Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Grendel Discussion Continued

Agenda:

  • Discussion of 11 + 12
  • POL Selections
  • Use the chart on classroom to fill out your POL selection: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/find-poems
    • -No duplicates or "Fire and Ice."  You must select a different poem from last year
Homework:

  • Make sure you have everything submitted, including your POL selection
  • Be prepared to review Westernisms
  • Begin free reading project

Monday, December 19, 2016

Connections to Grendel

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Beowulf video
  • Gudetama tie in
Homework:
  • Be prepared for discussions tomorrow

Friday, December 16, 2016

No Class

Field Trip --Refer to previous posts and e-mails for directions

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Grendel: Discussion and Minor Characterization

Agenda:

  • Grendel discussion of past chapters, review dragon posts
  • Intro to minor characterization
    • Know thyself journal
    • Wealtheow and Unferth group tasks (see forum)

Homework:
  • Vocab quiz will be Monday
  • Complete group task on forum prior to Monday
  • Read chapters 8-10 for Monday and 11-12 for Tuesday
  • Be prepared to lead a discussion of your chapter on the day it is due for reading
    • You are in charge of 1 chapter
    • You need three open-ended discussion questions
      • No y/n unless followed up with a why or something like that
    • You need to have an idea of how you would answer the questions recorded with the questions.  These initial answers should include textual support.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Essay 3 Review

Agenda:

  • Essay 3 Review
  • What grades did the essays receive?
  • Discussion: WWYD
Homework:
  • Beowulf test tomorrow
  • Paper and other revisions due prior to break
  • Begin to plan for your free choice book assignment

Friday, December 9, 2016

Review

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Review of Westernisms sheet
Homework:
  • Study for Beowulf exam
  • Read Grendel ch 5 + answer questions

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Essay 3 Overview

Agenda:

  • Essay 3 prompt
  • Scoring criteria
  • Practice grading

Homework:
  • Read chapters 3 + 4
  • Complete practice grading for sample essays

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Existentialism Review

Agenda:

  • Review Existentialism
  • Worksheet naming types of isms
Homework:
  • Read ch 3-4
  • Study Beowulf

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

An Intro to Existentialism

Agenda:

  • Vocabulary sheets
  • Discussing existentialism in depth: notes

Homework:
  • Read ch 2
  • Complete the forum reading and task 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Beowulf and Christianity

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Christianity in Beowulf reading
  • Close reading of provided section
Homework:
  • Complete post for Monday (forum question on Beowulf section)
  • MC Corrections due Monday
  • Essay edits due before break

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wyrd in Beowulf

Agenda:

  • Wyrd reading
  • Comparison/Connections to Greeks and Beowulf
Homework:
  • Greek rewrites due before break
  • MC corrections due Monday

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Beowulf: Elegy and Heroic

Agenda:

  • Review elegy and heroic
  • Discuss the ending of Beowulf
  • MC editing time
Homework:
  • MC edits due 12/5

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beowulf Reading Discussion

Agenda:

  • Discussion of the middle section

Homework:
  • Multiple choice corrections due Monday
  • Finish reading for tomorrow

Monday, November 28, 2016

Beowulf Review

Agenda:

  • Discussion of opening sections
  • AP answers for sample MC
Homework:
  • Read to line 2510

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Loose Ends

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Review Riddles
  • A Look at the full AP MC Packet

Homework:
  • Give yourself exactly 1 hour to practice the AP MC

Monday, November 21, 2016

Beowulf Practice

Agenda:

  • Sharing Grendel
  • Practice AP-style questions
Homework:
  • Final Frankenstein papers due tomorrow
  • Finish multiple choice from class

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

For Friday: Archetypes in Beowulf


Agenda:
  • Skim long article
  • Read Mensa archetype article
  • Create a chart for Beowulf like that for Luke Skywalker

Homework:

Complete this assignment for tomorrow.  Read to line 1812 in Beowulf.  As you read, complete a drawing of what you believe Grendel looks like.  Include at least five supporting quotes from the text to support your interpretation.  (They do not need to be lengthy quotes.)  The drawing will be due Monday, but the reading should be completed for tomorrow.And riddles are still due Tuesday to the forum!!!...vocab quiz next week as well

