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    Introspective- Junior writing assignment 
 
"Here's looking at you kid!" (What movie is that from? Do you know?)
 
Hello Juniors, how are you? Fine I hope. I'm fine thanks for asking. Well, down to business. 

This first writing assignment is mostly for fun so I hope you enjoy it. Today we will be working on the rough draft in class and Monday and Tuesday we will be working on the finished draft. 

This assignment is your opportunity to start off the year with a nice solid high grade so please don't fail to hand it in. This should be written in full sentences and with proper paragraphing. This will be a small introspective looking at you. Having said that, please keep in mind that I don't wish these to be too personal. (Meaning secrets that you don't want other people to know.) 

I'd like you to write about your high school life so far. Things that come to mind that are good and bad. Then move on to this past summer. What did you do that was fun, or exciting -or even mildly amusing. Was there a highlight? Who did you hang out with? Where did you go and why? Next "talk" about the year coming up. What are your expectations? What do you want to get out of school in general and this class in particular? What would you study or read in this class if I gave you the choice to do whatever you wanted? Look at it from the big picture and the small one. Do you expect the year to go by quickly or slowly? Why? Have the previous 10 years flown by or dragged? 

Next move to your expectations for the future- what do you plan on doing with your life? What will you do this summer? This fall? Next spring? Do you have any plans yet? Will you be moving out of Remsen or do you plan on settling down here? Finally- What would you like people in general to know about you? What would you like your English teacher to know about you? What is the most important thing about you that makes you unique?" 


     

     

     

     

    Junior Writing Assignment- A Great Person- After studying Gandhi, each student will be writing a short biography on a great person.  This can be a famous person or someone you know on a personal level.  This should be one page long.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Junior Writing Assignment "Qualities of a Leader" based on “Call Him Lord,” “The New Prime,” and the upcoming presidential election.


    This will be your first formal writing assignment based on grammar, punctuation, thought and nuance.  You will start out by giving a brief overview of the two short stories read in class covering basic characters, plot, and most important theme.


    Next, you will move on to the upcoming presidential election and the two major candidates.  Simply put, how important are the points covered in these two short stories when it comes to choosing a leader?  At what point do a person's personality and other traits matter when it comes to running a country?  Both candidates have assets and knowledge that would aid them in running the United States.  Write this paper as if you could control, to a certain extent, the type of person who would run our country.  


    You will conclude your paper by writing about the character traits you would look for in a leader.  Which of these are the most important?  If you wish, you may write this entire paper without ever stating your desired choice for President in the upcoming  election.  If you wish, you may write this paper and state your desired choice.  The critical part is to discuss the character traits you think are most important and why.  


    Things you may need to know:

     

    Kyle Arnam was the bodyguard to the Prince.  Montlaven was the tutor.  Teena was Kyle's wife.


    1. Arthur Caversham was naked at a dance.

    2. Bearwald the Halforn set fire to  the Brand hive killing the queen.

    3. Ceistan hunted  to find one scroll out of tens of thousands to save his master.

    4. Dobnor Daksat did well  in the Imagicon against the greatest brains in the galaxy.

    5. Ergan was tortured by the Racs, but would not tell them his true identity.

     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Introspective- Junior writing assignment 
 
"Here's looking at you kid!" (What movie is that from? Do you know?)
 
Hello Juniors, how are you? Fine I hope. I'm fine thanks for asking. Well, down to business. 

This first writing assignment is mostly for fun so I hope you enjoy it. Today we will be working on the rough draft in class and Monday and Tuesday we will be going to the computer lab to work on the finished draft. 

This assignment is your opportunity to start off the year with a nice solid high grade so please don't fail to hand it in. This should be written in full sentences and with proper paragraphing. This will be a small introspective looking at you. Having said that, please keep in mind that I don't wish these to be too personal. (Meaning secrets that you don't want other people to know.) 

I'd like you to write about your high school life so far. Things that come to mind that are good and bad. Then move on to this past summer. What did you do that was fun, or exciting -or even mildly amusing. Was there a highlight? Who did you hang out with? Where did you go and why? Next "talk" about the year coming up. What are your expectations? What do you want to get out of school in general and this class in particular? What would you study or read in this class if I gave you the choice to do whatever you wanted? Look at it from the big picture and the small one. Do you expect the year to go by quickly or slowly? Why? Have the previous 10 years flown by or dragged? 

Next move to your expectations for the future- what do you plan on doing with your life? What will you do this summer? This fall? Next spring? Do you have any plans yet? Will you be moving out of Remsen or do you plan on settling down here? Finally- What would you like people in general to know about you? What would you like your English teacher to know about you? What is the most important thing about you that makes you unique?" 


