Welcome back everyone…  Please check the page on a daily basis as there will be homework and extra credit assignments posted as well as other background stuff to help you with coursework.  I hope everyone had a great summer!



If we are snowed out…


Freshmen, please note the attached PowerPoint.  This is everything you didn’t want to know about the idea of fate in R&J.  Read it, know it, love it, and let it help you write a killer essay on the exam.  Also attached is a template for the CAPT response.  You will be reading a short story and answering question #2, the interpretative question on the Response to Literature section.  You will be asked to choose a quote and identify it’s significance in relation to the story.  Please open the template and use it to guide your response.  Also attached are the rubric and the CAPT overview PowerPoint from the beginning of the year.

Mr. Wilcox



CAPT Question 2 Template


Catcher in the Rye Extra Credit…

Catcher in the Rye Extra Credit…

For extra credit (and as an experiment to see who is actually checking the site, please watch either Chasing Holden or Igby Goes Down and write a 2-3 page analysis as to how it is influenced by Catcher.  Note major similarities/differences and decide if either or both of these films truly capture the voice created by Salinger.  Both films are available via Netflix or the first one to want to borrow my copy(s) may do so.  This will be due when we return from the Holiday break (1/2/13)


Another Holden song…

NYC by Interpol…

Holden Caulfield’s Schedule for the Month


I saw this online last night and it killed me and all. It really did. I thought you guys might get a kick out of it, too.


Holden's calendar

Video: Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” Speech (clip from the 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet)


Here’s a link to the clip we watched today in class–Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech from Act I, scene iv of Romeo and Juliet.

As we discussed, Mecutio sort of goes off on a crazy rant. But that’s cool–audiences love Mercutio. Like the nurse, he’s provides plenty of comic relief, and he’s kind of dirty. By comparison, Romeo and Juliet seem whiny and annoying (as I’ve said many times, they’re drama queens). So, even though Mercutio a relatively minor character,  his personality is a huge part of the play.


The History of English Part III: Shakespeare


Here’s a cool (and short) video that addresses a lot of the same things that we talked about today in class.