Archive for April, 2017

AP Exam Review

Posted: April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

The day of destiny is almost upon us, folks!  May 3rd!  
So how do I prepare for an AP lit exam?
It is a bit different than many exams in that English is more of a skill based course than a content based one. Practice helps, but at this point you’re probably looking for some last minute cramming. Try these:

Review literary terms . . .  There’s also all kinds of stuff on the interwebs.

Review Richard Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor — there’s something to those patterns we discussed this year. Outline is here.

Review the major works you might write about.  Here’s my wicked awesome theme Power Point with soundtrack that will probably only be funny to the delirious at 1 AM: mwds-theme-review 2017

Hey, this is what SparkNotes is supposed to be for, right?  Use it.  Or, for twice the fun in half the time, try ThugNotes


Posted: April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

OthelloiagomovieAlright 11th graders, it’s time for our last major unit of the year, Shakespeare.  Here’s the script we’ll be using in class: Othello abridged and the introductory materials we covered: Shakespeare Uncovered Othello, which goes along with this video, and Shakespeare in translation Othello, for which you might need 80 troublesome Shakesepearean words and Understanding early modern English.  Let’s not forget our Shakespeare Insult Kit — that was fun 🙂 and Shakespeare background . . . and Othello simplified characters and synopsis.

Click below for due dates and more helpful stuff:


Poetry work for 11th graders

Posted: April 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

In case you miss a day, here’s the work we’re covering:

3/30-31: Walt Whitman

4/3: Emily Dickinson

4/4-5: Imagery and Poetry

And don’t forget your notes: poetry termssound devicesTypes of Poetry

Bring in song lyrics to annotate for sound devices on Friday, 4/7.  There’s a quiz on Friday, 4/7 too!

g1381821409686993772Part of your Shakespeare project will require writing a script for your video.  So how do you do that?

Probably the easiest thing to do in order to collaborate on your Hamlet scripts would be to use a Google doc.  You can get a screenplay template to help with formatting and add each member of your group as a collaborator so you can each work on the project in different locations, on various devices, at the same time, or at different times.

Additionally, scriptologist has a great overview of how to format a screenplay.

Writers Store has a great annotated visual you can use to see how it all plays out.  And both BBC and have nice instructional examples.  More on how to format a script after the page break:


all the worlds a stageThe advent of feminism and psychoanalytic criticism in the 20th century has forever influenced the way we look at Hamlet; therefore, we’ll be looking at the women of Hamlet through these lenses and discussing the retroactive interpretation many directors have placed on the play as a result.

We’ll be looking at the 1990 Zeffirelli, 1996 Branagh, and 2010 RSC/Doran versions of act 3, scene 1, “Get thee to a nunnery”; act 3, scene 4, Gertrude’s closet; and act 4, scene 5, Ophelia’s madness.

Hit more to see the handout and some of the videos.