English 8 students had a second day of figurative language practice while finishing up the small poetry analysis assignment we’ve been working on. We went over yesterday’s practice before we got started, and we’ll do the same tomorrow as we get ready for a quiz on Friday.
English I Honors students had a Socratic Seminar/Fishbowl/Think-Group-Share session today about the various visions of Calypso we’ve seen over the last two days.
English 8 Studies: none.
English I Honors: re-read last night’s homework, this time looking closely for the Homeric simile that’s located somewhere in the text.
English I Honors began looking at the question of how various artists using various media over various centuries have re-imagined Calypso.
We looked at the etymology of Calypso’s name:
The etymology of Calypso’s name is from kalypto, meaning “to cover”, “to conceal”, “to hide”, or “to deceive”. According to Etymologicum Magnum her name means kalýptousa to dianooúmenon, i.e. “concealing the knowledge”, which combined with the Homeric epithet dolóessa, meaning subtle or wily, justifies the hermetic character of Calypso and her island. Kalypto is derived from Proto-Indo-European *kel-, making it cognate with the English word ‘hell.’
Then we took a look at two paintings depicting Calypso.
English 8 students examined a new poem, this time on their own, as we wind down our work on figurative language.
English 8 Studies: none.
English I Honors:
re-read the “Calypso” reading you read for homework over the weekend;
complete the “think” part of the Think/Pair/Share we are doing for the second image from today (Samuel Palmer, Calypso’s Island, Departure of Ulysses, or Farewell to Calypso, 1848-1849 above)
English 8 students worked on their Friday inference work. English I Honors students finished up the opening of the Odyssey, seeing in the process that it is a prayer to the Muse for inspiration as well as a prologue.
English I Honors students worked on their Romeo and Juliet projects, which will be due next Thursday (January 12). We also went over the mid-term exam, which is coming up this week. We might be moving it back to Friday due to a scheduling conflict.
English 8 students began their new poetry unit, looking at a poem English I students looked at earlier: “Because You Asked About the Line between Prose and Poetry.”
And the chess club today had a chance to use the new boards and chess clocks that PTSA bought for us.