Week 2: Poetry: Reading & Writing about Poetry (tone, speaker, word order, and word choice)
Due to limited class time, students will read an additional novel from the summer reading list on their own time during the Poetry Unit. Students will be required to complete the summer reading assignment part 1 on that book and turn it in before the end of the poetry unit.
Texts: from Bedford “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” Randall Jarrell (832); “Common Ground” Judith Ortiz Cofer (836); “To A Captious Critic” Paul Laurence Dunbar (841); “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” Robert Herrick (842); “To His Coy Mistress” Andrew Marvell (843); “Last Night” Sharon Olds (847); “Bored” Margaret Atwood (849); “We Real Cool” Gwendolyn Brooks (860); “Fat is not a Fairy Tale” Jane Yolen (864); “The Convergence of the Twain” Thomas Hardy (851) “Accounting” Natasha Trethewey (handout); “Picnic, Lightning” Billy Collins (handout)
Writing: Students will write a one page analysis focusing on the tone of a poem. This will be one of their three choices to revise, edit, and turn in for a major essay grade, dialectical journal (Tuesday's homework)
Timed in-class writing: Practice AP Writing Prompts from Perrine’s Literature Structure, Sound & Sense pg. 731 (Friday)
Class Activities: Annotating a Text-“The Convergence of the Twain,” (Monday) Denotation and Connotation Workshop (Tuesday) , Evaluating the structure of a poem (Wednesday)
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