10-11 American Literature & Composition 2017-18 Mondays, 8:30 – 10:25 AM
Instructor: Ingrid Stassi email@example.com
Homework for the Week of April 16
SENTENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATE:
The following students will write 20 sentences containing 3 prepositional phrase in each (beware of preposition words that are also used as subordinator.; Also beware of the infinitive, which is not the same thing as a prepositional phrase) : Han Solo, Anakin, Rei
The following students will write 20 compound-complex sentences: Khylo Ren, Luke
1 Literature journal – You have a choice:
A. In a well formed paragraph, explain why you think allusions are so important in the novel.
B. In a well formed paragraph, explain why the 2 Mr. Kumars influenced Pi.
2. Read about Jack Kerouac.
3. Read the summary of On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Themes and Symbols
4. Read about Harper Lee
5. Watch the video sparknote about To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee themes and symbols
6. Read Blackberrying by Sylvia Plath
7. Read and take notes about the 1960s
8. Read and take notes about Confessional Poetry
9. Read the poem Morning Song by Sylvia Plath
Homework for the Week of April 9
I am late posting the homework. Sorry about that. I have had some technical difficulties this morning.
Sentence assignments: I almost totally forgot to post sentence assignments. I know you were hoping that I would not remember, but here they are.
OBI WAN IS DONE!!! CONGRATS!!
The following students will write 20 sentences using appositives: Han Solo (you missed 2 due to comma placement), C3PO,
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences: Kylo Ren, Luke (you did not turn in a corrected version)
The following students will write 20 sentences containing 3 prepositional phrases in each sentence – Anakin, Rei,
- Vocabulary words: Status quo, allegory, agnostic
2. Read and Take notes
3. Watch the following video summary of The Cricible by Arthur Miller
4. Although Miller’s play was written in the 1950’s, it was based on the actual Salem Witch Trials of the 1690’s. People were falsely accused of practicing witchcraft with the accusers having various motives and justifications for the accusations. Miller linked this idea of false accusations by those with motives to destroy others as well as “mass hysteria” and “mob mentality” to his contemporary example of communist “witch hunts” and McCarthyism. Read and take Notes about McCarthyism at the following link.
There was a lot of fear at this time and some call this the “Age of Anxiety” due to the threats of the Cold War. Read and ake notes at the following link:
5. Read about and take notes about Ralph Ellison
6. Read about the plot summary of The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Also read about the themes and symbols:
7. Literature journal assignment: Using the observations that you came up with in class today, write how the behavior and life of the three-toed sloth can teach human beings how to live their lives.
8. Continue reading Life of Pi. You can read this in your own timing; however, I would like you to be finished with up chapter 21 by Monday as our class time depends on that.
Homework for the Week of April 2
Announcement: Don’t forget Spirit Night at Five Guys at the location in front of Whole Foods on Thursday, April 5th from 5-8. When you order, tell them you are with CPC. Bring your family and friends!
SENTENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATES:
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences: Khylo Ren, Luke
The following students will write 20 sentences containing 3 prepositional phrases in each sentences: Anakin, Obi Wan, Rei
The following students will write 20 sentences using appositives: C3PO, Han Solo,
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Princess Leia
- Complete the test. This is an open book/open note test.
- Read and take notes
3.. Read and Take Notes
4. Literature Journal – Some of you may have finished this in class. If you did not, continue writing in your literature journal using the following prompt: What are the major differences you see between the Contemporary era and the eras we have most recently studied?
5. Continue gathering information for your research paper
6. Read about Arthur Miller and take notes.
7. Read about Death of a Salesman, Symbols, themes, Motifs
7. Continue Reading Life of Pi.
Homework for the Week of March 26
SENTENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATE
The following students will write 20 sentences using appositives: C3PO, Anakin, Han Solo, Rei
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Princess Leia, Khylo Ren,
The following students will write 20 prepositional phrases: Obi Wan
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences: Luke
- Start Gathering Information for your Research Paper. Give yourself a couple of weeks to gather information. You can use the note card and source card system that I showed you on the board; however, you do not have to use that system if it does not work for you. You can use a paper system. Make sure you keep track of your sources and cross reference them to your notes, so you know where they came from. This is very important!!
2. Paraphrasing exercise – If you did not receive the worksheet for this exercise I will send it to you.
3. Plagiarism video – https://vimeo.com/91541104
4. Write in your Literature Journal using the handout for the paragraph that I passed out to you for the Road Not Taken. Follow the directions. If you have any questions, please contact me. If you did not receive this, I will send it to you.
5. Use the Soapstone methos to analyze and annotate Birches by Robert Frost. If you have misplaced your Soapstone information, I will email it ot you if you let me know you need it.
6. Read bio of William Faulkner. https://www.biography.com/people/william-faulkner-9292252#!
7. Read Plot overview, symbols and themes of Sound and the Fury.
8. Read bio of Zora Neale Hurston.
9. Read Plot overview, symbols and themes of Their Eyes were watching God.
10. Finish reading the Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
You can start reading Life of Pie if you have not already done so.
11. Define the following terms: parenthetical citations, paraphrasing, free verse,, concrete details, brainstorming, internal conflict, external conflict,
12. As a heads up, I wanted to let you know that I will be giving you a study guide and a test to take at home next week. We are finishing up the Modernist Period of American Literature. Next up is the final period in American literature: The Contemporary Period.
Homework for the Week of March 19
SENTENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATE: If you want to know the sentences you need to correct, you can let me know and I will send you those that need correcting. If you typed your sentences, you can send me the file and I will send it back to you with my marks.
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Khylo Ren, Princess Leia
The following students will write 20 sentences using 3 sentences in each sentence: Obi Wan
The following students will write 20 sentences using appositives: Rei (only missed 3), Han Solo
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences: C3PO (you only missed 3), Luke (you only missed 3, Anakin
- Choose and narrow your topic for your research paper about your favorite American author. Also brainstorm research questions about the author you chose according to the categories for your body paragraphs that I outlined for you today: Early life, Adulthood and Accomplishments. The research questions that you come up with will guide your research.
2. Literature Journal – In 2-3 well formed paragraphs, summarize two of the play’s conflicts, quoting from the text—including from the stage directions if you can—to elaborate on the conflicts’ subtleties.
3. Read bio of Ernest Hemingway. Take notes. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to read the full biography.
4. Read Sparknotes of A Farewell to Arms
5. Read Chapters 1-6 of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Short Story
6. Read The Old Man by the Bridge by Ernest Hemingway. It’s only a couple of pages.
7. Read Robert Frost biography and take notes.
8. Read the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
9. Read Birches by Robert Frost.
10. Read the Mending Wall by Robert Frost.
11. Read and take notes of the overview of the depresiiion in the US.
Read and take Notes about the Southern Renaissance.
Homework for the Week of March 5
No need to wait until tomorrow for sentence assignments. I’ve got them ready right now!
The following students will complet 20 sentences using appositives (Rei, Han Solo)
The following students will complete 20 sentences with 3 prepositional phrases: Obi Wan
The following students will complete 20 compound complex sentences: Luke, Anakin, C3PO,
The following students will complete 20 complex sentences: Kylo Ren, Princess Leia
- In your literature journal, I want you to summarize in 1 or 2 well-formed paragraphs, and with quoted text, what themes you see in the play. This means that I want you to present your information as you have been trained to do. Your paragraphs should have an opening sentence, 2 sets of details and examples and a closing sentence. Your examples/explanations can be a quote from the text if it backs up what you are saying about theme. You would need to introduce the quote somehow. Don’t just stick in a quote from the play without any explanation about the relevance of the quote. If you have questions, let me know.
2. Think about the topic of your research paper. You are going to write about your favorite American author, whoever that might be. I think it would be a good idea to run it by me first. So let me know who you are thinking about.
3. Read the plot summary and character summaries of The Great Gatsby and take notes about the themes, symbols and motivs.
4. Read and take notes about F. Scott Fitzgerald.
5. REad and take notes about the Harlem Renaissance.
6. Define the following words: modernity, commercialism, prohibition, playwright, syndicate, musical,
Homework for the week of February 26
SENTENCE UPDATE: If you turned in your sentences and want to know what you got wrong and why, you can contact me, and I will tell you. For those of you who have given up on the sentences, someone wrote this as one of their sentences that applies to you: Failing is difficult, but it is better than not trying even if it is hard when that happens.
The following students will write 20 sentences that contain 3 prepositional phrases: Obi Wan
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences: Luke, Analkin, Rei, C3Po, Han Solo
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Princess Leia, Khylo Ren
Anyone want to volunteer to bring breakfast noshies next week?
- Complete the test that I gave you in class. The test is open book. You may use the study guide I gave you, links on the homework page or any of your notes you took in class.
- As you know, we are going to skip reading the next book. I think it was The Jungle by Upton Sincllair; however, if you would like to start reading our final book, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, to get a headstart on it, you are most welcome to do so. This is a great book!
- Your Literary Analysis Essay is due next Monday! You have had a month to complete it, so there are really no excuses for not having it done.
- Read the Sparknotes for My Antonia by Willa Cather. Read the plot Summary and Analysis and take notes on the themes, symbols and motifs.
- Read the following article about the Jazz Age/Roaring Twenties/The Lost Generation and take notes. If the link does not seem to work initially, try copying and pasting it into your browser.
Homework for the week of February 19
SENTENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATE:
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences (if you want to know what you missed, please contact me this week so you can correct and move on next week): Luke, Anakin, Rei, C3PO,
The following students will write 20 sentences using appositives: Obi Wan
The following students will write 20 complex sentences (none of you turned them in on Monday; if you did, let me know and I will go look for them again. Contact me if you need help writing these):: Han Solo, Khylo Ren, Princess Leia
- Read Act 2 and Act 3 of Our Town.
- Read the following biography of Thornton Wilder and take notes.
- We will complete the rest of the evaluations for The Midnight Ride if everyone is present. Please be prepared.
- If you did not finish your poem analysis with your group, please finish that up and return next week.
- Revise your rough draft of your Literary Analysis Essay. This will be your second draft.
- Read about Ezra Pound and take notes:
- Read the following article about the characteristics of Modernist literature and take notes:
Remember that I will give you a take home test that can be completed open book and open notes. I will give you a study guide next week, including the notes from your research topics.
Homework for the week of February 12
ENTENCE ASSIGNMENTS UPDATE:
The following students will write 20 compound complex sentences: C3PO, Rei, Anakin, Obi Wan, Luke
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Han Solo (Use the same strategy that you used last week if you can), Princess Leia, Khlyo Ren
1. Start reading Our Town: A Play in 3 Acts by Thornton Wilder ActI Part One and Acti I Part Two. I could not find a suitable audio version. If you find one, please share.
2. Read about The House of Mirth by Edit Wharton and take notes.
3. Read about Edith Wharton and take notes:
4. Writing – You should ahve completed the rough draft of your Literary Analysis Essay last week. This week, revise your rough draft to make it better. Look at sentence and paragraph structure. Make sure your paragraph meets the requirements of the paragraph protocol. Read each sentence individually to make sure your sentences make sense. Look at your word choices and use a thesaurus to find better words with the same shade of meaning.
5. Mrs. Dillon found a link to an annotated copy of President Trump’s First State of the Union Address. The annotations were completed by a variety of people. Some of the annotations are extremely biased one way or another, but some seem neutral. I would like you to read it as an example of how a speech can be annotated. Thank you Mrs. Dillon!!!
