Several Things for Pre-AP

Anyone taking AP next year who has not already seen Mr. B for their summer work, please do so TODAY.

You will have a short quiz over Dead Poets Society at the beginning of class tomorrow.

Assignment due 6/1/12: You each have a copy of the lyrics to “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon. Please annotate it thoroughly before class tomorrow – it is rich with figurative and connotative language, so I expect to see an abundance of thought recorded on the page. Listening to the song will enhance your overall experience:

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On a (possibly) interesting side note, I often suspect songs like this are part of what made me choose to become an English teacher. My parents were huge music fans; records by the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul, & Mary, Bob Dylan, and various other folk and rock artists were always playing in the background during my early childhood. I picked up on my parents’ passion for the music, and in my very young way tried to understand this attachment. I knew there must be more to it than just interesting sounds, so my penchant for seeking symbols and connections in words began. By my late adolescence it had added so much dimension to my life I decided there couldn’t be any more rewarding job than helping others make sense out of the world in the same way. So here I am.

What can I say? It’s the end of the year and I’m feeling reflective and sentimental. Lots of changes are on the horizon.

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