English ( American Literature) week 2

Week 2

Monday 3/26 – Friday 3/30

Day 4

3/26/18

Vocabulary

  1. Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: hyperbolepersonificationalliteration

Reading

  1. Read about Calvinism in New England Puritan Culture.
  2. Tell someone what T.U.L.I.P. means.
  3. Puritans believed that God had absolute sovereignty and authority. They believed sin was something to be fought and that it was God’s grace that saved those he elects. Of course these beliefs would influence the literature they produced.
  4. Read about Puritanism in American Literature.

Day 5

3/27/18

Vocabulary

  1. Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: dictionassonanceconsonance

Reading

  1. Today you should be done Chapters 1-8 of The Scarlet Letter as well as pages 1-8 of the study guide.
  2. Go over your completed study guide papers with your parent/guardian.

Writing

  1. Write a Response to Literature for the first eight chapters of The Scarlet Letter. Review the instructions for Response to Literature assignments in the course description at the top of this page.
  2. Record your score out of 30 on the grading sheet using the rubric.

Day 6

3/28/18

Vocabulary

  1. Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: ambiguityanachronismanecdote

Reading

  1. Read about John Winthrop.
  2. Read about the Massachusetts Bay ColonyScroll down to where it reads “Early History” and read that section.
  3. Read an excerpt from “A Model of Christian Charity” by beginning with the words, “Now the onely way to avoyde this shipwracke”. (Use your function keys for a search for that phrase on the page. It’s toward the bottom.) Read to the end of the page.
  4. How does John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity” provide a founding vision for his colony? For the future United States of America?
  5. What does this sermon explain about the beliefs and goals of the Puritans?
  6. This sermon may be seen as a “motivational speech.” What is Winthrop communicating with his audience that may make them feel motivated or feel positively about?
  7. A very powerful and lasting image comes from the phrase “city on a hill.”  Think carefully about this image. What concrete ideas does it make you think about? What’s the significance of a literal city on a hill? What imagery would Winthrop be creating for his Puritan community and their sense of mission?
  8. Outside Reading Assignment: For this week, read Chapters 9-15 of The Scarlet Letter. Complete pages 9-12 of your study guide. You should expect to be done this assignment by Day 10. Day 10’s Reading portion of your class will go over this assignment. (When assignments tell you to discuss in your small group, instead discuss the issues with a parent or other adult in your household.)

Day 7

3/29/18

Vocabulary

  1. Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: lyricapostrophecaptivity narrative

Reading

  1. Puritan literature was usually written in a very plain style. It was characterized by clear expression – short words, direct statements.
  2. Learn about America’s First Book, The Bay Psalm Book.

Writing

  1. You will have a Reflective Essay due on Day 30. Essays are to be 500-700 words long.  Here is the Reflective Essay Rubric you will be using to grade this essay. Review the rubric for an idea of what is expected of you and refer to it as you write your essay. A reflective essay is your chance to write about your own views of a personal encounter or experience. This type of writing is more than just your personal feelings. Writing reflective essays is an important element in academic writing. It requires analysis and personal reflection with substance to it. We will be going through lessons to help teach you how to craft a strong essay. Everyone will write at their own pace, so you may need to revisit the writing lessons at different points in the course. That is fine. Use your time wisely to be able to complete the essay by (or before!) the due date.
  2. Your papers should be presented in MLA format style. Use this MLA Formatting and Style Guide to assist you.
  3. Choose from the following ideas: a life-changing experience, a mistake, or a world event.
  4. Life-changing experiences can be happy or traumatic, but they can have a tremendous impact on us. Discuss your mentality and life’s direction before the event and how things have changed since. How has the experience shaped your goals and thoughts about the future?
  5. We all make mistakes, but some mistakes change us. Your outlook or the direction your life was going may have been changed by this mistake. Think about what led up to the mistake, what you could have done differently, and how that mistake changed you for better or worse. If this mistake impacted you in a negative way, what steps have you taken to change things for the better?
  6. Sometimes world events can have a huge impact on us. Was this event a good thing or a tragedy? Think about and analyze the way the event affected others and how it personally affected you. For this type of essay, you’d need to use credible facts and references. Share what you believe would be steps the community or political realm could either take to prevent it from happening again – or if it’s a good thing – to encourage it to happen again.

Day 8

3/30/18

Vocabulary

  1. Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: rhythm, iambtrocheemeter

Reading

  1. Read about Anne Bradstreet.
  2. Anne Bradstreet’s writings focused on the themes of Puritanism, motherhood, matrimonial love, nature, feminism, humility, sickness and death.
  3. Read the poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband”(1678).
  4. Read the article, Anne Bradstreet: “To My Dear and Loving Husband”.
  5. Read the poem, “Prologue”.
  6. What is the poem’s meter? (answer: iambic pentameter)
  7. What is the poem’s rhyme scheme? (answer: ABABCC)
  8. What are some words used in “Prologue” which show a position of humility? (answer: “mean” “foolish, broken, blemished,” and “weak or wounded”)
  9. Look over the 5th stanza of “Prologue”. What do you think the speaker is describing?
  10. Women in that time were not supposed to find interest in things outside of their husbands and family life. As a writer, Anne Bradstreet was breaking all the rules. Her writing was criticized harshly because she was a female and because she spoke out against the societal roles for women.
  11. Anne Bradstreet was the first North American to have a book of poetry published. This is significant for several reasons. Bradstreet was a woman and a Puritan. She expressed her faith, her love for her husband, and her love for her home in her writings. However, she was not always content when it came to the restrictions placed on women by her society. She used her writing to publish her thoughts on all of these things.

Writing

  1. Read the article “What is Reflective Writing?”
  2. Take notes to help you plan your Reflective Essay.