11th Grade

11th Grade

American Lit: Select four (4) of the eleven literary works listed below and complete the following assignment for each short story:

(Note: Lexile levels are listed in parentheses next to the text. Be sure to select stories that are at or above your Lexile level.)  You may find your lexile listed on your score report from your 9th Lit. EOC or PSAT score report.

• “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving (1070L)
• “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe (820L)
• “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe (1240L)
• “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway (730L)
• “Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway (730L)
• “The Winnowing” by Isaac Asimov (850L)
• “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury (890L)
• “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin (970L)
• “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain (600L)
• “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (930L)
• “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver (590L)

For each of the four short stories you choose, complete the following response (can be written or typed):

A complete and thorough response includes:
• Two complete paragraphs (6-8 sentences each)
o Paragraph 1: A brief, chronological summary of the work
o Paragraph 2: A response to one of the prompts below.

You may only respond to each prompt ONCE; choose a different one for each text you read
• Evidence from the text, whether direct or paraphrased

1. What connections can you make with your reading? (What prior reading, movies, life experiences, etc., can you relate to the work?)
2. What is an emotional response you had to the work?
3. Is there a character you identify with? Which one and why?
4. What is the most significant or meaningful passage in the work? What makes the passage so important?
5. Is there anything you find confusing about the work? Discuss.
6. Is there a contemporary connection you can make? What is it? Explain.
7. What beliefs, ideas, issues or values are expressed in the work?
8. What parts of the work seem realistic? What parts seem unrealistic, and why?
9. What does the work say about America and/or the American Dream?

AP Language/American Literature

AP Lang: Read Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard and complete the blog assignment listed below.


You will hand in your blog address to your teacher on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (regardless of what semester you have literature).

  1. Please start with a 300 word, thorough summary of the section (can be longer)
  2. Quotes – Pick at least 2 important quotes in the section. Please explain (for each quote) – Why is it important? What does it add to the piece of literature? Why did it stand out to you? What does it foreshadow?  What does it reveal? (300 words per quote analysis)
  3.  Style and Rhetorical Elements – Choose 3 examples of effective rhetorical elements. You must write the sentence with the rhetorical element, citing correctly. Write a detailed 200-word minimum analysis of each rhetorical element (600 words total). Some questions to consider:  How do they enhance the meaning? Why do you think the author places them in this particular location? How does the meaning of the text change without this device? What is the effect of the rhetorical element? You must cite specifically from your book.
  4. Theme – What theme(s) pop out of the text? Why is this important? How does it connect to the rest of the text or what is currently taking place? For each entry, themes may develop or change – I expect to see growth in understanding as you progress in the novel. (200 words)
  5. Personal Response – How does the text make you feel – in the heart, in the spirit, in the mind, on the senses? Why? What windows or doors does it open for you? Why? Does it close anything down for you? What makes this text unique? Why? How did the piece of literature make you speculate about life or find a connection to another text or academic discipline? (300 words)