Fiction and Drama- Honors
Students will read and analyze a variety of stories, a novella/long story,
and several plays with emphasis on accurate comprehension as well as clear
understanding of the author’s purpose, voice, point of view, style, and tone.
Students will appreciate how an author presents his/her theme. Background on
the author’s period and individual background will be covered as it pertains
to the text. Reader’s response and author essays will be used as a basis for
Students will expect to do reading assignments that may be as long as 35-40
pages. Stories and plays are accompanied by questions designed to elicit
thoughtful interpretation of the text. These will be assigned along with the
reading and are expected to be completed for the next class meeting.
Writing assignments of varying length will be in response to the literature.
Technical writing constructions will be addressed as needed.
A two part culminating activity will be an analysis of a choice short
story: 1) a card report of the story’s elements 2) an analysis essay of
some aspect of the story.
Class Format and Procedures:
Discussion and written response will be the primary activities of the class.
The completion of the reading assignments prior to discussion is essential.
Class work will include individual and small group work, oral and visual
presentation, quizzes announced and unannounced, essays and tests.
ALL WRITTEN WORK HANDED IN MUST BE IN BLACK/BLUE INK
Homework is assigned each night. Any written homework is due the following
day unless otherwise stipulated.
Short Term assignments:
Long Term assignments:
In depth analysis of choice story
Written responses 15%
Final exam 20% of your final grade
I am available during DSB and after or before school with the exception of
Fridays. After or before school I will be in room 606.
Please contact me before you intend to come so that I can be sure to be
Fiction and Drama Honors: This is a fast paced high-level course. Students
will read and study a variety of short fiction and drama, analyzing the
structure and form as well as character, theme, tone, and diction. A high
level of reading comprehension is expected. Students will be expected to
complete readings each night along with written responses to the text.
Students will have the opportunity to write in a variety of genres, including
a major analysis.
It is expected that students bring the current reading assignment,
text,notebook, and a pen to class each day. Participation is vital to useful
and meaningful discussion. Written responses will vary in length from
homework questions and short answer quizzes to more lengthy projects and
Home work will be recorded here in hopes of keeping absent students up to
date on missed assignments and for verification. It is not meant to be the
sole reference for homework announced in class. It is expected that the
classroom will be the primary site and time to record the assignments.
1/27 Act I scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice. Read and answer the questions.
This can be recorded on a google doc that you add to as the assignments
1/29 Act II scenes 1-5 and answer the questions.
1/31 Read Act III and answer 1-5 a&b as well as fill out the story map
handed out in class.
2/4 Read Act VI page 141 to top of 161. answer the appropriate questions.
2/6 Read over Act V- no questions. Finish arranging the events of Act IV and
answering the questions. Be prepared for a quiz on Act IV
2/11 Read pages 3- top of 8 in An Introduction to Literature and answer
questions for those few stories. Be working on your essay on Merchant of
Venice due Friday.
2/12/14 Read "Godfather Death" and answer questions handed out in class.
Continue working on
your merchant of Venice essay due on Friday. Remember you will need direct
cited and a reference at the end of the essay stating the source of your
citations ( or text book).
reference MLA style on the internet for proper citations.
2/24 Read " Sonny's Blues" Be prepared to discuss " A Rose for Emily"
2/25 read the poem " The Weary Blues" and make annotations where you see
connections to "Sonny's Blues". Look over the profile assignment.
2/26 Read " Why I Live at the P.O." and answer the questions. Profile of the
narrator from "Sonny's Blues" is due on Friday.
2/27 Profiles of narrator from " Sonny's Blues"
2/28 Read " The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" answer the questions
3/3 Read " Everyday Use"- and answer the questions- quiz
3/4 Fill out the character chart with support for traits with evidence from
the story. For Thursday choose one of the literary criticisms on the hand out,
copy it onto a google doc and annotate it( make comments alongside it as you
read connecting to your own understanding or exceptions the critics
understanding. I would like you to post this in your portfolio but if this
will not work then share it with me in google docs.
3/6 Read "Gimpel the Fool" and answer the questions
For the weekend 9/7
Take notes on the three characters from "The Good Corn" and "Turned."Be
thinking about what you might like to address in your essay due on Friday,
9/9 Essays will be due on September 17th- a Tuesday. Make sure you have
selected a pair of characters and after brainstorming come up with a thesis
statement you can prove. So you will need to find the quotes in the stories
that prove your claim.
