Friday, February 25, 2011

Textbook order

The next book IS listed on the order for English IV, spring semester, but the problem is that there is NO list for AP, second semester. But if you received Pride and Prejudice with your order, you should also have received Waiting for the Barbarians.

Still, if you don't have this book, here is the information:

Waiting for the Barbarians-Great Books of the 20th Century Edition
Edition: 1980 • Coetzee, J. M. (author)
ISBN: 9780140283358, Penguin Books
List Price: $14.00

We will need it very soon; please acquire it post-haste. It is the only available print edition, since the author is still alive and the book protected by copyright law.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Final paper for April 2011

English IV and AP
Final paper 2011

Reading List

AP students: Select a novel from the list below for independent reading during the month of April. With approval, you may also consider a novel from the second list below. Also, locate three critical analyses of the novel (Mr. Thommen has some excellent sources). Write a paper of 1500-2000 words (5-7 pages) developing in some depth one key aspect of the novel’s meaning, using both direct quotations from the novel and your 3 outside sources. You must bring five typed pages to class Monday, April 25. Papers are due Wednesday, April 27, both hard copy and

Handmaid’s Tale or Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood
Emma, Jane Austen
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevski

Middlemarch, George Eliot

Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding
A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith
Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
Obasan, Joy Kogawa
Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence

Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Mrs. Dalloway or Orlando, Virginia Woolf

English IV students: Select EITHER one of the novels from the list above, or one from the suggested reading list from last summer (reprinted below, with a few overlaps to the list above). Your assignment is to write a paper of 3-4 pages, with the same due dates as the assignment above, but without the required research component.

Richard Adams, Watership Down (1972)

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (1986) (F)

Pat Barker, Regeneration (1991) (H)

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962) (F)

A.S. Byatt, Possession (1990)

Peter Carey, The True History of the Kelly Gang (2000) (H)

Roddy Doyle, The Van (1991)

Nadine Gordimer, July’s People (1981)

Graham Greene, The Quiet American (1955)

George Hagen, Tom Bedlam (2007) (H)

Nick Hornby, High Fidelity (1995)

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932) (F)

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (1989) (H)

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (1942)

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009) (H)

Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2002)

Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001) (H)

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance (1995) (H)

Patrick O’Brian, Master and Commander (1969) (H)

Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992) (H)

George Orwell, 1984 (1949) (F)

Graham Swift, Waterland (1983)

Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger (1992) (H) or Morality Play (1995) (H)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pride and Prejudice essay

AP English/ English IV
Mr. Coon

Pride and Prejudice

Write an essay of approximately 600-750 words (2-3 typed, double-spaced pages), in which you discuss in as much detail as space permits the significance of the following passage to the work as a whole. In your discussion you may focus on an appropriate combination of the following elements:
  • How does the passage characterize its participants and demonstrate Austen’s methods of characterization?
  • What is the relationship of this scene to the “action” of the novel? Does it contribute to either the complication of the action or to its resolution?
  • How does it embody or advance themes important to the novel?
  • In what sense is the scene “comic”?
  • How does it most significantly illustrate Jane Austen’s style?

Essays are due Tuesday, February 15 both hard copy and electronically to (Pride and Prejudice 2011). Consult NO outside, internet, or spark sources in preparing this assignment, and do not discuss it with classmates. Here is the link to remind you of formatting requirements for papers in this class.


“Tell me once for all, are you engaged to him?”

Though Elizabeth would not, for the mere purpose of obliging Lady Catherine, have answered this question, she could not but say, after a moment’s deliberation, “I am not.”

Lady Catherine seemed pleased.

“And will you promise me, never to enter into such an engagement?”

“I will make no promise of the kind.”

“Miss Bennet, I am shocked and astonished. I expected to find a more reasonable young woman. But do not deceive yourself into a belief that I will ever recede. I shall not go away, till you have given me the assurance I require.”

“And I certainly never shall give it. I am not to be intimidated into anything so wholly unreasonable. Your ladyship wants Mr. Darcy to marry your daughter; but would my giving you the wished-for promise, make their marriage at all more probable?” . . . .

Her ladyship was highly incensed.

“You have no regard, then, for the honour and credit of my nephew! Unfeeling, selfish girl! Do you not consider that a connection with you must disgrace him in the eyes of everybody?”

“Lady Catherine, I have nothing further to say. You know my sentiments.”

“You are resolved then to have him?”

“I have said no such thing. I am only resolved to act in that manner which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.”

“It is well. You refuse, then, to oblige me. You refuse to obey the claims of duty, honor, and gratitude. You are determined to ruin him in the opinion of his friends, and make him the contempt of the world.”

