AP Lang

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11/8 – 11/13

In Class:  Today you should be finishing up your Final Personal Essays and thinking about whether or not you will give a live performance or a radio broadcast of your personal essay – we continue our work around Personal Essays (This I Believe…) Utilizing Google Classroom.

Class codes:    Period 5 = ryr1bd ;   Period 4 = v4y24fs

11/6 & 11/7

In Class:  Today we continue our work around Personal Essays (This I Believe…) Utilizing Google Classroom.

Class codes:    Period 5 = ryr1bd ;   Period 4 = v4y24fs

HW: Finish Personal Essay Assignment #4 by Thursday

11/2 & 11/3

In Class: Today we continue our work around Personal Essays (This I Believe…) Utilizing Google Classroom.

Class codes:    Period 5 = ryr1bd ;   Period 4 = v4y24fs

HW: Finish Personal Essay Assignment #3 by Tuesday of next week

10/31 & 11/1

In Class:  Today we continue our work around Personal Essays (This I Believe…) Utilizing Google Classroom.

Class codes:    Period 5 = ryr1bd ;   Period 4 = v4y24fs

HW: Finish Personal Essay Assignment #2

10/27/2017 & 10/30/2017

In Class: Today we will begin our work around Personal Essays (This I Believe…) Utilizing Google Classroom.

Class codes:    Period 5 = ryr1bd ;   Period 4 = v4y24fs

HW: Finish Personal Essay Assignment #1

10/25 & 10/26

In Class: Introduction to Nickel and Dimed:  Try this interactive game to see how hard it is to make it in the real world on a low pay / low skill job: http://www.playspent.org

HW: Introduction Questions WS and Reading

10/23 & 10/24

In Class: We will finish up outlines and prepare for our first timed writing on argument: either your independent novel OR the Frederick Douglass book to answer the prompt. You will  have one hour to complete the essay – open book/open note.

HW: Be thinking of a good way to consider, What you believe.

10/19 & 10/20

In Class: Today we will be working on argument. You will be tasked to chose either your independent novel OR the Frederick Douglass book to answer this prompt:

Does the theme in your book resonate as a message in terms of relevance for a modern audience?

In class, you will develop an outline to answer this question as a mini-summative essay in class on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

HW: Reading – outlining.

10/17 and 10/18

In Class: I will be eager to discuss the Frederick Douglass book – and probably sandwich that around a lesson on Argument. Students will be reminded to finish their independent novels. With only two more chapters left (longer, but exciting chapters 10 &11), you can also probably finish the Douglass narrative as well.

HW: READING: Douglass, Independent Novels.

10/9 -10/12:

In Class: I will assign the last news log for a while. That makes five. You should also be through chapter 9 in the Narrative Life of Frederick DouglassDouglass Questions. At some point I will give you time to polish up your very best Newslog and also have conferences on writing.

HW: Please have finished your Independent Novels for in-class and take home summative assignments. 

10/5 & 10/6

In Class:  Keeping up with current events, I will ask students to present some of their News Logs. Then we will continue to work on the Douglass Questions – while I hold writing conferences with students.

HW: Douglass Questions.

10/3 and 10/4, 2017

In Class: We start Frederick Douglass.  Read, report, discuss, and maybe we will do some writing.

HW: Douglass Questions.

9/29 and October 2, 2017

In Class: Today we will look at a few more News Logs before taking a major assessment for rhetorical analysis.

HW: Finish your independent novels, please.

9/27-28

DUE: 2010 R.A. Banneker Prompt annotation/ PIGSAC / Outline

In Class: Today we will accomplish two things – 1) make sure you are doing your News Logs Correctly and 2) a Process Essay

HW: Assessment on Friday (5th Period) /Monday (4th Period)

9/25-26

DUE: Two paragraphs: Shooting an Elephant.

In Class: I will give you time to work on News Logs; or Shooting an Elephant paragraphs before having you read, annotate, PIGSAC, and OUTLINE an essay for our first-ever actual AP RA Prompt. On Wednesday, we will revisit the prompt you do in class today, and work the AP Lang rubric (over and over) to see exactly what you need to do to be in a strong position to score well on the exam.

HW: Finish any unfinished work on the Prompt.

9/21-22

In Class:  Today we will get around to reading Orwell’s Shooing an Elephant. On a meta-level, we will compare/contrast the school system to Imperialism or any other system of control. IF we can get beyond Rhetorical Analysis, we might have a little fun debating.

HW/ Exit Ticket: Write some paragraphs using a provided graphic organizer.  News Logs; required reading for this class from now until then end of the semester. Periodically, I will check these to see if you are maintaining a 1x week pace: This is week TWO. You should have two news slides by the end of the week.

September 19/20

In Class:

Exit Ticket: Turn in reflection before you leave.

September 15/16

Due: Annotations for all rhetorical strategies (MLK Speech) and PIGSAC

In Class:

Subaru continues its popular love-themed commercials with the introduction of a new line of cars in 2015. Watch the Subaru Cross-Trek commercial entitled “The Fountain.” Then, in a well-written essay, argue what strategies are being used to convince customers to purchase their cars.

  • Two Paragraphs (Intro / Body). Supported (Open Note).
  • First graded assessment! We will write a two paragraph supported essay: Assessment Commercial

HW: Finish Independent Novels

September 13/14

DUE: Annotations for logical, ethical, and emotional appeals (MLK Speech)

In Class:I will give you more time in class today to understand the rest of the devices we will be using to analyze rhetoric. Then, we will watch MLK’s famous I Have A Dream speech and stretch our brains to try to find several to write about.

HW: Finish annotating the speech.

September 11/12

DUE: Subaru Intro and CDC paragraph over “Moving Out”

In Class: Today I will teach you about News Logs; required reading for this class from now until then end of the semester. Periodically, I will check these to see if you are maintaining a 1x week pace. After we set up Apple Newsfeeds on your IPad, I will give you time in class today to do the first one. Then, we will break into new table groups to discuss several new supports for Rhetorical Analysis: Active Verbs, Tone, Schemes & Tropes. Finally, you will have some light HW around MLK Jr’s I Have a Dream Speech.

HW: Annotate speech for logical, ethical, and emotional appeals.

September 6/7/8

DUE: 1. Subaru Commercial: PIGSAC / Aristotle Appeals Graphic Organizer/ Intro Paragraph;  2. Jobs Speech: Introduction Paragraph

In class: Today I willI hand out the supporting document for CDC and something new, the  Rhetorical Precis. Some students prefer the Precis for fitting in PIGSAC / Thesis statement over a more free-wheeling introduction. Ultimately when writing your Introduction to a rhetorical analysis essay, you will choose the best style, but at least for today’s activity, go ahead and use the Precis. Eventually (depending on Red/Gold) I will go over Claim-Data-Commentary. This will be vital to write solid body paragraphs. We will finish with our good friends at Subaru for you to practice both an Introduction and a Claim Data Commentary paragraph.

HW: Finish your TWO paragraphs –  writing. How far are you in your independent novel? – reading.

September 1/5

DUE:PIGSAC / Aristotle Appeals Graphic Organizers AND Introduction Paragraphs

In class: Today we will watch Steve Jobs Stanford Graduation Speech,  and make sure we have an excellent PIGSAC moving forward. You should also take some notes on the Appeals with another graphic organizer regarding the speech’s rhetorical composition.

HW: Take the graphic organizer home and write yet another Introduction paragraph. Continue reading/annotating independent novels.

August 30/31

DUE: I will be doing a spot check on Annotations for your independent novel.

In Class. We will watch and PRODUCE amazing documents to support our understanding of what advertisers do to us to get us to buy their stuff. Then we will deconstruct their arguments by writing Introduction Paragraphs / Thesis Statements.

HW: PIGSAC / Aristotle Appeals Graphic Organizers AND Introduction Paragraphs.

August 28/29

Due: Your own commercial analysis of Logic, Ethics, and Emotion. Reading and annotations of Independent Novel (roughly half way through your book now)

In Class: Subaru’s love campaign will take center stage as we get formal with PIGSAC and Aristotle’s Appeals. Students will demonstrate what they see and understand on the white boards.

HW: Read baby read. Annotate baby annotate. At long last, I must check these on Aug. 30/31 so get it done friends.

August 24/25

DUE: Reading and annotations through page 100. Claim paragraphs from annotation bookmark.

In Class: Welcome to the Construct. We will try to get our head around Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. See if you can draw the image Plato describes!  Then we will watch a scene from a relevant movie, AND show you how The Matrix really does try to warp your mind.

HW: Just reading! Over the weekend, get roughly halfway through your independent novel with annotations.

August 22/23

DUE: Reading of the first 50 pages of your Independent Novel with Annotations AND claim paragraph reflection/answer.

