ENGLISH HL QUIZ (JULY 28, 2011): LITERARY COMMENTARY: POETRY

28 07 2011

The venue for today’s English class (5th period) is the Reading Area of the HS LRC. Please make sure you have enough battery life to finish the quiz as I will not permit you to charge your laptops.

The Writing About Literature keynote notes can be found here: Writing_Aspect.

1. Don’t forget to type your name and the test type on the document. The test type is “Literary Commentary:Poetry.” Write this in the document itself (it does NOT serve as the title). Turnitin will ask you for the test title/type and type that up accordingly.

2. Type the title of the poem (and the part, if it’s a poem by Whitman) assigned to you above the title of your paper.

3. Observe the usual composition guidelines: provide a title, use regular font, size 14 and double-spaced.

4. The essay should have 750-1000 words only. For the sake of a synchronized word count, please use http://wordcounter.net as your official counter. Include the final WORD COUNT data below your essay.

5. You may use any word processor software; however, please save your file document as a .doc or .docx file. Your file document should have a filename with this format: <firstname><lastname>001.doc …. e.g. barbsmagallona001.doc

6. Submit your paper through http://www.turnitin.com. Check your my.xs email to see the invitation to enroll in our turnitin class account.

7. The deadline of the essay is at at 3:05 pm.

8. The grading scale still includes the previous years rubrics: Understanding of the Text (0-5 points), Interpretation of the Text (0-5 points), Appreciation of Literary Features (0-5 points), Presentation (0-5), Formal Language Use (0-5 points). The grade equivalent is as follows:

0-3 = 1  

4-7 = 2

8-9 = 3 

10-12 = 4 

13-16 – 5 

17-19 = 6 

20-25 = 7 

POETRY ASSIGNMENTS SHALL BE POSTED AT 1:30PM.

* For those assigned Whitman, if you are given only portions of the poem, you are free to relate your analysis of the part assigned to you to other segments of the poem.


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Practice Oral Commentary Guidelines SL

25 07 2011

1. Prepare a 5-10 minute oral commentary on the poem/author assigned to you. This is INDIVIDUAL WORK, which will be graded using the rubrics for SL Oral Commentary; to see the actual rubrics, click here.

2. While making your commentary, the only thing you’re allowed to hold is a printed copy of your poem. Written notes on your poem are allowed.

3. Make sure to introduce your author by citing IMPORTANT DETAILS about his/her life and contribution to poetry/literature. Avoid citing trivial details like place of birth, names of family members or relatives, etc. Try also to interpret the poem by researching about the TIME/ERA when the poem was written and how it affected the readers and other poets at that time.

4. Please remember to introduce your commentary with a THESIS STATEMENT. You don’t need to directly state, “My thesis statement is…”

5. INTERPRET and not merely paraphrase the lines/words in the poems. If possible, look for the rhyme and metering scheme. Point out the figures of speech used and discuss why they are important in the poem.

6.This activity will commence on July 27 (Day 3). The teacher will draw lots to determine the speakers of the day. There will be 6-8 speakers each session.

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Upcoming activities:

August 5 (Day 4) – Written Commentary Exam 1: All Poems Discussed in the Class (Graded, Recorded)

August 8 (Day 1) – Written Commentary Exam 2: Unseen Poems (Graded, Recorded)

August 10 (Day 3) – Start of Discussion of Poetry by Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

August 12 (Day 1) – Deadline of submission of Creative Output #2: Modern Poem

August 15 (Day 3) – Reading of Modern Poems in class

Creative Output #2: Modern Poem

1. Compose a modern poem (free style or using old poetic forms but with a twist)  dealing with current social or personal issues.

2. Borrow elements from the poets/poems from Part 4-6. State these allusions and influences when you read your poem in the class on August 15.

3. Your poem should have 30-50 lines.

4. The poem should be submitted on turnitin.com on August 12; it will be Day 2 on that date, so the submission should be done even if we wouldn’t meet in the classroom on that day.

5. This requirement is part of the 10% of the Xavier School semestral grade.





LANGUAGE A1 HL PERSONALITY TEST

21 07 2011

Read the following words in each of the four sections. Assign a value to each word according to how well the word describes the real you:

1 – “That is definitely not me.”

2 – “That is usually not me.”

3 – “That is sometimes me.”

4 – “That is usually me.”

5 – “That is definitely me.”

 

SECTION 1

 

 

__ emotional

__ egotistical

__ interrupts others

__ compassionate

__ impulsive

__ disorganized

__ impractical

__ funny

__ forgetful

__ easily discouraged

__ very positive

__ easily angered

__ undisciplined

__ extrovert

__ refreshing

__ lively/spirited

__ weak-willed

__ spontaneous

__ talkative

__ delightful/cheerful

__ enjoyable

__ popular

__ friendly/sociable

__ “bouncy”

__ restless

__ difficulty concentrating

__ likes to play

__ difficulty keeping resolutions

__ lives in present

__ difficulty with appointments

 

SECTION 2

 

 

__ optimistic

__ determined

__ bossy

__ goal-oriented

__ decisive

__ frank

__ self-confident

__ sarcastic

__ workaholic

__ self-sufficient

__ practical

__ headstrong

__ activist

__ outgoing

__ domineering

__ adventurous

__ aggressive

__ competitive

__ leadership ability

__ daring

__ persevering

__ bold

__ strong-willed

__ persuasive

__ hot-tempered

__ resourceful

__ insensitive

__ outspoken

__ unsympathetic

__ productive

 

 

SECTION 3

__ deep feeling

__ critical

__ insecure

__ sensitive

__ indecisive

__ hard to please

__ self-centered

__ pessimistic

__ depressed easily

__ easily offended

__ idealistic

__ loner

__ self-sacrificing

__ introvert

__ faithful friend

__ analytical

__ considerate

__ likes behind the scenes

__ suspicious

__ respectful

__ introspective

__ planner

__ perfectionist

__ scheduled

__ unforgiving/resents

__ orderly

__ creative

__ detailed

__ moody

__ gifted (musically or athletically)

 

 

SECTION 4

__ very quiet

__ selfish

__ unenthusiastic

__ negative

__ regular daily habits

__ hesitant

__ shy

__ stingy

__ aimless

__ not aggressive

__ stubborn

__ worrier

__ spectator of life

__ works well under pressure

__ indecisive

__ adaptable

__ slow and lazy

__ submissive to others

__ easy going

__ reserved

__ calm and cool

__ content/satisfied

__ efficient

__ patient

__ dependable

__ listener

__ witty/dry humor

__ pleasant

__ teases others

__ consistent

After you’ve indicated a value per word, disregard the words you have labeled 1 or 2. Tally up the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s per section and take note of the a) section with the highest score and b) the section with the second highest score.

Bring your scores to English class on July 29, Friday for the interpretation of your results. 🙂





Poetry Readings (SL)

7 07 2011

Download the PDF document here.

If possible, print the document so that you can practice annotation and scribbling your comments while we’re discussing the poems in the class.

For tomorrow’s discussion, prepare all poems in Parts One and half of the poems in Part Two (see the document).

Please start reading the poems. And I highly encourage that you research about them as well.

You will also be assigned to prepare a short background information on some poets. During our class discussions, you are expected to share with the class a brief background of the author’s life and his/her poetry style. You don’t need to prepare a powerpoint presentation for this; just make sure you have notes and that you will be able to share more about the poem of the authors you’re assigned to research on.

These are your assignments:

	Alberto Leonardo Oxales - SAPPHO, W.B. YEATS
	Aldrich Aldwin Mayoralgo - CATULLUS, RAINIER MARIA RILKE
	Benedict Co - LI PO, EZRA POUND
	Bernell Merwyn Go - DANTE ALIGHIERI, WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
	David Justin Yulo - FRANCIS PETRARCH, KAHLIL GIBRAN
	Edrich Gabriel Ty - GEOFFREY CHAUCER, T.S. ELIOT
	Javier Miguel Benitez - EDMUND SPENSER, DOROTHY PARKER
	John Stephenson Lu - CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, e.e. cummings
	Jon Ridge Ong - JOHN DONNE, FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
	Juan Alvaro Arcilla - ALEXANDER POPE, LANGSTON HUGHES
	Kendric Aaron Tee - WILLIAM BLAKE, PABLO NERUDA
	Kenneth Paul Nacion - WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, W. H. AUDEN
	Kenrick Royce Ng - GEORGE LORD BYRON, DYLAN THOMAS
	Lance CJ Tanganco - PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, DENISE LEVERTOV
	Martin Descartes Ibasco - ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING, ANNE SEXTON
	Matthew Alex Tan - EDGAR ALLAN POE, ALLEN GINSBERG
	Paul Louis Dee - ALFRED LORD TENNYSON, GWENDOLYN BROOKS
	Philip Armand Gozali - WALT WHITMAN, BILLY COLLINS
	Quirby Angelo Alberto - EMILY DICKINSON, CAROL ANN DUFFY
	Sean William Ocier - GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA
	Steven March Chua - WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY, MAYA ANGELOU
	Timothy Charles Ngo - ROBERT FROST, NICK JOAQUIN




Songs vs. Poems (SL)

5 07 2011

TASKS for today:

1. Read the Elements of Poetry texts from these links:

Source 1

Source 2

2. Watch the music video of the song “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork.

Youtube Link

Lyrics Link

Download Link

3. Write ONE short essay (500-750 words) which addresses ALL of these questions:

  • Which poetry elements can be found in Bjork’s song?
  • How did the music video make the song more meaningful?
  • How are poems different from songs? Can songs be considered poetic?

4. Email me your essay TODAY at jamesanicolay@xs.edu.ph … Please take note of the email address. A few of you emailed me using a different email address yesterday.





SL Commentary Practice Exam

4 07 2011

Write a commentary (750-1,000 words) on ONE of these popular songs:

“Firework” by Katy Perry

“Forget You” by Cee-lo Green

“Grenade” by Bruno Mars

 

Please remember to research about the background of the song and to do close-reading. Do not just PARAPHRASE the lines but aim to give a suitable and well-supported INTERPRETATION of the song you have chosen.

Save your document in this format: <first letter of name><last name>001.doc  — for example: jnicolay001.doc

Email Title should be: Commentary – <Song Title> — for example: Commentary – Forget You

Submit your commentaries to jamesanicolay@xs.edu.ph at the end of the English period.

 

 





English HL Poetry Portfolio

4 07 2011

Kindly take note of the following deadlines:

1) Adaptation of Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen” – Friday, July 8

2) The Four Glimpses of ____ – Monday, July 11

3) Poem based on film clip – Friday, July 15

Each poem should be at least 4 stanzas long and each stanza should have a minimum of four lines each.  It is recommended for novice poetry writers to focus on one symbol or one type of mood; their word choices are then determined by this symbol or setting. The goal is to craft a single dominant impression of a scene, an idea, a person, or an object.

This is the link to the rubrics by which your poems will be graded.

Print out hard copies of your poem on short bond paper (you may use recycled paper). After the title, write down a pseudonym (i.e. “The Four Glimpses of The Godfather” by The Patron); then on the upper right-hand corner at the back, write down your name (i.e. Miki Chua).