July 11

Welcome back! AP Literature Required Reading

I am thrilled that you have decided to finish your senior year strong by taking this course! AP Literature is the place where you explore humanity in all its complexity–from the evil villains who plague the universe to the generous souls who restore balance. We will fly through texts about life, death, and everything in between, talking philosophy and historical context while applying themes to our current lives as well as the near and far future.

Please set yourself up for success. Complete the pre-course required reading assignment. This has changed from the past few years, so please read it carefully and do not rely on former students’ memories. This is pre-reading for our first unit of study on A Streetcar Named Desire, so feel free to go above and beyond in your annotations and in your thinking about the work. You can learn more about the play from scholarly research via Cobb Digital Library.  Search in the Literature and Criticism databases Literary Reference Center and Literature Resource Center. You can also conduct scholarly research through the literary databases online via Cobb County Public Library System. The expectation is that you have thoroughly read the play by the time you come to class August 1. You will have an assessment August 3.

Attached to the pre-course reading assignment, you will find a Prerequisite Vocabulary and Skills Tracking Sheet. You will need the 9th-12th Vocabulary and Skills  document to complete the tracking sheet. It is best to quickly review the concepts, highlighting those that you feel are your weakest areas. One of the most important goals of AP Literature is to expand your vocabulary and improve your writing skills to an “A” level in college, so you need to know your strengths and areas for growth.

I encourage you to complete the extra credit that is attached to the pre-course required reading assignment. It begins your journey analyzing film as text and comparing literary texts to film adaptations, important skills we will develop throughout the semester. Plus you start the course with more than one hundred percent!

See you soon!

July 11

Welcome to Honors 9th Literature!

I am excited to have you in Honors 9th Literature this semester!

Please find the pre-course reading assignment and get started reading your selected nonfiction book. Be sure to select a print text (no e-books for this assignment). Annotate as needed using the guidelines on the assignment sheet. You will need to bring your annotated book to class Friday, August 3; you will complete an in-class writing assignment using your annotated book.

In order to fill out the Prerequisite Vocabulary and Skills Tracking Sheet that is attached to the pre-course reading assignment, you will need 9th-12th Vocabulary and Skills. This should be a review of concepts you have already learned, and it will become the first document in your class notebook. This will also be helpful for your writing assignment Friday, August 3.

 

May 18

Honors 9th Literature Final Week

Planning Your Week

M 5/21: ZINC last quarter due (284 total words).

T 5/22: Final Exam (2nd period only)

W 5/23: Final Exam (3rd period only)

 

Monday, May 21

Review Tim Burton’s style for final exam (biographical essay in SpringBoard; phone scene from Edward Scissorhands). Study ZINC Unit 2 Academic Vocabulary words for the matching section.

HOMEWORK:  Study for the final exam.

 

Tuesday, May 22

2nd period: Final exam

 

Wednesday, May 23

3rd period: Final exam

May 11

Honors 9th Literature Week 18 5/14 – 5/18

Planning Your Week

M 5/14: The Night Circus projects due. Submit all written work to Turnitin.com BEFORE class, and combine all students’ materials into a binder to turn in during class. The Night Circus Group Tent Project

F 5/18: Style analysis essay for director Tim Burton due to Turnitin.com.

M 5/21: ZINC last quarter due (284 total words).

 

Monday, May 14

Opener: Set up The Night Circus presentations.

Work Session:

  1. Present The Night Circus projects.

Closer: Review style analysis for Tim Burton.

HOMEWORK:  Work on style analysis essay and ZINC.

 

Tuesday, May 15

Opener: Review feedback on initial body paragraphs; plan revision for the final style analysis essay.  Continue Activity 2.13; read passage 2 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and complete the text-dependent questions.

Work Session:

  1. 3rd ONLY: Begin Activity 2.13 “Setting the Mood and Understanding Tone: Wonka Two Ways”; read the excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read the excerpt and complete the table identifying mood and the stylistic elements that contribute to it.
  2. Complete the tone chart on p.158 and “The Language of Style Analysis” p.159.
  3. Watch the beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; jigsaw the cinematic techniques to take film notes on Burton’s style.
  4. Groups share findings from the “close viewing” then discuss Burton’s style.

Closer: Compose a response to the assigned prompt p.160

HOMEWORK: Work on style analysis essay and ZINC.