In Class: I will be checking annotations first along with roll and also collect your Annotations bookmark Claim paragraph. A Power Point is HERE: AP-Exam-Overview. Next, let’s talk about Of Mice & Men. Hopefully we will have enough copies, along with your summer assignments, to get a feel for what Steinbeck was up to.

HW: Reading I.N. 100- 150 pages with annotations.

August 18/21, 2017

In Class: We will go over the syllabus and finish with the wonderful world of annotations (make sure you got your book and that you got it AND you read the first 50 pages, with annotations). Annotation Bookmark Here: Annotations bookmark.

HW: Independent Novel – first 50 pages, with annotations AND claim paragraph reflection/answer. Book List.  Annotations bookmark.

August 16/17, 2017

In Class: First you will turn in Summer Assignments. Then, we will file into a seating chart, and write our first essay. After that, we will unpack what we wrote in a small/large group discussion format. I will hand out the syllabus and say a few words about the first independent novel.

HW: Read the Syllabus and pick and independent novel from this list: Book List.   Have a copy to bring to class next time we meet.

 

 

 

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May 16

In Class: Final!

HW: Come up with an argumentative topic to challenge and debate your teacher. We will check in In Cold Blood on Thursday.

May 10-12

In Classes: AP Exam and any chance to read In Cold Blood.

HW: In Cold Blood reading

May 2-8, 2017

In Classes: Please REVIEW these Topics & finish filling in your NOTES for each – extra credit. The sub will pick these up. Review for Synthesis.  Cultural AppropriationMinimum WagePolitical PolarizationWage StagnationRobot Proof JobsTablets vs. Textbooks. Then a Class Leader will review the main Synthesis Review for maximum success: AP Synthesis Master Review

HW: Relax, enjoy the test!

April 28, 2017

In Class: A concise and beautiful review on Argument. Use this prompt and complete the worksheet as homework: Every Day You May Make Progress

HW: Churchill worksheet is homework; Read In Cold Blood

April 26, 2017

In Class: Read the following prompt and see what you think!  Singer on Hunger  A special simulation follows.

HW: Only reading In Cold Blood

April 24, 2017

In Class: Today we will focus exclusively on Rhetorical Analysis: Letter from Birmingham Jail and Abigail Adams letter to John Quincy Adams.

HW: Unfinished work

April 20, 2017

In Class: Many of you will be registering for your AP classes today. The following is due or past due on Monday, April 24: 1) All Mock re-writes; 2) Your Own Synthesis Prompt Response / Research Paper; 3) MLK Letter from Birmingham Jail Worksheet; 4) Abigail Adams Rhetorical Analysis Prompt: After Annotating the prompt and completing PIGSAC, write the essay. At a minimum, bring in an Intro Paragraph, Claim Paragraph, Any other Claims to other body paragraph.

HW: All of the above.

April 14, 2017

In Class: Today we will read a letter, write an argumentative essay, and respond to some questions for MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

HW:  Finish the Birmingham prompts.

April 12, 2017

In Class: Today we will go over the Mock Argument. We will be in room 227. You can also access this exemplar to help you in your re-writes: Polite Speech Exemplar

HW: Argument re-writes

April 10, 2017

In Class: Catch up on work. Chill out at home tonight and be well rested for your SAT tomorrow.

HW: Finish what you need to be successful.

April 6, 2017

In Class: Today will be a background presentation on Capote followed by a RA essay.

HW: Finish essay if you did not finish in class.

April 4, 2017:

In Class:  Welcome back. Today will be a hybrid class: SAT / AP test prep. I will have you access two resources and after an overview, give you time to explore a bit on your own: Shmoop SAT ; College Board SAT.  After 45 minutes or so, we will shift gears and look at one of the RA prompts given to you before Spring Break. SAT Flash Cards

HW: No HW this week or next until after the SATs.

March 15, 2017

In Class: We will also go through Rhetorical Analysis prompt from the Mock in detail. We will also assign re-writes. Due dates and grades have been updated.

HW: It would be my preference NOT to put into IC late work after Spring Break: Synthesis Prompts, Synthesis Responses, Mock Re-writes: Synthesis and RA

March 13, 2017

In Class: Today is the LAST in-class day for: 1. TEST REGISTRATION REMINDERS, 2. Synthesis Summative Work Time.  I will also check in with several of you missing the Synthesis Prompt to see where you are on that process. It would be my preference NOT to put into IC late work after Spring Break.

HW: Synthesis Response due at midnight tomorrow.

