SCHEDULE & THEMATIC QUESTION TOPICS:
Tuesday 5/29 -
Finish discussion of themes & PREP FOR SOCRATIC SEMINAR
Wednesday 5/30 -
How do monster stories foster exploration of morality... of right vs. wrong?
--> Think: social values, religion, responsibility, etc.
Who? Rebecca, Mariam A., Sela, Mariam D., Alfonso, Tori, Terrence, Billicko
Thursday 5/31 -
How do monster stories make us question the pursuit of knowledge... and its consequences?
--> Think: obsession with science, man as creator/inventor, "god complex"
Who? Jennifer, Ebony, Emmanuel, Tiana, Chloe, Carise, Esther, Mosammat
Friday 6/1 -
How do monster stories function as social criticism and/or commentary?
--> Think: popular culture, social issues, fears, dreams, etc.
Who? My Queen, Loren, Karencia, Gerald, Kayla, Karla, Sandy, Whitney
Click HERE for the assignment + rubric.
Click HERE for the cover sheet with space for your discussion questions & pre-seminar thoughts.
1. Finish reading Frankenstein. As you read, flag pages/passages that might connect to YOUR seminar discussion group's thematic question...
2. Closely read and annotate all three of the articles given in class (linked below).
3. Brainstorm 3-5 great discussion questions (use the cover sheet!)
4. Work on your Gothic Project creative piece!
IN CLASS ON TUESDAY:
1. Answer the pre-seminar set of questions (use the back of the cover sheet!)
2. Identify at least 2 passages in Frankenstein for close-reading. Write up your thoughts on how these passages relate to and shed light on your seminar topic.
3. Complete any of the other pre-seminar tasks you haven't yet finished...
HERE ARE THE ARTICLES:
TASK: Demonstrate your understanding of the Gothic by creating a piece of narrative art or literature that embodies the genre.
→ Your goal is to utilize a minimum of 3 characteristics of the Gothic genre (as shown in setting, character, and action/plot) in a piece of creative work - these characteristics should be clearly identifiable. Review your notes to identify Gothic elements that get your creative ideas flowing!
OPTION #1: Write a short story (2+ pages)
OPTION #2: Write & illustrate a graphic novella (short story) (2+ pages)
OPTION #3: Write a narrative poem (1-2 pages telling a story, à la Poe)
OPTION #4: Write and film a narrative ‘short’ (a 2-5 minute movie!)
→ Remember: TERROR vs. horror
DUE: Tuesday 5/29
*come by Ms. Rush’s room after school on Wednesday 5/23 or Thursday 5/24 for conferencing or editing help!
Click HERE for the full assignment sheet WITH rubric.
For Tuesday 5/15, read pages 1-14 in Frankenstein (Walton's 4 letters to his sister).
For Wednesday 5/16, read pages 14-23 in Frankenstein (Chapters 1 - 2).
For Thursday 5/17, read pages 23-38 in Frankenstein (Chapters 3-5).
For Friday 5/18, read up to page 54 in Frankenstein (up to the end of Chapter 7).
For Monday 5/21, read up to page 90 in Frankenstein (Chapters 8 - 14).
For Tuesday 5/22, read up to page 108 in Frankenstein (Chapters 15-17).
For Wednesday 5/23, read up to page 124 in Frankenstein (Chapter 18 - middle of Chapter 20).
For Thursday 5/24, read up to page 149 in Frankenstein (Chapters 20-23).
For Friday 5/25, read up to page 166 in Frankenstein (up to THE END).
INFO FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING:
Essay SECTION Game Plan:
INDIVIDUAL Essays Game Plan:
GOALS = EACH essay has a strong intro, 2 beefy body paragraphs (3 if you have time), and a brief conclusion wrapping up key ideas.
You guys have worked hard this year, you are wonderful thinkers, and I am so excited for you to show the college board what you can do! This exam is a big challenge, but you are PREPARED for it. I couldn't be prouder of you all RIGHT NOW.
Bring pencils, pens, focus and your A-game tomorrow. LOVE, MS. RUSH
PS: always be annotating... and remember: This is water.
Click HERE for a little cheat sheet to help you review
the titles/authors/setting/character names
of the major texts we've worked with this year.
Enjoy reading the end of your book club novel, & try to start resting up THIS weekend, so you'll go into next week feeling good and able to be alert bright and early on Wednesday morning.
Click the link to complete your reflection & peer-evaluation after EVERY book club meeting. On the day you were the discussion leader, do your best to fill it out for yourself, even if it feels a bit awkward.
HERE IS THE SURVEY FORM!
TASK ONE: Finish reading The Great Gatsby!
As you read, consider the language: pay close attention to evocative imagery, motifs, symbols, characterization, and social commentary.
TASK TWO: While reading, use POST-IT notes to mark at least one passage per chapter that you would like to discuss further. Feel free to flag as many passages as you would like, and use the post-it to briefly note for yourself WHY you flagged that particular passage for discussion.
--> Reading quiz on Monday 4/9
STEP ONE → Select TWO of the three poems we’ve read. In a timed 40 minutes, handwrite a well-organized essay that makes and supports a claim about how these two works of literature conceive of and portray the “American Dream.” You should examine specific literary choices each author makes, but also discuss the poems in juxtaposition with each other.
My recommendation is: DO THIS ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY.
STEP TWO → Edit, revise, and type this essay. Be especially thoughtful in creating a strong, specific, and arguable thesis. Feel free to add one - two more paragraphs if necessary. At this point, if you would like to add historical context into the introduction or conclusion as well, you may.
My recommendation is: .DO THIS ON SUNDAY OR MONDAY.
Submit the hand-written, timed-writing draft AND the typed draft on Tuesday, 3/27.
This will constitute your rough draft (you’ll get it back after the break).
If you are satisfied with this draft’s grade, you may choose not to revise the essay again. If you DO want to revise it, it needs to be re-submitted on Friday, April 13.
This AP Literature & Composition class is a college-level survey course that requires extensive reading, deep thinking, and high-level analytical writing. You are in this class by choice AND by teacher recommendation.