AP Assignment Clarification

Well, it looks like I goofed a little when I gave you your homework assignment for tonight (KEEP READING, yes, you still have to do it for tomorrow). I checked the quotations in the directions to establish that the translations were close enough, but apparently I needed to do so for the questions also. To repent, however (don’t want to end up in Limbo or worse!), I have gone through and worked out the small fixes that will get you through the assignment:

1.)    For question #2, you should refer to the sentence that begins “how hard it is to tell…”.

2.)    To answer question #3, refer to lines 5-6 and ONLY look at the “serves to” portions of the response options (ignore the literary devices… explanation tomorrow).

3.)    The line numbers given in questions 5 & 6 are ok. By the way, “anadiplosis” is a rhetorical figure of repetition in which a word or phrase appears BOTH at the end of one clause, sentence, or stanza AND at the beginning of the next, thus linking the two (what, you didn’t already know that?).  Ex: “As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.” (from Shakespeare’s 36th sonnet)

4.)    In question #7, please change the word “but” to “and.”

5.)    For #8, replace “sunless” with “the sun is mute.”

I apologize for the inconvenience of having to make these changes. I’m spending the evening  determining fixes that will have to be made for the other practice AP-style multiple choice questions we’ll be doing for the rest of Inferno, and will advise you of those in class tomorrow.

Directions for Common App Essay Assignment

English IV and AP are at different points in the writing process, but the end goal is this: on FRIDAY of this week, ALL seniors will hand in a TYPED, DOUBLE-SPACED essay of 250-500 words (usually about 2 pages) based on your choice of the Common App prompts (I’ve posted them word-for-word below in case you need to see them again).

English IV, this will be your FIRST of TWO drafts. The first is worth 20 points and the second is worth 40.

AP, while you’re of course encouraged to write multiple drafts of your essay, you only need to turn in ONE. It’s worth 30 points.

Prompts From The Common App (www.commonapp.org):
 1.) Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2.) Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  3.) Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4.) Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  5.) A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  6.) Topic of your choice.

Additional Directions from the Common App:

Please write an essay of 250 – 500 words on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed [above], and attach it to your application before submission. Please indicate your topic by checking the appropriate box. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses,grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. NOTE: Your Common Application essay should be the same for all colleges. Do not customize it in any way for individual colleges. Colleges that want customized essay responses will ask for them on a supplement form.

Hamlet Allusions

Now that you’ve studied Hamlet, you’ll notice all around you how often the play is alluded to in popular culture. To see some examples, you should visit this site. For class tomorrow you need to also read the essay “Hamlet: A Modern Perspective” by Michael Neill. If you have the Folger edition of the play, it’s in the book right after the play (p. 307-326). Otherwise, you should have picked up a photocopy after taking your Act V quiz.

Senior AR World Lit Options

Seniors (regular AND honors): Please read one of the following for either your 2/24 or 3/24 AR book. All can be found at the IHS Library Media Center and at the local branch of the CCPL. You can click on each title for more information about the individual books.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossieni

Does My Head Look Big in This? byRanda Abdel-Fattah

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin