Week 1:6 (Sept. 18-22)

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Pre-IB English 2: Plagiarism NotesComp. Book Task #1Proofreading ExpectationsSample Symbolism Paragraphs“Old Man” Assignment, “Old Man” E-text / Write Score: Student LoginWriting Rubric

AP Research: Purdue OWLResearch MethodsInquiry Proposal Form (PDF), PREP #7, CRAAP AnalysisGerber & Offit Article, Jenny McCarthy Interview / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP LiteratureFirst Quarter Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Revised First Quarter Reading ScheduleFrankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab Assignment, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” E-text

Week 1:5 (Sept. 5-8)

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Pre-IB English 2: Plagiarism NotesGordimer Background“Once Upon a Time” Assignment, “Once Upon a Time” E-textProse Vocabulary“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-text, O’Connor BackgroundComp. Book Task #1, Proofreading Expectations, Usage Notes, Prose Vocab, Sample Symbolism Paragraphs, “Old Man” Assignment, “Old Man” E-text / Write Score: Student Login, Test Features, Writing Rubric

AP Research: Purdue OWLResearch Methods, Inquiry Proposal Form (PDF), PREP Task #6 / Medium Samples: Hard ScienceHumanities/HistoryHumanities/ArtsSocial Science / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP LiteratureFirst Quarter Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), First Quarter Reading ScheduleFrankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab Assignment

Week 1:4 (Aug. 28-Sept. 1)

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Pre-IB English 2: Plagiarism Notes“Harrison Bergeron” Assignment“Harrison Bergeron” E-textVonnegut BackgroundGordimer Background“Once Upon a Time” Assignment, “Once Upon a Time” E-textProse Vocabulary“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-text, O’Connor BackgroundComp. Book Task #1, Proofreading Expectations, Usage Notes, Prose Vocab / Write Score: Student Login, Test Features, Writing Rubric

AP Research: Tasks #1-4Purdue OWLResearch Methods, Inquiry Proposal Form (PDF), PREP Task #5, PREP Task #6 / Medium Samples: Hard ScienceHumanities/HistoryHumanities/ArtsSocial Science / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP LiteratureJournal Instructions & Turnitin Registration DetailsFirst Quarter Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), First Quarter Reading ScheduleFrankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab Assignment

Week 1:3 (Aug. 21-25)

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Pre-IB English 2: Plagiarism Notes“Harrison Bergeron” Assignment“Harrison Bergeron” E-textVonnegut BackgroundGordimer Background“Once Upon a Time” Assignment, “Once Upon a Time” E-textProse Vocabulary“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-text, O’Connor BackgroundComp. Book Task #1

AP Research: Research Prep Packet (Tasks #1-4)Research Process Visualization InstructionsPurdue OWLResearch MethodsResearch TermsSearch Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP LiteratureJane Eyre Journal & Turnitin Registration InstructionsJane Eyre E-textSample JournalsFirst Quarter Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), First Quarter Reading ScheduleSiddhartha Open Essay Rubric, Frankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab

Week 1:2 (Aug. 14-18)

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Pre-IB English 2: Course SyllabusPlagiarism Notes“Harrison Bergeron” Assignment“Harrison Bergeron” E-textVonnegut BackgroundGordimer Background“Once Upon a Time” Assignment

AP Research: Course Syllabus, Research Prep Packet (Tasks #1-4), Presentation Rubric, Research Process Visualization Instructions, Purdue OWL, 5 Sample Presentations, Research Methods, Research Terms / Assigned Readings: What Research Is Not & What Research Is, LanguageThe Human Mind / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Course SyllabusDiscussion Prep, Jane Eyre Journal & Turnitin Registration InstructionsJane Eyre E-textSample JournalsFirst Quarter Poetry PacketFirst Quarter Reading Schedule

Week 1:1 (Aug. 7-11)

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  • Blue letters/symbols on the indicate a handout or notes being given in class.
  • Green symbols indicate classroom activities (e.g., groupwork, lectures, lessons).
  • Red letters/symbols indicate an assignment due date or assessment.

Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted the week’s agenda for all to see. This is a weekly occurrence, usually done on Thursday afternoon for the week which follows. Please refer to the key above to make clearest sense of the agenda. You can also click on the agenda board for a larger zoom-able image. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful documents.

Pre-IB English 2: Course SyllabusPlagiarism Notes

AP Research: Course SyllabusResearch Prep Packet (Tasks #1-4)EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Course SyllabusSummer Packet, Discussion PrepJane Eyre E-text

What’s a Bildungsroman?

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The bildungsroman (bill-DUNGZ-ro-men, German for “formation novel”) is a genre of the novel which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood.  The driving force behind the plot (and the major impact of the work) is the main character’s search for self, so change is thus extremely important.

The birth of the bildungsroman is normally dated to the publication of Goethe’s The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister in 1796.  Although the bildungsroman originated in Germany, it has had extensive influence first in Europe and later throughout the world.  Thomas Carlyle translated Goethe’s novel into English, and after its publication in 1824, many British authors wrote novels inspired by it (e.g. Dickens’ Great Expectations).

A bildungsroman tells about the growing up or coming of age of a sensitive person who is looking for answers and experience.  The genre evolved from folklore tales of an idiot or youngest son going out in the world to seek his fortune.  Usually in the beginning of the story there is an emotional loss which makes the protagonist leave on his or her journey.  In a bildungsroman, the goal is maturity, and the protagonist achieves it gradually and with difficulty.  The genre often features an underlying conflict between the main character and society.  Typically, the values of society are gradually accepted by the protagonist, and he or she is ultimately accepted into society – the protagonist’s mistakes and disappointments are over.  In some works, the protagonist is able to reach out and help others after having achieved maturity.

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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14 Words You Need to Know

Below is a table containing the words that make all the difference in a competent user of English, because according to James I. Brown, Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota, in his book Programmed Vocabulary, they contain the twenty most useful prefixes and the fourteen most important roots in our language. These constituent parts make up over 14,000 words in a collegiate dictionary size or close to an estimated 100,000 words in an unabridged dictionary. In other words, you should know these words and understand why they mean what they mean since doing so will grant you a superior vocabulary.  Click it for a slightly larger view.