Hello World Travelers!   Welcome to your senior year. I hope you had a fantastic summer. This is the online notes platform we will be using all year. All notes and assessments will be posted here in inverse chronological order, listing future dates at the top and our first day of class at the bottom. You should think of this notes page as the "schedule" part of your course syllabus. You are responsible for everything listed here, even and especially if you've decided not to read it.  

 



12/20:  Bring your hard copy of Oyeyemi to class.

12/19:  Bring your hard copy of Oyeyemi to class.

12/18:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class as well as your hard copy of The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi.

12/17:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/16:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/13:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.  When you arrive at class on this day, be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters 14 through and including 20 of Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund.

12/12:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/11:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/10:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/9:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/6:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/5:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/4:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.  When you arrive at class on this day, be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters 9 through and including 13 of Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund.

12/3:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

12/2:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/27:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/26:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/25:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/22:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/21:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.  When you arrive at class on this day, be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters 4 through and including 8 of Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund.

11/20:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/19:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/18:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/15:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/14:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/13:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/12:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class. 

11/8:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.  When you arrive at class on this day, be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters 1 through and including 3 of Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund (p. 1-37).

11/7:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/6:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/5:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

11/4:  Bring your hard copy of Hesse to class.

10/29:  When you arrive at class on this day, you should either hand in a library or purchase printout that shows your hard copies of our two new novels are on the way, or you should show me the books themselves.   The books are Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553275860/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1) and The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/140007875X/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1).

10/28:  Come to class with a list of 10 to 15 substantive differences between the novel, Ring, and the movie, The Ring!

Sunday, 10/27:  This is not a school day, but by 3pm on this day, make sure you have submitted your Narrative Essay. If you are in my D period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHD and your Class ID is 22685796. If you are in my G period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is WLHG and your Class ID is 22685824.

10/17:  Part 2 of your Thriller Essay:  On this day, you will write your third and fourth body paragraphs as well as your conclusion.   NOTE:  This will be the first in-class essay we write this year. Not all of our writing will be in-class writing, but when you write an in-class essay, you must commit to memory the quoted examples you intend to incorporate into your essay, and you will not have the chance to revise the essay.

10/16:  No classes for seniors.  PSAT day.

10/15:  Part 1 of your Thriller Essay:  On this day, you will write your introduction as well as your first and second body paragraphs.  NOTE:  This will be the first in-class essay we write this year.  Not all of our writing will be in-class writing, but when you write an in-class essay, you must commit to memory the quoted examples you intend to incorporate into your essay, and you will not have the chance to revise the essay.

10/11:  Bring Ring.  Thriller Essay Evidence Homework Due (30 points):   Before arriving at class on this day, paste your homework into the body of an email and send it to mlorenz@sfponline.org.  For this homework, you must pick either the Morality or the Gothic topic for the Thriller Essay. Then assemble 4 examples for each of the 4 body paragraphs you will write in the essay (16 examples in all). For each of the 16 examples, include a quotation, a page number and a 2-4 sentence explanation of the literary device(s) the author is using and of how that quotation supports the argument of that particular paragraph.  Also: Come to class with questions about your upcoming, in-class essay on Ring.  We will spend the class reviewing.  By the time you arrive at class, you should already have a firm grasp of your essay's structure and of the quotations and analysis you have in mind for each body paragraph.  We'll spend the period clarifying any confusions you are having.   

10/10:  Bring Ring.  Come to class with questions about the introductory paragraph, the organization and the topic sentences of your upcoming, in-class essay on Ring.

10/9:  Bring Ring.

10/8:  Bring Ring.  We will conclude the Narrative Essay peer review process.

10/7:  When you arrive at class on this day, you should have a hard copy printout of the second draft of your Narrative Essay, which should be written according to the "Guidelines" I have given you (under “Files").  The essay should begin with a dramatized scene from your life (300-350 words), and the entire essay should be 800-1,000 words. (If you do not have a printout, you will not be able to participate and you will earn a 0/10 on the Peer Review Activity that day.)

10/4:  No classes.  Feast of St. Francis Observed.

10/3:  Rectangle Day!  Bring Ring.  Let's chat about the evidence you gathered and any questions you are having about the essay. 

10/2:  Bring Ring.  When you arrive at class on this day, you should be prepared to show me a first draft of the Narrative Essay you are writing for my class.  

10/1:  Bring Ring.   While I conference with you individually about your Narrative Essays, you will spend the period gathering evidence for the second of the possible topics, which relates to the gothic reader responses that Suzuki aims to create in Ring.

9/30:  Bring Ring.  While I conference with you individually about your Narrative Essays, you will spend the period gathering evidence for the first of the possible topics, which relates to the moral merits and shortcomings of the Ring characters who have created or been given access to a magical murder weapon.

9/27:  Walkathon.

9/26:  Bring Ring as well as the first draft of the opening scene of your Narrative Essay.  I will walk around, look at your scene, and answer any questions that have arisen about the essay.

