Thursday, April 3, 2014

Last Call for 3Q Grade Adjustments

All classes,

If you see a discrepancy between the numerical grade on NetClassroom and the letter grade on your report card, please let me know immediately, as we're about to lock it and throw away the key. . . .

Best,
Mr. Hamilton

Message to AP Gov from Mr. Josefczyk

Mr. Josefczyk will be our guest speaker on Friday, April 4 for AP U.S. Government & Politics. He sends the following message.

Students, 

I am very much looking forward to our time together tomorrow. To make our time together most enriching, please make sure you have reviewed the following:

None of these are heavy or cumbersome reading, but they are very good to key you into some of the arguments and messaging being tossed around.

There's the legal arguments and Hobby Lobby vs Sebelius Supreme Court case occurring, but then there is the whole other interconnected world of  political messaging, soundbites, and grassroots campaign.


Hopefully these links will serve as a introductory bridge into both worlds. 

To see the soundbite world, please check out the FB Event "Hobby Lobby Day" as well as check out the Twitter hashtags #HobbyLobbyDay and #religiousfreedomforall (on the conservative side) and #notmybossbusiness on the liberal side. 

ALSO, please listen to my 15 minute radio interview yesterday (sounds so self-serving!!!) which will help summarize and key you into the news breaking this week out of Mississippi. 


The more background you have, the more tommorrow can be a Q and A, interactive discussion rather than me lecturing (though I'm sure none of you recall that ever being an issue :) )

See you tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. 

Viva Reagan,
Adam

Day 3 of Huck Finn Class


Here is the rundown of Day 3 of our Huck Finn class.

I may post the audio for this one soon.  Check back later. . . .
Get audio from previous classes here.

OVERARCHING QUESTION: How does Mark Twain immediately and essentially distinguish HF from other characters?

Two antitheses arise:  CIVILIZATION vs. WILD

As we gather evidence from the text, other "sub-questions" are helpful for answering the main question:
  • What is the basis of Huck Finn's value system?
  • What does our NATURAL, vivacious character have to say about CIVILIZATION'S finest
  1. RELIGION
    • MISS WATSON'S  vs.
    • WIDOW DOUGLAS'S
  2. BOOKS/MAKE-BELIEVE
    • TOM SAWYER'S Make-Believe World
      • All his ideas come from books
      • Desire for literary style & prestige
      • Trusts in books
      • Don't know something? Read a book
        • Tom | Don Quixote
      • Carefree life. . . .
    • HUCK'S Real World
      • Not nearly as well read
      • Genuinely disappointed that they "only just pretended"
      • Demands sight
      • Demands results
        • When he doesn't get them, how does he react?  "Tom's Sawyer's lies," "all the marks of a Sunday School," etc.  Is this a normal response?
      • Far from carefree life.
Huck regards Tom's make-believe world the same as he regards MW's religion.  Both claim authority; both lack evidence and utility, and both trade the present reality for the conventional wisdom.

Does MT's "pure," natural character advocate a withdrawal from society and its lies?

What are some alternative suggestions for how to interpret what we have read?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Listen to Day 2 of Huck Finn Class

Honors English Adventurers,

Here is a link to the audio from our lesson on Huck Finn, Day 2.
(Lost?  See the post for Day 1 here.)

OVERARCHING QUESTION: How does Mark Twain immediately and essentially distinguish HF from other characters?

Two antitheses arise:  CIVILIZATION vs. WILD

As we gather evidence from the text, other "sub-questions" are helpful for answering the main question:
  • What is the basis of Huck Finn's value system?
  • What does our NATURAL, vivacious character have to say about CIVILIZATION'S finest?
    1. RELIGION
      • MISS WATSON'S  vs.
      • WIDOW DOUGLAS'S