March 12-16


You have laptops today. Here are the things you can be working on:

  1. Watch the Ted Talk for today and take your brief notes  [speaker name/title, main idea, 2 things learned]. Use headphones/earbuds!


2. Work on your speech if needed.

3. Read Things Fall Apart. Reading check on 16-20 on THURSDAY, TEST on whole book on MONDAY 3/19.

Anything you don’t tackle on here today is homework. Be good!




Check in with Reg on the Globez speech project. How are things going? What can I do for you to support you?


Review for chapter quiz and take chapter quiz!


Intro The Tempest! You must have your copy in class on Monday Thursday.

tempest intro-  read in class and finish for HW

This weekend: read Shakespeare and Caliban in the Tempest

-Act I list due Monday night 11:59pm

-Act II list due March 22 11:59pm

-Act III due March 26th 11:59 pm

– Act IV due March 28 11:59pm

-Act V due March 30 11:59pm

Things Fall Apart Test on Monday, you can use your book!

Review for Test

RC – Ch 1-5 Things Fall Apart

TFA R.C. Ch. 6-10 2011 cb (1)

TFA R.C. 11-15 cb i respond (1)

TFA R.C. 16-20 cb


March 5-9


Reading Check on chapters 6-10 of Things Fall Apart and discussion.


  1. What is a topic that you could talk about for 5-10 minutes? Topics can be ANYTHING [think your own MINI Ted Talk]. What is your area of expertise [ETHOS]?
  2. Brainstorm a list of 5 ideas. Beside each one, list possible visuals that you could use.
  3. Show to me before you leave 🙂  Tonight, pick one topic for your short speech.


Discuss quiz from yesterday.

Ted Talk Analysis #1.

Here’s the format to write in your notes:

  • Title of Ted Talk
  • Name of speaker
  • What is the speaker’s main point?
  • Two specific things you learned from this presentation

Begin outlining your speech. Before we leave you should have a basic outline of the speech.


Ted Talk Analysis #2 and #3.

Time for working on your speech. I will try to get computers for us so you can also work on visuals.


Reading check chapters 11-15 of Things Fall Apart and discussion.

Ted Talk Analysis #4.

HW: Work on Ted Talk graphic organizer for your top Ted Talk of this week. This will require you to rewatch the talk and look for more specific information. All videos are linked in this week’s entry. Also continue to work on your speech!

Feb 26- March 2


Looks like most of you have forgotten to do the vocab… I am going to give you 30 mins to work on that, then we are doing a VOCAB JAM. Your total practice grade is due tonight at 11:59p!

We will move the reading check to tomorrow so make sure you have read chapter 1-5 of Things Fall Apart!


Reading check ch 1-5!


Vocab Quiz on Things Fall Apart words. 

Discussion over Chapters 1-5 of TFA.



Public Speaking Improv Practice!!!  Please bring earbuds tomorrow so that we can do Ted Talk searches. We are going to be watching several interesting Ted Talks and analyzing what they do in regards to good public speaking.

From The Academy:

PLEASE remind your Globalization Academy students to PRIORITIZE Academy electives.

For example- Glob Academy students must have 4 years of a world language. Their language MUST be the FIRST CHOICE.

SOPHOMORES- MUST choose AP Seminar as their REQUIRED academy elective. This should be listed as either FIRST or SECOND choice since both WL and Seminar are required.”


Reading Check ch 6-10 of TFA.

Reading check moved to Monday.

Ted Talk Search!  Instructions for Curated Ted Talk Hunting and Gathering Session

What makes this talk so good? Be sure to analyze it briefly!

Feb 12- 16


Performance Day!


Dionysus/Aphrodite Party! Greek myths! Celebration!


Oedipus Open Book Test


TBD, sub day as I am in NYC for AP Art History

Heads Up!

Mon 2/26- TFA reading check 1 ch 1-5

Fri 3/2- TFA RC 2 ch 6-10

Wed 3/7- TFA RC3 ch 11-15

Mon 3/12- TFA RC4 ch 16-20


Fri 3/16- Intro Tempest, have a copy of the Tempest in hand this day [Shakespeare]

Mon 4/9- Intro Hiroshima, have a copy in hand [ John Hersey]

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Th 4/19 Test Hiroshima

Fri 4/20- Intro Persepolis, have copy in hand this day [Marjane Satrapi]

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@ Thurs 5/3 Wrapping up Persepolis

Last few weeks, during AP exams etc, MYTHOLOGY PROJECT

Feb 5-9


Anticipation Guide Discussion for Things Fall Apart. for TFA is up!Due 11:59pm Mon 2/26


Working on “Jocasta” poetry explication, which is due today much to the surprise of several of you.

