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AP English 3. September 8 th through 11 th. Tuesday, September 8 th. Opener Hold on to SOAPSTone chart of Declaration of Independence; we will revisit tomorrow Autobiography Lit Circle Group Meeting. Wednesday, September 9 th.

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ap english 3

AP English 3

September 8th through 11th

tuesday september 8 th
Tuesday, September 8th
  • Opener
  • Hold on to SOAPSTone chart of Declaration of Independence; we will revisit tomorrow
  • Autobiography Lit Circle Group Meeting
wednesday september 9 th
Wednesday, September 9th
  • Review SOAPStone; brief discussion of chart on Declaration of Independence; Hold on to chart- you WILL need it later
  • Rhetoric Quiz- Syllogisms
  • Rhetoric Notes- Lines of Proof
  • Lines of Proof activity
  • Topic: High school students should have a mid-day nap.
  • Each group should write a line of proof to persuade the administration of this assertion.
  • On poster:
    • Title
    • Line of proof
    • Picture on poster
thursday september 10 th
Thursday, September 10th
  • Opener
  • Notes on American Literary Periods
literary periods

Revolutionary/Age of Reason


American Renaissance/Transcendentalism



Harlem Renaissance

Post Modernism


Literary Periods
puritan colonial 1650 1750
Puritan/Colonial (1650-1750)


  • Sermons
  • Diaries
  • Personal Narratives
  • Written in plain style
puritan colonial


Reinforces authority of the Bible and Church

Historical Context

A person’s fate is determined by God

All people are corrupt and must be saved by Christ

puritan colonial examples
Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

Rowlandson’s “A Narrative of the Captivity”

Equiano’s narrative

Though not written during Puritan times, The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter depict life during the time when Puritan theocracy prevailed.

Puritan/Colonial Examples
revolutionary age age of reason

Political pamphlets

Travel writing

Highly ornate style

Persuasive writing


Patriotism grows

Instills pride

Creates common agreement about issues

National mission and the American character

Revolutionary Age/Age of Reason


revolutionary age of reason
Historical Context

Tells readers how to interpret what they are reading to encourage Revolutionary War support

Instructive in values


Writings of Jefferson, Paine, and Henry

Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac

Franklin’s “The Autobiography.

Revolutionary/Age of Reason
romanticism 1800 1860

Character sketches

Slave narrative


Short Stories


Value feeling and intuition over reason

Journey away from corruption of civilization and limits of rational thought toward the integrity of nature and freedom of imagination

Helped instill proper gender behavior for men and women

Romanticism (1800-1860)
Historical Context

Expansion of magazines, newspapers, and book publishing

Slavery debates

Industrial revolution brings ideas that the “old way of doing things are now irrelevant.


Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle”

Poems of Emily Dickinson

Poems of Walt Whitman

american renaissance transcendentalism


Short Stories


Hold readers’ attention through dread of a series of terrible possibilities


True reality is spiritual

Comes from 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant


Self-reliance and individualism

American Renaissance/ Transcendentalism
american renaissance transcendentalist
Historical context

Portrayals of alluring antagonists whose evil characteristics appeal to sense of awe

Stories of persecuted young girl forced apart from her true love

People seeking the true beauty in life and in nature

A belief in true love and commitment

American Renaissance/Transcendentalist
realism 1850 1900
Realism (1850-1900)

Genre and Style


Examines realities of life, human frailty, local color

Depiction of ordinary people in everyday life

Objective narrator

Does not tell reader how to interpret the story

  • Novels and Short Stories

Historical Context


Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  • Civil War (1861-1865) brings demand for “truer” type of literature that does not idealize people or places
  • Dialogue includes regional voices

Genre and Style


Pursuit of the American Dream

America as the land of Eden

Soon that optimism and a belief in the importance of the individual is overwhelmed by themes of alienation and disillusionment

  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Poetry
  • Experimental as writers seek a unique style
  • Use of interior monologue and stream of consciousness

Historical context


SteinbecksThe Grapes of Wrath

Eliot’s The Wasteland

Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

Williams The Glass Menagerie

Chopin’s The Awakening

  • Writers reflect the ideas of Darwin and Marx
  • Overwhelming technological changes of 20th Century
harlem renaissance 1920s
Harlem Renaissance (1920s)

Genre and Style


Gave birth to gospel music

Blues and jazz transmitted across America via radio

  • Outgrowth of Modernism
  • Allusions to African-American spirituals
  • Uses structure of blues songs in poetry (repetition)
  • Superficial stereotypes revealed to be complex characters
harlem renaissance
Harlem Renaissance

Historical Context


Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

Wright’s Native Son

Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Ellison’s Invisible Man

  • Mass African-American migration to Northern urban centers
  • African-Americans have more access to media and publishing outlets after they move north
post modernism 1950 to present
Post-Modernism (1950 to present)



Concern with individual in isolation

Social issues as writers align with feminist and ethnic groups

Erodes distinctions between classes of people

Insists that values are not permanent but only “local” or “historical”

  • Narratives: both fiction and non-fiction
  • Metafiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Mixing of fantasy with nonfiction; blurs lines of reality for reader
  • No heroes
  • Humorless
post modernism

Historical Context


Feminist and social issue poets: Plath, Angelou

Capote’s In Cold Blood

Stories of Bradbury and Vonnegut

Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye

Beat poets: Kerouac, Ginsberg

  • Post-World War II prosperity
  • Media culture interprets values
contemporary 1970s to present
Contemporary (1970s to present)



Concern with connections between people

  • Continuation of Post-Modernism
  • Narratives: fiction and non-fiction
  • Autobiographical essays
  • Anti-heroes
  • Emotion-provoking
  • Humorous Irony

Historical context


Poetry of Dove, Cisneros, Soto

Walker’s The Color Purple, Haley’s Roots, Morrison’s Beloved

Nonfiction by Didion, Dillard, and Krakauer

O’Brien’s The Things They Carried

Megastars: King, Crichton, Grisham, Clancy

  • Beginning a new century
  • Media culture interprets value
  • Influence of war (Vietnam; Gulf; Iraq)
  • Opener
He went on till he came to the first milestone, which stood in the bank, half-way up a steep hill. He rested his basket on the top of the stone, placed his elbows on it, and gave way to a convulsive twitch, which was worse than sob, because it was so hard and so dry.

Thomas Hardy

How do the details in this passage prepare you for the convulsive twitch at the end of the passage?

This passage does not describe the character’s face at all. What effect does this lack of detail have on the reader.