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: (Remember to closely read, take notes, and look up unfamiliar vocabulary.)
17 Jan: Read I.iii in Hamlet.
18 Jan: Read I.iv and up to line 98 in scene v.
19 Jan: Finish Act I.
20 Jan: Read Act II, scene i.
23 Jan: Read Act II, scene ii, to line 334.
24 Jan: HW: Finish Act II.
25 Jan: HW: Read Act III, scene i.
26 Jan: Start in-class conferences. HW: Read Act III, scene ii to line 279. Poe essays will be returned this evening. Please look at the notes.
27 Jan: Finish in-class conferences.
17 Jan: Finish Book IV.
18 Jan: Review the end of Book IV and bring questions to class. If you are having troubles with comprehension, please make time to come see me.
19 Jan: No new reading. Be caught up with Book IV.
20 Jan: Read Book VI to line 200.
23 Jan: Finish Book VI. Start brainstorming ideas for Aeneas' flag. Flag drawing due Friday in class; written description due Friday by 5:00 in Google Classroom.
24 Jan: Read Book VIII.
25 Jan: Work on Aeneas Flag project.
26 Jan: Bridge lecture. HW: Finish The Aeneid.
17 Jan: Final discussion over Franklin's works. TEST on Thursday.
18 Jan: Begin Washington Irving section. Any questions regarding the Franklin test will also be addressed.
19 Jan: Franklin test.
20 Jan: Read "Rip Van Winkle."
23 Jan: Discussion of the themes in "Rip..." Read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' to the top of page 913.
24 Jan: Read "Sleepy Hollow" to page 922.
25 Jan: Finish "Sleepy Hollow."
26 Jan: Last lecture for Washington Irving. Handouts for "The Cherokee Memorials" given...bring for tomorrow.
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)
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.
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 and racing unicorns.
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.