Wednesday, May 21: Paul Piff's "Does Money Make You Mean?": http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_piff_does_money_make_you_mean. Thank you for a great school year! May your summer be full of wonder!
Monday, May 19: Poetry Slam in the auditorium.
Friday, May 16: Calendar reminders: Periods 3 & 5: Monday is the Poetry Slam; check in with me first. Due: any late work. Sir Ken Robinson's "How School Kills Creativity": http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.
Thursday, May 15: Note: gradebook closes tomorrow; any pending work must be submitted by the end of the school day Friday. Journal sharing.
Wednesday, May 14: Extra credit due. Timed essays due. Turn in The Plague. Sherry Turkle's "Connected, but Alone?": http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together#t-23717
Monday, May 12: Calendar note: Wednesday: extra credit, novels, and essay revisions (optional for some) are due. Discussion of J.M. Coetzee's "He and His Man": http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/?id=555.
Friday, May 9: The Plague Packet due (#1-11; see list below). Calendar note: Wednesday: extra credit, novels, and essay revisions (optional for some) are due.
Thursday, May 8: AP Literature test. In class: finalize packet (due tomorrow) and/or revise The Plague essay, which is optional if you have a check mark and required if you have an "R." Note: extra credit (including late passes) and revised essays will be due Wednesday, May 14.
Wednesday, May 7: Note: AP Lit test on Thursday, 7:15 a.m. at the U of A Integrated Learning Center; see link: http://www.testing.arizona.edu/ap-exam-information. Good luck! Trust your training. Sleep well and eat breakfast. All extra credit due Wednesday, May 14. Packet (#1-11) due Friday (see list below). Open-question preparation (#11; see documents).
1. Mutiple-choice Practice: Poetry (see Nelson)
2. Plague: Character Map
3. Humanism: Journal 6
4. "To be or not to be ..."
5. Plague: Part 2 Analysis
6. Multiple-choice Practice: Prose (see Nelson)
7. Journal 7
8. Plague: Part 4 Analysis
9. Plague: Open-question Prep.
10. Multiple-choice: Timed (see Nelson)
11. Open-question Prep. Practice
Monday, May 5: Note: AP Lit test on Thursday, 7:15 a.m. at the U of A Integrated Learning Center; see link: http://www.testing.arizona.edu/ap-exam-information. Practice Multiple Choice against the clock (#10; see Mr. Nelson). Reminder: Packet #1-11 due Friday.
Friday, May 2: Calendar: Packet due Friday, May 9 (#1-11; 10 and 11 will be assigned Monday and Wednesday). The Plague timed essay (see Mr. Nelson).
Thursday, May 1: Calendar reminder: In-class essay tomorrow. The Plague quiz and discussion, Part Five.
Wednesday, April 30: Calendar reminder: finish reading The Plague for tomorrow. In-class essay on Friday. Today: Open-question Prepartion for The Plague (#9; see documents).
Monday, April 28: Calendar reminders: finish reading The Plague for Thursday. Part Four quiz. Part Four Guided Analysis (#8; see documents). Discussion.
Friday, April 25: Debrief multiple-choice practice: prose (#6). Journal #7 assigned (#7; see documents). Time to read and write. Reminder: The Plague Part Four is due Monday.
Thursday, April 24: Multiple-choice practice: prose (#6; see Mr. Nelson).
Wednesday, April 23: The Plague Part Three due. Quiz and discussion.
Monday, April 21: The Plague Part Two due. Guided Analysis (#5; see documents).
Thursday, April 17: An examination of Camus' philosophy: "To be, or not to be" (#4; see documents).
Wednesday, April 16: Debrief Traditional Poetic Forms Exam. Define humanism; Journal #6 (packet entry #3; see documents).
Monday, April 14: Notice: Mandatory AP Info Session in the auditorium on Tuesday, April 15, during conference period. The Plague Part One due: reading quiz and discussion. Character Map (#2; see documents).
Friday, April 11: Notice: Mandatory AP Info Session in the auditorium on Tuesday, April 15, during conference period. For Monday: Part One of The Plague due. Time to read.
Thursday, April 10: Check out Camus' The Plague (see documents for reading and task calendar). Debrief Multiple-choice, Poetry (#1).
Wednesday, April 9: Notice: Mandatory AP Info Session in the auditorium on Tuesday, April 15. Conclude Journal sharing. Multiple-choice test-taking strategies (see documents). Practice Multiple-choice, Poetry (#1; see Mr. Nelson).
Tuesday, April 8: Journal sharing. Journal #5 due.
Monday, April 7: Calendar: Graduation speech auditions Thursday after school. Geofrey Bock at the Poetry Center on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Due: Traditional Poetic Forms Packet (II): 7-13. Poetry Test.
Friday, April 4: Poetry Packet (Part II) due Monday: #7: Italian Sonnet: Millay, #8: The Epigram, #9: The Ballad: Keats, #10: Traditional Pastoral, #11: Contemporary Pastoral, #12: Sestina, #13: Pantoum, and Journal #5: the Pastoral. Review for Monday's test (see documents).
Thursday, April 3: Calendar reminder: Poetry Packet (Part II) due Monday (#7-13 and Journal 5); test Monday. Bring your questions from the study guide tomorrow. Resume pantoum (#13).
Wednesday, April 2: Debrief the sestina (#12). Begin the pantoum (#13). If you are missing Thursday, select one of the four pantoums to analyze (see documents).
Monday, March 31: Calendar: Next Monday (April 7): Traditional Poetic Forms test, Journals 4 & 5 due, Packet Part II due; see documents for study guide. Sestina (#12; see documents).
Friday, March 28: Fourth-quarter Survey. Debrief the Contemporary Pastoral (#11). Journal #5: Write a pastoral of at least twenty lines, either of the traditonal or contemporary sensibilities. Be sure to include or refute a romanticization of nature.
Thursday, March 27: The Contemporary Pastoral (#11; see two documents); analyze two of the three pastorals, due tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 26: Debrief the Pastoral (#10) and begin the Contemporary Pastoral (#11).
Monday, March 24: The Pastoral (#10): Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" and Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" (see documents for questions).
Thursday, March 13: Debrief Beloved essays.
Wednesday, March 12: Resume analysis of Keats's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" (see documents and link below).
Tuesday, March 11: The Literary Ballad: "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats (#9, see documents and link: http://www.bartleby.com/126/55.html).
Monday, March 10: Calendar: Extra credit this week: CA Conrad at the Poetry Center: discussion Tuesday at 6:00; reading Thursday at 7:00. This weekend: The Tucson Festival of Books! (see extra credit page). Resume the Epigram (#8; see documents).
Friday, March 7: Debrief Millay's Italian sonnet (#7). Begin The Epigram (#8); resume on Monday.
Thursday, March 6: Calendar: Extra credit opportunity tonight at the Poetry Center (7:00 p.m.). AP fees due tomorrow. Packet due (#1-6 and Journal 4). The Italian Sonnet: Edna St. Vincent Millay's [I will put Chaos into fourteen lines] (#7; see documents). Packet: (1) Patterns of Rhythm, (2) Scansion: Blake, (3) Sound and Sense: Hirsch, (4) The Ode: Shelley, (5) Villanelle: Thomas, (6) English Sonnet: Yeats.
Wednesday, March 5: Reminder: Packet due tomorrow (#1-6 and Journal 4). The English Sonnet: W.B. Yeats' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" (#6; see documents).
Monday, March 3: Calendar: Thursday: Extra credit at the Poetry Center, 7:00 p.m. Also Thursday: Packet due (#1-6 and Journal 4, the patterned poem); see below. Friday: AP fees due. Saturday: campus clean-up (from 8:00 a.m.) and Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals, 1:00 p.m. at the Poetry Center (extra credit); come support Anahi! Finish Villanelle Presentations. Define stanza and volta (see documents). The sonnet: define English and Italian modes.
Friday, February 28: Villanelle Presentations---annotate your packets; these can be used on the end-of-the-unit poety test.
Thursday, February 27: Villanelle Presentations---annotate your packets; these can be used on the end-of-the-unit poety test.
Wednesday, February 26: Prepare for the Villanelle Presenations, which begin tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 25: Resume the Villanelle Presentation preparation: select groups and poems; begin analysis. Tomorrow you will have time in class to analyze your poem and begin annotating the packet. Presentations will be Thursday and Friday.
Monday, February 24: The Villanelle form (see documents). Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" (#5, http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15377; see documents).
Wednesday, February 19: Resume Tuesday's analysis. Journal #4: The Patterned Poem (see documents).
Tuesday, February 18: Read "Poetic Forms" (Bedford 753-754). Read and define the ode (768). The Ode (#4): Percy Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind" (768-770, questions 1-4; see Mr. Nelson).
Monday, February 17: Sound and Sense: "Fast Break" by Edward Hirsch (poem: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179072; see documents for questions); this is packet entry #3.
Friday, February 14: Calendar reminder: next two weeks are sequential. Debrief analysis of Blake poems. Journal sharing.
Thursday, February 13: Resume analysis of two poems by Blake--due tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 12: Essays due (include the whole process). Books due. Scansion: two poems by William Blake (#2; see documents); lesson to be continued in class tomorrow.
Monday, February 10: Calendar: AP Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 17; tonight at 7:00 at the Poetry Center, extra credit: Sloan and Zwartjes; typed essays due Wednesday; include the whole process. Journal sharing. Begin Traditional Poetry Unit: Pattern of Rhythm (#1; pages 734-741; see documents for questions; see Nelson for a book).
Friday, February 7: Calendar reminders: Monday at 7:00 p.m.: extra credit at the Poetry Center: Aisha Sloan and Ariana Zwartjes. Bring journals Monday. Consider your two timed essays and select the strongest one; type it up for Wednesday (see instructions and selection criteria on documents page). Beloved open-question preparation (see documents).
Thursday, February 6: Beloved timed essay.
Wednesday, February 5: Calendar: tomorrow come prepared for a timed essay on Beloved; bring notes and novels. Packet due. Writing Instruction revisited (see Mr. Nelson or classroom buddy).
Monday, February 3: Calendar: Beloved packet due Wednesday; next Monday at 7:00, extra credit at Poetry Center. Beloved quiz and discussion.
Friday, January 31: Calendar: finish reading Beloved for Monday; packet due Wednesday: (1) Africans in America Pt. 1, (2) Africans in America Pt. 2, (3) Plot Complications, (4) The Haunting, (5) Margaret Garner, (6) Nobel Lecture. ... For today: listen/read Toni Morrison's Nobel lecture (http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=1502) and complete the follow up reflection (see documents).
Thursday, January 30: Calendar: Tonight at 7:00, Tan Lin at the Poetry Center (extra credit); finish reading Beloved for Monday. Quiz and discussion of Beloved.
Wednesday, January 29: Calendar reminder: for tomorrow, read through page 277/235. UHS mock debates (periods 1-4). Period 5: time to read and write.
Monday, January 27: Calendar reminders: Tomorrow, 8:00 to 9:00: The Rogue Theater at UHS! (extra credit); for Thursday, read to 277/235. AP English information (see documents). Beloved quizzes and discussion.
Friday, January 24: In-class timed essay (see Mr. Nelson).
Thursday, January 23: Discussion of Beloved in small groups. Quiz postponed because of Mr. Nelson's absence.
Wednesday, January 22: Calendar: For tomorrow, read through page 195/165. Packet entry #5: Margaret Garner (see documents).
Tuesday, January 21: Calendar: For Thursday, read through page 195/165. Quiz. Discuss Beloved.
Friday, January 17: For Tuesday, read through page 146/125. Time to read and work on The Haunting (#4; see documents).
Thursday, January 16: For Tuesday, read through page 146/125. Reading quiz and discussion of Beloved.
Wednesday, January 15: Reminder read through page 100/86 for tomorrow. The Haunting (#4; see documents).
Monday, January 13: Brief quiz and discussion of Beloved (pages 59/50). Plot complications (#3; see documents).
Friday, January 10: Brief quiz and discussion of Beloved (pages 23/19).
Thursday, January 9: Reminder read through page 23/19 for tomorrow. Africans in America Part Two (#2; see Mr. Nelson).
Wednesday, January 8: Beloved calendar and overview (see documents). Check out Beloved.
Monday, January 6: Reminder tomorrow is the last day to buy tickets for Arcadia (1-17-14 at 7:30 p.m.). As a preface to Toni Morisson's Beloved, watch the first hour of Africans in America and answer questions (#1; see documents).
Link to Bedford/St. Martin's Literary Glossary: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/litgloss/
Link to the College Board's description of AP Literature & Composition (begins on page 49): http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-english-course-description.pdf