UNIT 4 - FICTION STUDIES

   Fears and Falsehoods

(Who Are You?)

   Ever been scared out of your mind?  Ever done so willingly:  scary movie, a book, a thrill ride down a roller coaster or in a car?  What is it about fear that draws us in?  Whatever it is, people long for it, and virtually every entertainer/politician/advertiser knows how to use fear to keep us engaged.

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    Believe it or not, though, fear comes in all shapes and sizes.  While some of us might get freaked out in a dark room, others might find the future (or anything we cannot predict) fearful -- personally, I’m not a big fan of clowns (they just creep me out).  Whatever the case, we will be studying an era (the Romantic Period) where authors and artists had become dissatisfied with logic, reason, and realism.          

     They set out, therefore, to rattle some cages.  This the era of Edgar Allen Poe, of gothic darkness, of ghosts and ghouls living in the woods.  But, at the same time, its the era of poets writing long explanations of a field full of flowers.  It’s the era that gives rise to two major concepts: aesthetics (truth and beauty) and the sublime (subtle power of nature to draw you in).  It turned our eyes from governments and class systems, and forced us to be experiential -- to experience on the page and in the canvases (through fear, joy, hearing and speaking) the sensations we encounter in every day life.

     In this unit, we will use all the skills we have been working on -- writing, speaking, reading, and communicating -- to explore the nature of art, and art’s subtle messages.  We will start leaning toward the AP Test by arguing, analyzing, and synthesizing.  Through it all, we’re moving toward answering the Third Big Question: Where Are You Going?     Ultimately, we will use literature, poetry, and art as an exploration of the human soul, assuming that authors, poets, and artists express the sublime truths of human existence.

     Do you agree?  We’ll see.  It’s time to think about what you think.  We’ve come this far; we’ve got the language; we’ve crafted the skills . . . where do you want to go with them?  


Worldview Group Presentation

3rd Quarter Reading Quizzes

We will be using short fiction and poetry to teach you some of the major ideas of related to American Literature.  Outside reading will be for longer, independent work which will culiminate in writing assignments throughout (at the end of) the 3rd Quarter.  For this reading, you will have to buy two books (you can buy them on Amazon for a penny).

Instructions

In order to take these quizzes, you will need to click on the specific quiz below.  Click on "Student Site" and you will need to logon.  Use the following information:

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Great Gatsby Reading Quizzes                                        Of Mice and Men Reading Quizzes

      * Gatsby Quiz, Ch. 1-2 (Feb 2)                                                  * Steinbeck Quiz, Ch 1-2 (3/9)

      * Gatsby Quiz, Ch. 3-5 (Feb 9)                                                  * Steinbeck Quiz, Ch 3-4 (3/16)

      * Gatsby Quiz, Ch. 6-8 (Feb 17)                                                * Steinbeck Quiz, Ch 5-6 (3/23)

      * Gatsby Quiz, Last Chapters (Feb 23)


     For the quizzes below, you will come to class on the given day, we will take the quiz, and you will move on.  For those of you who are apt to rely on my prompts/reminders from the teacher, don't.  This process simulates what some of you will encounter in college. They are called Labs, they are mostly designed to see how well you organize yourself, and this is pretty much my purpose here.

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