AP English Literature and Composition (Period 3) Assignments

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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  • Go over last in-class essay and discuss any lingering questions regarding the AP exam. 
  • Discuss final project essay, brainstorm learnings and ideas students might tie to the works we have studied in class. Refer back to your one-pagers.
  • Final project essay: What are the essential learnings for you over the course of this pandemic about yourself and our society?  What long-term changes do you hope to see in society when we come through the other side?  Are you able to make any connections between these thoughts and the literary works we studied in class this year?  This is your final project for senior English and should be an example of your best writing talents. Due May by 16, uploaded to Google Classroom. 

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  • Review types of literary elements and techniques students might use in their essays. Provide characterization adjectives list. 
  • Assign a Q2 prompt for students to write their last FRQ Q2 practice before the AP exam on May 13th.
  • Homework: Write the “in-class” essay to be submitted via Google Classroom by May 3 so I can score and provide feedback

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  • Provide general feedback on essays in terms of the AP rubric.
  • Read together “The Night Came Slowly” by Kate Chopin. Discuss what we learn about the speaker and how we learn it. Optional additional reading: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
  • Homework: Compose a flash fiction story of no more than 300 words where a character’s internal monologue reveals them to be insane. Submit via Google Classroom by April 26. 

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  • Provide general feedback on essays received and scored prior to class.
  • Read and discuss an old AP prompt of the type assigned on this year’s AP test together during the online session. We will be taking time during our online class to read and discuss the passages.  This is not something you need to have prepared prior to class; however, the prompt is attached (as now allowed by AP with older prompts due to the current situation) should you choose to peruse them. From the 2013 practice exam, it is only Q2 we will be reading. 
  • Homework: Students will write an “in-class essay” on AP Classroom -- PPC FRQ#7. Due April 19 so I have time to score them prior to the next class. Allow yourself 45 minutes. 

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  • See Google Classroom for Zoom meeting join code the morning of the meeting.  Make sure you have Zoom downloaded to your computer. 
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  • Catch-up with one another and address general questions.
  • Check on internet access and questions around the AP test.
  • Discuss “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” during online instructional time.  The questions we'll discuss are attached. 
  • Homework: As follow-up, students will respond to the following writing prompt, essay to be submitted prior to the next online session. 
    • Prompt: How does the author employ literary elements and techniques to illustrate the changing character of the community throughout the story? Keep in mind the rubric elements for Q2.

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Please read and annotate (or take notes on) the attached story, "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  In your annotations, focus on how the appearance of the drowned man builds community through the course of the story. We will discuss this story during our online instructional time the week of April 6th. 

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Please complete the two questions in the FRQ for PPC #3 in AP Classroom.  Please read the directions carefully in terms of expectations for the writing. 

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Please complete both questions on the FRQ for PPC #2 in AP Classroom. Read the directions carefully in terms of expectations for length of writing. These are paragraphs, not full essays. 

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Question of the Day (QOD), March 19, from the AP Lit 2020 FB group.  Please compose your answer and respond to the question for this assignment in our Google Classroom. Feel free to add to/comment constructively on the observations of others as we "discuss" this piece together. 
 
What do you notice in regards to setting in the first paragraph of Bless Me, Ultima below?  Why do you think it’s important?
Need more help? Think about colors, descriptions of the Ilano, and the connection of the setting to Ultima.
 
"Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came, the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood. She took my hand, and the silent, magic powers she possessed made the beauty from the raw, sun-baked llano, the green river valley, and the blue bowl which was the white sun's home. My bare feet felt the throbbing earth and my body trembled with excitement. Time stood still, and it shared with me all that had been, and all that was to come. . . "  Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

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Question of the Day (QOD) from March 17th from the AP Lit 2020 Facebook Group
 

What is the relationship between the reader and the geese? Is it a complex relationship?  What lines or words lead you to your interpretation?  Please compose your thoughts and respond to the question for this day on our Google Classroom. By sharing thoughts with one another and being able to comment on/add to them, we'll have some semblance of a discussion. 

WILD GEESE

by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

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Please see messages on our Google classroom. 

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Read and annotate “The Lost Phoebe” by Theodore Dreiser.

Choice Writing -- Choose one of the prompts below:

1.  How does the author develop the complex relationship between Henry and Phoebe?  Provide a thesis and four specific quotes from the story with analysis you would use as examples in an essay. You do not have to write the full essay.

2.  How does the author develop the complexities of the character Henry in his quest for peace?  Provide a thesis and four specific quotes from the story with analysis you would use as examples in an essay. You do not have to write the full essay.

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Read and annotate “Average Waves in Unprotected Waters” by Anne Tyler and answer the multiple-choice questions. 

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Scoring session with Monday’s essays.  When students receive their scored essay back tomorrow, they may always have me score the essay if they disagree with the student score.  Essays are also rewritable (which is why they're a Q4 score). 
AP MC Practice 

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Read and discuss the professionally-scored essays in groups – discuss insights

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No Do Nows this week.

Assign students numbers to use on essays in place of names. In-class essay – old Q2  using #’s instead of names

Note:  Due to rewrite options and so many (potentially) being gone on the Japan replacement trip, this essay and all grades this week will be on Q4.

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Do Now: Tell me the story from your life involving a bicycle.

Discussion of literary devices (elements and techniques). Annotate and discuss two old Q2s.

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Do Now: None due to time.
Complete PPC #4

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Do Now: Tell me a story from your elementary school playground.  What did you learn about yourself or other people?
In-class essay on SOS – underline what you believe to be your thesis.

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Do Now:  What current barriers do you see to achieving your goals?

Work on one-pager for Song of Solomon, due end of hour.

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Do Now: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  Mary Oliver
Discuss culminating questions.  Begin one-pager on Song of Solomon, due tomorrow end of hour.

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Do Now:  What are your hopes for spring?

Extra-credit due.  Work on culminating questions and three themes – due end of hour.

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Do Now:Do you think the novel ended in a happy or sad way? 
Discuss 14 and 15.  Questions due end of hour (or tomorrow if more time needed). 

 

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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?
Choice:  Questions on chapter 12 & 13 or reflective writing about a changed relationship. 
Read ch. 14 and 15 (finish book) for tomorrow.

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Do Now: To which character can you most relate?

Discuss Ch. 12

Relationships chart.

 Read ch. 13 for tomorrow.

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Do Now: For which character do you have the most sympathy?

Quiz on chapter 11.

Read ch. 12  for tomorrow.

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Do Now: Why do you think people find Toni Morrison's writing so powerful based on what you have read so far? 

Chapter 10 questions. Read ch. 11 for Monday. 

 

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Do Now: What motivates Corinthians?  Why does she make the choices she makes?  

Part 1 culminating activity. Read chapter 10 for tomorrow. 

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Do Now: What are the primary differences between Macon, Pilate, and Milkman?  

Questions on 6, 7, & 8 (#1,3,6,9). Read chapter 9 for tomorrow

AP MC Practice if time. 

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Do Now: What are your impressions of Milkman's character?   
Discuss and do questions for chapter 5.  Read chapters 6, 7, and 8 for tomorrow. 

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Do Now: What are the primary differences between Milkman and Guitar?

 Discuss chapter 4 and do questions for chapters 2-4.  Due end of the hour.  Read chapter 5 for Tuesday.

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Do Now: Why is Milkman not terribly interested in the racial issues of the day?
Discuss chapter 3.  Read chapter 4 for tomorrow.

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Do Now: What appear to be the primary differences between siblings Macon and Pilate so far? 

Discuss chapter 2.  Read chapter 3 for tomorrow.
Read “Miscegenation” by Natasha Trethewey.  How do the poem and the opening to SOS illustrate the importance of names?  Provide specific textual support from each source in your response.

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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 for tomorrow.

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Do Now:  Where/how do we learn about love in all its forms?
Go over Heart of Darkness essays. 

Begin Song of Solomon.  Discuss values and themes handout. Review major characters.  Students read Chapter 1 for tomorrow. 

 

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Do Now: None due to time.
In-class essay on Heart of Darkness.

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Do Now: What is one theme of Heart of Darkness

Thesis and line of reasoning workshop using the prompts for tomorrow’s in-class essay.  One pager due.

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Do Now:  When the zombie apocalypse comes, where and with whom will you stand?
Heart of Darkness Jenga with discussion questions. 

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Do Now: Given Marlow’s choice of nightmares, which would you have chosen and why?

Begin Heart of Darkness one-pager based on themes and symbols – due Thursday, though we will not have class time tomorrow to work on this. 

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Do Now:  If the river is a symbol for life, where would you want your river to lead? 

Quiz on pt. 3.  Discuss book as a whole.  Begin one-pager if time.

