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Hello Drama Aficionados! Welcome to your senior year. I hope you had a fantastic summer. This is the online notes platform we will be using all year. All notes and assessments will be posted here in inverse chronological order, listing future dates at the top and our first day of class at the bottom. You should think of this notes page as the "schedule" part of your course syllabus. You are responsible for everything listed here, even and especially if you've decided not to read it.


 


6/9:  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

6/2:  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

5/26:  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

5/20, 2 of 2 OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS:  Optional 2 (20 points):  Here is the topic sentence that you should aim to prove for “Optional 2”:  As the narrator’s doubts about Tyler intensify and transform into distrust and antagonism in chapters 21 through 29, Palahniuk also uses tone, indirect characterization and symbolism to portray the narrator’s recognition that Tyler is not who he once thought and his ultimate resolution that he must be the one to stop Tyler.  ASSIGNMENT DIRECTIONS:  Locate 5 quotations that support the topic sentence, making sure that each example comes from a different chapter ranging from 21 through 29.  (You can also use evidence from chapter 1.)  Copy and paste the topic sentence into the document.   LABELING EACH OF YOUR 5 “EVIDENCE” EXAMPLES WITH THE LETTER A, introduce each quotation by including specific scene details/context as well as the author’s name and the literary device the author uses, as we have been doing for weeks.  LABELING YOUR EACH OF YOUR “EXPLANATIONS” EXAMPLES WITH THE LETTER B, provide a 3 OR MORE SENTENCE EXPLANATION of how the example supports the topic sentence and of how the author uses a literary device to portray this.  Please pay close attention to this model response, formatting your assignment in just this way.  

MODEL REPONSE:    

1A) Tone:  In this scene where Finny and Gene visit the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patch-Withers, Knowles uses tone to show Gene's emotions when Gene says, “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (Knowles 25).

1B) In this example, Knowles uses tone to show the "envy" Gene feels toward Finny, who seems able to "get away with anything."  Gene insists that his envy for Finny is "perfectly normal," but his confident tone reveals his fears that envying your "best friend" might not be a good thing.  Gradually, Gene's envy for Finny gets worse.

SUBMISSION DIRECTIONS:  Before 9:59PM, post “Optional 2” under the heading "Optional 2" ON TURNITIN.COM (20 points). TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit any assignments on Google Classroom.   

 

 

5/19, 1 of 2 OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENTS:  Optional 1 (20 points):  Here is the topic sentence that you should aim to prove for “Optional 1”:  From the narrator’s first meetings with Tyler in chapters 3 and 5 through their development of fight club in chapters 6 through 15 and the first stages of Project Mayhem in chapters 16 through 20, Palahniuk uses tone, indirect characterization and symbolism to portray the combination of elation, admiration, concern and doubt that the narrator feels as his friendship with Tyler develops.  ASSIGNMENT DIRECTIONS:  Locate 5 quotations that support the topic sentence, making sure that each example comes from a different chapter ranging from 3 through 15.  Copy and paste the topic sentence into the document.   LABELING EACH OF YOUR 5 “EVIDENCE” EXAMPLES WITH THE LETTER A, introduce each quotation by including specific scene details/context as well as the author’s name and the literary device the author uses, as we have been doing for weeks.  LABELING YOUR EACH OF YOUR “EXPLANATIONS” EXAMPLES WITH THE LETTER B, provide a 3 OR MORE SENTENCE EXPLANATION of how the example supports the topic sentence and of how the author uses a literary device to portray this.  Please pay close attention to this model response, formatting your assignment in just this way.  

MODEL REPONSE:    

1A) Tone:  In this scene where Finny and Gene visit the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patch-Withers, Knowles uses tone to show Gene's emotions when Gene says, “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (Knowles 25).

1B) In this example, Knowles uses tone to show the "envy" Gene feels toward Finny, who seems able to "get away with anything."  Gene insists that his envy for Finny is "perfectly normal," but his confident tone reveals his fears that envying your "best friend" might not be a good thing.  Gradually, Gene's envy for Finny gets worse.

SUBMISSION DIRECTIONS:  Before 9:59PM, post “Optional 1” under the heading "Optional 1" ON TURNITIN.COM (20 points). TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit any assignments on Google Classroom.   


5/19:  Last Day of Classes!  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

 

5/18:  Palahniuk Assignment 14 (worth 20 points):   1) For this assignment, I want you to summarize 2 key sections in Fight Club IN YOUR OWN WORDS:  In 300 words or more, summarize chapters 26 and 27 (10 points); then in 300 words or more, summarize chapters 29 and 30 (10 points).  AGAIN, write these summaries IN YOUR OWN WORDS, and DO NOT LOOK AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE BOOK. Any evidence that you have copied from an online source or another source will assure you a 0/20 and an honor code violation. Please do a thorough job, exceeding the minimum word lengths for each of the two parts.  2) Before 9:59PM, POST BOTH SUMMARIES under the heading, "Palahniuk Assignment 14" ON TURNITIN.COM (20 points). TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit any assignments on Google Classroom.  EXTRA CREDIT OPTION:  After your two summaries, include an open-ended question about some aspect of chapters 7 through 15.  FYI:   An open-ended question does not have a single answer; it provokes thought and discussion.  What you want to avoid is a closed-ended question, which can be answered with a statement of fact (1 point).

 

 

 

 

5/15:  Read chapters 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 184-208).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.

5/14: Palahniuk Assignment 13 (worth 10 points): There are two brief assignments that I would like you to complete today: 1) View the attached video, which is titled "Secret Revealed!: Chapter 21 of Fight Club,” and follow the directions in the video. In recent assignments, I have asked you to provide personal responses to questions. In this assignment, by contrast, I want you type out a series of page numbers, take notes on what I say about these pages, and visit the pages as you explain the references I have highlighted. Here’s the list of pages and references you should explain: p. 15, p. 70, p. 72, p. 72 again, p. 159, p. 159 again, p. 160, p. 160 again, and p. 163. 2) Before 9:59PM, POST YOUR PAGE NUMBERS, NOTES AND EXPLANATIONS under "Palahniuk Assignment 13” ON TURNITIN.COM (10 points). I REPEAT: TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit anything on Google Classroom. 


5/13:  Palahniuk Assignment 12 (worth 10 points):   There are two brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:  1) View “VIDEO 5” on Google Classroom, subtitled "Shout Outs, Part 2:  Questions on Chapters 3-15," and follow the directions in the video.  In recent assignments, I have asked you to provide personal responses to questions. In this assignment, by contrast, I want you type out questions and answers that the video provides, according to the directions in the video.  Your assignment should include the questions and answers for numbers 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B. 2) Before 9:59PM, POST YOUR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS under "Palahniuk Assignment 12" ON TURNITIN.COM (10 points). I REPEAT: TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit anything on Google Classroom. 

5/12:  Read chapters 22, 23, 24 and 25 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 162-83).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

5/11:  Palahniuk Assignment 11 (worth 20 points):   1) For this assignment, I want you to summarize 2 key chapters in Fight Club IN YOUR OWN WORDS:  In 300 words or more, summarize chapter 18 (10 points); then in 300 words or more, summarize chapter 21 (10 points).  AGAIN, write these summaries IN YOUR OWN WORDS, and DO NOT LOOK AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE BOOK. Any evidence that you have copied from an online source or another source will assure you a 0/20 and an honor code violation. Please do a thorough job, exceeding the minimum word lengths for each of the two parts.  2) Before 9:59PM, POST BOTH SUMMARIES under the heading, "Palahniuk Assignment 11" ON TURNITIN.COM (20 points). TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit any assignments on Google Classroom.   EXTRA CREDIT OPTION:  After your two summaries, include an open-ended question about some aspect of chapters 7 through 15.  FYI:  An open-ended question does not have a single answer; it provokes thought and discussion.   What you want to avoid is a closed-ended question, which can be answered with a statement of fact (1 point).

