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AP and Honors English Plan. If you are in either AP or Honors English, you are responsible for reading an extra novel this quarter. Here are your choices:
AP: Les Miserables or Heart of Darkness
Honors: Frankenstein or Pride and Prejudice
Please get a copy from me out of Rm. 304. You must be finished with the book you choose by the time you return from Winter break.
Move on with The Time Machine. The full text online is available if you need it. There will be a short reading quiz daily.
By 11/28 – read through chapter 4.
Journal question. Be prepared to share.
1. How does Wells enhance suspense and build curiosity in the reader during these first chapters?
By 12/2 – read through chapters 5-8
Journal Question. Be prepared to share
After reading the article “Traveling Through Time”, comment on humans’ perpetual interest in moving both forward and backward in time. Even if technology allowed us to time shift, should we?
If you’re interested, a film based on the novel was made in 2002. It’s even on YouTube
Shige: read through chapter 5. In your journal, write a short summary of each chapter you read. Then, write an answer to these questions with complete sentences:
Why would somebody want to go back in time?
Is it a good or bad idea?
By 12/4 – read chapters 9-epilogue
Journal question. Be prepared to share.
1. Contrast the Eloi with their futureworld counterparts, the Morlocks. What is the Time Traveler’s attitude toward these two groups? Considering the author and context of the times in which he lived, how might these groups be symbolic?
Shige: read chapters 6-the end. In your journal, rite a short summary for each chapter you read. Then, answer the following questions with complete sentences.
How are the Morlocks and Eloi different?
What is the relationship like between the Morlock and Eloi?
Journal questions. Be prepared to share
Read the Ray Bradbury short story, “A Sound of Thunder”
1. How is the concept of the butterfly effect explored through Bradbury’s tale?
Shige: You are done with the book. I want you to try reading the short story “A Sound of Thunder.” Also, like the rest of the class, look up the term “butterfly effect” and in your journal answer the question from above.
Time Machine final writing: Choose ONE of the following topics, based on your journal issues and discussion, to develop into a sensible essay.
- Wells’ characterization of The Time Traveler.
- An analysis of the complex implications of time travel, with our reading material as a basis.
- The symbolic value of The Time Machine and it’s elements.
- Comparison of the Bradbury story and the Wells novel.
- Wells’ writing style and storytelling technique, as seen in The Time Machine
A rough typed and complete version of this will be necessary for class on 12/10 (Wed). You will be peer editing that day. It will be very embarrassing for you if you show up without your rough draft, so have it ready. The final refined version is due on 12/12 (Fri). Word minimums = AP 750 Hon. 600 Stan. 500 Dev. 350. Along with your name and date, etc., please include your level (AP, Standard, Honors, Developing) at he top of your final paper. Thanks!
The last thing I will do is collect journals. Make sure yours are up to date, labeled, etc.
Dust off your English journal and keep it very handy. To be complete, a journal response must be dated and referenced by the question or issue you are responding to. It must be legible. It must use complete sentences in paragraph form. And, it must contain quotes and make direct reference to details from the book/article/media we are dealing with. The dates below indicate when the writing should be complete and discussable.
Everyone moves on to Oliver Twist. We will have a short reading quiz each day, starting the 1st.
By 12/1- read through chapter 10
1. look up the concept of Dickensian England and define it in your journals. List any stories or books which remind you of this concept or idea.
2. Read through chapter 10. record in your journal how the “Dickensian” environment (both physical and societal/interpersonal) is developed in the story
3. Discuss how Dickens uses dark humor and odd situations/characters as storytelling tools.
By 12/3 – chapters 11 – 20
1. Discuss how Oliver Twist can be viewed as a work of social commentary/criticism, considering when and where it was written.
In class: finding an visual art connection. Seek out an existing piece of visual art that shares a “big idea” connection with Oliver Twist. Print a copy of this piece to affix to your journal under the heading “12/3 in class visual connection.” In your journal, explain the significance of the piece, why you chose it, and what connection it shares with the larger ideas in the novel. Complete sentences, legible, etc. Please do not print out paintings or photos of the book, the film, etc. I challenge you Instead to think metaphorically and abstractly.
By 12/5 – chapters 21-30
1. Consider two characters besides Oliver himself. Describe how Dickens characterizes them, and identify their possible symbolic value.
In class: finding a poetry or lyrical connection.
By 12/9 – chapters 31 – end
Out of class you must read the essay called “A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift
1. What roles do satire and irony play in “A Modest Proposal?”
2. What connections can you make between this essay and Oliver Twist?
As well as finishing the book, you need to find a satirical article or essay from the internet or elsewhere. Record the name of the piece and the source. Label your journal “satirical article response” and address the following using complete sentences:
- 1. What is the issue or idea being satirized?
- 2. What is the author’s view (attitude) about the issue or concept he/she is satirizing?
- 3. What is the overall purpose of the writing (how do they want to affect YOU the audience)?
We will begin this in class, but it will probably be finished on your own. The greatest place to find satire in print is The Onion, America’s finest news source.
Oliver Twist final writing. Choose ONE of the following topics, based on your journal issues and discussion, to develop into a sensible essay.
- A survey of the symbolic elements contained in Oliver Twist
- An analysis of Oliver Twist as a work of commentary with satirical overtones.
- Art, poetry and literature; Connect three pieces (Oliver Twist being the literature) that represent common themes or “Big Ideas.” If choosing this option, please include the image and poem strategically within the body of the text.
Schedule is like this: Bring a completed rough draft 12/11 (Thursday) for peer review and some work time. It will be very embarrassing for you if you choose not to show up with your complete rough draft, so see that you have it! Then, bring FINAL draft on Monday 12/15.
The last thing I will do is collect journals. Make sure yours is up to date, labeled, etc.
Have a look at the Oliver Twist film website. This is a recent, big-budget movie and the website is HUGE.