Friday, November 30, 2012

Grendel's Progression

-Bell Work (Appeal to Ethics or Ethos; Pungent)
-Vocab Quiz
-Grendel Discussion (through chapter 3)

-Make sure to review chapter 5, existentialism, and determinism for Mon.'s discussion
-Read chapters 6 & 7
-AP Response to "The Poison Tree" due next Wed.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Zodiac

-Bell Work (Ellipsis, Putrefaction, Inviolable, Equivocation, Epigraph, Loll)
-Beowulf test review
-Layers of Meaning

  • Zodiac Allusions in Grendel
  • Discussion of the 'isms we found for homework

-Read Ch 5
-Be ready to discuss existentialism and the dragon
-AP Response--Blake's "The Poison Tree" [See previous entry]

SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC (Including references in Grendel)
1. Aries (the Ram) – energetic, innovative, original, pioneering, assertive, quick-tempered, strong drive, leader, ambitious, extroverted, sometimes aggressive, competitive, enthusiastic, self-reliant, self-assured Chapter 1: Aries (Ram) 5-6, 165

2. Taurus (the Bull) – determined, efficient, stubborn, cautious, placid, persistent, enduring, introverted, 
conservative, conventional, materialistic, security conscious, stable, industrious, dependable  Chapter 2: Taurus (Bull) 19-22, 23, 78

3. Gemini (the Twins) – flexible, versatile, restless, jack-of-all-trades, lively, alert, quick witted, literary, 
communicative, conversational, changeable, sociable, logical, ingenious, agile, dexterous, intellectual, mentally 
ambitious Chapter 3: Gemini (Twins) 33, 44

4. Cancer (the Crab) – introverted, reserved, emotional, sensitive, moody, sympathetic, security-conscious, 
prudent, retentive, domestic, maternal, protective, quiet, calm, imaginative, conscientious, traditional Chapter 4: Cancer (Crab) 8, 46, 48

5. Leo (the Lion) – ambitious, speculative, extroverted, optimistic, honorable, dignified, confident, proud, 
exuberant, sunny, flamboyant, charismatic, dramatic, competitive, organized, leader Chapter 5: Leo (Lion) 123

6. Virgo (the Virgin) – practical, responsible, sensible, logical, analytical, highly discriminating, careful planner, precise, punctual, dedicated, perfectionist, critical, health conscious, somewhat introverted Chapter 6: Virgo (Virgin) 77, 85, 100, 128; see harvest virgin 84, 90

7. Libra (the Scales) – idealistic, peacemaker, diplomatic, refined, poised, gracious, kind, courteous, fair-minded, sociable, charming, artistically creative, affable, cooperative, extroverted, indecisive Chapter 7: Libra (Balance) 91, 92, 109, 110

8. Scorpio (the Scorpion) – intense, determined, powerful, strong-willed, forceful, bold, courageous, enduring, competitive, resourceful, researcher, investigator, secretive, mysterious, penetrating, psychic, self-reliant, introverted Chapter 8: Scorpio (Scorpion) 113; see Hrothulf

9. Sagittarius (the Archer) – idealistic, optimistic, freedom-loving, casual, friendly, buoyant, gregarious, 
enthusiastic, philosophical, studious, farseeing, direct, outspoken, honest, loyal, restless Chapter 9: Sagittarius (Archer) 125 (arrow), 126-27 (bowmen)

10. Capricorn (the Water Goat) – ambitious, organizational, self-disciplined, rigid, thrifty, prudent, security-conscious, conservative, responsible, practical, persistent, political, business oriented, methodical Chapter 10: Capricorn (Goat) 139-40, 149, 165

11. Aquarius (the Water Bearer) – individualistic, unconventional, progressive, unique, independent, humanitarian, altruistic, visionary, perceptive, intellectual, logical, ingenious, inventive, unpredictable, detached, friendly, scientific Chapter 11: Aquarius (Water-Bearer) 151, 169, 170 (water), 156 (underground river; see cave), 160 (swimming; see Breca)

12. Pisces (the Fish) – receptive, supersensitive, impressionable, peace-loving, serious, sympathetic, charitable, compassionate, artistic, creative, dreamer, dedicated, imaginative, psychic, shy, introverted, spiritual, reclusive Chapter 12: Pisces (Fish) 29, 72, 149, 154, 170

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blake Epigraph

-Bell Work (To be continued tomorrow...)
-Background of Grendel
-Discussion of epigraphs in Grendel
  • Why does the book start with this Blake quote?
  • Where does the quote come from?
  • What is Romantic Poetry?
  • What is "The Mental Traveller"?
  • -->Refer to poem handout and the handout that includes the various interpretations of why it is included
-Tomorrow: Zodiac Allusions and Western 'isms in Review

-Read chapters 3 & 4
-Take another 5-10 notes on the Western isms that you see in these chapters
-AP Response on "The Poison Tree" due next Wednesday (see previous posts and keep in mind the elements of Romantic Poetry)

AP Response: Blake is Back

This week's free writing prompt is based on another William Blake piece (remember that we saw another of his works, "The Mental Traveller," as we looked at the epigraph in Grendel).

