10-11 American Literature & Composition

10-11 American Literature & Composition 2017-18 Mondays, 8:30 – 10:25 AM
Instructor: Ingrid Stassi           ingridstassiatcpc@yahoo.com

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.


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

  1. ReadChapters 10-20 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Sentence Assignments

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,

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Read The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.


  1. Read Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allan Poe


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. 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

  1. 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.

Marry Christmas!

Homework for the week of December 4, 2017

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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:


  1. Read this article about the Fireside Poets:


  1. Read about the life of William Cullen Bryant:


  1. Read “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant


  1. Read about Oliver Wendall Holmes:


  1. Read “Old Ironsides.”


  1. Vocabulary – genre, character foil, novel, satire,
  2. Follow along as you listen to The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.


Homework for the week of November 27, 2017

  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Read about Thomas Paine at the following link and take notes:


  1. Read the Sparknotes summary of Common Sense by Thomas Paine:


  1. 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.


  1. 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.

  1. Vocabulary – Reflective writing, deist, theocentric, speech, rhetorical question, ethos, pathos, logos, Romanticism.
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  1. “We are apt to . . . listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.” (Odyssey, Books 10 and 12)
  2. “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)
  3. “Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss.” (Luke 22:47-48)


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 ingridstassiatcpc@yahoo.com. Being confused is not an excuse to not do your homework because I am always available to help you throughout the week.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Write 20 simple sentences. At the top of your paper, write your name and “20 Simple Sentences.” Turn this in next week.
  6. 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):

  1. Number the paragraphs in the chapter (You should have 12 paragraphs in that chapter).
  2. 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.
  3. Use different colored highlights, pens or pencils to make notations in the margin and emphasize words, themes, symbols and motifs.
  4. Make a legend for the colors you use and document what those colors represent.
  5. 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

American Literature

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:

  • Annotate
  • Analyze
  • Primary documents
  • Linguistic
  • Oral tradition

Native American Literature

  1. 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


  1. Answer the questions on the handout I gave you in class as you read the Native American stories:


The Scarlet Letter

  1. Watch this video summary of The Scarlet Letter:


  1. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Memorize the subordinators, coordinating conjunctions and conjunctive adverbs. This will be ongoing.
  5. On a sheet of notebook paper, write five compound sentences. Use a comma and coordinating conjunction to connect the independent clauses.
  6. On a sheet of notebook paper, write five compound sentences. Use a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb to connect the independent clauses.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.