|Mrs. Schultz @ Spring Valley High|
Time for some reading and writing and other English-y shenanigans! Use the navigation above to find information for your class, including weekly schedules, assignments, and resources, as well as some super-sweet memes.
What are the haps on Mount Olympus? That's what we'll be figuring out as we begin our semester studying Greek mythology. We'll chill with Zeus, take a trip to the Underworld with Hades, and then go on a mystical journey with the Argonauts, too. Along the way there will be beautiful romances, stories of revenge and betrayal, terrifying monsters, and more. Plus, we're going to eat traditional Greek food... YUM!
P.S. If you don't get the pun now, you will soon!
It's the beginning of our study of American Literature, so where do we start? Well, at the beginning, of course! And in America, that means we go back to the storytelling of Native American nations across the country. We will learn about the culture of the first American people in Unit 1: Origins. But we don't stop there! Quarter 1 of American Literature is a non-stop thrill ride through the beginnings our literary history, and Unit 2: The Puritans, catalogs the life and times of the first Europeans to settle in this brave new world. Finally, we end Quarter 1 by analyzing the great speakers of the past, learning how powerful rhetoric can make all the difference. After all, the Declaration of Independence is pretty much the greatest break up letter to ever be penned. Get ready for some awesome stories, some true blue history learnin', and some quite fantastic writing from a variety of early American writers. Exciting!
I know you've been waiting and waiting until the day you get to study Shakespeare. Well, great news! That day has finally arrived, people! Woooo! The Bard! He's awesome!
Truly, though, there is a reason Shakespeare's 37 plays have been around for 400 years. You'll see why when we read one of Shakespeare's greatest (and THE shortest) tragedies, Macbeth. Witches, prophesies, greed, guilt, a crazy woman leading a man to his downfall, a struggle for the throne, two bloody wars, swordfights, ghosts.... it's all there. Excited now? You should be.
AP English really began in the spring, when students received their summer reading assignments and made their independent book choices. Those hard workers are about to work even harder, though, when they write their first college-level literary analysis essays on the wonderful coming of age tale, Great Expectations. In Unit 1: Writing an Awesome Essay, the plan is that students will become so comfortable with writing that they will be just like this success kid. Here's hoping! After the essay writing is done, we will begin our preparation for the AP exam by mastering the basics and getting familiar with AP exam questions. Finally, (provided we're clipping along at a great pace), we will begin our first literature unit, Accepting or Challenging Fate. Woot!