Assignment from S. Frye, Due 1/13


Think about these questions deeply – talk to your parents and friends about them before you answer or do some research if you need to.  E-mail your answers back to me by Friday the 13th. Answering these questions is a required task for 2nd semester.
1. What are you going to learn?
2. How are you going to learn it?
3. How are you going to show me you are learning?
I know this is open-ended and will be hard for some of you, but go for it anyway.  I am not looking for answers like “I’m going to learn what you teach me.”
I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Next High School (or anyone) Book Groups


Firstly, finish Running with Scissors and be ready to have a discussion on January 9th.

Slapstick Amazon link by Kurt Vonnegut and The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery are our next book groups.  Read about them and then choose one or both of these books to read.

Joshua will be leading Slapstick with the first reading discussion set for the week of Jan. 9th (exact date and “read to” page) to be published on this blog by Monday.

I’m looking for “that special someone” to lead The Soul of an Octopus.  If you are interested, let Sandy know or comment below.  We will start reading this book and set deadlines after we come back from winter break.

You will be responsible for securing your selected book(s). If this is a problem we can help – let S.F. know.

Everyone must be reading a book during the year.  If you are not interested in either of these books, please select another one for yourself and let Sandy know the details.

Connecting: Creative Writing Class

For the next section of hs creative writing,  we will think about this proposition:   “Thinking is the intentional act of making connections.”

This is an important reading/thought process for those of you who want to advance your writing past the basic and the formatted style of writing.

I would like you to do all three practice sections of this assignment (I think it is that important).  To complete all of them, you will also need to read an essay I have attached.

I am giving you a lot of time to complete this, so please take it seriously.  Thank you in advance:).

The reading and assignment have been shared on Google Docs

We will discuss this work after winter break (and the film fest week) on January 17th.

Creative Writing Class – Assignment for Wednesday’s Class

Reflecting in preparation for Wednesday’s conversation:

The example of creative reading we’ve discussed leads from a question about an essay to an image not included in or referenced in the original essay.

I would like you to find a reproduction online of Diane Arbus’s photograph of Susan Sontag and her son.  What light do you think Arbus’s photograph of Sontag and her son sheds on Sontag’s assessment of Arbus’s work in “America, Seen through Photographs, Darkly”? Spend at least 20 minutes figuring out a thoughtful, compelling answer to this question.  For the purposes of this exercise, work on with what you have been provided. Don’t seek out the rest of Sontag’s essays or more information about Arbus. What does the photograph alone tell you?

Be prepared to discuss your thoughts on Wednesday.

New Book Group for High School

A new high school book group is starting this week.  We will be reading “Slapstick” by Kurt Vonnegut.  I am told it is a quick and easy read.  Please acquire it and be ready to begin reading by Dec. 12th.

In the meantime, please read the Susan Sontag essay on photography and be ready to discuss it on Wednesday if you are in advanced English.

HS English – Creative Writing Class

This week we are going to discuss “creative reading” as opposed to writing.

Once you learn to read and that process has been routinized and internalized, why is it that different people reading the same material reach different conclusions? Or to put this another way, why is there ambiguity (uncertainty or inexactness of meaning in language)? Why is there a misunderstanding? What happens in the movement from decoding the characters on the page or screen to creating an interpretation of what those characters, considered in context, might mean that causes one reader’s mind to go in one direction and another reader’s mind to go in different directions?

For many students, the mystery of how teachers-and experts, in general–read is never solved. For these students, the experience of higher-order literacy, where reading and writing become ways to create new ideas remains out of reach.  I don’t want this to happen to you!  

The first step in this assignment is this (the next step will come at the end of the week):

  1. Research Diane Arbus in a way that is comfortable to you.  You will find many resources about her on-line (as well as movies, documentaries, ect..).  On Friday be ready to discuss your research about Arbus and give your opinion of her work.  Your research should run pretty deep – I would at least look at five sources.  You should keep notes to help you remember your main points (copying and pasting from different places into one doc. is fine).  I would also suggest you jot down questions you have while researching Arbus.  Keep those questions, they will help the group discussion on Friday.

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