AP Lit.

AP Lit.

For the Crime and Punishment S.S. on Monday:

  1. Please bring in a original, typed sheet with ten probing questions and statements of depth and immediacy that display your understanding of the novel as a whole–not just the first half of the book, for example. With these, please be as specific as you can when referring to the text, and come prepared to participate and share your ideas.
  2. Socratic Rubric

Your assignment:


  1. First, please read the above statements that were created by your classmates, choose four that you believe need to be amended in some way—even ones that your group created together; make the necessary amendments, and write a brief (2-3) sentence explanation to what/why you felt as though this one needed some work.


  1. Secondly, Using Parts IV and V as your source material, choose five specific passages from either section that embody the main idea/statement created by our class and adequately explain why the C and P example is a solid representation of the statement. Feel free to use any of the amended choices from above.

Daily Agenda and Homework

Prufrock: Prufrock

-The first lines are from Dante’s Inferno in which a man in hell tells a visitor that he would never tell his story if there were a chance that it would get back to living ears.

  1. What kind of a person is Prufrock? Please answer this as fully as possible while using at least three specific textual examples from the poem. Please notice and take into account the imagery, literary allusion and figures of speech.
  2. From what class of society does he come? What one line especially well sums up the nature of his past life?
  3. At the beginning he is apparently on his way to a tea where he will (or wont) declare his love for a woman. Does he or doesn’t he make this declaration? How do you know? Where is the climactic part of the poem? If the portion dedicated to his declaration is before the climax, what is the portion after the climax for?


Read the first three chapters in Crime and Punishment. There will NOT be a quiz on the reading tomorrow.


Read both “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Mending Wall” and provide a TYPED analysis of each poem’s Occasion and Speaker from the notes given the other day. For each, please cite specific aspects of text. Please use a separate paragraph for Occasion and Speaker.


For Monday: Read “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.” Possible quiz on the reading. Get your copy of Crime and Punishment.

March 3, 2016

Due: Poem to read aloud
1. Vocab. ALL today!!
2. Any poetry readers?
3. Poems out loud: Dylan “Who Killed…”, Kay Ryan “New Clothes”, “This Rapture” Marcus Cafagna.
4. Poetry notes–Day #1
5. Begin Doestoyevsky: “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.”



  1. Please do some research and choose a poem by a famous poet that you LOVE. It must be at least fifteen lines long; print it out; come to class ready to read that Bad Boy out loud in front of the class as well as explain WHY you love it so much. Your explanation should be 1/2 page typed. Thank you. This is not “due” tomorrow, but I will ask if anyone has theirs ready to recite.
  2. Obtain Crime and Punishment


Homework for 2/26:

Please finishing grading essay #3 that we began in class on Friday. In addition, please grade your own essay using the rubric provided. Please attach a 1/2 page rationale for the grade you assign yourself based off of specific aspects of the rubric and your own essay. This should be typed.



AP Generic Writing Rubric



Having a little problem uploading the AP test for test corrections, etc. Hopefully I will have it done by Wednesday night.


In class yesterday you chose and explained how five items from Parts I and II in “The Metamorphosis” change and/or progress. Tonight, please choose two of these and extend the assignment into Part III. Continue to explain and examine your two items in terms of progression while adding in Part III, AND, as a culminating exercise, please describe and analyze how this relates to meaning in some way. Please email with any questions. This assignment must be TYPED.


February 3, 2016

Due: Personal Essay if turning in today
1. Vocabulary
2. Camus #7-last one
3. Stranger Stanford blog and group work
4. Share out
5. Reflective Essay work
6. Handout: Reflective Essay Rubric

HW: Read “Existentialism is a Humanism–possible quiz Friday,” Read Ch.1,2,3, in The Stranger, decide on Personal Essay topic.




“A Carnivore’s Credo”: Scruton_A Carnivores Credo


January 20, 2016

Due: Typed response to Absurd in CH.6
1. Camus quote #5
2. Ch.6 homework and notes on The Absurd and how it connects to the plot of Ch.6
3. Handout: “Existentialism is a Humanism”
4. Personal Essay possible topic discuss and
5. Reflective Essay work
6. Handout: Reflective Essay Rubric

HW: Read “Existentialism is a Humanism–possible quiz Friday,” Read Ch.1,2,3, in The Stranger, decide on Personal Essay topic.


January 15, 2016

Due: Finish Ch.6 of The Stranger
1. Camus quote #4, Personal Essay example
2. Ch.3 wrap up: Slap,Contrast M and Raymond, M and work, Start of Ch.4 M and Marie, Salamano dog and absurd, Beginning of Ch.5
3. Meursault: What do we like and what is our main criticism?
4. Explain homework
5. Reflective Essay work
6. Handout: Reflective Essay Rubric

HW: Look up Albert Camus’ meaning of The Absurd online. Using three specific quotes from him on the subject, please explain how CH.6 of The Stranger is the best representation of man confronted with The Absurd in the novel. Your paper should be typed and 1.5 pages; come with three proposals for your Personal Essay. 


