This Week: Sept. 24-28

Once again, my friends, I am deprived of your presence one day by a holiday. But the good news is, only one of you drop this week, compared to three the week after. Bonus points for anyone who can answer the question at the bottom.

This here’s my boy, Yeats. Achebe must have liked his work, too.

AP English

If I had a “Breaking News” crawl going across this site, it would read, “Change in Tragedy Unit: Periods 3 and 4 to skip Antigone, go straight to Things Fall Apart!” (which, by the way, does not end with an exclamation point). While I will always reserve the right to revise my plans, I’ll tell you why now: if we throw another Oedipus play into the mix, and look ahead to a four-day week the next three weeks, then the tragedy unit will end up taking forever, and seem a bit disjointed. Thus, plans change.

On Monday, we’ll finish or get to the cusp of finishing Oedipus Rex. I’ll also supply you with a copy of Things Fall Apart and give you a target page for Friday’s class. On Tuesday, we’ll do a bit more to apply what we’ve learned from Aristotle to Oedipus so you can write the first of the informal reflection papers.On Thursday, we’ll use the reflection papers to wrap up our discussion of Oedipus and clarify some of the key elements of tragedy, and consider the contexts within which TFA resides, most specifically through the poem from which Achebe took the title. Friday will have us writing our thinking about Achebe’s initial characterization and plot structure through the lens of Aristotelian principles.

You’ve been asked to read through chapter 7 prior to Monday’s class, so we’ll play a little catch-up with our characterization and symbol pages of big paper, and we’ll identify key passages in the pages you read. For Tuesday, you’ll read chapter 8, and I will ask you to write a response at home. For Thursday, you’ll read chapter 9, which presents another key turning point, but this one has even more dramatic impact. At this point, you’ll learn that allusion is a key tool in the writer’s toolbox, as we read excerpts from the Bible and from the ancient Greek tragedy that Golding borrowed a few scenes from. Things begin coming to a conclusion in chapter 10, which you’ll read for Friday.

Monday, critique. Tuesday, story assignments and initial research. Thursday, we drop and Friday we’re in full interview mode.

One thing I really need to know: In the “don’t wanna break your heart” song, what exactly does Demi Lovato sing…”When your lips are on my _____ (what?!)”


  1. Did the lyric just s-lip your mind?

    “When your lips are on my lips”!!!

    • Logic tells me that’s what the lyric is supposed to be, but Ms. Lovato seems to have some pronunciation issues that make me hear something different when I’m tuned into one of my kids’ radio stations.

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