ENGLISH 11 - AMERICAN LITERATURE
9/21 We completed a short, in class assignment on peoples perspectives of other people. See me if you were absent. Then, we read and discussed Chapter Four.
9/19 We took a short quiz on Chapter Two from the novel. We then read and discussed Chapter Three. You will need some notes on Chapter Three for a future assignment.
9/15 We continued reading and discussing the novel. We read all of Chapter Two, and will will have an assignment next time based on the characters introduced in that chapter. We had our first class-start writing prompt (we will turn them in every five). See below.
9/13 We discussed the last themes of the novel, the story we read last time, and the poem, "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns. We then began reading and discussing the novel (nearly finishing Chapter 1).
9/11 We discussed some of the larger themes from our upcoming novel and we read almost all of a short, related story called "Here We Are" by Dorothy Parker.
9/5 We wrote a literary analysis of "The Masque of the Red Death." We then discussed how subtext is created using symbolism and diction in that story. We discussed some other methods of imbuing a story with subtext. We read "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway and wrote a short literary analysis about that story as well.
8/31 Disclosure documents were turned in today. We discussed Edgar Allan Poe's biography briefly. We then discussed his writing style (in particular, his diction). We then read and discussed "The Masque of the Red Death" in some detail. If you were absent, read the story (the title is a link) and discuss it with someone who was here in class. We did not get to the writing assignment, so it will be next time; but we did a short outline in class which should be brought back next time. The outline consisted of choosing three specific concrete details (examples from the story), what those details represent (in your opinion), and how they work together to create the meaning of the story as a whole.
8/29 We finished discussing and taking notes on the characteristics and origins of American Modernism. Yep. That's about it.
8/25 We went over the disclosure document and class policies briefly. We then looked at the literary analysis papers from last time. The book report was assigned. See the buttons to the left. We peer-reviewed the papers for length, originality, and the ratio of concrete detail to commentary. For the next paper, you should push to write a bit more, personally connect so it's more original, and make sure you have a minimum of twice as much commentary as concrete detail. We also took some notes on the characteristics of modernism. Get the notes from someone if you weren't here.
8/23 If you were absent, you should talk to someone who was here and then come see me. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of being "nice" and how to appropriately be critical. We briefly discussed American Modernism. We then had a writing pre-assessment in which each student wrote a short literary analysis of the Damien Nenow short film, "Paths of Hate." The film is posted below.