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 "Rather, I think one should write, as nearly as possible, as if he were the first person on earth and was humbly and sincerly putting on paper that which he saw and experienced and loved and lost; what his passing thoughts were and his sorrows and desires."

 -Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac


Excel 2014-2015

Great people doing great things every day from the command center of the known universe.  Room 211.   Top secret meetings every day hours 2 and 4.  Need more top secret meetings?  Stop by during Wolfpack hour.

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Realism Notes (30.21 KB)
There is a pendulum effect in art and literature. After the creative burst generated by Romanticism, people became interested in more realistic expressions. Objective, psychologically penetrating, regionally representative works became the vogue. These works featured a new emphasis on characterization and realistic portrayals of ordinary people and their struggles with real life. See a chart that contrasts realism with romanticism below.
Beowulf Text (2.23 MB)
Textbook version of Beowulf
Here you will find the Park English Department's policies regarding grades, late work and plagiarism.
Complex sentences? Not so complex after all when you learn that they either begin with or contain one of the following words:
"Know Thyself" was the cry of America's Romantic philosophers. Review their ideas here:
Huh? Feminist Lens? Marxist view? Historic perspective? Dazzle your friends and floor your teachers by cracking the English teacher code and learning how to play literary hardball with the grownups.
The Tragic Flaw (20.48 KB)
What can tragedy reveal? Why, the great human mystery of course.
"Give the people what they want!" Write great essay answers that will satisfy even your pickiest professors next year.
Is discourse dead? Can the truth still be discovered through careful conversation? Rediscover the art of civilized discussion here.
How to be a top notch conversationalist in the classroom setting.
Dazzle your friends and confuse your enemies with brilliant commentary on literary works.
Ms. Block created a powerpoint that outlines the format and assessments for IB English.
This document outlines the format and the guidelines expected of formal papers at Park High School. It is basically an MLA format which most colleges require for formal papers in English and the Social Sciences.
Here is an overview of the two year IB program and assessments.
You can run but you can't hide from the new writing standards being implemented by the entire Park English Department. Familiarize yourself with the rubric here.
You can run but you can't hide from the new writing standards being implemented in all Park English classes. View the rubric that will be used to assess your writing here.
Everything you need to know about the art and the craft of integrating text into your writing.