Read through the instructions and chapter 1 questions of this document and answer the question pertaining to chapter 1 (2-3 paragraph answer). Save the answer (as a word doc) to your student drive. You can type your answers (ignore that line in the instructions).
Go ahead and bookmark this site as we'll be using it throughout the course of the semester.
Oh, and use the Chrome browser as well; IE is outdated and doesn't always work well with my site.
My class is pretty much paperless; since you'll be doing most of your work on a computer in college, and, my job is to prepare you for college-level English, the class is structured much like a college class.
What does that mean for you?
Well, for starters, it means that a lot of your required reading will be done outside of class. I try to provide you with links to all of your required reading on this blog, in PDF form, so that you can pull them up and read them anywhere (or print them out, if that's what you prefer).
For essays, we will still write our drafts out by hand (I'll talk about why I believe in that later), but final copies will be turned as word docs through itsLearning.
So, come to class prepared. Much of our class will be discussion based, and if you're not familiar with the text(s) we're discussing, then you won't be able to participate. By the way, that type of behavior will, at the very least, make your life more difficult in college classes. At worst, it may get you thrown out of a class for that day (I had more than one professor in college that would kick you out if they could tell you hadn't read the required texts beforehand).
Other than that, my class is pretty standard. Be respectful of those around you, and be respectful of the room. My room is different than all your other classrooms in that I'm primarily a photography teacher, so often times there will be lots of lights and backgrounds set up. You are not to mess with them. In fact, you don't even need to be on that side of the room. You break it, you buy it, just FYI. I doubt any of you want to buy some "slightly used" studio equipment.
Oh, and if you fancy yourself a model, there will be plenty of my photography students later on in the semester who will need models for their assignments.
Before Honor's Day, please complete the following:
1) Turn in any missing work that has been assigned since your return from Spring Break (2nd week of April).
2) Read "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."This is not an easy poem; many, many books and articles are dedicated to exploring T.S. Eliot's writings, and still today some scholars disagree about interpretations. If you're having trouble, take a look at this site (but be warned, it's crowd-sourced, like Wikipedia, so take everything with a grain of salt).
4) Create a 2-3 paragraph Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism response to the poem. Prufrock is a character ripe for this type of analysis. What is his deal? Why is everything such a challenge for him? What conflicting emotions/desires/neuroses are present? These are just a few directions you could go with while writing a psychoanalytic criticism of the piece.
#2 Then, using the "Questions to Guide Your Literary Criticism" PDF, you are to write both an Archetypal and Feminist literary criticism of "The Wife of Bath's Tale." Each criticism should be 2-3 paragraphs. Refer to the sample literary criticisms below to get an idea of how you should be writing.
#3 After that, read the article below on Psychological Literary Criticism and then, following the same 2-3 paragraph format, you are to write a brief psychological literary criticism of "The Wife of Bath's Tale."
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