Week 2:3 (Nov. 3-7)

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Seniors: Reading Schedule, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz PreviewLiterary 3×3 GuidelinesLiterary 3×3 ExamplesHamlet: Shakespeare Reading TipsHamlet NotesHamlet Journal, Hamlet Essay Prompts; Watchmen: Notes on Postmodernism and Watchmen, Watchmen E-textWatchmen Journal, Watchmen SketchesThe Doomsday Clock

Freshmen: Turnitin Registration InstructionsProofreading ExpectationsTheme LogWeaving and Citing ExamplesThesis NotesSAT Vocab #1Paper Outline and RubricGreat Expectations: GE E-TextGE AudiotextGraphic Novelization for Ch. 30-36Ch. 37-38 Quiz PreviewCh. 20-39 Turnitin Journal Questions; Of Mice and Men: MM Notes

Literature Improves Thinking

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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

Week 2:2 (Oct. 27-31)

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Seniors: Senior DuesReading Schedule, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz PreviewHamlet Notes, Shakespeare Reading TipsHamlet Journal, Hamlet Essay Prompts and Rubric

Hamlet audioplay: Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)

Freshmen: Proofreading ExpectationsWeaving and Citing ExamplesThesis NotesSAT Vocab #1

Great Expectations: E-Text (Whole Novel), AudiotextTheme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 26-30Ch. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period4th period3rd period1st period), Ch. 20-39 Turnitin Journal Questions

Of Mice and Men: NotesVocabTheme LogCh. 1-2 Journal QuestionsCh. 3-4 Journal QuestionsLiterary Analysis Task #3

Week 2:1 (Oct. 21-24)

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Seniors: Senior DuesReading Schedule, Tone Words, Poetry Response PacketMLA TemplateMythology Quiz Preview

Hamlet: Notes on Middle English through Early Modern English (The Elizabethan Era) and the Play Itself, Documentary with David TennantTips for Reading ShakespeareAct I VocabResponse JournalEssay Promptsaudioplay: Act I (≈:50), Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)

Freshmen: Write Score LoginFigurative Language ReviewProofreading Expectations

Great Expectations: E-Text (Whole Novel), AudiotextVocabTheme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 19-22, Graphic Novelization of Ch. 23-25Weaving and Citing GuideCh. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period4th period3rd period1st period)

Of Mice and Men: NotesVocabTheme LogCh. 1-2 Journal QuestionsCh. 3-4 Journal QuestionsLiterary Analysis Task #3

Week 1:9 (Oct. 13-17)

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Seniors: Senior DuesReading Schedule (First Quarter)Frankenstein Response Journal, Frankenstein E-textFrankenstein Audiotext, Tone Words, Reading Schedule (Second Quarter), Poetry Response Packet (Second Quarter)Mythology Quiz Preview

Hamlet: Prop Assignment (refer to your index card), Notes on Middle English through Early Modern English (The Elizabethan Era) and the Play Itself, Response Journal, Documentary with David TennantTips for Reading ShakespeareAct I Vocab

Freshmen: Peermark InstructionsProofreading Expectations, Turnitin.com Registration InstructionsWrite Score Login

Great Expectations (Honors)AudiotextNotesVocabTheme Log, Graphic Novelization for Ch. 19-22, Weaving and Citing GuideCh. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period4th period3rd period1st period)

Of Mice and Men (2nd Period)NotesVocabTheme LogCh. 1-2 Journal QuestionsCh. 3-4 Journal Questions

Week 1:8 (Oct. 6-10)

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Seniors: Reading SchedulePoetry Response PacketMLA Template for Poetry ResponsesFrankenstein Response Journal, Frankenstein E-textJane Eyre Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Audiotext, Tone WordsHamlet Prop Assignment

Freshmen: Peermark InstructionsProofreading Expectations, Turnitin.com Registration InstructionsPreparing for the PSAT on October 15th

Great Expectations (Honors)AudiotextNotesVocabTheme LogGraphic Novelization Ch. 14-18Literary Analysis Task #2 (GE), Ch. 1-10 Journal Questions, Ch. 11-19 Journal Questions (6th period4th period3rd period1st period)

Of Mice and Men (2nd Period)NotesVocabTheme LogLiterary Analysis Task #2 (MM)Ch. 1-2 Journal QuestionsCh. 3-4 Journal Questions

Week 1:7 (Sept. 29-Oct. 3)

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Seniors: Reading SchedulePoetry Response PacketMLA Template for Poetry ResponsesFrankenstein Response Journal, Frankenstein E-textJane Eyre Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Vocab Assignment,“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” E-textTone WordsHamlet Prop Assignment

Freshmen: Proofreading ExpectationsTurnitin.com Registration Instructions

Great Expectations (Honors)NotesVocabTheme Log, AudiotextCh. 1-10 Journal QuestionsGraphic Novelization for Ch. 11-13Literary Analysis Task #2 (GE Ch.1-14)

Of Mice and Men (2nd Period)NotesVocabTheme LogCh. 1-2 Journal QuestionsLiterary Analysis Task #2 (MM Ch.1-3)

Literature Improves Empathy

Have you ever felt that reading a good book makes you better able to connect with your fellow human beings? If so, the results of a new scientific study back you up, but only if your reading material is literary fiction – pulp fiction or non-fiction will not do.

Great Expectations from great literature … empathy occurs in the spaces between characters, such as Joe and Pip, pictured here in the 2012 film adaptation. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex Features

Empathy occurs in the spaces between characters, such as Joe and Pip in Great Expectations, pictured here in the 2012 film adaptation. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex Features

Psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, at the New School for Social Research in New York, have proved that reading literary fiction enhances the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions, a crucial skill in navigating complex social relationships.

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Week 1:6 (Sept. 22-26)

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Seniors: Reading SchedulePoetry Response PacketMLA Template for Poetry ResponsesFrankenstein Response Journal, Frankenstein E-textJane Eyre Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Vocab Assignment10 Tips for the AP Lit Multiple ChoiceFrankenstein AudiotextParadise Lost E-text, Paradise Lost Summary

Freshmen (All Periods): Colormarking #2Proofreading ExpectationsLiterary Analysis Task #1, my.hrw.com, E-text of “Night Calls”E-text of “A Story”In-Class Text-based QuestionsTurnitin.com Registration Instructions

Great Expectations (Honors)NotesVocabTheme Log, Audiotext, Colormarking #2Graphic Novelization Ch. 3-7Graphic Novelization Ch. 8-10Ch. 1-10 Journal Questions

Of Mice and Men (2nd Period)NotesVocabTheme Log