9/10 Read the fairy tale, "Godfather Death" and answer the questions on the
handout. Be working on your essay on "The Good Corn" and "Turned." Reference
information for the works cited in your paper were handed out to you today.
9/11 Read "The A&P" and answer the questions.
9/13 Read " A Rose for Emily" We will work on the questions in class. Decide
on the point of view. Have a rough draft of your essay on "Turned" and "The
Good Corn" done by Monday.
9/16 Essay on "Turned" and "The Good Corn" due. Typed, double spaced,
printed out. Make sure you have sufficient textural evidence to support your
thesis claim and that you have blended your quotations smoothly into your own
sentences. Make sure you list the works cited at the bottom of the last page
of your paper.
9/17 Read "Sonnny's Blues" page 39 in your book. We will be reviewing the
time lines created today and discussing "A Rose for Emily"
9/18 Please read " sonny's Blues" and answer the questions. You will be
writing a profile of the narrator, so pay attention to the information you
learn about him as you read.
9/19/13 Profile for the narrator in "Sonny's Blues" 1 to 1 /2 page, double
spaced, typed narration with information gleaned from his story, accompanied
by a picture of him. This is NOW due on Tuesday, 9/24. Read "Why I live at
the P.O."- quiz on Monday.
9/26 Merchant of Venice Act I completed and questions answered.
9/27 Merchant of Venice Act II scenes I and ii and questions
9/29 Read Act II scenes 3-7 and answer the questions.
10/1/13 Finish answering all questions for act II. Make sure you know what
has happened. We will have a quiz on that Act.
10/2 Be prepared to present Shylock as victim/villain with textural proof
and then the dramatic reading of the speech. Also read Act III scene 11 and
answer the questions.
10/3 finish Act III and answer the questions. Pay close attention to what
Portia's song may do for Bassanio.
10/4 Read Act IV Merchant of Venice
10/9 Finish answering the questions for Act V. Think about the themes of the
10/15 Essay prompt choices for Friday, October 25th due date on Merchant of
Venice passed out. One choice is on oaths and promises, one is different
kinds of love, and the third is about anti-Semitism and racism.
Please bring your short story book to class with you for Wednesday.
10/21 READ "Everyday Use" and answer the questions. Also define yourself
using the prompt I handed out in class. How do you define who you think you
are. What things would you use to define yourself? If you had to take some
things from home to represent you what would they be? Please explain how
these things are part of your idea about yourself eg.( I am a rabid Red Sox
fan- I see myself as a scrapper who never gives up and doesn't care what
other people think)
10/22 Read " Gimpel the Fool" carefully. Be working on your paper for The
Merchant of Venice.
10/23 Bring your book and have read "carefully" the story " Gimpel the Fool"
Essay on Merchant of Venice with parenthetical documentation, properly quoted
(MLA style for verse)due on Friday.
10/25 Essay due. Make sure you have proper MLA parenthetical documentation
and that you include a works cited reference to the book.
10/28 Have the questions and paragraph written for "To Build a Fire." Write a
page on what your final evaluation of the character of Gimpel after our
discussion today. You may take either side or a combination of the two. Use
the text for documentation. Due Wednesday
10/29 Read " The Storm" no questions. Finish your page about what you think
about Gimpel. After our discussion do you think he is or isn't or something
of both and give support for your opinion.
10/30 Read " Greasy Lake" and answer the questions. You may select a partner
to do a project with for the last story " A Pair of Tickets"- directions to
11/1 Finish reading "A Pair of Tickets" consider what you might like to do
for a project.
11/4 Projects for "A Pair of Tickets" will be due on Tuesday, November 12.
We will be working next on the section of our short story book on "theme"
starting with F.Scott Fitzgerald's short story " "Babylon Revisited"
11/8 Please finish your projects on " A PAir of Tickets" due on Tuesday,
11/12 Please be prepared to discuss what the American Dream was in 1949 and
what you think it
is today. What does the American Dream mean to you?
11/13 Death of a Salesman, read Act I up to page 24 or the point in Act one
Where Linda speaks: To me you are.[slight pause] The handsomest.
[From the darkness is heard the laughter of a woman.
Willy doesn't turn to it, but it continues through Linda's lines.] And answer
the questions 1-15 for Act I
11/14 Read to the end of Act I with the Woman's appearance. Answer the
questions for the rest of Act I. Be prepared for a quiz.
11/15 Please read Death of a salesman to page 74 in your text or up to
Charley's second entrance in Act II. answer the questions.
