AP Lit: Novel Types & Frankenstein

For those of you I didn’t track down & give a hard copy of this to today, here’s the list you need to look over before tomorrow’s class so you won’t be lost when I use some of the terms: NOVEL TYPES TO KNOW.

It would also be a very good idea for you to find your copy of Frankenstein and bring it to class with you tomorrow.

AP Lit: Poetry Essay #2 Options

Ideas for AP Poetry Essay 2

This should be enough to get you started — choose your big idea and two poems to have ready for class on Tuesday.

Some links that may be helpful if you need to search for additional poems:




Email or tweet me ASAP with any questions!

AP Lit Weekend Instructions

I’ll keep this as succinct as possible so you can get to work!

First, for the two of you who were at Mock Trial today (hope that went well), here is the assignment you missed:

Read “Sonnet 30” by Edmund Spenser, then give yourself 30 minutes to write about the analogy (how it is developed, etc.) and the tone (how it is created, where & how it changes, etc.).

And now for everyone: Complete the Perrine’s reading specified on your calendar first to give you some perspective on your writing. The rough draft you need to bring with you on Monday needs to accomplish the following: (1) Include a paragraph exploring the title of the poem (unless it’s untitled); (2) include a paragraph-long synopsis of your poem; (3) make an overall statement (thesis) in your introduction regarding something your poem DOES; (4) Include multiple paragraphs discussing how the various features of the poem work together to make the poem DO what you’re claiming it DOES.

I do recommend finishing it off with a conclusion, but this time around I’m fine with it if you don’t have one in the initial draft.

Finally, please bring an extra copy of your poem with you on Monday.

If you need any clarification, please email or tweet me. I will be out of town attending some family responsibilities for most of Saturday, but will be back to chaperone the dance that evening.

I’m looking forward to seeing what each of you writes.


Eng. IV: Renaissance Humanist Lit Test Info

This short unit has gone by quickly, but we’ve covered a considerable variety of material that will be covered on tomorrow’s test:

“Of Studies” by Sir Francis Bacon (p. 456)

from Utopia by Sir Thomas More (p. 438)

“Speech Before the Spanish Armada Invasion” by Queen Elizabeth I (p. 440)

from The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (p. 446)

“Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women” by Amelia Lanier (p. 468)

“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe (p. 306)

“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh (p. 308)

Terminology: pastoral, essay, humanism, antithesis, parallelism, allegory, anaphora, rhetorical question, analogy, argument/counterargument (you should know this pair from last year; otherwise, see p. 471 and/or 445)

*** You will also benefit from reading/reviewing information on pages 445, 436-437, 304-305, and 294. All of this information was covered in class notes and/or discussion, but you may or may not have been previously assigned to read these pages.

The test will include both multiple choice and short-answer questions. In addition to questions prompting you to prove your general understanding of what you’ve read or to interpret brief passages, some questions will require you to compare and contrast multiple works of literature covered in this unit; still others will require you to extend your thinking by applying the ideas we’ve studied to present-day scenarios. Each of the “Big Questions” we addressed at the beginning of this unit will be represented on the test.

Yes, this test will be tougher than your last few lit tests — as I’ve said, I’m approaching second semester under the assumption that you now have more knowledge and experience than you started first semester with. If you’ve paid attention in class, thought about the material seriously and thoroughly while completing homework assignments, participated in discussion, and studied everything listed above, you can do well on this test. Remember this truth that we’ve learned during this unit: there is a stark contrast between the ideal and the real. The real is often more difficult and less convenient than the ideal to deal with in the short term, but in the long run you need to endure the work and struggle associated with the real if you want to make anything happen!

So pull out your notes and textbook, make yourself some tea/hot chocolate/whatever centers you, take some deep breaths, and study!

Revised AP Reading Schedule

Whew. Come Hell or high water (or other forms of inclement weather… or professional development meetings…), this is the schedule we will follow from now until the first few days of May. As always, please use this as a reference to plan ahead and manage your time wisely. I am happy to provide you with books early if you need to work ahead at any point.  Drumroll, please: Revised AP Lit Schedule for March-May 2013