I know it’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve had any updated posts on our daily work, but things have continued to move along.

While the transition from hybrid classes to full remote classes has not been ideal, I think everyone is doing a good job staying engaged and doing the work.

That being said, I wanted to give a quick update of where we are as the end of 2020 arrives and what we are going to look at when we return in January 2021!

Academic English 12

We completed the secondary research on our independent novel. Students should have an array of sources and information related to their novel. If anyone is behind at this point, you need to set aside some time over break to get yourself caught up. At this point, students have at least 5 bibliography cards (you can access the databases here) as well as 50 note cards. Remember that this is a minimum number and most students will end up returning to their novel for additional notes to help support their thesis.

For those students who want to get a jump on the next step, you can begin to start organizing your note cards according to the main points in your thesis. The easiest way to do this in google slides is to create a new slide with the topic, then move your notes under that slide. You can repeat this for each topic you develop.

When we return from break, we are going to work on revising our thesis statements to make sure they are more focused and appropriately fit our research. We are also going to begin outlining our paper according to the Sub-Topic Sentences (STS) of our thesis. Again, it is essential that students have all their notes completed in order to begin the process of drafting the paper.

AP English Lit & Comp 12

We wrapped up our study of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and began our first Shakespearian play, Othello.

Again, reading drama over zoom is not ideal and not the best way to make the stage come alive, but students are doing well. We’re using a combination of reading, discussion, audio, and video segments to study the play. Of course, it isn’t a simple task to ask students to relate to Venice in the late 1500s, but we’ve spent time discussing more of the universal themes present in the play. I think the class can relate to:

  • Jealousy – Someone who is jealous of you or being jealous of what others have.
  • Relationship challenges – Dealing with all the drama that is involved in your relationships in areas such as Love, Friendship and Families.
  • Betrayal – Being deceived or betrayed by someone you thought was your friend.
  • Prejudice – Being discriminated against due to your race, your economic status or your gender.

We should wrap up Act 1 before break and we’ll start into Act 2 once we start back up in 2021!