Friday, February 3, 2017

Episode 100: Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself, 52"


Episode 100: Walt Whitman's
"Song of Myself, 52"

Running Time: 19:13


This Week's Guests:
Sabina Chadda
Schuyler Chumley
Kate Colclough
Sam Diaz
Mary Schauf
Jessica Seager
Zach Muletta
Vanessa Nkurunziza


It's the 100th episode of the DJO English Round Table podcast! And we're celebrating with a student panel discussion of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself, 52" -- an unbridled celebration of individuality, energy, and love of life itself. Whitman's free-wheeling verse delights in non-conformity, so join Mr. Meehan and an expert team of Honors American Literature students as we try to make sense of "the rules" to help us interpret the writings of this fiercely Romantic (and proudly American) poet.



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Friday, January 27, 2017

Episode 99: Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers --"


Episode 99: Emily Dickinson's
"Hope is the thing with feathers --"

Running Time: 24:30


This Week's Guests:
Chris Chehade
Clara Cobb
Abi Dinegar
Jennifer Joseph
Kirsten Knauf
Hoang Pham


In honor of today's March for Life, this week's podcast is devoting our full attention to an in-depth discussion of "Hope." To do so, we examine Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers," tracing the poet's flair for metaphor, figurative language, and paradox in this timeless and beloved work. Dickinson's writing can present a real challenge to even the most experienced of readers, so join Mr. Meehan and an expert team of Honors American Literature students as we learn together -- making it a perfect subject for this most hope-filled of occasions. 



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Friday, January 20, 2017

Episode 98: George Washington's Farewell Address


Episode 98: George Washington's Farewell Address
Running Time: 18:38
George Washington (1797)

This Week's Guests:

Isabel Ahmadiyar 
Clara Cobb
Abigail Dinegar
Kirsten Knauf
Zacharias Muleta 
Christopher Niland 
Hannah Pin
David Pizzano
Michael Santos 
Seth Viani

In honor of Inauguration Day and our time-honored tradition of the peaceful transition of governing power between elected officials, the DJO English Department Round Table podcast is proud to welcome a panel of eleventh-grade students from the Honors American Literature classes to discuss the precedent-setting Farewell Address of our nation's first President, George Washington. This week, Mr. Meehan assembles a "cabinet" of O'Connell students to discuss the rhetoric, writing, and legacy of one of the most significant documents in American history. Tune in for a spirited conversation regarding the age-old principles that helped shape our country, and learn how 21st century students are finding new life and modern relevance in their study of this watershed text of literature and historical significance.



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Friday, January 13, 2017

Episode 97: Research Paper Structure




Episode 97: Research Paper Structure
Five Writing Tips for Success!

This Week's Discussion Topics:

Planning your paper
Developing a thesis

Building solid supports
Bringing in your research
Formatting body paragraphs


Mr. Meehan flies solo this week and shares tips on how his students have really nailed the structure of a solid research paper. DJO college prep English students write research papers at both the junior and senior levels (as well as many other AP and Honors classes throughout the school), so this is an excellent reference if you're new to the research paper or feeling a bit rusty on your research paper skills!



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Friday, January 6, 2017

Episode 96: Research Paper Tips Return!


Episode 4: Research Paper Tips
Insight from the DJO pros
Running Time: 13:56


This Week's Guests

Mrs. Becky Benson Flannery
Mrs. Brittany Borgiasz
Mrs. Diane Cerniglia
Mrs. Danielle Davis
Mrs. Allison Jester
Mrs. Brittney Mihalich


With the new schedule for midterms creating a brand new three-week opportunity for stand-alone units of study, many of Bishop O'Connell High School's English classes have made the jump right into the research paper process. In this rebroadcast of one of our earliest (and most popular!) episodes, current O'Connell English teachers -- and a handful of former DJO pros -- pop in to share some insight and provide a crash course on how you can really make your research paper shine! This week's guests teach sophomores, juniors, and seniors at all levels throughout the school, so there is a ton of information to be had in this episode. And each teacher pops in for two minutes of insight.