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Do Now: The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.  - Campbell

Discuss part 2 and complete the mid-way questions.  Two required. . . the third for optional extra-credit.  Due Monday (though you may be able to finish in class today). 

Finish the book for Monday.

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Do Now: What do you notice about the behavior of men in HOD?  What motivates them?  What motivates you? 

Discuss the reading in detail.

Finish part 2 for tomorrow.

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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

Per. 4 :  Discuss the rest of part 1 in detail. Read through the first paragraph on pg. 38 for tomorrow.

Per 2 and 3 attending Merchant of Venice

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Do Now: What do the actions of the doctor in HOD suggest about his suspicions about those who choose to venture into the jungle/darkness?

Discuss page 1-16 in detail. 

Per. 4 Read through pt. 1 (page 27) for tomorrow.

Per. 2 and 3, read through the first paragraph on pg. 38 for Thursday. 

 
 

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Do Now: What do you think is the greatest of man’s various inhumanities to man?  

Introduce 3rd quarter extra-credit:  (1) an ode or (2) flash fiction with an ironic ending.  Due Feb. 28th.

Introduce Heart of Darkness.  Complete pre-reading questions individually.  Discuss. 

Begin reading aloud in class. Read through the middle of page 16 for tomorrow. 

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Do Now:  What's more powerful, words or actions?  Explain. 
 
Quiz on "An Imaginative Woman."  Writing:  What is Hardy's view of women as presented in the story and his poetry?  Provide evidence from at least three sources. Mini-essay due Monday. 

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Do Now: Do you feel it is better to be imaginative and adventuresome or realistic and safe? 
Using the provided prompt on "Convergence of the Twain," compose and workshop a strong thesis statement that would meet AP's requirements for the thesis point.  Due end of hour. 
When you are finished, begin reading "An Imaginative Woman" and finish reading the short story for tomorrow. There will be a quiz. 

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Do Now:  Can you think of an example of irony in your life?  Do you think things happen for a reason?

Read "Convergence of the Twain" together, then students will complete an analysis chart and multiple choice questions together in small groups. 

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Do Now:  What are your views on humankind's relationship with God or the Universe?  Do we live in a benevolent universe or one bent on making us struggle?  Or something else? 
 
Per. 3 and 4 need to finish presentations before moving into Victorian poetry. 
Discuss Victorian Era.  Intro Thomas Hardy.  Read five of his poems.  Writing for per. 2:  Using evidence from at least three of the poems, develop a theme common to the works of Thomas Hardy.  Due beginning of class tomorrow. 
 

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Do Now:  As we leave the Romantic era and move in to the Victorian era, what did  you find  most interesting about the Romantics?  Most problematic? 
PPC #5

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Do Now:  Which of our six Romantic poets did you like the most and why? 
Finish presentations. 

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Do Now:  What are your greatest fears?
Half the hour to work on presentations, then presentation begin the second half of the  hour. 

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Do Now:  Why do you think so many talented artists die young? 
Assign groups and one Keats ode per group.  Students must fully explicate the poem and provide a sensory aide to help in understanding in a group presentation to the class.  You will have today and part of tomorrow to work on your presentation. 

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In-class essay on a poem.  Old AP prompt. 
No Do Now  due to time. 

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Do Now: Write two haiku with contrasting color images.

Go over MC from final – Passage 5

Complete chart for Eve of St. Agnes looking for contrasting images.

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Do Now: Write a sentence using a verb to describe an intense facial expression.  E.g. “Close by the fire sat an old man whose countenance was furrowed with distress.”-- Boswell

Go over MC from final – Passage 4

Discuss the two Shelley poems from homework. 

Begin Keats.   "When I Have Fears" and "LaBelle Dame Sans Merci." Read "Eve of St. Agnes"

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Do Now: Write a simile comparing a tree with a domesticated animal.  In your simile, use a word that is normally used as a noun as an adjective. “A juniper tree like a chaired kitten”

Go over MC from final – Passage 3

Continue with Byron:  "She Walks in Beauty" paying particular attention to diction and "Darkness” particularly noting the quality of the imagery.

 Read Shelley bio. Continue with "Ozymandias," "Mutability," and "To a Skylark."

 Read "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" and "Ode to the West Wind" for tomorrow.  Written assignment:  Address the Who? What? and How? questions on the board for each poem. 

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Do Now:  What do you find to be beautiful?  What are three adjectives you could use that say beautiful?

