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Socratic Seminar Makeup

posted Jan 24, 2019, 11:03 AM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Apr 19, 2019, 9:37 AM ]

If you miss a Socratic Seminar, you need to: (1) write your five questions, (2) fill out the SCASI notes with details from those chapters, and (3) answer your questions on a separate sheet of paper. Completing this will excuse your grade for that seminar, and your other 2 seminars will count 1.5x each. You may not drop more than one seminar grade.

This alternate assignment also applies to anyone who attended all three seminars who would like to drop their lowest seminar grade: resubmit your graded handout with the questions answered.

If you miss two Socratic Seminars, you need to do this alternate assignment to replace the second one: in 300-400 words, discuss the ways in which C.P. Cavafy's "Ithaka" addresses some significant theme/idea in All the Pretty Horses. Use text evidence from both texts in your analysis.


Extra Credit Spring 2019

posted Jan 11, 2019, 7:43 AM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 7:43 PM ]

There are 4 extra credit options for this semester. You may only complete one per six-weeks, and you may do each option only once. The work must not overlap in any way with any other class assignment (except, perhaps, DOLs). Each is worth up to 10 bonus points on your lowest category average.
  • Option 1: Character Study
    Choose 10 direct references to the character(s) in the novel we are reading. For each quote (with page number!), describe what it tells us about that character and explain its significance for the text as a whole. Your product should include visuals.
  • Option 2: Close Reading
    Choose an extended passage (6-10 pages) from the novel we are reading and mark it for SCASI (written on post-its or directly on a photocopy). You must have at least 3 of each and 20 annotations total.
  • Option 3: Literary Analysis Project
    This is like a literary analysis essay, but not an essay. Create a visual representation of a thesis of your choosing, including supporting points and text evidence. In other words: present a literary analysis outline in a visually significant way.
  • Option 4: Choose-Your-Own
    Using the Extra Credit Proposal Form, propose the assignment, how it should be graded, and how it would deepen your understanding of the novel we are reading. Mr. Lundberg can refuse any proposal on any grounds. He can also modify it and/or open it up to all students. If approved, the project should be completed according to your guidelines.

Extended Essay Formatting Corrections (due 10/31)

posted Oct 26, 2018, 6:11 AM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

If you correct any/all formatting issues on your Extended Essay and re-submit via email for points back, you may receive back up to full credit on the 33-point “Formatting” section. This is due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 31st. Make sure you use all the resources available to you:

Summary of Class Today (10/23/18)

posted Oct 23, 2018, 8:19 AM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 9:48 AM ]

Because various people were out, I've written out an overview of what we did in class today.

1) We read the poem "Midterm Break" by Seamus Heaney: 
2) We listened to a sample IOC (8-minute commentary and 2-minute Q&A, skipping the last 10-minute discussion of Hamlet) and graded it using the rubric.
3) We discussed the options and guidelines for the first IOC practice recording that is due Friday. We will go over the details again on Thursday, but they are in today's PowerPoint on the third slide.
4) We completed the close reading outline of "The Chimney Sweeper". Here is a copy of my notes: 
5) You can find the DOL on the last slide of the PowerPoint (link above)

Walden Extra Credit: Replace Lowest Daily Grade

posted Oct 13, 2018, 9:16 PM by Mr Lundberg

A lot of people have missing assignments because of absences, testing, assemblies, field trips, and other intervening forces of the universe. Rather than trying to backpedal with assignments that may no longer be helpful, I offer you this close reading activity that you can complete to replace your lowest daily grade from the 2nd six-weeks:

Thematic Topics List

posted Oct 5, 2018, 6:06 AM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 6:08 AM ]

For more info about this list, look at the PowerPoint from October 5th: https://goo.gl/o8z984 

  • Beauty of simplicity
  • Capitalism – effect on the individual
  • Change of power - necessity
  • Change versus tradition
  • Chaos and order
  • Character – destruction, building up
  • Circle of life
  • Coming of age
  • Communication – verbal and nonverbal
  • Companionship as salvation
  • Convention and rebellion
  • Dangers of ignorance
  • Darkness and light
  • Death – inevitable or tragedy
  • Desire to escape
  • Destruction of beauty
  • Disillusionment and dreams
  • Displacement
  • Empowerment
  • Emptiness of attaining false dream
  • Everlasting love
  • Evils of racism
  • Facing darkness
  • Facing reality
  • Fading beauty
  • Faith versus doubt
  • Family – blessing or curse
  • Fate and free will
  • Fear of failure
  • Female roles
  • Fulfillment
  • Good versus bad
  • Greed as downfall
  • Growing up – pain or pleasure
  • Hazards of passing judgment
  • Heartbreak of betrayal
  • Heroism – real and perceived
  • Hierarchy in nature
  • Identity crisis
  • Illusion of power
  • Immortality
  • Individual versus society
  • Inner versus outer strength
  • Injustice
  • Isolation
  • Isolationism - hazards
  • Knowledge versus ignorance
  • Loneliness as destructive force
  • Losing hope
  • Loss of innocence
  • Lost honor
  • Lost love
  • Love and sacrifice
  • Man against nature
  • Manipulation
  • Materialism as downfall
  • Motherhood
  • Names – power and significance
  • Nationalism – complications
  • Nature as beauty
  • Necessity of work
  • Oppression of women
  • Optimism – power or folly
  • Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice
  • Patriotism – positive side or complications
  • Power and corruption
  • Power of silence
  • Power of tradition
  • Power of wealth
  • Power of words
  • Pride and downfall
  • Progress – real or illusion
  • Quest for discovery
  • Quest for power
  • Rebirth
  • Reunion
  • Role of men
  • Role of Religion – virtue or hypocrisy
  • Role of women
  • Self – inner and outer
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-preservation
  • Self-reliance
  • Social mobility
  • Technology in society – good or bad
  • Temporary nature of physical beauty
  • Temptation and destruction
  • Totalitarianism
  • Vanity as downfall
  • Vulnerability of the meek
  • Vulnerability of the strong
  • War – glory, necessity, pain, tragedy
  • Will to survive
  • Wisdom of experience
  • Working class struggles
  • Youth and beauty

Walden Resources

posted Sep 20, 2018, 12:16 PM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 7:30 AM ]

Free audio recordings of each chapter of Walden are also available from CC Prose/Librivox:
You can also read it online with footnotes:

Extra Credit: 1SW

posted Aug 20, 2018, 6:00 PM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 6:06 PM ]

You may earn up to 10 points back on your lowest major assessment by performing a memorized dramatic monologue from Macbeth in front of class on 9/10: 
  • Grades will be based upon (1) accuracy, (2) dramatic performance/enthusiasm, (3) stage presence, and (4) creativity. 
  • You must choose one of the following monologues: Captain (I.ii.9-46), Lady Macbeth (I.v.1-33 or I.vii.39-67), or Macbeth (I.vii.1-29, II.i.44-77, or III.i.52-77). 
Transcripts of all monologues can be printed from this document.

2018 Summer Reading

posted May 29, 2018, 10:12 AM by Mr Lundberg

Both of these works must be read in their entirety when you come back in August. Expect a Socratic Seminar or two (with the possibility of a more traditional reading-check test) to defend your reader-ly honor! Part of senior year in IB English Literature is investigating what makes a novel a novel; these two nontraditional novels are your first task.

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
V for Vendetta
by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
Good evening, Dallas. It's an unspecified time as you read, and this is The Voice of Fate (or just Mr. Lundberg)...

The letter 'V' has been appropriated for many things, most memorably "V for Victory" during World War II, but never quite as obsessively as in this graphic novel (one can't escape the omnipresent 'V' even in the chapter titles) and the movie based upon it. In addition to leaping across the border of motif and landing squarely in the land of all-out-obsession, V's introduction as he first emerges in the movie is also a suitable introduction to the novel: "Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

If you're thinking about watching the movie instead of reading: don't. Watch the movie and read the book: the book does most things better than the movie (including V's television address starting on page 112), and yet the Wachowski brothers' screenplay includes a fantastic supplement. Obviously the format of this novel is important in discussions of style and meaning. Expect to discuss ideas like justice vs. freedom, the formation of identity, the illusion of security, the roles and rights of citizens, and more. 

England Prevails.

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

A man goes on a journey to find his lost memory and finds a great deal more. What lies under the surface of reality? Where do we draw the line for reality? Can we find ourselves outside ourselves? Can ideas consume us? 

And WHAT ON EARTH happens at the end???

[Th]e REST OF THE dEscriPt1on 

f0r thIS 



CONc3ptu@L ShRK.

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