“Neither duty, nor honour, not gratitude,” replied Elizabeth, “have any possible claim on me, in the present instance. . . .”

“I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet. I send no compliment to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased.”

Pride & Prejudice presentations

Assignment: a brief blog entry in a series of bullet points, accompanied by a short oral presentation (3 minutes), due in class February 14 (Tuesday for section 4), covering the following information:

1. What is the writer's thesis?
2. What are one or two key points the writer makes in support of the thesis?
3. Were you persuaded? Do you agree with the writer's thesis? Why?
4. In what way(s) does this information give you new or increased understanding of the novel or of Jane Austen as a writer?

Readings (Criticism)
Whately and Oliphant, pp. 289-293
Simpson & Harding, pp. 293-299
Van Ghent, 299-306 ***
Duckworth, p. 306
Tave, p. 315
Butler, 319
Auerbach, 326
Johnson, 348
Kaplan, 368
Wallace, 376
Birtwhistle, Conklin, and Nixon, 384-392
Spring, 392
Ahearn & Gray, 399-406
Morgan, 338

Austen, Austen-Leigh, and Tomalin 257-264
Nokes & Honan, 264-269

Letters, p. 270

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Schedule--February 1 - March 4

Week 5: January 31 - February 4
Day 1: Pride & Prejudice, finish volume 1, chapters 18-23; quiz
Day 2: Begin volume 2, chapters 1-6
Day 3: Volume 2, chapters 7-12
Day 4: Finish volume 2, chapters 13-19; Multiple-choice scoring exercise

Week 6: February 7 - 11

Day 1: Volume 3, chapters 1-4
Day 2: chapters 5-8
Day 3: chapters 9-13
Day 4: chapters 14-18, vocab quiz (vocal quiz) lessons 17-18

Week 7: February 14-17
Day 1: Oral reports due
Day 2: Papers due, continue oral reports
Day 3: Begin Heart of Darkness, Norton, volume B, 2326-2341
No school Friday February 18, President's Weekend break

Week 8: February 22 - 25
Monday: No school, Presidents' Weekend break
Tuesday: Heart of Darkness, Norton volume B, pp. 2341-2350
Wed/Thurs: pp. 2350-2368 (chapter 2)
Fri: pp. 2368-2387 (chapter 3); vocabulary lessons 19 & 20
Note: these are very unequal divisions, so I strongly recommend that you use a bit of time over Presidents' Weekend to read ahead; that way you'll have less difficulty staying caught up.

Week 9: February 28 - March 4 (only day that's a command!)
Day 1: No assignment, continue Heart of Darkness discussion
Day 2: Read Waiting for the Barbarians, chapter 1
Day 3: WFB, chapter 2
Day 4: WFB, chapter 3 + Practice AP multiple-choice quiz

WEEK 10: MARCH 7 - 11
Monday: Mini-research day: "emergency powers;" South African law 1960's & 70s; "political prisoners;" Argentina in the 70's; use of torture; Ruth First (Diana Roth); martial law; apartheid; etc. Post link (beyond Wiki), photograph, and 3-sentence summary on your blog
Tuesday: WFB, chapter 4 (p. 119 or 139 depending on edition)
Wed/Th: WFB chapter 5 (p. 140 or 165); ABODA jazz festival Wednesday
Friday: Finish WFB, vocab quiz lessons 21 & 22; 7th grade courage retreat

WEEK 11: March 14 - 18

Day 1: Blog "What are the two most significant or important lessons the magistrate learns during the year in which the novel takes place?" Don't waste words on openings closings, or vague generalities; get to the meat from the first sentence and stay there. Two paragraphs will suffice.
Day 2: In-class essay test: Heart of Darkness and/or Waiting for the Barbarians
Day 3: The Importance of Being Earnest, act 1, (volume B, pp. 2221 - 2237)--look for absurd statements, wit and word play, and characters who confuse the trivial and the important in life
Day 4: Earnest, act 2, pp. 2237-2254; multiple-choice passage quiz.

WEEK 12: March 21-25
Day 1: Finish Earnest, act 3, pp. 2254-2263; reservations for independent reading novels accepted beginning Sunday morning, March 20, no more than 3 readers per title.
Day 2: Our Faire Englische Tung, chapter 5, pp. 43-55
Day 3: Final declaration day for novels for independent reading
Day 4: Capt. McHonett's Day of Adventure; IFF

Spring break: March 25-April 3: Read independent novels; begin poetry unit upon returning, Monday April 4