Welcome back!!!!!! I'm so glad you're here and that we get to spend the school year together. Our class Web site is pretty basic. I simply list what we're doing and when things are due. I also try to include dates important to seniors during your senior year. Expectations, standards, etc. are posted. Please note: It is my expectation that you will all take the AP English Literature and Composition class. Plan accordingly.
8-14-18 Review course expectations; Writing: What I need to know about you as a person, a student, and a writer; Read and discuss "Your Brain on Fiction;" for tomorrow, read "Why Do We Read Fiction."
8-15-18 Discuss reading from last night; review the elements of fiction using passages from Obason and I Stand Here Ironing.
8-16-18 Discuss the basics of essay structure. Discuss the possible essay prompts for tomorrow's in-class write. Time to begin preparing essay.
8-17-18 In-class essay on summer assignment.
8-20-18 Do Now: Where do you stand on the role of fate in our lives? Discuss the terminology of tragedy; begin reading Oedipus aloud.
8-21-18 Do Now: What might you consider to be your tragic flaw? Continue reading the play aloud.
8-22-18 Do Now: What defines a hero for you? Who are some of your modern-day heroes? Finish reading the play and begin working on Essential Questions chart.
8-23-18 Do Now: In the play, were Jocasta’s actions more aligned to her role of mother, wife, or queen? Finish the chart and begin discussion of the play.
8-24-18 Do Now: Use at least five of the vocabulary words in a meaningful paragraph. Finish discussing the play and begin working on essay.
8-27-18 Do Now: Discuss this quote by Sophocles - Trust dies, but mistrust blossoms. Time in class to work on Oedipus essay.
8-28-18 Do Now: Why is a person's reputation important? What factors go into developing one's reputation? Continue work on essay - due tomorrow at the beginning of the hour. Davis Scholarship informational presentation from 9:00-9:45.
8-29-18 Do Now: What is your experience with poetry? Essay due. Review elements of poetry handout. Read, analyze, and discuss the poetry question from last year's AP exam. . . "Plants" by Olive Senior.
8-30-18 Do Now: How can poetry help readers and writers process life events? Read, analyze, and discuss three modern poems: "Elegy for My Father;" "Journey;" and "The Black Walnut Tree."
8-31-18 Do Now: Analogical or metaphorical thinking is considered to be the most powerful kind of critical thinking. Why do you suppose this is so? Synectics activity and writing an original poem. Poem due next Wednesday.
9-3-18 Labor Day. No School
9-4-18 Picture Day Do Now: What are your favorite music lyrics? What about them do you find compelling? Go over Oedipus essay. Rewrite due one week from today. Discuss the context and structure of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Scansion handout. Discuss how poets employed meter and sound to enhance the meaning of their poetry – demonstrate with Sonnet 12. Have students practice with Sonnet 15
9-5-18 Do Now: Do you think for an idea to be meaningful in literature that it had to be put there intentionally by the author? Discuss. Original poem from last Friday due. Read Sonnet 18, paying particular attention to sound and meter. Sonnets 20-87.
9-6-18 Do Now: Why do we teach young children nursery rhymes? Do you remember a favorite even today? Sonnets 116-147.
9-7-18 Do Now: What are your thoughts on our study of sound and meter in poetry? Work on scans of sonnets 97 and 98 in preparation for essay.
9-10-18 Dp Now: What are your current thoughts about plans after you graduate high school? Work on sonnet essay in class.
9-11-18 Do Now: Set two goals for the remainder of this semester: one academic and one personal.. Oedipus rewrites due. Work on sonnet essay in class.
9-12-18 Do Now: What is the unique value of plays vs. other types of literature? Time to work on essays.
9-13-18 First ER day. Do Now: How do you view your place in the universe? Begin Hamlet with discussion of Elizabethan cosmology and the four humours. Front-load vocabulary.
9-14-18 Do Now: Have you ever been honor-bound to complete a task that you had no desire to complete? How did that end up, and what were your emotions surrounding that event? Essay on sonnets 97 and 98 due beginning of hour. Continue Hamlet.
