Photos From ALJ English Classes

CLARK — Sophomores at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark recently finished reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, while seniors in honors English have been looking at literary criticism of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


Students in Katrina Poskay’s English 4 Honors class at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark recently explored classical literary criticism written about Hamlet. The students have been learning about the importance of historical critical views as they read the play. School Library Media Specialist Kate Ryan helped students use library resources to access analyses of Hamlet dating back to the 1800s. “I love showing students that they have access to critical articles by famous authors like William Faulkner or T.S. Eliot who took their turn analyzing Shakespeare. It makes Shakespeare more accessible to them,” said Ryan. In the picture above, seniors Julia Villari (left) and Anne Fagan (right) hold books of critical essays.


Miss Palma is pictured above as she finishes hanging her students’ creative timeline projects on her class bulletin board. As an end of the novel assignment, she had her class devise a creative format for displaying the journey of Fahrenheit 451 protagonist Guy Montag. Students were given two project days in class to collaborate with their groups and design their timelines. For each event in the timeline, students had to sketch, illustrate or locate an image to enhance that event. The students found that plotting out the points on their timeline in chronological order helped them see the main character’s dramatic transformation.

(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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