Go over MC from final – Passages 1 and 2
Read and discuss Byron --  Bio,
Read "When We Two Parted” paying particular attention to tone.

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Multiple choice final period 3.  Study time periods 2 and 4. 

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Multiple choice final periods 2 and 4.  Study time period 3. 

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Essay final period 3.  Study time periods 2 and 4. 

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Essay final periods 2 and 4. Study time period 3. 

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Do Now: Two goals for second semester:  one academic and one lifestyle.
Passion Projects due.
Time to finish character mandalas.  Due end of hour. 

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Do Now: Do you enjoy the holiday season (whichever ones you celebrate or the season in general if you don't celebrate)?  What about them do you most enjoy?
Work on Wuthering Heights character mandalas.  Due end of hour tomorrow. 

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Do Now: What are a few of the lyrics to your favorite song? What about these appeals to you?
Character sun/shadow mandalas.  Due  Friday, end of class.

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Do Now: What has been your greatest surprise about senior year? 
Time to work on essays and provide some peer review.
Essays due tomorrow. 

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Do Now: What is your favorite color, and what might this say about you?
Time in class to work on Wuthering Heights essay.  Due Wednesday. 

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Do Now:  For what are you most grateful. 
Time in class to work on essays.  There is no required homework over break.  We will work on essays on the Monday we return from break.  Final essays are due Wednesday, Dec. 4th. 

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Do Now: If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be and why? 
Time to work on essays.  Students must share thesis with me. 

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Do Now: If you were a car, what kind of car would you be and why? 
Culminating questions on the novel.  Provide essay questions. 

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Do Now: Of all the diabolical things Heathcliff does during the novel, which do you find the most diabolical?  
Discuss chapters.  "Remembrance" freewrite.  Finish novel for tomorrow. 

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Do Now: What is the difference between Linton and Cathy based on their descriptions of the perfect day?  

Discuss 23-26.  Read chapters 27-30 for tomorrow. 

 

 

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Do Now: How is little Cathy like and not like her mother?

Go over PPC #3

Read chapters 23-26.

Characteristics and quotes activity

Extra-credit poems due. 

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Do Now: What do you think of Linton Heathcliff?  What traits does he seem to possess of his two parents? 

Read chapters 20-22 for tomorrow.

 Fixing passive voice.

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Do Now: Is Nelly Dean a good and loyal servant, or is she manipulative and scheming?
Read chapters 18-19 for tomorrow.  PPC #3

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Do Now: Why does Isabella make the choices she makes regarding her relationship with Heathcliff?  Have you ever been in a relationship that you knew was bad for you?

Jenga quote identification activity. 

 Read chapters 15-17.  

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Do Now: Create a story for where Heathcliff may have been in the three years of his absence. 

Discuss chapters including character motivations. Read chapters 12-14 for tomorrow.  

 

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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 tomorrow.  

Group write:  What do we learn about Catherine, Heathcliff, Edgar, and Nelly in the chapter 9 kitchen scene?

 
 

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Do Now: Of all the characters we have met so far, which are the strongest and which are the weakest?  

Discuss 4-7; read chapters 8-9. 

 

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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.  

 AP MC on a Romantic poem. 

 

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No School.  Election Day. 

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Do Now:  Describe your ideal romantic partner. 

Intro Wuthering Heights.  Read chapter 1-3 for tomorrow.  Time to finish "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Sketchnotes.

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Do now:  Why do we tell stories? 

Time to complete Sketchnotes on “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”  Due Monday at the end of class.

Introduce 2nd quarter extra-credit:  Extended metaphor poem with self as writer using Wilbur’s “The Writer” as a mentor text. Due Nov. 15th.

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Do Now:  What is the purpose of punishment?  Is it effective?
Introduce Sketchnote assignment. Read "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" aloud. 

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Do Now:  What are some of your favorite journeys in literature?
Go over essay and rewrite in class today if you earned below an 8.  Those earning 8 or 9 may rewrite if they would like.  Otherwise, the few earning 8 or above can work on their Passion Projects. 

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

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Do Now: Are you good at being alone?

PPC#2

Read "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" when finished with the PPC and answer questions.  Due Tuesday if not finished today in class. 

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Do Now: Tell the story of how you got a scar.
A selection of Wordsworth poems with a writing on "Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known."  How does the author's use of figurative language prepare us for the speaker's concluding response in the poem?

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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: 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: 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.