Assignments, May 11-15

Sophomore English

Monday, May 11: Discussion of the reading – Homework: Read pages 6-27.

Tuesday, May 12: Discussion of the reading– Homework: Work on your essay revision

Wednesday, May 13: Discussion of the reading – Homework: Read pages 27-42.

Thursday, May 14:  – Homework: Read pages 43-72.

Friday, May 15: Discussion of the reading – Homework: Finish the play.

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Welcome to Mr. Racine’s Wiki Site. Literature of Genres is a year long course that takes students on a journey through all genres of literature. Along the way students will improve critical thinking, reading, and writing that are essential life skills. We will study short stories, poetry, novels, drama, and essays over the course of the year. Students will be assessed on their formal and informal writing, objective and subjective quizzes, tests, homework, and participation.

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Exam Vocabulary

Here are the vocabulary words that you will need to study.  These words have been studied throughout the year.  There may be a few that we have not discussed, however, that is okay, you are still expected to know these words.
1. Incredulity
2. Piscatory
3. Triumvirate
4. Sagacity
5. Incommodious
6. Insensate
7. Cogitate
8. Spile
9. Adverbious
10. Sublime
11. Auspicious
12. Dexterously
13. Precocious
14. Deprecatory
15. Congenial
16. Escutcheon
17. Destitute
18. Servility
19. Propitiate
20. Obsequious
21. Languishing
22. Doleful
23. Engendered
24. Vile
25. Expostulation
26. Consignment
27. Pecuniary
28. Sonorous
29. Conceded
30. Atheistical
31. Retinue
32. Pilferer
33. Tremulous
34. Vexed
35. Adjuration
36. Emphatic
37. Cessation
38. Perpetuation
39. Inscrutable
40. Evincing
41. Sinister
42. Emaciated
43. Piteous
44. Pernicious
45. Adversary
46. Fray
47. Portentous
48. Importuned
49. Propagate
50. Purged

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The Catcher in the Rye Essay Topics

Requirements- 3.5 format, use a sufficient amount of quotes, organized introduction with clearly stated thesis and forecast, clear topic sentences for each body paragraph, and an effective conclusion.

1. Holden and Depression: Research depression in teenagers, including information about its symptoms and treatment.  After doing so, look at Holden.  Which symptoms does he exhibit? Use evidence from the story to create a “diagnosis” of Holden.

2. Salinger weaves a variety of symbols into The Catcher in the Rye, including (but not limited to) the red hunting hat, the ducks in Central Park, and Allie’s mitt.  Select and analyze one symbol that Salinger uses in the book.  Explain how Salinger develops this object as a symbol throughout the story.  Discuss the symbol’s meaning and significance and explore its contributions to the overall message of the novel.

3. Critic David D. Galloway said, “Wherever Holden turns, his craving for truth seems to be frustrated by the phoniness of the world.” Analyze Holden’s use of the word “phony”. What does the word mean in the context of the book, and does Holden offer any alternative to phoniness? Is Holden himself guilty of being a phony? How does Salinger want readers to judge ideas about phoniness?

4. Critic Maxwell Geismer writes, “The Catcher in the Rye protests, to be sure, against both the academic and social conformity of its period, but what does it argue for?”  Write an essay to explain what the book argues for. What might Salinger have been trying to communicate to his readers through his novel, and how does he do so?

5. Ordinary People and Holden Caulfield: Rent the 1980 Robert Redford film Ordinary People (winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, this movie is rated R, so make sure you seek permission from your parents).  It is the story of a family struggling with the accidental death of a teenage son.  Compare the situations in the film with the situations that occur with the Caulfields in The Catcher in the Rye. How much of Holden’s behavior has been affected by the death of Ally?  Compare and contrast Conrad’s grief with that of Holden.

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Topics

Romeo and Juliet Essay Topics (Due Monday, April 20)

Discuss the theme of love.  Depending on what generation the characters belong to, love is interpreted in different ways.  Examine love and determine whether it is illegitimate and the downfall of Romeo and Juliet or if it is inspirational and illustrates the purity of youth.

Examine Friar Lawrence and the Nurse.  You can compare these characters to the feuding parents of Romeo and Juliet. What is their role in the play? What is Shakespeare’s purpose behind these characters? Is there a message he is trying to send his audience?

Examine the role of women in the play. There is a clear distinction between genders throughout the play.

Romeo and Juliet are referred to as “star-cross’d lovers”. Discuss the concept of destiny and how it relates to the play.

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Romeo and Juliet

What I would like you to do for this assignment is to analyze Romeo and Juliet as characters.  Throughout the plan you should look back on these two characters and try to discover what made them fall in love. What mistakes did they make?  Did they do anything that you agree with?  Once we are finished reading the play, we will discuss the downfall of Romeo and Juliet, so it is okay to formulate ideas or theories on their downfall. You have to entire class to respond to the question. Please type, print and hand in the assignment by the end of the class.

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Poetry Project

Tonight you need to choose a song that you will be analyzing for its poetic devices. Please make sure the song does not have any profanity or inappropriate messages.  You will creat a music video using iMovie to illustrate your interpretation of the lyrics and you will present to the class your understanding and break down of the poetic devices. Please bring the song to class tomorrow either on an iPod or CD.  Make sure you will be able to upload the song onto one of the school computers to work on the project. You will work in groups of two.

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Poe’s “The Raven”

After reading “The Raven” in class today, we did not get a chance to discuss what the poem is about.  Please, if necessary, reread the poem and share what you think the poem is about and why.  Make sure you support your claims by referencing parts of the poem.

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Iambic Pentameter Example

An iambic foot is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. We could write the rhythm like this:

da DUM

A line of iambic pentameter is five iambic feet in a row:

da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM

We can notate this with a ‘˘’ mark representing an unstressed syllable and a ‘/’ mark representing a stressed syllable[1]. In this notation a line of iambic pentameter would look like this:

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ /

The following line from John KeatsOde to Autumn is a straightforward example:[2]

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

We can notate the scansion of this as follows:

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ /
To swell the gourd, and plump the ha- zel shells

We can mark the divisions between feet with a |, and the caesura (a pause) with a double vertical bar ||.

˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ / ˘ /
To swell | the gourd, || and plump | the ha- | zel shells
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Figurative Terms

Figurative Language: a tool a writer uses to help the reader visualize what is happening in a piece of writing.

  • Romanticism
  • Anaphora
  • Narrative Poetry
  • Metaphor
  • Rhyme
  • Rhyme Scheme
  • Assonance
  • Meter
  • Alliteration
  • Simile
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Personification
  • Theme
  • Hyperbole
  • Idioms
  • Allusion
  • Imagery
  • Blank Verse
  • Free Verse
  • Quatrain
  • Couplet
  • Understatement
  • Overstatement
  • Oxymoron
  • Paradox
  • Metonymy
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Diction
  • Syntax
  • Connotation
  • Denotation
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Movie Review

Please write a movie review for Girl, Interrupted.  Write about the movie in relation to the novel and whether or not the director did a good job translating the text onto the big screen.

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