Sunday, March 2, 2008
Upcoming in English 12AP
I have included a lolcat as a way to raise the collective cultural consciousness of our class....if you can find the source of this lolcat's reference, you will get extra bonus points.... (meaningless on your overall AP exam score, of course, but hey)
This week, we will conclude our discussion of Shakespeare's Macbeth with the following question:
Are there any "power couples" in recent history that might be compared to Lady Macbeth & her Thane? These don't necessarily have to be murderous or evil people, who have caused bloodshed; just a couple where the man seems to be driven by or changed (for better or worse) by the actions of his Lady.
Also consider this: What scenes would you add to the play? Many events are left for the audience to figure out on their own, such as Lady Macbeth's demise. What do you think will be the next step in the Malcolm/Macduff strategy?
There will be a take-home test on Thursday this week, which will consist of essays and interpretations of Macbeth, along with connections to the poems we have read as accompaniment pieces.
The poems will include:
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot
"The Poison Tree" by William Blake
"Are There Not Fireflies" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
"next to god of course america i" by e.e.cummings
"In a Station at the Metro" by Ezra Pound
The next unit we will read will include the following short stories (subject to availability) :
"A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"
"Hills Like White Elephants"
"The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
To balance out the testosterone, we'll also read
"The Yellow Wallpaper"
"Story of an Hour"
"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"
We will be reading these works with a critical eye to look for themes of Identity.
There will be supplemental poetry readings as well. TBA.
There will be a literary analysis paper required for this unit.