 

 

 

 

 

5/8:  Read chapters 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 137-61).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.

5/7:  Palahniuk Assignment 10 (worth 15 points):   There are three brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:   1) Click this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8ZCX0eywXw), which brings you to an interview with Chuck Palahniuk titled “Joe Rogan Experience #1158 - Chuck Palahniuk,” which you watched a clip of earlier this week.  Today I want you to watch a second clip of this video – this one from 7:42 to 8:51 – typing out notes as you view it.  (NOTE:   I am asking you to watch about 1 minute of the video!  Not the whole video!)  2) In the interview, Chuck Palahniuk mentions the anthropologist “Joseph Campbell’s idea that there needs to be a secondary father in mens’ lives – that you’re born, if you’re lucky, with a biological father that you do not choose, and that is the nurturing, loving father that you eventually have to reject, but in doing so you need to choose a new father.”  Obviously, this idea of a “secondary father” can relate to the kinds of mentoring relationships that occur between older adults and younger adults, but it can also relate to friendships in which one friend is the leader or mentor of another.  In A Separate Peace, Jesus Christ Superstar and Fight Club, readers observe a friendship between a popular, charismatic, influential leader (Finny, Jesus, Tyler) who is followed by a more quiet, pensive, judgmental “best friend” (Gene, Judas, the narrator).  These sorts of leader/follower friendships often create hidden tensions.  With these ideas in mind, ANSWER EACH OF THESE 3 QUESTION in 4 OR MORE SENTENCES :  A) Referencing two specific scenes, describe one scene in which Finny serves as Gene’s “secondary father,” and describe a later scene in which Gene shows doubt or frustration about Finny’s role in his life (5 POINTS).  B) Referencing two specific scenes, describe one scene in which Jesus serves as Judas’s “secondary father,” and describe a later scene in which Judas shows doubt or frustration about Jesus’s role in his life (5 POINTS).  C) Referencing two specific scenes, describe one scene in which scene Tyler serves as the narrator’s “secondary father,” and describe a later scene in which the narrator shows doubt or frustration about Tyler’s role in his life (5 POINTS).  3) Before 9:59PM, post your EACH OF YOUR 4 TO 5 SENTENCE RESPONSES under “Palahniuk Assignment 10" ON TURNITIN.COM (15 POINTS IN ALL).  TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit any assignments on Google Classroom.

5/6:  Read chapters 16 and 17 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 118-36).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.

5/5:  Palahniuk Assignment 9 (worth 10 points):   There are three brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:   1) Click this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8ZCX0eywXw), which brings you to an interview with Chuck Palahniuk titled “Joe Rogan Experience #1158 - Chuck Palahniuk,” and watch the video from 4:15 to 7:03, typing out notes as you view it.  (NOTE:  I am asking you to watch less than 3 minutes of the video!  Not the whole video!)  2) Now let me give you context for the two questions I would like you to answer:   We are living in a time of pandemic.   All of us, like it or not, are feeling various degrees of unfreedom.  Fittingly, of our novels this year, Vinegar Girl by Ann Tyler might be labeled as a novel of female liberation, which could be studied in a college course called “Women’s Studies,” and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk might be labeled as a novel of male liberation, which could be studied in a college course called “Men’s Studies.”  In the interview you viewed, Chuck Palahniuk says there are many social model novels for women, which allow women to “come together and talk about their lives,” but “few social model novels or stories for men.”  Here are the two questions I would like you to type out, answering EACH QUESTION in 3 OR MORE SENTENCES :  A) Describe a specific scene you remember from Vinegar Girl in which Kate Battista expresses a yearning and/or demand for freedom, and explain why this might serve as a lesson in a “Women’s Studies” course (5 POINTS).  B) Describe a specific scene you remember from Fight Club in which the narrator and/or Tyler expresses a yearning and/or demand for freedom, and explain why this might serve as a lesson in a “Men’s Studies” course (5 POINTS).  3) Before 9:59PM, post your notes as well as your responses to my two questions under the heading "Palahniuk Assignment 9" ON TURNITIN.COM (10 POINTS IN ALL).  TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit any assignments on Google Classroom.  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

5/4:  Palahniuk Assignment 8 (worth 20 points):   1) For this assignment, I want you to summarize 2 key chapters in Fight Club IN YOUR OWN WORDS:  In 300 words or more, summarize chapter 10 (10 points); then in 300 words or more, summarize chapter 15 (10 points).  AGAIN, write these summaries IN YOUR OWN WORDS, and DO NOT LOOK AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE BOOK. Any evidence that you have copied from an online source or another source will assure you a 0/20 and an honor code violation. Please do a thorough job, exceeding the minimum word lengths for each of the two parts.  2) Before 9:59PM, POST BOTH SUMMARIES under the heading, "Palahniuk Assignment 8" ON TURNITIN.COM (20 points). TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit anything on Google Classroom.   EXTRA CREDIT OPTION:  After your two summaries, include an open-ended question about some aspect of chapters 7 through 15.  FYI:  An open-ended question does not have a single answer; it provokes thought and discussion.  What you want to avoid is a closed-ended question, which can be answered with a statement of fact (1 point).  

 

 

 

5/1:  Read chapters 12, 13, 14 and 15 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 95-117).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.

4/30:  Read chapters 9, 10 and 11 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 74-94).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.

4/29:  There are four brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:  1) Reread the description of the narrator’s and Tyler’s first meeting on the last 2 pages of chapter 3 in the novel, Fight Club.  2) Watch this 2-minute YouTube clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbFVWJrOmgE), which portrays the narrator’s and Tyler’s first meeting in the film, Fight Club, taking notes about any similarities and differences you notice between how the novel and the film portray the narrator, Tyler and their first meeting.  3) Identify TWO OR MORE SIMILARITIES and THREE OR MORE DIFFERENCES between the narrator in the novel and the narrator in the film, explaining each similarity and difference in A MINIMUM OF ONE OR TWO FULL SENTENCES for each example.  In addition, identify TWO OR MORE SIMILARITIES and THREE OR MORE DIFFERENCES between Tyler in the novel and Tyler in the film, explaining each similarity and difference in A MINIMUM OF ONE OR TWO FULL SENTENCES for each example.  4) Before 9:59PM, post your descriptions of 10 or more similarities and/or differences on Turnitin.com, under the heading, "Palahniuk Assignment 7" (10 points).  Formatting Directions:  Each of the similarities and differences you identify should be numbered, and each of your descriptions should use clear transitional language. (e.g., 1. One similarity between the narrator … 2. Another similarity between… 3. One difference between the narrator in these two texts is that the narrator in the novel …, while the narrator in the film…).

4/28: There are two brief assignments that I would like you to complete today: 1) View “VIDEO 4” on Google Classroom, subtitled "Shout Outs, Part 1: Questions on Chapters 1 and 2," and follow the directions in the video. I will repeat the directions here to allay any confusions: In recent assignments, I have asked you to provide personal responses to questions. In this assignment, by contrast, I want you type out answers that the video provides. In the video, I ask and answer 2 student questions on chapter 1, and I ask and answer 2 student questions on chapter 2. There are 4 questions total, and I answer each of the 4 questions in several parts. Your assignment is to TYPE OUT AT LEAST ONE QUESTION about each chapter and TYPE OUT AT LEAST TWO RESPONSES for each of the questions you have chosen. 2) Before 9:59PM, POST YOUR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS under "Palahniuk Assignment 6" ON TURNITIN.COM (5 points). I REPEAT: TO EARN CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT ON TURNITIN; you should NOT post or submit anything on Google Classroom.  OPTIONAL VIDEO CHAT TODAY:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."  C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."  F Period:   Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.   Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link."

4/27:  Palahniuk Assignment 5 (worth 20 points):   1) For this assignment, I want you to summarize 3 key interactions in Fight Club between the narrator and Tyler IN YOUR OWN WORDS:   In 150 words or more, summarize “How I met Tyler” on p. 32-33 (5 points); in 150 words or more, summarize their time at a fight club meeting and the narrator’s recollections about their first fight on p. 50-54 (5 points); and in 300 words or more, summarize the narrator’s reflections on and interactions with Tyler and Marla on p. 65-73 (10 points).  This assignment is worth 20 points, so it is of equal value to the four 5-point assignments due last week.  AGAIN, write these summaries IN YOUR OWN WORDS, and DO NOT LOOK AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE BOOK. Any evidence that you have copied from an online source or another source will assure you a 0/20 and an honor code violation. Please do a thorough job, exceeding the minimum word lengths for each of the three parts.  2) Before 9:59PM on Monday, 4/27, post all three summaries in a single document on Turnitin.com under the heading "Palahniuk Assignment 5" (20 points).  Optional Video Chat on Google Classroom:  A Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3 to 3:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." C Period:  Optional Video Chat from 3:30 to 4.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." F Period:  Optional Video Chat from 4 to 4:30.  Just go to our Google Classroom page and click the "Meet Link." 



4/24:  Read chapters 7 and 8 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 56-73).  NOTE:  You do not need to submit any assignment on this day.

4/23:  There are two brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:  1) View “VIDEO 3” on Google Classroom, subtitled "The Narrator’s Reason for Telling the Story of Fight Club," writing down, as you watch the video, the titles of the texts that I mention in connection to Fight Club (films, dramas, novels, etc.) and writing down each of the two questions I ask and your personal responses to them.  2) Before 9:59PM, post your list of titles as well as the two questions that I ask and your answers to them under "Palahniuk Assignment 4" on Turnitin (5 points).

4/22:  There are two brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:  1) View “VIDEO 2” on Google Classroom, subtitled "Fight Club and the World’s Tallest Building," writing down, as you watch the video, the four questions that I ask as well as the responses I provide for the first three questions and your own personal response to the fourth question. 2) Before 9:59PM, post the four questions and your answers to them under "Palahniuk Assignment 3" on Turnitin (5 points). 

4/21:  There are three brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:  1) Go onto Netflix and view the first 7 minutes of the movie, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper.  The movie begins with a flash forward that portrays Cooper's character in a crisis, three quarters of the way through the chronology of the film. Then the film shuttles back in time to the place where Cooper, as narrator, decides to begin the story.  Stop the video at 7:10, when some guy approaches Cooper’s character on the sidewalk and yells, "Eddie Marra!"  2) Review chapters one and two of Palahniuk's Fight Club, and respond to questions A and B with a minimum of 2-5 sentences for each question:  A) In the flash forwards at the start of Fight Club and Limitless, what is about to happen to each narrator?  B) In the scenes that follow each flash forward, what do we learn about each narrator’s past life?  2) Before 9:59PM, post your responses to questions A and B on Turnitin, under "Palahniuk Assignment 2" (5 points).

4/20:  There are three brief assignments that I would like you to complete today:  1) Sign up for your class on Google Classroom (5 points):  A period Class Code:  mmksox2.   C period Class Code:   6noptht.  F period Class Code:  6o7fury.  2) View “VIDEO 1” on Google Classroom, subtitled "The Rules of Reading Fight Club," and take notes as the video indicates.  3) Before 9:59PM, post the notes, according to the instructions in the video, under "Palahniuk Assignment 1" on Turnitin (5 points).

  


4/17:  Read chapter 6 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 47-55).

4/16:  Read chapter 5 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 40-46).

4/15:  Read chapters 3 and 4 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 25-39).

4/14:  Read chapters 1 and 2 of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (p. 11-24).



4/8:  Rice Explanations 2 (10 points):  This assignment should contain everything that you included in “Rice Evidence 2.”  To that document, you should ADD THE EXPLANATIONS for each of the examples you have chosen.  For EACH OF YOUR 5 OR MORE DISTINCT, NUMBERED EXAMPLES, you should write a THREE OR MORE SENTENCE EXPLANATION that indicates the literary device the author is using, explains the specific words or phrases that illustrate that literary device, explains what the example shows about the characters, and explains how the example supports the argument of the topic sentence.  Sample “Explanations” Response:  In this example, Knowles uses tone to show the "envy" Gene feels toward Finny, who seems able to "get away with anything."  Gene insists that his envy for Finny is "perfectly normal," but his confident tone reveals his fears that envying your "best friend" might not be a good thing.  Gradually, Gene's envy for Finny gets worse.  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  

4/7:  Rice Evidence 2 (10 points):  Here is the topic sentence that you should aim to prove for “Rice Evidence 2” and “Rice Explanations 2”:  Starting with the lyrics to the song, “The Last Supper,” Rice uses the same literary devices to portray Judas’s first hints of shame and guilt, which grow increasingly obsessive and paranoiac in later songs, as Judas agonizes over a decision that was either a safeguard for the Jewish people or an unforgivable betrayal of a person Judas doesn’t “know how to love.”  Assignment Directions:  Type your name and heading at the top of the document.  Copy and paste the topic sentence into the document.  Then in chronological order, type A MINIMUM OF 5 DISTINCT, NUMBERED EXAMPLES THAT DO NOT REPEAT EACH OTHER from p. 28-32, p. 42-44 and p. 48-50 of Jesus Christ Superstar, which support the topic sentence.  When I say that these examples should be “DISTINCT” and should “NOT REPEAT EACH OTHER,” I mean that each example should allow you to make a point that differs from your other examples and points; it should not sound like a very similar, repetitive example.   For each of your five or more examples you should identify the literary device exhibited in the example, provide context for the example (e.g., In the scene where Jesus and Judas discuss …, Rice uses … to ….  Judas says, …), quote the example, and indicate the author and page number in parentheses. NOTE:  An “example” from a scene might best be captured by not one but two brief quotations, such as a back and forth between Judas and one of the other characters.  Formatting Directions:  Please place each example in the following format:  1) Literary Device Exhibited in the Example: In the scene where yada yada yada yada yada, Rice uses yada to show yada yada yada.  At one point, character says, “Quote quote quote quote quote.”  Character replies, “Quote quote quote quote quote” (Rice Page Number).  Sample “Evidence” Response:  Tone:  In this scene where Finny and Gene visit the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patch-Withers, Knowles uses tone to show Gene's emotions when Gene says, “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (Knowles 25).  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  

4/6:  Open up Jesus Christ Superstar (posted under “Files”), and read through “The Last Supper (Thursday night)” (p. 28-32), “Judas’s Death” (p. 42-44) and “Superstar” (p. 48-50) of Jesus Christ Superstar, looking for A MINIMUM OF 5 QUOTATIONS that will allow you to support the following topic sentence:  Starting with the lyrics to the song, “The Last Supper,” Rice uses the same literary devices to portray Judas’s first hints of shame and guilt, which grow increasingly obsessive and paranoiac in later songs, as Judas agonizes over a decision that was either a safeguard for the Jewish people or an unforgivable betrayal of a person Judas doesn’t “know how to love.”

 

4/3:  Rice Explanations 1 (10 points):  This assignment should contain everything that you included in “Rice Evidence 1.”  To that document, you should ADD THE EXPLANATIONS for each of the examples you have chosen.  For EACH OF YOUR 5 OR MORE DISTINCT, NUMBERED EXAMPLES, you should write a THREE OR MORE SENTENCE EXPLANATION that indicates the literary device the author is using, explains the specific words or phrases that illustrate that literary device, explains what the example shows about the characters, and explains how the example supports the argument of the topic sentence.  Sample “Explanations” Response:  In this example, Knowles uses tone to show the "envy" Gene feels toward Finny, who seems able to "get away with anything."  Gene insists that his envy for Finny is "perfectly normal," but his confident tone reveals his fears that envying your "best friend" might not be a good thing.  Gradually, Gene's envy for Finny gets worse.  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  

4/2:  Rice Evidence 1 (10 points):  Here is the topic sentence that you should aim to prove for “Rice Evidence 1” and “Rice Explanations 1”:  As in Knowles’s novel, in the lyrics for the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice uses tone, indirect characterization and symbolism to portray the growing feelings of worry, superiority and paranoia that Judas feels toward Jesus, whose “right hand man” Judas claims to be.  Assignment Directions:  Type your name and heading at the top of the document.  Copy and paste the topic sentence into the document.  Then in chronological order, type A MINIMUM OF 5 DISTINCT, NUMBERED EXAMPLES THAT DO NOT REPEAT EACH OTHER from p. 2-4, p. 7-11 and p. 25-28 of Jesus Christ Superstar, which support the topic sentence.  When I say that these examples should be “DISTINCT” and should “NOT REPEAT EACH OTHER,” I mean that each example should allow you to make a point that differs from your other examples and points; it should not sound like a very similar, repetitive example.  For each of your five or more examples you should identify the literary device exhibited in the example, provide context for the example (e.g., In the scene where Jesus and Judas discuss …, Rice uses … to ….  Judas says, …), quote the example, and indicate the author and page number in parentheses. NOTE:  An “example” from a scene might best be captured by not one but two brief quotations, such as a back and forth between Judas and one of the other characters.  Formatting Directions:  Please place each example in the following format:  1) Literary Device Exhibited in the Example: In the scene where yada yada yada yada yada, Rice uses yada to show yada yada yada.  At one point, character says, “Quote quote quote quote quote.”  Character replies, “Quote quote quote quote quote” (Rice Page Number).  Sample “Evidence” Response:  Tone:  In this scene where Finny and Gene visit the home of Mr. and Mrs. Patch-Withers, Knowles uses tone to show Gene's emotions when Gene says, “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (Knowles 25).  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.   

4/1:  Open up Jesus Christ Superstar (posted under “Files”), and read through “Heaven on Their Minds” (p. 2-4), “Strange Thing, Mystifying” (p. 7-11), “Damned for All Time (Tuesday)” (p. 25-27) and “Blood Money” (p. 27-28), looking for A MINIMUM OF 5 QUOTATIONS that will allow you to support the following topic sentence in “Rice Evidence 1” and “Rice Explanations 1”:  As in Knowles’s novel, in the lyrics for the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice uses tone, indirect characterization and symbolism to portray the growing feelings of worry, superiority and paranoia that Judas feels toward Jesus, whose “right hand man” Judas claims to be.

3/31:  Today your assignment is to read the feedback I left for you on Turnitin.com in the notes area beside your four recent assignments, “Knowles Evidence 1,” “Knowles Explanations 1,” “Knowles Evidence 2,” and “Knowles Explanations 2.”  If I wrote any comments, the comments should be immediately visible when you open the assignment. NOTE:   Big Brother is real!  I will be able to see (and dock you points) if you don’t do as I ask!  So please, actually, for real, go to each of these assignments, open up each of the 4 Knowles assignments and see if I left any comments on how to improve when we go through this same process for Jesus Christ Superstar.  Sometimes I even leave feedback for people who earned full credit.  If you did not earn full credit on an assignment, my comments explain why.  Please email me at mlorenz[at]sfponline.org if you have any questions.        

3/30:  No assignments on this day.



3/27:  No assignments on this day.

3/26:  Knowles Explanations 2 (10 points):  This assignment should contain everything that you included in “Knowles Evidence 2.”  To that document, you should ADD THE EXPLANATIONS for each of the examples you have chosen.  For EACH OF YOUR 5 OR MORE NUMBERED EXAMPLES, you should write a THREE OR MORE SENTENCE EXPLANATION that indicates the literary device the author is using, explains the specific words or phrases that illustrate that literary device, explains what the example shows about the characters, and explains how the example supports the argument of the topic sentence.  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  If you are one of the very few people who has submitted neither the extra credit assignment that was due on 3/16 nor the required summary that was due on 3/18, then look at those dates below for your Enrollment Key and Class ID.   

3/25:  Knowles Evidence 2 (10 points):  Here is the topic sentence that you should aim to prove for “Knowles Evidence 2” and “Knowles Explanations 2”:  As Gene’s feelings of resentment toward Phineas reach their peak at the end of chapter four, when Gene hurts Phineas in a way that may or may not have been intentional, Knowles begins to use these same literary devices to portray Gene’s obsessive and paranoiac sense of guilt, shame and self-recognition about an event that was either an accident or an unforgivable betrayal.   Assignment Directions:  Type your name and heading at the top of the document.  Copy and paste the topic sentence into the document.  Then in chronological order, type A MINIMUM OF 5 NUMBERED EXAMPLES FROM 5 DIFFERENT SCENES in chapters five through thirteen of A Separate Peace, which support the topic sentence.  For each of your five examples you should identify the literary device exhibited in the example, provide context for the example (e.g., “In the scene where Gene and Finny…”), quote the example, and indicate the author and page number in parentheses. NOTE:  An “example” from a scene might best be captured by not one but two brief quotations, such as a back and forth between Gene and one of the other characters.  Formatting Directions:  Please place each example in the following format:  1) Literary Device Exhibited in the Example: In the scene where yada yada yada yada yada, character says, “Quote quote quote quote quote.”  Character replies, “Quote quote quote quote quote” (Knowles Page Number).  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  If you are one of the very few people who has submitted neither the extra credit assignment that was due on 3/16 nor the required summary that was due on 3/18, then look at those dates below for your Enrollment Key and Class ID.

3/24:  Knowles Explanations 1 (10 points):  This assignment should contain everything that you included in “Knowles Evidence 1.”  To that document, you should ADD THE EXPLANATIONS for each of the examples you have chosen.  For EACH OF YOUR 5 OR MORE NUMBERED EXAMPLES, you should write a THREE OR MORE SENTENCE EXPLANATION that indicates the literary device the author is using, explains the specific words or phrases that illustrate that literary device, explains what the example shows about the characters, and explains how the example supports the argument of the topic sentence.  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  If you are one of the very few people who has submitted neither the extra credit assignment that was due on 3/16 nor the required summary that was due on 3/18, then look at those dates below for your Enrollment Key and Class ID.   

3/23:  Knowles Evidence 1 (10 points):  Here is the topic sentence that you should aim to prove for “Knowles Evidence 1” and “Knowles Explanations 1”:  In chapters one through four of A Separate Peace, Knowles deftly uses tone, indirect characterization and symbolism to portray the growing feelings of envy, inferiority and paranoia that Gene feels toward Phineas, the young man whom he repeatedly calls his “best friend.”  Assignment Directions:  Type your name and heading at the top of the document.  Copy and paste the topic sentence into the document.  Then in chronological order, type A MINIMUM OF 5 NUMBERED EXAMPLES FROM 5 DIFFERENT SCENES in chapters one through four of A Separate Peace, which support the topic sentence.  For each of your five examples you should identify the literary device exhibited in the example, provide context for the example (e.g., “In the scene where Gene and Finny…”), quote the example, and indicate the author and page number in parentheses. NOTE:  An “example” from a scene might best be captured by not one but two brief quotations, such as a back and forth between Gene and one of the other characters.  Formatting Directions:  Please place each example in the following format:  1) Literary Device Exhibited in the Example: In the scene where yada yada yada yada yada, character says, “Quote quote quote quote quote.”  Character replies, “Quote quote quote quote quote” (Knowles Page Number).  Submission Directions:  By 9:59 PM on this date, submit the assignment on Turnitin.com in the appropriate class section (A period, C period or F period) and under the appropriate assignment.  If you are one of the very few people who has submitted neither the extra credit assignment that was due on 3/16 nor the required summary that was due on 3/18, then look at those dates below for your Enrollment Key and Class ID.   






3/20:  Read chapter thirteen in Knowles’s novel (p. 195-204).  Learning Objectives:  As you read, please keep in mind that the turbulent friendships portrayed in Jesus Christ Superstar, A Separate Peace and Fight Club will be the thematic basis for our upcoming essay. Take note of any scenes in which Knowles portrays the turbulence and complexity of the friendship between Gene and Finny.

3/19:  Read chapter twelve in Knowles’s novel (p. 178-194).  Learning Objectives:  As you read, please keep in mind that the turbulent friendships portrayed in Jesus Christ Superstar, A Separate Peace and Fight Club will be the thematic basis for our upcoming essay. Take note of any scenes in which Knowles portrays the turbulence and complexity of the friendship between Gene and Finny. 

3/18:  Chapter 11 Summary (worth 20 points):  Write a summary of chapter eleven of Knowles's novel.  Assignment Directions:  Create a Word document, call it "Chapter 11 Summary," type your name and heading into the document, and then type out a summary of chapter 11, making sure you write it IN YOUR OWN WORDS.  Any evidence that you have COPIED from an online source or another source will assure you a 0/20 and an honor code violation.  In the summary, make sure you describe the snow ball fight (p. 152-55), Gene's and Finny's conversation about Finny's injury (p. 155), Gene's conversation with Finny and Brinker about Leper and the war (p. 156-57), Gene's conversation with Brinker about Finny (p. 160), Gene's and Finny's conversation about Caesar and the war (p. 161-64), and in the greatest detail, Brinker's lengthy investigation of Finny's accident (p. 165-75).  Submission Directions:   By or before 11:59PM on Wednesday, 3/18, go to Turnitin.com and submit your document for "Chapter 11 Summary" in the appropriate class section, either A period, C period or F period.  If you are in my A period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAA and your Class ID is 22837429. If you are in my C period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAC and your Class ID is 22837439. If you are in my F period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAF and your Class ID is 22837445.  Email me mlorenz[at]sfponline.org if you have any questions or difficulties.

3/17:  Read chapter eleven in Knowles’s novel (p. 52-77).  Learning Objectives:  As you read, please keep in mind that the turbulent friendships portrayed in Jesus Christ Superstar, A Separate Peace and Fight Club will be the thematic basis for our upcoming essay. Take note of any scenes in which Knowles portrays the turbulence and complexity of the friendship between Gene and Finny.   

3/16:  Knowles Assignment 1 (worth up to 5 bonus points):  Your first distance learning assignment is an extra credit assignment (worth up to 5 points added to your total points), which will allow us to review what we have already covered in John Knowles's A Separate Peace and which will help you to get acclimated to submitting assignments on Turnitin.com.  Assignment Directions:  Chapter four of Knowles's novel concludes with an enigmatic sentence that we have returned to repeatedly in class. The narrator, Gene Forrester, says, "Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him [Finny], and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb" (Knowles 59-60).  The narrator's language prevents readers from knowing whether he jounced the limb intentionally, unintentionally or with subconscious intent, but the narrator and several other characters blame the narrator for this act in the chapters that follow. Locate 5 moments in which Gene's classmates or Gene himself blame Gene for Finny's fall from the tree.  Submission Directions:  Create a Word document, call it "Knowles Assignment 1," type your name and heading into the document, and then type out 5 or more quotations that show Gene's classmates (Brinker, Cliff and Leper) or Gene himself (more than once) blaming Gene, jokingly, seriously and/or subliminally, for Finny's fall from the tree.  Number the quotations and place the author's name and the page number in parentheses at the end of each quote. By or before 11:59PM on Monday, 3/16, go to Turnitin.com and submit your document for "Knowles Assignment 1" in the appropriate class section, either A period, C period or F period.  If you are in my A period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAA and your Class ID is 22837429. If you are in my C period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAC and your Class ID is 22837439. If you are in my F period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAF and your Class ID is 22837445.  Email me mlorenz[at]sfponline.org if you have any questions or difficulties.



3/9:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters eight through and including ten (p. 103-151) in Knowles’s novel.  

3/6:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.

3/3:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.

3/2:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters four through and including seven (p. 49-102) in Knowles’s novel.  

2/28:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.  After we finish discussing Shakespeare's retellings, you will have time to read in preparation for Monday's quiz.

2/26:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.

2/25:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters one through and including three (p. 9-48) in Knowles’s novel. 

2/24:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles.  

2/14:  Bring your hard copy of Knowles; class will begin with a book check. This will be a makeup writing day for students who were absent from class this week.  All students who have completed their essays will spend the period reading Knowles.

2/13:  Starting on this day, you should begin bringing your hard copy of Knowles's A Separate Peace to class every day; class will begin with a book check.    Part 5 of Adaptation Essay 3:  This will be the final day when you can work on Adaptation Essay 3, unless you were absent earlier this week.  On this day, you will finish your body paragraphs, write your conclusion, and spend the rest of the period reading Knowles. 

2/12:  Part 4 of Adaptation Essay 3:  On this day, you will work on your Tyler body paragraphs.  Here are topic sentences for the two Tyler body paragraphs you should write.   You will not have these topic sentences in front of you as you write, but if you memorize them, you are welcome to include them at the beginnings of your body paragraphs:  1) In Vinegar Girl, Tyler uses characterization, symbolism and allusion to show that Kate, who is jokingly called a “shrew,” is in fact a strong, caring, utterly candid and witty woman who initially feels insulted by her father’s pressure to marry but who ultimately feels awakened to her own potential and to the promise of a more fulfilling life.  2) In the novel, Tyler also uses the same techniques to show that Pyotr, far from being a “tamer” of Kate, admires her unconventional wit, independence, beauty and prudence, proving to her that he wants her to have a life filled with mutual respect, domestic pleasures and professional fulfillment.  NOTE:  This is the third of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

2/11:  Tyler Quotation Page Due (10 points):  When you arrive in class on this day, you should hand me a piece of paper with 8 quotations (4 in support of the Kate topic sentence, 4 in support of the Pyotr topic sentence).  On this piece of paper, the only text should be your name, the 8 quotations, and the name of each quotation’s speaker in parentheses. If there is anything else written on the paper, I cannot accept it and you will lose points. You should place the quotations in the order you will use them in your argumentative essay, following the structure of the topic sentences that I have provided (see the notes listed for 2/12 above).  Part 3 of Adaptation Essay 3:  On this day, you will continue work on your Shakespeare body paragraphs.  You can then begin work on your Tyler body paragraphs.  NOTE:  This is the third of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

2/10:  Part 2 of Adaptation Essay 3:  On this day, you will work on your Shakespeare body paragraphs.  Here are topic sentences for the two Shakespeare body paragraphs you should write.  You will not have these topic sentences in front of you as you write, but if you memorize them, you are welcome to include them at the beginnings of your body paragraphs:  1) In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare uses characterization, symbolism and figurative language to show how Katherine, the so-called “shrew” of the play, reacts with hostility against her society's marriage system, blames her father and sister for their complicity in it, antagonizes her money-hungry suitor, Petruchio, and is ultimately, and controversially, “tamed” by his cruel, manipulative methods.  2) In the play, Shakespeare also uses the same techniques to show how Petruchio, the so-called “tamer” of the play, decides to acquire Katherine’s large dowry before even meeting her, insists on their marriage using deceit, physical abuse and feigned ignorance, attempts to break her will with torturous methods, and ultimately receives the praise of his male peers. NOTE:  This is the third of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

2/7:  Bring both Tyler and your Folger Shakespeare to class.  Shakespeare Quotation Page Due (10 points):  When you arrive in class on this day, you should hand me a piece of paper with 8 quotations (4 in support of the Katherine topic sentence, 4 in support of the Petruchio topic sentence).  On this piece of paper, the only text should be your name, the 8 quotations, and the name of each quotation’s speaker in parentheses. If there is anything else written on the paper, I cannot accept it and you will lose points. You should place the quotations in the order you will use them in your argumentative essay, following the structure of the topic sentences that I have provided (see the notes listed for 2/10 above).  After I have collected your quotation pages, we will do some final review in preparation for Adaptation Essay 3. Then you will commence Part 1 of Adaptation Essay 3:  With the last twenty minutes of class, you will write the introductory paragraph of your essay, and you may begin your first body paragraph if you have time.  NOTE:  This is the third of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

2/6:  Bring both Tyler and your Folger Shakespeare to class.  You will have some time to ask questions about your essay (organization, evidence, literary devices, etc.) and some time to work on your Shakespeare Quotations Page and Tyler Quotations Page.

2/5:  Bring both Tyler and your Folger Shakespeare to class.

2/4:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy to class.=

1/31:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy to class.

1/30:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy to class.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapter eleven, chapter twelve and the epilogue (p. 201-245) in Tyler's Vinegar Girl.

1/29:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy to class.  C period!  You must also bring your hard copy of Tyler.

1/28:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters nine and ten (p. 169-200) in Tyler's Vinegar Girl.  Also:  We will be reading two novels during the spring semester, and you can earn a 5/5 on a homework assignment if you bring hard copies of both books to class on this day.  The two books are A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.  NOTE:  You must have the actual books in class, not proof that you have ordered them, to get credit.

1/27:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy to class.  Also:  We will be reading two novels during the spring semester, and you can earn a 8/5 on a homework assignment if you bring hard copies of both books to class on this day.  The two books are A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.  NOTE 1:  To earn the bonus points, you must have the actual books in class, not proof that you have ordered them, to get credit.  NOTE 2:  To earn the bonus points, you must also bring these two books with you on Tuesday.

1/24:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy to class.  Also:  We will be reading two novels during the spring semester, and you can earn a 10/5 on a homework assignment if you bring hard copies of both books to class on this day.  The two books are A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.  NOTE 1:  To earn the bonus points, you must have the actual books in class, not proof that you have ordered them, to get credit.  NOTE 2:  To earn the bonus points, you must also bring these two books with you on Monday and Tuesday.

1/23:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.  A period!  You must also bring your hard copy of Tyler.

1/22:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.

1/21:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters six through and including eight (p. 109-67) in Tyler's Vinegar Girl. F period!  You must also bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.

1/17:  Bring both Tyler and your Folger Shakespeare to class.  I will give you some time to read for your quiz on Tuesday.

1/16:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.

1/15:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.

1/14:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.

1/13:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters three through and including five (p. 57-108) in Tyler's Vinegar Girl. 

1/10:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.

1/9:  Bring your Folger Shakespeare hard copy.  F period!  You must also bring your hard copy of Tyler.

1/8:  Bring your hard copy of the Folger edition of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.  C period!  You must also bring your hard copy of Tyler.

1/7:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on chapters one and two (p. 17-56) in Tyler's Vinegar Girl. 

1/6/20:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler. 

12/17:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler; class will begin with a book check. This will be a makeup writing day for students who were absent from class last week.  All students who have completed their essays will spend the period reading Tyler.

12/16:  Bring your hard copy of Tyler; class will begin with a book check.  Part 5 of Adaptation Essay 2:  This will be the final day when you can work on Adaptation Essay 2, unless you were absent earlier this week.  On this day, you will finish your body paragraphs, write your conclusion, and spend the rest of the period reading Tyler. 

12/13:   Starting on this day, you should begin bringing your hard copy of Tyler's Vinegar Girl to class every day; class will begin with a book check.  Part 4 of Adaptation Essay 2:  On this day, you will work on your Lion King body paragraphs.  Here are topic sentences for the two Lion King body paragraphs you should write.   You will not have these topic sentences in front of you as you write, but if you memorize them, you are welcome to include them at the beginnings of your body paragraphs:  1) In The Lion King, Mecchi uses characterization, symbolism and allusion to show that in scheming to kill not only Mufasa but also Simba, Scar lacks divine approval, a revenge motive, and enough generosity to preserve the lives of children. 2) In The Lion King, Mecchi also uses the same techniques to show that in receiving his divine order to return from exile, Simba has more freedom than Orestes to offer mercy and avoid further retribution in regaining the throne.  NOTE:  This is the second of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

12/12:  Mecchi Quotation Page Due (10 points):  When you arrive in class on this day, you should hand me a piece of paper with 8 quotations (4 in support of the Scar topic sentence, 4 in support of the Simba topic sentence).  On this piece of paper, the only text should be your name, the 8 quotations, and the name of each quotation’s speaker in parentheses. If there is anything else written on the paper, I cannot accept it and you will lose points. You should place the quotations in the order you will use them in your argumentative essay, following the structure of the topic sentences that I have provided (see the notes listed for 12/13 above).  Part 3 of Adaptation Essay 2:  On this day, you will continue work on your Aeschylus body paragraphs.  You can then begin work on your Lion King body paragraphs.  NOTE:  This is the second of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

12/11:  Part 2 of Adaptation Essay 2:  On this day, you will work on your Aeschylus body paragraphs.  Here are topic sentences for the two Aeschylus body paragraphs you should write.  You will not have these topic sentences in front of you as you write, but if you memorize them, you are welcome to include them at the beginnings of your body paragraphs:  1) In Agamemnon, Aeschylus uses characterization, symbolism and figurative language to show how Clytemnestra, aided by Zeus and Ate and protected by Aegisthus, adopts the posture of both a man and an exorcist to slay her husband, cleanse her cursed house and avenge her murdered children.  2) In Libation Bearers, Aeschylus uses the same techniques to show how Orestes returns from exile, carries out the orders of the gods, murders his mother and cousin in the manner that they murdered his father, and provokes the wrath of the Furies.  NOTE:  This is the second of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

12/10:  Aeschylus Quotation Page Due (10 points):  When you arrive in class on this day, you should hand me a piece of paper with 8 quotations (4 in support of the Clytemnestra topic sentence, 4 in support of the Orestes topic sentence).  On this piece of paper, the only text should be your name, the 8 quotations, and the name of each quotation’s speaker in parentheses. If there is anything else written on the paper, I cannot accept it and you will lose points. You should place the quotations in the order you will use them in your argumentative essay, following the structure of the topic sentences that I have provided (see the notes listed for 12/11 above).  After I have collected your quotation pages, we will do some final review in preparation for Adaptation Essay 2. Then you will commence Part 1 of Adaptation Essay 2:  With the last twenty minutes of class, you will write the introductory paragraph of your essay, and you may begin your first body paragraph if you have time.  NOTE:  This is the second of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

12/9:  You have some time to ask questions; some time to work on your Aeschylus Quotations Page and Lion King Quotations Page; and some time to look over model essay paragraphs.

12/6:  Watch and discuss Disney's adaptation of Aeschylus's trilogy, The Oresteia.  As on every Day 1, I will  offer Extra Help during Senior Lunch on 12/6 for any Drama students who would like to discuss our upcoming essay in a small group.  According to the abbreviated schedule for 12/6, Senior Lunch is from 10:55 to 11:20AM.  

12/5:  Discuss the conclusion of the Chorus’s speech as well as Orestes’s conversation with the Chorus and Chorus Leader (lines 1211-1336; p. 44-48) in Aeschylus's drama, Libation Bearers.  

12/4:  Discuss the conclusion of the Chorus’s speech, Aegisthus’s appearance and death, and Clytemnestra’s conversation with a Servant and with Orestes (lines 1028-1161; p. 36-42) in Aeschylus's drama, Libation Bearers.  

12/3:  Discuss Orestes's announcement that Orestes is dead and the Chorus Leader's allegiance to Orestes over Clytemnestra and Aegisthus (lines 813-967; p. 29-35) in Aeschylus's drama, Libation Bearers. 

12/2:  Review Orestes's orders from the gods (lines 332-73; p. 14-15) in Aeschylus's drama, Libation Bearers.  Then discuss Electra's and Orestes's comments on their mother, on their father's murder and burial and on their shared task (lines 529-76; p. 20-21); Clytemnestra's bad dream and Orestes's interpretation of it (lines 641-90; p. 24-26); and Orestes's plan (lines 691-726; p. 26-27).

11/27:  Watch and discuss Disney's adaptation of Aeschylus's trilogy, The Oresteia.

11/26:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 259-336 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings. 

11/25:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Extra help will occur from 11:45-12:10 in W110a.  When you arrive in class, you should have finished reading p. 259-336 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.   If you ask good questions about the reading, I will delay the quiz until 11/26.  If you ask no questions, you will have the quiz today.  PLEASE NOTE:  In addition to the usual 10-point written reading quiz, which you should be prepared for on this day, I will also be giving you 10 or 15 matching column questions on p. 259-336, each of which will count as 2 points.  In other words, on 11/25 you should be prepared for both a 10-point written quiz and a 20 or 30 point scantron quiz on what the characters think, say and do in p. 259-336.  The characters you will have to choose from in the matching columns are as follows:  Achilles; Calchas; Chasimenos; Odysseus; and Sisipyla.

11/22:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss the reunion of Electra and Orestes (lines 215-332; p. 9-14) and Orestes's orders from the gods (lines 332-73; p. 14-15) in Aeschylus's drama, Libation Bearers.

11/21:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss the return of Orestes and the appearance of Electra and the libation bearers (lines 1-51; p. 2-4); Electra's conversation with the Chorus Leader (lines 96-153; p. 5-7); and Electra's prayer (lines 169-92; p. 8) in Aeschylus's drama, Libation Bearers.

11/20:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Aegisthus's argument with the Chorus and the climate of unrest with which the play concludes in Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon (lines 1847-1975; p. 60-62).

11/19:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Clytemnestra's confession  (lines 1619-46; p. 53-54); Clytemnestra's self-justification, declaration of power, and dependence on Aegisthus (lines 1668-99; p. 55-56); the Chorus's comments on "two sisters, each with power like a man," on "the will of Zeus, the cause of everything," and on "the spider's web" as well as Clytemnestra's comments on the cause of her revenge (lines 1733-75; p. 57-58); and Clytemnestra's comments on Agamamnon's reunion with his daughter (lines 1831-35; p. 59) in Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon.

11/18:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss the origins of Cassandra's powers, the ingenius way that Apollo cursed her, the "labour pains" of prophecy, the "revenge" that "is on the way," the Chorus's doubt and obtuseness (lines 1,414-82; p. 45-48); Cassandra's prediction that a son will one day come to avenge his father's death and murder his mother (lines 1509-22; p. 49); and Cassandra's last words, her decision to enter the palace, Agamemnon's cries, the Chorus's procrastination (or cowardice) and dissolution (lines 1565-95; p. 51) in Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon.

11/15:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 199-258 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings. 

11/14:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Extra help will occur from 10:55-11:20 and 12:10-12:35 in W110a.  When you arrive in class, you should have finished reading p. 199-258 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.   If you ask good questions about the reading, I will delay the quiz until 11/15.  If you ask no questions, you will have the quiz today. 

11/13:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Clytemnestra's prayer to Zeus (lines 151-53; p. 37) and Clytemnestra's and the chorus's confrontation with Cassandra (lines 1,217-1,357; p. 38-43) in Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon.

11/12:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss the public marriage spat between Agamemnon and Clytemnestra in Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon:  (line 1,001-1,132; p. 31-36). 

11/8:  Bring Adaptation Essay 1 and your hard copy of Unsworth to class.

11/7:  Bring Adaptation Essay 1 and your hard copy of Unsworth to class.

Optional, Unsworth Evidence Gathering Assignment (due on turnitin.com by 8AM on Thursday, 11/7):  In response to a student request, I am offering an optional homework assignment for those of you who would like to add to your total points with an effort-based assessment. The assignment is worth 25 points, and if you do an excellent job on it, I may give you more than 25 points (i.e., 27/25). Should you choose to do this optional assignment, you must post it on Turnitin.com by Thursday, 11/7 before 8AM. The directions for the assignment and its submission are as follows. Assignment Directions: For this assignment, you will gather A MINIMUM OF 4 quotations that you would offer in support of EACH OF THE 2 topic sentences below, and accompanying (1) each quotation you should (2) provide a page number and (3) respond in 3 to 4 COMPLETE AND CORRECT SENTENCES IN EXPLANATION of the literary devices the author uses in your chosen example to support the point stated in the topic sentence. Ultimately, you should provide A MINIMUM OF 8 QUOTATIONS (4 for each topic sentence), 8 PAGE NUMBERS, AND 8 EXPLANATIONS OF 3-4 SENTENCES OR MORE. The topic sentences your examples will support are as follows. Topic Sentence 1: In “The Heavy Burden of Command,” part two of The Songs of the Kings, Unsworth uses direct and indirect characterization to portray Agamemnon’s initial furious resistance to Croton’s claim that the king’s daughter should be killed in a ritual sacrifice to appease Zeus. Topic Sentence 2: However, in the final chapter of “The Heavy Burden of Command” and in the chapters that follow, Unsworth uses the same literary devices to show that Agamemnon gradually chooses his war, his soldiers and himself over his daughter’s life, resorting to rationalizations, consolations and deceptions in an effort to maintain power. Submission Directions: I am requiring you to submit this assignment on Turnitin.com to assure that you are not copying from each other. You can have similar quotes to other students, as you are all seeking evidence in the same text, but if your explanations are flagged for plagiarism, you will receive a zero on this assignment as well as an honor code violation. If you are in my A period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAA and your Class ID is 22837429. If you are in my C period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAC and your Class ID is 22837439. If you are in my F period class, your turnitin.com Enrollment Key is DRAMAF and your Class ID is 22837445.

11/6:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class. Be prepared for an 80-point scantron reading quiz on p. 1-198 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.  To prepare for this quiz, go to "Files," open the "Unsworth Quiz 1 Study Guide," and study not only the facts on the page but also the pages in Unsworth and the lines in Aeschylus that I have noted for each character.

11/5:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 137-198 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings. 

11/4:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Extra help will occur from 11:40-12 in W110a.  When you arrive in class, you should have finished reading p. 137-198 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.   If you ask good questions about the reading, I will delay the quiz until 11/5.  If you ask no questions, you will have the quiz today. 

10/30:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.

10/29:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon:  The Chorus speaks and Agamemnon arrives home (line 924ff; p. 29ff). 

10/28:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon: The Herald arrives (lines 599-643; p. 20-21); Clytaemnestra comments on the Herald's arrival and the Herald and the Chorus Leader converse (lines 699-756; p. 23-25).

10/25:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  

10/24:  Discuss the optional Unsworth Evidence Gathering Homework assignment that students must submit on turnitin.com by 8AM on Thursday, 11/7.  Today you will have a chance to either begin work on this assignment or begin the Unsworth reading assignment that is due on Monday, 11/4.

10/23:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 95-136 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings. 

10/22:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Extra help will occur from 11:40-12 in W110a.  When you arrive in class, you should have finished reading p. 95-136 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.   If you ask good questions about the reading, I will delay the quiz until 10/23.  If you ask no questions, you will have the quiz today. 

10/21:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon:  The Chorus comments on the two eagles, the pregnant hare, and the sacrifice to Artemis (lines 124-188; p. 6-8); the Chorus also comments on Agamemnon's and Iphigeneia's reactions to Calchas's prophecy (lines 219-305; p. 9-11).

10/18:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  You will have the period to read p. 95-136 in The Songs of the Kings.

10/17:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Discuss Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon:  Dramatis Personae (p. 2); the Watchman who awaits a fire sign that the Trojan War has ended; the Chorus comments on the war (lines 1-58; p. 2-4).

10/15:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.

10/11:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.

10/10:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 61-94 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings. 

10/9:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Extra help will occur from 11:40-12 in W110a.  When you arrive in class, you should have finished reading p. 61-94 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.   If you ask good questions about the reading, I will delay the quiz until 10/10.  If you ask no questions, you will have the quiz today.  

10/8:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  If you were absent from class on 10/1, 10/2, 10/3  and/or 10/7, you will have time complete your essay.  All other students will have the period to read Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.

10/7:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Part 4 of Adaptation Essay 1:  On this day, you will finish writing your three body paragraphs and write your conclusion.  NOTE:  This will be the first of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it. 

10/4:  No classes. Feast of St. Francis observed.

10/3:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Part 3 of Adaptation Essay 1:  On this day, you will continue writing your three body paragraphs. NOTE:  This will be the first of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

10/2:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Part 2 of Adaptation Essay 1:  On this day, you will work on your three body paragraphs.  Here are three topic sentences for the three paragraphs you should write; if you can remember these topic sentences, you are welcome to include them at the beginnings of your body paragraphs:  1) In The Iliad, Homer uses indirect characterization to portray the active role that the gods play in the Trojan war, while in Troy, no gods appear, and Benioff uses the same technique to portray extreme religious faith as a potential cause for irrational decisions.  2) Homer also uses indirect characterization to portray the ancient Greek belief that honor, courage and integrity are more important than power, while Benioff uses the same technique to portray leaders who pursue power with no apparent sense of honor, integrity or moral conscience.  3) Moreover, Homer uses indirect characterization to portray the ancient Greek belief that honor, courage and integrity are more important than romantic love, while Benioff uses the same technique to portray characters who selfishly and shamelessly pursue their romantic desires at all costs.   NOTE:  This will be the first of several in-class essays you will write this year, and there will not be a chance to revise it.  

10/1:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  Quotation Page Due (10 points):  When you arrive in class on this day, you should hand me a piece of paper with 12 quotations (6 from The Iliad and 6 from Troy).  On this piece of paper, the only text should be your name, the 12 quotations, and the names of the people who say each quotation. If there is anything else written on the paper, I cannot accept it and you will lose points. You should place the quotations in the order you will use them in your argumentative essay, following the structure of the topic sentences that I have provided (see the notes listed for 10/2 above).  (For the paragraph on the gods, you should begin with 2 quotations from The Iliad and move to 2 quotations from Troy. Then for the paragraph on the honor versus power, you should begin with 2 quotations from The Iliad and move to 2 quotations from Troy. Then for the paragraph on the honor versus romantic love, you should begin with 2 quotations from The Iliad and move to 2 quotations from Troy.) After I have collected your quotation pages, we will do some final review in preparation for Adaptation Essay 1. Then you will commence Part 1 of Adaptation Essay 1:  With the last twenty minutes of class, you will write the introductory paragraph of your essay, and you may begin your first body paragraph if you have time.  

9/30:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class. Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 36-54 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings. (You can stop reading on p. 54 when Agamemnon says, "We will also hear Croton and any others who have a mind to speak.")  Also:  After the quiz, we will begin reviewing for Adaptation Essay 1.

9/27:  SFP Walkathon.

9/26:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth to class.  You will have time to read Unsworth (next quiz, 9/30) and / or work on your quotation page (due 10/1).  

9/25:  Bring your hard copy of Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings to class.  You will have time to read Unsworth (next quiz, 9/30) and / or work on your quotation page (due 10/1).  

9/24:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.

9/23:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.  Be prepared for a written reading quiz on p. 18-35 in Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings.  (On p. 18, you should start reading at the paragraph that begins, "When all this was done...").

9/20:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.  Go to our course webpage, click "Files," and then locate the document titled, "Excerpts from Unsworth's The Songs of the Kings."  Open the document, go to page 18, and start reading at the paragraph that begins, "When all this was done..."  Read p. 18 through 35 in preparation for the reading quiz that is scheduled for Monday, 9/23.

9/19:  By the time you arrive at class on this day, you should be prepared for a written quiz on the "Excerpts from Homer's The Iliad" (posted under "Files").

9/18:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama. 

9/17:  Full Period Guidance Presentation. As usual, make sure you are on time to class!

9/16:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.  Hand in a printout showing that you have ordered our 3 books (including your name, date of purchase, titles of books, etc.), and you will earn 3 out of 5 on your first homework assignment.

9/13:  Quiet Work Period:  Go to our course webpage, click "Files," and then locate the documents titled, "The Trojan War: Before, During and After," "Excerpts from Homer's The Iliad," and "Excerpts from Benioff's Troy."  You should reread the first of these documents, which we looked at in class, and you should then read the second and third documents, taking notes about the similarities and differences you observe in Homer's and Benioff's portrayals of the heroes of the Trojan War.  Your observations will ultimately find expression in an argumentative essay about the contrasting ways that writers such as Homer, Benioff and Unsworth have chosen to represent these heroes. Characters you should take particular notice of as you read are Agamemnon, Menelaus, Odysseus, Achilles, Hector, and Paris/Helen.  If you have any time left over, you should begin reading the first play we will read, Aeschylus's drama, Agamemnon.    

9/12:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.  Hand in a printout showing that you have ordered our 3 books (including your name, date of purchase, titles of books, etc.), and you will earn 5 out of 5 on your first homework assignment.

9/11:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.  Hand in a printout showing that you have ordered our 3 books (including your name, date of purchase, titles of books, etc.), and you will earn 8 out of 5 on your first homework assignment.

9/10:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama.  Hand in a printout showing that you have ordered our 3 books (including your name, date of purchase, titles of books, etc.), and you will earn 10 out of 5 on your first homework assignment.

9/9:  Background in Ancient Greek Drama. Hand in a printout showing that you have ordered our 3 books (including your name, date of purchase, titles of books, etc.), and you will earn 10 out of 5 on your first homework assignment.

9/6:  Introductions (Seat Assignments, Course Webpage, 3 Books to Acquire / Extra Credit Opportunity!

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