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Tenth Grade:


We will be working with Things Fall Apart for the next few weeks looking at how the author's cultural perspective influences the development of the character and the setting.  We will also discuss whether the main character, Okonkwo, is a villain, a victim, or a tragic hero.  We will be looking at short stories, poems, and TedTalks to enhance our reading.  

Things Fall Apart Full Text:


Second Quarter Literacy: due 12/2

Create a play list: Select five songs that you think would best fit your character and the situation in your book. One song should fit the trait a character trait, but the other songs can reflect plot situations involving your character. You must include typed versions of the lyrics, and they must be school appropriate – no obscenities, racial slurs, offensive language, etc. Write 3 to 4 sentences explaining why each song fits the character. These explanations must be written in ink or typed and should be attached to the song lyrics.  Please consult the example PDF below. 


AP Literature:

Unit Two:

The Power of Revenge

“Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate

Incurable, in each, the wounds they make”

Medea by Euripides, “The Medea Complex,”


“Revenge and Mythopoiesis in Euripides’ Medea” (Dialogue)

Beloved by Toni Morrison, from No Man’s Land, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The Crime of Innocence in the Fiction of Toni Morrison,

“Fleshly Ghosts and Ghostly Flesh: The Word and the Body in Beloved,” (Structure, Character)

By the end of her second life, Beloved is a replica of her mother Sethe. When dead—or in the “other place”—she even states that she “want[s] [Sethe’s] face.” But once again among the living, she tries choking Sethe in the clearing and removed Paul D. the only basis for sanity and comfort of reason in Sethe’s life. On one side Beloved aspires to goodness and wants to be like Sethe; on the other hand, she commits acts that are vengeful toward the mother who so quickly snuffed out her life. With that, and her many other actions in mind, why does Beloved come back from the “other place?” What are her motivations?

Macbeth by Shakespeare, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” by Sir William Davenant, “Out, Out” by Frost (Diction, Tone, Mood) Analyzing Character Transformation in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Choose either the transformation of the character of Macbeth or Lady Macbeth as the subject of your essay.

The purpose of this essay is to be able to reference specifics in Shakespeare’s text in order to (1) illustrate a distinct change in the characterization over the course of the play while (2) making explicit connections to the author’s purpose in doing so.

This essay will be a process essay, where students will engage in individual work, group discussion, and teacher conferences in order to develop the writing. Students will submit their work for a final grade only when they feel the piece is complete.

Aim to complete this work by the end of MP 5 


Literacy due September 30th.


The AP Literature and Composition exam is on May 4th.  


Helpful Links: - Information about the new state exam - Textbook link - Moodle link

htttp:// - AP score information


A sample MLA formatted paper is available to you through the following link on the VCS Media Center's page.  This sample paper was provided by Lake Sumter State College.  Please review this prior to submitting any essays. MLA format is a requirement.  

Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site in class often.  Click here to access the site.




PDF documents
10th Grade Literacy - First Quarter Literacy Directions
10th Grade Syllabus - 2015-2016
Antigone Mask Project - Directions and Rubric for project
AP Literacy Assignment - Detailed description of requirements
AP Literature Syllabus - 2015 - 16
Color Chart - Color symbolism chart
Parent Signoff - Sign off sheet for syllabus and management plan
Second Quarter Playlist Examples - Playlist Examples
Summer Reading 2015 - Directions and log for summer reading
Summer Reading Rubric - Rubric for the Presentation
Theban Plays Storyboard Rubric - 10th grade project

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