Over the summer, the students were asked to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. Upon their return to school, the students took a test over LOTF and completed a foldable project outlining the characters, plot, setting, themes, and symbols. Additionally, the students discussed How to Read Lit and how this book will benefit their future studies of literature.
Each day in class the students complete a short writing assignment in their journals. The writing assignments range from reflecting on the meaning of a particular inspirational quote to connecting what they are currently reading or studying in class. Students write for about 5-7 minutes to prepare their minds for class.
During the second week of school, we began our epic poetry unit. During this unit, we read and analyzed the Old English epic poem, Beowulf. Upon completion of Beowulf, they began a short study of Homer's epic poem, Iliad. During our study, we research the Art of Oral Language and the ways various cultures pass down stories orally. Students discovered how various literary devices are used in epic poetry, including: kennings, alliteration, foreshadowing, caesuras, and epic similes. As a result of our study, students understand the characteristics of an epic and an epic hero. The class spent time thinking about epics they might be familiar with today, which included Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. The students will wrap up this unit of study with a test on Tuesday, September 3rd.
Currently, we are reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as our outside novel. We spend time in class discussing not only what is going on in the story, but we focus on characterization in the novel and style of the novel. We will be working on this book for another week to week and a half. Students should finish Volume I before we return on September 3rd.
We concluded this week with a coffee house study session over epic poetry and a discussion over Pride and Prejudice. The students seemed to really enjoy this activity, so I am positive it will be repeated! What do you think, AP students?
I hope everyone has a fantastic Labor Day weekend, and I am looking forward to another busy, busy week of learning when we return to school!
Assignments: Finish Volume I of Pride and Prejudice for Tuesday (9/3)
Memorize the "MCHS Mission Statement" for Tuesday (9/3)
Epic Poetry Unit Test on 9/3