Freshmen: English 1 Honors Syllabus, English 1 (2nd Period) Syllabus, Proofreading Expectations, Usage Notes, Four Questions, Journal Expectations, Personal Paragraphs, Gawain Articles & Questions, SG E-Text
Seniors: Reading Schedule, What AP Readers Long to See, Notes on Heart of Darkness and Modernism, Poems for Third Quarter, Help with Multiple Choice, AP Lit Exam Study Guide, Heart of Darkness Handout from Last Friday
Seniors: Reading Schedule, Poems for Third Quarter, Watchmen Notes, Watchmen Journal, Watchmen Prompts, Watchmen Essay Rubric, What AP Readers Long to See, Notes on Heart of Darkness and Modernism, Heart of Darkness Friday Handout; Videos: Victorian Era, Realism, Modernism
Freshmen: Paper Outline and Rubric, MLA Template, Weaving and Citing Examples, Animal Farm Ch. 1-5 Journal, Animal Farm Ch. 6-10 Journal, Animal Farm Vocab List, Informational Texts Analysis Task (Sources #1-3), Turnitin Registration Instructions, Proofreading Expectations, Usage Notes, Literature Terms, Writing About Literature, SAT Vocab #2, Theme Log, Sample GE Essay
Freshmen: Turnitin Registration Instructions, Proofreading Expectations, Theme Log, Weaving and Citing Examples, Thesis Notes, Paper Outline and Rubric, Vocab Presentation Instructions, MLA Template, Freshman Guidance Papers
Writing a Thesis Statement: Thesis Notes (from in class), Thesis Help (getting your ideas together), Thesis Development (forming your ideas into a sentence), Subordinate Conjunctions (forming complex sentences with useful words), Thesis Generator (if you can’t quite get your ideas into a sentence), Thesis Builder (another thesis generator if you’re having trouble fitting it all in one sentence)
Seniors: Reading Schedule, Poetry Response Packet, MLA Template, Mythology Quiz Preview, Literary 3×3 Guidelines, Literary 3×3 Examples, Tuesday’s Practice Prose Prompt, Wednesday’s Practice Prose Prompt, Tips for Thursday’s Skill Assessment, Wheel of Feels
Seniors: Reading Schedule, Mythology Quiz Preview; Hamlet: Shakespeare Reading Tips, Hamlet Notes, Hamlet Journal, Hamlet Essay Prompts; Watchmen: Notes on the Graphic Novel and Postmodernism, Watchmen E-text, Watchmen Journal, Watchmen Sketches, The Doomsday Clock, Watchmen Prompts
Freshmen: Turnitin Registration Instructions, Proofreading Expectations, Theme Log, Weaving and Citing Examples, Thesis Notes, SAT Vocab #1, Paper Outline and Rubric; Great Expectations: GE E-Text, GE Audiotext, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 30-36, Ch. 37-38 Quiz Preview, Ch. 20-39 Journal, Ch. 40-59 Journal; Of Mice and Men: MM Notes, MM Theme Questions, MM Thesis Prompt
Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making.
Fortunately, new research suggests a simple antidote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction.
A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.
“Exposure to literature,” the researchers write in the Creativity Research Journal, “may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.”
Djikic and her colleagues describe an experiment featuring 100 University of Toronto students. After arriving at the lab and providing some personal information, the students read either one of eight short stories or one of eight essays. The fictional stories were by authors including Wallace Stegner, Jean Stafford, and Paul Bowles; the non-fiction essays were by equally illustrious writers such as George Bernard Shaw and Stephen Jay Gould.
Afterwards, each participant filled out a survey measuring their emotional need for certainty and stability. They expressed their agreement or disagreement with such statements as “I don’t like situations that are uncertain” and “I dislike questions that can be answered in many different ways.” Continue reading
Great Expectations: E-Text (Whole Novel), Audiotext, Theme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 26-30, Ch. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period, 4th period, 3rd period, 1st period), Ch. 20-39 Turnitin Journal Questions
Hamlet: Notes on Middle English through Early Modern English (The Elizabethan Era) and the Play Itself, Documentary with David Tennant, Tips for Reading Shakespeare, Act I Vocab, Response Journal, Essay Prompts; audioplay: Act I (≈:50), Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)
Great Expectations: E-Text (Whole Novel), Audiotext, Vocab, Theme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 19-22, Graphic Novelization of Ch. 23-25, Weaving and Citing Guide, Ch. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period, 4th period, 3rd period, 1st period)