     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Nature 101- While attending this field trip students will be expected to complete the following: 1. Take notes in a journal on what they experience. These notes should include what they-- a. see b. smell c. touch d. hear 2. Students are also expected to draw a minimum of two sketches of things observed in nature. There will be three phases of this trip: Rocky Mountain, Ferd's Bog and Moss Lake. At each site we will observe, sketch, take notes, write rough drafts. The finished essay will be concluded back at school. The assignment: Students will write a one page essay about the day and nature using one of the prompts below. Students will also tie this essay in with chapter 4, pages 46 to 51 or chapter 6, pages 71 to 76. Students may come to see me for ideas to tie their paper in with the book. Prompts-- 1. Respect for beauty 2. Reliance on remembered incidents 3. Results of man's interference 4. Interconnectedness of all life: importance of landscape 5. Meaning for humanity found in nature 6. Never-ending impact of natural scenes 7. Utilization of specific/scientific knowledge 8. Endurance and continuity of natural world 9. Desire to protect and salvage nature 10. Knowledge from observation of and thinking about natural world 11. Acceptance of violence in nature
     
    


     
     
     
     
     
    "Time" by Pink Floyd 

Ticking -away the moments that make up a dull day 
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way 
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown 
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way 
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain 
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today 
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you 
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun 
And you run and you run to catch the up with the sun, but it's sinking 
And racing around to come up behind you again 
The sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older 
And shorter of breath and one day closer to death 
Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time 
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
 Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way 
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say.
     
    

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity-- Henry David Thoreau 
Squander Not Time, For That is the Stuff of Life- Margaret Mitchel 

    Time is the Simplest Thing- Clifford Simak 
A Brief History of Time- Stephen Hawking 

    Tempus Fugit- Ullaylee Maeaknee Shin
    
In the Blink of an Eye- Ray Bradbury 

    A Wrinkle in Time- Madeline L'Engle 

    Time For the Stars- Robert Heinlein 

    Time Heals all Wounds- unknown
    
E=MC2- Albert Einstein 

    Time Flies- Bill Cosby
    
Time- Pink Floyd 


     
    So --- time. It's an interesting concept. What other thing that can't be seen can affect us in so many different ways in our lives? How many books, essays, poems are there in the world dealing with this subject? 

     

     

    When you're five years old, the days seem to stretch on forever. Summer can seem as long as the school year. The days that are numbered until you turn from age 8 to 9 can be endless if you want that birthday to come. Then what happens? You get a little older- and time seems to speed up a little. Now summer doesn't seem to last quite as long. And even though the school year seems a longtime, it doesn't seem to last as long as it used to. Suddenly you've got places to be at certain times and the pressure is on to get there on time. Next you enter high school as a ninth-grader. You think, "I've got four years, how am I ever going to get through this?" But you know, your Freshmen year goes quicker than you thought it would. Your sophomore year a distant memory. Your junior year is a blur and your senior year is a stark reality-- and will be here very quickly.  If you think of it- it was all over in "the blink of an eye." (Thank you Ray Bradbury.) 

What's next? Adulthood! The time in your life when you go to college or get a job and settle down to the business of surviving. At this point it doesn't escape your attention that it's slipping away from you. There never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish all that you need to do. Throw in a spouse and a couple of kids and it seems to go faster and faster until you race though every day at breakneck speed hoping you can catch up. And then, suddenly, 30, 40 years have gone by and before you know, you're old. And you look back and wonder, "Where did those years go?" Don't think it will happen to you? It's already later than you think. 

But-- does it have to be that way? Do you have to rush through life? Can you control your own destiny? Can you stop the world and get off? What about your life? How has time affected you? Does any of this sound familiar to you or hasn't it happened to you yet? Your next essay is going to deal with time. You may approach it from any angle that you wish. I have listed some suggestions to get you going. HOWEVER, please note--- you must refer to a line or two from the song and tie it in with your paper. Don't fail to do that. 

The most prosaic and least imaginative approach would be a straight essay on time and some of the pioneers in theory-- Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking would be two names that come to mind. If you've never heard of Hawking, you owe it to yourself to learn more about him just for the sake of knowing something. Suffice to say that his is perhaps one of the most brilliant minds on the planet that is ironically trapped in a body that lets him communicate very little. Can you slow time down or speed it up? Sure you can. Just sit through a boring class and time will slow way down. Is it really slowing down or does it just seem that way? You may do an essay on the relativity of time and what your personal experiences have been. How do you spend a lot of your time? What is the most important time to you during the day? Why do you feel that way? What are some of the things you would you like to accomplish if you found out you were running out of time? What age seems "old" to you? What age seems young? Do you find that being the age you are ups the age that you find someone looks old?" What will you do to keep from being one of these people who look back on 66 wasted years? What about immortality or slowing down time as it affects the human body? Do you think humans will live to be 150 years old or older due to genetic engineering? You may research this concept and do a report on it discussing the pros and cons. What have I forgotten that is time related that you would like to do an essay on? Let me know. 

 

     

     

    
   

     
     
     
     
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    Junior

     

    Junior writing assignment  related to The Perfect Storm/The Guardian- 

All students who saw the movie should do the following: Start out by writing a brief synopsis of what we read in class (you may borrow the text from me if you need to.) Then give a synopsis of the movie. 

