1. Be prepared to discuss how Aristophanes parodies the following terms from tragedy in the action of the play: hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis. Look these up in your notebook and handouts and mark the play with a post-it note where each of these occurs. [prep time: no more than 10 mins]
2. Think about how you have reacted to various parts of the play. What did you like and what you did not you like? Go beyond events and get into ideas, and implications. You do not need to develop this part of your answer as long as you are able to discuss this intelligently in small groups tomorrow. [5 mins]
3. Read Plato’s Apology up to “Yes, that I say emphatically.” [about 30 mins]. You will find the e-text here:
You may also listen to this read out loud at
4. Isolate something in Plato’s Apology says that strikes you. Note on the margins how and why you connect to the statement.
NOTE: We will not be discussing Plato’s Apology yet in class on Wednesday, but I did not want to assign the entire piece to be read in one sitting. You will have to finish reading it by Thursday.
You will write a Jane Eyre passage analysis essay in class tomorrow, 1/17/18. It will count as a major assessment (i.e. Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Hamlet essay category). Make sure you arrive to class on time. No make up exams will be possible unless you are absent with a serious ailment (or comparably significant excuse) that is properly documented (doctor’s note or a clear parental note).
1.Print out the Jane Eyre Answer Booklet and bring it to class: AP CLASS BOOKLET: jane-eyre-answer-booklet
Brit Lit Class Booklet: jane-eyre-answer-booklet Brit Lit
2. Print out another one of the Jane Eyre Grading Rubrics (double sided) and bring it to class: jane-eyre-passage-analysis-rubrics
In case you know that you’ve skipped reading some chapters, it would be advisable to go back to those chapters and read them. For the rest of you, it’d make sense to re-read some parts of the novel you did not read that carefully, especially those containing significant events and conversations.
BRITISH LITERATURE CLASSES: RETURN YOUR JANE EYRE BOOKS TO BE COLLECTED. (AP CLASS will hold on to Jane Eyre a bit longer).
On Tuesday, we will focus on passage analysis essays. In preparation, print out and bring to class the following documents.
1. Sample Passage Analysis: janeeyrepassageanalysisassigmentdirections2018
2. Rubrics for scoring the essay: jane-eyre-passage-analysis-rubrics
For practice, write a response to the sample passage analysis assignment you have just printed out (see above). Give yourself no more than 40 minutes and do not consult the book or anything else online since you won’t be able to do so in class on Wednesday (1/17) when you get another passage with the same directions and do it for real for a major assessment grade.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND and a great MLK Day! See you on Tuesday. If you’d like to know why Martin Luther King, Jr. mattered and matters even now, read the following article (or parts of it):
AP CLASS ONLY
Please note that the presentation on Prosocial Behavior will take place on 1/18, Thursday. Here is the article. Begin reading it in manageable chunks and have some annotations (to be checked and recorded). The presenters will assume you’ve read it and will plan their presentation accordingly.
Here is the article: Prosocial Behavior Article
1. Read pages 97 to 108 until Socrates begins to speak [important term to know: Bugger–a sodomite; the verb form of it is “to sodomize”].
2. Write down the answer to these questions: Who wins the argument? By what argument? As a short reflection, write down whose ideas or arguments–i.e. Philosophy or Sophistry–you feel more attracted to and why. You will read this in class.
NOTE: Have a sense of the following terms: conservative vs. liberal (if you have no clue what either one of these terms means, google it).