Friday, December 18, 2015

Poetry Out Loud Selections


  • Kobe Bryant's retirement poem:
  • Selecting a peom

  • Honors essay due upon return
  • Complete final section of O Pioneers! and reading section

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Word Graveyard


  • Catch up on vocab
  • Word Graveyard

  • You absolutely need to have finished the book for Thursday
  • Corrections due Friday
  • Vocab quiz Thursday

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MC Corrections


  • Layout for MC corrections
  • Workshop Time: Corrections and Characterization charts
  • Charts due tomorrow
  • MC corrections due Friday

Friday, December 11, 2015

Western Isms Quiz


  • Western Isms Quiz
  • Finish characterization assignment
  • Read chapters 8-10 for Monday

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Minor Characterization in Grendel


  • Know Thyself Journal
  • Complete characterization assignment
    • Task a--Unferth
    • Task b--Wealtheow
  • Make sure that you complete the paragraph that goes with your character

  • Study for your Westernisms quiz
  • Continue working on your characterization assignment so that you can have it completed during class tomorrow
  • Be prepared to read chapters 8, 9, and 10 over the weekend

Grendel Discussion Continued


  • Grendel Discussion Questions (Ch 3 +4)

  • Read chapters 6 and 7
  • Study for Western "isms" quiz on Friday

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Reviewing Isms


  • Review charts
  • Create Discussion questions--3 for your assigned chapter
  • Finish coming up with your discussion questions

Friday, December 4, 2015

Finding the Isms in Grendel


  • Reading worksheet
  • Catch-up work
  • Read chapters 3-5 and answer the following questions on the dragon chapter on the forum:

Dragon Chapter Reading Questions

  • As you read through the end of chapter 5, answer the following: 

Explain the purpose of the dragon chapter.  In trying to determine it, you should answer the following first:
  1. Which isms does the dragon embody?
  2. What does the dragon's relationship to Grendel seem to be?
  3. What pieces of advice does the dragon give to Grendel?
  4. How does Grendel handle this advice/the other information the dragon gives to him?  Immediately?  By the end of the chapter?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Intro to Existentialism


  • Review Western isms
  • Existentialism notes
  • Read ch 2 for Friday
  • Complete existentialism reading on forums and the 3-2-1 for Friday
  • Test Thursday on Beowulf

Monday, November 30, 2015

Revisiting our AP Essays


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Practice Grade a Partner's Essay
  • Rewrite based on feedback for a higher grade
  • Read ch 1 of Grendel  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Ambiguous Religion of Beowulf


  • Heroic or Elegiac?  Complete an argumentative paragraph in which you argue whether Beowulf is more of one or the other.
  • Christianity in Beowulf
    • Handout
    • Close reading of provided selections

  • Finish the close reading of your chosen section and paste your responses on the forum
  • You need to be prepared for a peer review tomorrow
  • Papers are due on Friday

Beowulf Review


  • Scavenger Questions on the forum
  • Essay due Friday
  • Make sure you handed in all assignments from last week

Monday, November 16, 2015

Beowulf Discussion


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Discussion of Section I
  • Make sure you have completed the wyrd handout and questions
  • Make sure you have finished reading Beowulf
  • Papers due Friday

Beowulf Catch-All Day (Friday)


  • Complete whatever you need to in order to catch up

  • Read the handouts on the Anglo-Saxon concept of fate, "wyrd.",    Write a journal response explaining the extent to which wyrd plays a part in the story.  (They have these links in their e-mail.)  In another paragraph, please explain how wyrd compares with fate as it is presented in Oedipus Rex.

  • Homework
    • Complete essay for Friday 
    •  Finish reading Beowulf

    Archetypes in Beowulf


    Exploring Beowulf's Characterization (Tuesday)


    • Comparing Beowulf through the lens of Emerson's "Heroism"
    • Grendel Drawings
      • 5 references to textual support to complete the drawing
    • Continue reading
    • Finish drawing for Thursday

    Beowulf Part I (Monday)


    • Complete Part 1 Questions
    • Read through line 1812
    • Study for vocab quiz Monday
    • Paper due next Friday

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Introduction to Beowulf


    • Discussion of essay scoring
    • Background information to Beowulf notes

    • Read through line 1231 and answer the second set of questions ( I will collect them Mon. )
    • Vocab Quiz Monday
    • Do not forget your essays on Oedipus are due on Nov. 12th 

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    Riddles Cont'


    • Post an analysis of your favorite riddle
    • Begin writing your sample riddle in Anglo-Saxon style
    • Read through line 688 of Beowulf and answer the reading questions
    • Riddles are due Friday
    • Vocab quiz Friday
    • Oedipus papers are due Nov 12th

    Monday, November 2, 2015

    An Intro to Anglo-Saxons: Riddles


    • Anglo-Saxon Notes
    • Sample Riddle:

    The following link will send you to a site that you can use to complete your worksheet.  Make sure to write down the number of the riddle.

    In addition to what you are asked to do on the sheet, make sure to note the subject and a guess at the answer to the riddle (the answer might be listed, but try not to cheat).


    • Finish six sample riddles and fill out the worksheet

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    The Ending of Antigone


    • Vocab Quiz
    • Discussion of death and marriage in Ancient Greece and the ending of Antigone.


    • No additional homework

    Thursday, October 29, 2015

    Oedipus Paper Prompts

    Ms. Hoffmann
    AP/Honors English
    Oedipus Rex Essay Assignment

    *Choose one of the prompts below to respond to in a well-written, proofread, three to five page paper.  You do not need to answer every single question included in the prompt you choose. 

    *The multiple questions with each prompt are there to help you think through your response not for you to answer moving from one to the next.  If you answer all of them in that latter way rather than writing a paper, you will not do well.

    *In responding to your chosen prompt, support it with specific textual evidence.

    *Your paper should not be all (or even mostly) plot summary.  Briefly describe the events which you use to support your case. 

    *As with your summer assignment, feel free to include illustrative quotes.  However, make sure that these add meaning to your paper. (In other words, they should not be there to take up space.)  They also should be properly introduced, as we discussed in class. 

    *When possible and appropriate, refer to the literary techniques that Sophocles uses to craft Oedipus Rex and the effect that they have in responding to your chosen prompt. 

    *Your paper should be in the following format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins all around, and double spaced.

    *Follow MLA format (Works Cited, etc.)

    *Follow the standard conventions of written English.  Avoid contractions and the use of the first-person point of view. 

    Prompt Choices:
    1.       The Holt textbook notes, “Women’s status in ancient Greece was inferior to that of men.  Many well-known Greek plays, however, center on major female characters.  These characters are fully formed and complex.  [Remember that Aristotle praised well-rounded characters in his Poetics.]  Rather than being only mothers, daughters, or wives, they are depicted as villainesses, victims, and heroines, and sometimes all three” (241).  Reflect on this statement in light of the character of Jocasta.  Does Sophocles’ characterization of her uphold or refute this opinion?  Why or why not? (**You also could write a similar analysis of Antigone.)

    2.      Find a couple of articles that explain what the Sigmund Freud calls the Oedipus Complex.  Use this knowledge to write an essay that explains whether or not the Oedipus myth, as it is presented in Oedipus Rex, fits with the Oedipus complex.  Are the components of the Oedipus Complex universal fears/desires?  Do you think Oedipus, the character for whom it is named, has this complex?  Why or why not?

    3.      According to the Holt textbook, “In previous scenes, Sophocles focuses on Oedipus’ kingship.  In this final scene, he explores Oedipus as a man and father.  According to Brockett, ‘By this point he has ceased to be the ruler of Thebes and has become the lowest of its citizens, and much of the pathos is due to this change.’ By focusing on Oedipus ‘the outcast’ rather than Oedipus the ‘self-righteous ruler,’ Sophocles arouses more pity in the audience leading to a stronger emotional experience.”  Do you agree with this evaluation of the play?  What do you think is the mood at the end?  Is it different in a way that is significant and that allows the reader to make a greater connection with Oedipus?  (You may want to think about these questions in light of the fact that Oedipus’ blinding and Jocasta’s suicide appear offstage and first are reported in a second-hand fashion.) (**You also could write an analysis comparing how the audience is made to feel about Oedipus at the end of Oedipus Rex versus Creon at the end of Antigone.)

    4.      Question 17 on p. 265: Discuss Oedipus Rex in light of the debate between free will and fate. (Refer to p. 265 for the full question.)

    5.      Prompt of your choice.  (You should run this by me to make sure that it is a suitable topic for a 3-5 page paper.)

    Due Date: November 12th, 2015 (Given the due date, this will NOT be a part of your first quarter grade).

    Considerations of Greek Marraige


    • Check-in Quiz

    • Read through at least ten slides on the following page:  You can click through by pressing the arrows closely spaced above the page number.  Answer the following questions based on the reading:
      • What is Xenophon's text saying?
      • What does it suggest that marriage is based on (love, arrangement, practicality)?  Point to specific quotes to support your claim.
    • Text Discussion

    • Vocab Quiz Friday

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Intro to Antigone


    • Presentation (Gender in 5th c. Athens)
    • Antigone as a Homeric Hero
    • Complete chart
    • Read Sc 2 +3 (to line 801)

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    Test Review


    • Review Test
    • Read Sc. 1 of Antigone (through p. 23)
    • SPOTTTS due Tuesday

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    Oedipus Rex in Adaptation


    • Continue viewing
    • SPOTTTS and vocab pushed to Monday
    • Make sure that fate charts actually are completed for tomorrow.  There will be no more leniency in classroom expectations for late and incomplete assignments.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Fate vs. Free Will


    • Free Write: Is Oedipus' perepetia and subsequent catastrophe the result of fate or free will?
    • Selection stationary rotation
      • Complete chart as you go


    Monday, October 19, 2015

    Greek Terms in Use and Discussion of Sc. 4


    • Discuss course announcements
    • Using Greek Terms to describe Oedipus Rex
    • Discussion of Sc. 4


    • SPOTTTS due Friday: 
    • Oedipus Sample AP Questions due tomorrow

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Oedipus in Translation


    • Vocab Quiz
    • Practice AP Oedipus questions
    • Make sure you have finished the play
    • Complete the handout on Aristotle's tragic hero
    • SPOTTTS of "October" for Monday.  Be on the lookout for feedback in the meantime.

    Monday, October 12, 2015

    Oedipus Sc 2 Analysis


    • Discussion of sc. 2
    • Hand in Part 1 questions tomorrow if you did not today
    • Read sc 3 including the next ode for tomorrow's class

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Irony Detectives


    • Review irony
    • Irony detectives worksheet
    • SPOTTTS due tomorrow
    • Vocab quiz tomorrow

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Oedipus Rex Prologue and Sc. 1


    • Announcements
    • Discussion of Sc 1
      • Setting
      • Role of the Chorus
      • Characterization of Oedipus
      • Rhetoric of Oedipus' speeches
    • Read Sc. 2 for Monday
    • Answer questions at end of it for Thursday's class (p. 236 #3, 5, 7, and 8)
    • SPOTTTS due Friday
    • Vocab Quiz Friday

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Greek Presentations II


    • Greek Presentations
    • Return to Fosterian Analysis
    • Read Act 1 and Choral Ode 1 of Oedipus Rex (It should be around p. 203 in your green textbooks.)
    • Vocab Quiz Friday
    • SPOTTTS due Friday

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    AP Practice


    • Vocab Quiz
    • AP MC Practice Review
    • Greek presentations due on Monday

    Reading Between the Lyrics


    • Foster Review
    • Sample Music Videos
      • Weird Al's "White and Nerdy"
      • Emile Autumn's "Juliet"
      • Blue October "Into the Ocean"
      • Lana del Rey's "Summertime Sadness"
    • SPOTTTS due Tuesday
    • Greek Project due Monday
    • Vocab Quiz Friday

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    Greek Jigsaw Instructions

    Jigsaw Overview:

    You have been given an article.  It now is your job to become an expert on your topic.  You will be using the knowledge that you gain to present to the rest of the class.  The information you are covering is information that you need in order to understand what is going on in Oedipus Rex.

