Mr. Met

Mr. Met
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Friday, April 3, 2020

The New Normal (for now)

Good morning everyone.

First off I want to applaud all of those who have remained active and been helping Prayag with the social media account.  I have been receiving dozens of compliments and words of praise for the material that is being posted and the professional manner in which it is being handled to the point where I was even stopped on a run through the park the other day while wearing my Chips shirt. Keep up the good work and remember there are a lot of scared people out there who are using you guys as a source of information.

Having spoken with Prayag and Uma we have concluded that we are going to move ahead with the next cycle. As of now, because Silver Communications is closed, we are going to have to be forced to print online via our new site (thanks Ryan!).  However, I am not done trying to figure out a way to actually print a paper that we can have admin hand out at our local food distribution sites.


Please understand this is all very fluid- we are getting directions from the county and then having those policies contradicted and canceled 24 hours later.  Right now we are focused on wrapping up Quarter 3.  I will be posting all new assignments on this site every Monday morning (probably VERY early in the am).

Our formal "live-check ins" will be on Mondays:

Period 1: 1:00-1:45
Period 6: 2:40-3:25

During these times I will be available by email (which I always am), or I will be available on GCHAT through the accounts.  Unfortunately given the chaos in my home with three little kids there really is no possibility for me to connect with you guys using zoom or any other kind of video platform.  (though if you want to set up your own meetings using this platform I will do my best to find a way in for advice).


As I mentioned before, we have been given very explicit instructions to keep focused on Q3 and not assign any long term dates.  To that end, I will be instructing Prayag and Uma to hold off on posting the cycle calendar until I have more information from the county.  For now we are going to focus on two assignments for the remainder of the quarter (that is all that instructors are permitted to issue).  Those two assignments will be

story session picks: deadline Friday April 10
La La Land response : deadline Friday April 17 (the material for this assignment is available in the post below this one- remember you need to be logged into the account for access)


I like to think that I have the type of relationship with you all where I can be totally honest. It's a bit of a mess over here right now, and I'm not just talking about the literal condition of my home.  I assume that we are all dealing with unique challenges that are placing strains on our own well-being as well as on those that we love. If you can't get the work done don't stress out about it.  Your primary concern needs to be your health and the health of your families.  

My only ask is that you communicate with the EICs, or your section editors, or me if you will not be able to complete your assignment by the given deadline.

I think that is about everything- please email me if you have questions.  Some of you already have and I promise I'm trying to get to messages as soon as I can it just may take me a little longer than usual. 

I will be posting more information on story session here on Monday morning

Take care of yourselves and each other


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Well here we are

Hey Silver Chippers!

First off I sincerely hope that everyone is healthy and safe and that all of your families are as well.  It was confirmed this morning that school will be closed for at least the next month.  I am hopeful that our elected officials and health care workers will do everything in their power to get us back to school by the end of the year.  However, in the event that school is closed for the remainder of the year I will be posting assignments here on this website for your reference.  Although we have not received official word from Jack Smith or MCPS I am assuming instructors will be given the green light to start assigning new material relatively soon.

I am including the two best articles I found on La La Land- one on the social / cultural problems that exist in the film (con) and the other on the film's brilliance (pro)- you are given permission to use any material you wish in your response as long as those materials are academically appropriate.  You can send drafts to me via email at I will post a revised deadline on this assignment by the end of the week.

Why the backlash?

What an amazing film!!

*Prayag and Uma and I will will be speaking hopefully by the end of the week to determine how to proceed with publication going forward as during times like these I think your work is more important than ever.

Stay strong everyone, support your friends and families and know that I am thinking of each and every one of you.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Film

Below you will find a link to the film for our critique assignment.  If you are not coming on the trip you will be able to access the material here until Sunday March 15.  If you want to review a sequence in more detail for your critique you can use the link here as well (however, most individual sequences are available on youtube)

Here is the assignment associated with the film- this will be a critique on story and cinematography.  As we discussed in our intro try to be specific about elements of cinematography when covering that element (name of the DP, lighting, camera movement and angles, symmetry of shots, use of color etc)

Try to pay special attention to the introduction sequence and how it connects the two meanings of "LA LA Land"  That sequence can be found here...



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

This is it....

As much as it pains me to say it, our time together is coming to an end.  I have just posted the remainder of the assignments in the gradebook so that you can see what is left and get yourself (and your grade) prepared for the end of the term.

Stay focused on the reading (Born A Crime) because there will still be reading quizzes and the final project to complete before we finish up.

Thanks for all the hard work and let me know if you have any questions- hopefully you're enjoying the book as much as we are.

Mr. Stelzner & Ms. Davis

Monday, September 3, 2018



Welcome to Mr. - this will be your one stop shop for all things English class this semester.  Homework calendars are available on the right side of the page to guide you through your assignments and deadlines.  Most assessments will also be linked over to your class handouts page for your reference.

Please make sure to look through the syllabus at your earliest convenience.  I have included material on due dates, deadlines, late work on those documents.  Your codes are on your syllabus as well.  You must be logged into your account to access the links on the site.

It should be a great semester, I have spent the last few weeks pulling some exciting reading material and developing some fun assessments.

Remember if you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me via email at / or stop by to see me in the English office (141).