6. Gettysburg Address
Background information about the Gettysburg Address. Read the information (it is short) and watch the video.
Gettysburg Address Annotation – Underline and color code any words, phrases, or sentences that stand out to you as being important to understanding the meaning of the text. Underline all repeated words. Note all words referring to place and time. Make a legend for the different colors you use.
To complete the annotation, I suggest that you copy and paste the text of the speech into a word processing document so that you can format it with multiple spaces between the lines, making it easier to write your annotations in the margins. You can even shorten the length of the lines on the right margin by adjusting the ruler at the top of the word processing page or a hard return using the right shift key on your keyboard.
Annotate the margins of your copy of the Gettysburg Address with the answers to the following questions similar to the way it was done in Trump’s State of the Union Address. Underline the references in the text that provides evidence to the answers, if possible.
- What do you notice about the length of this address? Why do you think Lincoln made it so short?
- What does “Four score and seven years ago” mean?
- What sort of language is this, and why might Lincoln have used it?
- What is Lincoln referring to in this first sentence?
- What is the purpose of the address that Lincoln is giving?
- Why does Lincoln say that “we cannot dedicate—we can not consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground?” Cite evidence from the text in your response.
- What then can we do? What does Lincoln say is the task “for us the living?” Why?
- What was “that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion?” Do you think all of the soldiers who died fighting at Gettysburg were fighting for the same cause? Why or why not?
- In the last clause, what is meant by government “of the people, by the people, for the people”?
- What does Lincoln mean by equality?
- What is the difference between “holding” equality as a “self-evident truth,” as we do in the creed enunciated in the Declaration of Independence, and regarding it as a “proposition” to which we are dedicated?
- How does Lincoln understand the relationship between equality and freedom in America? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.
- What is the connection among freedom, equality, and government of, by, and for the people?
7. Literature Journal – Write a well-formed paragraph in your literature journal to turn in next week. Answer the following question: What do you think is the meaning of equality today?
By a well-formed paragraph I mean that you are to write a paragraph with an opening sentence, at least 2 sets of details and examples and a closing sentence. Make sure you plan it before you write it. Planning makes writing easier.
Homework for the week of February 5
UPDATED SENTENCE ASSIGNMENTS: If the students who turned in their sentences this week want to know what sentences are holding them up, you can contact me and I will send them to you to correct. DON’T GIVE UP ON THESE!!! WHEN YOU COMPLETE A SENTENCE TYPE AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT YOU WILL RECEIVE A 100% FOR THAT SENTENCE TYPE ON YOUR PROGRESS REPORT.
Look in your Essentials in Writing workbook for the guidelines about complex sentences. Do not confuse compound sentences with complex sentences. They are not the same. Beware of the prepositional phrase! Some subordinators are also prepositions. If you do not know the difference, please let me know and I will explain it to you.
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: REi (you only missed one), C3PO, Luke, Kylo Ren, Obi Wan, Anakin, Han Solo, Princess Leia
- Read the final 3 chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
2. Read the Gettysburg Address. It is not as long as you might think it would be.
3. Read the following biography about Emily Dickinson and take notes:
4. Define the following terms: context, censorship, vernacular, idiom, culture, irony, satire, foreshadowing, frame story
5. Read the Sparknotes article of plot overview, themes, motifs and symbols for The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
6. Read the following description of Naturalism and take notes.
8. You are going to have a test on the Realism Period in 2 weeks, I think. It might end up being 3 weeks. I want you to be aware that there is a test on the horizon.
9. Those of you who have not yet recited your poem, keep practicing. We cannot do them if we don’t have everyone present because the evaluation by your peers requires everyone in the class to be present for a level playing field.
10. If you have not given your research presentation yet, we also need to have everyone present in class. We didn’t do the poems or the presentation of topics today in class because we had several people late and some absent. Please arrive on time to class.
Homework for the WEek of January 29
Sentence Assignments: If you turned in your sentences this week and if you would like the opportunity to move on to the next sentence type, you can contact me for the sentences you missed and you can correct them and send them back to me sometime this week; otherwise, you will need to bring the assigned 20 sentences next week. The mistakes being made are mostly careless. If you are writing complex sentences, you should not be using one of the coordinating conjunctions. If you are, then it is a compound sentence and not a complex sentence. Go back and check your work carefully. Remember the patterns for complex sentences: IC DC and DC, IC. Don’t give up! You can do this!!!
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Rei, Lkje, C3PO, Kylo Ren, Anakin, Han Solo, Princess Leia
The following students will write 20 compound sentences: Obi Wan
Please remember the change in my homework policy. You will still be able to turn in homework from last semester that was never turned in, retake a test, or write an assignment over for a better grade until the end of February. Going forward for this semester, assignments can be turned in no later than a week late. After that, you will receive a 0!! Don’t let that happen! This change affects all my classes. Communication is the key here. If you have extenuating circumstances that keep you from completing your homework in a timely manner, please talk to me. We will work something out. I do not consider being “busy” an extenuating circumstance. If you do not understand the instructions for an assignment, you need to contact me immediately. Don’t wait until the next class period to tell me you couldn’t do your homework because you didn’t understand it. That is also not an extenuating circumstance. Anything that you have received a grade on during this semester can still be redone for a better grade at any point during the semester.
Read Chapters 31-40 of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Those of you who are volunteering for the poem recitation, please practice reciting the poem in front of an audience. This is a great, historical poem! Practice in front of friends and family. This is a poem that they may be familiar with, but may not have heard all the way through. Tell them to give you tips on your presentation.
If we were not able to get to you for presentation about the information you found on the topic given to you about the time during the realistic period, please be prepared to present your facts next week. Hopefully, we will be able to finish that up.
If you have not chosen your topic for your literary analysis essay, you should do that this week, using the list of topics that I gave everyone in class. Everyone should have one of those handouts, since those who were absent a week ago were present in class.
