“Sweaty Toothed Madman”

walt-whitmanToday we read our second poem of the poetry unit, “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman.  Before we started, I showed the clip from Dead Poets’ Society, when a young Ethan Hawke was pushed into coming up with an impromptu poem about Whitman and called him a “sweaty toothed madman.”  Love that movie. I hope you all watch it sometime. Just awesome.

No homework tonight.

Yesterday we read William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” The questions afterward are the first homework assignment for the last nine weeks.

Today all the students wrote down what their topic would be for the portfolio project. Friday you will be write your preface for the project and will be getting your information about finding two songs that would fit the topic.

Where “barbaric yawp” came from and the poem we read in class today.

As a side note, I want to say that I finished reading The Hunger Games series. Loved the first one, and the second one was good, but did not like Mockingjay at all.  All of a sudden it turned into bloody, gory Transformers or something. Way too much gore.  However, I am now totlifeasweknewitally immersed in Life as We Knew It…you’ll never look at the moon the same way. Our PHS library has more copies. Read it with me. I’m not even halfway in and I’m loving it.

Free Reading on Friday after we do a few small things….bring what you want to read…

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4 Responses to “Sweaty Toothed Madman”

  1. Jose says:

    wow i read that book last year and really liked it but well i won’t ruin another book for you lol 🙂

  2. jculver says:

    Thanks Jose! Did you read the other books in the series too?

  3. Jose says:

    yes i did i read all 3 and well . . . i will explain more tomorrow

  4. Savannah C says:

    I still need to finish “The Hunger Games” I got down to about the last 5 chapters in 8th grade and never got to finish it because of the big english/science project we had to work on. I’ll make it a goal to finish it by the end of the school year:) I LOVED IT!!

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