We’ve been together for a year. I can say with no exaggeration that most of you have come a long way since September. Clearly, your talents have come to the fore most prominently in our last unit. I was very impressed by the dedication and the amazing talent that you demonstrated in the classroom. And even the more habitually shy among you found the right voice to communicate something personal about your understanding of the book Master and Margarita.
Amazingly, The Russian Arts Theatre and Studio will be presenting the Master and Margarita at the end of this summer as a play right here in New York City! Here are the details for those of you who are interested. Why not get a little group together to go? I hope to be able to go as well (but it’s too early to say exactly when). If you care to find out, send me an email in early August, especially if you have already gotten a little group together.
Thank you for being in class every day and doing all the work. I’m looking forward to having some of you back as seniors! It’s always a surprise to see who returns. Until then, don’t be strangers. Say hello if our paths cross in school or outside of it.
Enjoy your well-deserved summer! (And don’t be too cruel on ratemyteachers.com) 🙂
Sophomores: You will have to wait for your final appreciation until the 27th when your last official school day occurs.
Finally! You’re done with classes and can put your Stuyvesant High School experience into the appropriate memory slot. I’d like to acknowledge the hard work many of you continued to show during this term. I know it has not been easy to keep your mind focused on this (or any other) subject as you have mentally prepared to leave high school behind and enter college. I hope that some of the units we have done this year–and more specifically, some lessons, ideas or skills–will stay with you and be useful in years to come. I also hope that this new course I’ve created is viable and will attract students at Stuyvesant in future years.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege for me to have been your English teacher this year. May you find success (or success find you) in whatever you choose to do in your life.
Third period class: I am going to try to get through all of the senior portraits in the next couple of weeks and send you a letter. When finished, I will email you with the letter.
IF you’d like your college essay or your supplements to be used for instructional purposes in my book on the college essay, please email me your work before you totally forget about it (or worse yet, erase it). Draft progressions are also very much appreciated!
If you have not returned any of the books, please do so by putting your name on a slip of paper into the book and placing the book in my mailbox.
I leave you with a link to my book on amazon.com. Amazingly, there are some really good hard cover copies for only $13.90. I bought one myself just to see the quality–it’s really as good as new. If you’d like me to sign it, you can still get it in time before school ends. Otherwise, I’d really appreciate your asking for your college library to obtain a copy. It’s already in more than 40 libraries, but the more the better. Thank you!
Just show up! 🙂
I’ll have one last message posted here on Monday.
We’ll peruse your senior portraits, and I am planning to play and sing for you. (Song suggestions are welcome!).
This is from a few years ago…Enjoy!
- 1. Write a reflection paragraph for each unit from spring term. The units are Candide, Siddhartha, Macbeth, Dracula, and The Master and Margarita. What’s memorable, enjoyable, difficult, worth the effort, not worth the effort in each unit? Why would you want next year’s sophomores to read or not to read each unit? Type up your responses. We will share/collect these on Monday, June 12th (and continue sharing them out possibly on June 27th…).
- Bring in your The Master and Margarita book. We will collect them on Monday.
Today is the last day we will accept Dracula creative writing assignments. Turn it in by midnight. If you are one of those students who still have not turned it in, please do not let the deadline pass. If you do, you will receive a zero on it. Even an incomplete one that is submitted is much better for you average than a zero.
Here are some of the wonderful art work people produced in all periods. Feel free to send in a commen identifying your work.
Thanks James for this video.
We had such an adorable PromPosal in class today that I am compelled to share it with all of you (with the permission of the proposer and the disposer).
Thanks everyone for being my students this year. We have only a few more days to go.
- Same as before! If you have not presented yet, continue work on the project.
- If you are done with your Master and Margarita project, begin reflecting on our spring term in Euro Lit (if you would like, you can also think about fall term, but it is not mandatory). Write a reflection paragraph for each unit. What’s memorable, enjoyable, difficult, worth the effort, not worth the effort in each unit? Why would you want next year’s sophomores to read or not to read each unit? Type up your responses. We will share/collect these on Monday, June 12th (and continue sharing them out possibly on June 27th…).
- Here’s a wonderful online game created by Lous Wu (and presented in 8th period). Dr. Mandler has just played it. Guess what he got? Enjoy!
The final date we will accept Dracula creative writing assignments is Friday, 6/9! Otherwise you will receive a zero on it.
Three candidates, one undecided voter. Democracy in action in 8th period. May the slate with the most votes win!
NOTHING is due if you have submitted everything that was due up to this point. In case you have missed some assignments in the past, please do not tarry any longer with any piece. Just submit it. Even a 50% is better than a 0%. Your senior portrait MUST be in by Friday. Otherwise, you will have failed the course.
Whenever you put something on turnitin.com now, make sure you send an email to me along with it, so that I know that I should check turnitin.com. Otherwise, I won’t know.
We will continue our very own Open Mic sessions on Friday. You will get one final opportunity to share something about yourself, your experiences at Stuy and this particular class, or anything else. Feel free to bring in some snacks!
If you’d like to contribute a draft progression, a final draft, or advice to my (potential) book on the college essay, begin emailing me the pieces at Dmandler@schools.nyc.gov. You can also send me supplement essays with the questions. Make sure you save each document in a way that makes the nature of the document very clear. (FinalCommApp…or Supplement3 etc. ). In the body of the message, please specify what it is that you’re sending me. If your piece is found to be suitable for publication, you will receive a message with a release form that will need to be signed by you (if you’re over 18) or your parents (if you are still under 18). That will come much later in the process, though.