May 3, 2016

Ms. Berger

Phone: (503) 261-4230

Welcome back!

Throughout the year, I’ll be using the posts below to list daily assignments for my AP English classes.  If you’re absent, you can check the space below for brief descriptions of in-class activities and homework assignments. I’ll also include links to any handouts. Later in the year, if you’re looking for older assignments or handouts, it may be easier to find them on the course calendar here. This calendar is shared by Mr. Estes and his classes as he and I will be giving the same assignments over the course of the year.

I’m looking forward to a new year with all of you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email with any questions or concerns.

Marian Berger

Monday, May 2, 2016

Today we reviewed for the AP exam. Some classes opted to play AP English Jeopardy while other sections chose to study quietly in small groups or independently. Tomorrow will be our last review day before the AP English exam on… [Read More…]

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today we read and scored student sample responses to Tuesday’s timed write. Then students read and scored each other’s essays. If you were absent, talk to me when you return about how to approach the self-evaluation of your essay. Homework: Continue… [Read More…]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today we worked in groups to review key elements of each of the major works we’ve read this year. See the instructions here if you were absent, so you know what to review as you begin to study for the… [Read More…]

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First, we briefly reviewed the homework due today. If you were absent today, hand this assignment in when you return. (See yesterday’s post for details.) The rest of the period was used for the timed write. If you were absent,… [Read More…]

Monday, April 25, 2016

We first went over today’s homework, questions 1 & 4 on p. 967 on “That time of year.” Next, we discussed the characteristics of a villanelle. There’s a brief definition of villanelle in last week’s packet (pattern packet). If you… [Read More…]

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today, we discussed the characteristics of Italian and English sonnets which are outlined in the packet from Tuesday (pattern packet) and also on pp. 964-7 in Perrine’s. During class, we read “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” and answered questions… [Read More…]

Wednesday, April 20, 2106

Today, we discussed the characteristics of lyric poetry—including elegies and odes. For examples of a lyric and an elegy you can look in the poetry packet handed out yesterday in class: pattern packet. For an example of an ode, we… [Read More…]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Today, we began to discuss pattern, form, and structure in poetry. Here are the notes that I projected at the beginning of class: Introduction to Pattern. Next we discussed the characteristics of ballads and read some examples. If you were… [Read More…]

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today we had our group presentations on sound and meaning.  See last Thursday’s handout for details: AP sound & meaning. If you were absent, talk to me about what notes you need to show me to make up for this… [Read More…]

Thursday, April 14, 2016

  First, we went over yesterday’s exercises on pp. 951-2. Next, we had our quiz on sound and meaning. Find a time to make this up if you were absent. Finally, we got into groups to prepare for Monday’s group… [Read More…]