• All English in Literature exams are based on two things:  the skills you have learned from Mr. Fox,  Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Blair AND a thorough understanding of each of the following texts – the plot (what happens), the characters (their relationships, failings, dreams, desires…) and HOW the author wrote it (structure, vocabulary, tone….).

    Ms. Edwards has a Google Classroom set up: AICE LIT 2020-2021    password  izxnxew  

    Assessment Overview

    Paper 1

    Drama & Poetry

    Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare (http://shakespeare.mit.edu/much_ado/)

    The Changling, by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

    Selected Poems, by Robert Browning (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-browning)

    Paper 2

    Prose & Unseen

    Stories of Ourselves, Volume 2 Selected Stories by various authors (Copies on order)

    Paper 3

    Shakespeare & Drama

    King Lear, by William Shakespear

    The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

    Paper 4

    Pre- and Post- 1900 Poetry & Prose

    Persuasion, by Jane Austin (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/105/105-h/105-h.htm)

    Selected Poems, by Derek Walcott




    ALL work should be typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, ARIAL 11 and FRONTS only.  Do not use the back of paper.  Do Not, Do Not use Times New Roman.  I really dislike that font.

    You have the Robert Browning poetry packetone novel (Persuasion), and the short story packet to read over the summer.  The Shakespeare and Williams plays are not summer reading, but it would do you good to read them – or at least read summaries of them so you have background before we get to them in class.


    ASSIGNMENT 1          Selected Poems                                                by Robert Browning

    ASSIGNMENT 1 Selected Poems by Robert Browning You will memorize two poems –from Browning. You will have a quiz each week during the second and third weeks of school: week 2- a ten to fifteen lines poem, and week 3- a fifteen to twenty lines poem.

    IF you choose to memorize from a longer poem, pick lines that make sense alone. Know what happens before your excerpt and what happens after. You will write the poems correctly from memory – spelling, punctuation, page set-up, et al. If the line is perfect, you get credit. If there is a mistake, you do not. You must choose poems from the poetry packet. If you do not choose Browning poems on this AICE list, you will not get credit. You have all summer to practice.

    Read the poetry.  Choose two poems to memorize     

    List of Browning Poems: 

    Title: A Face, A Light Woman, A Toccata of Galuppi’s, A Woman’s Last Word, Among the Rocks, Confessions, Epilogue, ‘How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix’, Life in a Love, Love Among the Ruins, Love in a Life, Meeting at Night, My Last Duchess, Pictor Ignotus, Porphyria’s Lover, Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St Praxed’s Church, The Confessional, The Laboratory, The Last Ride Together, The Lost Leader, The Lost Mistress, The Patriot, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Women and Roses

    ASSIGNMENT 2          Choose two short stories and the novel to read. With the prose material, you will read the following. The assignments are due the third calendar day of school. Even if you have a myriad of schedule changes and don’t make it to class the first two days, they are still due. You can deliver them to me in 3/201 or the other teacher if you have her class. We are doing the same assignments.

    Persuasion, by Jane Austen

    Read the novel. Make a timeline of the novel-chapter by chapter.  You don’t have to list small details, but major events should be included.  Every chapter has something that is important. Then make a paragraph long comment about each of the main characters. The number of paragraphs will depend on your recognition of main characters.


    Short Stories by various authors

    Read all of the stories.   For two of these stories, you will make a graphic novel of two-five pages at four panels per page. (Essentially, a comic book version of the story). 

    Author:                                                             Story:

    Ambrose Bierce                                                 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (https://americanliterature.com/author/ambrose-bierce/short-story/an-occurrence-at-owl-creek-bridge)

    Thomas Hardy                                                   The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion (https://www.darlynthomas.com/melancholy.htm)

    Edith Wharton                                                   The Lady’s Maid’s Bell (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Lady%27s_Maid%27s_Bell)

    Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)                                  Gabriel-Ernest (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Reginald_in_Russia_and_Other_Sketches/Gabriel-Ernest)

    Katherine Mansfield                                            The Doll’s House (https://americanliterature.com/author/katherine-mansfield/short-story/the-dolls-house)

    M R James                                                         A Warning to the Curious (http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0605921h.html)

    Sherwood Anderson                                            Death in the Woods (http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks04/0400491h.html)

    Ralph Ellison                                                     The Black Ball (https://libcom.org/library/black-ball-ralph-ellison)

    Philip K Dick                                                       Stability

    Marghanita Laski                                                The Tower

    Penelope Fitzgerald                                           The Axe

    Margaret Atwood                                             When It Happens

    Ovo Adagha                                                      The Plantation

    Aminatta Forna                                                Haywards Heath

    Ken Liu                                                               The Paper Menagerie (https://io9.gizmodo.com/read-ken-lius-amazing-story-that-swept-the-hugo-nebula-5958919)

    The first week of school you will work on a new (and different) assignment for the literary work you did not pick during the summer.

    Email Ms. Edwards and Ms. Sieckzo for more information