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									      Literature Note-Taking Template
For every work of literature you read for this course (either in or out of class), complete this note-taking template
          and keep the notes in your binder, along with any other notes and handouts about that work.

Name _______________________________                                             Unit _______________________________
Date ________________________________                                            Section_____________________________

                    Title: ___________________________________________________________
                     Punctuate correctly: Underlining or italics for titles of long works; “quotation marks” for titles of shorter works.
                     If the piece you read comes from a larger work, include that title as well.

                 Author: ___________________________________________________________
                     For modern authors, include the whole name. (Optional: include translator’s name in parentheses.)

              Language: ___________________________________________________________

Nationality/Culture: ___________________________________________________________
                     If this is the same as “Language,” you don’t have to repeat it (e.g., “Italian”).

     Date Composed: ___________________________________________________________
                     Use an approximate date, if necessary (e.g., “8th century B.C.E.”)

                  Genre: ___________________________________________________________
                     Identify at least one genre (or category) of literature in which this work can be classified. Be as specific as you can.

                    Style: ___________________________________________________________

                     ________________________________________________________________
                     First, identify the work’s formal style: Is it poetry, or prose? If poetry, is it formal or free verse? If formal, is it
                     metrical, rhymed, in stanzas? etc. Then, try to concisely characterize the style’s tone or diction: Is it elevated, or
                     commonplace? Humorous, or serious? Logical and precise, or whimsical and unpredicatable?

            Characters: ___________________________________________________________
                     If the work is fiction, drama, or memoir, identify the protagonist(s), antagonist(s), and key supporting characters.

                 Setting: ___________________________________________________________
                     If the work is fiction, drama, or memoir, identify the place and time of the action (if indicated).

               Synopsis: ___________________________________________________________

                     ________________________________________________________________

                     ________________________________________________________________

                     ________________________________________________________________
                     Use complete sentences.
                     If the work is fiction, drama, or memoir, briefly summarize the plot. If you have one sentence about the exposition,
                     one to three sentences about the rising action and climax, and one about the resolution, your summary should be
                     accurate enough.
                     If the work is non-fiction (such as a persuasive essay, literary analysis, or philosophical text), paraphrase the main points
                     of the author’s argument.


        Major Themes
        and Concepts: ___________________________________________________________

                     ________________________________________________________________

                   Other: ___________________________________________________________

                     ________________________________________________________________
                     Use this space to record any other information that may be useful, important, or interesting.
                      Literature              Notes
 Kelly Jones                                                 Roman
 Nov. 15, 2006                                               Literature


                     “The Story of Daedalus and Icarus” from
              Title: ___________________________________________________________

                   Metamorphoses.
                   ___________________________________________________________

           Author: Ovid (43 B.C.E.-17 C.E.)         (Burton Raffel, tr.)
                   ___________________________________________________________

         Language: ___________________________________________________________
                   Latin

                     Ancient Roman
Nationality/Culture: ___________________________________________________________

                  1st century C.E.
   Date Composed: ___________________________________________________________

                   myth
            Genre: ___________________________________________________________

                    Poetry — metrical, unrhymed, elegant but not
             Style: ___________________________________________________________

                   weighty
              ________________________________________________________________

                    Daedalus: father, inventor, prisoner.
        Characters: ___________________________________________________________

                   Icarus: Daedalus’s son.
                   ___________________________________________________________

                   Minos: king of Crete, keeps Daedalus & Icarus
                   ___________________________________________________________

                     prisoners.
                   ___________________________________________________________

                    Ancient Crete
           Setting: ___________________________________________________________

                    Daedalus builds wings with feathers and wax
          Synopsis: ___________________________________________________________

               to escape Crete. He warns Icarus to keep a middle
              ________________________________________________________________

               course, but Icarus flies too near the sun, the
              ________________________________________________________________

               wings melt, and he falls into the sea.
              ________________________________________________________________

              ________________________________________________________________

     Major Themes
     and Concepts: ___________________________________________________________
                     Transformation.         Obedience to parents.

              ________________________________________________________________
                    Metamorphoses is Ovid’s collection of hundreds of
            Other: ___________________________________________________________
              Greek myths, all about transformations.
              ________________________________________________________________
                 Daedalus also designed the Labyrinth.
              ________________________________________________________________
                 Sea where Icarus fell is named “Icarian Sea” after
              ________________________________________________________________him.

								
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