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Saint Ignatius High School

Virtual English Week

Join us in celebrating Virtual English Week 2020! Each day this week, there will be new opportunities to celebrate literature and the English language from the comfort of your own home.
Join us in celebrating Virtual English Week 2020! Each day this week, there will be new opportunities to celebrate literature and the English language from the comfort of your own home. Share your photos and videos with us using the interactive links within each activity. Some of these will be shared with members of the Saint Ignatius High School community. Your English teachers will be participating as well. Have fun!

Monday, April 27- Celebrate William Shakespeare’s Birthday

Activity:
Traditionally, William Shakepeare’s birthday is recognized at the end of April. Let’s celebrate his birthday by baking a sweet treat! Share pictures, a how-to video, and/or a recipe of your creation here. Get your family involved!

Don’t have a recipe? Here is one of Mrs. Colborn’s favorites that you might be interested in trying!

Malley’s Snaperoos
-Makes between 15-25 cookies depending on the type and size of the cookies you use.
-Ingredients: 1 lb. Malley’s Milk Chocolate break-ups; 20-25 Gingersnap cookies (or Oreos or other hard cookie)
 -Steps:
  1. Break up the Malley’s milk chocolate and place it in the top of a double boiler and melt it over low to medium heat stirring regularly.  Don’t leave it unattended and be careful not to burn it.

  2. Then dip in the gingersnap cookies one or two at a time and turn them over to cover them completely in the chocolate. 

  3. Using tongs, bring the cookie out of the chocolate and rest on a cooling rack (or cookie sheet) that is covered in wax paper or parchment.

  4. Let the cookies cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  I also like to put some in the freezer after they have cooled to save for later. 

Poetry Reading of the Day:
Click here to listen to Mrs. Colborn read “i thank You God for most this amazing” by e.e. cummings. 

Playlist:
Click here for the English Week Playlist on Spotify.

Recommended Movies:
-Dead Poets Society
-Hamlet 2

Tuesday, April 28- Memories and Trivia

Activites:
-Moments we will never forget! Share some of your favorite memories from any of your English classes at Saint Ignatius High School here. Your teachers will be sharing some of theirs as well.
-How well do you know the English teachers? Take a moment to guess your English teachers’ favorite movies! Use this GoogleForm to record your answers.

Poetry Reading of the Day:
Click here to listen to Mr. Gallagher read “Today” by Billy Collins and click here to listen to Dr. Caputo read selections from Terrance Hayes’s American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.

Playlist:
Click here for the English Week Playlist on Spotify.

Recommended Movies:
-The Hate U Give
-Moneyball

Wednesday, April 29- Reading Day

Activities:
-Favorite Book: Share your favorite book title(s) and author(s) with us here! This can even be a childhood favorite. Our English teachers will also share theirs.
-Service: Read a story to someone in your family, a friend, or even a pet. This can be a short story or a chapter from a longer book. If you don’t have any younger brothers or sisters, this could be a great time to use Zoom and/or FaceTime to read a story virtually to someone who is in need of some cheer. Share photos with us here!

Poetry Readings of the Day:
Click here to listen to Mrs. Gross read “Any Human to Another” by Countee Cullen and click here to listen to Miss Miranda read “This is My Wish for You” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Playlist:
Click here for the English Week Playlist on Spotify.

Recommended Movies:
-Freedom Writers
-Field of Dreams

Thursday, April 30- Dress Up Day

Activitiy:
-Join in on the fun with some of your English teachers by dressing up as a literary figure (characters, authors, playwrights, poets, etc) today. Send in a picture of yourself dressed up here. Be creative with what you have at home! Let’s see if we can guess who you are. Some of your English teachers will be dressing up as well.

Poetry Readings of the Day:
Click here to listen to  Mr. Boenker read “Supermarket” by William Stafford and click here to listen to Mr. Yarcusko read “Death, be not proud” by John Donne.

Playlist:
Click here for the English Week Playlist on Spotify.

Recommended Movies:
-The Book Thief
-The Princess Bride

Friday, May 1- Virtual Open Mic and Creative Writing Day

Activitiy:
-Do you have an original poem, story, song, or writing that you would like to share? Send in a video of yourself reading your piece here. Consider performing your piece (think Slam Poetry). Not comfortable performing? No problem! Simply share a written version of your writing. Don’t feel like sharing? Spend some time writing creatively for yourself. You never know where your mind’s imagination will take you!

Poetry Readings of the Day:
Click here to listen to Mr. Yandek read “The Chairs that No One Sits In” by Billy Collins and click here to listen to “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry (a suggestion from Mr. Strauss).

Playlist:
Click here for the English Week Playlist on Spotify.

Recommended Movies:
-Finding Forrester
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies