Week 2:1 (Oct. 15-18)

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Pre-IB English 2: Wheel of FeelStated & Implied Theme / Persepolis: NotesE-textTheme LogGraphic Novel Terms & Features, Comp Book Task #2

AP Research: Syllabus/TimelinePurdue OWLResearch Methods ListPREP #9 (IRB), PREP #10PREP #11 (Methods Section)AP RubricPOD RubricElevator Pitch Log / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Reading SchedulePoetry PacketMLA Template (click ‘File’ and ‘Make a Copy’), Hamlet Notes“Reading Shakespeare” PacketArchaic PronounsHamlet E-textAct I Vocab, Past Open Prompts, Essay RubricsHamlet Audioplay: Act I (≈:50), Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)

Week 1:9 (Oct. 7–11)

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Pre-IB English 2: Wheel of FeelStated & Implied ThemeProse Vocabulary, Focused Note-tasking PDF / Korematsu Task: Black & Murphy Opinions with Focus QuestionsKorematsu Essay Prompt & RubricTransitions Toolbox & Elaboration/Analysis StartersMLA Template (click ‘File’ and ‘Make a Copy’) / Persepolis: NotesE-textTheme LogGraphic Novel Terms & Features, Comp Book Task #2

AP Research: Syllabus/TimelinePurdue OWLResearch Methods ListPREP #9 (IRB), PREP #10PREP #11 (Methods Section)AP RubricPOD RubricElevator Pitch Log / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Reading SchedulePoetry PacketMLA Template (click ‘File’ and ‘Make a Copy’), Frankenstein E-textHamlet Prop Assignment, Hamlet Notes“Reading Shakespeare” PacketArchaic PronounsHamlet E-textAct I Vocab, Past Open Prompts, Essay RubricsHamlet Audioplay: Act I (≈:50), Act II (≈:37), Act III (≈:58), Acts IV-V (≈1:23)

Week 1:8 (Sept. 30–Oct. 4)

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Pre-IB English 2: Wheel of Feel, Stated & Implied ThemeProse Vocabulary / Korematsu Task: “Japanese Relocation”“Life in a US Japanese American Internment Camp”, A More Perfect Union WebsiteFocused Note-tasking PDFBlack & Murphy Opinions with Focus Questions, Korematsu Essay Prompt & Rubric, Transitions Toolbox & Elaboration/Analysis Starters, MLA Template (click ‘File’ and ‘Make a Copy’) / Persepolis: Persepolis NotesPersepolis E-text, Persepolis Theme LogGraphic Novel Terms & Features

AP Research: Syllabus/TimelinePurdue OWLResearch Methods ListPREP #8 (IPF)PREP #9 (Institutional Review Board Form)How to Make an Elevator PitchPREP #10PREP #11 (Methods Section)Academic Paper Rubric, Presentation and Oral Defense Rubric, Elevator Pitch Log / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Reading SchedulePoetry PacketMLA Template (click ‘File’ and ‘Make a Copy’), Frankenstein E-text, Wheel of Feel

Week 1:6 (Sept. 16–20)

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Pre-IB English 2: Transitions Toolbox, Wheel of Feel, Common Themes, Narrative Task, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-text, O’Connor Background, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” E-text, Le Guin Background, Note-taking Task

AP Research: Syllabus, PREP Tasks #1-3, PREP #4, PREP #5, PREP #6, PREP #7, Purdue OWL, Annotated Bibliography Template, CRAAP Test, Research Methods, Inquiry Proposal Form (PDF version), Presentation Rubric, Research Process Visualization Instructions, How to Make an Elevator Pitch / Search Databases: EBSCO Host, Gale Databases, JSTOR, Google Scholar

AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Quarter 1 Poetry Packet, MLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-text, Frankenstein E-text, Frankenstein Journal, Paradise Lost Summaries & E-text, Intro to Paradise Lost, Wheel of Feel, Annotation Guide (for Ch. 15–17)

Week 1:5 (Sept. 9–13)

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Pre-IB English 2: Transitions Toolbox“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Once Upon a Time” E-textStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyProofreading Expectations“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” E-text, Wheel of FeelsCommon ThemesNarrative Task“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-textO’Connor Background“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” E-textLe Guin BackgroundNote-taking Task

AP Research: SyllabusPREP Tasks #1-3, PREP #4PREP #5,  PREP #6, PREP #7, Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography TemplateCRAAP TestResearch MethodsInquiry Proposal Form (PDF version), Presentation RubricResearch Process Visualization Instructions / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Sample JournalsQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-text, Frankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Journal, Paradise Lost Summaries & E-text, Intro to Paradise Lost

Week 1:4 (Sept. 4–6)

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Pre-IB English 2: Transitions Toolbox“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Once Upon a Time” E-textStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyComp. Book Task #1Proofreading ExpectationsColormarking #2“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” E-text, Wheel of FeelsCommon ThemesNarrative Task“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-textO’Connor Background“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” E-textLe Guin BackgroundNote-taking TaskWrite Score Login

AP Research: SyllabusPREP Tasks #1-3, PREP #4PREP #5,  PREP #6,  Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography TemplateCRAAP TestResearch MethodsInquiry Proposal Form (PDF version), Presentation RubricResearch Process Visualization Instructions / Medium Samples: Hard ScienceHumanities/HistoryHumanities/ArtsSocial Science / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Sample JournalsQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-text, Frankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Journal

Week 1:3 (Aug. 26–30)

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Pre-IB English 2: Colormarking #1Transitions Toolbox“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Once Upon a Time” E-textStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyComp Book Task #1Proofreading ExpectationsColormarking #2“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” E-text, Wheel Of FeelsCommon ThemesNarrative Task

AP Research: SyllabusPREP Tasks #1-3, PREP #4 (Make a Copy)Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography TemplateCRAAP TestSample Student PresentationsPresentation RubricResearch Process Visualization InstructionsResearch MethodsResearch TermsInquiry Proposal Form / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Quarter 1 Reading Schedule, Jane Eyre E-textJane Eyre / Siddhartha JournalSample JournalsQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-text

Week 1:2 (Aug. 19–23)

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Pre-IB English 2: SyllabusColormarking #1Transitions Toolbox “Harrison Bergeron” E-textVonnegut Background“Once Upon a Time” E-textGordimer BackgroundStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyComp Book Task #1Proofreading Expectations

AP Research: Syllabus, PREP Tasks #1-3, Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography Template, CRAAP TestTurnitin.com Registration, Sample Student PresentationsPresentation RubricResearch Process Visualization InstructionsResearch MethodsResearch Terms / Assigned Readings: What Research Is Not & What Research IsLanguageThe Human Mind / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: SyllabusDiscussion PrepJane Eyre E-textJane Eyre / Siddhartha JournalSample JournalsQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses)

Week 1:1 (Aug. 14–16)

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Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted my classes’ agendas, and you can expect this on a weekly basis (usually done on Thursday afternoon for the week which follows). Please refer to the key to the left to make clearest sense of the agenda. You can also click on the schedule for a larger zoom-able image of the board. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful documents.

Pre-IB English 2: Syllabus, Summer AssignmentColormarking #1

AP Literature: Syllabus, Summer AssignmentDiscussion PrepJane Eyre E-textJane Eyre Journal

AP Research: Syllabus, Summer Assignment (PREP Tasks #1-3)EBSCO HostGale Databases (password is pinellas), JSTORGoogle ScholarPurdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography Template, CRAAP TestCourse Credit Policies High-Scoring Student Papers: Mixed #1Qual #1Qual #2Qual #3Qual #4Qual #5Quant #1Quant #2Quant #3

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