First Semester Honors Assignments

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First Semester Honors Assignments : 

First Semester Honors Assignments English II

2H – Literature Through a New Lens : 

2H – Literature Through a New Lens For this assignment you will be making a graffiti wall which relates to the novel you read for module 2. A graffiti wall is a visual representation of the characters, plot, setting, conflicts and theme in your novel. The most popular methods for creating a graffiti wall are: using markers and poster board, using powerpoint or using (a poster making website).

2H – Graffiti Wall : 

2H – Graffiti Wall Your graffiti wall will need to use images and direct quotes to represent the elements of your novel (characters, plot, setting, conflicts and theme) to your viewer. Please remember to look at the rubric when creating your project so that you don’t forget any essential elements.

2H Rubric : 

2H Rubric

2H Example : 

2H Example

2H – Artist’s Statement : 

2H – Artist’s Statement To complete your project, you’ll also need to write an artist’s statement. Your artists statement should be a paragraph long (at least 6 sentences) and should explain the different elements present on your graffiti wall. Remember to explain why you used the quotes, images and colors that you chose. This statement can be completed in a variety of ways, but the most popular are phone conversations, power point slides or Word documents.

3H – Greet Like the Bard : 

3H – Greet Like the Bard For this assignment you are going to write a sonnet about a famous couple (real or fictional). The best way to start is by brainstorming up some ideas about your couple and focusing on words that rhyme that you can use in your poem.

3H – Greet Like the Bard : 

3H – Greet Like the Bard Remember that the rhyme scheme of a sonnet is: A B A B C D C D E F E F G G

3H - Example : 

3H - Example Mario, the fastest plumber in the world, (A)Searches for his stolen princess, (B)And a mystery he does unfurl, (A)Learning that it’s his nemesis.  (B) Smashing goombas and kicking turtles, (C)He fights his way through all the strife, (D)And accidentally hits the watery swirls, (C)Now he loses another life.  (D)Yet still he continues on his epic quest, (E)Despite its many perilous dooms, (F)He keeps on running, with no food or rest, (E) Except for those delicious mushrooms.  (F)And again, Mario, despite all the hassle (G)Your Princess is in another Castle. (G)

1H – Major Works Data Sheet : 

1H – Major Works Data Sheet There are two main parts to the MWDS, which is a document you’ll need to open up in 1H. The first part is looking for contextual and historical information. Facts about Sophocles Facts about Greece in this time period Facts about Sophocles’ style This information is easiest to find these websites:

1H – Major Works Data Sheet : 

1H – Major Works Data Sheet The second part of the MWDS asks for information about the play. You’ll need to find 4 quotes from the play and explain their importance. In order to maximize efficiency, I’d recommend using the quotes that you find for the 4H assignment (more on that later). In the second part, you’ll be describing the main characters in the play (briefly), so as you read, take notes on key characteristics.

1H – Conflict Reader’s Log : 

1H – Conflict Reader’s Log As you read through Antigone, keep an eye out for both internal and external conflicts, as you will need to make note of these in your Conflict Reader’s Log, the second honors assignment in Module 1. Remember that internal conflicts are problems that a character deals with internally and do not involve other characters. Common internal conflicts include issues with morality and legality. Remember that external conflicts involve a character and an outside element (which is often another character). Common external conflicts include characters arguing or fighting with one another, or a character fighting against the elements (for example, struggling to stay warm in a blizzard).

1H – Conflict Reader’s Log : 

1H – Conflict Reader’s Log In order to complete the Conflict Reader’s Log, you’ll need to discuss conflicts within the play (don’t worry, there are plenty!) For full points your log will consist of 10 half page responses (so 5 typed pages, total). A good entry explains the conflict, then discusses your personal opinion of the conflict. I’m looking for your opinions here, so it would be a good idea to explain who (if anyone) is right, what you hope the outcome will be and/or what you predict the outcome will be (if it’s different than what you hope). The first entry in your conflict log should explain what you learned from the web resources provided in the previous slide (they’re also available in lesson 1H).

