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Barnes & Noble Book Fair 9/1

posted Aug 29, 2011, 7:13 AM by Mary Beth Foster

Don't forget to attend the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Morrison (across from South Park Mall) on Thursday, 9/1.  B&N will pre-stock all the novels you'll need for English this year, and Queen's Grant will receive a portion of ALL sales to QG families that day (so make sure you say you're with Queen's Grant when you check out!).  You can also shop online!  Use the code 10545069 when you check out.

Extra Credit: "The Dead"

posted May 24, 2011, 7:12 AM by Mary Beth Foster

Read the short story "The Dead" by James Joyce.  A full copy is available here: http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/english/micsun/IrishResources/dead.htm.  Answer the questions attached below in complete sentences.  Note that the page numbers will likely NOT match up to whatever edition you are reading.

Extra Credit: Study Skills

posted Jan 31, 2011, 8:49 AM by Mary Beth Foster

In order to encourage you to develop better study skills, I am offering 5 points extra credit on the Pride and Prejudice Unit test in exchange for turning in all your Pride and Prejudice homework assignments before the test.  In order to receive extra credit, you must turn in original copies of all eight sets of homework questions in your own handwriting with my signature on them.  You may NOT re-do assignments or photocopy them from someone else to earn these extra credit points.

Food drive for extra credit

posted Jan 31, 2011, 8:46 AM by Mary Beth Foster

Get a paper bag from Ms. Fay's classroom.  Fill it with 5-10 cans of food and return it to Ms. Fay's classroom by Friday in exchange for a "homework pass" that may be exchanged any time this quarter for the equivalent of ten total points, such as . . .
  • a missing homework assignment
  • a missing class work assignment
  • permission to turn in a paper or project one class late for full credit
  • ten extra points on a test, quiz or paper

Literary Criticism Resources

posted Jan 26, 2011, 10:57 AM by Mary Beth Foster

Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
50 Places to Find Literary Criticism Online: http://www.onlineuniversitylowdown.com/2007/08/50-places-to-find-literary-criticism-online.html
Pathfinder (scroll down to "Finding Literary Criticism"): http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/pathfinders/literarycriticism/litcrit.html

Charlotte Mecklenburg Public library has a plethora of resources available, but you must have a current library card to access them online: http://www.plcmc.lib.nc.us/online/.  Academic Search Premier, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Literary Reference Center are good databases for literary criticism.

New Unit Calendars Available

posted Jan 4, 2011, 7:30 AM by Mary Beth Foster

Check the downloads section of your class web site for a calendar of assignments through exams!

Study Guide for English 12 Othello Test

posted Dec 3, 2010, 8:41 AM by Mary Beth Foster

·         Objective:  about 60 points

o   Character matching

o   Plot

o   Characteristics of Shakespeare’s Theater

o   Rhetorical Strategies

 

·         Essay: about 40 points

o   Summarize and respond to what you have learned about the importance of race in to Othello.  Address the following questions.

o   How were Africans perceived in Elizabethan England? 

o   How does Othello support and refute Elizabethan stereotypes about Africans?  Include support from “The Description of Leo Africanus” and the vocabulary words we defined in class.

o   How important is race to the character of Othello and the play?  Could a person of a different race or gender play the role effectively today?

You may bring a one-page plan or outline to help you with the essay only.  You will not be able to use these notes on the multiple choice section.  You may not bring additional class notes or handouts.  PLAN AHEAD.  You will not have time to complete the test during the class period if you do not come prepared.

AP English: Othello Study Guide

posted Nov 2, 2010, 7:55 AM by Mary Beth Foster

A study guide for Friday's Othello test and most of the notes and handouts from the Othello unit are available in the downloads section of the web site.

English 12: Canterbury Tales Study Guide Available

posted Oct 25, 2010, 8:42 AM by Mary Beth Foster

A study guide for the Canterbury Tales Quiz is available in the downloads section of the class web site.  We will review together briefly on 10/28 or 11/1.

AP English: Poetry Study Guide Available

posted Oct 13, 2010, 5:38 AM by Mary Beth Foster

AP English students: a study guide is available for Friday's poetry unit test in the "downloads" section of the class web site.  We will review together in class on Thursday.

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