December 22

Welcome to AP Literature!

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 January 7. You will have an assessment January 9.

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. However, this is intended only for review and reference. Please do not spend lengthy amounts of time on this document. 

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!

December 22

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 (autobiography, biography, or memoir). Be sure to select a print text (no e-books for this assignment). You should not select a text you have read for another class; specifically avoid Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance since it is required reading for AP Human Geography and Night by Elie Wiesel since many of you read it in middle school. Annotate as needed using the guidelines on the assignment sheet. You will need to bring your annotated book to class Wednesday, January 9; 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 Wednesday, January 9. Please do not spend lengthy amounts of time on this. It is meant only for review and reference.


December 7

Honors 9th Literature Dec. 10-21

Planning Your Week


M 12/10: The Night Circus projects due in class; all materials should be submitted to BEFORE CLASS.

F 12/14: ZINC due

W 12/19: Tim Burton Style Analysis Essay due (you may turn in early; this is the last day I will accept it)

2nd Period Final Exam is Thursday, Dec. 20

3rd Period Final Exam is Friday, Dec. 21


Monday, December 10

Opener: Set up The Night Circus projects.

Work Session:

  1. Present The Night Circus projects.

Closer: Clean up and vote for best projects.



Tuesday, December 11

Opener: Review Tim Burton style analysis requirements.

Work Session:

  1. Review graphic organizer format (web organizer for key subjects/points and influences discussed in the biographical essay.Watch the short “Vincent” by Tim Burton.
  2. 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.”

Closer: Begin viewing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



Wednesday, December 12

Opener: Review evidence from Charlie.

Work Session:

  1. Continue viewing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Closer: Fill in graphic organizer with evidence from the film.



Thursday, December 13

Opener: Meet in the computer lab.

Work Session:

  1. Complete SRI.

Closer: Work on ZINC.



Friday, December 14

Opener: Compare opening scenes of Charlie and Edward Scissorhands.

Work Session:

  1. View Edward Scissorhands.

Closer: Write an introduction and body paragraph for the style analysis essay.



Monday, December 17

Opener: Review requirements for style analysis essay and final test of Tim Burton’s style.

Work Session:

  1. View Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Closer: Compare and contrast Burton’s style in the four films we’ve viewed.

HOMEWORK: Work on style analysis essay and study for final test.


Tuesday, December 18

Opener: Continue viewing Miss Peregrine.

Work Session:

  1. Write another body paragraph and conclusion for style analysis essay.

Closer: Study cinematic terms for final test.

HOMEWORK: Work on style analysis essay and study for final test.


Wednesday, December 19

Opener: Revise/edit style analysis essay and turn in.

Work Session:

  1. Finish Miss Peregrine.

Closer: Study cinematic terms for final test.

HOMEWORK: Work on style analysis essay and study for final test.


Thursday, December 20–2nd period final test

Friday, December 21–3rd period final test


December 7

AP Literature December 10-21

Planning Your Week

T-F 12/11-14: Present EPCOT projects.

M 12/17: ZINC due.

T 12/18: Film director projects due.

F 12/21: Final exam.

ONGOING: ZINC–continue with assignments. Remember your goal is to beat Walter’s class on the Leaderboard! (I mean, your goal is to enhance the sophistication of your writing by expanding your vocabulary. It will also help with SAT and ACT.) You must log in through Clever.


Monday, December 10

Opener: Review requirements for EPCOT projects and film analysis.

Work Session:

  1. Library visit for work on EPCOT projects and/or film director projects.

Closer: Finalize plans for presentations.

Homework: ZINC; complete EPCOT requirements!


Tuesday, December 11 – Friday, December 14

Present EPCOT projects.

Homework: ZINC; research film directors.


Monday, December 17

Opener: Review film analysis requirements and study of Kenneth Branagh in The Tragedy of Hamlet and Cinderella.

Work Session:

  1. Continue viewing Cinderella. 

Closer: Fill in film analysis graphic organizer.

Homework: ZINC due; finish film director projects.


Tuesday, December 18-Wednesday, December 19

Present film director projects.


Thursday, December 20–No class (1st & 2nd period finals)

Friday, December 21–Final exam