Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Grendel Discussion Continued


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

  • 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


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Beowulf video
  • Gudetama tie in
  • 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


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

  • 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


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

Friday, December 9, 2016



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

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Essay 3 Overview


  • Essay 3 prompt
  • Scoring criteria
  • Practice grading

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Existentialism Review


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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

An Intro to Existentialism


  • Vocabulary sheets
  • Discussing existentialism in depth: notes

  • Read ch 2
  • Complete the forum reading and task 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Beowulf and Christianity


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Christianity in Beowulf reading
  • Close reading of provided section
  • 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


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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Beowulf: Elegy and Heroic


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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beowulf Reading Discussion


  • Discussion of the middle section

  • Multiple choice corrections due Monday
  • Finish reading for tomorrow

Monday, November 28, 2016

Beowulf Review


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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Loose Ends


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

  • Give yourself exactly 1 hour to practice the AP MC

Monday, November 21, 2016

Beowulf Practice


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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

For Friday: Archetypes in Beowulf

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


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


  • Read Emerson's "Heroism"
  • Worksheet comparing


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


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

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Anglo-Saxon Riddles


  • Anglo-Saxon notes
  • Sample Riddle Viewing:
  • Analyzing Exeter Riddles:
  • 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


Read through at least ten slides on the following page: 
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.


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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Antigone: Sc 3 +4


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Continued discussion of male roles in Greece

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Antigone: Male Roles (sc. 2 + 3)


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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Antigone Intro Continued


  • 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)?
  • Complete worksheet and questions
  • Papers due 11/14
  • Revisions due 11/21

Monday, November 7, 2016

Antigone Sc. 1: Gender


  • Review PPT on Gender in Greece

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

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Progress Reports


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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Paper Time!


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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Oedipus Prompts

Ms. Hoffmann
AP/Honors English
Oedipus Rex Essay Assignment

*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


  • Continue watching
  • Finish watching play and complete forum post

Monday, October 31, 2016

Oedipus Rex in Adaptation


  • Viewing:

  • Review for Wednesday retake

Friday, October 28, 2016

Oedipus: Fate vs. Free Will


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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Poetry Project


  • Poetry Project Directions
  • Rubric
  • 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


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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Oedipus Rex Sc.4


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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oedipus Rex: Sc. 3


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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oedipus: Sc. 2


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Boot Camp Test Returned
  • Discussion of Sc. 2 questions
  • 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


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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oedipus: Prologue and Sc. 1


  • Oedipus Questions
  • 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


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

Practice MC


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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Finish Test


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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Background to Oedipus: Greek Theatre Jigsaw


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

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

Intro to Greek Theatre


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

Friday, October 7, 2016

Intro to Greek Theater


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

Review Stations


Review Stations



Tuesday, October 4, 2016



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

Monday, October 3, 2016

Boot Camp: Finishing Satire


  • Parody and burlesque examples
  • Connecting satire to "A Modest Proposal"
  • 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


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Finish Satire and Parody Notes
  • 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


  • Review ethos, pathos, and logos using "A Modest Proposal"
  • Discussion of AMP
  • Notes on satire and parody
  • 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


  • Notes on EPL
  • Practice WS
  • Commercial Viewing

  • 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


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

  • 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


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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Boot Camp: Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy


  • 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
  • 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


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

Monday, September 19, 2016

Boot Camp: Plot Continued


  • 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

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Boot Camp: Plot


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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wrap-up Day


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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

STAR Assessment


  • STAR
  • Vocab Site/Reading 
  • Discussion of Proficiency Grading/Update charts
  • 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"


  • Vocab
  • Point of View practice identification
  • Discussion of "A Rose for Emily"
  • Practice writing POV and analysis
  • 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


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

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

Friday, September 9, 2016

Boot Camp: "Miss Brill" and Characterization


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Finish Foster video reviews
  • Characterization review
  • Characterization river charts
  • "Miss Brill" into sample chart
  • Practice vocab list just assigned on
  • 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


  • introduction
  • Finishing analyzing music videos
  • Sharing our video selections
  • 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


  • Announcements
  • Vocab
  • Analysis of music videos
  • 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


  • Discuss "Birthday Party"
  • Begin apply Foster to music videos
  • 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


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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What are English Proficiencies?


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

  • Make sure you have supplies for class

Wednesday, August 31, 2016



  • Syllabus Overview
  • Have binder ready for class