March 9, 2017

In Class: We will cover the KEY for the Mock Multiple Choice. You are then given time to work in class on outstanding assignments.

HW: Google Classroom assignments due on Monday by midnight (March 13). Hand-written Synthesis re-write due in class on Wednesday, March 15.

March 7, 2017

In Class: Today we get our Mock Exam results back. We will also go through the Synthesis prompt in detail.

HW: Turn everything in through Google Classroom. If you missed class today, make sure you get the class code from me.

March 1, 2017

In Class: Socratic Seminar!

HW: Build A Synthesis Prompt.; Template (By now you SHOULD have a copy of this and shared with me). Samples:  Synthesis Example #1; Synthesis Example #2Synthesis Example #3;

February 27, 2017

In Class: Links: Build A Synthesis Prompt.; Template (By now you SHOULD have a copy of this and shared with me). Samples:  Synthesis Example #1; Synthesis Example #2Synthesis Example #3;   We will work on reading and writing for specific purposes today in class.

HW: Socratic Seminar over Nature/Nurture on Wednesday. BUILD-A SYNTHESIS-PROMPTS are due Wednesday.

February 21 & 23, 2017

In Class: Your annotated Bibliographies are DUE on February 23. This is a BIG deal and worth HALF the points of the Build a Synthesis Prompt Summative Score. During class today, while you work, I will be calling up students to discuss and conference the DRAFT Cover Page of your chosen prompt AND to give you that score based on what you have shared with me so far on your template.  Make sure you have SHARED it with me.

HW: Annotated Bibliographies are Thursday, February 23.

February 15, 2017

In Class:  Your cover (draft) pages should be done for your Synthesis Prompt. We will begin with a Journal Prompt (remember those?) and then finish with a Newsfeed (remember these?).

HW: Your Annotated Bibliography is due on February 23. Newsfeeds are due at the end of class (# 10 – three this semester – one should have been on the inauguration)

Links: Build A Synthesis Prompt.; Template (By now you SHOULD have a copy of this and shared with me). Samples:  Synthesis Example #1; Synthesis Example #2Synthesis Example #3

February 13, 2017

In Class: We will turn to the next step (Step 4) of your Build a Synthesis Assignment. I have a student exemplar you may look at here:  Student Exemplar. Your Draft of the Cover Page is due by the end of the day today.

Links: Build A Synthesis Prompt.; Template (By now you SHOULD have a copy of this and shared with me). Samples:  Synthesis Example #1; Synthesis Example #2Synthesis Example #3

February 9, 2017:

In Class: Today we will look at the Build and Synthesis Prompt Summative with specific deadlines attached: Build A Synthesis Prompt.

You will be given time in class today to check grades, recover missing work, or work on missing work.

HW: Share unfinished work or turn it in to me. Next Synthesis prompt due date: Draft of Cover Page due on Monday, February 13.

February 7, 2017:

In Class:  Today we will look at the synthesis exam in more detail. Start Here: Argumentative Moves / Synthesis;   Then make sure you read and process this document thoroughly: Rules for High Scoring Synthesis.

HW: Tomorrow is the MOCK EXAM. Go directly to the exam. You have been excused from first period so please report promptly by 7:30 am in the gym.

February 3, 2017

In Class:  Please move from topic exploration to SOURCE gathering using this document (make a copy, rename it with YOUR first and last name, and share it with Mr. Frick):  Synthesis Assignment #2.  All 10 sources are due at the end of class.

HW: Finish finding sources and share with Mr. Frick IF you did not finish in class.

January 30, 2017

In Class: We begin with your first synthesis assignment where you will share findings. Then we will move to the idea of a Research Paper, and focus on TOPICS. Use this link: Topics

Next, we will create inquiry questions: Use this Link: Topic Exploration Link

Finally, you may start creating your Synthesis, according to your own pace: Synthesis Template

HW: All of the above

January 26, 2017

In Class: Today we will look at Synthesis Essays and discuss what they actually look like, so that you might start thinking about how to develop your own!  The last part of class may be used to either finish up your Synthesis Assignment #1 or your dialectical journals (which are both due at the end of class).

Samples:  Synthesis Example #1; Synthesis Example #2Synthesis Example #3

January 24, 2017

In Class: We begin research and synthesis work: Synthesis Assignment #1 (Make a copy and share with Mr. Frick).