9-17-18 Do Now: Have you ever been betrayed by a friend or someone about whom you cared deeply? Reaction? Recovery? Continue Hamlet.
9-18-18 Do Now: How do you feel about gossip? Do you tend to believe it? Repeat it? Are you a good security risk? Continue Hamlet. Individual writing: Using Hamlet's soliloquoy in Act II, write an analysis of his mental state incorporating a minimum of three quotes from the passage. Due tomorrow.
9-19-18 Do Now: Why do you suppose Shakespeare frequently has his fools or those experiencing madness be the ones who speak the truth? Soliloquoy analysis due. Continue Hamlet. Write an original soliloquy about some angst you're currently feeling or have once felt. Due Friday.
9-20-18 Do Now: Do you believe in ghosts? Discuss. Continue Hamlet.
9-21-18 Do Now: Based on Hamlet, how do you think Shakespeare views mankind? Soliloquy due. Continue Hamlet.
9-24-18 Do Now: Have you ever been indecisive about something? Discuss. If not, why do you suppose some people are faced with times of indecision? Finish listening to the play. In groups, craft two possible statements of theme for the play, due end of hour.
9-25-18 Do Now: What does it mean to be a friend? Begin discussing play as a whole using Angel Card technique.
9-26-18 Do Now: If you were Hamlet, what would you have done differently? Finish discussion and begin to work on essay.
9-27-18 Senior Graduation Cap/Gown/Invitations Ordering Presentation. Do Now: Three long-term goals. Continue to work on essay in class.
9-28-18 Do Now: What are the pros and cons of a peer review process? How can you make the most of it? Intro and quote check either today or Monday. Work on essay focusing on analysis of quotes in terms of thesis. Bring rough draft for peer review on Wednesday.
10-1-18 Do Now: What lessons from Hamlet are still relevant today? Continue to work on essay. Rough draft due Wednesday.
10-2-18 Violet Crown Movie Reward for grades 9, 11, and 12 (grades 8 and 10 go 10/1).
10-3-18 Graduation Orders Due. Do Now: How did you enjoy the movie? What were your takeaways? Peer review and work on fine-tuning essay. Two peers must review and fill out peer review forms that must be attached to final draft. Essay and peer review sheets due Friday.
10-4-18 Do Now: Think of two seemingly unlike things, and list three things they have in common. Discuss Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress. Read Donne's "The Ecstasy" and "The Flea."
10-5-18 Final Hamlet essay due. Do Now: Metaphysical poems tend to be about complex feelings and ideas that are sometimes at war with one another. What is something you’ve been thinking about lately that has such complexities? Read Donne's Holy Sonnets I, V, X, XIV. Assign poems for presentation. Time to begin working on presentations.
10-8-18 Do Now: How do you think John Donne feels about love? 1st ten minutes of class to tidy up presentations; rest of class begin presentations.
10-9-18 No Do Now due to time. in-class essay on a metaphysical poem.
10-10-18 Do Now: What has been your favorite Donne poem and why? Finish presentations.
10-11-18 Do Now: What do you think you know about Frankenstein? Discuss Romanticism and begin the novel. Read Walton's letters for tomorrow. Introduce 2nd quarter extra-credit (original metaphysical poem) due Nov. 30.
10-12-18 End of 1st quarter! Do Now: If you could go on any adventure, where would you go, and what would you do? Discuss letters. Analyzing foreshadowing in Walton's letters -- two options. 1). Find five exmaples of foreshadowing and explain why you believe they are foreshadowing. 2). Compose a found poem from Walton's letter incorporating at least 3 examples of foreshadowing. Read chapters 1-3 for Tuesday.
10-15-18 Fall Break - No School
10-16-18 Picture retakes (Duncan. . . ) Do Now: Have you ever been so completely engrossed in something or someone that you’ve lost track of yourself? Discuss chapters 1-3. Prepare note cards. Read chapters 4-6 for tomorrow. Character haiku.
