Thursday 6 May: Modernism, Stream of Consciousness: "The Mark on the Wall"; impressionism/modernism review; impressionist music; begin reading Mrs. Dalloway in class
Friday 7 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 1-20
Monday 10 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 21-50; video
Tuesday 11 May: No class; Medieval Day
Wednesday 12 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 50-80; activities
Thursday 13 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 81-100; stream-of-consciousness project assigned
Friday 14 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 101–120
Monday 17 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 121-140
Tuesday 18 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 141-160
Wednesday 19 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 161-180; theme discussion
Thursday 20 May: Mrs. Dalloway, pp. 181-end
Friday 21 May: In-class writing Mrs. Dalloway
Monday 24 May: Workday for stream-of-consciousness project
Tuesday 25 May: Workday for stream-of-consciousness project
Wednesday 26 May: Workday for project
Thursday 27 May: Project presentations
Friday 28 May: No class; half day
Exam is for anyone who did not take the AP test only.
Monday 12 April: Brideshead Review and assignment made; Quiz on your assigned section of How to Read Literature Like a Professor; extra credit for additional sections
Please read well so that you are able efficiently to move to excellent group work
Group 1: Chapters 1-10
Group 2: Interlude (p. 90)-Chapter 20 (You may skip the sex chapters.)
Group 3: Interlude (p. 193)-Envoi
Tuesday 13 April: Workday for group presentation on assigned section
Wednesday 14 April: Section 1 Presentation; AP Book Reports Assigned
Thursday 15 April: Section 2 Presentation; book report parameters elucidated
Friday 16 April: Section 3 Presentation; do book report at home
Monday 19 April: Test on How to Read Literature Like a Professor; here's the old quiz to help you study; finish book report
Tuesday 20 April: AP Book Reports due by 10pm Monday so distribution is possible in class; discussion of book reports; work on Brideshead essay at home
Wednesday 21 April: More discussion of book reports; work on Brideshead essay at home
Thursday 22 April: Afternoon Gala Rehearsals; work on Brideshead essay at home
Friday 23 April: Filming for Gala; finish Brideshead essay
Monday 26 April: Ask questions about essay; refine work; Brideshead assignment due by 10pm; here is the answer to the sample prose passage we did in class; here is the good old essay checklist document; here is that Sankar essay that's so good with the transitions
Tuesday 27 April: Choose exam essay to revise; discuss "tech talk" considerations, using Hass, Forché, and Edson; begin revising
Wednesday 28 April: Sample MC section in class and discussion; revise essay at home
Thursday 29 April: Exam Review #1 (Bring 5 Steps to a 5)
Friday 30 April: Jane Austen Day
(Prom is this weekend)
Monday 3 May: Last day for seniors! Revised essay due in class; Exam Review #2 (Bring 5 Steps to a 5)
Tuesday 4 May: (Seniors must come back to attend this as final grade for the year). Afternoon review for AP Exam, period 4, lunch, period 5, and period 6.
Here is Perrine's Glossary from Sound and Sense; knowing these terms can help you with poetry analysis.
Here is the list of rhetorical terms from AP Lang. It is probably still full of typos, but it is helpful.
Here is a veritable treasure trove of poetry prompts.
Here are the 2017 (Pickle) essay responses as a screencast (because it can't be reproduced except for the prompt and basic rubric); here are pdfs for 2018 (Zenobia) and 2019 (Lapham) samples and commentaries.
Wednesday 5 May: AP Exam in the morning!
Thursday 6 May: (Juniors only): Begin Dalloway in class
Here is the key to the Poetry Fundamentals Quiz. While there are 91 items (so I could give partial credit), the quiz itself is only weighted at 35 points.
Friday 5 March: Introduction to Brideshead; Prologue (through p. 18)
Monday 8 March: Paper updates; finish Prologue work (role of Charles Ryder); a little of the mini-series; begin reading Book 1, Chapter 1
Readings for the novel are nightly but not too long; feel free to read ahead in order to be able to balance multiple assignments in a reasonable way; annotating your book will enable you to read ahead and then to check back over the current reading to be sharp in class. You will need to use your planner in order to be able to pace out assignments so that you are successful.
