"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Sunday, December 27, 2009

10th graders publishing!

Dear Tenth Graders,

For your culminating essay for this unit (Short Stories/Reflective Writing), please pick the best essay you've written so far since we started doing non-analytical writing. This might be:

--One of your Autobiographical Narratives
--Reflective Writings:-important person, object, or tradition
--Interview with relative
--Promptless writing (one of those where you got to choose your own topic)

Then, go to www.tenthgradersenglishessays.blogspot.com and sign in. If you don't want to cut and paste that address, you can click here.

The user name is: tenth.graders
The password is: IBSHwriters

Please upload your favorite essay as a new blog post, with your name and the kind of essay it is as the title. For example, one title might be: Ruth Poulsen--Promptless Writing

I can't wait to see what a great site we come up with!

Monday, November 9, 2009

MLA format

Here is a great site to check if you have your MLA format correct on your essays.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Macbeth Principal of Morality

Apparently, clean smells inspire moral high ground, according to a recent study. Maybe that's why IBSH students are so great--because you clean up every day.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Macbeth Indie Film Project

Here are some helpful links for your Macbeth indie film project. First, here's the assignment sheet, if you lost your copy. I've assigned this project for a few years, so there are many student versions floating around youtube. Here, here, and here are a few of my favorites. To find more, search the keywords "Macbeth, Mira Loma", or "Macbeth, IBSH" but keep in mind that you'll find some versions that succeed better than others. The image to the right is a student example of costume design. The justification talked about Lady Macbeth's sexuality, as well as the choice of black with a line of red running through it for color symbolism.

I can't wait to see the awesome director's notebooks and films you put together.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tragic Hero Essays

Here is a link to the website where I'd like you to post your essays. See the calander for dates, and the website itself for instructions!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Multitudinous Seas

Here is the place to link to all your allusions to Macbeth in pop culture. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

How Not to Study

This article has some great tips for those of you who find yourself not doing as well on tests as you should.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

This visual adaptation of Neil Postman's article is a great commentary on how Brave New World is true in our everyday lives.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Brave New World and "The Story of Stuff"

Hey Seniors--

Ok, just one more Brave New World post. I love this video, "The Story of Stuff," and it seems very relevant to all of Huxley's predictions. So...as your second (or is this the third?) website homework, please watch the video (it's less than half an hour) by noon on Saturday. In your comments below, tell me your opinion of this video, and make one connection to Brave New World.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Everywhere's a Brave New World Now.

Ok, seniors! Lets see what great references to Brave New World you found out there on the interweb. Post links and a few words describing the reference: how it's used, your evaluation of the topic, etc. I'm interested to see what kind of variety of topics and genres of writing you can come up with. Comment on each other's links, too!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Essay Marking Codes

If you got an essay back from me with a cryptic mark, and you can't figure out what it means, you can find the code-breaker here. These marks help me grade faster, and thus get essays back to you faster! As always, if you have a question, please email me.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moby Dick and Intertextuality

Though I liked the song better before seeing the cheesy music video, "Ahab" by MC Lars is a great example of how this initially daunting text is still interesting enough to write a silly song about. Nerdcore rap, no less.

Look for his references to hubris, Oedipus, and the importance of Ahab's scar. Anyone else find interesting pop-culture references to Moby Dick? Link to them in your comments!

The Crucible: Puritan Research Project

Tenth graders--

I can't wait to see what great research you present to the class! This is the assignment sheet, in case you lost your copy. Here is a link to the main Puritan website where you will find your research.

You also need to find one other reliable site. Click here for tips about finding reliable sites for research.

Enjoy your journey finding out about Puritan life in America!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Story Structure

Students, I had a great first week with you! I'm really enjoying settling in to IBSH.

I found this link while stumbling around the internet, and it seemed to o good not to share with you, my students. It's a great little discussion of story structure, one of those "big four" that we talked about being the main topics of our class. Enjoy.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Welcome Back!

Hello my new students, and all your parents! I am so excited to join the IBSH community, and am looking forward to all the great books we'll be reading this year. AP 12th graders: Be ready for a reading test over Oedipus Rex, Moby Dick, and Brave New World. College Prep 10th graders: Our first unit will be on The Crucible, a wonderful play by Arthur Miller. English Conversation students...get ready to talk!

This website is vital to your success in my class, most importantly as a place to get information about assignment due dates (see the calendar below).

Now that you're here, please follow these directions carefully:

1. Email me (ruth.andronica@gmail.com) from where you want me to send reminders or handouts. Ideally, this is the student's address.
2. In the subject of the email, write your class name: either AP, 10A, 10B, or Conversation.
3. In the body of your email, copy and paste the following and fill it out:

Student Name:

Parent Names (include titles):

Parent Email:

Parent Phone Number:

4. I expect to receive all these emails by September 3rd at 5 pm. The "Teacher/Student/Parent agreement" page is due on September 4th in class.