As promised in my last post….we have reached the midnight deadline. So, if you submit a post for Life of Pi or Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close from this point on, it will not receive credit.

I have enjoyed your comments on both novels, and I have appreciated the diligence of those of you who submitted the necessary number of posts.

The total points possible for these posts is 20 (4 posts x 5 points maximum/post). I put your points total at the end of each of my comments. These are the totals I will give to whomever teaches Honors 10.

Regarding Of Mice and Men–sit tight. We hope to have someone in place by the end of next week. It is probably a good idea to read at least the first chapter or two next week. As you have probably noticed, the novella is not that long.

Thank you again for your comments. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Swannie

Greetings! It is getting to be “crunch time,” isn’t it? The four posts for Life of Pi and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close must be in by midnight. (A bit confused? Which midnight?) How about this–when tomorrow, Thursday, August 07 becomes Friday, August 08…..your time to post is done. It is now approximately 11:00 PM. So, you have just under 25 hours to get them posted. If you post after that time, I will not give you credit for them. We have extended this deadline once or twice.

Many of you have all four posts in; several of you need just one or two more.

A few of you have not submitted any of the posts; I find that hard to fathom.

Remember–the instructions for Of Mice and Men will be coming soon. Do not panic. This novella is a quick read.

Swannie

I have read and responded to all of your posts for Life of Pi and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It will be difficult to find my exact response to your post since I responded in three or four large “chunks” of time. But, in my later responses, I referenced the date and, often, the time of your post.

To find them, go to the blog for the appropriate novel and click on comments, and…..start scrolling.

Many of you have made your four required posts for your novel. I thank you for your diligence.

However, some of you have not posted anything yet. Remeber–the deadline was extended to Thursday, August 07.

The idea behind a blog, as Mr. Pretzer first posted, is to post comments as you read the novel….not post all four comments at the end. I understand this was difficult with the changeover from Mr. Pretzer to me, but we do what we can.

If you have not done so already, I recommend viewing the film adaptations of both novels. They have some key differences from their novels, and perhaps that topic will be an early written piece for Honors 10. (Hint, hint.)

For the record–I do not believe I will be your Honors 10 instuctor, but I will provide input to whomever he/she is regarding these novels and subsequent posts.

Happy reading!

Swannie

Here we go….

Most of you have either finished your posts for Life of Pi or Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, dependening on which novel you chose to read. Remember, you have until August 04 to wrap up your posts.

Up next, as you know, is John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which gets my vote for “a tie” with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as the BEST novella….ever.

But, take a break from reading for this class. Ideally, Mr. Pretzer’s replacement will be offering you direction on this one. If we do not have someone on board by August 15, I will come back and give you instructions on the novel by then. Rest assured, you will be required to read it before school starts. No worries–it is very short.

I am planning to have your previously-mentioned blog posts read, graded, and posted to the appropriate blog by Monday.

Thank you for your cooperation, patience, understanding, and desire to push yourself in Honors 10.

Swannie

 

Mr. Pretzer resigned to pursue his Masters Degree. So, in the interim, I will be reading your posts for Life of Pi and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I have read both of these novels, and I enjoyed them. You do not need to resubmit any of your posts. And, Mrs. Chesney has extended your deadline for these submissions to Thursday, August 07. All previous requirements for these two novels remain the same. It is my understanding nothing changes for the August requirements related to Of Mice and Men.  The posts you have already submitted should be read and graded by me by Monday, August 04.

Heraclitus, Greek philosopher from 475 BC (no, I was not there), was famous for having said, “There is nothing so constant as change.” Well, there you go.

If you have any questions, email me at sdzwonkowski@fruitportschools.net. I look forward to your posts.

Now, GET READING.

Swannie

Just to make this clear….I gave you June off from reading. You have July (until midnight on July 31) to read and post about Life of Pi or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and you have August (midnight August 30) to read and post about Of Mice and Men. Sorry for any confusion. You

The two blogs for your summer reading are up and running. Remember, you only have to read Life of Pi OR Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The instructions for your blog posts are contained in the main post for the thread. Your posts have to be approved by me after you submit them, so don’t panic if there is a delay, I will try to get to these every day, but it might be every other day or so. Be patient. Also, please be aware of “spoilers.” If you’re going to be giving away information that might “wreck” the book for other readers, please put “Spoiler Alert” in the title of your post or at the top of your post. This is very important. We want to make sure that readers invested in their book don’t have anything spoiled for them. Lastly, please take notes on your novel as this will be a timed writing project the first week of class. Although it is July, you will be expected to be able to write about it in September. This is especially important for those of you that are borrowing a copy of the book and won’t necessarily have it handy in September. Enjoy your reading.

The blog for Of Mice and Men will be up on August 1.

PS. If it makes you feel better. I am in a graduate English class at the moment, and we are reading five novels in six weeks.

Life Of Pi is an award winning book with plenty of ideas and concepts for you to explore and can be, at times, a challenging read. Pay attention to major themes, symbolism, imagery and other figurative language, point of view, tone, etc. The idea is that this spot should be a conversation about your important and unique thoughts on the novel, so when you post, respond to what others have said and add something new to the conversation. Do not simply summarize the events of the novel. The point is to analyze the text, NOT summarize. This means you should always be using a quote to analyze or make a specific reference to the text. No generalizing or summarizing. You get one point for summary and three points for a post which analyzes textual evidence. These points add up and will be the first points in the gradebook. Make sure that when you comment, you at least fill the box, and remember that you must post four times. Proofread carefully because I will not approve poorly edited comments, and you will not receive credit for them. Please remember I did not include reading deadlines beyond the fact that the book needs to be completed by July 31(midnight), but I was specific in asking you not to wait to make all of your posts until the last week or last few days of July. Please spread them out and be part of a conversation.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a great book with plenty of ideas and concepts for you to explore. This book, more than any other we will read, experiments with the idea, the norm, of what a novel is. Pay attention to major themes, symbolism, imagery and other figurative language, point of view, tone, etc. The idea is that this spot should be a conversation about your important and unique thoughts on the novel, so when you post, respond to what others have said and add something new to the conversation. Do not simply summarize the events of the novel. The point is to analyze the text, NOT summarize. This means you should always be using a quote to analyze or make a specific reference to the text. No generalizing or summarizing. You get one point for summary and three points for a post which analyzes textual evidence. These points add up and will be the first points in the gradebook. Make sure that when you comment, you at least fill the box, and remember that you must post four times. Proofread carefully because I will not approve poorly edited comments, and you will not receive credit for them. Please remember I did not include reading deadlines beyond the fact that the book needs to be completed by July 31 (midnight), but I was specific in asking you not to wait to make all of your posts until the last week or last few days of July. Please spread them out and be part of a conversation.