Pre-Course Reading Announcement
Please use this form to submit your blog address for your Pre-Course Reading. You can find more information concerning this assignment at https://phssummerreading.wordpress.com/12th-grade/ This work is due the first day of class and maximum grading points will go as follows: 100 maximum points for work submitted by Tuesday, January 7, 2020. 90 maximum points for work submitted on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. 80 maximum points for work submitted by Thursday, January 9, 2020. 70 maximum points for work submitted on or after Friday, January 10, 2020. Submit work here (You must be logged into Office 365 to complete the form).
No Pre-Course Reading will be accepted after Friday, January 24, 2020.
I am looking forward to a GREAT semester of learning, fun and many challenges with the AP Literature curriculum. You have elected to take a demanding college-level class in the study of English Literature and Composition. bell hooks stated in her work Teaching to Transgress that, "The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.” This course will be a 'space of possibility.' It is my goal and intent to push you past where you think you can go.
My expectations of you are high because you deserve the very best. Our time together will be a partnership. So it will be imperative that you avoid procrastination and shortcuts (like plagiarism) because they will only rob you of precious opportunities to learn. This course can be compared to that of fledgling garden, it will require your daily attention. You will succeed as an individual according to the effort put into the course. I am looking forward to seeing you all score well on the AP exam in May;
If you do become overwhelmed or confused, ask questions, seek help. I am here to help. Thank you for accepting the challenge of this course, I believe it will be a fruitful journey.
Composition book (kept in class)
Pens and Pencils
The following texts are required for the course and the remainder will be provided to you:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Hand Maid's Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margret Atwood
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Weekly Agenda for Week 1 (1.6.20 -1.10.20)
Monday: Your Literary History
Tuesday: Group One-Pagers using Pre-Course Reading Short Stories/Collaborative Stay and Stray
Wednesday: Critical Lens Mini-Lesson/Didactic Critical Lens of Children Stories
Thursday: Didactic Critical Lens of Children Stories with in-class presentations
Friday: Discussion of AP Exam and Timed Writing Using AP FRQ
This week you will share information about your chosen poet and poem. Individually you will host a Socratic seminar and encourage discussions about the poetry. Remember that your poetic analysis paper is due on Monday. We will conclude our week by watching The Color Purple. For those interested in taking the final, sign up is due no later than Tuesday. Also AP contracts need to be returned no later than Wednesday.
Mon - Adopt a Poet Socratic Seminar
Tues - Adopt a Poet Socratic Seminar continued/Color Purple Viewing Party
Wed - Color Purple Viewing Party
Thurs - Finals for 1st Block/Last Day of Class
Fri - Finals for 3rd and 4th Block
Fill out this survey about your adopted poet here: forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLaY7IM4nmNNIjQYVNOOrfMlUOERXSEVVVlJVOTJDWDNBUUtDWE5FTEMyMy4u
This week, we will conclude our book study of The Color Purple. In addition, you will participate in the Adopt-a-Poet project. You and your classmates, will explore and research the poetry, lives, literary movements, and beliefs of one of the
poets listed below (or another poet approved by me). Find poems online, in the library, and/or in our anthology; memorize a few lines; explore their philosophies. In other
words, adopt your poets and become the class expert on them. You will get an opportunity to work on this throughout the week.
Monday - Initial research of chosen poet
Tuesday - The Color Purple Book Club Meeting/Literary movements and Poetry Catalogue
Wednesday - Rough Draft of Poetic Analysis due by 12 midnight
Thursday - Writing Conferences/Sample Mini-Socratic Seminar/ Develop Seminar Questions for your poem
Friday - The Color Purple Book Club final Meeting/Revising and Writing of Final Poetic Analysis Draft/Poetry Handouts DUE
This week, we will continue our reading of our class novel, The Color Purple. Please make sure that you are keeping up with your reading for your Book Circle. In addition, if you are missing assignments, please make sure that you are making up work. Our time is drawing nigh. If you have questions concerning your grades or missing assignments please contact me. Also be aware that you can email me at email@example.com In addition, I have tutoring Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 pm to help with makeup assignments.
Monday - Poetry study of "Homage to my Hips" by Lucille Clifton
Tuesday - Book Club Meeting and Discussion
Wednesday - Poetry Study "The Author to Her Book" by Anne Bradstreet
Thursday - Adopt a Poet (project study)
Friday - Book Club Meeting and Parallel Readings
This week we will continue to explore Volume II of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. We will have a Literature Circle on Wednesday to discuss the text in depth. Please make sure you are reading and annotating the text. Come to class on Wednesday with your role prepared for your meeting.
We will also prep for the AP Lit exam through a competition using questions from previous exams, Free Response essay evaluation and an introduction to the Give Me FIVE strategy.