1H Conflict Log Example : 

1H Conflict Log Example

4H – Assess Antigone : 

4H – Assess Antigone In lesson 4H there are two ways that you can complete your assignment. First, choose whether you will be completing option 1 or option 2. Option 1: You will find 10 allusions in the text of Antigone and write an annotation for each allusion. Option 2: You will write a letter to Creon as one of the Greek gods or goddesses stating your position on his decree to punish Antigone. You will maintain the tone of a powerful deity, mentioning your realm as it relates to Creon's life. In addition, you will find 5 allusions in the text of Antigone that you can use in your argument for or against his decision. (You will be making use of the sample table that is provided in the lesson no matter which option you choose. If you choose option 1, your table will include 10 allusions. If you chose option 2, your table will include 5 allusions.)

4H – Assess Antigone : 

4H – Assess Antigone Remember that an allusion is a reference to a mythological, historical or literary figure or idea. A good example of an allusion is: “Harriet Tubman was called the Moses of her time.” Here the allusion is to Moses (a Biblical figure), because both Harriet Tubman and Moses led people from a dangerous place to a safe place. If you aren’t sure what an allusion in the play is discussing, don’t stress out. Go on to the next one (don’t worry, there are tons!) that you do understand.

4H – Assess Antigone : 

4H – Assess Antigone In Antigone, one of the best ways to find allusions is to look for references to gods and goddesses as you read the play (I recommend using this link, as it gives approximate line numbers An early allusion to both Oedipus and Zeus occurs right in the first lines of the play: Antigone: Ismene, my sister, true child of my own mother, do you know any evil out of all the evils bequeathed by Oedipus that Zeus will not fulfil for the two of us in our lifetime? There is nothing—no pain, no ruin, [5] no shame, nor dishonor—that I have not seen in your sufferings and mine. And now what is this new edict that they say the general has just decreed to all the city? Do you know anything? Have you heard? Or does it escape you that [10] evils from our enemies are on the march against our friends? (Remember that Oedipus is Antigone’s father, who was cursed by the gods because he murdered his father and married his mother (accidentally). Zeus is, of course, the leader of the gods.)

4H – Assess Antigone – Option 1 Example : 

4H – Assess Antigone – Option 1 Example

4H –Assess Antigone – Option 1 : 

4H –Assess Antigone – Option 1 In order to complete option 1, you would then find 9 other allusions and annotate (or explain) them in the same way. Remember to include the quote in your chart exactly as it appear in the play. 

4H – Assess Antigone – Option 2 Example : 

4H – Assess Antigone – Option 2 Example

4H – Assess Antigone –Option 2 : 

4H – Assess Antigone –Option 2 Once you have found 5 allusions with in the play, you’ll need to write the aforementioned letter to Creon. In this letter you will take on the persona of a god or goddess so that you can tell Creon how happy or unhappy you are with his decision. In this letter, you’ll be making use of the allusions that you have found throughout the play in order to emphasize your points.

4H - Assess Antigone – Option 2 Example : 

4H - Assess Antigone – Option 2 Example This is a good way to incorporate the previous allusion into your letter:

4H – Assess Antigone – Option 2 : 

4H – Assess Antigone – Option 2 In order to receive full points for Option 2, make sure that there are at least 5 allusions in your letter to Creon (the previous example only included 1). Also, the previous example clearly showed that Zeus was displeased with Creon. In your letter, please let the reader know which god or goddess you are writing as and also whether you agree or disagree with Creon’s decision (that part is up to you!).

Antigone: What to Look For : 

Antigone: What to Look For As you read the play, keep an eye out for and take notes on the following: Descriptions of the main characters (Antigone, Ismene, Creon, Haemon, Euridyce and Tiresias) Conflicts within the play (internal and external) and your personal feelings about them Allusions (5-10, depending on whether you choose option 1 or option 2) Doing so will help you to complete these honors assignments in the most efficient way possible.  If, at any point, you don’t understand what is going on in the play, please give me a call so that we can look over that part together. 

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