Homework Thursday May 24th

posted May 22, 2012, 7:04 AM by Kristin Sample

Seniors: Email me if you want your Fairy Tale Project Grades. I will leave the rubrics for the Fairy Tale projects in the plastic cubbies at the entrance to the faculty room on the lower level.

Sophomores: If you didn't hand in your intro paragraph today, please do so by Thursday. All due Thursday--your Working Bibliography for the research paper. You need 5 secondary sources for this piece of the research process. That means you'll have at least 6 entries on your Working Biblio page (primary source plus 5 secondary sources). Consult the following website for help with the MLA format: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

To All My Seniors,

It was a great year! I'm sure we will see each other around the school this week but I wanted to wish you the best. See you at graduation!

Mrs. Sample

Homework for Friday

posted May 16, 2012, 6:16 AM by Kristin Sample

Senior English: Fairy Tales Project due on Friday. We will read them in class.

Sophomore Honors English: Thesis due to my email ksample@prestonhs.org if you haven't already emailed me. Packet will be checked in class on Friday. You need to have the prewriting parts done and have found 5 sources. You will need 4 for the final paper.

Theatre: Get your reflections in.

Sophomore Research Paper Topics & How to Write a Thesis...

posted May 11, 2012, 5:15 AM by Kristin Sample

A word about Thesis Statements: (Try rewording or answering my questions to start.) They are 1 sentence for a 3-4 page paper. They are an arguable hypothesis about the work of literature. They are NOT facts. They are usually longer sentences with an independent clause and a dependent clause. Note the progression of my thoughts below. Number three is a viable thesis statement.

  1. Salinger includes many important symbols in his novel The Catcher in the Rye. (Duh!)
  2. J.D. Salinger uses the baseball mitt as a symbol for Holden’s dead brother Allie. (More specific but still DUH!)
  3. Using the symbolism of the baseball mitt, Salinger shows readers how Holden is struggling with the loss of his brother and his own unwillingness to grow up. (A real thesis! That. Just. Happened.)

Here are the TOPICS for your Research paper.       

William Shakespeare


·      My Other Half: Characterize the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. If ambition is the driving force of the play, whose ambition is it? Macbeth’s, Lady Macbeth’s or both?


·      “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” Discuss the motif of blood in the play (particularly after the death of Duncan and later in the play). What does it symbolize for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?


·      “To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings!” Discuss the motif babies / children in the play. What does this motif symbolize for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?


Jane Austen


·      For Love or Love of Money: Explain the differing views of marriage (especially that of Elizabeth and Charlotte). What do these views suggest about Austen’s time and even Austen’s own beliefs?


·      It Matters Not What You Are, But What Others Think You Are: Discuss the role of Reputation (especially that of the young women in the novel, bound by rigid social strictures). How do characters react to Elizabeth’s brash behavior? Also, pay special attention to the behavior of the younger Bennet sisters as well.


·      Class and Characters Who Are Conscious of It: Think about the different social distinctions between the characters. How are the characters treated differently? Are high born characters always examples of right behavior? Are the middle class characters all in need of “good breeding”?


John Gardner
·     I understood that the world was nothing: Why do you think Gardner made the decision to use Grendel as a narrator? How does Grendel’s status as a monster affect the way he tells the story?
·      He Shapes the World: What is Grendel’s attitude toward language? How does it change throughout the novel?
·     The Zodiac and its Significance: Choose an astrological sign and follow it through its associated chapter. What is the sign’s relevance? What does it come to signify in Grendel as a whole?



  • The Evolution of Beowulf: Discuss how Beowulf evolves as a character throughout the poem. Consider if he is a good warrior, a good leader, a good king.
  • The Cross-section of Christianity and Paganism: Discuss how the author of Beowulf uses both Christian references and Pagan references. What does this say about his audience’s values?


Animal Farm

  • The Abuse of Language: Discuss how the pigs use language to gain power over the working animals of the farm.
  • The Corruption of the Soviet Union: Discuss Orwell’s use of allegory. What is his comment on socialism and the Soviet Union?



Jane Eyre

  • The Gothic in Jane Eyre: Discuss how Jane Eyre is influenced by traditions of the gothic novel. What parts of Jane Eyre are gothic?
  • The Name is Everything: Discuss Bronte’s names for her characters and settings. How do the names reflect the person or place?
  • The Proto-Feminist: In what ways might Jane Eyre be considered a feminist novel? What points does the novel make about the treatment and position of women in Victorian society?



Homework for Monday May14th

posted May 11, 2012, 5:10 AM by Kristin Sample

Senior English: Bring art supplies to work on your fairy tale books. Have storyboards finished and sketches started by Monday. Work in pencil first! You can't have another hardcover book! Upload your essays to turnitin.com.

Sophomores: NONE! Be ready to start your research paper this week!

Theatre: NONE! Great show today! I got so many compliments and I can't wait to share them with you.

Cinderella Persuasive Essay Assignment

posted May 3, 2012, 4:20 PM by Kristin Sample

ASSIGNMENT: Write a short persuasive essay answering the question below. Cite specific examples (quotes from stories, example from the movies) in your essay. You may use the following for your sources: Perault's "The Little Glass Slipper," the Grimm Bros. version of Cinderella, and Disney's Cinderella.

Is the story of Cinderella still relevant today? Should it be read to little girls? (In other words, is it a harmless story or does the story contain potentially damaging themes?)

  • Yes, you have to upload it to www.turnitin.com. 
  • LENGTH: It must be more than 1 page but under 2 pages in length. 
  • FORMAT: Typed, proper heading
  • GRADING: I will use the same rubric that I used for your Hercules essays. It will count as a test grade. 
  • WORKS CITED: You do NOT need a Works Cited page. You're welcome.
  • DUE DATE: May 10th (Demerits and points deducted for late papers. LATE = not ready and printed by 2nd Block)
  • If you are going to be absent, email it to me: ksample@prestonhs.org.
  • If you have questions, email me. I'd be happy to help you.

Homework May 4th

posted May 2, 2012, 11:57 AM by Kristin Sample

Senior English: Read the Grimm stories in your fairy tale packet. (Briar Rose, Frog Prince, and Rapunzel) Be ready for a quiz!

Sophomore Honors English: Vocabulary Test next Thursday 5/10. Complete review sheets for Curious and Catcher. Read Chapter 5-8 in Animal Farm.

Theatre: On Friday, we will finish up informal readings. And you will do a reading for me OFF BOOK! While other people are reading for me, you will rehearse.

The show is now during 4th block.

For May 2nd

posted Apr 30, 2012, 6:42 AM by Kristin Sample

It's May!

Seniors: Read "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Anderson (handout) and be ready for a quiz. Start thinking about what you might want to write in your very own fairy tale.

Sophomores Honors: Complete 14 A-C in you Vocabulary books for Wednesday. Complete the Regents Review sheets on Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth for Wednesday. And read chapters 2-4 in Animal Farm. You will have a quiz on chapters 1-4 of AF on WEdnesday when we come into class.

Theatre: Informal performances will continue on Wednesday. Memorize your scenes by FRIDAY!!!

For Thursday April 19th

posted Apr 17, 2012, 5:12 PM by Kristin Sample

Senior English: Study for your test on Greek Heroes on Monday.

Sophomore English Honors: Pride and Prejudice essay due on Wednesday April 25th. Bring your vocabulary book and $8.00 for Animal Farm. Complete the Regents worksheets.

Theatre: Rehearsal of scenes begins on Thursday.

Homework over Spring Break

posted Mar 30, 2012, 5:31 AM by Kristin Sample

Senior English: Read Odysseus's story in Mythology book on pp. 291-319. Be ready for a quiz on it.
Mythology Test on Heroes on April 23rd (Jason / The Quest for the Golden Fleece, Theseus, The Trojan War, Achilles, Hercules, and Odysseus)

Sophomore English: Pride & Prejudice Essay due April 25th. Bring 8.00 for Animal Farm.

Theatre Arts: Think about what you want to do for the Senior Show on May 10th. We have two narrators already. We need a producer. We need monologues and scenes. Search on the internet for scenes and monologues.

Pride & Prejudice Essay

posted Mar 30, 2012, 5:18 AM by Kristin Sample

Pride and Prejudice ESSAY


Write a critical essay in which you discuss Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice from the particular perspective of  ONE of the statements that is provided for you in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the two works. You may use scrap paper to plan your response.

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?

--Jane Austen, 1811

make sport= make fun


Everybody likes to go their own way--to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

--Jane Austen, from her novel Mansfield Park


Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right,

is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

--Jane Austen

















Guidelines: Be sure to

• Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis

• Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it

• Choose two works you have read that you believe best support your opinion

• Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen

• Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary elements (for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view) to develop your analysis

• Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner • Specify the titles and authors of the literature you choose • Follow the conventions of standard written English


DUE: April 25th

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