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Ms. Saidi is not checking your work over break December 31, 2009

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all enjoying the break.  I have been MIA because I’m working on stuff for the last month of school (lesson plans, exams, projects, etc).  You have your work to do–I am not here to check your work for you until the 4th.  You have to use this website amongst your peers to help you check your work.

Tips: Do not put whole papers onto the website.  Post up one paragraph at a time with your thesis so others can see if you’re making a point, explaining it, using textual support, explaining the support and then restating your point.  Also, follow the rubric very closely!  And follow comments I’ve placed on past papers.

You’ve been assigned this paper since early December.  You have no excuse if you’ve waited until the start of break to start your paper. 

Continue to work and help each other out.  This class is about you finding your own voices and developing the ability to solve your own problems without depending heavily on the teacher.


Summative Assignments December 11, 2009

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We’ve wrapped up reading Othello this week and I am so amazed at the conversations you, the students, are able to orchestrate in class.  You choose important quotes, you discuss the motives of certain characters, you make educated predictions and you complete tasks that are not for a grade but are important to you because they help you think deeply about the work in front of you.

Next week, make sure to prepare for the essay exam.  I will be available after school for any enrichment: for questions on the play or the analytical essay. 

As I’ve stated in class, there will be no class time devoted to the analytical essay in class.  You must do work on your own, review your past work and my comments, and then come see me after school to check any rough drafts or outlines you have created. 

Here are some important rules to take note of on the due date:

  • Essays will be collected AT THE DOOR on January 4th
  • Everything must be stapled in reverse order before you enter class
  • Every rubric criteria must be followed
  • Your essay will be considered late if you enter my classroom without it being stapled in the appropriate order
  • You will lose 5 points for any rule not being followed for turn-in (35/25 points)
  • Absolutely no excuses; if you will be absent or late on Monday, the 4th, you must email me your essay: saidia@dearborn.k12.mi.us

Remember to use this website as a resource for help.

Analysis Challenge December 8, 2009

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Remember next week, you will have an essay exam wherein you will analyze important quotes from Othello.   

I’m posting here a famous soliloquy.  Analyze it.  Take it apart line by line, word by word.  Offer your opinions and support with text.  Each of you can build off of one another.  You can disagree and state why you disagree. 

Post your thoughts and comments on this posting, not under your hour’s tabs.  Here’s the soliloquy:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

Continuing and Completeing Othello December 7, 2009

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For the second week of December, we will focus on reading an Act a day until we complete all five acts of Othello

Some of you have read ahead and some of you have extended your participation outside of our classroom and it has obviously paid off.  I have noticed a deeper sense of analysis in your comments and a greater independence in your work together. 

Keep it up!

Beginning Our Journey with Othello December 3, 2009

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We’ve begun today to read Act I, scene I of Othello and I am just as eager as you are to read on and learn more about this man named Othello who has so many around him angry and jealous. 

I want you to engage this blog over the weekend as you read and re-read Act I.  Ask questions, post your thoughts on certain quotes, share your feelings, state your predictions.  This is REAL learning at its best–you should not be doing this work because you HAVE to but because you WANT to. 

By Friday of next week, we would have finished reading the play.  We will then begin a series of summative assessments which will include an essay exam, mini-essays to be completed in class, and discussions.

Remember that I will not be directing you with your essays,  It’s your turn to take control of your learning and get started on your analytical essays as soon as you have a thesis (something you want to analyze connected to the play).

Self-Hate December 1, 2009

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Today after your viewing of the race video we discussed this issue of self-hate and how many people are conditioned to hate certain things about themselves.  One of the sources utilized to achieve such a goal as indicated by you is the media. 

Here is a link to an article on why we picture Santa as we picture him today: http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/heritage/cokelore_santa.html

It should strike you as frightening at how adept the media is in infiltrating what we see as “the world” or reality. 

Remember to read sonnet 30 and post comments and questions related to your readings under your hour’s tab.