This week, I want you to plan your body paragraphs for your literary analysis essay.
REad “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson. You will be thoroughly analyzing this poem next week in your groups.
Also read over the “Analyzing Poetry” handout that I gave you in class. You will be using that as a checklist to analyze this poem.
Homework for the Week of January 22
The following students will write 20 compound sentences: Obi Wan, Kylo Ren
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Anakin, Like, han Solo, Princess Leia, Rei, C3PO
You have a light homework week this week. Take advantage of your time and complete any homework that was not turned in last semester, or you can redo one of your assignments for a better grade. Remember, you have until the end of February to turn in anything from last semester. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your grade better.
Read or listen to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Chapters 21-30.
You were given in class today a list of prompts that could be used for your literary analysis essay. All you need to do this week is read over them and select one. Even though the structure of the essay will be the same, the nature of the content of your paper is a little bit different, so we are going to take this one slowly.
For those of you who were not in class today, I will send you the list of prompts. I am also going to sed=nd you my powerpoint slides that include the class discussion today. We did not complete the poetry readings or the topics that you were supposed to research because we had so many absent today.
It will be nice to have a little breather.
Homework for the week of January 15
As a reminder, if you do not understand the homework assignments that are posted, you need to contact me immediately for clarification!! Your homework is still due. I sent emails to parents and students last week and forwarded the very same email to parents and students again yesterday. You need to check your email and reply back to me that you receive the 3 attachments in 1 email and a link for the tone assignment in another email. So far, I have only heard back from one parent that the link email was received.
SENTENCE ASSIGNMENT UPDATE:
Sorry for the delay. I am moving slowly this morning as Iseem to have caught one of the illnesses going around. Be sure to check below for your reading assignment because I forgot to post that last night.
Padme – You are done with sentences!
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Princess Leia, Rei, Han Solo, C3PO, Luke, Anakin
The following students will write 20 compound sentences: Kylo Ren, Obi Wan
- ReadChapters 10-20 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Complete the test that I gave you in class today. It is due next Monday. A parent will need to proctor the test and sign their initials at the top. Don’t forget to practice reciting The Midnight Ride. Three students have volunteered to recite it next week. This is part of your test grade. You do not have to memorize the poem. The class and myself will evaluate your performance.
- Define the following terms:
Realism, Realism, Regionalism, dialect, controversy, censorship, rac4st, assonance, consonance, alliteration, cacophony, euphony
4. Research the topic that was assigned to you in class today. Next week you will report on your findings. Use whatever resources are available to you to complete your research. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. I think it would be a good idea to find at least 5 facts about your topic. You can have more than that, but at least 5.
5. In your literature journal, answer the following questions:
How do you think fictional writing arouse sympathies toward political and social action? Do modern novels have this effect? Name short stories, novels, or films you know about that have brought about or contributed to social movements?
6. Read this biography of Mark Twain and take notes:
7. Look at the following timeline to see the literature that was written during the realism period compared to what was going on in the nation:
8. The Process Analysis Essay is due next Monday.
Homework for the week of January 8
We had 4 students absent from class due to illness today. There are definitely several viruses going around. So, it would be a good practice for everyone to start taking extra precautions to remain healthy and well. Once precaution would be to wash your hands often. I know that a lot of information can be missed if you are absent from class, but if you are not well, it is best for you to stay home to recuperate. We can work out any make-up work later.
The following students will write 20 compound sentences: Luke, Kylo Ren, Obi Wan
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: Princess Leia, C3PO, REi, Anakin, Han Solo,
The Following students will write 20 sentences using 3 prepositional phrases: Padme,
- The next writing assignment is a process analysis essay. Your essay will follow the same format as the previous essays. You will have 2 weeks to complete the essay. If you were absent, I will send the information you need via email about the guidelines for a process analysis essay. You can choose one of the topics in the Essentials for Writing workbook or you can choose one of the topics on an additional handout that I distributed in class today. The essay will be 5 paragraphs and will follow the same structure and format as the previous essays: an opening paragraph, 3 body paragraphs and a closing paragraph. It is a good idea to pace yourself when writing an essay. Don’t try to complete your essay in one day. You will only produce sloppy work if you do that. So, this week you can choose your topic, brainstorm your details for your body paragraphs, create your planners for your body paragraphs, come up with your hook statement and write your rough draft. Next week you could work on your revisions and publishing.
- Begin studying for your next test. I forgot to give you all the study guide that I prepared for you. I found a few of you around the premises and gave you a copy. Everyone else I will email it to you. The test will be distributed next week for you to take at home. Don’t forget to practice The Midnight Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!!! This is part of your test. You need to practice it in front of an audience becuase you will each deliver it in front of the class and the class will evaluate you.
- Read The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.
- Read Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
- Today we learned about alliteration, assonance, consonance, cacophony, euphony, repetition and parallelism in poetry. You will now look for examples of these poetic devices in both poems by Edgar Allan Poe. Use the strategies of close reading and annotation that you learned by color coding each poetic device and creating a legend. You will have to print out the poems in order to do this. Turn this in next week.
- Complete the handout about tone in the Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe that you were working on as a group. If you were in class today, I will email you a clean copy of the document since the printer wasn’t working well today. You can start where you left off. Those of you who were absent will have to complete the assignment on your own from the beginning.
- Start reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Chapters 1-10. Below is a link to a free audio version. It might be easier to listen to the audio than read a hard copy because this book has a lot of diction that makes it difficult to read. I have to warn you that this novel is not politcally correct according to our times, but it was common language used during the writer’s time. We will talk about this kind of thing in class. http://www.audiobooktreasury.com/huckleberry-finn-mark-twain/
- This semester, we will be reading about major authors and their works. We do not have time to read the actual novels, but it is important to know about the plots, themes, characters, symbols, analysis and motifs of some of these important works. So, we will be reading some Sparknotes of these novels. The first Sparknote you will read is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The link is below:
Read the plot overview, the character list and analysis of characters and the chapter summaries.
