Part A: 1st Six Weeks

Poetry: What is it?
  • “Introduction to Poetry”
  • “The Eagle”
  • “The Whipping”
Reading the poem - rhythm, pattern, sound devices, figurative devices, form
  • “Mirror”
  • “The Man he Killed”
  • “When in Rome”
  • “There is no frigate”
  • “When My Love Swears”
  • “Pathedy of Manners”
  • “The Forge”
  • “After Apple Picking”
  • “To Autumn”
Figurative Language: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Apostrophe, Metonymy
  • “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”
  • “To His Coy Mistress”
  • “The Clod and the Pebble”
  • “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind”
  • “More Light! More Light”
Figurative Language: Symbol, Allegory
  • “Acquainted With the Night”
  • “The Haunted Palace”
Figurative Language: Paradox, overstatement, understatement, irony
  • “Batter my Heart! Three-Personed God”
  • “The Sun Rising”
  • “The History Teacher”
  • “Afterward”
  • “Miniver Cheevy”
  • “Journey of the Magi”
  • “My Mistress’ Eyes”
  • “The Oxen”
Sound Devices
  • “We Real Cool”
  • “Nothing gold can stay”
  • “Woman Work”
  • “Land Crab”
  • “Golden Retrievals”

Activities for understanding/interpreting textual details
  • TP-CASTT – consider title, paraphrase, connotation, attitude, shifts, title to understand theme
  • DIDLS – examine diction, images, details, language, sentence structure to recognize atmosphere and tone
  • SOAPStone
  • Paraphrase/Summarize
  • Literary Terminology Handout

Long Fiction – Native Son – Richard Wright (out-of-class)
FOCUS: setting, point-of-view, character, symbol, irony, theme, plot

Writing Assignments and Assessment
  • College Essay 1st quarter - College essay: Students often find it appropriate to use a work of literature as their college essay focus, as they define themselves, their goals or their learning experiences.
  • In-Class Essays – practice AP (poetry prompt)
  • Literary Terms quiz
  • Poetry Responses
  • Good Writing File – notebook check
  • Socratic Seminars – long fiction

Part A: 2nd Six Weeks

Short Fiction – Elements of:

  • “A Rose for Emily” – conflict, suspense, point-of-view, structure
  • “A Worn Path” – symbolism, theme, understatement, imagery
  • “A & P” – point-of-view, character, theme
  • “Everyday Use” – theme, point-of-view, irony, conflict
  • “The Chrysanthemums – character, conflict, plot
  • “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” – setting, humor, suspense, irony, character
  • “Once Upon a Time” – irony, parable, conflict
  • “Miss Brill” – character, irony, climax, symbol
  • “ Eleven” – character, emotion, conflict
  • “Paul’s Case” – symbol, character, plot
  • “Hills Like White Elephants” – setting, symbol, character
  • “The Hand” – symbol, conflict, point-of-view
  • “Young Goodman Brown” – point-of-view, theme, climax
  • “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” – allegory, character, symbol
  • Joyce
    • “Eveline” – character, theme, setting, plot“less”
    • “The Boarding House” – dramatic irony, character, point-of-view
  • O’Connor
    • “A Good Man is Hard to Find” – theme, parable, satire
    • “Greenleaf” – symbol, character, theme
Short Novels
Heart of Darkness by Conrad
FOCUS: existentialism, journey/destination, narrative pace, the human condition, good vs. evil, Imperialism
Candide by Voltaire
FOCUS: existentialism, journey/destination, narrative pace, utopia, the human condition, social customs
The Stranger by Camus
FOCUS: existentialism, journey/destination, narrative pace, irony, non-conformist, the human condition

Activities that foster understanding/interpretation of textual details
  • Levels of Questions – guide for explicit, textually implicit and open-ended questioning
  • Chunks – use passage to make claim, provide data, and add warrant
  • SOAPSTone – consider speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject to find tone
  • Style and Syntax Analysis Worksheet – look closely at characteristic language of author as it affects tone and meaning
  • Long Fiction – Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky (out-of-class)
FOCUS: setting, plot, character, point-of-view, symbol, irony, theme

Writing Assignments and Assessment
  • In-Class Essays – practice AP - short story
  • Socratic Seminar – long fiction
  • Poetry Responses
  • Poetry Terms test
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Good Writing File – notebook check
  • Analytical Essay – Limited literary analysis (poetry

Part B – 1st Six Weeks

Short Drama
Waiting for Godot by Becket
FOCUS : tragic-comedy, irony, search for self, the human condition , existentialism, journey/estination, being-in-time
Faust by Goethe
FOCUS: theme, conflict, irony, symbol, character, allusion
Rosencrantx and Guildenstern are Dead by Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Stoppard
FOCUS: Theater of the Absurd, journey/destination, anti-hero, identity, alienation, the human condition

Activities for understanding/interpretation
  • Detailed Reading Guides – King Lear
  • Identify/Analyze the Quote – from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Long Drama
Hamlet, Prince of Demark by Shakespeare (out-of-class)
King Lear by Shakespeare (out-of-class)
FOCUS: tragedy, vision/blindness, folly/wisdom, the human condition, spiritual rebirth/development, family “bonds”

Activities for understanding/interpreting
  • Literary Circles – 4 short works
  • Rhetorical Triangle – understanding style – 4 short works
  • Major Works Data Sheet – 4 short works
  • Hamlet Detailed Reading Guides

Writing Assignments and Assessment
  • In-Class Essays – practice AP – passage from short novels
  • Poetry responses
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Hamlet - Video Production – whole group non-print project
  • Reaction paper – self and group assessment of non-print project
  • Good Writing File – notebook check
  • Extended literary analysis (short novel)

Part B: 2nd Six Weeks
More Poetry . . .
  • Metaphysical poetry/poets

AP Exam Prep

Writing Assignments and Assessment
  • In-Class Essays – practice AP
  • Vocabulary quizzes
  • Good Writing File – notebook check
  • Literary term of the day quiz
  • King Lear – individual non-print project
  • Extended literary analysis (drama)
  • AP Practice Exam and Test-Taking Tips

1. Students create AP-like multiple choice questions
2. Students create AP-like essay questions

Additional Information:
  • DOL sentence diagrams or practice multiple choice questions start each block daily.
  • Practice timed essays, poetry responses are weekly activities. Timed essays are scored in accordance with the AP rubric and returned to students. Each quarter students will compose 3 – 4 of these in-class essays and may re-submit an essay of their choice per quarter for peer review and the opportunity to revise for a better grade than the original essay earned.
  • Literary term(s) of the Day is a daily activity—students keep note cards on a ring with the term, its definition, and examples from works we have studied or that the student has discovered on his own.
  • Good Writing File entries are checked weekly.
  • Vocabulary study occurs each week—the word list is generated from word students submit through their in-class and out-of-class readings.
  • Formal essays (pre-write, draft, revise, edit, publish) – at least 4 during the course.