Tuesday 9 March: Book 1, Chapter 1 due
Wednesday 10 March: Book 1, Chapter 2 due
Thursday 11 March: Book 1, Chapter 3 due
Friday 12 March: Book 1, Chapter 4 due; draft of AK Sourced Paper due by 10pm
Monday 15 March: Book 1, Chapter 5 due; hot seat opens for AK Sourced Paper
Tuesday 16 March: Book 2, Chapter 1 due
Wednesday 17 March: Discussion of 2.1; here is handout for class
Thursday 18 March: Book 2, Chapter 2 due; here is handout for class
Friday 19 March: Book 2, Chapter 3 due, but no class because of Gala practice
Monday 22 March: Book 3, Chapter 1 due; here is handout for class
Tuesday 23 March: Book 3, Chapter 2 due
Wednesday 24 March: Book 3, Chapter 3 due
Thursday 25 March: Maryland Day Festival
Friday 26 March: Short writing about 3.3 completed in class; Book 3, Chapter 4 due; here is 3.4 handout for class
Monday 29 March: Book 3, Chapter 5 due
Tuesday 30 March: Epilogue due; hot seat closes for AK Sourced Paper
Wednesday 31 March: Culminating discussion: Brideshead Revisited; Last day to submit practice test evidence; Last day to submit AK Sourced Paper; here is the hot seat sheet
Remember that your assigned section of How to Read Literature Like a Professor is due upon our return from break.
Monday 1 March: "The Dead" through p. 135 (exchange with Bartell D'Arcy about Caruso); questions for discussion
Tuesday 2 March: Finish "The Dead"
Wednesday 3 March: Motifs in "The Dead"; John Huston's "The Dead" film; prep for In-Class Writing
Thursday 4 March: In-Class Writing: Cold passage from "The Dead"
Deadlines for AK Sourced Paper:
Draft complete: Friday 12 March
Final due for hot seat: Monday 14 March–Monday 29 March
Paper handed in: Tuesday 30 March
AP Test Practice Deadline:
Choose a day between now and the end of March when you can complete one complete practice AP Test from 5 Steps to a 5. Please choose and calendar your date ahead of time, so that you are not blindsided by this requirement. You must submit a screenshot of your MC results and the content of your essays to be graded for completion. This deadline will not be extended because we need to clear the way for other assignments. Completing a practice test in one sitting is a beneficial exercise.
Monday 25 January: Discuss midterm; hot seats for the AK Parts 1–4 paper
Tuesday 26 January: Poetry unit begins while you write at home; review "That time of year," "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," "The Boy," "Halley's Comet," "A Green Crab's Shell"
Wednesday 27 January: Poetry instruction in class while you write at home; overall emotional effect (Poe); exercise with multiple poems; "The Next Day"
Thursday 28 January: Poetry instruction in class while you write at home; closed forms reviewed (take good notes); Hot seat closes for AK Parts 1–4 paper; hot seat sheet is here
Friday 29 January: No class; March for Life day
Monday 1 February: AK Parts 1–4 Paper due by class time; fill out hot seat sheet; Schools of Literary Criticism lecture in class; Dr. Hammond's handout; my quick guide; AK Sourced Paper assigned
Tuesday 2 February: Proposal writing and discussion in class
Wednesday 3 February: Research on JSTOR day; bring laptop to class
Thursday 4 February: MLA style reviewed; scope and depth of paper; other research paper issues; more work on closed forms and what they can do; extra credit poem assigned
Friday 5 February: Proposal for paper due; proposals returned via the assignment in Jupiter
Monday 8 February: No School; Headmaster's Holiday
Tuesday 9 February: Literary history and literary criticism/theory review exercise
Wednesday 10 February: Closed form review: form, meter, line, (line endings, framing, pace)
Thursday 11 February: Image, Symbol, Metaphor and Simile
Friday 12 February: No class; half day. Works Consulted page due: MLA style (format, spacing, hang indentation), 5-6 sources (so that you can cut a less useful source later); put revised thesis/topic/question/proposal at the top
Monday 15 February: No school; Presidents' Day
Tuesday 16 February: Literary history and literary theory quest (25 minutes); rhetorical figures (check out Liturgy Guys episode [Season 2, episode 24, "Pete and Repeat..."; begin at 4:10 after the banter; substance starts at 8:10 or so] for related tropes as we see them in the Mass)
Wednesday 17 February: Antithesis, Oxymoron, Paradox; Sound Tropes; review of fundamentals; trope review
Thursday 18 February: Review of material so far: closed forms (sonnet, villanelle, pantoum, blank verse, heroic couplet); review using sample poems; review for poetry fundamentals quiz
Friday 19 February: shaping forms (ode, elegy, pastoral, dramatic monologue, Dinggedicht, ekphrasis)
Monday 22 February: Poetry fundamentals quiz
Tuesday 23 February: Cold poem sequence practice
Wednesday 24 February: Cold poem sequence for score; Review for Poetry Test; Here is scansion worksheet; here is key to scansion worksheet; here is a clean answer sheet for the cold poems; here are the cold poems from class; keys: Hayden, Donne, Dickinson, Kumin; here is a quick screencast about process.