Homework for the week of December 11
- The following student will write 20 appositive sentences: Padme
The following students will write 20 complex sentences: C3PO, Rei, Anakin, Han Solo, Princess leia
The following student will write 20 simple sentences: Khylo Ren
The following Students will write 20 compound sentences: Luke, Obi-Wan
2. Define the following words – stanza, line (in poetry), lineation, end-stopped line, Prosody, verse, tone
3. Follow along as you listen to The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe.
4. Follow along as you listen to The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe:
5. Practice reading the following poem outloud. This poem you should definitely recognize. It is written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I highly suggest you practice reading this outloud and in front of family members, friends or whomever because this will be part of your next test. This is a fun one to recite.
Read about Transcendentalism and take notes. There are 5 pages to this article that you will need to scroll through and take notes.
6. Watch the video and read the article about the life of Edgar Allan Poe and take notes.
7. Read about the life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and take notes.
8. Read about Gothic literature and take notes:
9. And let’s not forget that you have a oersuasive essay due the day you return after Christmas break. You will need to turn in your planners, rough draft, 2nd draft, final typed draft and list of hooks. You should have a title page that includes the title of your essay, your name,the class name and my name. Plese let me know if you have any questions.
Homework for the week of December 4, 2017
- The following student will write 20 compound-complex sentences – Padme
The following students will write 20 complex sentences – Princess Leia, Rei, Han Solo, C3PO
The following student will write 20 simple sentences – Khylo Ren (Make sure you remember to put an end mark on your sentences)
The following students will write 20 compound sentences – Obi Wan, Luke, Anakin
- Finish drafting your cause and effect expository essay. After you finish drafting your rough draft, you will need to edit it to make it better. After you finish writing your 2nd draft, you will need to edit it again to make it ready to turn in in next week. DO NOT WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE TO FINISH YOUR PAPER!!!!
To turn in your paper, you will need to create a title page for your essay. Your title page will include the following centered on the page:
Title of your essay
By (your name)
American Literature and Composition
Teacher: Mrs. Stassi
After your title page, you will type the following in the upper left corner:
- Your name
- The date
- American Literature
- Final Draft
Then you will double space and type centered the title of your essay. Then, double-space again. Then, start the text of your essay. Double space your essay, using a 12-14 point font in Arial or something similar.
You will also need to turn in your rough draft, 2nd draft, graphic organizers and body paragraph planners and your list of hooks. Your final draft will be on top of your stack.
- I see that I did not post the article about Romanticism, even though I told you to read it and take notes. Since I neglected to post the link, you get to do it this week! Woohoo! Here it is:
- Read this article about the Fireside Poets:
- Read about the life of William Cullen Bryant:
- Read “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant
- Read about Oliver Wendall Holmes:
- Read “Old Ironsides.”
- Vocabulary – genre, character foil, novel, satire,
- Follow along as you listen to The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
Homework for the week of November 27, 2017
- The following students will write 20 complex sentences – C3PO, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Padme
The following students will write 20 compound sentences – Rei, Obi Wan, Anakin, Luke
The following student will write 20 simple sentences (You need to do the sentences that you were assigned. You can’t jump simple sentences to complex sentences without permission! Do the sentences that are assigned to you or this will take you a long time. If you don’t understand the assignment, please ask.) – Kylo Ren
- Cause and Effect Expository Essay – You will begin writing your second essay this week. You will have two weeks to write this essay. This week, I want you to choose your topic from the list of topics that are in your Essentials in Writing workbook. After you have selected your topic, you will need to brainstorm your main ideas for your body paragraphs using the bubble graphic organizer. You may need to choose your favorite 3 main ideas from your brainstorming session. Once you have established the main ideas for your body paragraphs, you will complete a planner for each one of your body paragraphs. Draft your body paragraphs from what you wrote in your planner. You do not have to turn in your body paragraphs or any of your planners in class next week, but it is a good idea to get this part of the essay done this week.
- If you did not read Patrick Henry’s speech, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death,” last week, then you have another week to do so. Make sure that you are familiar with it because we will have a related activity in class. You can find a link for a free version of the speech in the previous week’s Homework page.
- Read about Thomas Paine at the following link and take notes:
- Read the Sparknotes summary of Common Sense by Thomas Paine:
- Read The Crisis by Thomas Paine. Only read to the bottom of the first page. You will recognize the very first sentence, I am sure.
- Using the Vocabulary Aid that I gave you in class for writing reflectively (the template), I want you to write reflectively about The Crisis by Thomas Paine. If you did not receive the handout that includes the template, please let me know. There were several latecomers this morning, so I don’t know who got it and who didn’t. You will include this in your Literature Journal, but I want you to turn this is next week, so you may want to make a copy of it to turn in so you won’t have to tear it out of a notebook. What would be even better is if it you typed it.
What you need to do is read The Crisis first. Then, you will use the template to formulate an evaluation and opinion of what you think or feel about what you read. You will write a description of what is happening and what is being examined. Then you will write your Interpretation, according to the template, about what is important, useful and relevant about The Crisis. You can also write about how it can be explained and how it is similar or different from other works you have read about the same subject. Finally, you should write about the outcome of your interpretation by describing what you have learned and how this pertains to your future. You should include an introduction paragraph and a conclusion paragraph that is similar to the opening and closing paragraph in an essay minus the thesis.
- Vocabulary – Reflective writing, deist, theocentric, speech, rhetorical question, ethos, pathos, logos, Romanticism.
- We are quickly going to move from The Revolutionary Period and the Enlightenment to the Romantic Period of Literature. Read this article about the Romanticism and the Romantic Period. Take notes.
Homework for the Week of November 13
- Vocabulary: essay, pre-writing, drafting revision, publishing, hook, thesis, enlightenment, aphorism, autobiography
2. The following students will write 20 compound sentences – Padme, Princess Leia, Rei, Han Solo, C3PO, Obi Wan, Anakin
The following students will write 20 simple sentences – Luke, Kylo Ren
3. Read about Benjamin Franklin as a writer. This is a very quick read, but I want you to take notes. There are 4 pages that you need to ckick through. Click the next button at the bottom of each page until you are done.
4. Read excerpts from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, pages 10-12
and pages 38-39
5. In your Literature Journal, answer the following questions. Write at least a paragraph to answer them. These are opinion questions, so that means there are no right or wrong answers. I want you to write how you feel about these questions. Practice your sentence and paragraph structure while answering these questions. If you need any help. Please let me know.
- How does Franklin feel about human nature? How does he feel about education? Do you agree or disagree with his views?
- Which virtue on Franklin’s list do you believe is the most important? Which one would you say is the least important? Why?
- When we read an autobiography, we should ask ourselves if the writer is being objective with how he presents himself or if he’s actually creating a character and idealized version of himself. If you were writing an autobiography, are there things about yourself that you would want to leave out?
6. Read about Poor Richard’s Almanac at the following website (take notes):
7. Read about Patrick Henry. Take notes.
8. Read Patrick henry’s famous speech, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”
9. Write a paragraph responding to Henry’s speech in your literature journal by answering the following questions:
- How did it make you feel? What made his arguments powerful? How did he appeal to logic? How did he appeal to emotion?
- What Biblical and mythological allusions does Henry make in his speech? How would each allusion relate to what was happening in 1775? You may look these up to help you answer.
- “We are apt to . . . listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.” (Odyssey, Books 10 and 12)
- “Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation?” (Ezekiel 12:2)
- “Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.” (Luke 22:47-48)
EAT LOTS OF TURKEY!!
Homework for the Week of November 6
I want to emphasize to you that if you have any questions about the homework assignments or are confused about something I did or said, please contact me via text, email, phone call or Skype. Texting is the best way to get my attention. My phone number is 281-240-9389 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Being confused is not an excuse to not do your homework because I am always available to help you throughout the week.
- Complete the Test I gave you today in class. Last week I gave you a study guide so that you can study for the test first. Hopefully, you have been doing that. Your parent must proctor the test and sign their name of initials in the top right corner on the first page of the test. You will turn your test in to me next Monday.
- Finish reading The Last of the Mohicans. Bring your hardcopy of the book with you to class next week. You will need it to complete an exercise in class. We were not able to get to it today.
- Today, we talked about the Cause and Effect paragraph. A Cause and Effect paragraph is a type of expository paragraph because you are explaining something. You will choose one of the prompts from your workbook. Then, you will plan, draft and publish your cause and effect paragraph to turn in next Monday. You need to label your cause and effect paragraph as “Cause and Effect Paragraph” at the top of your paper so that I know what it is. If you do not label your paper with “Cause and Effect Paragraph” I will give it back to you to label it. You will turn in your planner, rough draft, 2nd draft and final draft. I am now requiring you to make editing marks on both your rough drafts and 2nd draft. I want to see the revisions from one draft to the other. Your rough draft should be very messy with all the revisions that you make. The 2nd draft will have less revisions, but you should still have some.
- Familiarize yourself with the figurative language terms that you learned today in class. Knowing them will be helpful when you complete the exercise that I have for you next week.
- Write 20 simple sentences. At the top of your paper, write your name and “20 Simple Sentences.” Turn this in next week.
- We only have 4 more classes until Christmas break. If you have any homework that you have not turned in, start working on that over the next 4 weeks. Please do not attempt to complete all of it in one day and turn it in on the 11th. Start working on it now and turn it in gradually over the next 4 class periods. Remember: we are making up our class we missed due to Harvey on December 11. The class time will be our regular meeting time on that day. If there is something you do not understand, please ask me.
Homework for the Week of October 30
Write a descriptive paragraph using one of the prompts in your Essentials in Writing workbook. You will plan, draft, revise and publish your paragraph. Make sure you use the checklist at the end of the section about Descriptive paragraphs as you finalize your paragraph.
You were given a study guide today in class for a take home literature test that I will give to you next week. Don’t assume that if it is not on the study guide it won’t be on your test. The test covers The Colonial Era of American Literature as well as other concepts we have learned. Start studying now!!
Read the following biography of Edward Taylor and take notes:
Read about Metaphysical poets and take notes:
Determine the rhythm and meter of the following poem by Edward Taylor, “Huswifery”.
Read Chapters 19-24 of The Last of the Mohicans.
The nineteenth-century language of the novel can seem excessively formal and elaborate to modern readers. Do you think the novel’s language interferes with the excitement of its story? Why or why not? Write about how you feel about this in your literature journal.
Homework for the Week of October 23
Vocabulary – Skimming, scanning, Calvinism, persuasion
Write a Persuasive Paragraph using one of the prompts in your workbook. Remember: you need to turn in your planner, rough draft, 2nd draft and final draft. Your final draft must be typed, double spaced, using a 12 point font. For a persuasive paragraph, use strong verbs to call your reader to action.
Practice the skimming and scanning techniques that you learned in class today when completing homework for you other classes. These really are beneficial tools that you can take with you wherever you go.
Read the poem by Phyllis Wheatley, “On Being Brough to Africa to America.”
Read the following biography about James Fenimore Cooper and take notes:
Read the biography of Phyllis Wheatley. Take notes.
I forgot to tell you in class today that you will have a test on Native American Literature, The Colonial Era of Literature, all vocabulary words and The Scarlet Letter in 2 weeks. You should start gathering and organizing your notes . I will give you a study guide next week.
Read Chapters 13-18 in The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.
In your literary journal, make a list of the major characters in The Last of the Mohicans and give a brief description of each. Also write a brief description of the setting.
Homework for the Week of October 16
Read Chapters 7-12 of The last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Vocabulary – Rhyme, rhyme scheme, theme, symbolism, conflict, poetry, poem, annotate, close reading, expository, motif
Write an Expository paragraph using one of the prompts in the Expository Writing Section of your Essentials in Writing Workbook. You will structure your paragraph like I modeled for you in class. You will turn in your planner, first draft (rough draft), 2nd draft and final draft next Monday. The final draft must be typed, double spaced and use a 12pt Arial font or something similar.
Read “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards.
Here is an audio version:
Determine the rhyme scheme of the following two peoms by Anne Bradstreet:. The easiest way to do this is to print the poems and then write the letters at the end of the line. You will turn both of these poems in on Monday. If you do not understand the instructions, please ask me. (You may want to turn on your adblocker)
We May Live Together
In Reference to Her Children
In your copy of The Scarlet Letter, go to Chapter 24: The Conclusion. Follow the directions below (this is important):
- Number the paragraphs in the chapter (You should have 12 paragraphs in that chapter).
- Close read and annotate paragraph 11, using the guidelines fiven to you in class and modeled on the board. You can also use the handout that I gave you last week to help you through the process of annotating and close reading.
- Use different colored highlights, pens or pencils to make notations in the margin and emphasize words, themes, symbols and motifs.
- Make a legend for the colors you use and document what those colors represent.
- Especially look for the theme of light and darkness that permeates The Scarlet Letter. Document words representing light with one color and words representing dark with another color. Ask yourself questions in the margin. Make a comparison of the passage we annotated in class and the passage you are annotating here. Make a comparison in the margin.
You will need to turn in a copy of the passage into class next Monday, so it would be helpful if you have a color copier at home to copy the page in the book that you annotate to turn in with your legend. If you do not have a color copier, then that is OK too.
I am probably forgetting something. If any student wants to remind me if I said in class that I was going to give something additional to you, I will add it to your homework and send you an email that something was added..
Homework for the Week of October 9, 2017
Test – Top Priority
I will give you a take-home test next week on sentences. Use your workbook as a study guide. You will need to know the definitions, but also you will need to be able identify and write all the different types of sentences that we have discussed in class. You will also need to know how to repair and recognize sentence errors, such as fragments, comma splices, and run on sentences. Also study the appositive sentence and be able to add information to a sentence using prepositional phrases. Please, please, please let me know if you need some additional help!
Point of View Exercise
We talked about the 3 kinds of point of view in class today. You were each given a scenario from which to write from the point of view that was given. If you don’t remember the scenario I gave you, I will send it to you. I would like to see more than 6 sentences because I think each scenario should deserve at least that much if not more. Type your response.
Begin Reading The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper Chapters 1-6. Start making a list of characters in your literature response journal. You will need to leave some room to profile the characters as you go along. Don’t think that you can skip reading the book and watch the movie, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. The movie is not the same at all. They are significantly different. Below is the audio file for the novel. You may listen to the novel for the plot, but you will need a hard copy as well.
Read this biography about Anne Bradstreet. Take notes.
Homework for the Week of October 2, 2017
Look at the homework pages from previous weeks and complete any of the homework that you have not turned in. Hardly anyone turned in the summary assignment of John Smith’s first voyage. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON LAST WEEK’S HOMEWORK PAGE! If you get it done, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. When you turn in old homework, please make sure you label it clearly so that I can tell what it is and when it was due.
Sovereignty, Congregationalist, Separatist, rhetoric/rhetorical, style, parallel structure, litotes
Finish reading The Scarlet Letter this week. It has a twist at the end that is going to make you say, “What the what?!!”
Complete the worksheet with the graphic organizer that I gave you in class. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!! Make sure you bring this to class next week, so you can discuss with your group.
Read the following biography about William Bradford.
Read the excerpts from Of Plymouth Plantation and answer the questions on a sheet of notebook paper TO TURN IN!!
Take a virtual Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation. This might be helpful for our next literary activity on Monday.
Bradford uses several literary devices to create his own style. The way an author uses language is his or her style. If an exam question asks you to describe the style an author uses, you should describe the rhetorical devices the author uses to create his or her style. Look again at the definition of litotes from your vocabulary. Bradford uses this device in his writing. Here is one example: “…they were not a little joyful…” Can you find another example in the text? Be ready to compare your answers in your group. Also, look back at yesterday’s definition of parallelism or parallel structure. Can you find any examples of parallel structure in Bradford’s work? Here is one: “…they had now no friends to welcome them nor inns to entertain or refresh their weather-beaten bodies; no houses or much less towns to repair, to seek for succor. . .” Bradford uses infinitives and nouns to create an orderly listing of what the Pilgrims are going through.
Start studying for your test on sentences in two weeks. I want you to ROCK this test!!
On page 22 in your Essentials in Writing workbook, read the paragraph on that page and dissect it by writing each sentence next to the part of the paragraph it represents in the planner. MAKE A COPY OF IT AND BRING IT TO CLASS TO TURN IN NEXT MONDAY!
Homework for the Week of September 25
I think I may have forgotten to take up the one or two sentence summaries of the main characters of the Scarlett Letter today. Hang on to those and I will get them with the characterization chart you were completing with your group.
Test on sentences in 2 weeks. This will be a take home test that I will give you on October 9. Until then, study the different types of sentences that we have learned, practiced and identified.
Vocabulary: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Denouement, journal
Complete the appositive worksheet that I gave you in class today. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Read this biography about John Smith and take notes:
Read about John smith’s Journals and Letters and take notes:
Watch this History Channel video about the settling of Jamestown.
Early American writers first had to ensure their own survival before they could think about writing for entertainment. These early writings were more about keeping historical records than of creating something with literary value, so these works would be narratives, descriptions, observations, reports, journals, and histories. We need to be mindful of this when reading them in this current day.Read the journal of John Smith’s first voyage. Write a brief summary of each section.