January 13, 2016

Due: Reading for 3,4,5, of The Stranger
1. Camus quote #3 and response–share out
2. AP Multiple Choice: Introduction and examine answers.
3. Finish up notes on 1,2
4.3,4,5: To you, what is the most indispensable thing to teach?
5. Read Chapter 6
6. Handout: Reflective Essay

HW: Three typed explained proposals for the Personal Essay. Please explain WHY you may want to



January 11, 2016

Due: Typed 1/2 Lit. log for The Stranger
1. Camus quote #2 and response
2. Notes and share 1/2 logs on The Stranger
3. AP Multiple Choice Baseline Exam-40 minutes, 40 questions.
4.Score AP exam.

HW: Read 3,4,5 in The Stranger


January 7, 2016

Due: Typed up “DOF” answers
1. Camus Quote #1 and Response guidelines
2. Share responses from Quote #1
3. Finish reading “Death of a Fish.”
4.Discuss thesis answers, message, writing style, VOICE.
5. Read Klosterman “Be Here Now” review.

HW: Typed 1/2 log on The Stranger; must be in turnitin.com by 8 AM


January 5, 2016

Due: Nothing
1. Read and annotate “Death of a Fish” with six annotations
2. Questions: 1) Traditional Essay and how?2)Most representative of VOICE and why?3) Formulate thesis statement of your own for essay.
3. Pick up The Stranger and read chapters 1,2.

HW: Type up answers for “Death of a Fish”




Ummmmm, four of you have not submitted turnitin.com for the RP.



For the essay on the Kanye album, MBDTF, please type up a 1.5-2 page paper that develops at least three connections between the essay and any significant aspects that we covered during Hamlet. Your connections should be well-explained and thoroughly discussed, making the connections very clear to the reader.


Link to essay: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14880-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy/


December 10, 2015

My AP Hamlet response paragraph written by hand in 10 minutes:


From the very opening scent with Hamlet and the ghost of his father, action in the form of murderous revenge becomes paramount in importance to Hamlet; however, what Hamlet truly learns is that successful action in life is largely based upon chance and is many times pointless. For Hamlet, he is constantly paralyzed by the unending repercussions that his mind floats to the surface as he ponders whether or not to do in his uncle. Whether it is the knowledge he has about his lack of strength/courage, or thinking about his mother while prompted by the speech about Hecuba, Hamlet is stymied by the understanding that taking action may not even pan out how you want it to due to the myriad of the circumstances surrounding life as well as the fact that you can always think yourself out of something by venturing inside your mind so far down the line that anyone would be scared of attempting almost anything at all. Additionally, Hamlet concludes that many of these actions are semi-meaningless in the overall scheme of life. As evidenced in the beginning of Act V, Hamlet sees humanity on the same level in death as he notes that Alexander and poor Yorick—as far apart in actual accomplishments as you can get—exist on the same plane in death, as he is depressed by the notion that all of their actions that were taken during their lives amount to nothing but literal dust. He even asks where a lawyer’s main actions: his tricks, and his speeches have gone which emphasizes how part of existence is meaningless in the sense that all of our actions are meant to accomplish, produce, and create, and during this scene we see nothing but the antithesis of this.

Directions: Write your essay under the same conditions as always–45 minutes, by hand, no outside help whatsoever. Two things that you are focusing on here: 1. Focus on the PROMPT. What is the main thing it is asking you for? 2. Make your analytical voice the main part of each body paragraph. Do not tell a story.


2004: Critic Roland Barthes has said, “Literature is the question minus the answer.” Chose a novel or play and, considering Barthes’ observation, write an essay in which you analyze a central question the work raises and the extent to which it offers any answers. Explain how the author’s treatment of this question affects your understanding of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.


  1.  One definition of madness is “mental delusion or the eccentric behavior arising from it.” But Emily Dickinson wrote
Much madness is divinest Sense—
To a discerning Eye—
 Novelists and playwrights have often seen madness with a “discerning Eye.” Select a novel or play in which a character’s apparent madness or irrational behavior plays an important role. Then write a well-organized essay in which you explain what this delusion or eccentric behavior consists of and how it might be judged reasonable. Explain the significance of the “madness” to the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.



As a group, please type your five passages (total!) from Part II that correspond to your chosen theory and analyze them fully. Please remember to use proper context and illuminate the aspects of the quote that most directly apply to your chosen theory. Remember: You only have to do five; they should be in-depth, complete, elaborated upon and accurate.

November 30, 2015

Heart of Darkness

Part I-Partner work


  • Search out and find four passages from Part I that you and your partner find to be particularly strange, odd, mysterious, weird thought provoking.


For each passage, TYPE a paragraph complete with three connections to previous aspects of text and/or support that fully describes the mysterious aspects of your chosen passage.


  • You will present these on Wednesday without the use of your paper or book; I want you to work with your partner and fully discuss the particular oddities of your passage so that you are familiar with each one and are able to discuss it with ease. I am trying to avoiding you both going at the assignment alone.


  • Due on Wednesday.


Socratic Rubric

November 5, 2015

Type a 1.5 page double-spaced Reflection Paper on the Triangle of Life that is discussed in Hamlet’s “To Be…” soliloquy. You must include all three elements of the triangle, including Fortune, Action, and Thinking. Basically, you need to think about a time when your thought inhibited your action OR you overcame this and followed through with your will and actually took action. The portion that people usually leave out is the Fortune aspect; be sure include this, and remember, Fortune is that thing that you cannot control, and it can have a positive OR negative effect on the situation.

October 13, 2015

Due: Typed Rough Draft w/o intro and conclusion
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. New 10 words for next week
3. Focus for Peer Review Session: Thesis relevance, Quote context, Quote relevance, Depth of analysis, and Paragraph Function.
4.Hamlet Plot/Story notes.
5. R.P. work

HW: Buy Hamlet; Continue R.P.; Second draft due on 10/19

October 9, 2015

Due: Typed outline w/ analysis
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. Notes on Hamlet–subtext
3. Quote integration handout
4.Library time and check outlines for analysis and talk of paragraph function.

HW: Typed rough draft due on Tuesday w/o intro. and conclusion.

October 7, 2015

Due: All outline work in class
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. New for Friday–everyone on Friday
3. Begin Hamlet: Jude Law interview on Charlie Rose
4.Continue individual R.P. stuff

HW: Typed, finalized outline due Friday–without Intro. and conclusion. Rough draft due on Tuesday.

September 28, 2015

Due: Outline to this point with topics and TS’s
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. New for Friday–everyone on Friday
3.My Skeleton Outline on Camus complete with T.Sentences
4. Your skeleton outline work
5. Write T.Sentences and passages

HW: Essay re-write; continue to find passages; continue outline.

In-class rewrite instructions:

  1. You must submit your in-class essay with the re-write. No exceptions
  2. Choose your weakest paragraph; type it out at the top of your paper.
  3. Underneath, completely re-write it making any changes you see fit.
  4. Underneath the re-write, write a complete rationale to why you chose this paragraph to re-write, what you did to improve it, and why it is much stronger than before.
  5. You may only re-write body paragraphs.
  6. Re-writes due on Wednesday 9/30; I thought I updated this on Friday! oops…

September 14, 2015

Due: Defense of 5 best thesis statements.
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. Read 16-18 in RP; change anything from your homework?
3.My notes and your thoughts–discuss

HW: Type up paper with 5 sample thesis statements; read “The Balloon” and prep. for Lit. log

September 10, 2015

Due: Defense of 5 best thesis statements.
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. Read 16-18 in RP; change anything from your homework?
3.My notes and your thoughts–discuss

HW: Type up paper with 5 sample thesis statements; read “The Balloon” and prep. for Lit. log

September 8, 2015

Due: 10 questions about your RP books
1. Vocabulary, 10 people.
2. New vocal (11) for next week.
3. “How to Mark a Book”
4.Discuss most resonant aspects from essay.
5. Begin thesis work: Inferences, working thesis, thesis.

HW: Page 15 in Packet; choose 5 best and defend in 3-5 sentences.

September 1, 2015

Due: 3 meaty quotes from RP books
1.What are “meaty” passages?
2. Analysis Page 3 of RP.
3. HOD analysis example. Discuss.
4.Library to begin RP.

HW: 10 typed questions about RP.

August 28, 2015

Due: One college essay
1. Vocab (15) for next Tuesday
2. Quick Write #1: What are you willing to give up or how far would you go to get in to college #1?
3. My tips-share essays and give anonymous criticism.

HW: vocab; bring in 3 meaty, worthwhile passages to analyze–one from each of your novels.

August 26, 2015

Due: Reading “RHW”
1. Lit. log write in class.
2. Groups of five discuss and share out.
3. Read Foster’s analysis of “TRW” and one other–explain takeaway
4. Analysis points of “TRW”

HW: Bring in one college essay.

August 18, 2015

Due: Nothing
1. Song: “Lemonworld” by The National; this is what I like.
2. Roll and 60 second introductions: What do we NOT know? Senior Statement Experience-Why are you here?
3. Time article: “The Odd Pursuit of Teaching Books.”
4. Write: Annotations on essay; turn in.

HW: Bring composition book; your three summer reading texts; bring College Essay packet if you received one.

August 20, 2015

1. Green info. card
2. Handout: Participation Rubric
3. Discussion of TIME article; Collect.
4. In-Class Essay on Summer read
5. Handout: Letter of Introduction

HW: Letter of Introduction.

August 24, 2015

Due: Letter of Introduction
1. Finish up In-class Essay-2o min.
2. Big FIVE Literature principles notes
3. Intro. and explain Reader Response assignment; take questions.
4. Read: “The Rockinghorse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence

HW: Finish “TRW” and prepare for Lit. Log write in class

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