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

Monday, December 3, 2012

Women and Psychiatry

Sophomores: Click this link of an article that connects to  The Bell Jar.

Women and Psychiatry

Choose 3 quotes from the article that you think describe Esther's experience. Copy them into your sourcebook for our class discussion.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cyber Job Fair

Dear Sophomores:

Please comment on three of your peers' essays. I will assign you two partners to comment on, then I want you to find one other essay that is about a job you might be interested in, and comment on that as well.

Here is the blog: http://ibsh-sophomores.blogspot.tw/?view=sidebar

Be logged into your gmail to comment and make sure your name is at the top of your comment so that you get credit for it.

In your comment, please answer the following:

1. To what extent does this essay give you a clear and interesting overview of what the job is like? What questions do you still have about the job?

2. Are the sources cited correctly in MLA format?

3. Click on one source and discuss how reliable it looks and how you know, using the terms we learned in the "Website reliability" article.

4. Give 3 suggestions on particular sentences that might currently be confusing, awkward, need transitions, or have a grammar problem. Quote the sentences and then explain how and WHY you would change them.

5. What was your favorite part of the essay? Be specific!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Research Resources

Sophomores' Career Aptitude test

Search Skills:

How to Use Google Effectively: Infographic

Google Help Page

Google Scholar

Find ways to:
  • find a particular file type (like pdf or an image)
  • find a document that originated in a particular country
  • search for an exact phrase
  • find a document posted within a particular date range
  • exclude a word or include similar words
  • search in a language other than English
  • only search news sources or only search educational sites

Determining Reliability of Search Results:

UC Berkeley: Website Reliability

Johns Hopkins University: Website Reliability


Monday, October 22, 2012

Grapes of Wrath connection article


Please read this article:

Trafficking woes taint Taiwan's economic miracle

Then, please write a 1/2 page response, with your thoughts on similarities to The Grapes of Wrath.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jane Eyre Criticism

AP Seniors,

Please read this article:

"Painting with Words: Natural and Spiritual Landscapes in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea."

Then choose 4 quotes that you find interesting or important. Copy them (you may shorten with ellipses). Then discuss and evaluate each one in a short paragraph (total 4 paragraphs).

Title this sourcebook entry "Painting with Words".

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Grapes of Wrath documents


Here are several documents that you might need for our Grapes of Wrath unit.

First, a summary of what happens in the intercalery chapters.

Second, a list of study questions that I've compiled, in case you lose your copy.

Third, here are some great critical analyses of the Grapes of Wrath.  This one you're required to read:

“In Between a Past and Future Town”: Home, The UnHomely, and The Grapes of Wrath

Here are more for further reading (not required).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to a New School Year!

Hello students! I'm very excited about all the great books we're going to read together, and all the interesting ideas we'll encounter along the way. 

Your first assignment is to answer the following questions, sending them in an email to me. Follow these directions carefully.

The subject of the email should be your full name and your class. If you have both a Chinese and English name, write the one you want me to call you first, and your other name second. Here is an example of what a subject should look like: Sofia (Shu Fay) Poulsen, 10A.

Answer these questions in the body of your email:

Contact information:

1. Write the email address where I can contact you.

2. Write your parents' full names, their email addresses, and phone numbers where I can contact each of them.

Now I want to check that you can find your way around my blog.

3. On the side of this blog, you'll see a box that says "Classroom documents." Open the document titled "Rules and Procedures". What is the difference in my late policy for daily assignments verses major assignments? 

4. What consequence will you receive if you cheat in my class?

5. Open the document "Sourcebook guidelines." How should you mark homework assignments in your sourcebook so that I can easily find them?

6. Go down to the bottom of the blog, and look at the Assignment Calendar. If you click on the blue "next" arrow, you will see September's assignments. Each class's due dates are written in a different color. What color code did I give your class?

7. From the assignment calendar, what is the date of your first test, and what will the general topic of the test be?

Send the answers to these 7 questions (check that you got the subject right, or I'll take points off!) to my email address: ruth.andronica@gmail.com. This email is due September 3.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Detecting Bias

Here is the power point on bias I gave you.

Detecting Bias.

Your Tasks:

1. Comment.
Find an example of a movie, tv show, or game that participates in the Smurfette Principle or Racial / Sexual Tokenism.

  •  Link to it in your comment
  • Explain who the main characters are
  • Write a paragraph reflecting on how the show would be different with more diversity of gender, race, or sexuality.
  • Include your name!
2. Choose one of your favorite movies or video games. Apply the Bechdel Test.
  • Create a 3-5 minute presentation explaining to what extent it passes the test.
  • Give details on whether the female characters are stereotypes
  • Reflect on whether they are well rounded characters.
We will choose our focus movies and games in class since I don't want repeats.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Logical Fallacies


Here is the power point that lists the thirteen logical fallacies that you need to know.

Here is an example of a great video made by students at IBSH to explain these fallacies.

Here is a video made by someone else to explain fallacies.

