New Journals, Semester Final, and Merry Christmas!!!

I wanted to let you know that I updated the journals. You only have two more to do over the break. Not bad. They are due the Friday January 9, so make sure you have all 30. I was thinking of publishing week 15’s work, but I don’t want you working on it instead of enjoying your family so I will wait until the Monday we come back from break.

I also decided that instead of a final exam I wanted to give you a project. It will actually be an easier A for you, and a better review of the semester all around. It is not due when we get back. I am going to give you an extra 2 weeks. So don’t ruin your Christmas break stressing over it. It isn’t hard. I just wanted to give you a month to think about it, feel free to procrastinate 🙂

Semester Final — American Literature Timeline (DUE January 23)

I need you to make a timeline for what we have studied so far this year. It needs to include each authors date of birth and death, as well as when the main works that we have read in class were published. That will help you put all this in perspective. Also put 4-5 significant historical dates on the timeline–things like American Revolution begins, American Revolution ends, when the presidents were elected, and when the Civil War began. Easy Peasy. It needs to be big enough for me to read it. So I would suggest using a big poster board or taping about 3 sheets of white computer paper together. Color also helps the brain to process and store information so you will get a higher grade if you use color on your timeline. Also feel free to glue pictures onto the timeline too. Just don’t let them get in the way.

Authors to include:

  • Anne Bradstreet
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Phyllis Wheatley
  • Thomas Paine
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Walt Whitman
  • Washington Irving
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Henry David Thoreau

I also have a really cool idea for a project we can begin next semester 🙂 I am so excited!!!! You are going to LOVE it!!! Unless you hate it.

I love this picture.

In the meantime, you should relax with your family and watch a Christmas movie. I recommend Elf. It is the best Christmas movie ever. 

I even have Elf glasses. And I am drinking water out of my “Does Somebody Need A Hug?” glass right now.


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