AP Literature and Composition -- Spring 2004 Calendar

Unit One:  Analysis and Interpretation of Prose

Completion of Assignments is due the following class period UNLESS otherwise noted.

January February March April May
Jan 6 General course information; calendars
General reading assignments: Review and remediation overview - read from text the introductory material included for chapters 1-9; information, noted devices and terminology included will be necessary for class discussion and activities.
Jan 7 AP Style Objective Pretest
Handouts:  Free Response Author/Title List
Jan 9 AP Style Essay Pretest, from The Crossing Cormac McCarthy
General Discussion of Prose Devices
Handout: from “The Hunter Gracchus”
Jan 12 Basic Elements of Prose/Short Story

Aristotle/Basic Elements/Poetics

Handouts: “Reading and Analyzing”
Assignment: Short Story Prompt 1; Devices of Character due 1/21
Assignment: read, text “Miss Brill” Katherine Mansfield 79-83  
Handout: Prose Q/Character from "House of Seven Gables"
Handout:  Prose Q/Character from "Typhoon"
Jan 14 Prep Quiz (for this and future note: A "Prep Quiz" will be a reading comprehension quiz based on reading assignments from the text and handouts previously received.  In this particular case, the Prep Quiz will cover introductory material to chapter three, "Miss Brill," "House of Seven Gables," and "Typhoon.")

Applications/Devices of characterization.
 "House of Seven Gables" "Miss Brill" "Typhoon"

Assignment:  Vocabulary 10
Jan 16

In-class timed writing:  
Devices of character 
selection from Woman Hollering Creek

Assignment:  read, text, “Haircut” Ring Lardner 142-150
Assignment:  read, text “Paul’s Case” Willa Cather w/response 151-166
Jan 21 Prep Test
Who Killed Jim?  an investigation of point of view
Selection of detail and point of view in "Paul's Case"
Assignment:  Vocabulary 11
Assignment: Short Story Prompt 2 due 1/30
Handout: Course Calendar Unit Two
Jan 26 Overview, Historical Literary Period Research Assignments

Handout: Historical Literary Period Model

Handout: Greece and Rise of Western Civilization
Assignment: Ongoing Research/Historical Literary Periods (refer to handout for related information, instructions, due dates)

Assignment:  “Hills Like White Elephants” Ernest Hemingway w/response 166-171

Assignment: Take home objective AP style test, reading selection from “The Blind Man,” DH Lawrence, “exclusion” analysis

Handout: “Silent Snow, Secret Snow“ Conrad Aiken
Jan 28 Discussion of “The Blind Man” exercise
In-Class Timed Writing “Silent Snow, Secret Snow”
Assignment:   Vocabulary 12
Assignment: read, text, "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson 180-186
Assignment:  “Killed at Resaca” Ambrose Bierce, handout, w/response
Jan 30 Vocabulary review quiz, 10-12

In Class: Objective AP style test, selection from Vanity Fair William M. Thackery, “exclusion"

In Class: “The Guest” Albert Camus, w/response, 187-197
Complete as homework

Assignment: read, text, "The Rocking Horse Winner," DH Lawrence 283-294, w/individual oral presentation prompts
NOTE: Written material due by 8:00 am 2/2

Feb 2 Presentations: "The Rocking Horse Winner"
Assignment: Vocabulary 13
Assignment: Take home objective AP style test, reading selection from “Mrs. Dalloway,” Virginia Woolf, “exclusion” analysis
Feb 4 AP-style Objective Exam
Assignment: Essay, “The Prussian Officer” DH Lawrence due 2/18
Assignment: Vocabulary 14
Feb 6 The Journey    On this date we will begin a thematic study of literary works.  By Monday, February 9, you should have obtained and read the following (those works included in the text are noted):


Works included in text:

“Jilting of Granny Weatherall” Katherine Anne Porter
“The Boarding House” James Joyce
“A Worn Path” Eudora Welty
“The Swimmer” John Cheever


Obtain on your own:

“At the End of the Mechanical Age” Donald Barthleme
"Flowering Judas" Katherine Anne Porter
"Pale Horse, Pale Rider" Katherine Anne Porter
“Mark on the Wall” Virginia Woolf
“Solipsist” Federic Brown
“The Waiting” Jorge Luis Borges           
“One of the Missing” Ambrose Bierce
novel As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

Unit Two:  Journeys
As I Lay Dying

About this calendar:  In this segment, we will be discussing various topics based on previous free response questions from the AP Exam.  The assignments listed are to prepare you for the class discussion or activity and are due on the date listed in the column to the left of the directions.

Journeys:  Assignments Summary
Previously Literary Periods Independent Research Due Dates
Medieval (2/23); Renaissance (3/5); Neoclassic (3/22); Romantic(4/2);  Victorian (4/19); Realism (4/30).
Formal Essay: "The Prussian Officer" due February 18
Feb 9 - 13 Setting
The time and place of a literary work enables an author to deepen the reader’s awareness of the interpretive understanding of the story written, illuminating some aspect of human life or behavior
Feb 9 Read “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty (in text).  Map the journey taken by Phoenix Jackson.  Include in the map devices (selection of detail, imagery, figurative language, etc.) used by the author to clarify, enhance, or sharpen the story of the old woman’s yearly odyssey.
Feb 11 AP Style Objective Exam
Feb 13 Outline an essay for this prompt using As I Lay Dying as the work selected.  Use the AILD Response Format.
Other Assignments:  Vocabulary 14 due February 11
Take Home Objective:  from Monterey by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Exclusion due February 18
Feb 18-25 Character
Some novels and plays portray the consequences that occur when individuals pursue their own personal good at the expense of the common good of the group or society.  Explain how the interests of a character conflicts with the common good and produces dire consequences for others.
Feb 18 Select a novel or play you have read that could successfully be used in a discussion of this prompt.  Present a brief commentary to the class.
Feb 18 Outline an essay for this prompt focusing on the character of Addie in As I Lay Dying.  Use the AILD Response Format.
Other Assignments: Vocabulary 15 due February 18
Solo Presentations:  Topics, AILD due March 3  
One definition of madness is “mental delusion or the eccentric behavior arising from it.”  But Emily Dickinson wrote:

Much madness is divinest Sense ---
To a discerning Eye—

Novelists and playwrights have often seen madness with a “discerning Eye.”  How does a character’s madness or irrational behavior play an important role in a novel or play?  (Write a well-organized essay) explaining what this delusion or eccentric behavior consists of and how it might be judged reasonable.  Explain the significance of the “madness” to the work as a whole.

Feb 20 Read “The Waiting” by Jorge Luis Borges (handout).  What is the nature of his delusion of madness?
Feb 20 Outline an essay discussing the character of Vardaman according to the prompt.   Use the AILD Response Format.
Other Assignments: Take-Home Objective:  from The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin.  “Exclusion” format.  due February 20
Formal Essay:  Prompt, based on three works by Katherine Anne Porter.  See handout.  due March 15  "Jilting of Granny Weatherall" (in text); "Flowering Judas" (handout);  "Pale Horse Pale Rider" (obtain on your own)
Vocabulary Review Quiz February 23  (13-15)
In many works of literature a character who appears briefly, or not at all, is a significant presence.  Select a character from a novel or play and demonstrate how the author uses this character as a significant presence in the work.
Feb 23 Vocabulary Review Quiz (#13-15)
Feb 23 Select a character from a novel or play you have read that could successfully be used in a discussion of this prompt.  Present a brief commentary to the class.
Feb 25 Given a character from As I Lay Dying, Outline an essay discussing the character according to the prompt.   Use the AILD Response Format.
Other Assignments: Read “The Boarding House” by James Joyce.  Complete the questions on the handout.  Due February 27          
Vocabulary 16 due February 27
Feb 27 - Mar 1 Plot
In questioning the value of literary realism, Flannery O’Connor has written, “I’m am interested in making a good case for distortion because I am coming to believe it is the only way to make people see.”  (Write an essay in which you) “make a good case for distortion,” as opposed to literary realism.  How do distortions contribute to the effectiveness of the work?
Feb 27 Read “The Swimmer” by John Cheever (in text).   Identify the elements of the story that are clearly distorted.  What is Cheever’s purpose here?  Compare “The Swimmer” to “The Boarding House.”  How does each author resolve the dilemma facing the characters?
Feb 27 Outline an essay for this prompt using As I Lay Dying as the work selected.  Use the AILD Response Format.
Other Assignments: Take Home Objective: from "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" by D.H. Lawrence.  Exclusion due March 1
Mar 1 Choose an implausible or strikingly unrealistic incident from As I Lay Dying and explain how the incident is related to the more realistic or plausible elements of the rest of the work.
Mar 1 Read “The End of the Mechanical Age” by Donald Barthelme (handout). 
Other Assignments: Vocabulary 17 due March 3  
Mar 3-5 Individual Presentations As I Lay Dying topics
Other Assignments:

Vocabulary 18 due March 8

Vocabulary 16-18 Review Quiz March 10
Mar 8-10 Comic Elements of Literature
Recommended reading:  Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Select a scene or character from a play or novel that provokes thoughtful laughter.  (Write an essay in which you) show why this laughter is thoughtful and how it contributes to the meaning of the work
Mar 8 Read the handout "Comedy."  Outline the reading material, creating a reference list of comic devices and forms.
Mar 8 In-Class Assignment:  Read the excerpt from Kiss and Tell by Alain de Botion.  Outline an essay for the prompt included with the excerpt.  Use the AILD Response Format
Mar 10 Vocabulary Review Quiz, 16-18
Mar 10 Read “Solipsist” by Frederic Brown (handout).   What elements of comedy are employed by the author in this short tale?  How does comedy reinforce the serious purpose of the story?
Other Assignments Vocabulary 19 due March 15
Mar 12 Write a response to the following statement: As I Lay Dying belongs in the category of dark humor.  The macabre events accompanying the journey of the body of Addie Bundren are grotesquely comic.  (This is NOT an outline.)
Mar 15 - 17 Miscellanea and Closure
Mar 15 The meaning of some literary works is often enhanced by sustained allusion to myth, the Bible, or other works of literature.  (Write a well-organized essay in which you) explain the allusion that predominates in the work and analyze how it enhances the work's meaning.
Mar 17 Virginia Woolf stated:  "Life is a luminous halo, a semitransparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end:  To render "life itself," one must capture the "stream of thought, of consciousness."
Read "Mark on the Wall" by Virginia Woolf (handout).
Other Assignments:  Vocabulary 20 due March 19
Mar 19 AP Style Objective Exam
Assignments Summary
Feb 9 Map, "A Worn Path" Mar 1 Objective Horse Dealer's Daughter
Feb 11 AP Style Objective Exam Mar 3 Vocabulary 17
Feb 11 Vocabulary 14 Mar 3 AILD Individual Topics
Feb 13 AILD Response Outline Setting Mar 5 Literary Period Research: Renaissance
Feb 18 Objective Monterey Mar 8 Vocabulary 18
Feb 18 AILD Response Outline Character Mar 8 Elements of Comedy Outline
Feb 18 Vocabulary 15 Mar 8 In-Class Timed Essay:  Kiss and Tell
Feb 18 Formal Essay "The Prussian Officer" Mar 10 Vocabulary Review Quiz 16-18
Feb 20 Objective: Story of an Hour Mar 12 Response Dark Humor           
Feb 20 AILD Response Outline Madness Mar 15 Vocabulary 19 
Feb 23 Literary Period Research: Medieval Mar 19 Vocabulary 20
Feb 23 Vocabulary 13-15 Review Quiz Mar 19 AP Style Objective Exam
Feb 23 Minor Character Presentation
Feb 27 "The Boarding House" Questions
Feb 27 Vocabulary 16
Feb 27 AILD Response Outline Distortion

 

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