Theme and Motif

Hi folks!

A reminder that your open-response essays are due this Sunday at midnight on Google Classroom (for Mrs. Keskes’ students) and Monday at the beginning of the class period for Mrs. Hoerauf’s.

To help you understand the difference between theme and motif, complete the following activity. If you finish early, use the time remaining to work on your essay.

Happy writing this weekend!

Open-Response Essay: how-to

Hi folks! MWDS are due today. Please turn them in.

Today we’re going to discuss the final type of essay you’ll find on the AP exam: the open-response.  This is an essay which analyzes a topic within the context of an entire text versus the analysis of a poem or passage as we’ve been working on.

To start, I want you to review a chart of open-response prompts.  As you review them, write down novels and plays you’ve read which could work for the prompts.  Be prepared to share your ideas with the class.

All of the prompts request you choose a novel of literary merit.  Let’s review what literary merit means.

To write this essay, you must know the title, author, and names of all of the major characters.  This is where your Major Works Data Sheets will come in handy.

Before the AP test, you should select five texts to know inside and out so that you can pick the most appropriate choice for the prompt on the day of the test.  The five you choose should be from texts you’ve read in this class so they are fresh in your mind and so you have the peace of mind that they are of literary merit.

Here is a handout explaining how to approach this essay.

Let’s review the “I Can” statement chart for a whole text analysis.



Hamlet Discussion Wrap-up

Today, we are wrapping up our discussion of Hamlet by completing the following activities:

In groups, you will each be assigned an act.  On a white board, write down motifs (remember, a motif is a symbol that is recurring).

We will also be discussing how Fortinbras and Laertes can serve as foils (a character who contrasts with another character – typically the protagonist – in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character) for Hamlet.

Finally, let’s discuss the following essential questions for this unit:

How does the dramatic context shape our understanding of the piece?  

How does the playwright create meaning through dramatic devices?

How does Hamlet represent the tragic hero?

Be prepared to write in a timed format tomorrow over the Hamlet passage you chose.