Monday, November 24, 2008

AGENDA 11/24

Prepare for Frankenstein seminar tomorrow. Submit your potential research paper topic.

HW: Finish Frankenstein seminar preparation if not finished in class and read chapter 9 and be prepared to discuss.

Friday, November 21, 2008

AGENDA 11/21

Introduce researched argument paper & topics

Discuss chapter 6 of Frankenstein in small groups:
Who is Justine? What problems has she faced?
Who is William? How is he described?
Why is Victor tormented by the praise lavished on him by Professors Krempe & Waldman?
How does Henry Clerval differ from Victor?
How is Victor’s reaction to the “birth” of his creature similar to/different from the usual relationships between parents & children?

Monday, November 17, 2008

AGENDA 11/17

Quickwrite: What is Victor's family like? Describe his attitude toward his parents and their parenting style: what responsibilities do Victor's parents think they have toward their children? Is it better for parents to be strict and authoritative, or more friendly and permissive, to their children? What kind of parent would you want to be: strict, easygoing, protective, involved, etc.? Explain and discuss the advantages/disadvantages

Discuss Letter 4 and Chapters 1 & 2 in small groups and report out

As a whole class, begin discussing Elizabeth Lavenza as "the ideal woman": what traits does the "ideal woman" have in this time period? What is she like?

Introduce concept of character foils

HW: Read chapters 3 & 4. Pay particular attention to the two professors, Krempe and Waldman: what is each character like? How do these two professors differ in personality and in Victor's regard? How are the characters of Henry Clerval and Elizabeth similar to/different from Victor, and what might these differences suggest or imply?

Friday, November 14, 2008

AGENDA 11/14

Vocabulary bingo

HW: Study for vocabulary quiz: next Wednesday over Frankenstein words (yes, all 27 of them!). Read Letter 4 and Chapters 1 & 2 of Frankenstein to discuss Monday.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

AGENDA 11/13

Independent reading groups--complete Part I individually, then meet with your book group to complete Part II and submit reflections

If finished, begin reading Letters 1-3 of Frankenstein.

HW: Read Letters 1-3 of Frankenstein and be prepared to discuss.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

AGENDA 11/12

Film clip: opening scene of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein starring Kenneth Branagh and Robert DeNiro

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

AGENDA 11/11


Thank you to our veterans and troops for securing and protecting the freedoms we all too often take for granted.

Monday, November 10, 2008

AGENDA 11/10

Understanding allusions in Frankenstein: Genesis

Friday, November 7, 2008


Invisible Children assembly

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Rime of the Ancient Mariner, continued

HW: Finish independent reading book and study vocabulary. Invisible Children assembly tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Vocabulary warmup: Frankenstein
Introduce elements of Romanticism
Begin reading aloud The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

HW: Finish indie reading book by next Thursday, 11/13. Make flashcards and study vocabulary. Be a big nerd and call out "There was a ship!" in the middle of something important, just like the Mariner did to interrupt the Wedding-Guest. :-)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008