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Summer Reading 2018

Hello future students! I am looking forward to a great year in English IV Honors, and I hope you are, too!

Your first assignment for English IV Honors is SUMMER READING! I know, I know–you don’t think those two words should go together. However, I think you will really like the memoir selections we picked this year. If you need a new copy, the full instructions can be viewed or downloaded below:

We expect you to:

  1. Select one of the three memoirs.
  2. Read and annotate your selected memoir.
  3. Be prepared for future assessments and assignments.

If you want to get ahead, you may begin working on the reading journal, which will be due the second week of school and will count as 50% of your first AA grade.

If you have any questions about this assignment or about what to expect next year, let me know! I am looking forward to meeting you in August.

Memoir Project

Memoir Book Club

Memoir Scrapbook Instructions

Memoir Scrapbook Vignette Checklist

Memoir Rubric

Schedule for the Memoir Project (and Choice Memoir):

APA Format & Example Modest Proposal

Click HERE for APA Formatting Guidelines.

Video Tutorial (Google Docs)

Video Tutorial (Microsoft Word)

And here is an example “Modest Proposal”:

Modest Proposal Satire Project

Project Instructions

It’s time to try your hand at creating satire! Think wicked thoughts to make a ‘modest’ proposal to fix a vice in our society, much like Jonathan Swift did in his ‘proposal.’ While your problem should be a serious issue, your solution, obviously, should be satirical. Your objective is to draw attention to an important social issue while proposing a ludicrous solution. The contrast of the problem and solution should make the need for reform evident.

The key to success in creating good satire is to use your own style, sense of humor, and opinions to create an informed and humorous piece that also advocates a mock “solution” to the social issue in order to call attention to the issue. In response to a current concern or issue, write or produce your own “modest proposal” for publication or production. You may present your satire in a number of ways.

Project Rubric:

Project_Rubric

Model Texts:

News Article:

Political Cartoons:

Broadcast News Segment:

Original Song:

Comedic Sketch:

Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss, The Butter Battle

Essay: “A Modest Proposal”

And finally, here is a real-world example related to our discussion about using common sense with the satirical choices you make.

Intro to Satire

If you missed class last Monday and Tuesday, you missed our introduction to SATIRE. We read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and analyzed it in small groups.

We also looked at the following clips from the Colbert Report in which Stephen Colbert alludes to Swift’s original satire in two different segments of “The Word.”

Modest Porpoisal:

 

Swift Payment:

Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist.  In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended.  The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”

 

Tools of the Satirist:

Moving forward, we will be studying satire in a variety of genres and we prepare for crafting our own original modest proposals.

Satire Tools

Literary Theory and Criticism Project

Project Instructions:

 

Click on the following to find materials for your theory:

Lesson Plan Template

Student Notes Page

Socratic Seminar Prep

 

Poetry Anthology: The Romantics

Over the next three weeks, you will be exploring the poetry of the Romantics. Click HERE for complete instructions and the project rubric.

1. Select a TOPIC or POET to be the focus of your anthology:

2. Select ONE long poem and TWO short poems from the list for your chosen topic/poet.

  • Print the poems and bring them to class
  • You may want to copy the poems into a Word Document/Google Doc to make annotation easier, but you will cite the poem from the original source

3. Complete a FRACTIONS analysis for your three poems.

4. Create an AP-style Poetry Analysis PROMPT and RUBRIC for one of your poems (or a pair of poems for a comparison prompt).

5. Write a RESPONSE to your prompt in a timed setting and score your own essay using the rubric.

  • We will complete the timed writing in class
  • After you score your essay using the rubric, write a one-paragraph explanation for your score

6. Create a ONE-PAGER for one of your poems.

  • The poem you use for the one pager must be different from the one(s) you used for the AP prompt.
  • Include the title of the poem, the poet’s name, at least two key quotes, an illustration that captures the essence of the poem, and a 6-8 sentence analytical response.
  • Example One-Pager #1
  • Example One-Pager #2

7. Write an ORIGINAL POEM related to the topic you chose or inspired by the poet you chose as the focus for your anthology.

8. ASSEMBLE the components of your anthology.

  • Place all components in attractive binding (e.g., bradded folder)
  • Decorate the cover
  • Create a Table of Contents
  • Write a brief introduction to your anthology
  • Organize all required components in order
  • Include a Works Cited page with all poems and sources consulted for the project
  • Example Completed Poetry Anthology

Intro to Romanticism

If you missed Friday’s class, here is the video we watched:

And because I know you really want to, here are the other two videos that we didn’t have time to watch in class:

If you missed Monday’s class, here is a copy of the Google Slides that I used for the lecture.

Shakespearean Comedy Project

Throughout this unit, you will read, analyze, and adapt one Shakespearean Comedy. Click HERE for a digital copy of the instructions.

The five play selections in this unit are:

  • As You Like It
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Twelfth Night

I do have a class set of print copies for use during class time, but if you need to access the plays outside of class, they are available from the Folger Shakespeare Library (http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/).

Be sure to ANALYZE your comedy with your group.

rubric

Link to TEMPLATE

Script Adaptation Example (Remember that you are not adapting one scene–you are adapting the primary plot as a One Act Play)

Research Paper Guidelines

As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Outline Planning page that you received in class. This will be checked for completion as part of your process grade.

The RUBRIC for your research paper can help guide you through the drafting process. Be sure to reference the rubric to make sure your paper meets the expectations for the assignment.

Here are the IMPORTANT DUE DATES:

  • Thesis and Outline: Dec. 6
  • First Draft: Dec. 11 (@11:59 on turnitin.com)
  • Peer Review: Dec. 13-14 (@11:59pm on turnitin.com)
  • Final Draft: Jan. 9* (@11:59pm on turnitin.com)

*Please note that we have decided to give you the Christmas Break to finish the final draft so that you have time, if needed, to give your best work. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to submit your final draft BEFORE you leave for the break.

Formatting Supplements:

research-formatting-example

Peer Review Questions:

 

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