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2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Don has read 14 books toward his goal of 75 books.

Deep Thoughts

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Joseph Conrad

“To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.”

Joseph Conrad
Richard Yates

“Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.”

Richard Yates
Louise Erdrich

“We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.”

Louise Erdrich
Mr. Pogreba

Mr. Pogreba

AP Language, Debate, and Word Clues

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Friday selfie
Cacio e pepe #delicious
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AP Novel and Play Selection Votes

The votes were not terribly close in any category other than plays and African Literature.   Invisible Man 29, Great Expectations 3 Resurrection 24, As I Lay Dying 7 Siddhartha 24, One Day 7 Things Fall Apart 17, The Stranger 15 Love in the Time of Cholera 21, Wuthering Heights 10   Plays Dr. Faustus […]



Araby Notes and Other Downloads

The notes from today's class are available here –and will always be in the downloads section in the future. In general, if you are trying to find something, the course information page is the best bet to find it.   I will post your essay assignment this evening. It will be located here .   […]

A Poem by Pablo Neruda for Summer Days

Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language;
let's stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

AP Extra Credit and Makeup

Quiz Makeup 3 entries in the Literapedia 2 thoughtful forum posts about a poem from the poetry of the week or a novel we are reading 1 insightful contribution to the Top 10 book lists (You can do this o­nce) 1 very thoughtful (2+ paragraphs) analysis of a poem from o­ne of the poems of […]