What if Bartleby Blogged Instead of Copied?

February 15, 2011



One small step for man, one giant step for a flatclassroom using a project-based learning approach to revitalize local artist, Willis Seaver Adams

March 4, 2010

Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Seaver_Adams

Bookmark this: http://willissadams.wordpress.com/

Teaching Sharing with Teachers Innovations About Their 21st Century Learning Envirnoments

January 23, 2010

Climate Change

October 28, 2009

Here’s the YouTube Video from last night’s presentation. This is a great organization that can help you help our school; there’s great opportunity ahead in correcting our course for a more sustainable future. Be a leader!

In Search of Shakespeare; Three Take-aways!

October 27, 2009

For a homework grade, supply three distinct take-aways from the second part of this series.


Find a literary term (poetic device) in Shall I Compare Thee

October 22, 2009

For a homework grade, we will ask students to create a “comment” for this post by 10:30pm tonight.  Reread Shakespeare’s sonnet and identify one literary device or tool.  Then in your comment thread, type out the sentence from the poem.  Then define how your example is indeed an examples of that device. Finally explain how Shakespeare uses that tool to express his overall meaning of the poem.early.ws

Appreciating the Mindset of AP Prompts

February 18, 2009

Again, we’ll have you argue for which open-ended AP prompt best harnesses the power of Shakespeare’s MacBeth.  Add your 3-5 sentence claim on my blog page so that we can vote early and efficiently in class on Friday.  In line with the AP requirements, we will allow forty minutes for this essay on lined paper.  You can use pencil or pen on the AP Essay section; pencil for Multple Choice.

Shout out to Krystal for posting the questions to the class email folder.

Take care–mr. s

Celebrating Motive in Shakespeare's Characters

February 13, 2009

With this blog, we will explore the different characters’ motives. For actors, it is important to know the character’s motive.  Recall how we saw in Shakespeare in Love the authentic way each actor had only his part to use for learning the play.  In that situation, knowing your character’s motive and having a playwright write great lines that capture a character’s motive is so crucial.

So, explain in your own words your character’s motive (2-3 setences).  Then supply textual evidence to support your claim and explain the value of your evidence.

This I Believe

January 28, 2009

Future spot for my This I Believe essay.  Then embed a music video or just an mp3 that enhances some theme or insight of your essay.  In other words, your song will complement your essay in some fashion.  The fun part will be to write a brief paragraph explaining how certain lyrics (yes, supply textual evidence) create this enhancement.

Private Universe

Crow's Nest: sense of place exercise

December 8, 2008

I am renaming our classroom from Memorial 35 to The Crow’s Nest.  I am inspired by an American 19th century novelist.  Who is it and what specific text animates this image of the crow’s nest?

To earn extra credit, enter this conversation and be prepared to reflect.  First, write a brief response about the potential identity of author and work for the above inspiration.  Then, be preprared to write a paragraph that explains how and why I am trying to make meaning here–here  in room 35.  We’ll continue to allow the rest of the world–the uninitiated–to call our place room 35.  For the future, though, we’re making meaning in The Crow’s Nest.

Take care,

mr. s