AP English Classwork and Homework January 5-15, 2010 X-Period for all AP Students on Tuesday, Jan. 5. This is a sample multiple choice test from the 2007 AP Literature Exam. Week One: Date First session: Tuesday, January 5 (A and F Period) Classwork Welcome back! Introduce poetry unit and read some poems. Discuss how to analyze a poem. Read “The Whipping” by Robert Hayden Second session: Thurs., Jan. 8 (A and F Period) Share poems, discuss What is the difference between poetry and prose? Look at three poems and a prose excerpt on the same subject. (Norman Morrison poems) Discuss research paper Third session: Friday, Jan. 8 (F Period only) Look at the 2007 FreeResponse question to two poems Week Two: Date First session: Mon., Jan. 11 (A); Tues., Jan. 12 (F) Classwork Short poetry essay due Chose research paper topic Group work—Frost’s poem “Out, Out” Homework Find a poem that you like. This can come from your own collection of contemporary poetry or you can find it online at poets.org or poetry.com. Print two copies, and write down answers to questions on one copy (see handout— also online under ‘How to Analyze a Poem”) Return to the poem that you selected to share. By next Monday (Tues. for E Period) write a short paper (around 300 words) that includes a paragraph that explains what the poem is about and another paragraph or two that identifies three means (imagery, metaphor, sound devices) that the poet uses. Complete definitions for poetry terms See above Homework Begin research paper work—do some internet exploration to find poems and critical articles on your subject Second session: Tues., Jan. 12 (A); Thurs., Jan. 14 (F) Transcendentalism—an American offshoot of Romanticism Complete essay on “tone” in “Thanatopsis” Review literary terms Read “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant Third session: Thurs., Jan. 14 (A); Friday, Jan. 15 (F) Group work (poster projects) on 19th century American poems (this will take two or three class sessions, but will be started today) Research paper work Read Chapter Two in Sound and Sense and note important ideas. Read two poesm on pages 30 and 31: “There’s been a death in the opposite house” by Emily Dickinson” and “When in Rome” by Mari Evans. Choose one poem and write a lengthy paragraph analyzing the poet’s subject, theme, and tone. What attitude does the poet have toward his subject? How do you know?