Jocasta by Eisenberg

poetry explication jocasta


Reading day to begin working on Things Fall Apart. Make some tea and get cozy!


practice in theater- I may be out today due to illness… practice is still on, just make doubly sure that you behave 🙂



January 29- Feb 2


In class work on Greek Tragedy plays.


Wednesday- Thursday

Meeting in Theater to practice and block out. Each group will have half the class to use the stage. The other will be out in the lobby to run lines.

Friday- Pep Rally Day!

Sub today as I will be preparing for your last pep rally of the year.

Things Fall Apart intro video from

If you miss something while watching, go back and look at the transcript [see link on the web page linked above] and you can read through the text of the video.

Invitation to World Literature – Viewing Guide

When done, get the Anticipation Guide for the novel from the sub. You can discuss these if you wish, but keep in mind we will be doing a class discussion when we get back next week so I don’t want you to do that too much without me! Look at the prompt and jot some notes beside it for our discussion.

Exploring our Beliefs  [if you are not here for the printout, write the questions and your responses on your own paper]

Have a copy of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe by Monday. You can check it out from the media center.


January 22-26


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Introduce Dionysian Theater Project: Greek Dramatic competition (1) [more of a festival than a competition!]

Parallel Assignment: Jocasta Poetry Explication, due Friday Feb 2 Tuesday, Feb 6.

Here is the poem: Jocasta by Eisenberg

How to Explicate a Poem ASSIGNMENT : poetry explication jocasta

How To Explicate a Poem [Electronic Version- use my PDF above for the assignment though, as I have modified it]


Tues- Fri

Group creation of a Greek tragic production! You will have the entire period each of these days to co-create and work together.

-You will not need to be “off-book” for this, but be familiar with your lines so that it doesn’t seem like a cold read when you do perform. Yes, rehearse them!

-Should go without saying, but just in case… keep it clean. I’m all for edgy humor but we are in a classroom situation so bear that in mind!


There are two grades for this project: the written and the performance.

Playwriting Rubric

Performance Assessment Rubric

Get a copy of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe no later than Monday Feb 5.   Media Center has enough for all of us!


January 4-5

Welcome back!

I’m looking forward to a great semester… here is a loose outline of what we are going to tackle.

-Classical Greece: Oedipus Rex, excerpts from the Iliad.

-Things Fall Apart [Chinua Achebe]

-The Tempest [William Shakespeare]

-Dante, The Inferno

– Kafka, Metamorphosis


– Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

-Mythology Project

This week we will be finishing the Arabian Nights video that we didn’t get to finish before finals 🙂 Grab a copy of Things Fall Apart from the Media Center. They have plenty!

HW: This weekend, I need you to do a few things.

  1. Read Aristotle’s Tragic Hero. Be able to tell me the basics of his definition.
  2. Read greek-drama-2-side and fill out the outline that goes with it. greek-drama-outline
  3. Watch and reply Oedipus Rex and tragedy crash course

Dec 11-15

Crazy weekend, yes?


-Rumi, Elephant in the Dark

-Begin group test on Islamic World.


Finish group test if needed.

What do I need for the final, Reg?

-Gilgamesh  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Genesis Flood Narrative  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Compare and contrast of the Hebrew and Sumerian Flood narratives  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Book of Ruth  CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Hymn to the Sun Akhenaten_s “Hymn to the Sun”   CSA – Ancient Worlds w Standards F2012

-Siddhartha Siddhartha Test A (1)

-Tao of Pooh Tao of Pooh SR Test

-Fisherman and Jinnee CSA – Ancient Worlds Pt 2 Honors Take Home

-Islam chapter from World’s Religions Reading Quiz on Islam and Koran Through Muslim Eyes

-Elephant in the Dark Elephant in the Dark key

-Koran Through Muslim Eyes Reading Quiz on Islam and Koran Through Muslim Eyes

-1001 Nights Video  Viewing