This is your final assignment!

1.Complete your semester projects and be prepared to present on May 17th. All students will present on May 17th; no exceptions. You will each have 10 minutes to present, and you should bring all of the materials you need for your presentation. I will make sure we have a projector for PowerPoint presentations and to display videos. Think through your presentation and make a list of everything you need. The order of presentations is as follows:

1. Brient Kittrell, 2. Grant Sexton, 3. Sam Hedger, 4. McClayne Thomas, 5. Dennis Rimshaw, 6. Josh Moore, 7. Boone Cornell, 8. Jackon Landis

2. Bring a final draft of your paper from last semester. This will not be accepted past May 17th. If you need feedback or have any questions, please send me an email.



Here are your assignments for May 3.

1. We’re going to punt Tale of Two Cities. Feel free to complete reading Tale of Two Cities on your own time, but please read chapters 1-5 in The Souls of Black Folk and be prepared for discussion.

2. We will discuss semester projects, review how you will be graded, and I will give you the order of presentations. If you have any final questions about your project, please email me.



For class on Tuesday April 19th, please complete the following:

1. Read chapters 1- 5 in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.

2. Write a one page, double spaced reflection on the first five chapters of the book. Use MLA format. This should have an intro paragraph, a body, and a conclusion. This short writing exercise allows you to think about what you’ve read, apply what you’ve learned about literary analysis, and it should demonstrate that you are engaging with the book. Answer questions like “what themes are emerging as I read, what allusions are present, how does the author use language.”



Your assignments for March 8th are as follows:

1. Read the chapters entitled “Economy” through “The Bean Field” in Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Be prepared to discuss these chapters in class.

2. Work on finalizing your semester project topic. You will be required to turn in a final topic and project plan on March 8th. The project plan should include your topic, three ideas for your artifact, and three ideas for your presentation. Use class notes and the semester project handout as guides. but feel free to leave a comment here on the blog if you have any questions.



Your assignments for the next class on February 8th are as follows.

1. Read Part One of Fahrenheit 451 and be prepared to discuss what you have read.

2. Answer the questions I gave you in class regarding your semester project. Remember to seek the input of your parents regarding your strengths. Start thinking through what you would like to do for the project and write down some notes. We will take time in the next class to discuss your projects.



Our final class for the semester will meet on Tuesday December 14th. Please bring your 4-page papers with you and the book you are writing about. You will NOT be turning your papers in for a grade on December 14th. The papers will now be due on the first day of class in the spring semester.

During class on the 14th we will work on clarifying your theses and supporting arguments. In the meantime, please download the graphic organizer from the box on the home page and do the following:

1. Fill in your thesis statement in the top section.

2. Fill in three supporting arguments from the text. These would be specific instances in the text where your thesis is supported by text itself.

3. Bring this completed document to class.

We will also discuss “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and hear presentations from McClayne Thomas and Dennis Rimshaw.

See you on Tuesday!

Mr. Oldacre



Your assignments for the November 16th class are as follows:

1. Read the following poems: “Resolution and Independence” by William Wordsworth, “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and “The Tyger” by William Blake.

2. “Translate” each poem into a modern equivalent. In order to translate the poem, you will need to read each poem closely to understand what the poets are saying. This will be a typed response paper due in class on November 16th.

Here’s an example:

Say you were reading “When I have fears” by John Keats. You would encounter the following lines: “When I have fears that I may cease to be/ Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain.” You might translate these as follows: “When I think about death, I’m afraid that I won’t get the chance to express or write all that is in my mind.”

3. Compose an original poem in the style of “The Tyger” or “Ozymandias.” Bring the poem to class on November 16th.



Your assignments for the October 19th class are as follows:

1. Read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane and be prepared to discuss the book.

2. Answer the following question in a one page journal response: “What is Naturalism, and how are the concepts of Naturalism expressed in The Red Badge of Courage?” Note: This does NOT need to be a formal paper, but a response journal entry. If you type this response, it should be double spaced and you must use a 12 point font maximum. Bring your writing journal or a printed copy to class on October 19th. This will be graded.

3. Review the books you’ve read for this class and determine which book you would most like to write your 4 page paper about. You will be constructing your own paper topic, but it must include the following: 1) you must address a key literary feature of the book, 2) the topic must lend itself to a traditional format (introduction, thesis, body, conclusion), and 3) you should be personally interested in the topic. Bring a rough draft of your paper topic to class on October 19th and we will discuss and refine your topic. The four page rough draft will now be due on November 2nd.

4. We will hear a presentation by Jackson Landis on Stephen Crane.



Your assignments for the October 5th class are as follows:

1. Read “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare in its entirety and be prepared to discuss the play in class.

2. Paper 1 will be due on October 19th.We will discuss paper topics in class on October 5th.

3. Identify one motif in the play and write a one page response discussing the motif’s significance to the play. A motif is “a recurrent thematic element–word, image, symbol, object, phrase, action.” The Longman Anthology of British Literature).

4. We will hear a presentation by Brient Kittrell on William Shakespeare.



Your assignments for the September 21st class are as follows:

1. Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson in its entirety. Be prepared to discuss the book in class.

2. Define the following literary terms. This will be turned in and graded for completeness.

Allegory, alliteration, allusion, anthropomorphism, assonance, ballad, blank verse, caesura, comedy, consonance, couplet, denouement, dialect, dialogue, and diction.

NOTE: Your first paper will be due October 19th. We will take some time in class to discuss the paper assignment.



Your assignments for September 7th are as follows. We will also hear a presentation on author Gerorge Orwell by Sam Hedger.

