Week #4: September 25th -29th


Learning Expectations

This week, as we work through the epic poem Beowulf, students will:

  • think critically when reading, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating the epic poem.
  • communicate effectively when crafting and presenting their Beowulf boasts and Monster verbal illustrations.
  • understand how the "monster as metaphor" concept is applied in Beowulf, and exhibit empathy and respect when discussing contemporary connections. 
  • apply the components of Campbell's monomyth structure to Beowulf's journey. 
  • generate their own questions and explore independent topics when engaging in student-led discussions. 
  • actively and responsibly participate as members of an academic community. 

Monday, September 25th (Day 3, Long 6)

  • Discussion of the readings so far.
  • Time permitting, view a clip from the modern adaptation of Beowulf (focusing on the depiction of Grendel)

HW: (1) Read lines 1232 - 1812 and prepare for a Student-led Discussion (SLD) (2) Review the Monster as Metaphor verbal and visual illustration assignment on Google Classroom. We will talk about it tomorrow in class, but I'd like you to read through the assignment before we do.

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Tuesday, September 26th (Day 4, Long 7)

  • Review of Monster assignment
  • SLD on last night's reading

HW: (1) Read 1813  - 2199 (2) Work on Monster assignment (due Friday) (3) OPTIONAL: Revise College Essay 

Wednesday, September 27th (Day 5, Long 1) 

  • Discussion of last night's reading
  • A.P. Multiple Choice Practice

HW: (1) Read lines 2200 - 2541 (2) Work on Monster assignment (due Friday) (3) OPTIONAL: Revise College Essay 

Thursday, September 28th (Day 6, Long 2)

  • Discussion of last night's reading 
  • Review of multiple choice practice

HW: (1) Complete Monster assignment (2) Complete reading Beowulf (3) OPTIONAL: Revise College Essay 

Friday, September 29th (Day 7, Long 3)

  • Discussion of the conclusion of Beowulf
  • Overview of Critical Frame essay assignment. 

HW: (1) Work on critical frame essay (due Friday) (2) Optional: Revise College Essay (3) Read "The Myth of Sisyphus" and Plato's Allegory of the Cave. 

Week # 3: September 18th - 22nd

Learning Expectations

This week, while working through their understanding of hero story concepts, revising their college essays, and exploring the epic poem Beowulf, students will:

  • think critically when investigating the literal and figurative meanings of complex texts.
  • think creatively when applying Anglo-Saxon rituals and literary practices to their own writing.
  • communicate effectively when sharing insights in class discussion and through various writing assignments. 
  • collaborate successfully when working with classmates to analyze passages from the text and engage in critical reading activities. 
  • generate their own questions and explore independent topics when preparing for class discussion.
  • exhibit respect for themselves and others.
  • act with integrity in all academic endeavors.

Monday, September 18th (Day 6, Long 2)

  • Complete viewing Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed
  • Take notes on literary concepts as presented in the film

HW: (1) Review Hero Powerpoint Presentations to prepare for Friday's quiz (2) Work on Terms and Concepts Log

Tuesday, September 19th (Day 7, Long 3)

  • Introduction to Beowulf
  • Read the prologue (lines 1 - 50)
  • Time permitting, look at Anglo-Saxon Riddles (on Google Classroom)

HW: (1) Study for Friday's quiz (2) Read through line 687

Wednesday, September 20th (Day 1, Long 4)

  • Students will work collaboratively on critical reading assignments while I conference with individuals to review their college essays.
  • Whole-class discussion of reading (final 10-15 minutes)

HW: (1) Prepare for Friday's quiz (2) Read through line 1250

Thursday, September 21st (Career Day Bell Schedule)

  • Students will work collaboratively on critical reading assignments while I conference with individuals to review their college essays.
  • Whole-class discussion of reading (final 10-15 minutes)


Friday, September 22nd (Day 2, Long 5)

  • Hero Quiz
  • Discussion of Beowulf so far

Week #2: September 11th - 15th

Learning Expectations

This week, while we wrap up our discussion of the college essay and continue our introductory work on literary criticism for AP Literature and Composition, students will:

  • think critically and creatively when evaluating, analyzing, composing, and reflecting on various writing samples.
  • communicate effectively when engaging in class discussions and completing writing assignments.
  • work independently and collaboratively while working through the writing process. 
  • generate their own questions and investigate independent topics when drafting their college admissions essay. 
  • act with integrity in all academic endeavors. 

