Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Homework for All Classes - 1/23 and 1/24

It's time for us to begin our long stretch to Spring Break.  Here are your reminders to prepare for Friday/Monday's class.

AP English IV

That Flannery O'Connor - what a great author, right?  Tonight for homework you've got two poems to read in your Perrine books:  Lucille Clifton's "in the inner city" and Wallace Stevens' "Sunday Morning".  The Clifton poem acts as a really excellent counterpoint to O'Connor's "Good Country People"; the Stevens poem is just a really beautiful one.  Remember to read the questions after the poem with the Stevens piece as they will really help you to understand what's going on in the poem, especially with the structure.

Also, next class we're going to keep looking at our timed writing tasks.  You might find it helpful to look at all of the work we've done with analyzing poetry to prepare for this.

AP English III

Today's discussion was really productive and I hope it served you well in opening up your approach to The Crucible.  Tonight you need to finish reading Act I of the play -- remember to consider the major motifs and concepts in the play and to think about their meaning or importance in the text as you move forward.  Also remember that drama is all about conflict.  On your back cover, make sure that you identify the significant conflicts as you see them to help you keep track of the various plot lines.

In addition your paper proposals are due next class.  In your proposal you should tell me the following information:

1.  As you see it, what is your argument at this point?  What are you going to prove in this paper?
2.  Which texts are going to be used?  How will you use them?
3.  Do you have any questions for me?

Consider this a pre-outline, we'll make them more developed and specific as we move to the next step.

English IV

You need to finish your vocabulary development activity for Act I, Scenes 1 and 2 if you did not finish that work in class.  If you finished that work, you have no homework for tonight. 

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