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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bethesda Essay and Short Story Contest

Bethesda Essay and Short Story Contest
Deadline to Apply: Jan. 19, 2018
Winners celebrated at the Local Writer's Showcase, April 19-20, 2018

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories at the Local Writer's Showcase, April 19-20, 2018.

Adult (ages 18+) top prize winners will receive $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine's July/August issue. Young adult (ages 14-17) winners will receive $250 and also be published in Bethesda Magazine. Additional prize money will also be given to second, third and honorable mention places.

* Essays must be limited to 500 words or less.
* Short stories must be limited to 4,000 words or less.
* All topics are eligible.
For a complete list of guidelines and to submit your essay or short story visit

Thursday, November 16, 2017

film link and prompt

After viewing the film please briefly respond to the following prompt (paragraph or two)

Some forms of art use violence for a specific purpose. The inclusion of the horrific deaths of Kid Sampson, McWatt, Micheala, and Snowden highlight a key theme in Heller's satire. How does Saving Private Ryan use violence for a specific purpose? What is that purpose? Do you see similar themes between the two pieces of art? What are they?

Please let me know if you have any questions-- (and work on your essays!)


Monday, November 13, 2017

Catch 22 final paper

Hey all

 I really hope everyone got something out of the reading.  Yeah, I know you may not have loved the book, hated the plot, it was long and all that but I do really hope that you appreciate the level of mastery of the writing in the text.

At this point you should begin outlining a strategy for the Catch 22 final paper.  I have added a link on the website with extra sources to use in the composition of your argument.  Please see me with any questions


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Looks like I will be out

So it looks like I will be out tomorrow.  Please continue to work through the discussion questions for chapters 20-24.  Take notes!  Ask questions!  Discuss!

If you finish early you can start to read ahead or work on brainstorming for the essay

Period one should be through chapter 28 by Friday,

Periods two and four should be through 28 by Monday

Let me know if you have any questions


Wednesday, October 25, 2017


So due to popular request I have posted the class discussion questions early so that you can use them as a reference during your reading.  This has helped students in the past stay focused on major major major major points that we will be reviewing in class

Keep it up!  You guys are doing great. 

Project deadline is coming up so get to work and email me or visit if you have any questions


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

conclusion of film

Please view the conclusion of the film (after class) and complete the capture sheet for next class

-remember to read chapters 1-4 and keep working on your projects!!

If you want to see the actual documentary about the crew of the Memphis Belle you can view that one below!!!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What are my responsibilities Mr. Stelzner?

Great question!!

If you look back at the class syllabus you will find that you are responsible for all of the class material (whether you're in class or not).  If you happen to miss class for a college visit or some other kind of excused absence, that is not a problem, sincerely. However, it is your responsibility to make up the material that you missed. 

Good luck with the projects and see me with any questions