Class Name: Grade 8/9 Literature 2
This week’s focus: The Scarlet Pimpernel
In preparation for class on February 25, 2021:
1. Chapter 11 – Shaping Forms from Art of Poetry. I would like you to try writing either an Ode, an Elegy or Pastoral form of poetry. On page 152, consider #2, #3, or #4 as prompts.
2. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Read Chapters 1-8 this week. Instead of looking at specific characters this time, we are going to investigate and develop themes. See the attached sheet which you can use throughout reading the book to notate references to specific themes as we read this novel. Follow the two examples outlined. As well you will see there are 6 questions that will be used for class discussion. Jot some thoughts or answers down as you read, so you are prepared for class discussion.
3. Brush up on some information about the French Revolution:
-When did the French Revolution begin?
-Who was the King of France?
-What was the immediate cause of the Revolution?
-Prior to the Revolution the population of France was divided into three estates. Who were the members of each estate?
-Who paid the most of the taxes in France?
-What happened at the Bastille and why was this important?
-What did lower and middle class people want at the beginning of the revolution?
-What was the Reign of Terror?
-Who was Robespierre?
-What classes of people died in the Terror?
Enrichment for those who are wanting more:
1. Memorize the poem on page 144 in Art of Poetry. Perhaps the World Ends Here
2. Part of the fun of reading The Scarlet Pimpernel is trying to uncover the identity. After reading just the first six chapters, send me an email who you think “he” is. List three reasons to support your selection.
January Submission – Due Feb. 5, 2021
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