the change and push to success. I'll be cheering you on along the way!
Let me leave you with this dear readers: Dickens begins our story with 7 year old Pip visiting his parents graves near the marshes on Christmas Eve afternoon. Why would he do that? What is he trying to establish?
Congrats! You've made it to the 2nd marking period! This is a great opportunity to start fresh-new seats, new assignments, new grades, and hey look at that a NEW unit! We're embarking on the first novel of the year- Charles Dickens' Great Expectations!
My mother always said, "Education is the antidote to poverty". That couldn't be more perfect for this novel! Great Expectations tells the story (in 3 parts) of Pip, an orphan boy, who wants nothing more than to be successful and wealthy in life. Of course on his journey to greatness he faces some challenges and learns a great deal . . . . all of which form him into the man he becomes at the end of the novel.
Remember this week is the tail end of Spirit Week! We have RHS Logo Day on Monday, and Class Color Day on Tuesday. Also Tuesday is our annual Clash of the Classes Event- 6pm in the gym. Admission is only $3! Afterwards we have the Homecoming Bonfire where we willl announce the 2012 Rocket King and Queen!
Last but not least, your Poetry Project is due on Tuesday! Remember- no class time to work on it!
Can't wait to eat some Turkey!!!
P.S. NOTEBOOK CHECK WEDNESDAY!!!!!
Boy have I missed Raritan! With the aftermath of Sandy, I hope that everyone is safe and helping to rebuild our beloved Jersey Shore home. I will say I have a WHOLE new appreciation for electricity and heat. We were without it for 11 days! No heat during a snowstorm is NOT fun! In all seriousness, I myself am eternally grateful that damage to my home was minimal and that everyone in my family was unharmed.
Let's play catch up shall we?
The last time we were together, we conquered our Quarterly Assessments- which if you need to make up any section of it because you were absent, you need to do so by FRIDAY! I am available before and after school. Please just see me in class to set up a time to complete it.
EXTRA CREDIT! I will allow Marking Period 1 Extra Credit to be turned in by Wednesday November 14th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
MORE EXTRA CREDIT!! Participate on the Freshman Class Clash of the Classes team and earn 5 points! See Mrs. McDermott or Ms. Valenti in C19!
Also, we are almost done with our Poetry Unit! We're going to jump back to
the founder of horror and terror himself.... Edgar Allan Poe! We will be discussing his most famous poem The Raven and an excellent example of onomatopoeia The Bells.
I will also be handing out your poetry project - due on November 20th.
Please note you WILL NOT be given class time to work on this project.
Welcome back all!
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