As mentioned in class, you guys have Beyonce-ishly slayed our poetry unit. We've had some good days, some great days, some tough days, some rough days, and some days in between, but through it all, I've been proud of you and your willingness to dig in and grapple with poetry of all shapes and sizes.
Our most recent poetry endeavors have included a few pre-20th century selections of carpe diem poems (or a perverse carpe diem for "Porphyria's Lover") and last week, a questionably reverse carpe diem poem in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and capping it off with Socratic seminar.
Every day, we've gotten after critical AP Lit skills, and I've watched many of you really flourish in your abilities to take on any poem.
We've Venn diagrammed and we've Flip-gridded in the meantime as well.
We've also taken some time out for timed writings -- an oft requested assignment. We've discussed intro paragraph strategies and talked about our thesis statements as promises to our readers. We've also taken on 2016's infamous exam poem: Juggler, by Richard Wilbur.
Below are our poems and handouts from these weeks:
To His Coy Mistress
Venn Diagram task
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Prufrock seminar questions
Prufrock Flipgrid assignment - code Prufrock
The Black Walnut Tree timed writing
Intro paragraphs mentor texts
Juggler timed writing
And finally, here we are -- switching it up and getting down with some creative writing for WV Young Writers competition. HERE is the task sheet for that. Your submission is due next week on 2.17.
Remember/heads up -- you'll have a sub for three days next week while I'm away at a STEM conference. I'll miss you, but you'll have your journals and Kwame Alexander's Crossover, BCS's One Book, to keep you company. And trust me, Filthy McNasty is great company to keep for a few days.
Proud of you. Keep on keepin' on.
You guys did SUCH A GREAT JOB studying syntax, looking for the so-what, and then applying this concept to your own writing.
The most mature and sophisticated AP Lit students can do that. They can look for structure, craft, and meaning, and then take these ideas and apply them to their worn writing. You're well on your way!
Here's a quick rundown of the week's events and handouts:
Syntax Creative Writing Activity
"After I Was Thrown Into the River and Before I Drowned" by Dave Eggers
Timed Writing PowerPoint
Timed Writing Quarter Exam
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard