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Summer Assignment 2017

English 2 Honors Summer Assignment 2018   (for school website)

During the summer students will read The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

  1. For the literary work as a whole, students will complete the SOAPSTONE + Theme worksheet for this play (20) points. You must write complete sentences that contain detail. You will probably need to do some research for your answers and explanations.  

Speaker – Who is the speaker? Name AND information about speaker

Occasion – The time and place; includes setting and its importance to the play; an event?

Audience – The readers and viewers for whom this play is written; Did Shakespeare write for a particular audience? Did a political or historical event inspire this writing?

Purpose – What is the author’s purpose? What is the message?

Subject – The general topic, content, and ideas and issues within the drama

Tone – The attitude of the speakers (the major characters in the play) from the dialogues, monologues, and soliloquies

Thematic Statements ( write 2) – a theme is the central message of a literary work written in a complete sentence; it is not merely a subject or topic that is expressed in a word or two (courage, survival, pride, treachery, …) The theme is always the idea the author wants to convey about that subject and it must be expressed in a complete sentence. You must infer the theme of any literary work, it is not directly stated. There can be more than one theme for any work of literature. Write two thematic statements.

Example – topic – Love;

   Thematic statement – Love can conquer the greatest evil.

  1. For the literary work as a whole, students will keep a literature log that documents elements of the drama and key literary devices employed by Shakespeare. Write four (4) entries per act —- a total of 20 entries (20 points).Use all of the following literary elements and devices:

allusion     blank verse     iambic pentameter     tragedy     tragic hero     hubris

dramatic monologue     soliloquy     aside     pun     theme

exposition     rising action     climax     denouement     catastrophe

allusion     acronym

Each term above will be used one time and some will be used more than once

Each entry will have:

Lit element / term    Quotation w/ Act Scene Line # andSpeaker         Commentary (3+ sentences)

  1. Complete the Allusions worksheet – you will have to research the allusions (10 points)
  2. Write two (2) thesis statementsone for each of the following writing prompts. When you return to school you will be instructed to write an essay for one of the prompts. TBA  Each thesis statement must be a valid, well-written thesis statement accepted by your English teacher. 10 points each; total 20 points

Label your thesis statement:

Thesis statement for prompt 1:

Thesis statement for prompt 2:

Writing prompt 1

One of the strongest human drives seems to be a desire for power. Write an essay in which you discuss how a character in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar struggles to free himself from the power of others or seeks to gain power over others. Be sure to demonstrate in your essay how the author uses this power struggle to enhance the meaning of the work.

Writing prompt 2

Works of literature often depict acts of betrayal. Friends and even family may betray a protagonist; main characters may likewise be guilty of treachery or may betray their own values. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar includes such acts of betrayal. Then, in a well-written essay, analyze the nature of the betrayal and show how it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.