Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Essay 3 Day II


  • Compare grades with AP scorers'
  • Working on q 3
  • Tomorrow--8th period with Andy
  • Read Gawain section 3
  • Complete the third essay using one of the texts we've read this year; aim for a 9 score; you may use more than 40 min this time (due Fri)
  • Corrections due Fri
  • Vocab quiz Fri

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AP Exam: A Look at Part 2


  • Reminders
  • A look at 2010 Essay Prompts
  • The grading criteria
  • Sample student papers
  • Finish grading the sample papers for tomorrow

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gawain Fytte the First


  • Review chivalry
  • Ideals of chivalry handout
  • Discuss Part 1
  • Test corrections due 12/19
  • Vocab quiz 12/19
  • Read Part 2 for tomorrow
  • Complete webquest for tomorrow

Friday, December 12, 2014

Poetry Out Loud


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Poetry Out Loud
    • Finding a Poem
    • December 18th, TEA Period--Andrew Butterfield Presentation
  • Find a poem for Monday
  • Watch Chivalry movie and complete questions
  • Read first section of Sir Gawain
  • Correction due 12/19

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Western Isms Quiz


  • Quiz
  • Vocab quiz tomorrow
  • SPOTTTS due Friday
  • Chivalry Questions and Reading of Part 1 due Monday
  • Corrections of AP work due 12/19
  • Hand in of Zodiac analysis --past due

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Exam Corrections


  • Catch up
  • Discussing missed questions
  • Time for corrections
  • Grendel test tomorrow
  • SPOTTTS on "A Poison Tree" due Friday
  • Complete bg viewing and questions on chivalry for Friday (tentative)
    • Link in previous post
  • Read Fytte the First of Gawain for Friday (tentative)
    • Link in previous post

Important Links and BG HW for Chivalry

E-Text of Gawain and the Green Knight:  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Link (~30 min) :


  • What characterized knights of the Middle Ages?
  • What were the components of the code of chivalry?
  • How did knights use the code?
  • How did kings use the code?
  • How did the church use the code?
  • Two other facts that you found interesting/surprising: 

Field Trip

No Class--Students absent for field trip

Friday, December 5, 2014

Poetry Rhythm and Meter Add-In


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Homework expectations for absences
  • Meter and Rhythm PPT

  • Zodiac sheet for when you return
  • "A Poison Tree" SPOTTTS due Friday

SPOTTTS: "A Poison Tree"

Blake Link:

Close Reading Stations


  • Review Westernisms with inner and outer box protocol

  • Study isms for Tuesday
  • Make sure that you have finished reading the text

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Characterization in Beowulf and Grendel


  • Unferth versus Grendel Venn Diagram
  • River Charts: Wealtheow and Hrothulf
  • Study isms for next week
  • Finish reading Grendel

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Structure of Grendel


  • Discussion of the interjections of differing structures
  • General discussion of choosing structure
  • Read Ch 10
  • Study isms for quiz next week

Friday, November 21, 2014

Catch-all Day


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Grendel
  • Discussion of Dionysia
  • Read 4& 5 with reading questions on 5 from last post
  • complete all parts of the Dionysia for Tuesday
  • Re-writes of papers due Dec 5th

Dragon Chapter Reading Questions

  • As you read through the end of chapter 5, answer the following: 

Explain the purpose of the dragon chapter.  In trying to determine it, you should answer the following first:
  1. Which isms does the dragon embody?
  2. What does the dragon's relationship to Grendel seem to be?
  3. What pieces of advice does the dragon give to Grendel?
  4. How does Grendel handle this advice/the other information the dragon gives to him?  Immediately?  By the end of the chapter?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Westernisms in Grendel


  • Review
  • Westernisms chart (ch 1 + 2)
  • Vocab tomorrow
  • Read ch 3
  • Dionysia on Tuesday

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Intro to Existentialism


  • Finish exam
  • Handout AP MC Questions
  • Westernisms definitions
  • Existentialism in depth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beowulf Test


  • Beowulf Exam

  • Read Grendel chapter 1
  • Think about the point of view of the story

Monday, November 17, 2014

Beowulf Review Stations


  • Review tasks for Beowulf
  • Questions about the exam
  • Dionysia due on Friday
  • Vocab quiz Thursday
  • Beowulf exam tomorrow

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wyrd and Beowulf


  • Vocab quiz
  • Dionysia discussion
  • Close reading:
    • What is happening in your section?
    • How does it deal with Christian/Pagan tensions?
    • How would you compare this section with the idea of wyrd?
  • If you want to correct your essay, you need to stop in and see me during 8th period to discuss your original writing.
  • Dionysia preparations (next Friday)
  • Study for Beowulf (Tuesday)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Beowulf: The Dragon Chapters


  • Practice AP Questions
  • Continue discussion of section 3
    • Tone
    • Elegy
    • Function of the last section and the poem as a whole
  • Read "Wyrd" handout
  • Be prepared to discuss the Dionysia tomorrow

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Archetypal Hero


  • Archetype Definition
  • Handout & Comparison to Beowulf and Oedipus Rex
  • Read up to line 1812
  • Vocab Quiz tomorrow
  • Work on Dionysia

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Beowulf and Grendel


  • Discussion of chart
  • Discussion of Grendel
  • Read through line 1812 for Friday
  • Vocab Quiz Friday

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Beowulf Characterization of a Hero


  • Beowulf Chart
  • Collaboration and including quotes
  • Draw what you believe Grendel looks like
  • Use at least 5 textual details to support your rendering
  • Reading through line 1812 for Thursday's class

Monday, November 3, 2014

Workshop Day


  • Bell Work sign-ups
  • Work on Dionysia or Beowulf
  • Read through line 1231 in Beowulf for tomorrow

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Raven's Changing Tone

Viewing of The Raven (1963)


  • Oedipus papers due Monday
  • Read through line 1231 in Beowulf for Tuesday

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Introduction to Beowulf

Agenda: Share riddles
  • Beowulf notes
  • Dionysia workshop time

  • Re-read "The Raven"  
  • Mark up the poem while considering the impact of the connotation of the words on tone and mood
  • SPOTTTS due tomorrow
  • Oedipus paper due Monday

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Intro to Anglo-Saxons: Riddles

The following link will send you to a site that you can use to complete your worksheet.  Make sure to write down the number of the riddle.

In addition to what you are asked to do on the sheet, make sure to note the subject and a guess at the answer to the riddle (the answer might be listed, but try not to cheat).

Friday, October 24, 2014

Poetry Review I


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Poetry Notes: Line and Stanza
  • Mark up your copy of "A Noiseless Patient Spider" based on what we discussed in class regarding lines and stanzas.  (Include other things you notice if you like.)
  • SPOTTTS on "My Recollections of not Being Asked to Prom"

Poem for SPOTTTS Analysis

My Personal Recollections of Not Being Asked to the Prom
I never minded my unpopularity
in those days. Books were friends and poets (dead)
were lovers. Brainy girls were still a rarity,
and boys preferred big bosoms to well read
and saucy wits. I look back now with pity
on the young Me I didn’t pity them.
I didn’t know that I was almost pretty
And might have had a charm for older men.
And my poor mom, who never bought a fluffy
ball gown or showed me how to dress my hair—
she must have wondered where she got this stuffy
daughter. She didn’t say it, but her stare
asked whether genes or nurture were to blame.
(But I got married, Mother, all the same).
--Gail White

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Considerations of Greek Marriage

Read through at least ten slides on the following page:

You can click through by pressing the arrows closely spaced above the page number.

Answer the following questions based on the reading:

  • What is Xenophon's text saying?
  • What does it suggest that marriage is based on (love, arrangement, practicality)?
    • Point to specific quotes to support your claim.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Antigone: Male Roles


  • Reading Quiz
  • Discussion of essay topics
  • Antigone discussion


  • Work on Oedipus Rex essays, due Nov 3rd

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oedipus Rex Essay Directions and Topics

Ms. Hoffmann
AP/Honors English
Oedipus Rex Essay Assignment

*Choose one of the prompts below to respond to in a well-written, proofread, three to five page paper.  You do not need to answer every single question included in the prompt you choose. 

*The multiple questions with each prompt are there to help you think through your response not for you to answer moving from one to the next.  If you answer all of them in that latter way rather than writing a paper, you will not do well.

*In responding to your chosen prompt, support it with specific textual evidence.

*Your paper should not be all (or even mostly) plot summary.  Briefly describe the events which you use to support your case. 

*As with your summer assignment, feel free to include illustrative quotes.  However, make sure that these add meaning to your paper. (In other words, they should not be there to take up space.)  They also should be properly introduced, as we discussed in class. 

*When possible and appropriate, refer to the literary techniques that Sophocles uses to craft Oedipus Rex and the effect that they have in responding to your chosen prompt. 

*Your paper should be in the following format: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins all around, and double spaced.

*Follow MLA format (Works Cited, etc.)

*Follow the standard conventions of written English.  Avoid contractions and the use of the first-person point of view. 

Prompt Choices:
1.       The Holt textbook notes, “Women’s status in ancient Greece was inferior to that of men.  Many well-known Greek plays, however, center on major female characters.  These characters are fully formed and complex.  [Remember that Aristotle praised well-rounded characters in his Poetics.]  Rather than being only mothers, daughters, or wives, they are depicted as villainesses, victims, and heroines, and sometimes all three” (241).  Reflect on this statement in light of the character of Jocasta.  Does Sophocles’ characterization of her uphold or refute this opinion?  Why or why not?

2.      Find a couple of articles that explain what the Sigmund Freud calls the Oedipus Complex.  Use this knowledge to write an essay that explains whether or not the Oedipus myth, as it is presented in Oedipus Rex, fits with the Oedipus complex.  Are the components of the Oedipus Complex universal fears/desires?  Do you think Oedipus, the character for whom it is named, has this complex?  Why or why not?

3.      According to the Holt textbook, “In previous scenes, Sophocles focuses on Oedipus’ kingship.  In this final scene, he explores Oedipus as a man and father.  According to Brockett, ‘By this point he has ceased to be the ruler of Thebes and has become the lowest of its citizens, and much of the pathos is due to this change.’ By focusing on Oedipus ‘the outcast’ rather than Oedipus the ‘self-righteous ruler,’ Sophocles arouses more pity in the audience leading to a stronger emotional experience.”  Do you agree with this evaluation of the play?  What do you think is the mood at the end?  Is it different in a way that is significant and that allows the reader to make a greater connection with Oedipus?  (You may want to think about these questions in light of the fact that Oedipus’ blinding and Jocasta’s suicide appear offstage and first are reported in a second-hand fashion.)

4.      Question 17 on p. 265: Discuss Oedipus Rex in light of the debate between free will and fate. (Refer to p. 265 for the full question.)

5.      Prompt of your choice.  (You should run this by me to make sure that it is a suitable topic for a 3-5 page paper.)

Due Date: November 3rd, 2014 (Given the due date, this will NOT be a part of your first quarter grade).

Antigone Con't: Antigone's Role as a Woman


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Discussion of Antigone
    • Could Antigone be a Homeric Hero?
  • Finish reading Antigone
  • Look for the essay prompts on Oedipus posted later tonight

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Introducing Antigone and Gender in the Time of the Greeks


  • Notes on gender in Greece
  • Antigone focus questions
  • Elements of  Homeric Hero
  • Read Sc 2-3 (up to line 801)
  • Finish the Homeric Hero chart using the characters in Antigone

Wrapping up Oedipus


  • Open discussion Part II
  • Read the Prologue and Scene 1 of Antigone

Monday, October 13, 2014

Practice AP Passage


  • Group Photo (Yearbook)
  • Sample analysis
  • Discussion of upcoming days
  • Does Oedipus Rex fit Aristotle's description of a well-written tragedy?
  • In what ways is/isn't Oedipus an example of a tragic hero (as Aristotle outlines)?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Practice Multiple Choice


  • Multiple Choice Introduction
  • Oedipus Rex sample passage
  • Pair-Share answers
  • Verbal Irony TED video
  • Read Sc 3

Irony Detectives


  • Reviewing types of iron
  • Irony detectives worksheet
  • Discussion of answers
  • Sc 2 and questions for Thur

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Oedipus Rex Sc 1


  • Announcements
  • Discussion of Sc 1
    • Setting
    • Role of the Chorus
    • Characterization of Oedipus
    • Rhetoric of Oedipus' speeches
  • Read Sc. 2
  • Answer questions at end of it for Thursday's class (p. 236 #3, 5, 7, and 8)

Monday, October 6, 2014



  • Important Announcements
  • Finishing Presentations
  • Make sure you've finished up to Scene 2, including Ode 1

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Intro to Greek Theater Day 2


  • Finish video
  • PPT Notes
  • Directions for Jigsaw
  • Watch previous post's video on tragedy
  • Greek theater webquest due tomorrow
  • Jigsaw due Friday

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Greek Tragedy

1.  Watch this video

2.  Complete the web quest on Ancient Greek Theater

Intro to Greek Theater


  • Discussion of homework videos
  • Transition: Looking for culture elsewhere
    • cultural relativism
    • ethnocentrism and eurocentrism
  • History of the Greek Theatre (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Style Guide Sections due Monday

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cultural Connections


  • Choose a video to analyze like the ones we did in class
  • Write a paragraph synthesizing your information about it
  • Style Guide Sections due 10/6

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Style Guide Introduction


  • Discussion of Style Guide Directions and Rubric
  • Style Guide Resources discussion
    • MLA Handbook
    • Purdue Owl
    • Diane Hacker (includes APA)
    • College Writing Center Sources
  • Handing back summer papers
  • Common issues to avoid


  • SPOTTTS due tomorrow
  • Vocab quiz tomorrow

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review Day


  • Complete Review Stations
  • Study for tomorrow
  • SPOTTTS due Friday on Gail White's "Housecleaner"

Friday, September 19, 2014

Review Day


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Review Stations
  • Study for the test
  • SPOTTTS #2 due next Friday (see the previous blog entry for the poem to which you need to respond)

SPOTTTS Poem of the Week

My mother harried balls of dust
From under sofas, tables, chairs,
Bits of paper, single hairs,
All were gathered in her lust
For a desperate cleanliness.
Now serene I face the mess
I live in, safe with mold and must,
Storing in my attic head
All the lint and thread and fuzz
Gathered in a past I’ve shed
From the dust my mother was.
-Gail White

Thursday, September 18, 2014

STAR Assessment + Review


  • STAR Exam
  • "A Rose for Emily" Review
  • Be prepared for tomorrow's station reviews

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EPL Review


  • "A Rose for Emily" Pop Quiz
  • Homework overview
  • Review of EPL using sample commercials
  • Explain how Swift uses one component of EPL in "A Modest Proposal"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos


  • EPL Handout
  • Commercial Practice (postponed due to internet)
  • Lou Gehrig handout

  • Finish Lou Gehrig speech for HW
  • Read "A Rose for Emily" 

Monday, September 15, 2014



  • Satire PPT
  • Parody and Parody Examples
  • Swift Handout and Questions
  • Read "A Rose for Emily" for Wednesday

Friday, September 12, 2014

Foster Review


  • Vocab Quiz
  • Edit Foster Questions
  • Read "A Modest Proposal"
  • Finish Foster Questions

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tone and Mood

*Tone and Mood Video
*Tone and Mood WS
*Tone and Mood Journal: Write a paragraph that contains a very different tone and mood.

*Tone and Mood Journal for tomorrow
*Read "A Modest Proposal" for Friday
*SPOTTTS for Friday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


-Review of "Eveline" themes
-Symbolism PPT
-Discussion Questions for "A Very Old Man"

-SPOTTTS due Friday
-Vocab Quiz Friday
-Read "A Modest Proposal" for Friday

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thematic Statements


  • Finish up Plot Diagram Sharing
  • Theme PPT
  • Rewriting Thematic Statements
  • Read "Eveline"
  • Answer p. 237 #1A and #2A
  • Read "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Plot and SPOTTTS

  • SPOTTTS Description
  • Looking at a Sample
  • Finishing plot: Altering the plot of "The Short Happy Life..."

  • Read "Once Upon a Time" for Monday and write a thematic statement
  • SPOTTTS on "To an Athlete Dying Young" due on Friday

Thursday, September 4, 2014



  • Discussion of Frankenstein adaptations
  • Plot Power Point
  • Plotting out "The Short Happy Life..."

  • Finish plot diagrams
  • Read Gordimer's "Once Upon a Time" and write a thematic statement for it for Monday

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Point of View

  • Point of View Notes:
  • Discussions of authorial choices
  • Begin Frankenstein homework

  • Write the passage on p. 36 (in your books, Book 1 Chap 5) in all of the povs that we discussed
  • You only need to identify the pov in which it currently is written

Tuesday, September 2, 2014



  • Review the basics of characterization
  • River map analysis of characterization and considerations
  • Read "The Short Happy Life..." (We might not be using it until Thursday)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Transferring Fosterian Analysis


  • Bell Work Overview
  • Master sheet of literary terms
  • Beginning analysis of songs using Foster
  • Look for a song that you believe you can analyze based on Fosterian principles

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day

Hello Everyone,

You may recall that we spent first period today going over the syllabus and handing in the summer assignment.


None, but don't get used to it!  We are going to start using Foster to analyze some other media tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Welcome to AP English.  You may complete the second part of your summer assignment as a comment on this post.

Happy Blogging!

-Ms. H