Al-Madinah School

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11th Grade ELA

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Term
2018-2019
Department
High School
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H.W.# 1:  Voice refers to a writer's unique use of language that allows you to "hear" a personality in his or her writing.  How would you characterize the voice of the speaker in "kidnap poem"?   Consider the point of view from which the poem is told and the language it uses as well as the poem's message.

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H.W. # 24:  Write a well developed FIVE Paragraph argument essay using Three of the Four texts presented to you in class based on the harmful effects of sugar.  Follow the directions of the required task and the guidelines of the essay prompt.

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Exam # 1:  Write an essay on ONE of the following topics based on evidence from "Hamlet".
 
1)  Identify and discuss the characteristics of this play that mark it a Shakespearean tragedy and Hamlet as a tragic hero.
2)   Discuss Shakespeare's style, including the use of figurative language, symbolism, and the dramatic techniques of soliloquy, aside, dramatic foil, and allusion.
3)  Discuss Hamlet's varying state of mind and explain how his condition relates to his soliloquies.
4)  Discuss Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship, including what aspects lead to her madness and death.
5)   Describe the importance of the ghost as it relates to Hamlet and the themes of the play.
 
 
 
 

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QUIZ # 2:  Read Act 3 scene 2 of Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Answer the following questions providing evidence from the text.
 
1)  Why does Hamlet trust and admire Horatio?
2)  When Hamlet speaks to Ophelia, what shows that he has lost faith in her?
3)  What does the play-within-a-play reveal?
4)  What is Hamlet's attitude toward Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
5)  What is Hamlet's state of mind at this point in the play? Explain.

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Quiz # 1: 
Read Act 2 scene 2 lines 169-519.
A picture of Hamlet as lover, poet, lunatic, devoted fan of the theatre, actor, and private detective emerges from Act II.  Use appropriate quotations from this act to prove this statement.

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H.W. # 23: 
Summarize Act III scene 1 of 
William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

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H.W. # 22:  Choose one of the images Hamlet uses to describe himself in the "Now I am Alone" soliloquy.  How is this image related to the development of a central idea from another soliloquy?  Explain.

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H.W. # 21:  Read Act 2 scene 1 of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
1)  What do Ophelia and Polonius decide about Hamlet's odd behavior?
2)  How do you think Ophelia treated Hamlet?
3)  Do you think Polonius follows his own advice regarding his instructions to Reynaldo, considering the values he expresses to his son?  Explain.
 

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H.W. # 20: 
Summarize Act I scenes 3 and 4 of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

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H.W. # 19:  Write down striking words, images, phrases, or details from Act I  scene 2 of "Hamlet".  Speculate about them.  Why did Shakespeare choose them?  What did they add to your reaction to the reading?  Divide your notebook page in half and copy words from the text onto the left side; write your response to the right.  On the first reading you might put checks in the margin where the passages intrigue you;  on the second reading, choose the most interesting ideas, then write about them.

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H. W. # 18:  Write the ending to
"A Lady's Story" in three or more paragraphs. Be realistic. Maintain the proper tone and focus of the story. 
Use detailed and thoughtful sentences by modeling the author's writing.  Bring the story to a convincing resolution.

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H.W. # 17:  Write a text analysis response to Anthony Doerr's excerpt from a novel set in France titled 
"All the Light We Cannot See."
(Common Core English Regents- 
August 2017)  Use the rubric guide your writing.

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H.W. # 16:  Write a text analysis response to Richard E. Byrd' s diary entry. ( Jan. 2016 Common Core English Regents )  Use the rubric to guide your writing.

