• Mr. Harshman  
    Name: Erik D. Harshman
     
    Room Number(s): 427 East
    Subject(s): Communication Arts
    Building Phone: 776-3300 Ext. 14370
     
     
    Teacher Message: Welcome!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Biography: Mr. Harshman holds a BA from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and a Masters in Teaching (with emphasis in English) from Webster University. He is a published author and works evenings as an adjunct college professor. He is currently working on his MA in English.
     
     
    Class Schedule:
     
    A-Days (Mondays, Wednesdays & Rotating Fridays):
     
    1st period - Plannning period (7:10-8:43am)
    2nd period - American Literature  (8:50 - 10:21am)
    Lunch - 10:21 - 10:51am
    3rd period - American Literature (11am - 12:29pm)
    4th period - Ap Senior Literature and Composition (12:35pm - 2:07pm)
     
    B-Days (Tuesdays & Thursdays & Rotating Fridays):

    5th period - Creative Writing (7:10-8:43am)
    6th period - American Literature (8:50 - 10:21am)
    Lunch - 10:21 - 10:51am
    7th period - American Literature (11am - 12:29pm)
    8th period - Planning Period (12:35pm - 2:07pm)

    Syllabi
     
     
     
     
    Class Rules and Procedures
     
     
     
     
    Class Assignments April 6th - 10th
     

    My virtual office hours this week are:

    Monday -= Friday, 10am - 12pm.

     
    E3 (American Lit.)
     

    American Lit. Microsoft Teams

    Literary Themes (Week of April 6th – 10th)

     

    This week we are working on:

    Literary themes (specifically those found in dystopian literature).

    We discussed theme when we read The Crucible; now we are doing a closer examination of this literary device.

    Remember, a literary theme is – Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work, which may be stated directly or indirectly.

    And Dystopia is defined as – an imagined state or society (usually in the future or an alternate version of the present or past) in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.

     

    The standards we will be covering are:

    R1A, R2A, B, C – Draw conclusions, infer, and analyze by citing relevant and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including where the text leaves matters uncertain.

    Interpret visual elements of a text and draw conclusions from them (when applicable).

    R2A – Using appropriate text, determine two or more themes in a text, analyze their development throughout the text, and relate the themes to human nature and the world; provide an objective and concise summary of the text.

    R1A, R1DRead and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, independently and proficiently.

    W1A, W1B, W1D, W2A, W2B, W2C – Follow a writing process to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, style, and voice are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience; self-select and blend (when appropriate) previously learned narrative, expository, and argumentative writing techniques.

     

     

    The assignments for this week are as follows:

    1. Read the following story (“Harland Ellison” by Kurt Vonnegut)
    2. On a separate sheet of paper (you can handwrite this on notebook paper and either scan it or take a picture of it, or you can type it in a Word document and send it as an attachment) please identify the dystopian themes seen in the piece you are reading ands give examples to support your answers.
    3. Please see example for further clarification.
    4. This report is worth 50 points.
    5. When finished please have your parents email me the assignment by the due date.

    All assignments are due by:

    Friday (April 10th) by 12pm (noon).

     

    AP Senior Lit.
     
     

    Literary Themes (Week of April 6th – 10th)

     

    This week we are working on:

    Literary themes (just as we did last unit with Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea).

    Here you will be examining the text (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman) for the theme of the American Dream.

     

     

    The standards we will be covering are:

    R1A, R2A, B, C – Draw conclusions, infer, and analyze by citing relevant and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including where the text leaves matters uncertain.

    Interpret visual elements of a text and draw conclusions from them (when applicable).

    R2A – Using appropriate text, determine two or more themes in a text, analyze their development throughout the text, and relate the themes to human nature and the world; provide an objective and concise summary of the text.

    R1A, R1DRead and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, independently and proficiently.

    W1A, W1B, W1D, W2A, W2B, W2C – Follow a writing process to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, style, and voice are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience; self-select and blend (when appropriate) previously learned narrative, expository, and argumentative writing techniques.

     

     

    The assignments for this week are as follows:

    1. Read the introduction to the play.
    2. Read up to page 10 in Act One. Read up to the large block of italicized text in the middle of the page (which begins with the line “(Light has risen on the boys’ room”.
    3. Take notes (with summary and analysis) just as you have done all year. (As always I’ve provided a sheet of explanation and examples for your notes).
    4. The notes will be worth the standard 30 points.
    5. Please complete these notes on a Microsoft Word document (instead of your usual pocket notebooks) and have your parents e-mail them to me as an attachment when you are finished.
    6. Also, complete questions 24-33 (pages 8-9) in your AP Practice Exam packet II.
    7. I will post a PDF of this packet along with all the other documents you need.
    8. Check your work (after you are finished) against the answer key (which I will also post).
    9. Have you parents e-mail me the number of questions you got right / the number of questions you answered.

    All assignments are due by:

    Friday (April 10th) by 12pm (noon).

     

    Creative Writing
     

    Final Project (Week of April 6th – 10th)

     

    This week we are working on:

    Your Final Project (most of you have chosen a novella, where one of oyu have chosen a screenplay).

     

     

    The standards we will be covering are:

    W1A, W1B, W1D, W2A, W2B, W2C – Follow a writing process to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, style, and voice are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience; self-select and blend (when appropriate) previously learned narrative, expository, and argumentative writing techniques.

     

     

    The assignments for this week are as follows:

    1. Continue to work on your Final Project.
    2. At this point you should be in Act 2 of your story (remember the 3-0act structure we discussed in class back in February)?
    3. Proof of your progress towards Act II is worth 30 points for this week.

    All assignments are due by:

    Friday (April 10th) by 12pm (noon).