Your task is to make a short skit that illustrates the fallacy that you are assigned. Good luck!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Here is the power point the explains our first concept in our Persuasion unit.

Persuasion: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Your task is to comment on this post with an example of a commercial. Your comment should include:

  • Your Name and 10A or 10B
  • The product being advertised (I prefer that you choose ads for products that you actually buy)
  • A link to the commercial on youtube
  • A paragraph that explains:
    • What method of persuasion the commercial is using--ethos, logos, or pathos.
    • Some details on how they are using this method (check the power point for ideas on how to do this)
    • Your opinion on how effective this commercial is in getting people to buy their product.
Your comment is due Friday, May 25, at 8 am.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Poetry Wikis--Part 2

Hello Seniors,

Great work on your culminating project for our poetry unit. You made me proud with your detailed analysis. Now, please respond to  4 other students' work. Start with the three other people in your table group, and them you may choose the other student to comment on. Make sure you are signed into gmail when you comment so that I can see that it was you. If your gmail doesn't include your name, then write your name after every comment.

Your responses can include:

  • Additions to ideas already expressed
  • Contesting or modifying ideas 
  • Asking questions
All of your responses should be in comment form in the margins. You may respond to the original comments by clicking their comment boxes, or you may respond to the longer analysis at the end of the poem.

I encourage this to be as much as possible like a conversation. Once you have finished your responses, please email me with the names of the 4 students that you commented on, so I can grade you for your pertinent ideas.

--Mrs. Poulsen

Wei-Fan Chang: "Anthem for a Doomed Youth"

Wayne Chi : "Annabel Lee"

Angela Chou: "All the World's A Stage"

Bess Ku: "Woman Work"

Elissa Lee: "Hope is a Thing With Feathers"

Albert Liang: "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

Ted Ling-Hu: "A Dream Within A Dream"

Tereasa Ho: "Phenomenal Woman"

Alice Chan: "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening"

Helen Su: "Delight in Disorder"

Sean Liu: "If"

Ted Wu: "Still I Rise"

Dawn Chen: "The Raven"

Demi Lin: "She Walks in Beauty"

Kristen Wu: "We Real Cool"

Michelle Chen: "Catrin"

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Poetry Wikis


I'd like to experiment with a different kind of writing about poetry, using the tools of bloggers and the internet. So, your culminating project for our poetry unit is to create a poetry wiki. I got this idea from Anne Fleischmann and Andy Jones, who created this wonderful wiki on "The Weary Blues" as part of their unit on Jazz and Literature. 

We will be copying this format, with a few additions and changes. I hope to see some analysis from you that is as perceptive as their commentary.

Using a google document, write a written analysis of a single poem that includes commentary on specific words, overall commentary, and links to others’ ideas.

  • Come on Monday, April 2, with your first, second, third choice for poems you would like to analyze. We'll choose in class to make sure no-one chooses the same poem.

Creating Your Wiki:
  • Use comment boxes that highlight particular words in the poem to analyze those words and the literary devices that are being used there.
  • At the bottom of the poem, go through the 4 “Poetry Thinking and Marking” steps, writing short paragraphs on each step.
  • Either as part of the body of the poem or the paragraphs below it, include links to at least two other reputable critics’ ideas about the poem. Comment on those ideas, adding your own analysis.
  • Include Works Cited at the bottom of your document.

Sharing Your Wiki:

  • In your google doc, click “Share,” and choose “Public on the Web” Then, in the drop down menu, change the settings to “Anyone can comment”.
  • Email Mrs. Poulsen your completed wiki by Friday, April 13.
  • Once I upload your links to my website, then sign in to your google account, and comment on your partner’s wiki as well as on 3 others’ wikis.

  • You will be graded on your understanding of the poem, independence of thought, persuasiveness of your analysis, and clarity of your writing.

I expect the same level of in-depth analysis that you show in your essays-- just with a new form. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Reviews

10th graders,

After finding out that Amazon has the policy that you have to buy something to review books on their site, I've come up with a better alternative:


Please create a user name that includes some part of your real name, so I can identify you. Also, make sure that  your user name is class appropriate.

Then upload your book review to the page associated with that book on the site. If the site doesn't have the book on it yet, you can add the book to the site.

Then, email me a link to your book review.

This assignment is due Wednesday by 11 pm.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Winter Break Homework

I know we're all ready for a break. However, we don't want our brains to atrophy too much while we're apart, so here's your English class homework. All these assignments are due the day you get back.

Your winter break homework has three parts:
1. Interview a grandparent, and write up the biography assignment I gave you awhile back.
2. Read Jane Eyre and be ready for a reading test.
3. Do one AP practice exam, timing yourself. This should take 3 hours. You will not be given a grade by me for this test, but we will be grading ourselves and looking at it in detail.

Your winter break homework:
Read 100 pages of your book review book. Write a half-page summary, and half page evaluation (what you liked and didn't like about the book, whether the characters are believable, whether the plot is interesting, etc).

Happy reading!