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Due Monday, April 27

posted by R. Danielle Cohen

  • Finish skits and be ready to present. Be sure you have followed directions, and everyone in the group has a hard copy.
  • Answer all questions for "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings."

Due Tuesday, 4/21/15

posted Apr 20, 2015, 7:50 AM by R. Danielle Cohen   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 8:46 AM ]

Second period homeroom, I have hard copies of your Q3 report cards in A-261 if you want them.

HONORS homework:

1. a. Read the short story "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"  This is a classic example of magical realism.

b. Review the definition of "magical realism," here: https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_M.html

2. Review the definition of "archetype," here: https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_A.html

Due Thursday, 4/8/15

posted Apr 8, 2015, 7:30 AM by R. Danielle Cohen

All classes: We will begin Coelho's The Alchemist on Monday
PLEASE try to find yourself a copy of this book.

Quiz on Camus vocab

Honors: also finish grammar sheet on misplaced/dangling modifiers and parallel structure

Due Wednesday, 3/25/15

posted Mar 24, 2015, 7:40 AM by R. Danielle Cohen

First period: Test on Things Fall Apart

Second and Fourth: Prepare a handwritten response, citing support from the text, to one of the following discussion questions:
  1. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in the novel. Focus on one or two specific events.
  2. In what ways is Okonkwo a classic tragic hero? http://dt.pepperdine.edu/courses/greatbooks_i/old%20gbi%20files/The%20Characteristics%20of%20an%20Archetypal%20Tragic%20Hero.htm
  3. Discuss leprosy as a symbol.
  4. Explain the significance of the title Things Fall Apart.

Due Tuesday, 3/24/15

posted Mar 23, 2015, 7:32 AM by R. Danielle Cohen   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 9:09 AM ]

First period: Read and study pp. 504-505, and 508-509
Know griots, trickster, and archetype

Second and fourth: Finish writing your own original African folk tales. Also, prepare for quiz on
  1. spectators
  2. improvident
  3. haggard
  4. compensation
  5. imperious
  6. emissary
  7. perpetual
  8. capricious
  9. incipient
  10. brusqueness
  11. kindred
  12. benevolent
  13. griots
  14. trickster
  15. archetype
  16. dilemma tale
  17. chain tale
  18. cumulative tale

Due Monday, 3/23/15

posted Mar 20, 2015, 7:09 AM by R. Danielle Cohen

First period: Have Things Fall Apart finished, and all study questions finished.

Second and Fourth: in text book read 504-536

Due Friday, 3/20/15

posted Mar 19, 2015, 8:41 AM by R. Danielle Cohen

First period: read chapter 20.  Have the entire novel finished, along with all study questions by Monday, 3/23/15

Second and Fourth: read Chief Seattle's speech at end of Things Fall Apart books (under "Conections")

ALL classes: TEST on selected aspects of African lit and Things Fall Apart on Wednesday, 3/25/15

Due Thursday, 3/19

posted Mar 17, 2015, 8:29 AM by R. Danielle Cohen   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 8:36 AM ]

ALL classes:
be sure you have a text book at home!!!

Write an outline, following the format of the in-class handout http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/research/outlining.html, of the following article:

Example section one:
1. African literature is difficult to define, because
    A. Many different regions
    B. No one knows "firsts"
    C. Very long time period to cover
    D. Many outside influences

Due Tuesday, 3/17

posted Mar 16, 2015, 6:29 AM by R. Danielle Cohen   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 9:01 AM ]

First period: Finish reading part two
Answer questions for chapters 14-19

Second and Fourth: With a partner (split the work evenly), annotate the article http://postcolonial.univ-paris13.fr/index.php/pct/article/viewFile/453/354 (write directly ON the printed article), mark in the margins beside each paragraph, 1) the main idea of the paragraph (bullet point, phrases), and 2) the purpose of the paragraph (gives an example, reinforces _X_ idea, elaborates on _X_ idea, etc.).

Due Monday, 3/16

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:10 AM by R. Danielle Cohen   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 7:17 PM ]

First period: read chapter 14. As always, expect a reading comprehension quiz.
Second and fourth: finish vocab skits and be ready to present.

Study Questions for Chapters 20-25

1. How did Okonkwo feel about his return to the clan?

2. What message did Okonkwo give to his sons and daughters after Nwoye left the family?

3. Describe the changes that had come to Umuofia in the seven years that Okonkwo was in exile.

4. Okonkwo asked Obierika why the people had lost their power to fight. What was Obierika’s


5. How did many of the other villagers feel about these changes?

6. What was Mr. Brown’s conclusion about the religion of the clan? How did he act to gain converts?

7. About what was Okonkwo grieving?

8. Describe the conflict started by Enoch.

9. What was the result of the action taken by the egwuguw?

10. How did Okonkwo feel when he returned from the white man’s prison?

11. Why did the men meet in the marketplace?

12. What event happened in the marketplace?

13. What happened to Okonkwo?

14. What did Obierika tell the Commissioner?

15. What was the commissioner’s reaction to the incident?

Also:Print article from Thursday night, if you can.

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