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