Wednesday, March 13, 2019

HW 3/13: Underground Railroad Podcast

Listen to Colson Whitehead's Wall Street Journal interview podcast.  Prepare a synopsis of no more than 1 typed page, double-spaced in which you track the general flow of the interview with specific examples and short quotations as needed.  It is not necessary to analyze the interview or to respond to it at this point; instead, focus on what is discussed ... and maybe a little of how it is presented.  Be prepared to discuss the interview in class tomorrow and to share a little of how hearing the author's ideas affect your understanding of the novel as a whole. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blizzard Bag III

For English 12 AP (A1 and A2): Read “Ajarry” in Underground Railroad, and participate in our Google Classroom online discussion ... including your initial post and at least one additional comment or question related to another post.

For English 12 CTP:                                                                            
Beowulf: Grendel’s Mother Ch 19-20                                                      
For the following questions, please include quotes (and line #’s) in your answers.  Use [  ]  ...  / as needed.

Ch. 19
1.      Why does Grendel’s mother come to Herot?
2.      Grendel’s mother is less powerful than Grendel.  How do you know?
3.      What act of violence does Gredel’s mother commit before she escapes?

Ch. 20
4.      Who is Esher?
5.      This chapter is Hrothgar speaking.  According to Hrothgar, where do Grendel and his mother live? What is it like? 

6.   Extra Credit: create a sketch of the monsters’ dwelling place, based on the description.  Label the important parts with “quote words” (w/line#s) from the book.  



Monday, February 4, 2019

HW 2/4: AP Prompt Highlighting

1. Please read through the "Question 3" prompts from AP Lit 1970-2017
2. For each one, highlight or underline the word or phrase that contains the essence of the prompt.
3. In the margin, please indicate a novel or play (abbreviations are fine) that would be a good choice to use in answering the prompt.
4. If you are unsure what a particular prompt is asking, or if you can't think of a novel which applies, please leave that prompt blank.  We can talk about it in class :)

Example (original):

1982. In great literature, no scene of violence exists for its own sake. Choose a work of literary merit that confronts the reader or audience with a scene or scenes of violence. In a well-organized essay, explain how the scene or scenes contribute to the meaning of the complete work. Avoid plot summary.

Example (marked up):

Their Eyes
1982. In great literature, no scene of violence exists for its own sake. Choose a work of literary merit that confronts the reader or audience with a scene or scenes of violence. In a well-organized essay, explain how the scene or scenes contribute to the meaning of the complete work. Avoid plot summary.

Please be prepared to explain your choice(s) in class.  We'll talk about the ones you feel most comfortable with -- and the ones that seem the toughest.

Example:

"I chose Their Eyes because each of the three major scenes of violence in the novel explore the question of trust and jealousy in romantic relationships -- an important stepping-stone to Janie's development as an independent character with a healthy romantic identity."

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Awakening Reading Schedule

.pdf available here 

Reading Assignments:
1/18  Ch. I-XV  p.1-45
Quiz and discussion on 1/22

1/22 Ch. XVI-XXVII p.45-83
Quiz and discussion on 1/25

1/25 Ch. XXVIII-XXXIX p. 83-116
Discussion 1/31, Written Exam 2/1

NOTE: Midterm Exams for English 12 AP are Tues. 1/29 (A1) and Wed. 1/30 (A2)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Make-Up Classwork 1/10: Hamlet IV.vi-vii Q's

1.       Hamlet left for England after declaring that he was going to think only “bloody” thoughts from this point onward.  It was going to be pretty difficult to do anything about Claudius from England, though.  What odd, offstage plot device sends Hamlet back to Denmark (IV.vi)?

2.            How are the tone and content of Hamlet’s two letters (to Horatio and Claudius) different?  In particular, what is does Hamlet’s diction (word choice!) imply in his letter to Claudius (IV.vii)?

3.            Claudius thinks perhaps that Laertes could kill Hamlet “accidentally” in a fencing match.  Claudius suggests that Laertes could just sort of happen to choose a sword “unbated,” or sharp, as opposed to the blunted weapon Hamlet would be using.  Pretty crafty, Claudius.  What does Laertes add to this plan in IV.vii.152-161?

4.            OK, so Laertes is crafty too.  But Claudius suggests they should have a “second” option, which is … (162-176)?

5.            Ophelia’s death, described in a hauntingly sad, sweet monologue by the Queen (IV.vii.181-198) dominates the ending of Act IV.  Does is come across as swift karma for Laertes’s evil plotting?  Does it seem like a logical or inevitable extension of her descent into madness?  Does she, perhaps, take her own life?  Is she finally taking charge of her life, but in an ultimately tragic way?  Why does Ophelia have to die??

6.            Water is sometimes a symbol of purification, sometimes destruction, sometimes cognition or deep intellect -- sometimes simply a natural, elemental symbol.  Which is it here, in relation to Ophelia’s death?  Use specific text details (w/line#’s) to support your thinking.

7.            Feeling bold?  Sketch a little image of Ophelia’s death and label some of the key details. (Not feeling bold?  Do a google search of Ophelia or Ophelia’s death and annotate a classic rendition of this scene … or several of them if this is intriguing to you.  Which parts are right out of the text, and which parts does the artist embellish?)

















8.            Note: this “sentence completion” question is an attempt to get you to consider the significance of the juxtaposition of the death of Ophelia with the Gravedigger scene (V.i.).  We no sooner have processed the tragic death of Ophelia, then we have the “Clown” gravediggers debating whether or not Ophelia … (V.i.1-10)!




Link to AP Prompts and Rubrics

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