AP Lang Archive 2014

AP TEST PREP:

AP Exam Reminders: AP Exam Prep

AP Document Dump for RA:  Rhetorical AppealsTone; Rhetorical devicesVerbs

AP Document Dump for Argument:  1. ArgumentofDefinitionTemplate; 2. ArgumentofEvaluationEssayTemplate; 3. ArgumentofProposalTemplate

3. AP Document Dump for Synthesis: 1.APLangSynthesisOutline SentenceFramesMetaphors

AP Practice Test: 2012 AP Free Response

May 11: Review

May 5 & 7: Rhetorical Analysis Two Day: Martin Luther King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail.  RA King Birmingham

May 1: Argumentative One Day: Singer’s Solution: Singer

April 29, 2015

In Class: Part two of our AP Synthesis workshop. We take the essay and then I offer immediate conferences and feedback to any student.

HW: Reading In Cold Blood.

April 27, 2015

In Class:  Part one of a two-day AP Synthesis workshop. We will look at the cost/benefit to college and prep for a synthesis essay. I also got all the grades in so please check IC and let me know if you have any concerns.

HW: Read over, outline for the process essay we will begin class with on Wednesday.

April 21-23

In Class: PARCC Testing

HW: Reading In Cold Blood only

April 17, 2015

In Class: In Class: We will begin with a short survey: http://websurveyor2.airws.org/Community/se.ashx?s=2511374541B5B5D4. I will also checkout In Cold Blood.  Then we will work on Multiple Choice prompts and questions.

HW: Reading only.

April 15, 2015

In Class: We will read Orwell’s Shooting An Elephant. Discussion follows. After that we will move to argumentation, and work with a new prompt.

HW: Finish up what you did not get to in class. Second Semester Independent Novel Assignment is due today as well. Choose an Independent Novel from this list: Novel List

April 13, 2015

In Class: Welcome back from Spring Break. Today we look at the candid essay, On Being A Cripple from the 50 Essays Book. The goal today will be rhetorical analysis with a few discussion questions, the triangle, and then the first paragraph to a rhetorical analysis essay.

HW: Finish up what you did not get to in class: On Being A Cripple; Don’t forget the Second Semester Independent Novel Assignment is due on Wednesday.

April 1, 2015

In Class: Taking up where we left off last class, we will look at the ACT Reading section. Don’t forget the vocabulary list, ACT Words, you might find useful if you plan on doing any “cramming” for the test. Finally, after more Shmoop videos, we will take a practice test.

HW:  I reminded class of the Second Semester Independent Novel Assignment (Link to NEW explanations and examples of what I am hoping you will do for this assignment) as well other outstanding homework. Check IC or below here for details.

March 31, 2015

In Class: Today we will focus on ACT Prep and the use of semi-colons. Students will take a look at Shmoop. That link will take you to the St. Vrain portal where all Juniors have access to both ACT and AP prep material. The cite has practice tests, drills, and videos. After looking at Shmoop, we will take an ACT English test. I will remind you all to finish your Independent Novels. Finally, we will talk about the value of “cramming for the ACT” and where to get the most bang for your cramming buck.

HW: Independent Novel assignment is due on April 15. ACT Vocabulary for Cramming Purposes: ACT Words

March 27, 2015

In Class: Huckleberry Finn Socratic seminar.

HW: Exit Ticket: Mark Twain Topics – Finish and turn in along with your quote/response journals.

March 25, 2015

In Class: Today we deconstruct the scoring guide and sample essays for the Monuments Synthesis Essay. You will be given ample time to re-write.

HW: Finish the Monument Synthesis re-write. Reminder, the Huck Finn discussion is on March 27. Also Due: Create a 4-page annotation journal for quotes and responses to four topics: Society, Education, Racism, Religion.  Also, for your second semester Independent Novel: Divide into four sections; 1. For each section identify 2-3 rhetorical strategies (style/structure)… one paragraph. 2. For each section, use textual evidence to write a theme paragraph… one paragraph. Turn-in a TOTAL of 8 paragraphs. This is Due April 15.

March 17,19, 23

In Class: PARCC testing.  REMEMBER to SIGN-UP for AP TEST!

