Until I can figure out how to get the book to each of you, focus on your choice book and dialectical journal. Good work to those who have been completing their assignments.
This summer will be a chance for all of us to get to know each other. Though the guided discussion prompts focus on the literary nature of novels, discussion responses are open for any logical and educated observation in your required readings. Two discussions are required per week, one answering the guided prompt, and another responding to the observations of your classmates. Robert Frost once said, "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self confidence". I concur with this statement, and it will be the building block of our online and class discussions. Be respectful of everyone's comments.
WORDS OF ADVICE:
- Scroll all the way down to begin from post 1.
- Aim to read 100 pages a week.
- Don't begin reading your choice book at the last minute, keep up your dialetical journal; they will be due the first day of school.
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All students participating in 12th AP need to post below with their summer choice book. Also, create a google blogger account (everyone should create a google account for this) for essays. Title it NameWrittenWorks
Post 5: Choose one of the following
MAKE SURE YOU WRITE YOUR CHOICE UNDER YOUR POST!
What things make a “prime literary disease” and what are some of the conventional symbolic meanings of various illnesses?
Do we have to accept the values of another culture to accept the impact those values had on the writing?
What does Foster mean when he says “irony trumps everything”? What does he mean when he says “irony doesn’t work for everyone”?
Post 4; Choose one of the following
· How can geography reinforce theme, define/develop a character, or “be” a character?
· What are the symbolic implications of each major season (spring, summer, fall, winter)?
· What might physical marks or imperfections symbolize? Beyond the individual, what can imperfection or deformity indicate?
· What are some of the symbolic indications of monsters in literature?
· What can physical blindness mirror and what is often the irony behind a blind character?
· How are darkness and lightness related to sight?
Post 3: Choose one of the following:
MAKE SURE YOU WRITE YOUR CHOICE ON YOUR POST!
· In what ways and why do author’s include social criticism in their writings?
· What are some of the common “political” issues that writers tackle?
· Why do so many writers “toy with flight” in their works and in what ways might flight be symbolic in literature?
· When and how is water symbolic of baptism in literature? What does it mean if a character drowns?
Choose one of the following. MAKE SURE YOU WRITE YOUR CHOICE ON YOUR POST!
How can weather be symbolic in literature? How can it serve as a plot device and what are some of the common “meanings” of various types of weather?
What are the reasons Foster provides that lead him to believe that most writers do not accidentally create symbols, allusions, and patterns we find when we read critically?
Whether we believe a writer intended to do something or not, what’s the benefit of noticing that it happened anyway?
Why does violence occur in literature and what are the two categories of violence in literature? What questions should a reader ask about the violence found in a piece of literature?
What impacts a readers’ understanding of symbolic meaning? How should a reader approach symbolism in a text?
Post 1: Choose one of the following,
MAKE SURE YOU TITLE YOUR POST WITH YOUR CHOICE!
Explain the concept of a “Faustian Bargain” and describe how and why it is a major archetype in literature.
What five things does a quest consist of and what is the real reason for a quest? What is Foster’s overall point about journeys or trips in literature?
· For what reason does Foster suggest that authors often include meal scenes? What does a failed meal suggest in literature?
·What is the difference between literal and symbolic vampirism? What to the “essentials of the vampire story” represent?
What does Foster mean when he says that “there’s no such things as a wholly original work of literature”?
Why is Shakespeare and the bible so often alluded to in literature? What are the benefits of knowing/understanding bible allusions in literature?