Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 23, 2013: What's Happening in A.P. Literature?

Focus: Workshopping your first timed writings and exploring the college essay

1. Warm-up: Debriefing yesterday's timed writing

2. Performing a sample Thursday workshop (with the help of two brave volunteers)

3. Discussing the college essay and experimenting with two prompts

1. Review Oedipus Rex, bring it to class on Tuesday, and prepare your first Socratic reading ticket for Tuesday:

For your first reading ticket, please find one motif (a word, idea, or object that repeats) in Oedipus Rex. Type three passages from the play that display this motif; analyze each individually, then discuss how the motif transforms (or fails to transform) throughout the play and how this contributes to what you see as the play's larger message.

For example, you could examine the motif of eyes/sight (which I hope some of you do). As you analyze the passages that contain references to eyes/sight and as you try to establish a larger pattern and message, you could think about which characters achieve vision, which don't, and why. You could think about which characters experience a change in sight and what precipitates this change, as well as which characters refuse to alter their vision and the impact this has on their fates.

2. If you plan on purchasing Wuthering Heights, please do so by Thursday.

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