Syllabus


One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest


by Ken Kesey

Readings, Assignments, and Quizzes*

Ms. Mahaney’s 4nd and 7th hours


 CalendarThursday, February 5: Cuckoo’s Nest 1-41

Monday, February 9: Cuckoo’s Nest 42-82

Tuesday, February 10: Webquest Lab Day

Thursday, February 12:  Cuckoo’s Nest 83-128

Friday, February 13: Reading Day

Monday, February 16: President’s Day

 Tuesday, February 17: Webquest Lab Day

Wednesday, February 18: Quiz over Part 1

                                        AND

                                        Cuckoo’s Nest 129-190

Monday, February 23:  Cuckoo’s Nest 191-218

Tuesday, February 24:  Character Review Day

Thursday, February 26:  Quiz over Parts 2 and 3

Friday, February 27:  Cuckoo’s Nest 219-241


Monday, February 2:  241-End

Tuesday, March 3:  Library Work and Research Day

Thursday, March 5:  Quiz over Part 4

                             AND

                             Begin Movie

Friday, March 6:  Movie


Tuesday, March 10: Movie

                             Optional Rough Draft of Final Essay Due

Wednesday, March 11: Movie

Thursday, March 12:  Movie and Novel Discussion

Friday, March 13:  Final essay DUE


Journal Notes (60 points: 20 points for each turn in)

Please take notes in a journal for every reading assignment. These journals will be collected on each quiz day and will be given a completion grade. For this assignment you must:
·      

Pick three quotes or scenes FROM EACH READING ASSIGNMENT listed on the syllabus handout

·       Reference the page number and part of the quote in your notebooks

·       Write a half a page response under the quote discussing its importance to the themes of the novel, to connections that can be made to other things we’ve read, or questions this quote may raise in your mind.

This assignment will help you prepare for the quizzes and will help you gather textual support for your final papers.
 
Quizzes (70 points total)
There will be three quizzes.  These quizzes may consist of matching, multiple choice, and one or two short answer/short essay questions. They probably will not take the entire period so be prepared to discuss or read on those days.
 


Essay (125 points)
For your final assignment you will have to write a 3 – 5 page literary analysis concerning topics we’ve discussed in the novel and in the Webquest.  A literary analysis essay is a paper that focuses on one topic present within a piece of literature.  Specific quotes and examples from the text must be used to support the argument you present about your chosen topic. You can choose one of the essay prompts below or you can create your own topic.  If you want to choose your own topic that is fine, but I must approve it.

Essay Prompts:
 
1.  How may a character’s past lifestyle effect their how they interact with others in the mental institution and effect their decision to stay in the mental institution in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Choose either Mr. Harding, McMurphy, or the Chief and analyze how their economic background effects their decisions throughout the novel. Include specific quotes from novel to support your thesis. You may also use any other resources we have used in class to support your thesis (Girl Interrupted, EBSCO resources, books pulled in the library).


2.  How do the patients in the mental hospital in Cuckoo’s Nest compare to the changing social dynamics in early 1960s America?  In what ways does the atmosphere created on the ward by Nurse Ratched and McMurphy suggest resistance to change or the success of change? Who might Nurse Ratched and McMurphy be symbols of in this context? Why? Include specific quotes from novel to support your thesis. You may also use any other resources we have used in class to support your thesis (Girl Interrupted, EBSCO resources, books pulled in the library).
 

3.  Compare two female characters in Cuckoo’s Nest. Choose from Nurse Ratched, Vera Harding, The Night Nurse (Nurse Pilbow), Mrs. Bromden, Mrs. Bibbit, and Candy. How are these women similar and different? Can they be symbols of feminist ideals, patriarchal society, social reform, etc.?  Focu on one of these topics. How does Kesey’s characterization of these women support each symbol?  Include specific quotes from novel to support your thesis. You may also use any other resources we have used in class to support your thesis (Girl Interrupted, EBSCO resources, books pulled in the library).

 

 

 

*This schedule may change, but you will always be notified in advance if changes will be made