There were some central themes in the movie: 

So Others May Live 
Using your gift to the fullest potential 
Sacrifice self for the greater good of the group 
Do what you know must be done in your life before it's too late 

You must focus on one of these themes and show how it was brought out in the movie and in the book. Direct quotes and specific references will improve your grade. End with your opinion of the movie, the good points, the bad points, and any other comments you want to include. 

All students who didn't see the movie should do the following: Give a synopsis of what we read in class from The Perfect Storm. Discuss the author's narrative and its effectiveness (or ineffectiveness.) Discuss one of the themes listed above and show how it relates to the story. 

You may also wish to include another true life adventure either from your bank of knowledge or one researched on the internet that reinforces one of these themes. Direct quotes and specific references will improve your grade. You will want to borrow a copy of the text from me. 

Anyone with any questions should see me. 

All papers should be typed, double spaced. 

The length should be about one page. 

For reference from the movie: 

Ben Randall- Kevin Costner 
Jake Fischer- Ashton Kutcher 
Helen Randall- Sela Ward 
Emily Thomas (Ashton's love interest) Melissa Sagemiller 

Directed by Andrew Davis 
Written by Ron L. Brinkerhoff 



Senior writing assignment - Finding Forrester
 
This movie has a lot to do with trust, friendship, money vs. poverty, looks being deceiving, and finding one's inner self, just to name a few. Your paper will cover one of these aspects of the movie. You will have a broad range of choices so you will need to narrow your focus. Everyone will start their papers the same way, with a review of the movie, much like you would find in PEOPLE magazine: a quick plot summary, the major characters and the actors playing them, other movies these people have been in recently, the director and his ability and an overall summing up with your rating.

     

     

    After that, students will take one of the following topics and write on it. ATTENTION-- THIS PART OF THE ASSIGNMENT HAS TO BE OUTSIDE THE MOVIE, SOMETHING IN REAL LIFE.  YOU WILL NOT GET FULL CREDIT BY CONTINUING TO WRITE ABOUT SOME ASPECT OF THE MOVIE. (Students may also come to me with an alternate idea!) 

• Friendship- A story from your life dealing with friendship or an account that you are aware of from present day or history. Tell about your best friend or a real life account that changed your life, 

• Trust- A story dealing with the aspect of trust or betrayal. You may also write about a famous betrayal, like Benedict Arnold or one of the spies caught' recently. This would be more in the line of a report. Some of you are thinking about going into the military after high school. You may talk about that, and what you expect and the trust your country will be placing in you to defend America. 

• Racial relations- In this movie a black teen befriends an old white man. You may focus your essay on this aspect by talking about an experience from your own life or again a famous case of racial segregation or cooperation. (Nelson Mandela and apartheid in South Africa is an example.) 

Finding yourself- The movie is titled "Finding Forrester." Was this just a surface meaning or was it deeper than that? Both of these characters found something in themselves through their relationship. Have you ever had a revelation like this that you would like to share? Has someone ever helped to bring out something in you that you didn't know was there? Or have you ever done that for someone else? 

You may also write about money vs. poverty. How big a role does being born into the right world matter when it comes to success? Why do you feel that way?  This should be an example from your life or a real life example that you know of. 

The young black kids thought William was an old kook. William thought the black kids were bad. They were both wrong proving that appearances can be deceiving. You may write about this. This should be an example from your life or a real life one that you know of.

Now, pay attention. You must tie some aspect of the movie into your paper. You must write and explain how your topic is like such-n-such part of the movie. Direct quotes, and specific references will boost your grade tremendously, so make sure you have them in there. If you have any questions, come and see me.

     

     

     

    Requirements for Vietnam paper:

     

     

     

     

     

    400-600 words

     

     

    Submitted on Brainhoney

     

     

    Due March 28th by midnight

     

     

    Double spaced or 1.5 spaced

     

     

    Three sources and Works cited page

     

     

     

     

     

    Information to be looking for but not limited t

     

     

     

     

     

    Size of the country and location

     

     

    Who we were fighting and who our allies were

     

     

    Questions for “Missing Persons”

     

     

     

    As you read the story, think about the way the author depicts our world and the people in it.  Do they seem happy and satisfied?  Then write short essays on the following:

     

     

     

     

    1.  What is the reason the author develops the story the way he does?  Why are we looking back?  Is this effective in developing the story?

     

     

     

     

    2.  What is the image that is brought to mind of our world as the narrator rides the bus out of the city?  Does this seem an accurate portrayal to you?  Why or why not?

     

     

     

     

    3.  What is significant about the many punched out pieces of paper on the barn floor?  What do they symbolize?

     

     

     

    4.  How is this story about faith or the lack of?

     

     

     

     

    5.  What was your overall impression of the story? Did you like the ending?  What would you change if you could?

     

     

     

    Please write your responses on a separate piece of paper, typed.  Please either rewrite the question before doing your answer, or include the question in your response.  Thanks.

     

     

     

    Mr. H

     

     

     was significant about the Gulf of Tonkin and resolution

     

     

    Who were our presidents during the war

     

     

    How long the war lasted

     

     

    What was the rules pertaining to the draft

     

     

    What is a deferment

     

     

    Who won the war

     

     

    How many Americans died