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Here’s the Power Point I shared in class: Syntax Terminology 2018

And here are some warm ups we’ll be working on: convoluted sentences,   Types of Sentences review,  Rhetorical Device Review Warm up

You can also view the terms by clicking below:



Commissar Nikolai Yezhov with Stalin

George Orwell’s 1984 is, I would claim, THE seminal work of dystopia.   Ever hear of the phrase “big brother”?  How about unperson, thoughtcrime, or doublethink?  –All from 1984.  You know how we can’t do anything these days without someone recording it, putting it on social media, etc.?  You know all that data mining Wikileaks exposed #PatriotAct?  Orwell called it.  Ever hear of a government falsifying reports and sugarcoating history?  “Who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the future” (Orwell, 1984)



Hey, where’d he go? #unperson

Or how about the fact that nations are always at war and always talking about another war, meanwhile corporations get rich off those wars and the masses become xenophobic towards those peoples?  Orwell called that too.   What if we speak out?  Exiled.  Brainwashed.  Vaporized.  #Stalin

Beyond all the political commentary, however, there’s a great story in it too — love, sex, friendship, betrayal — truly one of the best books ever written.

Click through the break for handouts, notes, and more . . .

Lost in the Maze Photo by Burst on Unsplash

For our upcoming bildungsroman unit, you’ll have the choice between four texts. (Buildings what?  Bildungsroman is a coming of age novel that focuses on the development of a young person as he develops and finds his place in the world.)

You will also have the option of either annotating the novel (a great thing to practice) for a grade or taking quizzes on it.   I do have some copies I can lend out, but most students will want to obtain their own copies so they can write in them.  You do not have to buy new copies, so feel free to hit up McKay’s or

You will have to have the book physically in your possession by November 7th.  Showing me an Amazon receipt or asking to borrow the book on the 7th is not acceptable.  The sooner you obtain your copy the better because if you go to Barnes and Noble or Scuppernong on the day before you need it, you might find yourself Sorry Out of Luck or reading a book you don’t like.

The final project we are working towards is here: Bildungsroman character presentation 2018.  Keep this in mind as you read so that you can select a character you’d like to present and pick out quotes that best portray that character.

Click below for introductions to each novel (more…)

BanksyTypes of poetry notes can be found here:Types of Poetry 2018 and the identification examples we did can be found here: Poetry Identification Practice (2)

We’ll be doing oodles of awesome poetry the next few weeks, so you’re not going to want to miss class, but in case you do, check the Google calendar.  Any of the poems we read could be found pretty easily with a web search.

Tackling the sonnet, which we will do on Oct. 4&5 is here: Tackling the Sonnet.

The figurative language in poetry and narrative poetry assignments for Oct. 8&9 are here: Poetry Assignments 411-416.  And don’t forget about Whitman and Hughes

Oct. 12-16 we will try Understanding Tone through art  (Understanding Tone through art worksheet) and Tackling the AP Poetry prompt.

Stay tuned for more!

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 interpretation many directors have placed on the play as a result.


Hit more to see the handout and links to the videos.



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Part of your Hamlet project will require writing a script for your video (written portion due October fourth).  So how do you do that?

Probably the easiest thing to do is to use a screenplay template in your word processing program or Google Doc to help with formatting.

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

Writers Store has a an 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:


insantiyAs we begin reading Hamlet, I thought I’d highlight just a few of the numerous resources on the play:

Chop Bard is an entertaining podcast (well, at least to lit nerds like me) that you can listen to online or download as a podcast.    I highly recommend this resource!  Each episode takes you through what a good reader would do as she annotated the text and incorporates lots of research.

Another great audio source is  Librivox has hundreds of open source titles available as audiobooks for free.  The readings are by volunteers, so some are better than others.  The three versions of Hamlet they offer aren’t the greatest recordings I’ve found on Librivox (Elizabeth Klett’s Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Turn of the Screw are fantastic), but they might be helpful.

Click through the page break for more: