Jan. 2-5

Twas the short week AFTER holiday break, and all through Room 2808…


  • The Raleigh Fine Arts Society (RFAS) is now accepting original short-story submissions for its 2018 Literary Contest. The student deadline for submissions is midnight on January 18To do this, have your student go to raleighfinearts.org, select Literary Contest and click on Submit a manuscript. Be sure to list Melissa Ausley (mrussell-ausley@wcpss.net) as your English teacher so that I can approve your story for submission to the judges. For a student’s story to be approved and sent to the judges for scoring, the English teacher must give it a THUMBS UP before midnight on January 25, 2018. You can find more information on RFAS 2018 Literary Contest brochure.



  • Listen to and discuss Poe’s tale of terror, “The Pit & The Pendulum” (p. 292)
  • Unit 3: American Romanticism & Transcendentalism review
  • Unit 3 Test (likely early next week, weather depending)



  • Body Biographies — come prepared with your character handout to show symbolism
    1. Placement – Carefully choose the placement of your text and artwork. For example, the area where your character’s heart would be might be appropriate for illustrating the important relationships within his/her life. The hands might refer to actions or accomplishments of the character
    2. Spine – Actors often discuss a character’s “spine.” This is his/her objective within the work. What is the most important goal for your character? What drives his/her thought and actions? The answers to these questions are his/her “spine.” How can you illustrate it?
    3. Virtues and Vices – What are your character’s most admirable qualities? His/her worst? How can you make us visualize them?
    4. Color – Colors are often symbolic. What colors(s) do you most associate with your character? Why? How can you effectively weave these colors into your presentation?
    5. Symbols – What objects can you associate with your character that illustrate his/her essence? Are their objectives mentioned within the work itself that you could use? If not, choose objects that especially seem to correspond with the character.
    6. Mirror, Mirror – Consider both how your character appears to others on the surface and what you know about the character’s inner self. Do these images clash or correspond? What does this tell you about the character? How can you illustrate this mirror image?
    7. Changes – How has your character changed within the work? Trace these changes within your artwork.
  • read 2nd half of Part 3 (The Answer)