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Assignments will from hereon be up on Google Classroom. (As per popular request from the students.)


The rest of this week and next we will be reading Frankenstein. I will send specific assignments on Google Classroom. The next vocab quiz will be next Friday. 


Read ch. 10 of Frankenstein. Find one line that you consider beautiful (i.e. cool or powerful or exciting or funny or entertaining or horrible or musical, etc) to you personally and explain why. 


Over the weekend read ch. 8 and 9 in Frankenstein. If it is clear you have not read on Monday you will lose participation points.


The vocabulary assignments are due tonight by 11:45pm. You get credit just for doing these,  and they are good preparation for the 40 pt. quiz tomorrow, so just do it. Also, please read ch. 7 of Frankenstein.


For Thursday please read chapters 5 and 6 of Frankenstein. Keep study questions in mind as you read, in preparation for a possible quiz.

Reminder that unit 2 vocabulary assignments will be due by 11:45pm on Thursday -10/11/18.


For next Tuesday, please read chapters 3 and 4 of Frankenstein. Keep the study questions in mind as you read, in preparation for a possible quiz. 

Also, in your Moleskine, write a story (fiction or non-fiction) called "Who Wants to Live Forever?"

Your next vocabulary assignments, unit 2, will be due by next Thursday evening at midnight and the next quiz will be next Friday. 


Please read the 2nd chapter of Frankenstein. 


Please read the first chapter of Frankenstein (after the 4 letters.) This chapter begins Victor's telling of the tale. 


We will have a vocabulary quiz today and finish up Rime of The Ancient Mariner. For tomorrow, please read the 4th chapter/letter of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Be prepared to talk about it (and, as always, a possible pop quiz.)


Your vocabulary homework is due by midnight tonight. You will get 10 points just for doing it. These are basically free points, so don't not do it. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Monday worth 40 points. Be prepared. Also, read the first 3 chapters (listed as "letters") of Frankenstein by Monday. Be ready for a pop quiz anytime on the reading material! 


We will be looking at Coleridge's Rime of The Ancient Mariner in class this week. Make sure you have the correct Pearson textbook downloaded on your iPad. If you want to get ahead, begin reading the opening chapter of Frankenstein. Also, remember your vocab assignments are due Thursday night. We'll have the test Monday, due to the Walk-a-thon. 


Please read the intro to Frankenstein in your Pearson text on page 761-764. Continue to work on your vocabulary assignments.


Please read Kubla Khan by Coleridge. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43991/kubla-khan Look up any words you don't know. If you find this in your Pearson text, it will have definitions built in. Your homework is to imagine the way Coleridge might have finished it and write it in your Moleskine notebook.

I've also sent you homework assignments on Sadlier-Connect. They will be due by midnight, next Thursday. )If you are new and haven't gone into Sadlier-Connect before, go to the website sadlierconnect.com, put in the zip code of the school, 11365, scroll down to St. Francis Prep and your password will be first letter of first name and last name. Then go to the "E" section and there should be assignments waiting for you from lesson 1. If you are having difficulty, let me know.)


Please check into Sadlier Connect to make sure you are in the system. If you are not, let me know and I will enter you in. Thank you. 

Make sure you edit your essay and make it shine. Re-read to make sure it all makes sense. Please check for typos and misspelled words. 


Sit and write. If you are having trouble coming up with ideas, free write. Try to find the joy in it. Just spin out ideas. If you do this for 15-30 minutes, write non-stop, something will probably catch. If you are still struggling, contact me. If you have your idea, you should write your first draft now so you can re-write tomorrow night.


Today we will begin watching a documentary about Lord Byron in class. Meanwhile, continue working on your personal essay. You should have a quote chosen by now and have an idea how you want to use it to create your essay. I would suggest just diving in and writing a rough draft of the essay and then spending the rest of the week refining it. Remember, your effort will show, and your grade will be based on quality and effort. This essay, due Friday, is worth 50 pts.


Your homework is to begin to work on a personal essay. You are to take a line or two from Keats' Grecian Urn (about Truth and Beauty, Unheard melodies, Eternity teasing one out of thought, etc) or from Byron's Prometheus (victory over death, etc) and use it as a jumping off place to write a personal essay. The quote should be included in your essay. The essay should be 4-600 words, or 2 to 3 pages, typed and double spaced. Tonight work on picking a quote and a personal narrative and work on your introduction. The complete essay will be due Friday.

Here are some basics about personal essays. A personal essay is either a personal narrative in which the author writes about a personal incident or experience that provided significant personal meaning or a lesson learned, or it is a personal opinion about some topic or issue that is important to the writer.

The Personal Essay as a Personal Narrative

A personal narrative has the following elements:

  • It is based on a personal experience in which you have gained significant meaning, insight, or learned a lesson. It can also be based on a milestone or life-altering event.
  • It is personal narrative. The writer tells the story by including dialogue, imagery, characterization, conflict, plot, and setting.
  • It is written in the first person. (“I” point-of-view)
  • It is an autobiographical story in which the writer describes an incident that resulted in some personal growth or development.
  • A personal essay is a glimpse of the writer’s life. The writer describes the personal experience using the scene-building technique, weaves a theme throughout the narrative, and makes an important point. There must be a lesson or meaning. The writer cannot just write an interesting story.
  • It does not have to be objective. However, the writer must express his/her feelings, thoughts, and emotions.
  • The writer uses self-disclosure and is honest with his/her readers.
  • The writer writes about a real life experience. The incident or experience must have occurred. The writer must use fact and truth.
  • The writer must dramatize the story by using the scene building technique. A scene includes setting/location, intimate details, concrete and specific descriptions, action, and often dialogue.

We will talk about it in class, but in case you need it, here is a good guide to help you write a good personal essay. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/personal-essay/


Please finish "translating" Prometheus" by Byron into your language. Also write a sentence or two about what you think this poem is trying to say. 

Purchase Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A used copy is fine. While you're at it, you might as well get 1984 by George Orwell and Macbeth now. We'll start Frankenstein next Friday. If your book doesn't arrive by then, you can borrow one from the library.


Read Byron's "Prometheus". You can find it in Files. Or here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43843/prometheus-56d222b61d799

Rewrite the first stanza of the poem into language you understand. Look up words you don't know. You are essentially translating the language from poetic 17th century language into 21st century prose. This assignment is worth 10 points.


Write an ode, to something or someone, in your moleskine. If you don't have your moleskine yet, you may write it on paper and copy it over to the moleskine when you get it. You can be loose about it. It doesn't have to rhyme and the form is up to you.I won't collect these, but please bring them to class with you on Thursday. I may ask a few of you to read yours in class. (You may refuse to read them, but please have them with you just in case.) I will collect the moleskines at the end of the quarter and you will get credit for each assignment.  


Reread "Sailing to Byzantium". What did you notice this time. Be prepared to talk about it. 


Read William Butler Yeats poem "Sailing to Byzantium." (See poem in FILES.) Read the poem slowly 3-5 times. Notice how the poem comes into focus a little more with each reading. Notice what you notice each time. What do you make of the poem? What do you think the poet is trying to say?  Be prepared to talk about what you notice. Keep in mind Keats' Ode On A Grecian Urn as you read Sailing To Byzantium.  


Welcome to British literature!

Your first assigment is to read John Keats' "Ode to a Grecian Urn". See below.

Read each stanza and write a sentence or two describing what you think each stanza is about, and then a sentence or two stating what the entire poem is about. You may hand-write or type your answers. Number your answers 1 to 6. This assignment will be due Monday, Sept. 10 and worth 10 points.