For Thursday: Characterizing Beowulf

Agenda:

  • Read Emerson's "Heroism"
  • Worksheet comparing

Homework:

Complete this assignment for tomorrow.  Read to line 1812 in Beowulf.  As you read, complete a drawing of what you believe Grendel looks like.  Include at least five supporting quotes from the text to support your interpretation.  (They do not need to be lengthy quotes.)  The drawing will be due Monday, but the reading should be completed for tomorrow.
And riddles are still due Tuesday to the forums!!!

Beowulf's Background

Agenda:

  • Beowulf Notes
    • History Vid.
    • Old English Vid.

Homework:
  • Read to line 1210
  • Frank. paper revisions due Monday
  • Riddles due Tuesday

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Anglo-Saxon Riddles

Agenda:

  • Anglo-Saxon notes
  • Sample Riddle Viewing: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/english/oldenglish/45.html#audio
  • Analyzing Exeter Riddles: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxon_Riddles_of_the_Exeter_Book
Homework:
  • Papers due tomorrow
  • Frankenstein Revisions due 11/21
  • For tomorrow, read in Beowulf to line 688
  • Riddle worksheets and sample riddles will be due 11/22

Monday, November 14, 2016

Marriage in Greece

Agenda:

Read through at least ten slides on the following page: 

www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0212%3Atext%3DEc.%3Achapter%3D7%3Asection%3D5 
You can click through by pressing the arrows closely spaced above the page number. 

Answer the following questions based on the reading:
What is Xenophon's text saying?
What does it suggest that marriage is based on (love, arrangement, practicality)? Point to specific quotes to support your claim.

Homework:


  • Make sure your post is completed
  • Papers due 11/16
  • Revisions due 11/21 (Frankenstein)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Antigone: Sc 3 +4

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Continued discussion of male roles in Greece

Homework:
  • 11/16 Oedipus Papers due
  • 11/21 Revisions of Frankenstein paper due

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Antigone: Male Roles (sc. 2 + 3)

Agenda:

  • Review of classroom paper resources for citations
  • Review Homeric Hero chart and questions from PPT
  • Discussion of male roles in Antigone (from notes)
Homework:
  • Finish Antigone
  • Greek papers due 11/16
  • Frank. Revisions due 11/21

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Antigone Intro Continued

Agenda:

  • Goals sheet
  • Finish notes
  • Antigone discussion
    • Homeric Hero
    • ppt questions: 
      • How does Sophocles characterize Antigone?
      • How does this compare with the historical Athenian woman?
      • Why do you think it matches (or does not)?
Homework:
  • Complete worksheet and questions
  • Papers due 11/14
  • Revisions due 11/21

Monday, November 7, 2016

Antigone Sc. 1: Gender

Agenda:

  • Review PPT on Gender in Greece

Homework:
  • Papers due next Monday (see classroom for links)
  • Read scenes 2 + 3
  • Frankenstein revisions due 11/21

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Progress Reports

Agenda:

  • Share progress notes
  • New proficiency chart
Homework:
  • Vocab quiz tomorrow
  • Paper due 11/14
  • Revisions due 11/21

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Paper Time!

Agenda:

Homework:
  • Read 1-23 of Antigone for Friday
  • Papers due 11/14
  • Revisions of Frank. due 11/21

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Oedipus Prompts

Name:
Ms. Hoffmann
AP/Honors English
Date:
Oedipus Rex Essay Assignment

Directions:
*Choose one of the prompts below to respond to in a well-written, proofread, three to five page paper.  You do not need to answer every single question included in the prompt you choose. 

*The multiple questions with each prompt are there to help you think through your response not for you to answer moving from one to the next.  If you answer all of them in that latter way rather than writing a paper, you will not do well.

*In responding to your chosen prompt, support it with specific textual evidence.

*Your paper should not be all (or even mostly) plot summary.  Briefly describe the events which you use to support your case. 

*As with your summer assignment, feel free to include illustrative quotes.  However, make sure that these add meaning to your paper. (In other words, they should not be there to take up space.)  They also should be properly introduced, as we discussed in class. 

*When possible and appropriate, refer to the literary techniques that Sophocles uses to craft Oedipus Rex and the effect that they have in responding to your chosen prompt. 

*Your paper should be in the following format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins all around, and double spaced.

*Follow MLA format (Works Cited, etc.)

*Follow the standard conventions of written English.  Avoid contractions and the use of the first-person point of view. 


Prompt Choices:
1.       The Holt textbook notes, “Women’s status in ancient Greece was inferior to that of men.  Many well-known Greek plays, however, center on major female characters.  These characters are fully formed and complex.  [Remember that Aristotle praised well-rounded characters in his Poetics.]  Rather than being only mothers, daughters, or wives, they are depicted as villainesses, victims, and heroines, and sometimes all three” (241).  Reflect on this statement in light of the character of Jocasta.  Does Sophocles’ characterization of her uphold or refute this opinion?  Why or why not? (**You also could write a similar analysis of Antigone.)

2.      Find a couple of articles that explain what the Sigmund Freud calls the Oedipus Complex.  Use this knowledge to write an essay that explains whether or not the Oedipus myth, as it is presented in Oedipus Rex, fits with the Oedipus complex.  Are the components of the Oedipus Complex universal fears/desires?  Do you think Oedipus, the character for whom it is named, has this complex?  Why or why not?

3.      According to the Holt textbook, “In previous scenes, Sophocles focuses on Oedipus’ kingship.  In this final scene, he explores Oedipus as a man and father.  According to Brockett, ‘By this point he has ceased to be the ruler of Thebes and has become the lowest of its citizens, and much of the pathos is due to this change.’ By focusing on Oedipus ‘the outcast’ rather than Oedipus the ‘self-righteous ruler,’ Sophocles arouses more pity in the audience leading to a stronger emotional experience.”  Do you agree with this evaluation of the play?  What do you think is the mood at the end?  Is it different in a way that is significant and that allows the reader to make a greater connection with Oedipus?  (You may want to think about these questions in light of the fact that Oedipus’ blinding and Jocasta’s suicide appear offstage and first are reported in a second-hand fashion.) (**You also could write an analysis comparing how the audience is made to feel about Oedipus at the end of Oedipus Rex versus Creon at the end of Antigone.)

4.      Question 17 on p. 265: Discuss Oedipus Rex in light of the debate between free will and fate. (Refer to p. 265 for the full question.)


5.      Prompt of your choice.  (You should run this by me to make sure that it is a suitable topic for a 3-5 page paper.)


Due Date: November 14th, 2016 

Oedipus Viewing Continued

Agenda:

  • Continue watching
Homework:
  • Finish watching play and complete forum post

Monday, October 31, 2016

Oedipus Rex in Adaptation

Agenda:

  • Viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZUCgq8LfhY&list=FLhol8Idf3qJwE19DRRa_Uxg&index=5

Homework:
  • Review for Wednesday retake

Friday, October 28, 2016

Oedipus: Fate vs. Free Will

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Stationary shuffle: fate vs. free will passages
Homework:
  • Complete chart
  • Poetry contest entry due Monday
  • Retake of Boot Camp test due next week

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Poetry Project

Agenda:

  • Poetry Project Directions
  • Rubric
Homework:
  • Test retake due by end of Greek unit
  • Oedipus should be completed (reading)
  • Vocab Quiz tomorrow
  • Poetry Submissions due Monday

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oedipus Rex: Sc. 4 Continued

Agenda:

  • IC Reports
  • Discussion of Sc. 4
  • Practice AP Questions
Homework:
  • Practice vocab

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Oedipus Rex Sc.4

Agenda:

  • Discussion of AP Questions from last class
  • Greek Terms packet (apply to text)
  • Discussion of Sc. 4 started
Homework:
  • Finish Oedipus
  • Journal entry on forum

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oedipus Rex: Sc. 3

Agenda:

  • Know Thyself handout
  • Discussion of Sc. 3
  • Practice AP Questions
Homework:
  • Read Sc. 4

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oedipus: Sc. 2

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Boot Camp Test Returned
  • Discussion of Sc. 2 questions
Homework:
  • Journal revisions due by Monday ("The Vampyre")
  • SPOTTTS analysis due to classroom by Monday
  • Read Sc. 3 and the accompanying Ode for Monday

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Irony Detectives

Agenda:

  • Review of irony
  • Irony Detectives WS
Homework:
  • Read sc 2 of Oedipus
  • Journal corrections due Monday

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oedipus: Prologue and Sc. 1

Agenda:

  • Oedipus Questions
Homework:
  • Sc. 2 Read w/ questions due 10/20
  • SPOTTTS due 10/24
  • Journal revisions with "The Vampyre" due 10/24

Monday, October 17, 2016

Greek Presentations

Agenda:

  • Presentations
Homework:
  • Read the prologue, sc 1, and ode 1 of Oedipus

Practice MC

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Looking at sample AP passages
Homework:
  • Vampyre revision journal due 10/24
  • IC Reports by Monday or they will be mailed

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Finish Test

Agenda:

  • Finish test
Homework:
  • Frankenstein journal question revision due 10/24
  • Greek project pushed back to Monday

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Background to Oedipus: Greek Theatre Jigsaw

Agenda:

  • Greek theatre jigsaw
    • Choose article
    • Create presentation
    • Make sure it fits with the presentation rubric

Homework:
  • Exam tomorrow
  • Presentation due Friday
  • Journal corrections due 10/24 w/ "The Vampyre"

Monday, October 10, 2016

Intro to Greek Theatre

Agenda:

  • Greek Theatre BG videos
Homework:
  • Webquest page
  • 10/24 journal revisions due

Friday, October 7, 2016

Intro to Greek Theater

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Questions on Review Stations
  • Intro to Greek Theatre
Homework:
  • Prep for summative on Wed.
  • Frankenstein journal corrections due 10/24

Review Stations

Agenda:

Review Stations


HW:

Same

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SPOTTTS Review

Agenda:

  • Review of satire homework
  • Looking back at SPOTTTS
  • Frankenstein journals returned
Homework:
  • Foster corrections due by end of week
  • Review notes for end-of-week test

Monday, October 3, 2016

Boot Camp: Finishing Satire

Agenda:

  • Parody and burlesque examples
  • Connecting satire to "A Modest Proposal"
Homework:
  • Foster corrections due at end of week
  • Review for 10/6 test
  • AMP question on forum for tomorrow

Friday, September 30, 2016

Boot Camp: Satire and Parody Continued

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Finish Satire and Parody Notes
Homework:
  • Foster Corrections by 10/7
  • Review Boot Camp Notes before 10/6
  • SPOTTTS on "To an Athlete Dying Young" due Mon.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Intro to Satire

Agenda:

  • Review ethos, pathos, and logos using "A Modest Proposal"
  • Discussion of AMP
  • Notes on satire and parody
Homework:
  • SPOTTTS due Monday
  • Foster due next Friday
  • Vocab Quiz tomorrow
  • Be prepared for first unit quiz next week

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Boot Camp: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Agenda:

  • Notes on EPL
  • Practice WS
  • Commercial Viewing

Homework:
  • Foster corrections due at end of next week
  • SPOTTTS on "To an Athlete" due Monday
  • Read "A Modest Proposal" for tomorrow and label where you see ethos, pathos, and logos
  • Test on boot camp items next Thursday

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tone and Mood

Agenda:

  • Tone v. Mood Review (video in drive)
  • Tone v. Mood worksheet
  • SPOTTTS review + packet

Homework:
  • Foster corrects due next week
  • SPOTTTS on "To an Athlete Dying Young" due next Monday to classroom

Friday, September 23, 2016

Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy Continued

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Review with "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
Homework:
  • Munro close reading + post due Monday (summative)
  • Foster corrections due at end of unit

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Boot Camp: Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy

Agenda:

  • Review thematic statements for "Once Upon a Time"
  • Notes on Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy (ppt)
  • Reading: "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" and questions with a partner on the forum site
Homework:
  • Finish reading "A Very Old Man..." and answer questions with a partner on the forum
  • Summative Assessment: "How I Met My Husband" analysis based on one of the boot camp topics that we have covered thus far (see forum for details)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

AP Boot Camp: Theme

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Finish Macomber Plot Changes
  • Theme Notes
  • Write a thematic statement for "Once Upon a Time"
Homework:
  • Foster revisions
  • Finish statement

Monday, September 19, 2016

Boot Camp: Plot Continued

Agenda:

  • Plot diagrams of "The Short Happy Life"
  • Discussion of posts
  • Changing the plot around
    • Consider how to rearrange it
    • Consider the effects of the changes/how the climax would or would not remain the same

Homework:
  • Foster corrections due by end of month
  • Start thinking about free reading assignment

Friday, September 16, 2016

Boot Camp: Plot

Agenda:

  • Vocab
  • Plot Notes
Homework:
  • Continue Foster corrections
  • Read Gordimer's "Once Upon a Time" for Monday

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wrap-up Day

Agenda:

  • Finish proficiency chart discussion
  • Foster passbacks and directions for revisions
  • POV shares
Homework:
  • Vocab quiz tomorrow
  • Read "Once Upon a Time" for Monday

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

STAR Assessment

Agenda:

  • STAR
  • Vocab Site/Reading 
  • Discussion of Proficiency Grading/Update charts
Homework:
  • Finish reading "The Short Happy Life..." w/ forum question
  • Foster corrections...will be due by end of unit

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Boot Camp: Point of View and "A Rose for Emily"

Agenda:

  • Vocab
  • Point of View practice identification
  • Discussion of "A Rose for Emily"
  • Practice writing POV and analysis
Homework:
  • Complete practice point of view writing and post it to the forum
  • Read "The Short Happy Life..." and answer your chosen question for Thursday...Remember that there is a new vocabulary list to practice before reading 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Boot Camp: Point of View

Agenda:

  • Discuss characterization and "Miss Brill"
  • Point of View Review

Homework:
  • Read "The Short Happy Life..." and answer question of choice on forum

Friday, September 9, 2016

Boot Camp: "Miss Brill" and Characterization

Agenda:

  • Vocab Quiz
  • Finish Foster video reviews
  • Characterization review
  • Characterization river charts
  • "Miss Brill" into sample chart
Homework:
  • Practice vocab list just assigned on vocabulary.com
  • Read "A Rose for Emily"
  • Answer 1-4, 7 (question that you selected in class) and post to forum

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wrapping up the Lyrics

Agenda:

  • Vocabulary.com introduction
  • Finishing analyzing music videos
  • Sharing our video selections
Homework:
  • Read "Miss Brill" and post your answer to your selected question on the blog.  It is recommended that you read the other posts.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reading Between the Lyrics Continued

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Vocab
  • Analysis of music videos
Homework:
  • Choose a song and post both a link to it and a short blurb analysis on the forum
  • Read "Miss Brill" for Friday and answer one question (2, 3, 4, 6, or 7).  Please do not duplicate.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Practice Close Reading

Agenda:

  • Discuss "Birthday Party"
  • Begin apply Foster to music videos
Homework:
  • For Thursday, find a song that you would like to share that you believe has particular Fosterian elements to it.  Post a brief analysis to the forum before that class but also be prepared to share.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Intro Wrap-Up

Agenda:

  • Finishing digital portfolios
  • What makes a good goal?
  • Writing goals for English
  • Vocabulary discussion and sign-ups
Homework:
  • Read and mark up "The Birthday Party"

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What are English Proficiencies?

Agenda:

  • Review Questions
  • Go over standards
  • Paper portfolios + Habits of Work chart
  • Digital Portfolios
Homework:



  • Make sure you have supplies for class

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome

Agenda:

  • Syllabus Overview
Homework:
  • Have binder ready for class