9/25:  Bring Ring.  You will have the period to work quietly either on the opening scene of your Narrative Essay or on gathering evidence for your upcoming, in-class Thriller Essay.  Under "Files" on our course webpage, you will find the "Guidelines to Your Narrative Essay" and the "Thriller Essay Topics: Morality or the Gothic." For the Thriller Essay, you will have the option to pursue either the morality topic or the gothic topic.  

9/24:  Bring Ring.

9/23:  Bring Ring.  If we meet during the hour, you will have 30 minutes to work on the opening scene for your Narrative Essay.

9/20:  Bring Ring.  If we meet during the hour, you will have 30 minutes to work on the opening scene for your Narrative Essay.

9/19:  Bring Ring. Come to class prepared to share the list of questions about Ring that you have produced.

9/18:  Bring Ring. Be prepared for a 20-point written reading quiz on the remainder of Ring (p.171-282).

9/17:  Bring Ring. Be prepared for a 30-point scantron reading quiz on the remainder of Ring (p.171-282).  In addition to the main characters, Asakawa, Ryuji Takayama and Sadako Yamamura, the characters who you should know for the quiz are:  1) Yoshino (Pt3/Ch8, p. 171-185; Pt3/Ch9, p. 186 and 203-207); 2) Shizuko Yamamura (Pt3/Ch8, p. 172-175; Pt3/Ch9, p. 188-200); 3) Shin Arima (Pt3/Ch8, p.178-185); 4) Genji (Pt3/Ch9, p. 188-194); 5) Jotaro Nagao (Pt3/Ch10, p.211-212; Pt3/Ch11, p. 216-226; Pt3/Ch12, p. 231-234); and 6) Mai Takano (Pt4/Ch3, p. 264-266; Pt4/Ch4, p. 267-274).

9/16:  Full Period Guidance Presentation. As usual, make sure you are on time!

9/13:  Quiet Work Period:  Read and review your copy of Ring (which you should of course have in class with you) as you prepare for the reading quiz that is scheduled for Tuesday, 9/17. If you have time left over, you should go to our course webpage, click "Files," and read the document titled, "Thriller Essay Topics: Morality or the Gothic." Then you can begin gathering evidence for the upcoming in-class argumentative essay. For this essay, you will have the option to pursue either the morality topic or the gothic topic.

9/12:  Bring Ring.  Be prepared for a 30-point scantron and 10-point written reading quiz on Part Three, chapters 1 through and including 7, of Ring (p. 87-170). The characters who you should know for the scantron quiz are:  1) Asakawa; 2) Ryuji Takayama (Pt2/Ch1, p. 60-61 and all of Pt3 and Pt4); 3) Shizu (Pt3/Ch2, p. 97-99 and106-107; Pt3/Ch4, p. 121-123 and 133-139); 4) Yoshino (Pt3/Ch3, p. 109-110); 5) Oguri (Pt3/Ch3-4, 110-112 and p. 119); 6) Mrs. Kaneko (Pt3/Ch3, p. 114-118); 7) Mai Takano (Pt3/Ch4, p. 129-133); 8) Tetsuzo Miura (Pt3/Ch5, p. 147-158); 9) Sadako Yamamura (Pt3/Ch5, p. 157 and the remainder of Pt3 and Pt4); 10) Hayatsu (Pt3/Ch7).

9/11:  Bring Ring.

9/10:  Bring Ring.

9/9:  Bring Ring.  Be prepared for a 30-point scantron and 10-point written reading quiz on Part One and Part Two of Ring (p.1-85).  The characters who you should know for the quiz are:  1)Tomoko (Pt1/Ch1, 3 and 5); 2) Kimura (Pt1/Ch1 and 2); 3) Asakawa; 4) Oguri (Pt1/Ch3); 5) Yoshino (Pt1/Ch4); 6) Shizu (Pt1/Ch6). In addition, make sure that you have sent me the personal background email that we discussed on 9/6.

9/6:  Introductions (Seat Assignments, College Credit, MySFP, Course Webpage, College Essay, Personal Background Email).  Before you arrive at class on Monday, 9/9, send an email from your SFP account to my address (mlorenz@sfponline.org), pasting into the body of the email your responses to the following questions:  

What made you choose to take WLH?

From what nations do your four grandparents descend?

Are there any particular cultures, languages or nationalities that you are hoping to encounter in the literature we read this year?

Aside from the summer reading, have you read any literary works from other languages and/or cultures? If so, which?

Do you speak and/or read any other languages? If so, which?

Are you taking any other honors or A.P. classes this year? If so, which?

Who were your freshmen, sophomore and junior English teachers?

What are some aspects of your writing that you would like to improve this year?

What are some things you would like to learn or skills you would like to improve before starting college?

What are some subjects you are considering majoring in when you go to college?

List your free periods, which will assist me if I think a one-on-one meeting with an English teacher in the Writing Center would be of particular use for you.  (Please, please email me if you would like my help in facilitating such an appointment.)

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