Tutoring is available on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 pm weekly in room 1002.
Monday: An Anatomy of an Academic Journal
Tuesday: 1600s Critical Responses to Frankenstein/Reading and Preparing for Literature Circles
Wednesday: Literature Circles on Volume II
Thursday: AP Lit Exam Poetry Practice/Blind Self-Grading of AP Essays
Friday: Writing Workshop – Paired prompt breakdown and Give Me Five Literary Elements
Last week, we began exploring the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein. Building upon our knowledge of the letters we will explore Chapters 1-8 this week. Please keep in mind the reading schedule listed below and govern yourselves accordingly. We will explore supplemental texts this week including: Prometheus by Lord Byron, The Creation story in Genesis, The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad and From Paradise Lost.
Monday - Pinwheel Discussions of Chapters 1-3
Tuesday - Parallel Exploration of The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad; Modeling of Chapter 4 Annotations of Frankenstein
Wednesday - Lit Circle explorations of Prometheus by Lord Byron, The Creation Story of Genesis and From Paradise Lost
Thursday - Prose AP Literature Study
Friday - Socratic Seminar of Chapters 5-8
This week, we will continue our study of Othello. We will finish the reading of the play this week and watch a movie adaptation of the work. You will need to pay attention to our study. You will have an exam over this play on Monday October 8, 2018.
WATCH A PLAY OR MOVIE:
Your parallel reading assignment for this unit, is to watch or read another play and make comparisons to our study of Othello in an analytical essay. An analytical essay means you will need to present some type of argument, or claim, about what you are analyzing. To do this, you must break the topic down into parts and provide evidence, either from the text/film or from your own research, that supports your claim. The essay will be in MLA format (please see attached Word document) and will focus on one aspect of both plays like characterization, author's style, themes etc.
You may choose the play you would like to watch or read. It could be Shakespeare or something else entirely. If you have questions about what to watch please see me BEFORE the assignment due date to discuss your options.
DUE BY THURS OCT 11, 2018 BY MIDNIGHT
We will begin reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in class on Monday October 15th. Scholars should purchase this text and have it available to read in class. This work includes a copy of the text and several academic articles that we will read analyze.
Where can I purchase this book?
The publisher WW. Norton offers this book in various formats including an electronic copy http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=21895
Monday: Othello Act 2 Learning Stations
Tuesday: Othello Act 3/4
Wednesday: Othello Act 4/ 5
Thursday: Othello Movie comparison
Friday: Othello Movie Comparison/The Jealousy Project
Is Othello a racist play? Should Othello be played in blackface? Iago says, "Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners." In the context of the play this week, we will discuss issues of appearance vs. reality, sexist language, racism and loyalty. We will continue our study of William Shakespeare's Othello this week and explore these questions.
Parallel Reading Assignment: In this unit, you are responsible for several tasks. You should begin thinking about what play you plan to watch or read for your parallel analysis. Your parallel reading assignment for this unit, is to watch or read another play and make comparisons to our study of Othello in an analytical essay. An analytical essay means you will need to present some type of argument, or claim, about what you are analyzing. To do this, you must break the topic down into parts and provide evidence, either from the text/film or from your own research, that supports your claim. The essay will be in MLA format (please see attached Word document) and will focus on one aspect of both plays like characterization, author's style, themes etc.. DUE Mon October 8, 2018. submitted on www.schoology.com (please go to the assignment description online for more details AND a Word template).
Romeo and Juliet Performance in the Wilson Studio Theatre (The Black Box) 9/21-9/23 cccepa.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4769&framed=true
Tutoring: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:45 -5:00 pm
Writing a Critical Lens Analysis Essay: Your assignment is to construct an argumentative essay that defends the critical lens that you feel provides modern society with the most compelling view of literature (choose among Historical, Cultural, or Feminist for this assignment). You will support the claim with valid reasoning and with relevant and sufficient evidence from your reading and observations. We will write this essay in class on October 1st and 2nd, 2018. Begin thinking which critical lens you will write about and conduct your own outside research using the Galileo database in www.cobb.mackinvia.com
See the handout for more information.
Monday: Othello Act 1, Scene 2-3/ Themes Appearance and reality pg. 36, Honesty, trust and loyalty pg. 38, The role of women Sexist language pg. 40
Tuesday: Close read and analysis of Othello Act 2, 1
Wednesday: Close read and analysis Othello Act 2, 3
Thursday: Othello Learning Centers Alcohol Awareness Campaign pg. 82, Iago’s diary pg. 80, Thought-track Iago pg. 84, Build Epithets and Statues pg. 90
Friday: Othello and Blackface podcast; Director decisions pg. 92