Read or listen to The Scarlet letter Chapters 16-21.
Search the internet, a book or a magazine to learn more about something you are interested in. find and copy five sentences that use the who, which, or that clause. Find 5 sentence for each clause for a total of 15 sentences. Let me know if you do not understand what you are supposed to do.
On a sheet of notebook paper, write five pairs of sentences, Then, combine each pair by using a who, which or that clause. Let me know if you do not understand what you are supposed to do.
Homework for the Week of September 18
Characterization, Puritan, Pilgrim, setting, colonialism, brief, literature of witness, protagonist, antagonist
Over the next week, talk to your group members about your Native American oral story. Facetime might be a good idea here if you can’t get together. You can use props, costumes, or anything that you think will help present your story. Group members may have to play more than one part. Performances should be no more than 5 minutes. You will be given a test grade for this project; however, I will not be grading it. The class will be given a critique sheet for the performances. Of course, I will have one too. All grades will be averaged together for the final grade. Test grades make up 40% of your overall grade, so make sure you do a good job.
Read or listen to The Scarlet Letter Chapters 11-16.
Think about Hawthorne’s characterization. We didn’t have a lot of time to spend on the characterization activity in class today. We will finish that up next week. Please make sure you bring the worksheet to class. Chapters 9 through 15 move the plot forward by examining each of the main characters in turn. You will become more closely acquainted with each character by means of the narrator’s insight into his or her thoughts and actions. After you read each chapter, write a one- or two-sentence summary, focusing on what the narrator reveals about the characters.
In your Response to Literature Journal, respond to the following questions (please make a copy to turn in to me or place it on a flash drive in an envelope with your name on it):
- Everyone feels guilty about something at some time in his or her life. Describe a time when you felt guilty.
- How did guilt change your behavior? What, if anything, did you do to rid yourself of the guilt?
- What effects does guilt have on a person’s life?
- How did guilt make you feel?
- Were your feelings very similar to or very different from those of Hester, Dimmesdale, and/or Chillingworth?
On a sheet of notebook paper, write a paragraph (six or more sentences) describing how you feel about someone important in your life. Write some of the sentences as fragments. Make sure you bring this to class.
On a sheet of notebook paper, write five compound complex sentences. Do not forget to use proper punctuation between the independent and dependent clause.
Search the internet a book or a magazine to learn more about something you are interested in. Find and copy five compound complex sentences. Underline and label each independent and dependent clause. NOTE: if you have trouble finding compound complex sentences, use a search engine on the internet and search compound complex sentence examples. Google is always your friend.
Homework for the week of September 11
Stereotype, Archetype, Myth
Read The Scarlet Letter Chapters 5-10
Write a paragraph describing your experience about wearing the letter. Be prepared to discuss your experience in class.
Essentials in Writing
On a sheet of notebook paper, write ten complex sentences. Do not forget to use proper punctuation between the independent and dependent clause.
Search the internet a book or a magazine to learn more about something you are interested in. Find and copy five complex sentences.
On a sheet of notebook paper, write a paragraph (six or more sentences) about something you enjoy doing in your free time. Separate sentences with commas (a comma splice) or leave out punctuation altogether. This is harder to do than you think! Make sure you bring this to class next week for an editing exercise.
Homework for the week of August 21, 2017
Great first day! Thanks for being patient as I went through all the class policies. I will have a copy for you next week to put in your binder.
As a side note, for some reason, the WordPress editor does not let me format some things that I would like to format. So, going forward, you should know that things don’t get aligned properly no matter what I do. Now, typos….that’s a whole other ball game. I make them all the time because when I am entering homework on the homework page, I am in a hurry. You can make fun of me in class if you like, but since I am your instructor, I definitely want you to do as I say and not as I do.
Now on to homework! Contact me via email, text (my phone number is 281-240-9389), phone call or Skype (I will have my Skype number available to you next week) if you have questions.
Define the following vocabulary in your vocabulary notebook/journal:
- Primary documents
- Oral tradition
Native American Literature
- Read the following Native American oral stories. These are short, but make sure you read them because we will have an activity in class next week, so you need to be familiar with them.
- The Earth on Turtle’s Back
- When Grizzlies Walked Upright
- The Navajo Origin Legend
- Answer the questions on the handout I gave you in class as you read the Native American stories:
The Scarlet Letter
- Watch this video summary of The Scarlet Letter:
- Begin reading or listening to The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. You have 5 weeks (now to September 17) to read this novel. You may listen to the audio file to get a feeling for the plot, but you will need a hard copy of the novel when we begin to analyze it. Read the Custom House Introduction and Chapters 1-4. It’s always OK to read/listen ahead, if you have the time.
Essentials in Writing
- On a sheet of notebook paper, write five sentences (independent clauses). Remember, the simple sentence (or independent clause) only needs a subject and a verb with no subordinator.
- On a sheet of notebook paper, write five sentences that begin with dependent clauses. Begin each dependent clause with a subordinator. Refer to your workbook for a list of subordinators if you have not memorized them.
- Search the internet a book or a magazine to learn more about something you are interested in. Find five sentences that contain both a dependent and independent clause (be sure to look for subordinators).
- Memorize the subordinators, coordinating conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs. This will be ongoing.
- On a sheet of notebook paper, write five compound sentences. Use a comma and coordinating conjunction to connect the independent clauses.
- On a sheet of notebook paper, write five compound sentences. Use a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb to connect the independent clauses.
- Search the internet, a book, or a magazine to learn more about something you are interested in. Copy five compound sentences that use a comma and a coordinating conjunction to connect the independent clauses.
- Search the internet, a book or a magazine to learn more about something you are interested in. Copy five compound sentences that use a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb to connect the independent clauses.