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears
Night and morning with my tears,
And I sunned it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright,
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine - 

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning, glad, I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

--William Blake

Some Free Response Tips:

  1. Remember that you still need a thesis even for a 1-2 page paper!
  2. On past free responses, I allowed you to start with a thesis because it is such a short piece.  However, this seemed to throw off the organization of some of the pieces.  I would encourage you to start with a true introduction from here on out.  
  3. Do NOT forget your in-text citations
  4. I definitely want you to write an analysis that includes a look at literary elements.  However, your thesis should be more than, "William Blake uses a lot of literary elements in "The Poison Tree" some are..."  You might start off with a hook.  Then say something like x is an important theme in the poem.  Blake uses lit element a and lit element b to make increase the poignancy of this theme for readers/to make the theme more tangible for readers.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Western 'isms

-Bell Work (either-or reasoning, dogmatism, dramatic irony, dirge)
-Handbacks-->Essay (hang on to for Thursday) and Response Paper
-Discussion of Existentialism and other 'isms

-Read Chapter 2

-5-10 Points: Where do you see the following isms in Grendel? Be specific about the character who displays it and at which point in the book.

1. **existentialism: Each man exists as an individual in a purposeless universe, and he must
oppose his hostile environment through the exercise of his free will.

2. **nihilism: the belief that there is no meaning or purpose in existence

3. **solipsism: the theory that the self is the only thing really existent

4. heroism: qualities of bravery, noble action; admired by others

5. nationalism: patriotism; national interests are most important

6. imperialism: an empire of many nations and areas all controlled by a central government

7. objectivism: the doctrine that stresses the objective reality of all that is known or perceived (an
object as distinguished from something existing only in the mind)

8. materialism: the doctrine that matter is the only reality and that everything in the world,
including thought, will, feeling, can be explained only in terms of matter; comfort, pleasure, and
wealth are the only or highest goals or values

9. anarchism: all forms of government interfere unjustly with individual liberty and are,
therefore, undesirable

10. dogmatism: dogmatic assertion of opinion, usually without reference to evidence

11. determinism: everything is entirely determined by a sequence of causes—choice of action not
free, but determined by a sequence of causes independent of will (mechanical)

12. isolationism: stay out of other’s area

13. empiricism: in philosophy, the theory that sensory experience is the only source of knowledge;
dependence of a person on his own experience and observation, disregarding theory, reasoning,
and science

14. pessimism: the doctrine or belief that the existing world is the worst possible; belief that evil
outweighs good; the practice of looking at the dark side

15. mysticism: doctrine that it is possible to achieve communion with God through contemplation
and love without the medium of human reasoning; achieving spiritual truths through intuition

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beowulf Test

-Beowulf test today

All--Read Grendel chapter 1; other class' homework for e.c.
AP--Packet (1 hr MCs, 40 min essay)
Honors--Free Response

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Honors and AP Response

Journal Entry: Your take on the American Dream

             The American Dream is not a static part of American history.  Although it has some easily nameable components, it varies from time period to time period and from person to person.  The variations of these dreams can be seen in media, including pieces of literature.  The personal history and culture of the authors help them to develop their own, distinct visions.

Task:  For this assignment, you will be considering what the American Dream means to you.  What is the American dream from your perspective?  How would you define it?  How do you see it actualized (or not)? 

In answering these questions, consider society today as well as your own background.  Since you will have the break to work on this, you should take the opportunity to talk this over with your family members.  What has their journey in American been like?  How has it affected yours? You may want to take this opportunity to write something that you can give as a gift to a relative or loved one. 

Due Date:  Monday, November 26th in class


*Answer the prompt set forth in the task.

*Make sure to frame your answer with some self-reflection on your background and/or contemporary culture. 

*Complete your response in at least one page (and no more than four). 
(Note: This is with 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spacing, and 1 inch margins.)

*Use the conventional standards for written English.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Introduction to the AP Exam

-Bell Work (Didactic, Hoary)
-Vocab Quiz
-Description of the AP Exam

  • 46 multiple choice questions
  • 3 essay questions (1 based on a given poem, 1 based on a given prose passage, 1 based on your outside reading of choice, but focused on a certain idea)
  • 1 hour for the multiple choice; 2 hours for the essays
  • Refer to your sample packet
-Study for the test on Monday
-AP--Practice Packet and 1 essay question using a text we have read in class (due after break)
-Honors Open Response (I will post the general guidelines for this sometime tonight)  (due after break)
-Extra Credit--Do the HW provided for the other class
-Grendel--Read Chapters 1 & 2 (due after break)

Station #2 Answers

These are the answers for the Station #2 Quiz.  Please attempt to take the quiz and find the answers on your own before looking at these.  Doing so will help you to review the last section, on which there will be similar multiple choice questions.

