Friday, December 3, 2010

Poetry in Translation Assignment

Please make sure you run a poem by me as soon as possible, and then sign up for a critique slot (below). I have plenty of poems from plenty of different languages in my room. You can also check out eXchanges, the University of Iowa's online journal of literary translation, which has a good selection. And, if you are interested in reading more of my translations, they published three poems here--if you follow to the bottom, there is also a link to my "meta-cognitive".

Poetry in Translation Dec. 2010

Sign Up for you schedule in google docs (& it should show up here):

Independent Reading Book Cycle 3:

Suggested independent reading books that are particularly good for Question 3 (Cycle 3):

  • Donna Tartt’s The Secret History
  • John Steinbeck East of Eden
  • Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • Toni Morrison’s Beloved
  • Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

You will need to pass your book with me. I would like you to read a work of fiction that has a bit of an “epic” scope—one that is of great “literary” value that will be of particularly good use on Question 3. I have included some suggestions of books that I love that fit this category, but feel free to pick one of your own. Take note of the length of the above texts though.

For this assignment, you can either produce 100 post-it notes, or complete a Reader’s Notebook (12 extended D.J.s). In either case, I would like you to include commentary which draws from the reading strategies from the “WAYS TO ANALYZE FICTION” handout (you can find it in google docs.) You will turn in your book (with post-its) or Reader’s Notebook on January 3rd and answer a question 3 prompt in class.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Poetry Out Loud Overview & Scoring Guides

Here is the overview that everyone at MHS will be getting:

"Poetry Out Loud is the national poetry recitation contest; Malden High has sent students to the state finals for all but one year that the contest has existed. Last year, we committed to having every student in the school take part in the contest."

The basic process:

  • Student select poems from the Poetry Out Loud collections (in print and online) to study, memorize and perform.
  • Teachers support students’ selection, study, and performance.
  • Each class holds a class contest by the end of December. We will have our contest on December 16th, 2010.
  • Class winners will compete in the period contest in January.
  • Period winners will compete in the school contest shortly after the period contest. Period winners will need to select a second poem
  • The school winner will compete in the state semi-finals in early March.
And here are the Scoring Guides that we were given:

Malden High School's Poetry Out Loud Analytic Rubric