All typed assignments in this class use the following format. Points will be deducted for not following directions, or assignments might not be accepted at all:
- File name: period #_last_first_name of assignment. Example: 2_scarff_Karla_essay1
- Header on top left: Period, Name, Date, Period, Assignment Name
- Turn in all work as either Word or PDF format
- 12pt, Times New Roman
- 1 inch margins all around (2.54 cm)
- Double Spaced
In this unit, we will explore mythology from around the world, concentrating on the “Hero’s Journey” framework. This framework will provide you with a base for recognizing mythological literary allusions, archetypes, themes, and other information essential to decoding modern literature.
- Joseph Campbell – The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Commemorative Edition (2004)
- Edith Hamilton – Mythology
Summer Assignments 2018
This school year, we will be reading literature from a wide variety of sources. To prepare for our intensive exploration of literature, you will be reading works that will provide you with a framework for understanding literary allusions.
Work for the summer will be posted on my class website www.KarlaScarff.com > English Classes> AP English. Please check the website for additional information periodically.
All work is due on the first day of school.
Format for all your essays and writing:
- 12pt, Times New Roman, Double spaced, 1 inch margins
- Include a strong hook, thesis, and conclusion with a clincher. If you are not familiar with these terms, please visit my website and do a search; all this information is available there.
- Read Mythology by Edith Hamilton.
- As you read the book, maintain a dialectical journal with at least 25 entries. Example is below. Include the following columns in your journal:
- Page #
- Connections: List works that have alluded (referenced) to this story
- Explanation: Explain the significance of the quote
- Write a five paragraph essay to the following prompt: What are some common themes and archetypes found in Greek/Roman literature? Why is it important to be familiar with Greek and Roman myths when studying Western literature?
- Include at least five quotes from Mythology by Edith Hamilton using MLA format. If you are not sure how to do this, research it. I will post some information on MLA format on the website by mid July.
- Write an essay to the following prompt. Describe your reading background. What are some of your favorite books, poems, plays, etc? What are your reading habits—how often do you read? In what language?
- Research the concept of the “Hero’s Journey” and write an essay explaining the importance of understanding the framework for the “Hero’s Journey” and describing the different stages of the journey. I have provided a few resources on the class website to help you with the concept, including the book Hero with A Thousand Masks by Joseph Conrad. Skim through the book to obtain information on what a hero’s journey is and the different stages of the journey.
Dialectical Journal Example:
- We will be working on a class recipe book.
- Please read the Recipe Project.
- You will submit an original family recipe in both English and Chinese
- You will submit a narrative relating to that recipe (a story about the origin of the recipe)
- Answer the questionnaire on the Recipe Project document. It will help you come up with the information for your narrative. Copy and paste the questions on to a new document.
- Here is an example of the Recipe Project Completed (please note that this example does not include a Chinese version, but yours will. Only the recipe needs to be translated, not the narrative)
- Submit your narrative questions by Monday, June 11 through WeChat.
- Copy and paste the questions from the document so that you can answer them in BLUE.. File name is pd_last_first_recipequestions.
- Copy and paste the recipe template included in the Recipe Project file.
- Narrative and recipes are due on June 15 as pdf or word document: pd_last_first_recipe.
- Please ask for help via WeChat if you have questions.
- Introduction to American Realism; Holt Romanticism to Realism 1855-1870
- Read: Emily Dickinson
- Reference: Shmoop and Cliffnotes
Due June 13: Type all your homework. Use 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. The name of the file is pd_last_first_dickinson
- Write a one page report (short essay) about Emily Dickinson’s background and her poetry style. Be careful not to plagiarize. Put everything into your own words.
- Choose TWO of the poems in the reading to analyze. Emily Dickinson is not an easy poet to read, so use the reference websites along to help you. Write ONE PAGE analyzing two of her poems for theme (meaning) and literary devices.
- These two pages should be turned in as ONE document with the name pd_last_first_dickinson
- 15 vocabulary words are due next Friday, June 15. Binder_Vocabulary Exercises. Pd_last_first_vocab2
- Turn in your two files on WeChat.
- Make sure you know your lexile score. If you do not, use a 4th grade reading level.
- Visit Newsela Sign up for an account if you don’t already have one.
- Choose FIVE articles relating to the same topic. Choose a general idea, such as science, animals, technology, etc.. You have the option to change the reading level so that it matches your own. On WeChat, send me a copy of each article that you read (you can save it as a PDF). File name – pd_last_first_article# (article 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Write a one paragraph summary for each of your articles. Do this on one document. File name: pd_last_first_summaries1
- Collect a total of 15 vocabulary words from your articles. File name: pd_last_first_vocab1. Write a letter, a story, or poem using all 15 words correctly. Underline the words.
- If Newsela does not work for you, try the following links to find interesting articles
HOMEWORK: Due June 8
- Submit all your articles, vocabulary, and summaries on WeChat. Use correct file names (see above).
- If you are not able to find news articles on your own, let me know. I can share articles on this website if necessary
- Please WeChat me if you have problems or questions. I will be available M-F from 10 am until around 4pm.
- Review Lexile Levels
- Library List Assignment
- Here’s a website where you can look up a book’s lexile level
- Goodreads is as good place to look up recommended books by grade level
- Working with a partner:
- Compile a list of 10-15 books that meet your assigned lexile level
- Include the following information for each book: Title, Author, number of pages, publishing year, Lexile level, grade level, recommended age (might be different than grade level)
HOMEWORK: Do your homework by hand. Do not type your homework.
Finish your book list. Save as a word or PDF document. Include both of your names on the header. Make sure you include all the necessary information per book.
- Introduction to American Realism; Holt Romanticism to Realism 1855-1870
- Read: Poetry by Walt Whitman
- Schmoop is a literary analysis website. You must click NEXT to find all the information about the text.
- Due June 8: Vocabulary – file name is pd_last_first_vocab1: 15 words from reading. Write a letter, story, or poem using these words correctly. Underline all vocabulary words.
Due June 6: Type all your homework. Use 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins. The name of the file is pd_last_first_whitman.
- For each poem, TYPE one page of notes. Use SCHMOOP sites as a reference.
- For each poem, TYPE a half page of reaction and literary analysis. What does the poem mean to you? What devices were used and how?