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Posted: September 5, 2012

Digital Technologies 120 English 111, 112   Things to note: 1. BE ON TIME: make an early practice of arriving to this course before the bell. When you arrive, take your books out and be ready to work. Students who are late three (3) times will be given a green sheet and detention. 2. HOMEWORK/DAILY ASSIGNMENTS will be posted on the JMH website: . Be sure to check for downloadable notes or files if you miss class – YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE FOR UNFINISHED HOMEWORK. 3. Hats, iPods/Mp3 players, headphones are to be out of sight during instructional time. Take your hat off when you enter the class and ask permission to listen to music while doing independent work.  

Posted: June 10, 2012

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Posted: May 17, 2012

Eng 112 - FINAL TEST TOMORROW (Friday)  Irony in the Ending of LOTF What are three examples of irony in the ending of Lord of the Flies? 1. It is not the controlled signal fire that brings help (like Ralph assumed), but the haphazard forest fire Jack's hunters set solely for the purpose of killing Ralph.2. The kids are so shocked by the navy officer, and so psychologically removed from his world, that they don't celebrate his arrival, rather they're bewildered by the sight of him.3. The officer doesn't understand how "British lads" could act with such "poor form", but ironically, he himself is involved in a war.

Posted: May 16, 2012

Chapter 12 Questions                                               SUPPORT YOUR ANSWERS!!!                                                                1.  Page 184.  “Then there was that indefinable connection between himself and Jack; who therefore would never let him alone; never.”  Why can Jack never leave Ralph alone? 2.  Page 188.  “They’re going to do you.”  Compare to page 144. 3.  Page 190.  “Roger sharpened a stick at both ends.”  When, and for what purpose, had he last done this?  What does this suggest Roger plans to do? 4.  Page 199.  “You’ll get back.”  Compare this to page 111.  5.  Page 200.  “Fun and games.”  Compare to page 35 and page 144. 6.  Page 201.  “We saw your smoke.  What have you been doing?  Having a war or something?”  This statement is ironic on two levels.  Discuss. 7.  Page 201.  “…pack of British boys.”  Compare to page 42.  What are the associations to ‘pack’? Note references to Coral Island pages 35 and 202.

Posted: May 15, 2012

Eng 112 - Be sure to complete chapter 10 and 11 questions for tomorrow. Your final test is at the end of the week. Chapter 10Terms:  illumination (160), assimilating (160), compelled (167)1. Page 157.  “It was an accident…he asked for it.”  How does this affect our judgement of Piggy?  What is the difference between his reaction and Ralph’s? 2. Discuss the following.  “…Roger received this news as an illumination.  He ceased to work at his tooth and sat still, assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority.” (page 160) 3. Page 165.  “Get rescued…Ralph sniggered.”  Why? 4. Why do none of the children fully recognize what they have done? 5. What happens in the shelter? Who did Ralph hit? Why is that ironic? Chapter 11 Terms:  luminous (169), myopia (169),  sniveling  (170), quavered (174), parried (179),  talisman (180) Questions: 1. Piggy declares “I’ll show him the one thing he hasn’t got.” (Page 171)  What is he talking about and what does he mean? 2. What is the effect and significance of the descriptions of laughter in this scene? (Page 175-178) 3. Ralph screams the following at Jack:  “You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!”  (Page 179)  What is the significance of these words? 4. Discuss the following:  “Below him, Ralph was a shock of hair and Piggy a bag of fat.”  (Page 180) 5. Page 181 states “Viciously, with full intention, he hurled his spear at Ralph.”  Discuss the significance of the line ‘with full intention.’ 6. Why is it significant that both Piggy and the conch are destroyed at once?  (Think symbolically)

Posted: May 11, 2012

Eng 112 - Read chapter 10 over the weekend. Here are Chapter 9 questions for those who didn't get them: Terms:  corpulent (146), derision (149), sauntered (150), inaudible (153), steadfast  (154) 1. Jack is now a very powerful leader.  Discuss the following descriptions and explain what they say about his power:Page 149  - "...Jack, painted and garlanded, sat there like an idol."Page 150  - "...authority sat on his shoulder and chattered in his ear like an ape." 2. Page 151-152.  There is a new reason for the dance.  What is it?  Why have the words changed? 3. What is the tragic irony of Simon’s death? When you look at the language which describes the murder, what have the children become?                                                                               4. What happens to the parachutist?  Why is this important to the plot of the novel?                                              

Posted: May 9, 2012

Eng 112 - Chapter 8Terms:  glowered (127),  rebuke (128),  demure  (133),  fervor  (13Questions:1. At this point in the novel, Jack has become a tyrant. What does this mean?  Be specific. 2. The killing of the pig is very graphic.  (pages 133-136).  Describe the scene by quoting lines that shows the savagery and frenzy of the attack. 3. Why do the hunters leave the sow’s head in the jungle? 4. (Page 137-138, Page 143-144).  Describe Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies.  Explain what the Beast meant when it said, “You knew, didn’t you?  I’m part of you?  Close, close, close!  I’m the reason why it’s no go?  Why they are what they are?”

Posted: May 2, 2012

Eng 112 - CHAPTERS 1-7 TEST ON MONDAY! You will also be passing in the first seven chapters of your packet. Chapter 7       1.  Page 110-111   What concerns does Ralph have as he stares out to sea?         2.  Page 111   “…you’ll get back.”  What does this tell us about Simon?   3.         Page 112  Ralph has a memory of life before the island.  What is it?  Why is it significant that it appears here in the text?  What does it tell us about Ralph?   4.         Page 114-115   The dance involving Robert is described as a frenzy.  How is this ritual dance different from others?   5.         In this chapter, Ralph for the first time enters the world of the hunter.  This should bring him closer to Jack, but it doesn’t.  Why?  Why does Jack hate Ralph?    

Posted: May 1, 2012

Eng 112 - Finish all work on chapter 6 (including packets) and read chapter 7. Your mid-novel test is on MONDAY, MAY 7TH. Chapter Six Terms:  leviathan  (105),  clamor  (108),  mutinously  (108) 1.         Page 106  Compare Jack’s thinking from the last time they came across a balanced rock.  (page 27)   2.  Page 107   Discuss the following:        “Smoke.”      A strange thing happened in his head.  Something flittered there in front of his mind like a bat’s wing, obscuring his idea.      “Smoke.”      At once the ideas were back, and the anger.   3.What happens that makes the dead parachutist appear to be a living creature?  Explain.   4.         Think about the leadership qualities of Ralph and Jack.  List strengths and weaknesses for both.   5.  Add to character profiles.  

Posted: April 27, 2012

Eng 112 - Chapter 5 -- Answer in a full paragraph of writing    1.  (Page 76)  Ralph ‘…stopped, facing the strip; and remembering that first enthusiastic exploration as though it were part of a brighter childhood…’    Discuss.   2.         Ralph asks Piggy about ghosts.  (Page 92).  Piggy responds that there are no ghosts or beasts.  Why?   3.         Page 94.  “Grown-ups know things….the majesty of adult life.”  Remembering what brought the boys to the island, is Piggy right?  Are the boys only failing because they aren’t grown-ups?  



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