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