World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – May 27th – June 1st

We’ve made it! It’s the last week of school! Please take note that the Language Arts Semester Exam will be on Wednesday, May 30th during the second time slot. The exam is from 10:30-12:30.

Students have already been given a digital copy of the review sheet. Please see below for another copy.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Tuesday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Wednesday: Semester Exam


Study Guide World Literature – Semester 2 Study Guide

Topics Covered

  1. Frankenstein
  2. Short Stories – ALL COVERED THIS QUARTER
  3. Plot Twists
  4. MLA Formatting/Citing

Literature Segment

  • Plot Diagrams/Summary of Story
    • Major events in the story that contribute to the rising action
    • The climax of each story
  • Character Profiles –
    • Personality
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Significance/contribution to the story
    • Symbolism/representation
  • Major Themes / Symbolism
  • Important Questions Raised (IQR)
    • Frankenstein
      • What is Mary Shelley saying about humanity?
      • What kinds of lessons is she trying to teach us?
      • Why have Victor go through these hardships?
      • Did Victor bring this upon himself? Or was it an unjust punishment for his actions?
    • Identifying what is the purpose of each story. Consider what is the reason why the author wrote the short story? Are they teaching a lesson? Are they making a commentary on society? Politics? Society? Be prepared to take a position on each story and defend it with evidence from the story.
    • Compare and contrast characters/themes/symbols from both books

AP Literature and Composition – Semester 2 Study Guide 

Topics Covered

The AP Literature and Composition Semester 2 Exam will be a pared down version of an actual AP Exam.

Students should review the following topics:

  • Reading and Analyzing Poetry
    • Tone / mood
    • Imagery
    • Comprehension
    • Interpretation
    • Recognition of Literary Technique
  • Reading and Analyzing Literature
    • Character & plot analysis
    • Imagery
    • Literary Devices
    • Comprehension
    • Interpretation
    • Recognition of Literary Technique
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World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – May 21st – 25th

World Literature. This week we will wrap up our short story unit with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Students will examine themes, symbols and characters portrayed in the story. We will then watch a film adaptation of the short story. The week will end with a review in preparation for semester exams next week.

Important Dates 

Monday Homework: Read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Friday: Semester Exam Review


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project.

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – May 14th – 18th

World Literature. This week we will wrap up our short story unit with a work by Roald Dahl. Students will examine themes, symbols and characters portrayed in the story. There will be an exam on this final short story on Friday.

Important Dates

 Monday Homework: Outline Story

Thursday Homework: Review

Friday: Quiz


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project.

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition –  May 7th – 11th

World Literature. This week we will continue our short story unit with a fantastic piece by Truman Capote called A Tree of Night. We will discuss imagery, tone, themes and settings present in the story and will prepare for a quiz on Friday that will cover last week’s short story The Faithful Bull and this week’s story.

 Important Dates

 Monday Homework: Read A Tree of Night

Tuesday Homework: Outline Story

Friday: Quiz on The Faithful Bull and A Tree of Night


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project. We will also continue reviewing for the AP exam on Monday and Tuesday.

The exam is on Wednesday, May 9th. On Thursday, students will have the class period to work on their portfolio that is due on Friday, May 11th.

Important Dates 

Wednesday: AP Exam!

Friday: Portfolio #1 Due

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – April 30 – May 4

World Literature. Welcome back students! This short week we will be reading an exceptionally short story by Ernest Hemingway. Students will continue to outline each weekly short story and prepare their notes for the final exam.

Important Dates

Wednesday: Read “The Faithful Bull” by Ernest Hemingway

Thursday Homework: Outline story


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project. We will continue to focus on poetry in preparation for the upcoming exam.

Sunday, May 6, 12:30pm. AP Practice Exam. In preparation for the upcoming Literature and Composition AP Exam, I will be hosting a practice test session at school at 12:30pm. Participating students are expected to arrive promptly at 12:30pm.

Important Dates 

Sunday, May 6. Practice AP Exam. 12:30pm.

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – April 23 – 27

World Literature. This week students will be presenting their assigned short stories. Afterwards, students will be working on an essay that is related to the short stories presented this week. I have allotted class time on Thursday and Friday in the Information Center to work on the essay. It is due Friday afternoon.

Important Dates

Monday: Presentations

Tuesday: Presentations

Wednesday: Presentations

Thursday Homework: Essay

Friday: Essay Due by 8pm.


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project. We will continue to focus on poetry in preparation for the upcoming exam.

Important Dates 

Continue working on portfolio.

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – April 16 – 20

World Literature. This week we will continue reading and analyzing short stories. Students will begin working in small groups on projects that they will present to the class next week. There will be an accompanying written element to this project as well that will be due at the end of next week. The Information Center has been reserved this week for class Tuesday – Friday.

Important Dates 

Monday Homework: Read Assigned Short Story and Brainstorm for Project

Tuesday Homework: Project

Wednesday Homework: Project

Thursday Homework: Project

Friday: Prepare to Present for Monday


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project. We will also review last week’s sample AP exam questions in preparation for the upcoming AP exam.

Important Dates 

None. Continue workin on portfolio.

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – April 9 – 13

World Literature. This week we will continue reading and analyzing short stories. This week we will be reading a new short story. Students should continue outlining each short story in their notebooks as instructed. We will examine the story and discuss symbols, themes, motifs and plot development. There will be a quiz on Friday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Outline Story in Notebook

Tuesday Homework: Family Survey about Traditions

Wednesday Homework: Finish Essay

Thursday Homework: Study

Friday: Quiz on the Short Story #3


AP Literature and Composition. This week in AP Literature and Composition, students will be continue preparing their portfolio for the quarter project. There will be a portfolio progress check on Thursday. We will also look at sample AP exam questions and answers as a class to prepare for the upcoming exam.

Important Dates:

Thursday: Portfolio Check

 

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – April 2 – 6

World Literature. Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable Semana Santa break. We are in the final quarter of this school year! How exciting! This week we will continue reading and analyzing short stories. Before break, students read a short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Students will be reading the next story in the series, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe called The Cask of Amontillado. There will be a quiz on Friday.

Important Dates

Tuesday Homework: Re-read A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Marquez

Wednesday Homework: Read The Cask of Amontillado and outline

Thursday Homework: Study

Friday: Quiz on both short stories.


AP Literature and Composition. Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable Semana Santa break. We are in the final quarter of this school year! How exciting! We are beginning the last unit of the AP Curriculum, which is a student choice dual novel study. Before break, students selected two novels for independent study and reading and over the course of the remaining time before the AP exam, will prepare an analysis portfolio for each book, containing essays, short responses, character analyses, etc. We will also dissect some sample AP exam questions as a class.

Important Dates:

Due Friday: Students must have a hard copy of their first Analysis Portfolio ready for approval. This will be the template that they will follow for the upcoming few weeks as the complete reading their first novel.

World Literature / AP Literature and Composition – March 19 – 23

World Literature. This week we will discuss the last few chapters and ending of the book Frankenstein. We will also begin reading our first short story of the final quarter.


AP Literature and Composition. This week, we will finish reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Students will have a few practice writing prompts and we will turn our focus more on preparing for the upcoming AP exam.

Important Dates:

Monday Homework: Heart of Darkness – Part 3, Until Pg. 42 “even to the end-even beyond”

Wednesday Homework: Finish Part 3