1. Read Animal Farm by George Orwell in its entirety and be prepared to discuss the book on August 24th.

2. Research communism and democracy using textbooks you own, library books, or use other research methods excluding websites such as Wikipedia (these types of websites are not reliable sources of information as they are able to be edited by anyone). You may use internet sources, but please ensure they are reputable. Download and print the “Communism and Democracy” chart to the right. Read the instructions on the chart, complete the assignment, and bring it to class on September 7th.

3. Read the poem below and be prepared to discuss the poem in class on September 7th. Take notes as you read, and ask good questions of the poem to determine its meaning. Read closely, re-read, and read the poem out loud several times. What is the poet’s purpose in writing? What poetic form does he use to convey his message? Is anything repeated? What is the meaning of this poem?

Sonnet: When I Have Fears

(John Keats, Januray 1818)

When I have fears that I may cease to be

Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,

Before high piled books in charact’ry

Hold like rich garners the full-ripened grain;

When I behold upon the night’s starred face,

Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,

And think that I may never live to trace

Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;

And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,

That I shall never look upon thee more,

Never have relish in the fairy power

Of unreflecting love—then on the shore

Of the wide world I stand alone and think,

Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.


Gentlemen, great first class! Thanks for being prepared to discuss The Pearl by John Steinbeck. Isn’t it amazing how much there is to learn from one small book?

The following assignments are due on August 24th:

1. Read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis in its entirety and be prepared to discuss the book on August 24th.

2. Write one journal entry for each book of Mere Christianity. That is a total of four journal entries. These journal entries should be 1-2 pages in length and should demonstrate that you are understanding and thinking about what you’re reading. Avoid vague statements such as “I like the book” or “this is fun to read.” I hope you do like the book and that you find it fun to read, but try to be as specific as possible. Be on the lookout for tone, rhetorical devices, clues as to why the author wrote the book, etc. What point is the author trying to get across in each book? Ask questions of the text and engage with what the author is saying by writing down what you think. Where you disagree with the author, note that in your journal. Where you agree, tell me why you agree. Keep in mind that the journal entries do not need to be technical orgrammatically perfect. I will take up journals for review at our next class on August 24th and return them to you or your parents the following Sunday or at class on Tuesday.

Note: make sure you’re talking to your dad about any theological issues or questions you have as you read Mere Christianity.


46 Responses to “Assignments”

  1. denny Says:

    I’ve never written more than a paragragh in my life…

  2. denny Says:

    this could get interesting…

  3. Brient Says:

    Are you serious

  4. Brient Says:

    Do grammatical errors in your Journal need to be corrected

  5. Mr. Oldacre Says:


    The journal entries do not need to be grammatically perfect, but if you notice an error, you should go ahead and correct it.

    Mr. Oldacre

  6. Brient Says:

    Thanks I’ll go ahead and proofread then.

  7. Jackson Says:

    This is a lot harder to read than “The Pearl”

  8. Brient Says:

    it’s easier to read in large chunks, than just one chapter at a time

  9. Brient Says:

    it’s easier to read in large chunks, than just one chapter at a time.

  10. Josh Says:

    Why did you post that twice?

  11. Brient Says:


    1. Jackson Says:


  12. Grant Says:

    Will we get the assignments for the next class soon?

  13. Grant Says:

    That was fast.

    1. Jackson Says:

      Very fast

  14. Jackson Says:

    Pretty awesome

  15. Jackson Says:

    How much do we need to define the literary terms. Like a pargraph or 3 sententces or however much we want to.

    1. Jonathan Oldacre Says:

      Just a standard textbook definition. It can be one to three sentences

  16. Josh Says:

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a different book, good but different.

  17. Grant Says:

    It was on the dark side.

  18. Grant Says:

    Julius Ceaser is a pretty tough read.

  19. Josh Says:

    When I was reading Julius Ceaser, I accidentally missed the three word sentence that said, “They stab ceaser”.I had to go back and find.

    1. Josh Says:

      I had to go back and find “IT”.

    2. Jackson Says:

      That is kind of cryitical.

  20. Josh Says:

    everyone but Mr. Oldarce spelled Caesar wrong.

  21. Josh Says:

    Do we have to do all of them? Because the first poem (or at least the version I found) had like 50 stanzas.

    1. Jonathan Oldacre Says:

      Yes, you have to read and respond to all of the poems. I know the Wordsworth poem is long, but it shouldn’t take that long to read it.

      1. Josh Says:

        So, I need to translate the entire poem?

      2. Mr. Oldacre Says:

        With the longer poem, you can summarize/ translate each stanza. I don’t think this should take you too much time to complete. You’re looking for the general meaning of what is happening in the poem.

  22. Josh Says:

    I have no idea what to write a poem about…

    1. Mr. Oldacre Says:

      I will post some ideas for poetry starters.

      1. Josh Says:


  23. Josh Says:

    When is the our final draft due?

    1. Josh Says:

      Sorry, Whne is our final draft due.

      1. Josh Says:

        Man, I spelled when wrong.

  24. Josh Says:

    When is our Final Draft due?

    1. Grant Says:

      Pay attention in class Josh! jk

  25. Grant Says:

    I think its due next class.

    1. Josh Says:

      Thanks, I forgot!

  26. Sam Hedger Says:

    What is the date of the last day of this class?

    1. Josh Says:

      December 7th!

  27. Josh Says:

    The Christmas Carol was pretty good (book and play).

  28. Josh M. Says:

    Do we have a new booklist?

  29. Josh Says:

    I’ve allready read to chapter 15 in A Tale of Two Cities, on accident.

  30. Josh Says:

    Can the paper be a little past one page?

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