***I will pretty much follow this; but, I might change around some starters or insert new ones.  Don't try to work ahead on these.  


    Starter #1:  Copy the essential questions for Unit 1:  Stephen King /The Psychology of Fear

    starter #2:  What do you fear?  Why?

    Starter #3:  copy:  Stephen King uses terror, horror and gross techniques to captivate his readers.  In his stories, youthful and elderly characters are important.  He provides insights into the dark side of humanity and he often writes about taboo subjects such as death, destruction and the unknown.  The fragility of life is a major theme in many of his writings.

    Starter #4:   copy:  "Horror is one of the ways we walk our imagination.  It's a way to relieve bad feelings rather than something that causes them."  Stephen King

                      1.  interpret

                      2.  Agree/Disagree?  Why?

    Starter #5: copy:  “A lot of people retreat into fantasy worlds because the real world is kind of a gruesome place.”  Stephen King

    1.      Interpret

    2.     Agree/Disagree?  Why?

    Starter #6:  Would you rather lose the ability to feel fear or lose the ability to feel pain?  Why?

    Starter #7:  Free Write

    Starter #8:  Write a sentence for each commonly confused word: 

    Further, farther, every day, everyday

    Starter #9:  P1:  Free Write; P2/P3:  Characterize Henry from “Gray Matter”.

    Starter #10:  Look over vocab list 1

    Starter #11:  copy:  The inspiration for Misery was a short story by Evelyn Waugh called, “The Man Who Loved Dickens”.  Stephen King says this story came to him as he dozed off while on a New York-to-London flight.  Waugh’s story is about a man in South America held prisoner by a chief who falls in love with the stories of Charles Dickens and makes the man read them to him.  King wondered what it would be like if Dickens, himself, was held captive.

    starter #12:  Free Write

    starter #13:  Answer the essential questions for Unit 1.

    Starter #14:  Copy the essential questions for Unit 2.

    Starter #15:   Would you rather be stupid and rich or smart and poor?  Why?

    Starter #16:  Write a sentence for each homophone:  their, there, they’re, its, it’s



    Starter 17:  Free Write

    Starter 18:  Period 1:  copy:  Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) became the first Southern Gothic writer to fully explore the genre’s potential.  Many of his best-known poems and short stories, while not placed in a recognizable southern setting, display all the elements that would characterize Southern Gothic.

     Periods 2 and 3:   copy:  The word "wyrd" was used by the Anglo Saxons to represent one's fate in life.  The early Anglo Saxons did not believe strongly in an afterlife; instead, they believed that immortality, or "lof"--fame that survives death---could be earned through heroic action.

    Starter 19:  Period 1:  copy:  Flannery O’Connor is perhaps the best-known practitioner of the Southern Grotesque.  Her many stories and her two novels are packed with an abundance of Gothic motifs such as, “monstrous misfits, madness and mad acts, ghosts and kindly spirits, and physical and spiritual isolation.”  Periods 2 and 3:   Copy:  Anglo Saxon Social Classes--An agricultural, semi-nomadic people, the Anglo Saxons had a two class society:  The thanes, or earls, who ruled and were related to the leader of the tribe, and the churls, or bondservants, whose ancestors had been captured by the tribe.  The churls provided the hard labor for this society and were bound to the earls' service unless they could earn possessions and special royal favor to become freemen (independent landholders).

    Starter 20:   Would you rather trust everyone or trust no one?  Why?

    Starter 21:  Free Write

    Starter 22:  Free Write

    Starter 23:   Write about the image shown.  Your response can be creative or about something interesting/puzzling/shocking about the image.

    Starter 24:  Period 1:  Free Write

    Periods 2 and 3:   Read the feature, "Women in Anglo Saxon culture', on pg. 12.  Write a one -sentence summary.

    Starter 25:  Would you rather be unable to stand up for yourself -or- never know when to back down?  Why

    Starter 26:  Period 1:  copy:  The title “A Good Man is Hard to Find” comes from a song composed by Eddie Green in 1918.  “A good man is hard to find/You always get the other kind.”  One theme in the story hinges on defining a good man.

    Periods 2 and 3:  copy:  To the Anglo Saxons the dragon was the living embodiment of evil and death, in part because it was associated with the fierce Vikings (Danes) who sailed boats with prows carved in the shapes of dragons' heads and fangs.  Dragons represent the most common type of monstrous animal in Anglo-Saxon art and literature. The Anglo-Saxon dragon is typically serpentine in shape and conventional motifs include fire-spitting, the ability to fly, poisonous breath and monstrous proportions.  The Anglo-Saxons liked to use the twisting shapes of dragons to decorate jewelery, armour and other objects.  Anglo-Saxon stories are full of dragons guarding wonderful treasure. 

    Starter 33:  Free Write

    Starter 34:  copy the essential questions for Unit 3

    Starter 35:  Free Write

    Starter 36:   Would you rather lose all your common sense and become a real airhead -or- lose all your morals?  Why?

    starter 37:  Free Write

    Starter 38:  Period 1:  copy:  The Pit and the Pendulum, Gothic horror story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in The Gift (an annual giftbook of occasional verse and stories) in 1843. The work helped secure its author’s reputation as a master of lurid Gothic suspense.  Like many of Poe’s stories, “The Pit and the Pendulum” is a dramatic monologue.  Dramatic monologue, a poem written in the form of a speech of an individual character; it compresses into a single vivid scene a narrative sense of the speaker’s history and psychological insight into his character. 

    Periods 2 and 3:  copy:   Along with power often comes corruption; and, the Medieval Church was in no way immune.  The murder of Thomas a Becket who was head of the Catholic church in England caused public outrage and a backlash against king Henry II.  This backlash came in the form of abuses within the Church.  As a form of retaliation, the clergy often exhibited dishonorable and questionable behaviors that we will read about in The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

    Starter 39:  Period 1:  copy:   Since its publication, TPTP has been adapted several times for both the big and small screen, most notably in the 1961 film of the same name, starring Vincent Price.  Echoes of the story can be found in everything from the Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark to Cartoon Network's The Venture Brothers; even the trash compactor scene in Star Wars: A New Hope can't help but bring to mind the narrator's constricting cell. 

    Periods 2 and 3:  copy:   One hundred years or so into the Medieval era Christianity has completely taken the place of the old, pagan ways practiced during the Anglo Saxon era. The church becomes the most powerful institution in Great Britain.  The Church regarded women as inferior to men.  Women had no authority in the church and could not serve at the altar.  During the Middle Ages, the church took further steps to diminish women’s status by reclaiming convents and monasteries founded or supported by women.

    starter 40:  View the image and write a response.


    Starter 41:  Period 1:  copy:   "THE RAVEN" WAS AN IMMEDIATE HIT.

    After Graham's Magazine rejected the poem, Poe published it in The American Review under the pseudonym “Quarles.” In January 1845, it came out in The New York Mirror under Poe’s real name. Around the country, it was reprinted, reviewed, and otherwise immortalized. It soon became so ubiquitous, it was used in advertising.  

    Periods 2 and 3:  copy:   Under Henry II, a system of common law was developed that forms the basis for British common law today.  Common law applies to all the people of a country rather than only certain classes of people.  Henry II attempted to bring the Church under the common-law system because Church courts had dispensed mild forms of justice for both clergy and learned men who claimed “benefit of clergy.”  In theory, under benefit of clergy any person who was able to read could commit a crime such as murder, claim the benefit and receive a minor punishment, such as a jail sentence.  This was patently unfair to serfs, who were often hanged for serious crimes such as murder.


    Starter 42:   Would you rather lose your ability to speak for one year -or- lose your ability to walk for one year?  Why?