1.  C
2.  A  (If you put D, think about what makes Beowulf different than Grendel)
3.  C  (He is both a thane and a kinsmen--p. 88)
4.  D (yellow timbered is a nice example of kenning)
5.  C or D depending on which part of the text you were looking at
6.   I had B in mind because Wiglaf ultimately uses the sword to kill the dragon (his shield is destroyed in the fire...but I think the question may be confusing because the attacks from the dragon are started by the mystery person stealing the jeweled cup from the hoard)
7.  C   (2650 makes it pretty clear where he stands)
8.  C (50 is a common number in the text)
9.  C  (similar to Shield's pyre)
10.   B  (He is a perfect exemplar of Anglo-Saxon heroic least for the portion of the text for which we know him)

Station #2 Quiz

Part III Quiz-Beowulf
1. ______ For how many years did Beowulf reign over his people?
a. 30 Years
b. 40 Years
c. 50 Years
d. 60 Years
2. ______ Why couldn't Beowulf fight the dragon with his hands?
a. The dragon breathed fire
b. The dragon was too hot
c. The dragon was scaly
d. The dragon was dangerous
3. ______ Who was Wiglaf?
a. A servant
b. A relative of Beowulf
c. A messenger
d. An encourager
4. ______ What was Wiglaf's shield made of?
a. Copper
b. Iron
c. Steel
d. Wood
5. ______ What was the water Wiglaf got used for?
a. For Beowulf to drink
b. To douse the flames
c. To wash Beowulf
d. To revive Beowulf
6. ______ What item was used as a beacon for Wiglaf's path?
a. A jeweled cup
b. A sword
c. A goblet
d. A banner
7. ______ According to Wiglaf, what is better than living a cowards life?
a. Getting wounded
b. Going into battle
c. Dying
d. Treasure
8. ______ How big was the dragon outspread?
a. 30 feet long
b. 40 feet long
c. 50 feet long
d. 60 feet long
9. ______ What items did the people put in Beowulf's funeral pyre, or pile
of combustibles?
a. The dragon
b. His armor
c. The treasure
d. Books
10. ______ What are the best adjectives to describe Wiglaf?
a. Stubborn and savage
b. Courageous and loyal
c. Loving and generous
d. Harsh and ferocious

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beowulf Review

Bell Work (Dialect, Sycophantish, Diction, Duff)
Review of the Christian symbolism:

  • humble in comparison to Beowulf (placement in the text)
  • endings (Wiglaf v. Beowulf)
  • dragon (symbol for sin; Beowulf's pride in his old age/gold lust at this point)
Review Stations:

  • Six stations
  • Covers parts of the text with which we are struggling
  • Please label which station you are at

AP Response "Dracula's Guest" due Monday
You should have finished Beowulf already.  If you have not, it would be wise to do so before Monday's test.

Beowulf's Transcription

-Bell Work (Description, Docile)
-Free Write "Is there a Christian moral to the ending of Beowulf?"  (Consider Beowulf's ending as well as Wiglaf's feat).
-Discussion about transcriptions and what they are
-Presentation of Friday's Group Work

AP Response Paper on Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christian Translators and Beowulf

-Bell Work (Denotation, Heifer)
-Vocab Quiz
-Christian/Pagan Contrasts Close reading

  • What is your section saying?  What is its message?  At which point in the text does it appear (with what content is it juxtaposed)?
  • How does this section contrast with the pagan idea of fate (if it does)?
  • What literary elements are used in your section?  How do they complement the text or elaborate on the ideas presented within it?
-"Dracula's Guest" Response due Friday
-Start thinking about Beowulf on trial and what details you might pick out

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Origins of the English Language

-Bell Work (Deduction & Wane)
-Reading "The History of English and Language Change" and
Questions:  Where did English come from (focus on the Anglo-Saxon influence)?
                  How has English changed recently?  What caused thee changes?
-Free Work time

-Finish Beowulf
-"The Raven" Response due tomorrow!
-Vocab Quiz tomorrow!

History of English Site

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Characters and Contrasts in Beowulf (Day 2)

-Bell Work (Flush, Deconstruction)

  • Do you see contrasts among the characters?  Which?
  • Are the contrasts only apparent between characters in different columns?
  • How so/not?
-Group Discussion
-Continuation of Reading

-Finish reading Beowulf for Friday
-Vocab Quiz will be on Friday
-"The Raven" Response due Friday

Monday, November 5, 2012

Contrasts in Beowulf

-Bell Work (Consonance and Rampant)
-Characterization chart

  • 2 humans
  • Grendel
  • Grendel's mother
-Five points per section (trait, how exemplified (in own words), line number)

-Finish the chart
-Read up to p. 86 (we will be finishing the poem for Thursday's class)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Grendel's Defeat

-Vocab Quiz
-Vocab Bell Work
-Grendel Depictions discussion
-Discussion of the previous night's reading

-read up to p. 69
-Poe response due Friday

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Beowulf's Arrival

-Bell Work Catch-up: (Comic Relief, Tackle, Balm, Conflict, Connotation, Dole)
-Beowulf prologue review
-Continue from the introduction of Grendel:

-Annotated illustration of Grendel (with no less than five textual references to support your creation)
-Read to p. 51
-Vocab Quiz tomorrow