Eng. IV Vocab and Study Hints

Your new vocabulary from a forthcoming Article of the Week (quiz will be on Monday, November 12th): E4 vocab list #6

A page of study hints for this Friday’s test over Middle Ages literature: MA test study hints 2012-13

Now THIS is an interesting resource…

Sometimes when you’re engaged in creative writing, one of the best things you can do is generate a list of words associated with your topic. This allows you to free-associate words and concepts without immediately working them into your writing, and hence avoids deadly writer’s block at the beginning of the writing process.

Once you have your word list and a basic idea of what you want to write about, THEN you can proceed to try to incorporate as many of the words from your list into a piece of writing. It’s amazing to see how a list of loosely related words can help shape a poem, essay, song, or story — if you don’t believe me, just look at some of the cool things you’ve generated through out vocabulary creative writing assignments!

While helping a student with an entry to the GeneratioNext writing contest, I stumbled across a website called Wordnik. Not only does it function as a dictionary, but it also allows users to comment on uses of words, identify regional pronunciations of words, and (my favorite) create lists of associated words. Here is a perfect example: WORDS RELATED TO ZOMBIE ATTACKS. You’ll notice that the words aren’t synonyms of each other, but rather are words that are frequently used when discussing the same topic. I haven’t had enough time to fully explore the site, but since I know some of you are hard at work on various writing ventures I thought I should introduce it as a possible source of inspiration.

Seniors, remember when we examined different adjectives to describe your strengths with during a job interview without being redundant? This could be a good resource to continue that exploration. Pre-AP students, need to spruce up your Reader’s Journal entries? Try searching for lists of words associated with the topic you’re investigating. It looks like it’s worth a shot.

Time for a field trip to Oxford!

Well, a virtual one at least.

Visiting the Bodleian Library at Oxford is one of my favorite memories of this past summer spent in the UK, so I often peek at their website for some wistful reminiscing.

And last week, a link to this special exhibition popped up. Perfect timing! Seniors who are currently studying Frankenstein with me can explore the myriad resources, including images of Mary Shelley’s handwritten manuscript of the novel (note all of the edits and revisions — no one writes it entirely right the first time!). You may also be interested in viewing and/or listening to the letters exchanged between family members, the journal entries reflecting on events we’ve discussed in class, and for the morbidly curious, perhaps even the several documents related to Harriet Shelley’s suicide.


(And for the record, yes, I hope to someday take a group of students abroad over the summer.)

Frankenstein Notes: Prereading Through Ch. 7

Seniors: We have covered a great deal of information over the past few days regarding Frankenstein, and will continue to cover the novel rapidly this week. To ensure that you have all of the notes you need, I’m posting them here for you to read and print if necessary. All of these notes are fair game for Friday’s quiz (only words 1-15 of the vocabulary will be covered).


Background Notes (author background, terms, big ideas)

Letters 1-4

Ch. 1-4 Notes and Quotes

Ch. 5-7 Notes and Quotes

Hamlet Allusions

Now that you’ve studied Hamlet, you’ll notice all around you how often the play is alluded to in popular culture. To see some examples, you should visit this site. For class tomorrow you need to also read the essay “Hamlet: A Modern Perspective” by Michael Neill. If you have the Folger edition of the play, it’s in the book right after the play (p. 307-326). Otherwise, you should have picked up a photocopy after taking your Act V quiz.

Senior AR World Lit Options

Seniors (regular AND honors): Please read one of the following for either your 2/24 or 3/24 AR book. All can be found at the IHS Library Media Center and at the local branch of the CCPL. You can click on each title for more information about the individual books.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossieni

Does My Head Look Big in This? byRanda Abdel-Fattah

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin