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2nd Trimester READING:

The Collector
Emma
   The Island of Dr. Moreau 
The Time Machine
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Instructor: Jaimie Crawford

  • Time Allotment: Three Weeks
  • Texts: Summer Reading books listed below; Norton's English Literature; H&B's
    Reading for Writers
    , Orgel's Vocab List
  • Unit Structure:
    Monday: Introduction to Group Presentations
    Read through Literary Criticism Websites
    “You are What You Say” (RFW p.623)

    Reading Comprehension on Emma
    Tues/Weds: Presentations on Jane Austen's Emma
    “Feminism in Emma” (handout)
    “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” (RFW p. 398)
    Thurs./Fri: Presentations on Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse
    “How I Write” (RFW p. 7)
    Excerpts from “Room of my Own”
    Monday: AP Essay (Woolf)
    Tues/Weds: Presentations on Well's Island; Time Machine
    Thurs/Fri.: Presentations on Fowles's The Collector
    Monday: Test on Reading ; Essays Due

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*Essays and Library Reports due Friday after your presentation

*Writing Prerequisites:
a. clear thesis (read “The Thesis” by Sheridan Baker RFW p. 142)
b. logical organization (read “How to Write Clearly” RFW p. 142;

“WritingSuccessful Paragraphs“RFW p.234)
c. correct grammar (see Strunk and White Online)
d. sound sentence structure (see Strunk and White Online)
e. interest (read “How to Write Narration” RFW p. 270

“How to Write a Description” RFW p. 300)

*Essay Grading: AP rubric will be used whenever applicable.

  • Relating AP Essays: Woolf Essay in Cliffs Lang. AP Preparation Guide

GROUP PRESENTATION

1) Find out those of your classmates who wish to present on the same summer reading book as you: *maximum six people per group; only one group per book will be allowed/ all areas must be covered/ first come, first serve.

2) Make a note of your presentation days; each group will have two days to present.

3) Outlines of presentations must be approved by me at least one week prior to presentation date: a brief description of what you will do in your presentation

4) Presentations must include the following:

  • LANGUAGE & STYLE OF AUTHOR: Choose a pivotal or representative part of the book (no more than 500 words) to focus on for your presentation. Class copies should be made of this part of the book so that the class can follow your report. You will have to write an essay discussing the style and language of this part of the novel as well. Remember to specify your thesis (choose a few aspects of the language and style to address within the passage as well as their particular common goal), and to cite textual examples to support your thesis. This is a written and oral project to be done by every individual in the class. Reread RFW “You are What You Say” p.623. To help in the identification of rhetorical and literary devices the author uses and the effect of these devices: See Other Useful Literary Sites: Glossaries of Terms.
  • READING COMP. FROM PIVOTAL SECTION: Using the pivotal part of the book that you chose (discussed above), write a 15 question AP Reading Comprehension Quiz. Use the Emma Reading Comp. for a model; be sure your questions are challenging: Include at least one of each of the following question types: 1)vocabulary context--the following word in context most likely means what? 2)rhetorical or literary device--the passage uses all of the following devices except? 3)specific literary technique--lines 8-10 are an example of what literary technique? 4)passage meaning--the author's theme can best be described as what? 5)passage content (or implied content)--the author addresses all of the following except what? Remember, be challenging but fair. The group should work together to create these questions; In your questions use at least five vocabulary words from Orgel list 100-200. Provide answers on a separate sheet. Click HERE to see Samples.
  • LIBRARY REPORT: Bibliography of six or more critical articles (essays found in books or journals--not book reviews) on the novel. Try to use criticism as current as possible (preferably after 1985 or 1990 because this current criticism should review older criticism as well as posting current positions) Choose ONE of the critical articles to summarize and critique. Show me that you have read the novel, understand the criticism, and either agree or disagree with this criticism. Whether you agree or disagree, cite textual examples to support your argument. This is a written and oral project to be done by every individual in the class--Use MLA style; typed and double spaced. See Sample Library Report.
  • METHOD OF AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION: You must include one of the following: a PowerPoint presentation or a website on the author and novel including graphics and links to other sites on the subject.
  • PLOT, CHARACTER, SETTING, CONFLICT DISCUSSION: Gain our interest by choosing a unique way to discuss the structure of the novel. What philosophical questions are brought up by the plot? Are the characters round or flat? Likable or aloof? Is the setting important as a metaphor or as a necessary historical prompt; why? Is the conflict man vs. himself, man, society, nature? Be sure to embrace the ambiguity of the text--every great novel is complex: the author does not arbitrate one opinion but lays several out for his reader (for example, Woolf in To The Lighthouse addresses both the importance of the independence of women and their real role in Victorian England; Wells makes his dystopian societies appeal to us in many ways).
  • BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF AUTHOR: Where, why, when, how he/she wrote the book, was raised, lived, etc...
  • BRIEF SISKEL&EBERT REVIEW: A critique of the novel--thumbs up/down--why? Should it be on next year's reading list?
  • IF THE BOOK IS ALSO A MOVIE--give the class a comparison/contrast between the book and the movie. What occurs in the novel that does not happen in the movie; and vice-versa? See Movie Reviews

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INDIVIDUAL ESSAY AND LIBRARY REPORT

AP Style Language Analysis Essay:

Choose a pivotal or representative part of the book (no more than 500 words) to focus on for your presentation. Class copies should be made of this part of the book so that the class can follow your report. You will have to write an essay discussing the style and language of this part of the novel as well. Remember to specify your thesis (choose a few aspects of the language and style to address within the passage as well as their particular common goal), and to cite textual examples to support your thesis. This is a written and oral project to be done by every individual in the class. Reread RFW “You are What You Say” p.623. To help in the identification of rhetorical and literary devices the author uses and the effect of these devices: See Other Useful Literary Sites: Glossaries of Terms.

Library Report:

Bibliography of six or more critical articles (essays found in books or journals--not book reviews) on the novel. Try to use criticism as current as possible (preferably after 1985 or 1990 because this current criticism should review older criticism as well as posting current positions) Choose ONE of the critical articles to summarize and critique. Show me that you have read the novel, understand the criticism, and either agree or disagree with this criticism. Whether you agree or disagree, cite textual examples to support your argument. This is a written and oral project to be done by every individual in the class--Use MLA style; typed and double spaced.

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to introduce you to researching and prepare you for the larger research assignment which will be due later in the year. You will also have the chance to report in an oral presentation fashion your findings to your fellow students.

Directions:

1. Choose one piece of literature (first trimester--choose ONE of the summer reading books.)

2. Find a TOTAL of six research articles from academic journals, books, or the internet dated 1985 or after. Be sure these articles are not summaries or reviews but critical sources.

3. Three of the articles must be on a similar theme.

For example: library report on Macbeth; theme: ghosts.

4. Thoroughly read each article.

5. Choose ONE article on which to write a two page paper.

This paper must summarize and either refute/ agree/ or qualify the article using specific quotations from the article and the novel.

The paper may also cite the other five articles for support.

6. Write an Annotated Bibliography--This page should be the third page of your Library Report and include short summaries of all of the other articles.

SEE SAMPLE LIBRARY REPORT FOR A MODEL

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Authors: Photos and Links

Jane Austen
1775-1817

Virginia Woolf
1882-1941

Herbert George Wells
1866-1946

John Fowles
1926-Present

Jane Austen Link

Woolf Link

Biography and Texts
Time Machine: Book vs.Film

Fowles Link
Biography and Notes

       

Exemplary Student Page:

 THE COLLECTOR

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