What did  Hemholtz mean when he said:
“Words can be like x-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything.  You read and you are pierced…”
Think back to a time when you were “pierced” by words (it could be from a song, a line in a movie, a speech, something said by a loved one, something said by an enemy).
Describe the setting.  What happened?  What were the words?  Why did they affect you so much?


Why do we love music?

Article: Why does music feel so good?
Music Article Worksheet…



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Pre-writing Worksheet…

“Students will write personal narratives describing a physical reaction they have had to a work of art or beauty.”

Step One:  Consider a time when you had a physical reaction to a work of art or beauty (it could be a song, a piece of music, a sunset, etc.).

Step Two:  Write a 5 paragraph narrative essay describing that time.

Step Three:  Use the standard narrative plot outline: 

    1) Introduction

    2) Rising Action,

    3) Climax

    4) Falling Action

    5)  Resolution.

Step Four:  Write your final draft in MyAccess.

Step Five:  Be sure and correct all errors in “My Editor Feedback” (your essay will not be considered complete until the errors are cleared). 

“Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.”



The Crows of Pearblossom…


The Crows of Pearblossom

The Crows of Pearblossom Article…



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A History of the Artist…

Aldous Huxley Biography


The Palmdale Connection…


…The Man in the Desert…

Llano Del Rio, an Experimental Utopia…


Llano Del Rio Article

GIST Worksheet..


Literary Periods…..

18th Century: The Enlightenment

enlightThe 18th century in Europe was The Age of Enlightenment and literature explored themes of social upheaval, reversals of personal status, political satire, geographical exploration and the comparison between the supposed natural state of man and the supposed civilized state of man.

This era was characterized by the rise of scientific thought and the belief in the power of human reason. Even poetry was affected, as rationalism became the dominant spirit. Thinkers used poetry as a mechanism to examine ideologies or make arguments.


19th Century: The Transcendentalists

TRANS2Transcendentalism is a religious and philosophical movement that was developed during the late 1820s and 1830s in the Eastern region of the United States as a protest against the general state of spirituality and, in particular, the state of intellectualism at Harvard University and the doctrine of the Unitarian church taught at Harvard Divinity School. Among the transcendentalists’ core beliefs was the inherent goodness of both people and nature.

Transcendentalists believe that society and its institutions—particularly organized religion and political parties—ultimately corrupt the purity of the individual. They have faith that people are at their best when truly “self-reliant” and independent. It is only from such real individuals that true community could be formed.

The Dark Romantics


As opposed to the perfectionist beliefs of Transcendentalism, the Dark Romantics emphasized human fallibility and proneness to sin and  self-destruction.


Early 20th Century:  The Realists

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The Realists are primarily concerned with the faithful representation of reality.  Realistic novels avoid the sensational, dramatic elements of naturalistic novels and romances. Character is more important than action and plot; complex ethical choices are often the subject. Events will usually be plausible. Diction is natural vernacular, not heightened or poetic and tone may be comic, satiric, or matter-of-fact.

The Modernists…


A combination of warnings about the future and a  tribute to the arts and traditions of the past.  The authors inadvertently form their works around their societies, whether to follow or reject them. When a book disregards society’s norms, it is called “modernism.” More specifically, this is when a book literarily or physically goes against what the world says is right. The books can reject an idea, such as war and make a statement.




Unit 6…What is Art?


Warm Up (2/20/2014):

“What makes Kim Kardashian and the Dalai Lama different?”…Create a “T” chart or write at least 1/2 page

Unit 6 Research Project…

Step 1:  Print out two research articles from the following links and choose 4 quotes. (CCSS RI.7)

The Monkey Artist HoaxArt by Animals  , Can Animals Create Art?

Step 2:  Complete the Paraphrase Worksheet.  You may either cut and paste your quotes onto your worksheet electronically or literally to complete this project. (CCSS RI.5)

Step 4 DUE FEBRUARY 27TH:  Alone or with a partner, complete a PowerPoint presentation (at least 6 slides) about art created by animals.  You must represent at least four “artists” by including the following:

  1. A sample of their “artwork”
  2. A short biographical description of the artist.
  3. How the art was collected/exhibited etc.. (CCSS SL.5)

Step 5:  You must write a two paragraph argument explaining how you feel about animal art (whether or not you consider it art) using two paraphrased quotes from your worksheet as evidence for your argument.  (CCSS W.1)

Step 6 DUE MARCH 6TH:  Post your argument in our class blog at using group code

NEW CODE!!!  zujt3u .

Animal Art Links:




Unit 6 reading assignment…

Step 1:  Watch Brave New World Intro

Step 2:  Watch Little Albert Video

Step 3:  Read Brave New World Chapters 1 & 2 (pages 1-29)

Step 4:  Complete Literary Circle Worksheets Roles 1-4

Step 5:  Complete Pages 1 && 2 of your READING JOURNAL…Write a 1 page summary of what you read and a 1 page reflection (how did it make you feel/what do YOU think about what you read). (CCSS W.10)

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Welcome to the Brave New World…


Welcome  to 12th Grade Advanced English Semester 2!

All classes will be held Thursday Mornings 9:00-12:00

This semester’s curriculum will be based on the anchor novel “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.

I am so glad to have you back!  

Please stay tuned for the upcoming Units for this semester.

All assignments, PowerPoint, videos, worksheets, and due dates will be posted on this site…

so…if you miss a day of class…you know where to go!