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
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)
Prose & Unseen
Stories of Ourselves, Volume 2 Selected Stories by various authors (Copies on order)
Shakespeare & Drama
King Lear, by William Shakespear
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
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
SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS
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 packet, one 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).
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