 

Wednesday, May 16

Opener: Jigsaw cinematic techniques and review scenes 10-12 in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Work Session:

  1. Quickwrite response: What effect does Burton want to create in the scene at home and in the scene in front of the factory? What choices does Burton make to create these effects?
  2. Groups: create a scene and then apply five cinematic techniques to the scene (#2 p.162); create a two-column graphic organizer (cinematic technique/intended effect); present the scene to the class.

Closer: Class summary: groups identify the most successful technique for producing your intended effect.

HOMEWORK: Work on style analysis essay and ZINC.

 

Thursday, May 17

Opener: Complete the narrative writing prompt p.162.

Work Session: 

  1. Analyze style as you view scenes 14-16 p.163, filling in the graphic organizer p.164 with observations.
  2. Compose leveled questions and answer within your group.
  3. Complete the interpretation section of the chart p.164

Closer: Compose a response to “Writing to Sources” Explanatory Prompt p.165.

HOMEWORK:  Work on style analysis essay and ZINC.

 

Friday, May 18

Opener: Review EA2 assignment and rubric.

Work Session:

  1. View Edward Scissorhands, completing film analysis notes and discussing opening credits and the frame story.

Closer: Review style analysis for Tim Burton and point-by-point vs. subject-by-subject comparison.

HOMEWORK:  Style analysis essay due to Turnitin.com; ZINC due Monday at 11:59 p.m.

May 4

AP Literature Week 17 5/7 – 5/11

Week 17

Planning Your Week

W 5/9–AP Literature Exam! Good luck!

M 5/14–Film director project presentations

 

Monday, May 7

Opener: Review FRQ open questions; choose 3 to respond to with Death of a Salesman

Work Session:

  1. Finish Act II of Death of a Salesman 

Closer: Compose a claim and theme statement for 3 open FRQs

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review

 

Tuesday, May 8

Opener: MCM on a Tuesday

Work Session:

  1. Review MC strategies
  2. FRQ speed dating

Closer: Prepare two novel cards for the exam (major characters, plot elements, tone, shifts, author’s style, motifs & symbols, claim statement).

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review.

 

Wednesday, May 9

AP Literature Exam! Good luck!

 

Thursday, May 10–Friday, May 11

Opener: Review examples of film director projects.

Work Session:

  1. Film analysis of samples of representative directors.

Closer: Review stylistic techniques for film analysis.

HW: Work on film director projects.

May 4

Honors 9th Literature Week 17 May 7-11

Planning Your Week

*********(Project due date has been changed because I will be administering the AP United States History Exam Friday, May 11). *************************

M 5/14: The Night Circus projects due. Submit all written work to Turnitin.com BEFORE class, and combine all students’ materials into a binder to turn in during class. The Night Circus Group Tent Project

 

Monday, May 7

Opener: Review TNC project requirements and due dates. View Tim Burton’s Movie Montage (1982-2005); list stylistic techniques characteristic of Burton. Watch “What If Tim Burton Directed Frozen?”  and discuss stylistic changes.

Work Session:

  1. Review goals p.94-5 and EA 2 p.185-6.
  2. Read/analyze “Comparing Points of View” p.99 (2.2); groups work through #1-5 then discuss “Check Your Understanding” with the class.
  3. Connect style and point-of-view analysis to EOC prompts.

Closer: Complete Activity 2.11 (manipulative with rolled up construction paper to simulate camera angles); analyze commercials (1 per group; 10 commercials); compose paragraph to explain effects created in the assigned ad.

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Tuesday, May 8

Opener: Activity 2.3 “Analyzing Writer’s Style” p. 101; complete the language check p.115.

Work Session:

  1. Complete Activity 2.6 “Close Reading of a Short Story”
  2. Groups work through text dependent questions and language and writer’s craft: clauses.
  3. Discuss theme in “Check Your Understanding.”

Closer: Compose a response to the narrative prompt p. 125.

HOMEWORK: Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Wednesday, May 9

Opener: Review graphic organizer format (web organizer for key subjects/points and influences discussed in the biographical essay.Watch the short “Vincent” by Tim Burton.

Work Session:

  1. Complete Activity 2.12 “Film in Context: An Authorial Study”; read the biographical essay “Tim Burton: Wickedly Funny, grotesquely Humorous” and answer the text-dependent questions and the main idea statement under “Working from the Text.”
  2. Begin Activity 2.13 “Setting the Mood and Understanding Tone: Wonka Two Ways”; read the excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Read the excerpt and complete the table identifying mood and the stylistic elements that contribute to it.

Closer: Distinguish between tone and mood.

HOMEWORK: Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Thursday, May 10

Opener: Continue Activity 2.13; read passage 2 from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and complete the text-dependent questions.

