July 31

Honors 9th Literature Week 1 Aug. 1-3

Planning Your Week

W 8/1: Bring your autobiography, biography, or memoir to class. This should be a print text–no ebooks, please. You should also have your work on the Prerequisite Vocabulary and Skills sheet.

Th 8/2: Bring an independent reading text (print only, please) to class each day.

M 8/6: Mini-me due. Mini Me Character Strength STEAL

 

Monday, July 30 HOYA HELLO

Tuesday, July 31 Pre-planning

Wednesday, August 1

Opener: Review syllabus and classroom expectations. Q&A on pre-course reading assignment.

Work Session:

  1. Read “Making the Grade” and annotate according to the directions.
  2. Teacher will review TRSS forms.
  3. Watch VIA Character Strengths/Growth Mindset video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq-rOelLciE.

Closer: Brainstorm ideas for STEAL elements for your mini-me and independent reading choices.

HOMEWORK: Bring an independent reading text to class (print only). Mini me due Monday; you will need to complete the VIA character strengths survey for mini-me.

 

Thursday, August 2

Opener: Review syllabus; deepen understanding of classroom policies and procedures via Q&A session.

Work Session:

  1. Review responses to “Making the Grade” prompt; discuss claim, evidence, and interpretation (CEI format).
  2. Introduce mini-me with a focus on building character and voice with the STEAL method along with the idea of coming of age/self-defining incidents; STEAL method of characterization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHt8RjkFs98 . IAN: STEAL handout.

Closer: Work on mini-me.

HOMEWORK: Complete VIA character strengths survey for mini-me due Monday, 8/6; bring an independent reading text (print only).

 

Friday, August 3

Opener: Complete the student information form on the Google Form via personal device (BYOD).

Work Session:

  1. Establish clock partners for IAN
  2. Complete a STEAL analysis of the featured person from your pre-course reading.
  3. Respond to the in-class essay prompt for your pre-course reading text.

Closer: Continue brainstorming for mini-me; read your independent reading text.

HOMEWORK: Mini me due Monday, 8/6; bring an independent reading text (print only); log in and start your vocabulary work with ZINC. Use these directions: SpringBoard Instructions for First Time Login REV. First set of ZINC due Aug 30.

July 31

AP Literature Week 1 Aug. 1-3

Week 1

Planning Your Week

W 8/1: BONUS assignment due. Bring your book A Streetcar Named Desire to class each day.

F 8/3: BONUS and choice text assessment (timed essay).

M 8/6: Complete AP Literature Tech Menu

M 8/13: Obtain a copy of The Awakening by Kate Chopin (shop around–it’s free on Kindle, and you can find copies under $5.00)

Monday, August 1–HOYA Hello
Tuesday, August 2–Pre-planning

Wednesday, August 3
Opener: Experience Stanley’s poker night
Work Session:

  1. Poker Night–A Streetcar Named Desire; simulate Mitch and Stanley’s poker night with Spit in the Ocean, Seven-card Stud, lemonade, and 40s music, including “Paper Moon.”
  2. Respond to Raise, Call or Fold
  3. Welcome & introductions; read & discuss classroom management plan & syllabus; complete TRSS forms.

Closer: Answer questions on pre-course reading assignment.
Homework: Complete syllabus online form. Finish reading/annotating A Streetcar Named Desire if you have not already. Prepare for in class assessment Friday. Bring a physical copy of your bonus novel(s) or a book or play of literary merit that you have read to class on Thursday. A Streetcar Named Desire is off limits for Friday’s assessment; we will continue to work with it and assess next week.

Thursday, August 2
Opener: Daily lines #1 (chess metaphor)
Work Session:

  1. Create a 4×6 portrait of a novel: include significant literary features from your invitation to notice annotations.

Closer: View opening scene of A Streetcar Named Desire, analyzing the director’s choices in emphasizing Blanche’s characteristics.
Homework: Finish reading/annotating A Streetcar Named Desire if you have not already. Prepare for in class assessment Friday. Bring a physical copy of your bonus novel(s) or a book or play of literary merit that you have read to class on Thursday. A Streetcar Named Desire is off limits for Friday’s assessment; we will continue to work with it and assess next week.

Friday, August 3
Opener: 

  1. Review good writing tips.
  2. Go over +10 and bank-an-essay policies.

Work Session:

  1. Compose a response to the prompt for a book with which you feel you have familiarity.
  2. Introduce film analysis.

Closer: View opening scene of A Streetcar Named Desire, analyzing the director’s choices in emphasizing Blanche’s characteristics.
Homework: ZINC–log in and get started with assignments. Follow these directions: SpringBoard Instructions for First Time Login REV.

 

 

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.