Independent project rubrics

Hi seniors,

Here are the rubrics for the four independent research tracks. Choose which one you’ll want to study/be a part of for the next month.

Creative writing syllabus and calendar
Drama syllabus and calendar
Independent research group syllabus and calendar
Superheroes group syllabus and calendar

Remember, they’re set up so they will have about the same amount of work, so choose based on what you’re interested in, not in what you think will be easiest. This is a month centered around your interests – take advantage!

Seniors: Choose your last assignment

For those of you that missed class today, we chose our last unit of study before we begin your gateways at the beginning of May. Your options came from your cards you gave me as we wrapped up our discussion on V for Vendetta about a week ago.

These are the four categories:
-Creative writing
-Comic book/superhero study
-Independent research project/essay

Right now, I don’t really have many guidelines for these, which is why I had people in groups to figure out what this means for the next month. As I said in class today, choose the group you want to be in based on what interests you, not what you think will have more/less work or whether or not you want to work alone or in a group. All groups will have the same amount of work, and all groups will allow for independent or group final projects.

For Monday, choose your group and answer these questions: Project proposals and goals.  I know you don’t have all the info in front of you, but I’ll need your initial input to help me figure out how to set this up. Hand it to me on Monday.

Finishing up character arc comparisons

Hi seniors,

Sorry I wasn’t in school today. Hopefully you’ve finished the book and had a productive class examining the trajectories certain characters followed over the course of the story.

For the full assignment (if you missed class), here’s the sheet I handed out on Tuesday: Character endings

I’ll be looking for the write up tomorrow. Be prepared to talk about what you found. Good luck!

Seniors: Work for Thursday 3/10 and Friday 3/11

If you missed class on Tuesday we began thinking about character arcs, specifically for V, Evey, Dominic Stone, Rosemary Almond, Helen Heyer, Conrad Heyer, Ally Harper and Eric Finch. For Thursday, you should finish the book. I’ll provide some notes/articles on types of character journeys and you’ll begin comparing/contrasting an assigned character pairing. Happy reading!

Authoritarianism, Donald Trump and V for Vendetta

In class today (Thursday) we read an article about a psychological test that shows a person’s tendency to see the world from an authoritarian viewpoint and how this explains Donald Trump’s appeal to some voters.

The directions are here:

The full article, which is a few pages longer, is actually at this link.

Remember, tomorrow your one page write ups on whether or not V’s treatment of Evey was justified are due.

Post-Socratic Seminar work


I haven’t updated the blog for a while — I didn’t know people were using it as a resource! I’ll get back in the habit of posting here.

I thought we had two really productive and insightful discussions yesterday on V for Vendetta. Here are a few comments I overheard that I found powerful, informative or just plain interesting:

“The hammer of justice is unisex.” -Gilberto
“V is the embodiment of his own ideals.” – Lucas
“She valued the rat because she wanted to leave.” -Jyselle
Evey is a “symbol of purity. V sees her as a protege, someone he can put his ideals on.” – Gilberto
Izayah made a connection between Evey’s (and maybe V’s) path to the Hero’s Journey. (
“It’s like Daft Punk – so people focus on the music.” – Johnny, on why V wears a mask and we never see his face
“Faces desensitize.” – Chhannida, on why V wears a mask
“‘Rebirth’ in a psychological sense.” – Lilly
“Is this a hand-me-down thing? Was there a ‘V’ before V?” – Karen

Some of these might not help you with the assignment, but they’re worth thinking about.

Remember, you’re typing one page (double spaced) on whether or not you think V’s actions towards Evey are justified. Just as much as you would the content, I want you focusing on writing clear and concise sentences. Don’t try to be wordy or use big words when simpler/smaller ones will do the job. Avoid unnecessary pronouns (it, he, she, they, you) and “to be” verbs (am, are, is, were, was, being). Use the evidence your seminar group discussed in your response, and/or feel free to bring in outside evidence as well.