HW: Reminder, the Huck Finn discussion is on March 27. Also Due: Create a 4-page annotation journal for quotes and responses to four topics: Society, Education, Racism, Religion.  Also, for your second semester Independent Novel: Divide into four sections; 1. For each section identify 2-3 rhetorical strategies (style/structure)… one paragraph. 2. For each section, use textual evidence to write a theme paragraph… one paragraph. Turn-in a TOTAL of 8 paragraphs. This is Due April 15.

March 13, 2015

In Class: We will deconstruct a strong argumentative essay one more time with the following guide with questions for you to answer: Churchill  Prompt. After, we will talk about next week with PARCC testing. Do not forget to bring your independent novels to class next time!

HW: Finish worksheet and Bring Independent Novel to Class.

March 11, 2015

In Class:  First we will discuss your new Independent Novel assignment, then we will talk about AP Test registration and procedure. We will finish class with a 40-minute in-class argumentative essay.

HW: Just pick up your Independent Novel: Novel List.  For your second semester Independent Novel: Divide into four sections; 1. For each section identify 2-3 rhetorical strategies (style/structure)… one paragraph. 2. For each section, use textual evidence to write a theme paragraph… one paragraph. Turn-in a TOTAL of 8 paragraphs. This is Due April 15. Reminder, the Huck Finn discussion is on March 27.

March 9, 2015

In Class:  We will read David Sedaris’ A Plague of Tics. Then we will do an exercise for rhetorical analysis and then consider the Nature vs. Nurture debate before writing a couple of paragraphs for an argumentative essay.

HW: Finish the Sedaris assignment and Re-Write Mock Argumentative Essays are due next class.

March 5, 2015

In Class: Registration questions, AP questions, and turning in your Mock Exam R.A. re-writes will be up first. Then we will read the Mock Exam Argumentative prompt followed by the scoring guide and anchor papers. You will then guess the anchor essay scores and use the information to re-write your own argumentative Mock Exam essays.

HW: Re-write Mock Argumentative Essays.

March 3, 2015

In Class: Today students will take a rhetorical analysis test/essay using the 2014 AP Lang Free Response (Letter from Abigail Adams to her son, John Quincy Adams. After the test we will consider anchor essays for scores and you will self-assess your efforts.

HW: Louv Mock Exam R.A. re-writes are due on Thursday.

February 26, 2015

In Class: Some opening questions about your experiences learning to read and reading will open up a discussion on why, what, and how you read today. Then, we will read Sherman Alexie’s Superman & Me from 50 Essays and work through the essay from a rhetorical analysis perspective.

HW: Louv Mock Exam R.A. re-writes are due on Thursday.

February 24, 2015

In Class: Today I will return your Rhetorical Analysis essays (Louv Prompt) from the Mock Exam. We will annotate and look at the scoring guide. Students will need to rewrite it for class on Monday March 2. At the end of class I will go over the correct way to do Work Cited pages and MLA in-text citation.

HW: RA re-writes. Final research papers due tonight (Feb. 24) by midnight.

Monday, February 20, 2015

In Class: First 200 pages or so of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Create a 4-page annotation journal for quotes and responses to four topics: Society, Education, Racism, Religion.  This will be due just before the end of the month. Final day of research and writing in class for research papers.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 24.

February 18, 2015

In Class: Great introductions and conclusions: a reminder! Reading, research, and writing time.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23.

February 13, 2015:

In Class:  First 150 pages or so of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Create a 4-page annotation journal for quotes and responses to four topics: Society, Education, Racism, Religion.  This will be due just before the end of the month.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23.

February 11, 2015:

In Class:  Today I assign the first 100 pages or so of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Create a 4-page annotation journal for quotes and responses to four topics: Society, Education, Racism, Religion.  This will be due just before the end of the month.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23

February 9, 2015:

In Class: Today we will go over Arguments of Proposal. I have assigned a Google Classroom Document to each of you that you can use as an outline to complete this portion of your Research Paper. You will have plenty of time to work on this part of the Research Paper.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23

February 5, 2015

In Class: ACT, part II. We will go over strategies for the English portion for the ACT before taking the exam (40 minutes). The rest of class will be given over to researching.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23

February 3, 2015

In Class: We will go over test taking strategies for the ACT. Next we take a practice Reading test (35 minutes). After that, I will turn your attention to your Research paper. We will again use Google Classroom. Each of you have a copy of two outlines now… the second is Argument of Evaluation. Start constructing your essay!  ACT prep slideshow

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23

January 30, 2015

In Class: Today we will go over Arguments of Definition. I have assigned a Google Classroom Document to each of you that you can use as an outline to complete this portion of your Research Paper. You will have plenty of time to work on the Penny Essay revisions OR the Research Paper.

HW: Research Paper is due on February 23

January 28, 2015

In Class:  I will quickly review EasyBib, and then begin conferences again for synthesis re-writes. Today students will have research and writing time.

HW: Research papers… Final Penny Essays due Friday.

January 26, 2015

In Class: I will begin with a few exemplars from student submissions to Google Classroom on the Penny Synthesis Essay.  I will also be sharing data from the Multiple Choice section, both as a class and individually through private conferencing. During the conference (held over two days on Mon. and Weds. ), students can work in-class on revising the penny essay or starting their Research Synthesis Paper (Summative). This is designed to allow students to resubmit for a higher score on the penny essay (if they so chose) or just give them a stronger foundation for the research summative due in four weeks on February 23. Obviously, you will have some time to work on the research paper in-class with several reminders leading up to this date; however, this is the essence of a college-level course. Focus on organization, planning, and a firm due date so you are not depending on these reminders.

HW: Re-writes of Penny Essay or final No Grades will go in IC on January 30. Hard copy:  Research-Essay information link. The same information is on Google Classroom. Research paper due on Monday, February 23.

January 22, 2015

In class: Today is the Mock Exam!

January 20

In Class: Finish reading The Way We Lie and complete both the short answers and multiple choice. Excess time can be worked finishing those Penny’s essays, late credit.

HW: Unfinished work. Mock Exam power point.

January 15

In Class:  Read On Dumpster Diving (p. 146/ 50 Essays). Complete the rhetorical triangle. Next answer the questions first as short answers, then as multiple choice. After going over the answers, read The Way We Lie (p. 159/ 50 Essays).  Once again, complete the rhetorical triangle. Next answer the questions first as short answers, then as multiple choice.

HW: Synthesis Essay deadline through Google Classroom extended to Tuesday, January 20, BEFORE SCHOOL.

January 13, 2015

In Class:  We will talk about study sessions and the mock exam coming up soon. Then we will work on writing our first un-timed synthesis essay using Google Classroom.

HW: Finish the essay. Submit by the end of the day on Thursday, January 15.

January 9, 2015

In Class: First we will turn in our 30 sentence frames and then we will have a journal prompt as a warm-up. Next we will look at the power point for synthesis and go over some rules. Finally, you get an actual synthesis test to annotate.

HW:  Bring back a fully annotated synthesis test for further work

January 7, 2015

In Class: After presentations of your slides, please share your final work with me for grading. Then we will work with the Synthesis Moves Frames (link below).

HW: See if you can write out 30 sentences based on the Synthesis Moves Frames, introducing and carrying on conversations between sources on the topic of Standardized Testing.

January 5, 2015

In Class: First we will talk about the First Semester Final and identify strengths and weaknesses in the results. Then today will become the first of a two-day Synthesis Exam workshop (AP Synthesis Power Point – Synthesis Moves Frames). The first day will be something you are familiar with… read a prompt (Mother Tongue by Amy Tan on page 396 of 50 Essays), consider the rhetorical strategies (triangle), and then identify the main purpose (argument) of the piece. Then, working in pairs, take opposite sides of the issue and create a one-slide powerpoint, identifying FOUR gophers for the side you will take and one counterargument (or concession) — NOTE: ONLY ONE OF YOUR GOPHERS may come from personal experience or observations. The slide should contain:     1. What argument is being made (Purpose) about standardized tests?  2. What Rhetorical Appeal (Logical, Ethical, Emotional) did you most identify with (regardless of your position on the issue).  3. Then a PRO Side with Bullet Points – for Standardized Tests as a way to measure student achievement – (Four Gophers / One Counter-Argument Gopher) AND a CON Side with Bullet Points- against Standardized Tests as a way to measure student achievement – (Four Gophers / One Counter Argument Gopher). Because only one of the GOPHERS may come from personal experience and observations, you will be required to do some RESEARCH. Data Basis and Google Searches will be necessary. Include URL’s next to bullet points. Presentations will be on the second day of the workshop.

