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Melanie Thomas, AP English Literature and Composition

  • “Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.” 
    ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Week 9
December 3: Macbeth, Acts III and IV. 
December 4: Macbeth, continued.
December 5/6: Macbeth, continued.
December 7: Macbeth, conclusion.  
Week 10
December 10: Macbeth Essay-- classroom activity (we will be breaking down a prompt and constructing a single, model essay in class)
December 11: Thesis work day
December 12/13: Library Lab-- working on ROL.  All students report to the computer lab in the library
December 14: TBA
December 17: Review of Literature submitted to Turnitin.com by 11:59 p.m.
Review of Literature appointments: All students whose last names begin with the letters A-M must have their Writing Lab appointment completed by December 10.  

Mrs. Dalloway Essay Prompt


In The Writing of Fiction (1925), novelist Edith Wharton states the following: "At every stage in the progress of his tale the novelist must rely on what may be called the illuminating incident to reveal and emphasize the inner meaning of each situation. Illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity." 


Using Mrs. Dalloway as your textual evidence, write a well-organized essay in which you describe an “illuminating” episode or moment and explain how it functions as a “casement,” a window that opens onto the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.


Honor Pledge required: all students must include the following statement at the end of their essays: "I hereby affirm I have drafted this assignment within the ascribed 45 minute time limit.  /S/ [your name here]."

We will be reading Macbeth during Quarter 2.  Here's a free link to the Folger Shakespeare Library's copy of Macbeth:
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!