Thursday 25 February: Poetry Unit Test
Friday 26 February: Informal Outline for AK paper due by 10pm
As you review for midterms, please make a study sheet for each main text: Crime and Punishment, Hamlet, and Anna Karenina, in which you use your annotations and the study questions to recall main characters, the sequence of events in the plot, the main themes and how they manifest, and main devices.
Here are some old exams' question packets.
•Look at each prose passage question and practice making a thesis that is exigent enough and that you are able to develop using clearly discrete categories of information. Is your response analytical enough? You can read the sample answers and discussions. You should feel free to ask me any questions you have as you study.
•Read the Question 3 examples. Know that I will choose or compose a question that will enable you to use Anna Karenina, Hamlet, or Crime and Punishment. Not every question will work as well with every text, though, so you want to review well enough that you have options. Be sure that you are able to answer the question fully, that your thesis is analytical enough, and that you can develop your answer fully.
Feel free to review the sections in 5 Steps to a 5 that handle the prose passage and the free response question. Please don't complete the prose passage excerpt from "The Dead," though, because we will get to that ourselves after exams.
2018 Sample Questions, sample prose passage answers, sample free response answers
2017 Sample Questions, sample prose passage answers, sample free response answers
2016 Sample Questions, sample prose passage answers, sample free response answers
Here is the flyer for Poetry OutLoud.
Thursday 5 November: Begin Anna Karenina in class
Friday 6 November: Rewrite of one of the two poetry in-class writings due; AP Multiple Choice practice set in class
Monday 9 November: Hot seat for Hamlet writing closes; AK Reading 1 due; study questions are for your reference; here is an encouraging handout from brilliant alumna Sophia Sorensen
Tuesday 10 November: Hamlet writing due; celebratory reading; bring to class all old, marked writings (or a laptop/tablet if your graded work is electronic) to write in class your Q1 Reflective Memo
Wednesday 11 November: AK Reading 2 due; topic threads assigned
Thursday 12 November: AK translation exercise; here's Rosamund Bartlett on translation; thesis statement discussion
Friday 13 November: No class; half day
Monday 16 November: No school; Mrs. Shirvanian's funeral
Tuesday 17 November: AK Reading 3 due
Wednesday 18 November: AK Reading 4 due
Thursday 19 November: Comparative translation in-class writing
Friday 20 November: Poetry OutLoud classroom competition
Monday 23 November: AK Reading 5 due
Tuesday 24 November: AK Reading 6 due
Monday 30 November: Extra day off!
Tuesday 1 December: Extra day off! (Reading schedule below is tighter than I would like--please read ahead)
Wednesday 2 December: AP Review: History of Literature
Thursday 3 December: AK Reading 7 due; Topic thread update
Friday 4 December:AK Reading 8 due; here is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow
Monday 7 December: AK Reading 9 due; psychological realism beginning discussion
Tuesday 8 December: AK Reading 10 due; student sample of comparative translation writing
Wednesday 9 December: Comparison/contrast cold writing (prep by looking over your returned comparative trans writing and rewriting sentences that promote argument and link multiple texts)
Thursday 10 December: AK Reading 11 due; characterization exercise
Friday 11 December: AK Reading 12 due
Monday 14 December: AK Reading 13 due; AK Parts 1-4 paper assigned
Tuesday 15 December: Thesis workshop
Wednesday 16 December: Snow day!
Thursday 17 December: Snow day; AK Reading 14 due
Friday 18 December: No class; Half Day
Winter Reading: Readings 15, 16, 17 (instead of How to Read Lit, which we will pick up in the spring)
Monday 4 January: Readings (14)-17 due; AK Rdgs 14-17 review activity; hot seat opens for AK 1-4 paper
Tuesday 5 January: AK Reading 18 due; Here's the handout from class
Wednesday 6 January: AK Reading 19 due; Activity (basis for seminar)
Thursday 7 January: AK Reading 20 due; Activity
Friday 8 January: AP Prep: Prose Passage review; bring comparative in-class essay and 5 Steps
Review rules for hot seats: Make sure you are bringing to the hot seat a paper you fully expect to receive a stamp. This paper should be clean of usage errors from "Unlucky 13" and represent your best work and fullest thinking. I am always happy to have quicker meetings with you that answer questions or dig out a particular composition problem.
Electronic hot seats are available as a special bonus this year. Please feel free to upload your stamp-worthy draft to the draft turn-in slot in Jupiter, email me (not via Jupiter--I need a real email address to respond to with the screencast) to let me know it is there, and I will respond within 24 hours. The last day to ask for an electronic hot seat is Tuesday, January 26.
Each student may visit the hot seat 2 times; students must visit the hot seat in order to receive an A on the paper.
Monday 11 January: AK Reading 21 due
Tuesday 12 January: AK Reading 22 due; AK characters for review
Wednesday 13 January: AK Reading 23; questions for discussion; AK passages for review
Thursday 14 January: Reading 24 due; AK discussion questions for review
Friday 15 January: AK test
During Midterm week, we will have specific midterm review instruction. While there is a lot going on for AP Lit, the midterm features one prose passage essay (which should prepare for by studying compositional aspects of old papers and practicing writing thesis statements and outlining) and one Q3 (for which you will be required to use Crime and Punishment, Hamlet, and/or Anna Karenina--so you should prepare by book report-style reviews of those texts to remember patterns and details). This reviewing should be reasonable and self contained.
Monday 18 January: MLK Day; no classes
Paper due Thursday 28 January
When you hand in your paper, use the notes field to tell me when you visited the hot seat and anything I may have said with regard to your relationship to the stamp. If you have a physical stamp on your paper, please put that draft on top of the materials you turn in. Please turn in the final to-be-graded (or stamped) copy on top, and then draftwork underneath, all in the same pdf file. All electronic work for English class should be in pdf format and double spaced.
Here is the overview of a style guide I am writing.
Here are the readings:
Reading 1: pp. 1–35
Reading 2: pp. 35–68
Reading 3: pp. 68–101
Reading 4: pp. 101–139
Reading 5: pp. 139–176
Reading 6: pp. 176–210
Reading 7: pp. 210–244
Reading 8: pp. 244–278
Reading 9: pp. 278–311
Reading 10: pp. 311–346
Reading 11: pp. 347–380
Reading 12: pp. 380–418
Reading 13: pp. 418–438
**end of part 4**
Reading 14: pp. 439–473
Reading 15: pp. 473–508
Reading 16: pp. 508–540
Reading 17: pp. 540–572
Reading 18: pp. 572–607
Reading 19: pp. 607–641
Reading 20: pp. 641–676
Reading 21: pp. 676–711
Reading 22: pp. 711–744
Reading 23: pp. 744–779
Reading 24: pp. 779-end
Wednesday 23 September: Begin in class 1.1, read first explore the opening, then watch opening in Branagh's Hamlet for comparison/contrast
Thursday 24 September: Reading 2 (see reading list below) in class
Friday 25 September: No class; half day
Here are the Hamlet SQs.
Monday 28 September: Reading 2 due, along with one SQ
Tuesday 29 September: Word of Advice In-Class Writing (no prep other than Reading 2)
Wednesday 30 September: Hamlet Reading 3 due; here is 2.2 from Digital Theatre Plus (login using information in the materials for the class in Jupiter, use buttons to get to 2.2; if needed, the scene begins at 43:00); read over SQs to be ready for seminar
Thursday 1 October: Hamlet Reading 4; read over SQs
Friday 2 October: Hamlet Reading in class
Monday 5 October: Hamlet reading 5 due; read over SQs to be ready for seminar; Vocabulary assigned; Soliloquy recitation assigned
Tuesday 6 October: Vocabulary (one word) due to Discussion Forum before class; Hamlet Reading 6 due; look over SQs
Wednesday 7 October: Vocabulary discussion
Thursday 8 October: Hamlet Reading 7 due; Soliloquy Close Reading in class
Friday 9 October: Act IV Activity (long quotation) in class; Hamlet Reading 8 due
Monday 12 October: No class; Columbus Day
Tuesday 13 October: Hamlet 10 to 1; Hamlet review
Wednesday 14 October: SAT day; no classes--college counseling day for anyone not taking the SAT
Thursday 15 October: C&P revisions/expansions due; more Hamlet review (requests from study questions and work with quotations)
Friday 16 October: No class; festival for OLOR
Monday 19 October: Hamlet test, receive "Hamlet and His Problems"
Tuesday 20 October: Soliloquy recitation due
Wednesday 21 October: Begin Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in class, up to p. 17 (entrance of Player)
Thursday 22 October: "Hamlet and His Problems" due; Choose a Hamlet paper topic
Friday 23 October: Hamlet vocab quiz; we will read R&G in class while you write at home
Do you have the stamp for your college essay? Be sure to meet soon enough that you have time to revise and meet again!
Monday 26 October: Work on Hamlet writing at home; read forward in class in R&G
Tuesday 27 October: Work on Hamlet writing at home; read forward in class in R&G
Wednesday 28 October: Work on Hamlet writing at home; read forward in class in R&G
Thursday 29 October: No class; Half day; College essay hot seat closes (College counseling day)
Friday 30 October: No school
Monday 2 November: No class; Halloween Festival; Hot seat opens for Hamlet writing; closes November 9; paper due Tuesday, November 10
Tuesday 3 November: Discussion of themes and ideas: R&G
Wednesday 4 November: In-class writing: R&G; College essay collected
Reading 1: 1.1
Reading 2: 1.2–1.3
Reading 3: 1.4–2.1
Reading 4: 2.2
Reading 5: 3.1–3.2
Reading 6: 3.3–3.4
Reading 7: 4.1–4.7
Reading 8: 5.1–5.2
Readings become longer as we go; once you are oriented, you can read more in a sitting.
Thursday, September 3: Welcome, policies, poem practice; please bring your 5 Steps to a 5 everyday for the warm-up; sign up to recite poem; seniors' college essay draft due
Friday, September 4: No class, Welcome Assembly
Monday, September 7: No school, Labor Day
Tuesday, September 8: Begin daily warm-up in 5 Steps to a 5; Plagiarism policy review; College essays returned; Poem discussion; HW: Annotate poem
Wednesday, September 9: Intro to the AP poetry essay; Exam overview; Poetry essay sample prompts; Prep poetry essay
Thursday, September 10: In-class writing: Excerpt from Little Gidding; refresh Crime and Punishment reading
Friday, September 11: Crime and Punishment quiz; seminar 1: major themes/characterization; sign up for SQs in class
To produce the SQs: In class, you will choose your three questions to work on. (Remote students will send me their top 5, so that I can eliminate overlap.) Then, over the next week and a half, you will produce the half-page responses to the questions. All three answers, though, will be developed into 5-paragraph essays (intended to be outlined in 30 minutes, using your original response as a starting place, and written in 40), so the more you produce upfront, the more you are helping yourself later. At the end of the quarter, you will choose one of the 5-paragraph essays to refine and polish further.
Monday, September 14: See this handout for an overview of the C&P assignments; seminar #2: themes/characterization
Tuesday, September 15: SQ #1 (one-half page) due; mini-presentation
Wednesday, September 16: deepening the SQs
Thursday, September 17: SQ #2 (one-half page) due; mini-presentation
Friday, September 18: seminar #3: setting/psychogeography of the novel
Monday, September 21: SQ #3 (one-half page) due; mini-presentation
Tuesday, September 22: C&P reflections--what is the novel's genre? what is the novel about?--and wrap-up (epilogue to the epilogue exercise)
Here is my screencast that introduces you to Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Here is the handout that accompanies the screencast; you need to listen to the screencast for the important bit about Russian names. You need to listen to the screencast before you start the novel.
Here are study questions to help you navigate more closely. They contain spoilers, so you might want to wait until you have read a section before you read the questions for that section, and you might want to read Oliver Ready's introduction to the novel after you have read the whole novel.