    Jigsaw Directions:

    1. Read your assigned article.
    2. Locate the main points in the article.  What does the rest of the class need to know?
    3. Locate an additional article about your topic.  Locate the main points in this article.  
    4. Transfer these main points into a presentation to share with your classmates.  Think about what constitutes a good presentation.  I should be able to read the text in terms of both size and color.  You also should incorporate pictures and a works cited.
    5. Post a link to your presentation on the forum under the Oedipus section.  (If you cannot link to it, you may want to just post your takeaway points.)

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Intro to Greek Theater


    • Greek Theater Videos


    • Watch the video and answer the web quest questions on the handout

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Cultural Connections


    • S:POTTTS due Monday on "A Noiseless Patient Spider"

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Unit Test

    Boot Camp Unit Test

    Upcoming Deadlines:

    • Vocab Quiz tomorrow
    • SPOTTTS analysis due Monday on "A Noiseless Patient Spider."  Please print and bring to class rather than posting to the blog.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    EPL Review and Satire Continued


    • Review ethos, pathos, and logos
    • Satire Handout #2
    • Three questions from the Swift discussion guide.  Please post your answers to the forum.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Tone and Mood Finish Up


    • Review vocab quizzes
    • Review tone and mood
    • Tone and mood worksheet


    • Complete Foster edits
    • Study for Thursday vocab
    • SPOTTTS due Friday
    • Tuesday (next) Foster quiz

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Review and Intro to Tone and Mood


    • Foster Chapter 27 Discussion
    • Multiple Choice #1 Discussion
    • Tone video

    • Foster edits due Wed
    • Vocab quiz Thur
    • SPOTTTS due Fri
    • Tuesday: Foster exam

    Friday, September 11, 2015



    • Vocab Quiz
    • STAR Exam
    • Review "A Modest Proposal" for Monday's class

    Symbol, Allegory, Fantasy


    • Notes 
    • Discussion questions for "A Very Old Man..."
    • Study for Vocab
    • Foster corrections due Wednesday
    • SPOTTTS due Monday on "To an Athlete Dying Young

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    SPOTTTS Wrap


    • Look at SPOTTTS example
    • Vocab Quiz Friday
    • Read "A Modest Proposal" for Friday
    • SPOTTTS of "To an Athlete..." due Monday
    • HRL edits due next Wednesday

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Thematic Statements


    • Finish up Plot Rearrangement activity
    • Discuss
    • PPT: Theme and Thematic Statements
    • HRL 23-26
    • Study for Vocab Quiz

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015



    • Discussion of "A Rose..." POV writing
    • Plot PPT
    • "The Short Happy Life.." discussion 
      • Map Plot
      • Plot Rearrangement
    • Read "Once Upon a Time" and answer Questions
    • HRL next 3 chapters
    • Vocab Quiz Friday

    POV Wrap & "A Rose..."


    • POV IDs
    • Discussion of "A Rose for Emily"
    • POV samples
    • Write a paragraph of "A Rose for Emily" from three different perspectives
    • Analysis of how that perspective did or did not change meaning.  Was anything lost?  Use your charts from class to help you consider such.
    • Make sure you have Macomber read and questions answered

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Point of View


    • Complete discussion of "Miss Brill"
    • Review POV
    • Read "The Short Happy Life..." and answer questions on forum
    • Read through chapter 14 of HRL

    Characterization Review


    • Finish writing assessment
    • Review characterization terms
    • Discussion of "Miss Brill"
    • Read "A Rose for Emily" and answer the characterization questions
    • Read HRP 7-11 inclusive

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Writing Samples


    • Logistics, forum, etc.
    • "Birthday Party" Response Writing
    • Chapeters 4-6 HRL
    • Read "Miss Brill" in Perrine's and choose one review question at the end to answer on the forum



    • Read HRL 1-3, create summary for your assigned chapter