10th Grade: H.W.#9, Due Friday, 9/21

1. Go to https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/1241706 for 23 new vocabulary words BEFORE you begin reading Oedipus at Colonus. Identify as many words on as you can find between pages 283 and 302 (where you will end your reading for the day). We learn best in context. So, be sure you check the definition of the words as you hit the places where they are used.
2. As you read, pay attention to how Oedipus is depicted. Contrast and compare this Oedipus to the one in Oedipus Rex by inserting post-it notes at relevant pages with a quick note from you contrasting/comparing this depiction of Oedipus from the one you have just concluded in Oedipus Rex.
3. Memorize the first part of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy“Tragedy, then, is an imitation of action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude.” It may be on the quiz on Friday (yes, there will be a quiz on some of the 18 vocabulary words, anagnorisis, peripeteia, catharsis, hubris, eleos, phobos, stichomythia, and some questions about the play Oedipus Rex).

NOTE: Continue memorizing all previously assigned vocabulary words. Also, begin memorizing your own vocabulary words and know how to use them. Create a system that works for you.

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12th Grade: H.W.#9, Due Friday, 9/21

  1. Read The Interpretation of Dreams pages 5-13 (up to “The Dream Mechanism”). As you read, google two terms you are not familiar with and be ready to share with the class any questions and reactions you have. Annotate the text (underline, highlight or circle words and expression with your comments on the margins). Your annotations serve as a record of your reading and a kind of “proof” that you’ve done the homework.
  2. Continue working on your college essay. The window of opportunity for submissions on turnitin.com will be open from Friday until Tuesday 11:59PM, 9/25. Please bring in a hard copy of your “final” version AND staple the draft you had already completed BEFORE we began working on the college essay in class (in case you have one). I’d like to compare the two.
  3. Please enroll in your class section on turnitin.com. Here is the information you need:  Turnitin_instructions_PsychandLit2018
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10th Grade: H.W.#8, Due Thursday, 9/20

1. Finish reading the play (237-251).
2. Re-read pages 159-181. This time, write down into your notebook all the LINE NUMBERS and phrases in which the following words are used: seeing, sight, blindness. Why do you think there are so many such lines? As you re-read this section, also note a few places that you now recognize as examples of dramatic irony (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dramatic+irony).
3. Continue memorizing all 18 previously assigned vocabulary words. Be prepared to show your understanding of all these words on a possible quiz on Friday (and your understanding of what is going on in the play). You should also know stichomythia, eleos, phobos, catharsis, hamartia, anagnorisis, and peripeteia).

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12th Grade: H.W.#8, Due Thursday, 9/20

  1. Continue working on the college essay. Revise and polish it if you’ve already written it out. Eventually, you should make use of the additional Writing Discoveries you received in the handout on Tuesday (especially, the Perfect Sentence one). Continue making use of the The College Essay Guidebook material I provided you in class. We did not read information about supplements (and other things in the handouts).
  2. Print out and bring to class: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/freud_sigmund.shtml
  3. Watch a wonderful lecture from Yale University on Freud and take notes.


  4. If you’d rather read a great article from the New Yorker about Freud, you may do so. This may take you 25 mins or so, but it’s really worth the read! Since you’ll have a day off tomorrow, you’ll have plenty of time to squeeze in both activities. I’d certainly do that if I were you. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/why-freud-survives 


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10th Grade: H.W.#7, Due Tuesday, 9/18

1. Read pages 222-237. Write two double-entry journals–at least two entries again–on a passage that you think is intensely emotional and another one on a passage that makes you contemplate or think deeply about such issues as free will vs. fate, individual responsibility, or anything else.
2. Know the 10 vocabulary words assigned previously. Also review the meanings of  the literary terms hamartia, anagnorisis, peripeteia, hubris, eleos, phobos, mimesis, catharsis and stichomythia.
3. Continue memorizing the following words:
1. Clairvoyant 2. Sanctimonious 3. Pious 4. Marauding 5. Fathom (v.) 6. Qualm 7. Curry (v.) 8. Hearsay. (Some of the definitions under the words on vocabulary.com are not the ones that make sense in the context of the play. So, I will post the three words here with the definitions that work for the play. Primed (v.): to prepare and to inform. Fathom (v.): to penetrate the truth of. Curry (v.) to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning. When you check the words for meanings, see what other meaning the word has by clicking on the word and scrolling down for additional meanings. If I provide the part of speech for the word as v. for example, you know it is used as a verb in the play and the definition of the word should be the verb form of it. 
4. Here is more information on Sigmund Freud’s famous “Oedipal Complex Theory”: http://psychology.about.com/od/oindex/g/def_oedipuscomp.htm

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12th Grade: H.W.#7, Due Tuesday, 9/18

  1. Work on Draft 1 of your college essay. You should have enough of it done to bring a version of it to class on Tuesday for further work on it. 
  2. When done with your draft, go back to it and do First Round of Revisions (the sheet for it is on the same page as Writing Discovery 10).
  3. Do Writing Discovery 10. Bring it to class on a separate sheet. We’ll do Writing Discoveries 11 and 12 in class.
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10th Grade: H.W.#6, Due Monday, 1/17

  1. Read pages 202-222. Write two double-entry journal entries this time–one on a passage that you think is intensely emotional and another one on a passage that makes you contemplate or think deeply about such issues as free will vs. fate, individual responsibility, or anything else). Remember: the entry on the other side of the quotes should contain more than a mere summary of what you quote. Reflect upon, connect, question, and/or analyze something in the lines you selected.
  2. Continue memorizing vocabulary words assigned yesterday 1. Zeal (n.) 2. Spurn (v.) 3. Primed (v.) 4. Luxuriate (v.) 5. Revile (v.) 6. Mantic (adj.) 7. Brunt (n.) 8. Cortege (n.) 9. Rout (v.) 10. Suborn (v.)].  You will be expected to know and be able to use the terms we reviewed today in class (hamartia, anagnorisis (“the point in the plot especially of a tragedy at which the protagonist recognizes his or her or some other character’s true identity or discovers the true nature of his or her own situation,” peripeteia (a sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances or situation), hubris, eleos (pity), phobos (fear), mimesis, and catharsis.
  3. Go back to https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/1220602Begin memorizing the remaining words: 1. Clairvoyant 2. Sanctimonious 3. Pious 4. Marauding 5. Fathom (v.) 6. Qualm 7. Curry (v.) 8. Hearsay. You should know all 18 words by next Friday.

I understand that learning so many new words are a challenge. You may want to print them out and display them in your room if it helps to recall them better or find another way to begin memorizing them meaningfully–that is, not just by rote, but in a way that will allow for you to use them.

Have a great weekend.

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