AP Literature and Composition -- Spring 2004 Calendar
Unit One: Analysis and Interpretation of Prose
of Assignments is due the following class period UNLESS otherwise noted.
|Jan 6||General course information; calendars|
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
|Jan 7||AP Style Objective Pretest|
Free Response Author/Title List
|Jan 9||AP Style Essay Pretest, from The Crossing Cormac McCarthy|
|General Discussion of Prose Devices|
from “The Hunter Gracchus”
Elements of Prose/Short Story
“Reading and Analyzing”
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"|
Prose Q/Character from "Typhoon"
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.")
|Assignment: Vocabulary 10|
|Assignment: read, text, “Haircut” Ring Lardner 142-150|
read, text “Paul’s Case” Willa Cather w/response 151-166
|Jan 21||Prep Test|
Killed Jim? an
investigation of point of view
of detail and point of view in "Paul's Case"
|Assignment: Short Story Prompt 2 due 1/30|
Course Calendar Unit Two
|Jan 26||Overview, Historical Literary Period Research Assignments|
Literary Period Model
|Handout: Greece and Rise of Western Civilization|
Literary Periods (refer to handout for related information,
instructions, due dates)
“Hills Like White Elephants” Ernest Hemingway
Take home objective AP style test, reading selection
|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|
Class: Objective AP style test, selection from Vanity
Class: “The Guest” Albert
Camus, w/response, 187-197
read, text, "The Rocking Horse Winner," DH Lawrence
|Feb 2||Presentations: "The Rocking Horse Winner"
|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|
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):
Obtain on your own:
the End of the Mechanical Age” Donald Barthleme
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|
Renaissance (3/5); Neoclassic (3/22); Romantic(4/2); Victorian
(4/19); Realism (4/30).
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
|Feb 13||Outline an essay for this prompt using As I Lay Dying as the work selected. Use the AILD Response Format.|
|Vocabulary 14 due February 11|
|Take Home Objective: from Monterey by Robert Louis Stevenson. Exclusion due February 18|
|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
|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.|
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)|
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|
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.
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|
Presentations As I Lay
Vocabulary 18 due March 8
16-18 Review Quiz March 10
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|
“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?
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|
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
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).|
20 due March 19
|Mar 19||AP Style Objective
|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|