HW: Huck Finn and Dialectical Journals

January 20, 2017

In Class: Turn in Fredrick Douglas packets. Reminder of the AP study session Saturday (tomorrow) 8-12 here at SHS.  In class you will watch a John Oliver satire segment and write an introduction and a CDC paragraph: How does Oliver use satire to achieve his purpose?

HW: Newsfeed on Inauguration due. Finish Huck Finn – Dialectical Journals due on Thursday, next week.

January 18, 2017

In Class:  Quiz over first half of Huckleberry Finn. Book Discussion over quiz.

HW: Read Huck Finn through chapter 26. Newsfeed #9 due at end of week.

January 12, 2017

In Class: After time to finish up the RA and MC of the Frederick Douglass packet, we will review the argument of evaluation essay template (for your prompt today) before setting aside 40 minutes for writing.  Argumentative Prompt Template

HW: Reading Huckleberry Finn through chapter 20 – Quiz on Wednesday – open note – Dialectical Journals okay to use.

January 10, 2017

In Class: Today we will start the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to provide background and support your reading of Huckleberry Finn. Our goal is certainly to review and strengthen our MC, Rhetorical Analysis, and Argument skills while getting a deeper understanding of pre-20 Century writing and history.

HW: The packet is due Wednesday, January 18, along with Huckleberry Finn reading through chapter 20 (continue your dialectical journals). There will be an assessment –  one part reading quiz, one part rhetorical analysis on Tuesday. NO Newsfeed this week. Huckle Berry Finn Read Aloud.

January 6, 2017:

In Class: Read/listen to several chapters. Be ready to discuss: Huckle Berry Finn Read Aloud. QUIZ: How does Twain use SATIRE to achieve his purpose (what IS his purpose regarding chosen topic)?

HW: Read Huck Finn, Newsfeed #8 due.

January 4, 2017:

In Class: Opening Journal Prompt: What is WRONG with Americans when it comes to Irony? Checking out Huckleberry Finn. Read/listen to several chapters. Be ready to discuss: Huckle Berry Finn Read Aloud.   Create a Dialectical Journal as modeled in class:  Racism, Education, Society, or Religion. Be ready for a QUIZ of Friday: How does Twain use SATIRE to achieve his purpose (what IS his purpose regarding this topic)?

HW: Newsfeed.

January 2, 2016

In Class: Using your journals, dissect the quote. Then, pick an article from the Economist, Wired, New Yorker, or New York Times on your iPad newsfeed. Read the article and produce a one-slide presentation to present before the end of the week.

HW: Newsfeed.

December 15, 2016

In Class: Finals. You will write two essays, a rhetorical analysis (40 min) and an argumentative essay (40 min.) If you arrive on time, you may also have an additional 10 minutes for planning. It is open note, although electronics are not allowed (no music please). You must use notebook paper and a blue or black ink pen.

HW: Enjoy your break!

December 13, 2016

In Class: We will start by reading the rubric for 0-9 Argumentative Essay Scoring according to the college board. Then you will share you document with a table partner for them to SCORE your practice essay with me. Half way through class we will discuss Arguments of Definition and Evaluation in a broader context for the final. The remainder of class will be wisely spent sharing your revised (BEST) copies of your practice essay, AND completing any missing work.

HW: No News Log updates will be accepted after Friday at midnight. Other late work must also be posted by then as well – or turned in before Friday – PLUS an email notification MUST be sent to me as well if you want assured credit. Final grades will be posted by December 18.

December 9, 2016

In Class: Again, we will access this document: AP Lang Argument, make a copy for yourself, and follow the whiteboard lecture using the template.  Other: Argumentative Moves Link

HW: As long as you kept up in class, there is no HW other than Newslog #7 – due by Monday for grade checks. Reminder: Saturday study session at SHS this week, December 10 at 8 am for extra credit points.

December 7, 2016

In Class: We will access this document: AP Lang Argument, make a copy for yourself, and follow the whiteboard lecture using the template. Argumentative Moves Link

HW: As long as you kept up in class, there is no HW other than Newslog #7 – due at the end of the week. Reminder: Saturday study session at SHS this week, December 10 at 8 am for extra credit points.

December 5, 2016

In Class: We will read “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” from 50 Essays and examine the use of personal experience and identity to reach big ideas about an abstract concept.

HW: IF you missed any of last week, here are the Journal Prompts for you to make-up: Journal Prompts; Newslog #7 due this week

December 1, 2016:

In class: We will continue with Journal Prompts and Multiple Choice practice as well.

HW: Buy a dedicated small journal to leave here in AP.  Write with lyrical precision. Also, Newslog #6 Due this week.

November 29, 2016:

In class: We will begin with a new activity – Journal Prompts; Multiple Choice practice as well.

HW: Buy a dedicated small journal to leave here in AP. Transfer over your journal prompts making new edits. Write with lyrical precision.

November 18, 2016:

In class we will have a class-long socratic seminar, with some time to reflect on Nickel and Dimed. Annotations due. Obama re-writes due. All recordings and personal essays due.

HW: Enjoy the break!

November 16, 2016:

In Class: Today we will listen to several Personal Essays and then give over some preparation time for Nickel & Dimed and the Socratic Seminar on Friday.

HW: Everything, basically, is due before Thanksgiving Break: All Personal Essay Work (Final Copy, Recording); Nickel & Dimed worksheet w/quotes & Exit Ticket (Exit Ticket will be done in class on Friday unless you will miss the day before break); Obama prompt re-write.

November 14, 2016:

Links for your summative personal essays: Final Essay: Final Essay Link;   Argumentative Moves: Argumentative Moves Link; Recording your Essay: Recording Essay Link.

In Class: Finish and Record your personal essays. This must be shared with me by Wednesday before class.

HW: Besides above, finish Nickel and Dimed and be ready for a Graded Socratic Discussion on Friday. If you will be absent it is your responsibility to get the summative make-up from me before Friday. Also, your Obama re-writes are due as well. – No newsfeed articles this week.

November 10, 2016: Links for your summative personal essays: Final Essay: Final Essay Link;   Argumentative Moves: Argumentative Moves Link; Recording your Essay: Recording Essay Link.

IN Class: Please spend the class period wisely. Begin by making sure each of your Personal Essay assignments are numbered with your name, e.g. Lopez Personal Essay #1, etc. Do this first today, and re-share each of the four assignments with me (they will be assessed this weekend).  Halfway through class today I will ask you to consider how you might work at revisions (working with Personal Essay Assignment #4).

HW:  Recordings and Final Personal Essay shared before class on Wednesday, November 16;  Finish Nickel & Dimed by November 18, completed annotations. Mid-Term Rhetorical Analysis re-writes (Obama Prompt) are also due on November 18.

November 8, 2016:

In Class: Take a break from the News Log (you should be done with number 5). Finish Personal Essay Assignment #4, cleaning up writing, and engaging in some peer editing (20-30 Minutes). After the first third of class-time work, I will introduce the summative portion of this project.

Final Essay: Final Essay Link;   Argumentative Moves: Argumentative Moves Link; Recording your Essay: Recording Essay Link.

HW:  Finish Nickel & Dimed by November 18, completed annotations. Mid-Term Rhetorical Analysis re-writes (Obama Prompt) are also due by Thanksgiving Break.

November 4, 2016

In Class: Time to Brainstorm. Finish the Personal Essay Assignment #3 – bottom portion. After 20 minutes, we will move on to more formal brainstorming and writing with this document: Personal Essay Assignment #4

HW:  You must make copies and re-name each Personal Essay Assignments and SHARE your documents (put your name in the title) with me to get credit for each one. Read the third section of Nickel and Dimed by Tuesday, November 8 – to page 191.Your FIFTH News Log slide is due today. Also, don’t forget, your Mid-Term Rhetorical Analysis re-writes (Obama Prompt) are also due by Thanksgiving Break.

November 2, 2016

In Class: We begin with informational stuff – AP Study sessions, Newsfeed Updates (Secrets of the SAT), and then we will work on the next Personal Essay in-class piece. Personal Essay Assignment #3

HW:  You must make copies and re-name each Personal Essay Assignments and SHARE your documents (put your name in the title) with me to get credit for each one. Read the third section of Nickel and Dimed by Tuesday, November 8 – to page 191. Also, don’t forget, your Mid-Term Rhetorical Analysis re-writes (Obama Prompt) are also due by Thanksgiving Break.

October 31, 2016

In Class: Today I will be checking annotations for the first two sections of Nickel & Dimed. I will also be checking your News Feed Slides. In class, you will be working on a new round of TIB’s to develop your own ideas about argumentative writing using this document/link:  Personal Essay Assignment #2. In class we will continue to work on these; out of class, you will continue to be responsible for reading and the news log.

HW:  You must make copies and re-name each Personal Essay Assignments and SHARE your documents (put your name in the title) with me to get credit for each one. Read the third section of Nickel and Dimed by Tuesday, November 8. Also, don’t forget, your Mid-Term Rhetorical Analysis re-writes (Obama Prompt) are also due by Thanksgiving Break.

October 27, 2016

In Class: Don’t forget the ongoing Newsfeed Articles. Due Today. You should be through the first TWO sections of the book by next Monday – October 31. Try this new interactive game to see how hard it is to make it in the real world on a low pay / low skill job: http://www.playspent.org   Today in class, we will introduce Introduce This I Believe Assignment: Personal Essay Assignment #1

HW: Re-writes of RA Summative, Nickel and Dimed Reading – first two sections w/annotations, Newsfeed Article #4.

October 25, 2016

In Class: The Week: Don’t forget the ongoing Newsfeed Articles. Due on Thursday (I will do a check then) will be your fourth Article/Slide. Also, we are reading Nickel and Dimed. Make sure you completed the Nickel-and-dimed-questions and that you are annotating or using the dialectical journal approach. You should be through the first TWO sections of the book by next Monday – October 31. Today in class, we will finish up our first quarter Rhetorical Analysis unit with one last Process Essay /Student Exemplar. You will then get a chance to re-write your summative or work on HW.

HW: All of the above!

October 21, 2016

In Class:   Due today: Newsfeed article #3.  In class, those who missed for the PSAT last class will do the pre-reading activity for Nickel and Dimed. Other students will get reading/annotation time for the first section of the book. After 45 minutes, we will stop class to discuss the pre-reading in a Socratic Seminar-style setting.  Nickel-and-dimed-questions then for all students are due at the end of class.

HW: Nickel & Dimed Assignment: Read Section One of the Book.

October 19, 2016

In Class: IF you are missing class today due to the PSAT and want the opportunity to get the HW, please stop by today or tomorrow.  In class there will be a pre-reading activity for Nickel and Dimed followed by a HW assignment.

HW: Newsfeed article #3; Nickel & Dimed Assignment: Nickel-and-dimed-questions

October 13, 2016

In Class: We will begin with presentations from your Current Event / News Feed slides (Due is #2). Then you will take your rhetorical analysis mid-terms.

HW: N/A

October 11, 2016

In Class: I will give you time to work on your second news feed slide due on Thursday (See October 3 for details below). Also, we will read an essay from 50 Essays and practice rhetorical analysis ahead of your mid-terms on Thursday.

HW: Mid-term on Thurs. Please also have your slides done so you can present your best work.

October 7, 2016

In Class: We begin with presentations and discussions centered around both rhetoric and argument for Jefferson and Banneker. Then we finish with EC – letter to myself.

HW: Finish up Letter to Myself

October 5, 2016

In Class: Today we will focus on a two pre-20th Century Prompts, more iPad presentations, and an exit ticket that will challenge you to find and discuss three rhetorical strategies.

HW: Finish Slides and/or Exit Tickets.

October 3, 2016

In Class:  iPad newsfeed and current event slides. All work done in class today. Click on this link to begin: https://docs.google.com/a/svvsd.org/presentation/d/1Dy-kt5PWWYB6E10nEBpM3u6ARRj-CuvnGYqS1iTJpoQ/edit?usp=sharing

HW: N/A as long as you finish in class.

September 29, 2016

In Class: Summatives due.  Today I will hand out our first College Board prompt as a process essay. I will have you annotate and work on the rhetorical situation, introduction paragraph and then an outline for an essay. Following that we will review three essays for their relative merits and detractions.

HW: No HW this weekend = enjoy!

September 27, 2017

In Class: With your summative assignment due on Thursday, today will be another review, in class modeling and writing, followed by time in class to work on your summative paper.  Power Point: AP Summative

HW: Summative is due on Thursday, September 29

September 23:

In Class: Today we finish Of Mice and Men up and talk about your first summative assignment:  Power Point: AP Summative

HW: Summative is due on Thursday, September 29

September 21:

In Class: Use your MLK Annotations to create an essay outline in the traditional format I will ask you to follow. Next we will watch a scene from a movie and you will chart PIGSAC and the Appeals on your iPads. When you are finished, share with Mr. Frick

HW: None, except I.N. or iPad if you did not finish in class.

September 19, 2016

In Class: Make sure you turn in your nature writing from Friday. Also, be ready for the Annotation Check!  Bring I.N. to Class!  We will then do all the Rhetorical Devices our brains can handle before moving to I Have A Dream: MLK at his very best!

HW:  Annotations, readings, etc.

September 15, 2016

In Class: Please bring your Independent Novel to class and spend the first 30-40 minutes reading, annotating, and answering one of the annotation bookmark series of questions. For E.C., we will go outside and do some nature writing along the creek. Relying on rhetorical strategies like tone, imagery, creative diction and syntax, write a persuasive paragraph championing your favorite outdoor season (winter, summer, spring, fall).

HW: Finish that I.N. and annotations. Assignment forthcoming.

September 13, 2016

In Class: Today we will read Shooting an Elephant and talk about Imagery and Tone.

HW: Two Google iPad Slides; PIGSAC and then write a CDC paragraph combining Imagery, Tone, and Emotional Appeals. SHARE with Mr. Frick

September 9, 2016

IN Class: Check for understanding your Rhetorical Appeals on the Steve Jobs’ Speech. After, we will introduce the concept of the Rhetorical Precis and let you practice with the Jobs’ Speech. Next, I will go over Claim-Data-Commentary. We will finish with our good friends at Subaru for you to practice a final commercial.

HW: Finish I.N.’s and perfect your latest Subaru Commercial TWO PARAGRAPHS:   Rhetorical Precis (Intro and Body #1).

September 7, 2016

In Class: Hopefully you have made great strides in reading your I.N. with annotations. How has the process been for you? Does it help or hurt your understanding? Today we will watch Steve Jobs Stanford Graduation Speech and take some notes regarding its rhetorical composition. Then you will be tasked to find both the Rhetorical Triangle and PIGSAC.

September 2, 2016

In Class: Today we will review the Rhetorical Triangle with a more formal approach, giving students the document they can rely on for their first attempts at writing. We will use more Subaru commercials before we get to writings and speeches next week.

HW: Read / Annotate I.N.

For Further Reference: The ad creation process in the social media age (warning: strong language)

August 31, 2016:

In Class: Welcome to the Construct.

HW: Reading I.N.: Roughly halfway with annotations; use the rhetorical triangle and appeals to analyze a commercial of your choosing.

For Further Reference: Aldous Huxley writes George Orwell about Nineteen Eighty-Four and the forms and phases he believes government control will take.

August 29, 2016

IN Class: I will be checking annotations first along with roll. We will be covering Of Mice and Men as well, so bring both your Independent Novel AND your Of Mice and Men to class.

HW: Reading I.N. to page 150 with annotations.

August 25, 2016

IN Class:  Then we will set up a proper argumentative discussion with a controversial topic. This is the bulk of the day. Any extra time, I will give you to read your independent novel.

HW: First 100 pages in your Independent Novel, with annotations.

August 23, 2016

In Class: First we will rock our first AP Exam: rhetorical analysis. Timed at 40 minutes, this will act as a writing sample / pretest. You will then turn in your one page current event article. I will then go over your new HW assignment (below) and discuss annotations and your next book requirement for class. Finally we will be going over the content of the Syllabus and the AP Exam. A Power Point is HERE: AP-Exam-Overview

HW:  Please bring two books to class on Monday – both Of Mice and Men (Unless I gave you a copy recently and you already returned it) AND a *New* Independent novel from this list: Independent Novel. Annotate the first 50 pages of your Independent Novel as taught in today’s class using the annotation bookmark as a guide. Make sure you bring this novel to class on Monday to be checked (that you got it AND that you read the first 50 pages, with annotations). Annotation Bookmark Here: Annotations bookmark.

August 19, 2016

In class: Turn in your iPad Proposal paper – after giving yourself an assessment (0-9) using the oversimplified rubric presented in class. After that, I will set up procedures and a review for what the acronym GOPHERS can do to help you in any argumentative situation.Next we will have a quick free write. We will then practice GOPHERS with a Socratic Seminar:

“Technology frightens me to death. It’s designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers — which is why almost no technology ever works.” – John Cleese

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.” –Sir Arthur C. Clarke

“TV and the Internet are good because they keep stupid people from spending too much time out in public.” –Douglas Coupland

Prompt: Does technology make your life better or worse?

If we have time, we will do an inside/outside activity.

HW: Read a current event article about the 2016 Presidential Election. Hand-write a one page synopsis: What, Where, When, How, and Why.  DUE on Tuesday, August 26.

August 17, 2015

In class: We will look at the syllabus. We will then work in groups to discuss the new iPads coming our way.

HW: Argumentative essay due on Friday , August 19.