10-17-18 Do Now: What is the responsibility of a parent to its creation? Discuss chapters 4-6. In-class short-write on passage from novel. Prepare note cards. Read chapters 7-10 for tomorrow.
10-18-18 Do Now: What is the responsibility of a child to its parent? Discuss 7-10. Prepare note cards and organize them into categories of emerging themes. Notecard check. Read chapters 11-14 for Tuesday.
10-19-18 Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School
10-22-18 Do Now: Do you have faith in our legal and judicial system? Why or why not? Read chapters 15-18 for tomorrow. Prepare notecards. Student group writing: List three character traits of the creation as he learns and provide at least two supporting quotes for each.
10-23-18 Do Now: Do you believe the strength of one’s character is innate, taught, or learned? Read chapters 19-21. Individual write: Is the creation's hatred of mankind justified?
10-24-18 Do Now: Is crime ever justified? Discuss 19-21. Finish book for tomorrow.
10-25-18 Do Now: How are Victor and the Creation alike and how are they different? Discuss book as a whole. Focus on theme and character development and parallels between the three men: Walton, Victor, Creation. Prepare note cards.
10-26-18 Do Now: With which character do you most identify in Frankenstein? Begin essay. Due next Wednesday.
10-29-18 Do Now: Where are you in terms of your progress on college applications and seeking various forms of financial aid? Time in class to work on essays.
10-30-18 Do Now: What do you miss most about elementary school? Time in class to work on essays, due tomorrow.
10-31-18 Frankenstein essay due. Do Now: What soothes your soul? AP MC on a Romantic poem. Intro Wuthering Heights. Read chapter 1-3 for tomorrow.
11-1-18 Do Now: How do you think living a life of isolation, like the Earnshaws do in WH, might impact your character? Discuss 1-3. Read chapters 4-7 for tomorrow.
11-2-18 Introduce Passion Project. Due December 7th. No extensions. Do Now: Of all the characters we have met so far, which are the strongest and which are the weakest? Read chapters 8-9. Setting Haiku.
11-5-18 Do Now: Of the characters we have met so far, who are you most alike/different? Do you consider yourself a classic or a romantic? Read chapters 10-11 for Wednesday. Character cinquains or tweets.
11-6-18 No School. Election Day.
11-7-18 Do Now: Create a story for where Heathcliff may have been in the three years of his absence. Read chapters 12-14 for tomorrow. Group writing: Chart Catherine's behavior before Heathcliff's arrival and after his return.
11-8-18 Do Now: Is Nelly Dean a good and loyal servant or is she manipulative and scheming? Read chapters 15-17.
11-9-18 Do Now: What was Isabella thinking? Have you ever been in a relationship that you knew was bad for you? Read chapters 18-19 for Monday.
11-12-18 Do Now: What do you think of Linton Heathcliff? What traits does he seem to possess of his two parents? Read 20-22 for tomorrow. Group write: Character list with traits by house.
11-13-18 Do Now: How is little Cathy like and not like her mother? Read 23-26 for tomorrow.
11-14-18 Do Now: What is the difference between Linton and Cathy based on their descriptions of the perfect day? Read 27-30 for tomorrow. “Remembrance” with freewrite.
11-15-18 Do Now: Of all the diabolical things Heathcliff does during the novel, which do you find the most diabolical? Read 31 to the end for tomorrow.
11-16-18 Do Now: Did you like the novel or not? Why or why not? Discuss novel as a whole focusing on character, theme, and setting. Provide essay questions. There is absolutely NO EXPECTATION that you work on this over Thanksgiving Break. Breaks are breaks. However, I know some of you will want to spend some time on it, so I offer up the questions.
11-19-18 to 11-23-18 Thanksgiving Break
11-26-18 Do Now: Time in class to work on Wuthering Heights essay.
11-27-18 Do Now: Time in class to work on Wuthering Heights essay.
11-28-18 Do Now: Wuthering Heights essay due. Begin Romantic poets
11-30-18 Do Now: 2nd quarter extra-credit due (original metaphysical poem).
12-7-18 Passion Project Due. No extensions.
12-14-18 End of semester.