11/18 read page 73- 96 and answer the questions
11/20 we have finished reading the play. Answer the questions on the two
sheets handed out in
class. We will be talking about the symbols in the play.
11/21 Review the last part of Death of a Salesman. There will be a TEST next
week on the whole play. Make sure you have answered any questions. We will be
seeing the film tomorrow. Net Flix for anyone not in attendance!
11/22 Test on Tuesday 11/26 for Death of a Salesman. Paper due on 12/2/13
11/26 Test on "Death of a Salesman" Bring materials to work on your essay
should you finish early
12/2/13 read " Chrysanthemums" and answer the questions
12/3 Read " The Lottery" quiz
12/4 Read "Biography of a story" by Shirley Jackson. Be prepared to discuss
it in relation to " The Lottery"
12/5 We will be working in class on symbol and then moving on to style.
12/6 Write two paragraphs about " My Life with the Wave." One should be a
reaction to the criticism I gave you and the other your own interpretation.
12/9 Read " A Clean Well Lighted Place" AND answer the questions
12/10 review the Hemingway story.
12/11 Read " Barn Burning"- questions for class. Quiz on "A Clean- Well-
lighted Place" Test on style for Friday!
12/12 Reread "Barn Burning" for the details. What more can you understand
about the situations and the characters in this second reading? How much more
do you understand the conflicts and the background that created the character
of Snopes, what is it that motivates him?
TEST on style- know the characteristics of each of the authors and be
prepared to identify their writing based on their style. You will need two
characteristics for each author. Also you will need to know the 6 elements of
style- definition and 2 examples for each when given as well as the
definition of style!
12/17 Read " Saboteur" and be rereading your choice story for your card
Make sure you have a copy of the story to write on as well as the information
for a reference concerning where the story came from i.e. An Introduction to
12/18 Bring all your materials for your choice story card report. You will
have the entire class period to work o this assignment which is due on Friday.
1/2/14 "Metamorphosis" project ( sociogram) due on Friday- Monday if we have
a snow day. Be working on your essays on your choice story due Thursday,
1/6/14 Read the opening information for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. work on your
choice story essay.
1/7/14 Finish reading Act I and answer the questions . Work on your essay.
1/8/14 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Read Act II up to page 64 and answer study
11/9 Act II to page 86 where the direction is "Biff, in his high school
sweater..."so in the hardcover book that may be around page 98?
11/15- Finish reading Act II of the play and answer the questions.
11/16 Make sure you have completed reading and answer the questions for Death
of a Salesman. We will be having a quiz on Act II.
11/20 Read " The storm" and answer the questions. Test on Death of a Salesman
on Friday, 30th. Papers due on Tuesday, December 4th.
11/26 Read " To Build a fire" and answer the questions.
11/27 Finish your knowledge vs instinct sheet. Make sure you understand what
happens in the story.
11/29 TEST on DEATH OF A SALESMAN. essay due on Tuesday, 12/4.
12/4 Please make sure you have finished the questions for " A Pair of
Tickets". You need to collaborate with your partner on which project you and
he/she will create. It will be advantageous to decide what you want to do and
then divide the story up selecting out quotes to incorporate in your product.
12/5 Read " A Clean Well-Lighted Place" by Hemingway. Answer all the
questions. Know this story!!!
12/6 Review " A Clean Well lighted Place" and make sure you have answered the
questions. Finish choosing the stylistic characteristics for the sample
authors given in class today. We will review them.
12/7 Read " Barn Burning" study notes and characteristics of style of 5
authors for test on Tuesday. You will need to be able to give all 6 elements
of style and the definition ( virtually the notes) and then you will need to
identify new passages by the same authors utilizing 2 elements of their style.
The names will be provided.
12/10 Study the style notes definition and 6 elements along with their
definitions and examples.
Review the characteristics of the five authors we reviewed in class. You need
to have 2 elements
b,y which you can identify an author. You will be asked to match up an
excerpt with an author and
give two elements that you find in the excerpt that let you identify that
12/11 Use this time to gather materials and quotations for your "A Pair of
Tickets" project.It is due on Friday.
12/13 "A Pair of Tickets" project.
12/18 read "the Lottery" answer the questions...quiz
1/4/13 finish reading act 2 of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and answer the questions.
Remember your choice story card reports are due on Wednesday!
1/7/13 read ACT 3 and answer the questions.
1/8/13 answer all the questions for act 3. Choice story card report due.