Monday, September 11th (Day 1, Long 4) and Tuesday, September 12th (Day 2, Long 5)

HW: (1) Continue to work on your College Essay (due Monday, September 18th) (2) Review the stories we read in class today. Choose one of them, the one you think is most effective, and reflect on it. This assignment is in Google Classroom.  (3) OPTIONAL: Review college essay guide documents on Google Classroom (Stories Live: Beginning, Middle, End; 5 Question Graphic Organizer). They are there to help you start your essay. No need to use them if you don't need them.

Wednesday, September 13th (Day3, Long 6) and Thursday, September 14th (Day 4, Long 7)

  • Review reference materials
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Question Generation Activity: (1) For each of the following levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, generate two questions (one for each of your assigned critical frames). Use 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale as your source material for each level. (2) Write your questions on the whiteboard tables in the English hall alcove. (3) Engage in a "silent discussion" by answering your peers' questions on the tables. 
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HW: (1) Complete your critical frame paragraph on 1984 and submit via Google Classroom. (2) Read Action Philosophers: Joseph Campbell (3) Complete Personal Narrative / College Essay for Monday. REMEMBER, this is just a draft. You will be able to revise next week. 

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Friday, September 15th (Day 5, Long1)

  • Brief overview of the monomyth
  • Begin viewing the history channel documentary, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

MAKE NOTE OF: archetypal terminology, use of varied critical frames. 

DO NOT MAKE NOTE OF: Specifics about Star Wars. You are not responsible for the plot of the Star Wars saga, but rather the information the film conveys through discussion of that saga. 

HW: (1) Complete college essay (2) Begin viewing presentations on the Hero's Journey

Week #1: September 5th - 8th

Learning Expectations

This week, as we get to know each other and begin preparation for the college essay, students will:

  • communicate effectively in informal discussions and in various small writing assignments.
  • collaborate successfully when working with groups to analyze various passages.
  • actively and responsibly participate in our class community.
  • think critically and creatively when approaching interpretation and reflection assignments.
  • exhibit respect for themselves and others.
  • demonstrate responsibility and independence when engaging in coursework both in class and at home.

Tuesday, September 5th (Extended Homeroom Schedule)

WELCOME BACK! It's been a long time.

HW: (1) Read Course Expectations (2) Sign up for Google Classroom: PERIOD 5's code is butkg50. Period 6's code is j4f14w (3) Complete Introductory Survey (4) Begin thinking about your Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? response

Wednesday, September 6th (Extended Homeroom Schedule)

HW: (1) Work on your frog response (due Thursday, before you go to bed, at a reasonable hour, like 10:00, because sleep is important). (2) Start Terms & Concept Log

Thursday, September 7th (Extended Homeroom Schedule)

  • Complete dissecting the literary frog
  • Introduction to AP Lit & Comp exam
    • Summer Reading Passage Analysis and Outline

HW: Complete Chicken Response and submit to Google Classroom before you go to bed (at a reasonable hour).

Friday, September 8th (Extended Homeroom Schedule)

  • Share Chicken Responses with the class
  • Introduce College Essay Assignment
    • Brainstorming Step #1

HW: (1) Read Amy Tan's story "Fish Cheeks" and prepare to discuss it on Monday. (2) Complete outline for an AP essay question on the summer reading passage you worked with on Thursday. (3) Review college essay prompts and start pondering how you would approach them. (4) OPTIONAL: Review the notes from last spring's College Essay Assembly