Senior Project Announcements

If your proposal was approved, get to work! Make sure to log your hours in the form I've pushed out in Google Drive or in form like the one you can find in the red SRPHandbook.

Keeping track of which proposals have been approved or rejected is a bit of a mess, so make sure that the paper copy of your approved proposal ends up in our file crate in 810.

If your proposal was rejected, please make revisions and get that back to me by Monday. If you have questions about why your project was rejected, please see me (or email me) and I will do my best to figure out the feedback provided by the reviewers. In many cases, the revisions needed are small.

If you did not receive a proposal back, it is very possible that you did not submit one on paper to me!

Thurs. 30 Oct. 2014

I am home today with a sick four-year-old. Today you will take a 10-question vocab quiz and then have time to look for potential symbols in the next few vignettes of The Things They Carried. Read "Stockings," "Church," "The Man I Killed" and "Ambush" and in each locate at least one tangible object which may connect to a broader symbolic meaning.

Weds. 29 Oct. 2014

Due Today: Completed reading and evaluation of "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong"

Mon. and Tues. 27 and 28 Oct. 2014

Monday and Tuesday, Mrs. Johnson will be your sub as I am at a conference in the Seattle area. 


  1. Quiz: "On the Rainy River," "Friends," "Enemies"
  2. In Class Work: "How to Tell a True War Story" (the first two pages of this document)
  3. HOMEWORK: Finish the "How to Tell a True War Story" work


  1. Homework Check
  2. In Class Work: Applying the structure of a "True War Story" to "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" (the last two pages of this document)
  3. HOMEWORK: Finish the "Sweetheart" work

LATE START DAYS Weds. and Thurs. Oct. 22-23, 2014

Due Today: Practice analytical paragraph (formalist analysis)

Targets: I can evaluate the quality of my claim, context, and concrete evidence against the scale and "revise up" where needed; I can explain the work an effective commentary will do to support a claim.

Today in Class:

  1. Evaluating your own paragraph
  2. Building a good commentary
  3. "On the Rainy River," with an eye to formalist analysis

HW: Make revisions to your personal essay; be ready for Friday's Vocab Quiz!


Tues. 21 Oct. 2014

Vocab Quiz Today (in Skyward)


  • I can explain the key ideas of "formalist" literary criticism (a Formalist or "New Critical" Lens)
  • I can structure an analytical paragraph to apply a formalist critical analsyis of the text.

Today: Here is the handout.

HW: Formalist Analysis Paragraph of your choice from The Things They Carried, Love or Spin. Due tomorrow (5th period) and Thursday (6th period).

Mon. 20 Oct. 2014

Due TOMORROW: Completed reading of "The Things They Carried," "Love," and "Spin." Vocabulary Quiz Tomorrow as well…

Target: I can evaluate the content and quality of a resource.

In Class Today:


  1. Quickly locate a source somehow related to your potential senior project topic
  2. Follow the RACES instructions to cut and paste, annotate, cite, and quickly evaluate the source.

HW: See deadline above!

Fri. 17 Oct. 2014

Brave New World essays Due! Papers will be locked for grading Satruday afternoon.

Target: I can monitor personal responses to literature, identify the text that triggers a response, and articulate the cause-and-effect response.

In Class Today:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. Reading Calendar
  3. Vignette: "The Things They Carried"
  4. Exit Write

HW: BNW Essay! Finish "The Things They Carried" and "Love." Prep for vocab as you need to.


Thurs. 16 Oct. 2014

Upcoming Deadline: Brave New World essay revisions must be complete by Friday at midnight so I can grade them!

Targets: I can summarize the concepts behind a Reader-Response critical perspective and a Formalist (New Critical) literary perspective; I can connect details of the historical and personal context surrounding the novel The Things They Carried.


At the start of class, click here.


Save about 10 minutes at the end of class to complete the exit survey:

At the end of class, click here.

Note that these assignments will record your name and what time you take the survey.

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