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AP English Literature and Composition (Period 2)

Instructor
Rhonda Gardner
Term
2019/2020 School Year
Department
English
Description

As described by the College Board, this course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Students will deepen their understanding of how authors use language by analyzing a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  In this course, we will study representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  We will write.  We will write a great deal.  Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature, though the occasional creative writing assignment will help students experience how literature is written, thus making them more able readers.  Discussion will be an essential element of this course as we challenge one another to achieve greater depths of understanding.  This will be a safe place to explore ideas and share our mental wanderings and wonderings. 

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Do Now: How do the institutions of society contribute to a person leaving a state of innocence and moving to a state of experience?  

Frankenstein essay due.

 Begin Romantic poets. Check out English Romantic Poets book.

 Introduce Blake and begin Songs of Innocence and Experience.

 Assign poems for presentation. 

 Time to work on presentations. 

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Do Now: What is the purpose of the various institutions of society (education, justice, religion, etc.)? 

Begin presentations. 

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Do Now: Tell the story of how you got a scar.
Finish presentations; begin Wordsworth if time allows.

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Do Now: Are you good at being alone?

Wordsworth poems.

PPC#2 2nd half of period

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No do now.  In class essay (Q1) on a poem. 

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Do Now:  What are some of your favorite journeys in literature?
Introduce Sketchnoting. 
Begin reading "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in class. Finish at home if we don't finish in class. 

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Do Now:  What is the purpose of punishment?  Is it effective?
Begin Sketchnotes on "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."  Due end of hour tomorrow.

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Do now:  Why do we tell stories? 

Time to complete Sketchnotes on “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”  Due end of hour.

Past Assignments

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Do Now: The topic is regret.  Do you have any?  What is your general philosophy about regret?     
Read “Desiree’s Baby” aloud.  Students will create a chart of the three main characters, discussing their complexities and providing textual evidence for each. How are these parents like and unlike Victor Frankenstein in their decisions about their creation?

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Do Now: What is your favorite form of artistic expression?

Time to work on essays in class.  Due Tuesday.  

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Do Now: What soothes your soul?

Introduce Passion Project.  Due December 6th. No extensions.

Time in class to work on essays.

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Do Now: What do you miss most about elementary school?

Time in class to work on one-pager.  Due at the end of the hour.  

Introduce Frankenstein essay topics.  Time in class to begin. Essays due next Tuesday, Oct. 22nd. 

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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 Frankenstein one-pager.  Due end of hour tomorrow. 

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Do Now: With which character do you most identify in Frankenstein?  

Hamlet review Jenga.

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Do Now:  How are Victor and the Creation alike and how are they different?  
 Discuss book as a whole focused on theme and character. 

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Do Now: Is crime ever justified?
Finish book for tomorrow. 

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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?

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Do Now:  Do you have faith in our legal and judicial system?  Why or why not?

Reading quiz.

Read chapters 15-18 for tomorrow.

Prepare note cards.  

 

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Do Now:  What is the responsibility of a child to its parent?

Discuss 7-10.

Character tanka.

Read chapters 11-14 for Monday. 

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Do Now:  What is the responsibility of a parent to its creation?

Discuss chapters 4-6.  Read chapters 7-10 for tomorrow.  

Writing on chapter 5 opening paragraph.

How are your note cards coming along?

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Do Now:  Have you ever been so completely engrossed in something or someone that you’ve lost track of yourself?     

Quiz on chapters 1-3.  Discuss chapters 1-3.   

Read chapters 4-6 for tomorrow. 

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Do Now:  If you could go on any adventure, where would you go, and what would you do?   
Discuss Walton's letters.  Read ch. 1-3 for tomorrow.  Take the time to prepare note cards. 

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Do Now:  What do you know or think you know about Frankenstein?
Intro to Romanticism and the novel.  Read Walton's letters for tomorrow. 
Complete PPC #8 in AP Classroom.. 

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No Do Now due to time. 
In-class essay on a Metaphysical poem. 

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Do Now:  Why do you suppose we learn most about ourselves in moments of difficulty? 
Turn in Do Nows.
Read and discuss "Goodnight, Nobody."

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Do Now:  How do you think John Donne feels about love?


Finish presentations.

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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? 
 
Presentations of Donne poems. 

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Do Now: Think of two seemingly unlike things, and list three things they have in common.   
Begin Metaphysical poetry:  'To His Coy Mistress," "The Flea," and "The Ecstasy."  Assign poems for explication via fishbowl method. 

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Do Now:  What is your first childhood memory?

Hamlet essay due.

Poem deconstruction. 

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Do Now:  If you could travel anywhere and any time in the world, where would you go and why?

Intro and quote check.

Continued time to work on essay. 

Have at least one peer review one body paragraph to make sure quotes are embedded, cited correctly, and followed by analysis of how they support the main idea of the essay.

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Do Now:  What are your top three long-term goals? 
 

Work on Hamlet essay in class.   

Have two peers review your thesis to see if it reflects requirements in the rubric.

