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