Sunday, September 27, 2009

Independent Reading Novel Plot Development Post


In two well written paragraphs (5-7 sentences each), detail the development of the plot of the novel you selected for independent reading. Tell what is happening to the characters, how the conflict is developing, and any interesting events that have happened.

Include your full name and block at the bottom of your posting.

This is due by 9PM on Saturday, October 3.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sophomore Independent Reading Selections for 1st Marking Period 2009-2010

Hey, Lovely Sophomores!

Please write a short post letting everyone know the author and title of the book you've selected to read for independent reading during the 1st marking period.

As I am posting this DEREK JETER hit number 2,722, the record for most hits by a Yankee!!!!!!!

Oh, and I am currently reading Pilgram at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. This novel is about a year Annie Dillard spent living and observing nature in the blue valley of Virginia. I love the vivid description she uses to narrate her experience observing nature. Here's an example of her writing style:

"Outside in summer I watch the orb-weavers, the spiders at their wheels. Last summer I watched one spin her web, which was especially interesting because the light just happened to be such that I couldn't see the web at all. I had read that spiders lay their major straight lines with fluid that isn't sticky, and then lay a nonsticky spiral going the other way. It seems to be very much a matter of concentration. The spider I watched was a matter of mystery: she seemed to be scrambling up, down, and across the air. There was a small white mass of silk visible at the center of the orb, and she returned to this hub after each frenzied foray between air and air. it was sort of Tinker Creek to her, from which she bore lightly in every direction an invisible news. She had a nice ability to make hairpin turns at the most acute angles in the air, all at topmost speed" (Dillard 53).

Over the summer I read:

Ann Rynd, Anthem
Jon Franklin, Writing for Story
David Thoreau, Walden
Maxine Hong Kingston, Warrior Woman
W.E.B Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
David Sedaris, Naked
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings
Spencer Wells, Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project
Frank McCourt, Teacher Man
half of Dante Alighieri's, Inferno

I love to read!

Mrs. Kaplan

P.S. Also, sign your post with your first and last name as well as your block.