Intro and quote check tomorrow.

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Do Now:  What do you think is the most critical scene in Hamlet in terms of developing the meaning of the work?

Continue discussion and begin work on essay, due Friday. 

Focus on defensible thesis with line of reasoning.

Review new rubric. 

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Do Now:  If you were Hamlet, what would you have done differently? 
 
Hamlet Jenga review in preparation for essay. 

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Do Now: What does it mean to be a friend? 
 
Work on Hamlet one-pager.  Google literature one-pager if you weren't here to see examples.  Your one-pager must include the following:  title and author; key characters and their traits; setting; key thematic ideas and motifs; critical scenes; and key quotes. 

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Do Now: Which character in Hamlet are you most like and why?
 
Hopefully finish the play. 

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Do Now:  Based on Hamlet, how do you think Shakespeare views mankind?
 

Read “Gertrude Talks Back” and “How I Didn’t Get Myself to a Nunnery.” Discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of women in the play.

Continue play.

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Do Now: Do you believe in ghosts?  Discuss. 
 

Read “I felt a funeral in my brain” and respond to the following:  What evidence does the poem provide that the author is describing her descent into madness?

Continue Hamlet.

 

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Do Now: Why do you suppose Shakespeare frequently has his fools or those experiencing madness be the ones who speak the truth?
 
Continue with Hamlet, hopefully finishing Act III. 

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Do Now: How do you feel about gossip?  Do you tend to believe it?  Repeat it?  Are you a good security risk?
 
Read "Icarus Does the Dishes" and "Elegy for My Father." Writing: what do these poems and the play suggest about our responsibilities to our fathers?  
 
Continue with Hamlet.  Finish Act 2?
 
Extra-credit sonnet due. 

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Do Now:  Have you ever been betrayed by a friend or someone about whom you cared deeply?  Reaction? 
Continue with Hamlet.  Finish Act. 1 and move on to Act. 2. 

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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?  
 
Continue Hamlet.  Also show clip from Passion of the Christ of Jesus praying in the garden prior to his arrest and crucifixion. 
 

Writing:  What is Hamlet’s mental state, and how do Shakespeare’s allusions to the Bible deepen our understanding of his anguish?

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Do Now:  How do you view your place in the universe? 
Begin Hamlet with a discussion of Elizabethan cosmology and the four humours. 
 

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Labor Day -- No School 

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Do Now:  What are your thoughts on and your experience with Shakespeare? 
Spend the day with sonnets. 
Extra-credit optional sonnet due next Friday. 

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Do Now:  Based on our quick review of the AP Lit exam, what are your thoughts about the exam?  What question types seem more accessible for you?
Take Personal Progress Check #1 on AP Classroom. 

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Do Now:  What are your current plans for after high school? 
Review the  types of questions on AP multiple choice and the changes for the upcoming year.  
Practice with one poem and one prose passage from an old exam. 

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Do Now: What type of novels or stories do you enjoy?  Any particular themes?  Settings? Character types?
Register for the class on the AP MyClassroom site. 
Continue review of Q3 with students writing sample intros. 
Begin scansion of poetry. . .to be continued Friday during our day with sonnets. 

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Do Now:  What is your favorite novel or play that you've read so far in school and why?
Go over  Q2 essay from Friday. 
Begin review of Q3, the open question, by reviewing old prompts and essays that scored low, medium,and high. 
Make sure you can access your College Board account before tomorrow. 

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No Do Now due to time. 
Student will compose an in-class essay on an old Q2 prompt. 

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Do Now:  Why are sarcasm and satire so difficult for some to understand?  
Turn in the four Do Nows for the week. 
Review old AP Q2 prompts employing satire. 

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Do Now:  What is the value or impact of short fiction over full-length novels? Do you have favorite short stories? 
Overview of Question 2 -- the short fiction question.  Elements of fiction handout. 
Review two old prompts and sample essays that received low, medium, and high scores. 

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Do Now:  How do poems impact readers differently from other forms of fiction?  
Finalize social contract.
Continue review of old Q1 questions.  
Students will compose an intro and outline support for one of the questions. 

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Do Now:  What is your experience with poetry?  Do you enjoy reading it?  Writing it?  Favorites? 
Go over summer assignment essay.  Remember that you may rewrite.  Due within a week of today. 
Brainstorm social contract elements. 
Overview of AP Lit exam and changes.  Discussion of new rubric and timeline for implementation. 
Overview of Question 1 -- the poetry question.  
We will read and discuss two old AP questions and review sample essays that scored low, medium, and high. 

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Summer assignment in-class essay. 

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Discuss article from last night's reading.
Read and discuss Margaret Atwood's Happy Endings
Discuss elements of a strong analytical essay. 
Time to prepare for tomorrow's in-class essay on your summer assignment reading. 

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In-class writing assignment:  What I need to know about you. 

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Read and discuss Your Brain on Fiction in class.  For homework, read Why Do We Read Fiction? by Robert Penn Warren. Be prepared to discuss tomorrow.