Work Session: 

  1. Complete the tone chart on p.158 and “The Language of Style Analysis” p.159.
  2. Watch the beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; jigsaw the cinematic techniques to take film notes on Burton’s style.
  3. Groups share findings from the “close viewing” then discuss Burton’s style.

Closer: Groups compose responses to one of the questions on p.160 (teacher assigned; differentiated).

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Friday, May 11

Opener: Set up The Night Circus presentations.

Work Session:

  1. Present The Night Circus projects.

Closer: Review style analysis for Tim Burton.

HOMEWORK:  Enjoy your weekend!

April 27

Honors 9th Literature Week 16 April 30 – May 4

Planning Your Week

M-W 4/30 – 5/2: Georgia Milestones End of Course Test (EOC)

F 5/11: The Night Circus projects due. Submit all written work to Turnitin.com BEFORE class, and combine all students’ materials into a binder to turn in during class. The Night Circus Group Tent Project

 

Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2

Georgia Milestones End of Course Test (EOC)

 

Thursday, May 3

Opener: Review film terms.

Work Session: 

  1. Analyze Tim Burton’s style in his original short “Vincent.”

Closer: Touch base with The Night Circus project groups.

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Friday, May 4

Opener: Read “The Jabberwocky” and an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland.

Work Session:

  1. Analyze Tim Burton’s style in Alice in Wonderland.

Closer: Discuss film analysis.

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

April 27

AP Literature April 30 – May 4

Week 16

Planning Your Week

 

Work on film director projects.

 

Monday, April 30

Opener: MCM

Work Session:

  1. Intro to Death of a Salesman “group therapy”
  2. Review American dream and modernism

Closer: Begin reading DOAS

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review

 

Tuesday, May 1

Opener: Sign up for film director presentations. Review Theatre of the Absurd and The Sandbox.

Work Session:

  1. Watch scene from The Founder. Establish mid-20th century traveling salesman persona.

Closer: Assign image trace motifs and begin reading Death of a Salesman.

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review.

 

Wednesday, May 2

Opener: FRQ Wednesday

Work Session:

  1. Continue reading DOAS.

Closer: Review image trace and discussion questions.

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review.

 

Thursday, May 3

Opener: Review opening scenes for DOAS, comparing/contrasting with film adaptation.

Work Session:

  1. Continue reading DOAS, focusing on image trace and discussion questions.

Closer: Summarize Act I.

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review.

 

Friday, May 4

Opener: MCF (what? Multiple Choice Friday! Yay!)

Work Session:

  1. Review strategies for tackling multiple choice on the AP exam.

Closer: Speed date open prompts.

HW: Work on film director projects; AP Exam review.

April 22

Honors 9th Literature Week 15 April 23 – 27

Planning Your Week

M 4/23: Socratic discussion for The Tempest. Bring TYPED, PRINTED materials to class (scholar’s journal, annotated article, and typed questions). This was moved from Friday due to my family emergency.

W 4/25: OPTIONAL argument replacement essay due (this will replace your original grade on the argument essay summative assessment). Use the links below to access the prompt, a Power Point presentation with tips, and the two required articles:

EOC Argument Prompt Helicopter Parenting

How Helicopter Parenting is Ruining American Children

Pro- Helicopter Parenting

Overview of Argument

 

 

Monday, April 23

Opener: Set up Socratic discussion.

Work Session:

  1. Discuss motifs in The Tempest, sharing scholar’s journal findings and research findings.

Closer: Reflect on your performance in the discussion; turn in printed materials.

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Tuesday, April 24

Opener: EOC question of the day.

Work Session:

  1. Review initial plan for TNC project attraction with your group.
  2. Research and begin composing rationales for your project.

Closer: Create a to-do list for tomorrow’s work day

HOMEWORK: Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Wednesday, April 25

Opener: EOC question of the day; review progress from yesterday.

Work Session:

  1. Collaborate with Night Circus groups to complete research and planning for your project.

Closer: Create a to-do list for TNC project attraction.

HOMEWORK: Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Thursday, April 26

Opener: EOC question of the day.

Work Session: 

  1. Review types of writing and multiple choice strategies.
  2. Compose a response to the narrative prompt.

Closer: Review USA Test Prep opportunities for EOC review.

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.

 

Friday, April 27

Opener: EOC question of the day.

Work Session:

  1. Compose a response to the informational or argumentative prompt.

Closer: Review USA Test Prep opportunities for review for the EOC.

HOMEWORK:  Work on The Night Circus projects/attractions.