March 6th – March 17th 2017

AP Lit. & Comp.

  • Every Day = Grammar in Grammar Packet
  • 3/6 – 3/17 = Practice for AP Exam (Assignments worth 10-20 pts)

English 11

  • Every Day = Grammar in Grammar Packet
  • 3/9 = Huck Finn FINAL TEST
  • 3/10 – 3/17 = Review: “How to Write and Cite Expository Essays”

 

Heart of Darkness Essay Prompts

Heart of Darkness AP Essay Prompts

 

  1. In literary works, cruelty often functions as a crucial motivation or a major social or political factor. In Heart of Darkness, acts of cruelty are important to the theme. Write a well-developed essay analyzing how cruelty functions in the work as a whole and what the cruelty reveals about the perpetrator and/or victim.

 

  1. The significance of a title is not always easy to discover. For some novels, the full significance of a title becomes apparent to the reader only gradually. Show how the significance of Conrad’s title Heart of Darkness reveals itself slowly through structure, style, literary devices, and/or figurative language.

 

  1. Many literary works use contrasting places (for example, two countries, two cities or towns, two houses, or the land and the sea) to represent opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work. Heart of Darkness contrasts two such places. Write an essay explaining how the places differ, what each place represents, and how their contrast contributes to the meaning of the work.

 

  1. The most important themes in literature sometimes surface through scenes in which a death or deaths take place. Write a well-organized essay in which you show how a specific death scene in Heart of Darkness helps to illuminate the meaning of the novella as a whole.

 

  1. In many works of literature a physical journey – the literal movement from one place to another – plays a central role. In Heart of Darkness, a physical journey is an important element. Discuss how the journey adds to the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.

 

  1. Some novels and plays seem to advocate changes in social or political attitudes or in traditions. Using Heart of Darkness, note briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that the author apparently wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques the author uses to influence readers’ views.

 

  1. In a literary work, a minor character, often known as a foil, sometimes possesses traits that emphasize, by contrast or comparison, the distinctive characteristics and qualities of the main character. For example, the ideas or behavior of a minor character might highlight the weaknesses or strengths of the main character. Write an essay in which you analyze how the relation between a minor character and a major character illuminates the meaning of Heart of Darkness.

 

  1. An effective literary work does not merely stop or cease; it concludes. In the view of some critics, a work that does not provide the pleasure of significant closure has terminated with an artistic fault. A satisfactory ending is not, however, always conclusive in every sense; significant closure may require the reader to abide with or adjust to ambiguity and uncertainty. In an essay, discuss the ending of Heart of Darkness. Explain how and why the ending appropriately or inappropriately concludes the work.

February 2017

February Grammar

February AP Lit. & Comp.

Schedule

  • Read part one by Friday, 2/10.
  • Read part two by Tuesday, 2/14.
  • Read part three by Thursday, 2/16.
  • Note taking is up to you; slack off at your own risk.
  • Choose prompt/work on outline 2/17.
  • Rough Drafts due 2/21.
  • Seminar workshop runs 2/22 through 3/2. Calendar on Twitter (MrsLamp88)
  • Final drafts are due on a rotating schedule (see Twitter for calendar).

English 11

Please check the HUCK FINN calendar by clicking here.

  • Calendar IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE; check often!
  • Be prepared for pop quizzes!

Week of December 12th

AP Lit. & Comp.

Monday

  • Grammar (Tense & Aspect)
  • HW Poems
  • Begin Group Project

Tuesday

  • Group Project

Wednesday

  • Quizlet Vocabulary
  • Group Project

Thursday

  • Grammar Test
  • Group Project

Friday

  • Explications Due
  • Group Project
  • HW: Secret Santa on Monday!

English 11

Monday

  • Grammar (Tense & Aspect)
  • Thanatopsis
  • HW: Read The Prairies 

Tuesday

  • Do “The Prairies” Questions

Wednesday

  • Quizlet Vocabulary
  • Go over “The Prairies”

Thursday

  • Romanticism Review
  • Romanticism Word Art 🙂

Friday

  • Longfellow Review
  • NOTE: We’ll Review Bryant Monday

Week of December 5th

AP Lit. & Comp.

  • Monday (12/5)
    • Grammar (Transitive/Intransitive)
    • Ballads
  • Tuesday (12/6)
    • Grammar (Watch out for Adjectives)
    • Sonnets
  • Wednesday (12/7)
    • Quizlet Time
    • Review Sonnets
    • HW: Lyric Poetry (“Passionate Shepherd”)
  • Thursday (12/8)
    • Grammar (Extra Verb Practice)
    • Review Lyrics
    • HW: Ode (“To Autumn”)
  • Friday (12/9)
    • Grammar (Tense & Aspect)
    • Review Ode
    • HW: Sestina, Terza Rima, or Villanelle

English 11

  • Monday (12/5)
    • Grammar (Transitive/Intransitive)
    • Literary Vocabulary
    • Poems: The Cross of Snow & The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls
    • HW: The Village Blacksmith
  • Tuesday (12/6)
    • Grammar (Watch out for Adjectives)
    • Poem: A Psalm of Life
  • Wednesday (12/7)
    • Quizlet Time
    • A Psalm of Life GROUP ESSAY
  • Thursday (12/8)
    • FINISH ESSAY
  • Friday (12/9)
    • Grammar (Extra Verb Practice)
    • Literary Vocabulary
    • William Cullen Bryant Bio Questions
    • HW: Thanatopsis

Week of November 28th

AP Lit. & Comp.

  • Monday: Grammar; Read Act V Aloud
  • Tuesday: Quizlet; Read Act V Aloud; HW: Act V ?s
  • Wednesday: Vocab Quiz; Grammar; Discuss Act V ?s
  • Thursday: TEST (MC/SHORT ANSWER)
  • Friday: TEST (ESSAY; TWO OPTIONS ON BACK OF PACKET)

English 11

  • Monday: Study for Test.
  • Tuesday: The Scarlet Letter TEST.
  • Wednesday: Vocabulary Quiz; Grammar (Objects #1); HW: Romanticism Annotation
  • Thursday: Grammar (Objects #2); Romanticism Notes; HW: Paragraphs “Your Opinion”
  • Friday: Discuss Romantic Beliefs; Read Longfellow Biography; HW: Main Ideas (4) for Longfellow Biography

Week of November 21st

AP Lit. & Comp.

  • Monday: Read Act IV Aloud
  • Tuesday: Finish Reading Act IV Aloud; Do Act IV Analysis ?s
  • Wednesday: Check Analysis ?s; Discussion; HW: Read Act V
  • Note: Hamlet Exam will be 12/1 (MC & Short Answer) and 12/2 (Essay)

English 11

  • Monday: Check 17-20 (20 pts); Type 19-20 ¶; HW: 21-22 ?s
  • Tuesday: Check ¶s 1-8; Type ¶ 21-22; HW: 23-24 ?s
  • Wednesday: Quizlet; Check 21-24 ?s (20 pts); ¶ Assignment due at end of class!
  • Note: The Scarlet Letter Test will be 11/29; Vocab Quiz on 11/30.