Literary Patterns and “Hunters in the Snow”

As a way of introducing prose analysis (which is the second essay question on the AP exam) we’re applying Patterns in Literature (Note page to help you follow along: Patterns in Lit brainstorming) to Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow.”  (or as a downloadable doc here)

Directions for your assignment on the short story can be found here: Hunters in the Snow, or after the page break.  You can write out your answers in a notebook or on a piece of paper, or type them into the assignment document or one like it. This should be included in your learning portfolio that we will review at the end of the quarter.

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The Function of Character and Narrative Style: “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”


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We are using Katherine Anne Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” (text can also be found after the page break) to look at the effects of character and narrative style.  Here are the Figurative Language and Characterization 2020 notes.  Read through them and/or go through the videos after the page break, then read and annotate the short story. You can do this on your own, but I highly recommend you watch the guided annotation video after the page break.

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Introduction to Literary Interpretation

AP English 12 focuses largely on the interpretation of literature.  In addition to analyzing poetry and prose on the multiple choice section, you’ll also have to write three essays, one of which is analyzing a poem, another of which is analyzing prose.

Check out this PowerPoint and/or this video for an introduction and some review on how to do that.

If I lose you, don’t worry, there are other ways to think about this approach and we’ll be practicing it a lot.

The prompt and poems used in the presentation can be found here: Icarus Prompt or after the page break: Continue reading

Bildungsroman Preview

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For our upcoming bildungsroman unit, you’ll have the choice between three texts.

I do have some copies I can lend out — and if you need one please don’t be afraid to ask — but you should try to get your own copy so you can write in it.  Used is fine, so feel free to hit up McKay’s or .

The final project we are working towards will be a digital presentation of one of the characters in your novel complete with quotes from the novel and your own analysis.  Keep this in mind as you read so that you can select a character you’d like to present and pick out quotes that best portray that character.

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English 11 Syllabus

Here is the syllabus to English 11 Standard and Honors: English 11 syllabus 2020

aaaaaaaand a video walk-through:

Here are your join codes one more time:

  • Teams English 11 link. Join code: xoc8181
  • Teams English 11 Honors. Join Code: zj1tfmp
    • English 11H, Period 3               Class ID: 25891734                   Enrollment Key: goWhirlies
    • English 11, Period 4                  Class ID: 25891775                   Enrollment Key: goWhirlies

And just in case you couldn’t get the learning survey to work on Canvas: