A Moveable Feast: 11th American Literature/Composition

11th American Literature/Composition Winter 2008

Check Out These Glogs! (Round 1, Monday, 10/20/08) October 21, 2008

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Transcendentalism Project: October 14-15, 2008 October 14, 2008

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Romanticism Period in American Literature Project February 27, 2008

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We will be beginning our unit of study on the Romantic Period in American Literature.  Your task, either independently or with one partner, is to create a “living wall” that reflects the following pieces of information about this literary time period:

  • Historic events from this time period
  • Key writers of this literary period
  • Key works of literature of this literary period
  • Quotes from selected key works of this literary period
  • Social events/conditions of this literary/time period
  • Other key individuals who played an important role in some way during this time period.

Other requirements

  • Your “living wall” should be at least 3 feet in length; you may use the butcher paper in our library. 
  • Create interesting and eye-catching labels for each component of your project.
  • Be creative—you may create materials on the computer that you can print, cut out, and paste onto your paper.  Make your artistic representation of your overview of the Romantic Period in American Literature creative, original, and interesting. 
  • You may use a theme, such as “Romanticism A-Z” if you like.

Your research pathfinder is set up at http://del.icio.us/hamilton_11th/romanticism.  I will also have some print materials you may use, or you may browse the card catalog here at Cherokee at http://mediacenter/common/welcome.jsp?site=127 .  Before you begin, I recommend you view this PowerPoint created by Mrs. Denise Paswaters—it is a great overview of this literary time period and will help you get started. 

You may also enjoy this presentation on American Romanticism.


Thursday, January 24, 2008: Starting Our Unit 2 Revolutionary Writers Project January 24, 2008

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Please go to http://webtech.cherokee.k12.ga.us/creekview-hs/MediaCenter/unit_2.htm to get started on our project tonight.  I will assign you the writer for your project.

You may do this project individually or with one partner.  If you work with a partner, choose carefully as both partners will receive the same grade.

This assignment will count as a project grade, and it will be due on Monday, February 4, 2008.


Monday, October 29: Poe Project October 29, 2007

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Please click here to access our Poe Project—I helped create this for a teacher at CRHS, and it will work beautifully for your exploration of Poe.  We have two timelining tools you can use as part of this project:

1.  Timeliner software (on the programs menu)
2.  http://xtimeline.com/ 

We will review this tonight as a class to help you get started.  You can also go to the Story Collection section of the CHS Media Center and look for books with Poe’s short stories.  I will point out this section of the library to you tonight.

I will have a project planning sheet for you tonight to help you plan out your work on this project.  It is imperative you attend nightly this week!  Thank you!

Mrs. Hamilton


Thoreau/Walden Project, October 3, 2007 October 3, 2007

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Now that we have read excerpts of Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau, it is time to think about how the principles of Walden.  Look at the following themes:

  • Materialism and greed
  • Humankind and unity with nature/power of nature/value of nature
  • Individuality /non-conformity
  • Simplicity
  • Self-reliance
  • The illusion of progress
  • The value of change

For each theme, you need to do the following:

1.  Decide if you agree or disagree with Thoreau’s stance on this theme as expressed in Walden.
2.  Identify the theme in your learning artifact.
3.  Find an image or images that support your stance on the theme.
4.  Copy the lines from the textbook from Walden  that correspond with this theme; put the text in quotation marks and include the page number in parentheses at the end of the line.

You may use any of the following mediums or a combination of the following mediums to create your project:

  • Old fashioned construction paper, markers, glue, cut-outs of photos from magazines (see me).
  • PowerPoint
  • Your Wiki (post your work on your Wiki); you may include Slide created photo galleries if you choose for each theme.
  • PhotoStory (if you know how to use this software)

Poems and lines from songs (in limited quantities) may also be interspersed with your project as long as they relate to a particular theme from the list above.

This project is due at the end of the evening on Thursday, October 4.  You may work alone or with one other partner.  Your work will be evaluated for creativity, completeness, adherence to directions, and effort.

See me if you need help finding images; we have magazines you may use here if you are doing choice 1.  Also, be sure to refer back to your textbook for the quotes and excerpts of text.