Thursday, September 27, 2012

Background to Greek Theater

-Bell Work: Annotation & Bole
-Notes on Sophocles and the Greek Theater
-Video Notes--What did the Greek Theater look like?  Stages in the Greek Theater.

-Jigsaw Activity
  • Get into pairs
  • Choose an article
  • Read it and prepare to present on it
-Prepare to present tomorrow (you will only have about 20 minutes to finish up what you have left to do)
-Homework-->AP SOAPSTone on "The Lottery"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Introduction to Greek Culture

Bell Work--Anecdote & Jubilation
Homework discussion--Which other video did you pick?  What elements of American culture did you see in the video?
Greek Culture Reading Packet

  • 3 major facts from each section
  • 2 questions or comments
  • 1 fact that you find most interesting
Finish the packet notes
"The Lottery" SOAPSTone (AP only) due next Wed.
Vocab test on Friday

Introduction to Oedipus and Reading for Cultural Influences

-Vocab Quiz
-Bell Work: anaphora & aberration
-YouTube Clips

  •  Killers' "Runaways"
  • The Great Gatsby (2012) preview
  • Rammstein "Amerika"
-While watching these fill in the chart including the name of the clip, the elements of American culture that we see in it, and what images/dialogue/lyrics contribute to it.

-Complete the chart with another video of your choice (remember you need at least one element of American culture for the middle column)
-SOAPSTone Packet due tomorrow
-Our next vocab quiz will be this Friday

Friday, September 21, 2012

SOAPSTone Intro and Style Guide Edits

-Vocab Catch up
-SOAPSTone Handout and Review
-Style Guide
     -Read the other sections
     -What do you like?  What do you find confusing?

-Edit your section based on the comments provided by your peers
-Study for Vocab (Mon.)
-SOAPSTone of "Miss Brill" (Wed.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

AP Boot Camp Test

-Work on the unit test
-Finish your sections of the style guide

-Finish the sections of the style guide that you are working on.
(Tomorrow we will review one another's sections and offer our thoughts and tips)
-"Miss Brill" reading for your SOAPSTone Assignment (due on Wed.)
-Vocab Quiz moved to Mon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Style Guide Day 2

-Bell Work (postponed--quiz might be pushed back)
-Review test topics
-Work on style guide (finish first two, and choose a third topic)

-All--Read "Miss Brill" for SOAPSTone piece.  (We will review SOAPSTone on Friday, and the paper will be due on Wednesday rather than Monday)

Monday, September 17, 2012

AP/Honors Style Guide

Bell Work--

Group Style Guide--
*Sign up for two sections to research
*No more than two people per section
*Fill in with enough details and tips that it would help another person writing a paper

*Review for Thurs. Bootcamp exam
*Review for Fri. vocab exam
*SOAPSTone Assignment for all on Mansfield's "Miss Brill" (p. 182)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gallery Walk Review of A Thousand Acres

-Vocab Quiz
-Jackie leading Bell Work
-Gallery Walk Review

  • Characterization
  • Theme
  • Point of View

AP--Complete SPOTTTS for "Ballad of Birmingham"
All--Study for Thursday's exam

Thursday, September 13, 2012


-Theme Notes
-Looking at theme in "Once Upon a Time"
-Crafting thematic statements (be sure to follow the rules that we talked about in class)

-Read Joyce's "Evaline" p. 218
-Write two different thematic statements for this story
-Quiz tomorrow (4 terms)
-Unit test next Thursday

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rearranging Plot

Goal: To understand the purposeful arrangment of plot at a deeper level.  To understand how arrangement affects the emphasis of certain plot pieces. To think about how we can consider arrangement whether we are writing a short story or an analytical essay. 

-Group rearranging of plot events in "The Short Happy Life"
-Group sharing of the significance of the changes
-Essay handbacks

-Hang on to the "Once Upon a Time" notes/review the reading if you have not
-AP: SPOTTS assignment on "Ballad of Birmingham" (p. 728) due Mon
        -->Write 2-3 paragraphs instead of the one
        -->One of these paragraphs should be an introduction that contains a concise thesis
        -->Try to touch on just one literary device.  Do not try to cover more than two

Monday, September 10, 2012

AP Bootcamp: Plot

-Review "The Short Happy Life..."
-Label the major plot events
-Notes on plot (review)
-Rearranging Plot & Meaning

-Read "Once Upon a Time"
-Take notes focused on theme

Friday, September 7, 2012

Journal Responses and Other Housekeeping

-Review Bell Work Assignment
-Review Journal Response Assignment
-Sample student response-->What works?  What doesn't?

-Complete yesterday's homework if you did not
-Complete the SPOTTTS exercise for "An Athlete Dying Young"

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Marking up Text

I thought that I would post this to help you understand the purpose of marking up text a little bit better:

This comes from the AP site and it gives a great idea of the type of markups that you should be doing when you read.

Point of View

-Review Text Marking
-Review "A Rose for Emily"
-Talk about Faulkner and Southern Gothic
-Catch-all: handouts, bell work expectations, etc.


Reading from Perrine's Hemingway short story
Take notes based on plot like we did for bell work

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fish Bowl on Lear

Today, we are going to practice how to discuss a text at a college-level.  We are going to work on becoming more aware of the way that we speak about literature.

-Housekeeping issues

HW--Tomorrow, we will continue on with bootcamp.  Read "A Rose for Emily" and explain how point of view functions in the text.  (Please write this out to hand in).