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H.W. # 15:  Every person observes and perceives the world differently and in his own way.  You might even say that we each have our own version of reality.  What do the townspeople see in Richard Cory that he does not see in himself?  What does he see in himself that the townspeople cannot see?  In three or more paragraphs discuss the massive different descriptions, perceptions, and interpretations of reality in the poem. ( Provide textual evidence  )

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H.W. # 14:   Study Questions based on "Love Is Not All" written by 
Edna St. Vincent Millay
1)  According to the speaker, what are some of the practical needs that love does not satisfy?  In which lines does the speaker enumerate these things?
2)  At what two lines does the speaker's view change?  How do these two lines remind you of Romeo?
3)  What circumstances does the speaker mention which might drive her to exchange her love or its memory?  Why?
4)  After reviewing all the practicalities and possibilities, the speaker reveals her true feelings.  What are they?
5)  In view of the entire poem, does the speaker mean her opening statement literally?  Why?  In the context of the entire poem, why does the last line have an especially strong impact?
6)  What is the verse form of this poem?  Explain.
 

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H.W. # 13:  In three or more paragraphs discuss how William Shakespeare develops the poem   
"O she doth teach the torches to burn bright" using the literary technique of imagery."   (Provide textual evidence)
 

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H.W. # 12:  Response Journal for.  "My Last Duchess":
1)  Make connections with your own experience.  What does the reading make you think of?  Does it remind you of anything or anyone?  Explain.
2)  Make connections with other texts or concepts or events.  Does it bring to mind other related issues?
3)  Ask yourself questions about the text:  What perplexed you about a particular passage?  Try beginning, "I wonder why..." or "It perplexes me that..." or "I was surprised when..."
4)  Describe the author's point of view.  How does the author's attitude shape the way the writer presents the material?  Explain.

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H.W.# 11: In an essay of five or more paragraphs explain the themes that are illuminated by the characters - the Duke, the Duchess, and the visitor?
( Provide textual evidence )

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H.W. # 9:                                            What is the implied theme in "Losses" written by Randall Jarrell, and cite three techniques the poet uses to develop the implied theme.                   (THREE OR MORE PARAGRAPHS)

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H.W. # 10:  Write a five paragraph comparison and contrast essay dscussing Randall Jarrell's poem "Losses" and Tim O' Brien's short story "Ambush". 
(Please hand in Venn Diagram with essay)

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H.W. # 8:  1)  In writing this memoir, "Ambush", why do you think the narrator focused on the gory details of the soldier's death?
2)  Kiowa stated that it was a "good kill".  In the context of military jargon, what do you infer that "good kill" means?
3)  In your opinion, would you agree with Kiowa that this was a "good kill"?  Explain your answer.
4)  What do you feel the narrator could do to end his own torment about killing the man?  Explain.

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H.W. # 6:  In a reflective essay, a writer describes personal experiences and conveys his or her feelings about them.  Draw upon your memory and observations to write "your own story of an hour" about a moment when your life dramatically changed or you had an epiphany. Organize precise details either chronologically or in order  of importance.                                            (Incorporate author's craft)

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H.W. # 4:  What issues about life and humanity is Kate Chopin setting forth in her text "The Story of an Hour?  Do you think these issues are relevant today?  Why or why not?  Explain.        ( THEME )

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H.W. # 5:     What was life like for  Mrs. Mallard in the home of her husband, Mr. Mallard?  Explain.          (Drawing Conclusions)

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H.W. # 7:  Write a short essay describing the difference between "Memoir" and "Fiction" in literature.  Do you feel it may be acceptable for the author to add details to the story to increase the excitement and imagery for the reader?  Is it acceptable for a"Memoir" to be considered as a"true story"?  Is it important for the author to disclose which pieces within the Memoir may have been embellished?

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H.W. # 1:  Voice refers to a writer's unique use of language that allows you to "hear" a personality in his or her writing.  How would you characterize the voice of the speaker in "kidnap poem"?  Consider the point of view from which the poem is told and the language it uses as well as the poem's message.

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H.W. # 2:  In three or more paragraphs, provide an analysis of how Nicki Giovanni uses imagery to develop her poem.                                  ( Provide textual evidence )

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H.W. # 3:  What is the author's purpose?  What poetic devices does Nicki Giovanni use to accomplish her purpose in writing "kidnap poem"?