Office Hours by appointment. I will be available most days until 4:00 pm. Just let me know that you will be coming by and we can work on any questions!
The Google Classroom environment will be used for turning in essays. For classroom-related questions, please email at the .net address above. Thank you!
Advanced Composition: (During readings, remember to closely read, take notes, and look up unfamiliar vocabulary.)
28 Nov: Review "The Black Cat."
29 Nov: Read "The Cask of Amontillado" for tomorrow. Remember to write down words and their definitions of unfamiliar words in your notes. For this short story, look for differences in narrative style when compared to the previous two stories. (Apologies for the late post; we had internet issues on campus.)
30 Nov: Discussion of "The Cask of Amontillado."
1 Dec: Cover "The Cask..." HW: Read "The Pit and the Pendulum" for Monday. Be sure to know what happens in the story and look up words you are unfamiliar with.
4 Dec: Remember to bring your writer's notebook. Today begins our final Poe short story: "The Pit and the Pendulum." HW: Brush up on vocab, especially if the the quiz today didn't go as planned.
5 Dec: Review for vocab the last section of "The Pit and the Pendulum" for tomorrow.
28 Nov: HW: Read "Phaedo."
29 Nov: Final discussion over "The Apology of Socrates." Tomorrow is for review. (Apologies for the late post; we had internet issues on campus.)
30 Nov: Review for tomorrow's test. Hand out The Aeneid.
1 Dec: Test over "The Apology of Socrates." HW: Read the introduction to Virgil for Monday.
4 Dec: Introducing The Aeneid.
5 Dec: Read to line 228 in Book I.
28 Nov: Discussion of the shaming of Hero.
29 Nov: Begin the B&W version of Much Ado About Nothing. (Apologies for the late post; we had internet issues on campus.)
30 Nov: Continue with film.
1 Dec: Finish film. HW: Make sure to be finished with the reading. The essay will be assigned on Monday and the test over Much Ado About Nothing will be on Tuesday.
4 Dec: Final discussion. Check the Google classroom for the essay prompt from the play. Test is tomorrow.
5 Dec: Much Ado About Nothing test.
6 Dec: Hand out Othello. Begin background and reading.
Use your Writer's Notebooks!
Remember, you use your Writer's Notebooks for more than just class prompts!
READING LIST (may be updated):
Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
Assorted short stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe
Corman's movie version of "The Pit and the Pendulum"
As You Like It - William Shakespeare
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
1984 - George Orwell
The Iliad (excerpted)
"The Apology of Socrates"
The Aeneid (excerpted)
The Inferno (with excerpts of Purgatorio and Paradiso time permitting)
"Self-Reliance" and "Nature"- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Scarlet Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne
Much Ado About Nothing
Movie List for Shakespeare:
Much Ado About Nothing. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. MGM. 1993. Film.
Much Ado About Nothing. Dir. Joss Whedon. Lionsgate. 2013. Film.
Othello. Dir. Trevor Nunn. Image. 1990. Film
"Shakespeare in Our Time." National Endowment for the Arts Presents Shakespeare in Our Communities, 2011. Film.
"Why Shakespeare?" National Endowment for the Arts, 2011. Film.
19th Century Literature:
(Reading list is still being finalized.)
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
"The Purloined Letter" - Edgar Allan Poe
"A Scandal in Bohemia" - Arthur Conan Doyle
,Hello to everyone. My name is Keith Pond, and I am the Composition and Literature teacher here at James Madison Preparatory School. I feel extremely fortunate to be a member of the team here, and look forward to bringing my love of reading and writing to the students.
I was born to a small family of traveling performing elves and was handed off to a band of assorted woodland creatures when I inexplicably outgrew my family's caravan of ferret-powered wagons. I attended school deep in an enchanted forest and spent my time, much like other children, climbing trees, racing unicorns, and foraging for precious gems.
After an unfortunate incident involving a neighboring tribe of goatherds and a 1967 Chevy Nova, I was forced to find employment writing ads for shady furniture stores and ghost-writing personal ads in free newspapers. Here, I found my calling. Even though I am quite old, I only age in years that are prime numbers, therefore I am technically considered orange.
Pardon me? Uh...okay...yes, sorry about that. I am being told that the purpose of this bio is to give real information. So...
I have lived in Arizona for most of my life, graduating from Dobson High School in Mesa and receiving my BA in Literature from Arizona State University.
Like many, my path out of college consisted of some twists and turns. I was involved in bicycle racing and the outdoor industry through college and into the first phase of my professional life. In that environment, I have worked every conceivable position from floor sweeper to mechanic to shop owner.
After deciding to move on, I became involved in the retail cellular phone business. For ten years I worked in a variety of positions, finally culminating in regional management responsibilities.
In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, reading, writing, drawing, and basketball, among other things. And, of course, I love being with my family as much as possible.
I have seen how important it is for young people entering college and professional life to be able to present their thoughts and ideas in a cogent and readable fashion. I hope to bring excitement to this process, and look forward to the school year ahead.