AP Lit: Big Brewings Dallowinian Style

Today we further prepared for our Dallowinian party next week.  The success of this whole endeavor rests on how well the characters and the interconnected relationships are communicated over the next week.  Folks should be reading one another’s blogs and reading, checking against their own work, and then discussing ways to make it all fit.

Most of today, however, was devoted to the second synthesis essay and completing a speed-dating style writer’s workshop around it.  It seemed to be quite effective with only five minutes per pairing to read, comment, and discuss.  To make it manageable, at each rotation, the focus shifted to the next paragraph in the essay.  During the debriefing of the experience, folks seemed to enjoy it and even said things like, “I felt like I really got a chance to talk about my essay” and “I got a lot of really great ideas” and “Mr. Ryder is exceptional as a human being.”

The first submission draft of the second synthesis essay is due Thursday.  That should clear the calendar to prepare all weekend for the party on Monday.  And lest the casual reader think this is just a little “post-reading pre-vacation gathering” — get yourselves to the Food Court at MBC on December 17th and be prepared to be amazed.

AP Lit: Mrs. Dalloway & the Heat O’ the Sun

Tuesday, November 20th, we tackle yet another chunk of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, but do so by first grabbing a hold of some poetry.

Shakespeare’s “Fear No More, the Heat O’ the Sun”

In more modern verse here

In old English here

Analyze: Discern the tone the speaker takes toward life.  What evidence leads you here?

Consider: Why would Woolf make such use of this poem early in Dalloway and what implications does it have through the rest of the novel?

Then . . . consider this poem, a sonnet this time, also by Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s “Sigh No More” 

The sonnet itself here

And a song that bears the same title below:

Look up the lyrics using your preferred lyric posting site.  (Be discerning.)

Analyze:  Identify the tone in each of the above.  Consider the attitude the speakers take toward love in each poem.  Use the tone map from several classes ago if necessary.

Consider: If Woolf seems drawn to Shakespeare’s words for inspiration, and Marcus Mumford seems drawn to Shakespeare’s words for inspiration, might there be some connection between Mrs. Dalloway  and the music of Mumford & Sons?  You’ve now some meat for a blog later in the week.

And then . . . for some close reading looking for motifs once more.

AP Lit: Don’t Take That Tone with Me, Young Person

Friday, November 9th, we tackled tone for the first time.  And it went fairly well, I reckon.

We compared the tone of trailers from AvengersDark Knight Rises, and Wreck-It Ralph before moving on to examining some poetry, in particular Richard Wilbur’s “A Barred Owl”

Next class we will tackle the shifting tones and characters in Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

Sources of today’s lesson include the above YouTube videos and lesson plans available here:

PoetryArchive.org’s Tone Lesson 

Poetry Out Loud’s Tone Map Lesson



AP Lit: Mrs. Dalloway & The Hours Begins

On Monday, November 5th, we started delving into Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours

We’ll be taking on Mrs. Dalloway class by class, broken down into reading assignments, finishing the reading on November 20th.   The Hours is due on December 3rd and should be read at one’s own pace.

We also talked about blogging and the more formalized blogging expectations for class.  Students must complete three entries per week (M-F) in order to meet the standard.

What Might Be Included in an Effective Blog Post?

* Ideas Unspoken in Class

* Connections to Ideas Presented in Class

* Related Material to Ideas and Readings from Class

* Documentation of Process of Creating, Making, Producing Things for Class

* Reading Notes

* Fun, Goofy Things Made to Liven Your Blog Up and Still Somehow Connected

Plus, it is your blog.  You can do what you will beyond the expectations for class.

The most important thing folks can do right now?  Go the AP Lit Page at the bottom of the left side bar and use the calendar there to keep track of what is due and when.  It’s also available right in your Google Calendar.