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Melanie Thomas, AP English Literature and Composition

  • "We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language." 
    Joyce Carol Oates


    Our AP classes did an outstanding job in creating storyboards for "Upon the Sweeping Flood."  Check out the picture of suggested themes!

Week 6
2/11: Introduction to TSAR; thesis overview.  HW: review Hills Like White Elephants for Hemingway's "iceberg" theory.   
2/12: TSAR/Hills Like White Elephants.  First lines exercise.  Thematic overview.  https://faculty.weber.edu/jyoung/English%202500/Readings%20for%20English%202500/Hills%20Like%20White%20Elephants.pdf
2/13-14: IOBE essay: station rotation 
2/15: TSAR
Week 7 
2/18: No school
2/20-21: TSAR; poetry workshop.
2/22: TSAR
Week 8 
2/25: Socractic Seminar, TSAR.  HW: All thesis body peer review sheets due by 3 p.m. on 2/28
2/26: In-class essay, TSAR
2/27-28: Thesis: work on abstracts, conclusions, preliminary pages  
3/1: Thesis.  Introduction to 3rd FRQ lesson plan
Week 9 
3/4: Lesson plan work day
3/5: TSAR Essay analysis
3/6-7: TSAR Essay station rotation
3/8: Lesson plan due
The Importance of Being Earnest: essay and materials (essay due by 3 p.m. Thursday, February 7).  Prompts (choose only one):

The significance of a title such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is so easy to discover.  However, in other works the full significance of the title becomes apparent to the reader only gradually.  Show how the significance of the title The Importance of Being Earnest is developed through Oscar Wilde’s use of at least two of these elements: repetition, allusion, point of view, or contrasts within the play.


Some novels and plays seem to advocate change in social or political attitudes, or in traditions.  Using The Importance of Being Earnest, note briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that Wilde wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques Wilde uses to influence the reader’s or the audience’s views.  Avoid plot summary.


Resources to use:


Aestheticism and Decadence: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/aestheticism-and-decadence


Gender Roles in the 19th Century: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/gender-roles-in-the-19th-century


The Importance of Being Earnest: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm


Power Point (Oscar Wilde)-- see below


Power Point (IOBE)-- see below


We will be reading The Importance of Being Earnest during Quarter 3.  Here's a free link to Project Gutenberg's copy of the play:
We will be reading The Sun Also Rises in Quarter 3.  Want some historical context?  Read this Vanity Fair article about the true story behind the novel:
The Kindle edition of the novel is now available for $3.55 on Amazon!
Project Gutenberg copy:
Breaking down The Sun Also Rises:
The novel is broken down into three books: Book 1 (through Chapter 7), Book 2 (through Chapter 18) and Book 3 (Chapter 19 only).  You should have the book read by February 12.
AP 3rd FRQ text selections are listed in the above Excel spreadsheet.  Please see me by 3 p.m. on January 11 to select your texts.
One novel; one play.  One pre-20th century; one post.