AP Literature

April 16-20

Weekly calendar

 

Monday

juanfelipeherrera2 

 

 

 

 

Today. Othello 3.1-3.3.173.

 

Tonight. Read Othello 3.3.174-292, page 117. Read for drama first, using left-page guides.
     Track Iago's influence on Othello and the changes in Othello. Specifically track. Define how Iago works and why he is so effective. Why does Othello belive Iago? Why does he doubt Desdemona? What makes this scene so brilliantly amazing and moving?

For those of you looking to get a jump on Spring essay revisions, see the grading notes doc inside the grading notes folder linked under Writing documents in middle column. The principles of revision apply to you all. Essays should post at turnitin next Monday, maybe as early as this Friday. You will all want to read my notes and the docs about revision. We'll spend some class time talking about revision and looking at some sample essays.

 

Ongoing. Monday, April 30 by 15:30. Final draft of spring final essay to turnitin assignment 4-30-18, Much Ado FINAL.

Preparation for AP exam. You want a few full length novels or plays of literary merit at hand for the exam, to ensure a successful Q 3. You need to know those works in detail so you can make specific references to evidence you analyze. From memory.

You might also be choosing at least one passage in every night's reading to do some prose/poetry analysis on, to keep your mind fresh and practised for Q 1 and Q 2. Review the key prose and poetry docs linked beneath Essay documents in the middle column. You need the vocabulary of the discipline ready and usable.

 

 

Tuesday

wislawaszymborska3 

 

 

 

 

Today. Othello 3.3.174-292.

 

Tonight. Read Othello 3.3.293-480, end of 3.3. Read for drama first, using the left-page guides. Keep tracking Iago's working on Othello and Othello's changes. How does the play show us those changes? How is the scene tragic? Come with some thoughts.

 

Ongoing. Monday, April 30 by 15:30. Final draft of spring final essay to turnitin assignment 4-30-18, Much Ado FINAL.

Keep preparing for the AP exam. Suggestions listed in Monday's ongoing section.

 

 

Wednesday

charlessimic2 

 

 

 

 

Today. Othello 3.3.293-480. Tragedy.

 

Tonight. Read Othello 3.4. Read for drama first, using the left-page guides. How does Othello's relationship with Desdemona change? What do we learn about Desdemona's relationship with Emilia?

 

Ongoing. Monday, April 30 by 15:30. Final draft of spring final essay to turnitin assignment 4-30-18, Much Ado FINAL.

Keep preparing for the AP exam. Suggestions listed in Monday's ongoing section.

 

 

Thursday

augustwilson2 

 

 

 

 

Today. Othello 3.4

 

Tonight.

 

Ongoing. Monday, April 30 by 15:30. Final draft of spring final essay to turnitin assignment 4-30-18, Much Ado FINAL.

Keep preparing for the AP exam. Suggestions listed in Monday's ongoing section.

 

Friday

cormacmccarthy2 

 

 

 

 

Today. Field Day. No classes.

 

Tonight. Read through your draft Much Ado final essay and my comments. Monday, we'll talk about revision and look at some sample essays.

Read Trimble, Writing with Style Chapter 10: Dramatizing Your Ideas; and Chapter 11: Revising. Differences between proofreading, editing, revising.

 

 

Ongoing. Monday, April 30 by 15:30. Final draft of spring final essay to turnitin assignment 4-30-18, Much Ado FINAL.

Keep preparing for the AP exam. Suggestions listed in Monday's ongoing section.

Othello
reading links

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Tragedy basics, Aristotle
Tragedy by David Mikics
Scene-by-scene summary
Othello, introduction from RSC
Structure of tragedy
General Jonathan Shaw on Othello
Othello, RSC 2015, a production to watch

 



Iago and Othello

 

 

Emilia and Desdemona

 

 

Staging the brawl in 2.3

 

 

How theater works
The National Theater

 

 

Othello as tragedy
William Hazlitt

pxWilliamHazlittselfportrait11 "It has been said that tragedy purifies the affections by terror and pity. That is, it substitutes imaginary sympathy for mere selfishness. It gives us a high and permanent interest, beyond ourselves, in humanity as such. It raises the great, the remote, and the possible to an equality with the real, the little and the near. It makes man a partaker with his kind. It subdues and softens the stubbornness of his will. It teaches him that there are and have been others like himself, by showing him as in a glass what they have felt, thought, and done. It opens the chambers of the human heart. It leaves nothing indifferent to us that can affect our common nature. It excites our sensibility by exhibiting the passions wound up to the utmost pitch by the power of imagination or the temptation of circumstances; and corrects their fatal excesses in ourselves by pointing to the greater extent of sufferings and of crimes to which they have led others. Tragedy creates a balance of the affections. It makes us thoughtful spectators in the lists of life. It is the refiner of the species; a discipline of humanity. The habitual study of poetry and works of imagination is one chief part of a well-grounded education. A taste for liberal art is necessary to complete the character of a gentleman, Science alone is hard and mechanical. It exercises the understanding upon things out of ourselves, while it leaves the affections unemployed, or engrossed with our own immediate, narrow interests.—OTHELLO furnishes an illustration of these remarks. It excites our sympathy in an extraordinary degree. The moral it conveys has a closer application to the concerns of human life than that of any other of Shakespeare's plays. 'It comes directly home to the bosoms and business of men.'" (more)

 

 

An Actor's 10 key questions

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1. Who am I?
2. Where am I?
3. When is it?
4. Where have I just come from?
5. What do I want?
6. Why do I want it?
7. Why do I want it now?
8. What will happen if I don't get it now?
9. How will I get what I want by doing what?
10. What must I overcome? (full article here)
 

Assignments due
read them in full

stephenkingworking1

 

Final essay, spring 2018. See the assignment document for details (link here).

 

Revising the draft. See this doc from UNC and this one from Harvard. Excellent docs, both.

 

Monday, April 30 by 15:30. Final draft of spring final essay to turnitin assignment 4-30-18, Much Ado FINAL.

 

 

Extra- extra-credits

1) Choose a small section of Much Ado, no longer than three minutes in performance. Perform it for the class, complete with blocking. Let the classroom be your stage.

2) Write a version of the song in Act 2 and perform it for the class.

 

 

Writing documents

Grading notes
Essay editing marks, with explanations
See writing page for tips, models, instruction, delight
LBH sentence crafting packet
LBH punctuation packet
Comma usage quick guide
Essay rubric, technical
Essay rubric, conceptual
Asking good questions
MLA style center
AP Q3 sample essays, Othello
Key AP prose analysis documents
Key AP poetry analysis documents

 

 

Othello at The National Theater

 

 

Actors on Othello

 

 

Consonants in a speech

 

 

Vowels in a speech

 

 

Using the verse