HW:  This is CRITICAL to success on the second day of our workshop. Make sure your slides are complete and ready to present. Homework is revising your side of the one-slide presentation once you get home and are able to complete your research. MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE THE URL of the three sources you use to bolster your position. Slides will be shared with me for grades after the second day of the workshop.

December 16, 2014

In Class: Today I will pass out a packet of sorts, so you can have a look at prior argumentative and rhetorical analysis prompts that the AP Board have released in recent years. Spend some time thinking about how you might attack each for essay-writing purposes. After some time to digest, I will then present some reminders to prep you for the final.

HW: Finish looking over the packet and review ALL HANDOUTS.  Check out the Reminder Outline here: Sem 1 Final Power Point.

December 10, 2014

In Class: We will spend the first 10 minutes of class getting back into pairs to finish one-slide presentations. After, students will brainstorm other gophers that could be used. The third activity of the day will be the writing/revising process — I will show you the prompt that is relevant to these activities and students will work on writing essays.

HW: Finish the essay

December 8, 2014

In Class: Liking the one-slide presentation format once again, this time students read a complicated text regarding Security/ Freedom and the topical subject of in-school cameras. After decoding two images, students will then read, discuss, and present arguments with GOPHERS.

HW: Your Independent Novel Essays are now due on Friday – that’s a four day extension. Check IC and see if you and I are on the SAME page regarding late work. Shoot me an email if you went back and completed one of the Google Classroom assignments so I can get you credited. No further late work will be expected after Friday, December 12. No homework, OTHER than catching up if you need to… (includes both Summatives!).

December 4, 2014

In Class: Using the 50 Essays Text, we will read a short essay called Shooting Dad. After, we will annotate by producing rhetorical triangles, and then, students will work to make one-slide presentations, focusing on main idea, claim, and commentary.

HW: Semester One Independent Novel Assignment ; Independent Novel Rubric

December 2, 2014

In Class:  Students will begin by making claims and counterarguments about Thanksgiving dinner. Then a new summative assignment (the Independent Novel Assignment) will be discussed in detail. Students will get the opportunity to work on Independent Novel Assignment (link below). The book will need to be read and reviewed for success on this assignment.

HW:  Semester One Independent Novel Assignment;

November 19, 2014

In Class: Students will get the opportunity to both work on writing and recording personal essays. Feedback from instructor will be available. We will also look at the triangle, outline, and essay requirements.

HW: Personal Essay Summative (Triangle, Outline, Essay and Audio Recordings) DUE on Friday, November 21. Personal Essay Rubric

November 17

In Class: Students have the week to write. First, turn in your argumentative essays on the ethical question regarding incentives for charity work (AP Lang 2007 Prompt). Then, go back to Google Classroom and find the newest electronic homework assignment designed for you to regard a personal essay modeled after both the This I Believe speeches AND the outlines you have gotten familiar using for the argument of evaluation essays.

HW: Personal Essay Summative (Triangle, Outline, Essay and Audio Recordings) DUE on Friday, November 21.

November 13, 2014

IN Class:  We begin with a fun essay by Dave Barry called, Turkeys in the Kitchen. From there, were will workshop multiple choice questions. Today you will also turn in your movie vs. book essay and work on the new essay… Is it acceptable to give incentives for people to do charity work (AP Lang 2007 Prompt.)?

HW. Finish that AP 2007 Argumentative Prompt. Begin work on personal essays.

November 11, 2014

In Class: We will write the full essay for the Argumentative (Movie vs. Book) Template you worked on last time in class.

HW: Create an outline for the 2007 prompt: AP Lang 2007 Prompt.

November 8, 2014

In Class: Today there will be several new documents to support the new unit on Argumentative Writing. These can be accessed here: Argument of Evaluation and here: Argumentative Movie vs. Book Template.

HW: Finish all electronic HW assignments AND outline the Movie vs Book essay using the template.

November 6, 2014

In Class: Class will be short with the late start, so we will most likely only get to the next Google Classroom assignment on Counter Argument.

HW: Finish ALL Google Classroom assignments AND I need to know what Independent Novel you have chosen.

November 4, 2014

In Class: We review your summative timed Rhetorical Analysis grades and go over some common errors. Then we sign up for the first Saturday Study Session. The bulk of class will be spend going over GOPHERS for argumentative essays and a Google Classroom  assignment involving coming up with examples for Reasons for and against certain education topics.

HW: Finish ALL Google Classroom assignments AND I need to know what Independent Novel you have chosen.

October 30, 2014

In Class: Today we do a round of “speed dating” with various subjects that might help you decide on a topic for your personal essay. This will be assigned again through Google Classroom 

HW: Finish ALL Assignments (1-3) and read your independent novels.

October 28, 2014

In Class: We will continue to work through Google Classroom and our personal essay prompts.

HW: Finish Assignments 1 & 2, and have your independent novel started for class.

October 24, 2014

In Class: Summative Time Writing: Rhetorical Analysis. Closed note.  After, we will begin our personal essay work: Google Classroom

HW: Choose an Independent Novel from this list: Novel List

October 22, 2014

In Class: Volunteers will put the triangle on the board for the WilsonPrompt.. Students will then have the class period to refine this last process essay. Students MAY use any word lists or device charts for this last process essay before the summative on Friday. It will be DUE at the end of class, finished or not.

HW:  Prepare for Summative RA Timed Writing on Friday: Look over word lists and device charts. Refresh your memory for notes on rhetorical devices, the appeals, and tone, as well as what needs to be in introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.

October 20, 2014

In Class: ALL reading logs are due. Today we will triangle a short rhetorical analysis prompt and then answer a series of short answers for MC practice. Then we will go over the answers. Any time remaining will be devoted to a new RA process essay which will be due by the end of the class on Wednesday.

HW: Triangle and Introduction for the Wilson RA piece.

October 15, 2014

In Class: We will begin with a journal prompt – helping us to become great writers. I will then hand back your scored Friedman prompts and make a few comments. Then we will return to MC and finish what we started by discussing the answers to the prompts you had begun work on previously.

HW: Accepting Late Work (Friedman, Style Chart, MLK, Jobs) through the end of the day, then posting emails to parents. Reading Logs.

October 13, 2014

IN Class:  Turn in completed Friedman essays. New reading logs for the next week will be handed out. Then we will read a rhetorical analysis passage and annotate it along with the triangle. Finally we will write two sentences (Situation and Thesis). This will be a timed activity. After that we will work in partner groups to complete a short answer section. Finally we will finish with multiple choice questions to see how a many we got correct.

HW: Reading Logs

October 9, 2014

In Class: I will REMEMBER to collect the Reading Logs. Then we will have short free-write using metaphor. Our main class activity will to “buckle down” and turn in a complete (un-timed essay) for the Friedman prompt. This will be scored on the full rubric. IF you are unable to finish, it is Homework, however, this is valuable class time and I will be circulating looking for active writing today.

HW: Finish Friedman essay.

October 7, 2014

In Class: Using the Friedman prompt, students will look at simplified scoring rubric and see how the AP examiners look at other components (Precision, Fluency, and Voice). We will use a Style Chart as a visual way to improve our writing.

HW: Finish the Style Analysis Chart

October 3, 2014

In Class: Socratic discussion on “Scrubbing in Maine” from Nickel and Dimed.

HW: Friedman Prompt: Introduction and Body Paragraphs. (Rhetorical Precise AND Claim Data Commentary Paragraph).

October 1, 2014

In Class: First we will spend time perfecting two sentences: The rhetorical situation & the thesis for the Sanders Prompt. Then we will look at the grading rubric readers used when scoring this prompt on a 1-9 scale. Next we will examine three essays.

HW: Nickel and Dimed: Scrubbing in Maine. Be prepared for a Socratic Seminar.

