August 26

Honors World Literature 8/29–9/2

Planning Your Week:

Sun. 8/28—Membean practice due (When you log in, you will have a 15 question assessment; please complete this to mark your current progress).

Tues. 8/30—Narrative based on a Grecian urn due

Wed. 8/31Oedipus skills test (citing evidence to support analysis; understanding irony, archetypes, tragic hero, motifs, and other patterns in literature)

Thurs. 9/1—Print 2 poems from the Poetry Out Loud site and bring them to class.

Fri. 9/2–Bring a favorite board game or card game (Uno, Apples to Apples, etc.)

Oedipus Skills Test 1Oedipus Skills Test 2

**Our next unit is on The Joy Luck Club, a novel by Amy Tan. Please obtain a copy (Amazon or Barnes and Noble are similarly priced at $9.52). Contact me if you have any issues with obtaining the book.**


*Vocab. Study Plan: Complete Membean practice in 15 minute increments or less.


Monday, August 29

LG: Apply skills for close reading, gathering evidence, and making inferences to poems.

  1. IAN: View the collage of pottery (well-known art pieces). Compose a response to the following questions: Why do artists create? Why do people appreciate art?
  2. Introduce Poetry Out Loud; read the NEA interview with 2016 champion Ahkei Togun and watch his performance and “Why Poetry Out Loud?”.
  3. Read/analyze “Ode to a Grecian Urn”; use TPFASSTT model and compose a theme statement.
  4. Ticket-out-the-door: Why is Oedipus considered a work of art? Why do people continue to read it millennia after it was written and performed?

*Homework: Finish narrative writing on a Grecian urn. Oedipus skills assessment Wednesday. Find two Poetry Out Loud poems and bring the printed hard copies to class Thursday.


Tuesday, August 30

LG: Analyze the pattern of 3 and the motif of cheating death in “The Pardoner’s Tale”; compare/contrast with Oedipus. 

  1. IAN: Brainstorm other works that include references to the number 3 or the idea of cheating death, fate, or prophecy.
  2. Review the concept of irony (the 3 types); read “The Pardoner’s Tale” analyzing the irony and patterns similar to those in Oedipus.
  3. Read & annotate “Three Is a Magic Number”; discuss insights and observations that connect to patterns in “The Pardoner’s Tale,” Oedipus, and other works from your brainstorming.
  4. Ticket-out-the-door: Summarize your findings about how Chaucer draws on earlier literary motifs and themes.

*Homework: Oedipus skills assessment tomorrow. Find two Poetry Out Loud poems and bring the printed hard copies to class Thursday.


Wednesday, August 31

LG: Synthesize understanding of how authors draw from source texts and use similar patterns (archetypes, motifs, themes).  

  1. Read “The Appointment in Samarra”; view Hermione’s telling of “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”
  2. Oedipus skills assessment: Compose an essay response to the following prompt: How do authors across time draw on source materials to create patterns which deepen our understanding of texts? Cite evidence from at least three of the texts to support your response.

*Homework: Find two Poetry Out Loud poems and bring the printed hard copies to class tomorrow.


Thursday, September 1

LG: Revise your synthesis essay, adding sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structures.

  1. IAN: Compose 3 sentences, each using a Membean vocabulary word. One sentence should use a verbal phrase, one should be compound with a comma and coordinating conjunction, and one should use three or more items in a series.
  2. Grammar boot camp: review concepts with punctuating clauses, positioning verbal phrases, and maintaining parallelism.
  3. Revise synthesis essays for mechanical errors; analyze cohesion between claims and supporting details, using transitions and repositioning details as needed to improve essay structure.


Friday, September 2

LG: Experience the immigrant experience and the idea of game play. Participate effectively in collaborative discussions.

  1. Farewell to your Greek family! Conduct a round of positive notes for your family and share.
  2. Meet your new Chinese family and play a game.
  3. Discuss the implications of the card game in terms of immigration (how was your experience similar to being an immigrant in a new country?); discuss the social and cultural importance of games.
  4. Anticipation Guide: Assess statements about The Joy Luck Club; assert your opinion and persuade others to see your viewpoint.



Posted August 26, 2016 by Rachael Sanford in category Honors World Literature

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