Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

-Bell Work (Colloquial, Furbish)
-"The Raven"  Vincent Price Reading
-Discussion of authorial word choice and its impact on tone/mood
-Other literary elements discussed

-"The Raven" response (all, due next Friday)
-Beowulf Questions (due tomorrow; check the last post if you were not able to find them before)

Beowulf Questions

1.  Who is Shield?  What type of leader is he?  What was unusual about the way he came to be a ruler?

2.  Lines 26-52 describe Shield's funeral.  What were the funeral customs of this time?  What do these customs reveal about the Danes and the respect they had for authority?

3.  Who is Hrothgar?  What is his relationship to Shield?  Why does he build the Great Hall?  What does Hrothgar name the Great Hall?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What Makes a Hero?

-Bell Work: Character, Wax, Characterization, Prudent
-Finish Anglo-Saxon Notes
-Short video on the Anglo Saxons in Britain:
-What is a hero?

  • Discussion Questions
  • Are our previous protagonists heroes?
-Finish your Oedipus Essays

Introduction to Beowulf

-Bell Work: Causal Relationship, Foundling
-Beowulf in a nutshell:
-Notes on Beowulf: Setting, Origin, How it is Written, Additional Terms, Themes, etc.

-Work on your essays (due Monday!!!)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Anglo-Saxon Poetry

-Bell Work (Cacophony, Clique)
-Vocab Quiz  (for this unit, we will be using Beowulf vocabulary in place of SAT terms)
-Introduction to Anglo-Saxon poetry (literary terms & their use)
-Analysis of Exeter Book Riddles (alliteration, kenning, caesura)

-Finish analyzing Exeter Book Riddles (you should look at at least 5)
-Write your own riddle

  • Use alliteration, kenning, and caesura
  • If you get stuck, think of what you want to describe first
  • If you are feeling up to it, try to write your riddle so that it is tricky (think about the bawdy examples in the previous post)

Anglo-Saxon Riddles

The following links will send you to sites that you can use to complete your worksheet.  Make sure to write down the number of the riddle.

In addition to what you are asked to do on the sheet, make sure to note the subject and a guess at the answer to the riddle (the answer might be listed, but try not to cheat).

Site 1--

Site 2--  (Warning: this site contains the double entendres).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oedipus Essay Workshop

-Bell Work: Begging the question & Venerable
-Review of essay topics for the Oedipus Rex unit
-Scavenger Hunt Completion
-Essay Workshop

-Oedipus Rex essays will be due on October 29th

Oedipus Citation Examples

This source has an example of the use of certain lines in in-text citations as well as an example of a works cited page.  Both include examples from Oedipus Rex.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Oedipus Rex Scavenger Hunt

-Vocab: Backing, Alien, Balance, & Nestle
-Due to your sparkling performances in the Dionysia, you will have a lit. term scavenger hunt in lieu of a test.

-You can work on the scavenger hunt some more (you will have class time tomorrow)
-Be ready to work on an essay for the Oedipus unit that you will start in class

Monday, October 15, 2012


**Dionysia Performances Today**

Remember: Response Papers are due on Wednesday!


**Dionysia Performances Today**

Remember: Response Papers are due onWednesday!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dionysia Workshop Day II

Bell Work--Authority and Belittle
Vocab Quiz
Dionysia Workshop

-Continue with your Dionysia plans
-Study Oedipus Vocab
-"A Good Man is Hard to Find" Response (all, due Wed.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dionysia Workshop and College Essay Tips

Bell Work--
1. assonance
2. provocative
3.  asyndeton
4. merge

Dionysia Workshop

AP/Honors English
Ms. Hoffmann

Our Own Dionysia

Picture it: Athens, Greece, 429 B.C.E.  Spring just has arrived, which means that the Dionysia is approaching quickly.  The atmosphere is festive with preparations for the religious festivals and the playwriting competitions.  You are signed up for the latter.  You are preparing to present your interpretation of one of the final scenes of Oedipus Rex with the hopes of finally coming in first place and helping Sophocles to defeat the long-time, fan-favorite, Aeschylus. 

1.      Get into groups of five
a.       You should form these groups around people who want to have large roles.  Remember: you will need three main actors for each section. 
b.      The other members of your group will make up the chorus, including the role of Choragos.
2.      You will be assigned to perform either Act 4 or the Exodus
a.       …as well as the odes affiliated with each. 
3.       Assign Roles within your group
a.       Suggested Roles
                                                              i.      Costume Designer: No, you are not expected to come in here wearing a toga and clothing authentic for 429 B.C.E, but you should have masks appropriate for your three main characters (in keeping with traditional Greek theater).
                                                            ii.      Set Designer:  You should have someone decide how you are going to arrange the classroom, represent the chorus space, and represent the skene.  (Remember: the skene is usually the front of a palace and it has 2-3 doors through which the actors enter.  You do not need functional doors, but you should have some sort of picture of what this would look like that you can either project or draw on the white board).  You also may want to use your set designer as the manager of the props that your main characters will need.
                                                          iii.      Major Actors (x 3):  As a major actor, you will be expected to have your lines ready.  You do not need to have them memorized, but you should not be carrying around your textbook.  You may want to hide copies of them skillfully inside of a prop.  In the actually delivery of the lines, you should bring the drama and emotion that is inherent to them.  (Sophocles should weep to see your beautiful performance.)  You will want to act “big”…after all, if this performance was in an amphitheater, you would need to make sure that those of us in the cheap seats can understand your performance. 
                                                          iv.      Chorus: You likely will need to use your costume and set designers for this role unless you record something to use ahead of time. 
b.      Suggested Order of Tasks
1. Read your section alone
2. Get together and make sure that you are on the same page
3.  Once on the same page, decide on a common vision for your section
4.  Divide up the roles and tasks—think about your strengths and what materials you have available to you
5.  Presentation day
4.      Once you have prepared to present you have a couple of final tasks…
a.       Write a 1-paragraph summary of your section for the class
b.      Write a 1-paragraph rationale about how the choices that you made in your role fit with ancient, Greek theater.  (Remember, our goal is to be as accurate as possible and to showcase what we have learned about the origins of western theater within this performance). 
5.      Grading
a.       Individual Grade: Based on your contribution and how it fits with what we learned
b.      Group Grade: Based on the performance and its aesthetics as a whole

Monday, October 8, 2012

Oedipus as a Tragic Hero

-Are you a tragic hero?
-Review of the six components of a tragic hero
-T-Chart: Oedipus as a tragic hero

-AP SOAPSTone due Wednesday
-Read Scene 3 & Ode 2
-Bring what you need to work on your Dionysia scene on Wed.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Oedipus & SOAPSTone Review

-Vocab Quiz
-Bell Work--Argumentation & Stagnant
-Dramatic Irony Review: What examples did we find?
-Reading Scene 2 & Ode 2

-SOAPSTone on "The Lottery" due on Wed
-Finish reading the second section and answer the questions at the end of the text

SOAPSTone (How to think of each section for short pieces of fiction):

S(peaker)--Think of what point of view the story is being told from.  Is it from the point of view of a certain character/is that character the narrator or not?

O(ccasion)--Think of this more in terms of setting.  What is the time period and the location?  Why is story written with this particular setting as opposed to another one (whether it be the same place in another time or a different place altogether).

A(udience)--Make sure that in this section that you answer who you think the piece is written for and how you can tell.  You also should touch upon what mood is created for the audience (this will help you to distinguish mood from tone).

P(urpose)--Why was this piece written?  What is the story's message?

S(ubject)--You may have addressed this in answering the other questions, but try to pull it out here again.  This section does not have to be long.  Also, touch on whether the subject is stated directly or indirectly.  In fiction written, it likely will be the latter, so you do not have to go into much detail here.

T(one)--What is the attitude of the author?  This is NOT the attitude or tone of voice of a character or even the narrator.  In answering this, focus on diction, syntax, structure, and imagery in order to help you.

Do not forget your one paragraph touching on a single literary device.

Other pointers:
-PROOFREAD and make sure that your sentences make sense
-Avoid colloquial speech.  This is not a formal essay, but try to make it sound a bit more academic.
-Include your own thoughts.  I read a lot of papers that had thoughts that obviously were researched.  That is fine, particularly if you are looking up information about a certain literary trend.  However, if you are doing research, even if you are not quoting from the piece that you used, you should still be citing it.  ...I would prefer if you used your own thoughts about the text, especially if you are taking the AP exam since you will not have the benefit of the Internet when you sit down to take this test.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Oedipus and Dramatic Irony


  • Bell Work--Argument & Superfluous
  • Irony Review
  • Irony Detectives Worksheet
    • Dramatic Irony (You have some knowledge that another character does not/the ending is not a complete surprise for your/but you may feel some sense of suspense as you wait and wonder how something will turn out the way that you know it will)
    • Situational Irony (You are along for the ride with the rest of the characters...the ending is the opposite of what you expect it to be)
  • Reading Scene 1 and Ode 
  • Finish the reading
  • Find three examples of dramatic irony.  Explain their significance.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Acting out Oedipus Rex

-Bell Work: Antithesis & Domicile

-Reading Oedipus Rex--The Prologue and the Parados (this is when the chorus enters)
Strophe--chant while moving to the right
Antistrophe--chant while moving to the left

-Choose three of the five questions to answer
-You can bullet your points, but you need to pull out specific, textual evidence to support your claims

Monday, October 1, 2012

Jigsaw Continued

-No Bell Work for today
-Jigsaw presentations continued
-Anticipation Guide

-No HW for tonight
-AP complete SOAPSTone if you have not

Greek Theater Jigsaw

Bell Work Words:

Presentation Work Time

-Sphinx Presentation