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.
1-3-19 Do Now: What do you find to be beautiful? Read and discuss Byron -- Bio, "When We Two Parted," "She Walks in Beauty," and "Darkness." Read Shelley bio. Read "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" and "Ode to the West Wind" for tomorrow.
1-4-19 Do Now: From last night's reading, what do Intellectual Beauty and the West Wind represent? Discuss the two Shelley poems from yesterday. Continue with "Ozymandias," "Mutability," and "To a Skylark." Introduce 3rd quarter extra credit. 3rd quarter extra-credit will be a poem using an extended metaphor to describe yourself as a writer. We will study and use Richard Wilbur's "The Writer" as an example. Due 1-18-19
Note: I switched the plan for 1/7 and 1/8 due to the 2-hour delay on 1/7. You wouldn't have time for the in-class essay.
1-7-19 Do Now: Why do you think so many talented artists die young? Begin Keats. "When I Have Fears" and "LaBelle Dame Sans Merci." Read "Eve of St. Agnes" and complete chart for homework looking for images of the five senses and contrasting images.
1-8-19 In-class essay on a poem.
1-9-19 Do Now: What are your greatest fears? Chart due. Begin Victorian era. Tennyson: "Mariana" and "Lady of Shalott." Listen to Lorenna McKinnot’s version. Use evidence from the two poems to illustrate the author’s view of women and love. Read “An Imaginative Woman” for tomorrow.
1-10-19 Do Now: Do you feel it is better to be imaginative and adventuresome or realistic and safe. Discuss “An Imaginative Woman” looking for various levels of irony. Read select Hardy poems with discussion of what they reveal about his attitude toward life. AP MC practice on "Convergence of the Twain." If you want to check out a Jude the Obscure book early for the long weekend, please see me.
1-11-19 NO SCHOOL -- PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
1-14-19 Do Now: With all the various world views we've studied, where do you stand? In-class essay on a Hardy poem.(Due to today's 2-hour delay, we will only work on planning the essay rather than actually writing the whole essay.) Begin Jude the Obscure. Read pgs. 3-15 for Wednesday.
1-15-19 All seniors will be with Mr. Mathis at the opening of the Legislative Session.
1-16-19 Do Now: Have you ever had a moment, like Jude experiences as a child, when you just saw the distasteful truth about a person? Discuss the opening to Jude. Read pgs. 15-top of 36 for tomorrow. In class, discuss passage one from mid-term AP MC.
1-17-19 Do Now: Have you ever gone off course in your life due to your attraction to another? Reading quiz. Discuss Jude. Read pgs. 36 - bottom of 54 for tomorrow.
1-18-19 Do Now: What appears to be the impact of poverty on Jude's life? Discuss Jude. Read pgs. 55 - top of 76 for Tuesday. In class, discuss passage two from mid-term AP MC.
Extra-credit poem due.
1-21-19 NO SCHOOL - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY
1-22-19 Do Now: What differences do you see between Sue and Arabella? Reading quiz. Read pgs. 76 - 97 for tomorrow. Passage three from mid-term AP MC.
1-23-19 Do Now: How have women impacted Jude's life? Read pgs. 97 - 120 for Monday. Passage four from mid-term AP MC.
1-24-19 Do Now: In a relationship, how do you reconcile personal self-interest with honoring the needs of your partner? Pgs. 120 - 143 for tomorrow.
1-25-19 In-class essay. Pgs. 144 - top of 165 for Monday
1-28-19 Do Now: Explain the irony in the existence of Little Father Time. Go over essay and samples. Pgs. 165 - 182 for tomorrow. Final passage from mid-term AP MC.
1-29-19 Do Now: Why do you think Thomas Hardy would include such a shocking scene as the one you read last night? Pgs. 182 - 202 for tomorrow.
1-30-19 Do Now: Why does Sue return to Phillotson? Do you agree or disagree with her decision? Finish book for tomorrow.
1-31-19 Do Now: Victorian Proverb: A horse is neither better nor worse for his trappings. Discuss. To what degree do you believe this is true? Discuss book as a whole.
2-1-19 In-class essay on Jude.
2-4-19 Do Now: “We live as we dream, alone.” – Conrad What do you think Conrad means, and do you think he is right? Begin Heart of Darkness. Complete pre-reading questions individually. Read part one for tomorrow.
2-5-19 Do Now: “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” Nietzsche Discuss part one in detail. Read part two for tomorrow.
2-6-19 Do Now: What do you notice about the behavior of men in HOD? What motivates them? What motivates you? Discuss part two and begin work on mid-way questions. Have book finished for Friday.
2-7-19 Do Now: The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. - Campbell Continue with mid-way questions. Due end of hour. Finish book for Friday.
