Monday, March 31, 2014

AP--topics for final papers


AP paper assignment

There is one final paper remaining before we complete our year together. Choose a novel from the list below (one you can finish over the next 3 weeks; therefore I've not included Anna Karenina or Crime and Punishment, as wonderful as they are) for a paper of 3-5 pages on a topic you will select.  Our study of British literature has taken us to the beginning of the twentieth century, so perhaps you would like to read a classic novel of the last 100 years. Or perhaps you've always wanted to read Dickens or one of the Brontes and never quite gotten round to it. At this point in the year, even a talented American might satisfy that craving for a quality AP reading book. Or choose an AP-caliber author not on this list and dig into one of her (or his) novels.

Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1984)
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (1847) 
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (1847)
The Awakening, Kate Chopin (1899)
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad (1900)
Great Expectations or A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (1854)
Middlemarch, George Eliot (1874)
A Passage to India or Howard's End, E.M. Forster (1924, 1910)
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy (1895)
Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1961)
Obasan, Joy Kogawa (1981)
Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton (1948)
Native Son, Richard Wright (1940)
Pat Barker, Regeneration (1991)
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)
Gustav Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856)
Nadine Gordimer, July’s People (1981)
Graham Greene, The Quiet American (1955)
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (1989)
Yann Martel, Life of Pi (2002)
Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger (1992)
Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence (1920)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AP Poetry exercise

One of Jane Austen's contemporaries was the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Although he and Austen never met, and they wrote in vastly different styles, both are now considered among the most significant writers of that period. One of Coleridge's most famous poems in "Kubla Khan," a poem inspired by his reading of a work of history on the medieval Mongol emperors. Please complete the following activities for Friday.

1. Read the poem, found here.

2. Read the story of the poem's creation found here (1st paragraph of the Wikipedia entry).

3. Choose your favorite image or lines from the poem and be prepared to explain your choice.

4. Google the poem and bring a statement you found which helps you better understand some part of the poem's meaning.