November 24, 2015

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today we learned two more literary devices. If you were absent, you’ll find notes for today’s lesson here: More on figurative language. See also the exercises on identifying and discussing the effects of figures of speech: Fig Lang exercises. Homework:… [Read More…]

Monday, November 23, 2015

We went over and then I collected today’s homework (“Metaphors” on p. 798 with #s 1 & 2). Then we reviewed apostrophe and discussed its effect in a few poems. You can find an outline of today’s lesson on apostrophe… [Read More…]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Today in class we reviewed figurative language. See the notes that I projected in class: Figurative Language Part 1. Get the terms and the answer to all of the questions in your notes. The page numbers for the notes and… [Read More…]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Today we discussed the effects of imagery in two poems by Yusef Komunyakaa. I collected today’s in-class work, so if you were absent, you can find a link to one of the poem’s here: “Facing It”. Analyze this poem for… [Read More…]

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Today we had our topic lottery for our Great Gatsby project. If you were absent today, talk to me when you’re back about your topic assignment. We also analyzed a poem using TP-CASTT: My Son the Man. Complete this analysis… [Read More…]

Monday, November 16, 2015

Today we went over the last timed write on Heart of Darkness. See today’s handout for the scoring guide and tips: HoD Q3 scoring guide & tips. We also introduced the group project on The Great Gatsby. If you were… [Read More…]

Friday, November 13, 2015

Today in class we went over the different types of imagery and then discussed how imagery works to enhance the meaning of Robert Frost’s poem “After Apple-Picking” (pp. 780-781). If you were absent, you should take notes on the different… [Read More…]

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Today we worked in groups to analyze “Spinster” (pp. 1078-9). If you were absent, you’ll find the TP-CASTT template here: TP-CASTT template. Fill in the back of the handout with your observations about “Spinster.” (Here’s an example of how I… [Read More…]

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

If you were absent, here’s the document that I projected in class during today’s lesson: Denotation & Connotation. Homework for Thursday: Read “Spinster” by Sylvia Plath on pp. 1078-9. Figure out the general meaning of the poem. Then select at least four… [Read More…]

Monday, November 9, 2015

We started our poetry unit today with a few activities to explore how readers construct meaning. Homework: There’s no homework for tomorrow. Remember to bring your Perrine’s to class. All late work is due this Friday, November 13.