Homework for Week of 11/12
- Read chapters 11 - 19 of Sense and Sensibility for Tuesday, 11/12. Begin keeping a "Reader's Journal" in which you record your thoughts/questions/connections/reflections about the night's reading. Sometimes I will give you a prompt; sometimesI won't. The response needs to be narrative in form, conversational, but grammatically formal. You may respond to each chapter seperately or you may respond to the chapters as a group.
- Read chapters 20 - 22 of Sense and Sensibility for Thursday, 11/14.
- Read chapters 1 - 10 of Part 2, Sense and Sensibility for Friday, 11/15.
Homework for Week of 11/4
- Restoration play performances
on Wednesday, 11/6.
- ACTORS: Bring in needed props and one costume item that suggests something important about your character (unless you are in a group whose costumer is actually costuming you). Turn in your script with blocking and performance notes on it.
- COSTUMER: Bring in your drawings of the characters you chose to costume.
- DIRECTOR: Turn in your script replete with blocking and directorial notes.
- Read chapters 1 - 10 of Sense and Sensibility for Thursday, 11/7.
Homework for Week of 10/28
- Take-home mid-term test due Monday, 10/28.
- Restoration play performance. Read a synopsis of your play (many are available on line).
- Finish reading your play so that you have an idea what part you would like to play on Thursday, 10/31.
- Character sketch along with blocked & notated script due on performance day. Performances will begin on Tuesday, 11/5.
Homework for Week of 10/21
- Read the rest of Henry V!
Homework for Week of 10/14
- Read Act 1 of Henry V by Wednesday, 10/16.
- "Midterm" that covers Beowulf, Gawain, and the "Prologue" to the Canterbury Tales on Friday, 10/25. You may use your PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN notes FROM CLASS only. NO COMPILING NOTES FROM A SINGLE SOURCE! AND NO HANDOUTS!! The test will cover poetic form (e.g., the characteristics of Anglo-Saxon poetry), history (e.g., English language, the heptarchy, Becket), culture (e.g., scop, significance of the pentangle, the Aberdeen Bestiary), and general textual significance (e.g., Who are the idealized characters in Chaucer's Prologue?)
Homework for Week of 10/7
- Chaucer pilgrim presentation: Wednesday, 10/9. (Library on Monday & Tuesday)
- "Midterm" that covers Beowulf, Gawain, and the "Prologue" to the Canterbury Tales on Thursday, 10/17. You may use your PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN notes FROM CLASS only. NO COMPILING NOTES FROM A SINGLE SOURCE! AND NO HANDOUTS!! The test will cover poetic form (e.g., the characteristics of Anglo-Saxon poetry), history (e.g., English language, the heptarchy, Becket), culture (e.g., scop, significance of the pentangle, the Aberdeen Bestiary), and general textual significance (e.g., Who are the idealized characters in Chaucer's Prologue?)
Homework for Week of 9/30
- Bring in any prompt(s) that you are writing essays for in the college application process: Tuesday, 10/1. COLLEGE ESSAY IS DUE BY JANUARY 17, 2014.
Homework for the Week of 9/23
- Finish Beowulf for Monday, 9/23. Be ready to discuss the third part of this tripartite! You bring the topic; we'll do the discussing.
- Read Part (stanzas 1 - 17) for Gawain and the Green Knight (lines 1 - 490) for Thursday, 9/26. This poem can be found at various sites including: www.yorku.ca/inpar/sggk_weston.pdf and http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/English/GawainAndTheGreenKnight.htm or any others that keep the verse structure ("bob and wheel"). Annotate stanza 28 or lines 640 - 669 for all the "fives" for Friday, 9/27; why do you think five is so important?
- Read Fitt 3/Part 3 for Friday, 9/27. You may wish to read the last part of Fitt 2 where the wager is given by the "gracious host." In Fitt 3, however, pay particular attention to the animals that lord of the castle hunts: what kind of animals does he kill and how does he kill them? Look at the juxtaposition of the hunts with the bedroom scenes. What delicate balance is Gawain trying to maintain? These questions are for pondering, not writing (unless you only know what you think when you write . . . ). Due Friday, 9/27.
- Read Fitt 4!! PONDER: What is the architecture like when Sir Gawain comes to the "Green Chapel"? Is it really a chapel? Who or what does Sir Gawain initially blame for his failure? What do Adam, Solomon, and Samson have to do with it? Be ready to answer these questions and WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LINE OR PASSAGE in the poem and explain during our group seminar on Monday, 9/30.
Homework for the Week of 9/16
- Beginning of Tuesday/Thursday "Author Bio's": the "Author-Bio" project requirements: PICTURE OF AUTHOR; NAME OF AUTHOR; DATE OF BIRTH/DEATH; FAMOUS WORKS, GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE (i.e., wrote the 1st dictionary; started a literary movement, etc.) ; NOTORIOUS FACTS or SCANDALOUS STORY.
- Quiz on documentary: "In Search of Beowulf." Monday, 9/16
- Read fitts 1 - 12 of Beowulf for Monday, 9/16.
- What are the characteristics of epic poetry; what are the characteristics of elegiac poetry? Based on these characteristics, be able to articulate to what genre Beowulf belongs. Tuesday, 9/17.
- Read fitts 13 - 23 of Beowulf for Wednesday, 9/17.
- Finish Beowulf for Monday, 9/23.
Homework for the Week of 9/09
- Based on your reading of "The Wrath of Grendel," draw/paint/create a depiction of the monster. Choose THREE details from the excerpt that you think are the most significant and write them on your poster. Be ready to explain why those details make Grendel particularly monstrous. Let the text guide your imagination! Due Wednesday, 9/11.
- Read the prologue and chapters 1 - 12 of Beowulf for Friday, 9/13. (Although we won't talk about the chapters -- it will enrich your understanding of the video you watch.)