2-8-19 Do Now: If the river is a symbol for our life’s journey, where would you want your river to lead? Discuss book as a whole. Work on discussion questions. In-class essay on Monday.
2-11-19 In-class essay on Heart of Darkness.
2-12-19 Do Now: Where/how do we learn about love in all its forms? Begin Song of Solomon. Discuss values and themes handout. Review major characters. Students read Chapter 1 for tomorrow.
2-13-19 Do Now: Do you know why you are named as you are? Are there any meaningful family names in your history? ‘Discuss chapter 1 and do questions. Read ch. 2-3 for tomorrow.
2-14-19 Do Now: What appear to be the primary differences between siblings Macon and Pilate so far? Discuss chapters 2-3 and do questions. Read ch. 4 for tomorrow.
2-15-19 Do Now: What motivates you? Quiz chapters 2-4. Discuss ch. 3 & 4. Read chapter 5 for Tuesday.
2-18-19 NO SCHOOL -- PRESIDENTS' DAY
2-19-19 Do Now: What are your impressions of Milkman's character? Discuss ch. 5. Read chapters 6, 7, and 8 for tomorrow.
2-20-19 Do Now: What are the primary differences between Macon, Pilate, and Milkman? Questions on 6, 7, & 8. Read chapter 9 for tomorrow
2-21-19 Do Now: What motivates Corinthians? Why does she make the choices she makes? Part 1 culminating activity. Read chapter 10 for tomorrow.
2-22-19 Do Now: Why do you think people find Toni Morrison's writing so powerful based on what you have read so far? Read ch. 11 for Monday.
2-25-19 Do Now: For which character do you have the most sympathy? Questions, and read ch. 12 tomorrow.
2-26-19 Do Now: To which character do you most relate? Read ch. 13 for tomorrow.
2-27-19 Do Now: Discuss a time when you had an epiphany about another person and why they are how they are. What is required before we can really learn about another? Questions, and read ch. 14 and 15 (finish book) for tomorrow
2-28-19 Do Now: Do you think the novel ended in a happy or sad way? Questions due end of hour.
3-1-19 In-class essay on Song of Solomon. Read intro to Ken Kesey and begin One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Read up to page 26 for tomorrow.
3-4-19 Do Now: What is the role of the various institutions of American society (e.g. education, justice, health care)? Writing on point of view: For AP, “point of view” really means perspective. What is the impact of this story being told from Chief Bromden’s point of view (or perspective)? Read pgs. 27-53
3-5-19 Do Now: How does society react to people who do not conform to its mores? Writing on character development. Considering that we learn about a character by what the character does, says, thinks, looks like, and what others say about him, what have we learned about Randall Patrick McMurphy. Read pgs. 53-75
3-6-19 Do Now: What are the mechanisms for control in our society? Discuss questions or observations from yesterday’s reading then provide time for reading.Read pgs. 76-101
3-7-19 Do Now: What makes people feel safe? Writing on the Combine. What is it and what does it do? Read pgs. 102-129
3-8-19 Do Now: Where do people derive their sense of self? Read pgs. 130-158 for Monday.
3-11-19 Do Now: Why does Ratched want to keep McMurphy on her floor after the World Series incident? Read pgs. 159-196
3-12-19 Do Now: What changes to you see happening to Chief B? Writing on emerging themes. Read pgs. 197-224
3-13-19 Do Now: Why does Chief B pretend he is deaf and mute? Read pgs. 225-258
3-14-19 Do Now: What are your thoughts on how we respond to the needs of the mentally ill in this country? Writing: Is McMurphy a hero or an anti-hero?
Read pgs. 261 - 288
3-15-19 Do Now: What is the value of the fishing trip? Read pgs. 289 - 325 (finishing book). END OF 3RD QUARTER
3-16-19 THROUGH 3-24 SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
3-25-19 Do Now: Who won -- Ratched or McMurphy? Culminating discussion and preparation for essay
3-26-19 In-class essay on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
4-19-19 NO SCHOOL - MID-SEMESTER BREAK
4-26-19 Narrative question review
4-29-19 Narrative question review
4-30-19 Poetry question review
5-1-19 Poetry question review
5-2-19 Create review doc for novels/plays
5-3-19 Create review doc for novels/plays
5-6-19 AP US GOVERNMENT TEST - AM
5-7-19 Open question review. AP PHYSICS TEST - PM
5-8-19 AP LIT TEST (12) - AM
5-9-19 EOC review
5-10-19 EOC review
5-13-19 EOC review
5-14-19 EOC review; AP CALCULUS TEST - AM
5-15-19 EOC review
5-16-19 Finals/EOC's; AP STATISTICS TEST - PM
5-17-19 Finals/EOC's; AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A TEST - PM
5-22-19 GRADUATION DAY!!!!