English 3281 - Assignments

Short stories are a wonderful literary genre for people who wish to ‘get back in the game’ of reading. They can be enjoyed in a single sitting and you can enjoy the best elements of literature, without the time investment.

During this unit, we will focus on our analysis of 5 different short stories through a process of math class-like drill. The unit workbook will help solidify your ability to complete various types of standard exam-type questions. The unit will take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

Short Story Workbook

AP Challenge Essay (Optional)

Antigone is the third of the Theban Trilogy by Sophocles. Even though it was written almost 2500 years ago, the story and themes are still relevant. Tragic heroes, the concepts of fate vs. free will, power, law and order, even feminism all find a foothold within this story.


Poetry - "Thoughts that breathe and words that burn."---- Thomas Gray

POETRY UNIT WORKBOOK - This one is a doozy but it's filled with goodies :-) (See what I did there?)

Unit Test - date TBA

The Catcher in the Rye

Love him, or hate him, Holden Caulfield is likely one of the most enigmatic characters of modern literature. This novel is a character study. Each page gives us a new piece of the puzzle. This is a book that is has become culturally iconic and is a MUST read.

* See the Notes & Resources page for class notes on this novel.

Choose one option:

A - Film Casting Assignment

B - Alternate assessment


Twelfth Night / She's the Man - Viewing activity



Unit workbook

Independent Novel Study:

Assignment - Due June 6th


Dept. of Ed. Annotated bibliography listing

Literary canon suggestions (this will be helpful for students preparing for the upcoming AP Lit exam)

Prose Unit Study:

Complete all 5 worksheets independently. Submit all for a completion check. Indicate ONE for numerical grading.

Worksheet #1 - Tim Minchin's Occasional Address

Worksheet #2 - The London Poor

Worksheet #3 - Implications of a Free Society

Worksheet #4 - We are Heading into Dark Times...

Worksheet #5 - How Fascism Works