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Friday, December 16, 2016

Episode 95: Fantasy Sports Midterm Review


Episode 95: Fantasy Sports Midterm Review
Running Time: 26:35

This Week's Guests:

Mr. John Meehan
and the 5th period students of 
Honors American Literature
Tom Brady or Tom Sawyer? Eli Manning or Ethan Frome? What happens when we take the same principles of Fantasy Football and bring them to life in a literature classroom? Welcome to fantasy sports, O'Connell High School English Department style! This week's episode goes inside one of DJO's Honors American Literature classrooms to watch how students are transforming midterm reviews into a full-contact brain game that is anything but a spectator sport! Come cheer for your favorite fictional characters and learn how students are rooting for their literary heroes to help prepare for this year's exams.



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Friday, December 9, 2016

Episode 94: A Christmas Carol Radio Show (Re-Gift Edition!)


Episode 94: A Christmas Carol Radio Show (Re-Gift Edition)!
Charles Dickens (1843)
Running Time: 1:02:21

Original Air Date: 12/11/15

Directed By:
 
Co-Director (student) Kathryn Baker 

Starring:
The Narrator (student) Laura McLellan 
Scrooge - Fr. Gregory Thompson, Chaplain

Fred - Mr. Trent Jones, Art
Fred’s Wife - Mrs. Jill Williams, Science
Poole - Sister Tracey, Science & Math 

The Party Guests:
Young Scrooge 2 - Mr. Sam Pell, Science & Latin

Belle - Ms. Lisa Monyihan, History
Mr. Fezziwig Mr. Joe Crivella, Art 
Mrs. Fezziwig Ms. Kathryn Hogan, Christian Service

The Cratchit Family:
Bob Cratchit - Mr. John Meehan, English

Mrs. Cratchit - Ms. Allison Lattie, Religion
Tiny Tim - Mr. Jim Shirey, DJO Faculty 

The Ghosts:
Marley - Dr. Joe LeBlanc, History
Christmas Past - Mrs. Michelle Taylor, English
Christmas Present - "Coach" David Owens, Religion

Christmas Future - Mr. Frank Roque, Dean of Student Life

Student Ensemble:

Young Scrooge 1 - Peter Lucas
Fan - Ale Rocha
Tom - Andrew Oliveros
Martha Cratchit - Isabel Fernandez
Peter Cratchit - Aly Speier
Business Man 1 - Liam Behan
Business Man 2 - Thomas Guiseppe
Joe - Miranda Smith
Maid - Aidan Mulcahy

With a Special Appearance By:
"Town Girl" & Co-Director - Ms. Sara Zimmerman, Drama

It's the holiday season! And Christmas is once again in the air at Bishop O'Connell High School. This week, DJO was proud to stage our second annual production of the "radio play" adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring a cast of teachers, students, and faculty members from all corners of the Bishop O'Connell family! Regrettably, it appears that The Grinch stole our audio input of this year's show during the live broadcast, and so our recording of last night's production has been swept away to the Island of Misfit Toys. 

But it's Christmas, and there's no point in crying over spilled (cookies and) milk! So we'd like to send a special thanks to everyone who took part in this year's production -- which included highlights like Mr. Pell singing Italian arias, Ms. Moynihan choreographing a team of teachers Jingle Bell Rocking to the Christmas Macarena, Father Thompson taking an onstage #ScroogeSelfie, and a cameo appearance from our very own Counseling department's Ricky Tanis in the role of the beloved Tiny Tim. Thanks to the magic of the DJO drama program, this year's rendition of A Christmas Carol proved that much like snowflakes, every adaptation of this winter tale is wonderfully unique in its own way.

Included here as our Christmas present to you is the audio from last year's production. We apologize again for the last-minute re-gift -- but we promise, it's a real treat.




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