September 29, 2014

In class:  I will be passing back MLK Speech analysis and looking at the Rhetorical Precis/ Introduction again. Also, we will be examining the Claim, Data, Commentary structure of the second paragraph.  Then we will start looking at the remaining Structure and Style devices; Rhetorical Device Page Here: Rhetorical devices. We will then look at the MLK Speech one more time and try to pick out any more that we can find with the new Rhetorical Devices from today. If there is time, we will look at our very first RA prompt from the AP Central Testing site. This Sanders prompt can then be scrutinized for annotation purposes and the Rhetorical Triangle. Be ready to identify the rhetorical situation in one to two sentences as well.

HW: Sanders Rhetorical Situation in four sentences.

September 25, 2014

In class: Today we will have a lesson on Style: Word Choice, with analogy taking the lead. Then you will have extended in-class reading time to perfect the rhetorical triangle for the first section of Nickel and Dimed. Be prepared to discuss for the last ten minutes of class.

HW: Reading Logs

September 23, 2014

In class: We will watch a prompt for Shifts in Tone (from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) Then I will announce the alternative to the Acquisition Journal I have decided to go to: Reading Logs. Finally, we will have a Socratic Discussion on our pre-reading for Nickel and Dimed.

HW:  Reading Log.

September 19, 2014

IN class: Sub Day. Students will work on pre-reading sheet for Nickel and Dimed and read the Introduction. If time, read the first section and do the Rhetorical Triangle.

HW: Finish two paragraphs for MLK speech. Will be turned in at beginning of class next Tuesday.

September 17, 2014

IN Class: Students will start with the rhetorical precis (introduction) paragraph and claim, data, commentary (body) paragraph for MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech. Today will be a workshop day. Students will two new documents to help refine their two paragraphs. Tone ;  Connecting the Appeals in more Word ideas.

HW: Finish paragraphs.

September 15

In Class: We will begin with a fictional political speech from All the King’s Men and use the rhetorical triangle to again, practice identifying strategies and appeals. Then we will talk about “shifts in tone” that speakers/ writers have traditionally used to persuade audiences. We will also learn one style strategy regarding structure, juxtaposition. We also cover a few strategies regarding word choice you already know: the poetic devices (metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole). We will end with MLK’s speech, a new triangle, and a new Rhetorical Precis.

HW: Finish the Rhetorical Precis for MLK’s speech. New Acquisition Notebook terms: Banal, Correlation, Fodder, Hubris, Innocuous, Juxtaposition.

September 11

In Class: I will remind students to pick up 20 easy points with the Acquisition Notebook. Then we will watch another Subaru commercial and your assignment will be 35 minutes of sustained writing. First, draw the triangle, then do an Introduction Paragraph, follow that up with a Body Paragraph. Next I will hand out MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech. Read it for HW and be prepared to Work Shop it in class after the weekend. Here is the Cheat Sheet I handed out in class for the sustained writing: Rhetorical Precis and Claim Data Commentary.

HW: Read and annotate the speech.

September 9

In Class: I will check off your first 20 words in your Acquisition Notebook. Then we will exchange the Steve Jobs’ Rhetorical Situation paragraphs and peer edit with the following checklist:  The Rhetorical Situation Checklist.  Students will then take their paragraphs home to re-write. Don’t lose the Jobs’ Worksheet either because I will collect all three (WS, Rough Draft with Peer Checklist, and Final draft) on September 11. Then we will have a power point on Claim, Data, and Commentary for body paragraphs: Claim, Data, Commentary.  To practice writing body paragraphs, we will turn to our good friends at Subaru.

HW: Finish Rhetorical Situation paragraph for Jobs’ Speech. Watch a commercial and do two practice paragraphs… one rhetorical situation paragraph and one claim paragraph highlighting one of the strategies the commercial uses to get you to purchase their product.

September 5

In Class: We will watch the Jobs speech and take volunteers to write out the triangle for each of his three stories that he tells. Then we will practice the rhetorical situation in paragraph form again. We will refine each paragraph to the point that you will want to turn it in, with your worksheet, for a grade.

HW: New Acquisition Notebook Terms (NOTE: These will be checked for the first time and a grade on 9/9): Abstract, Acerbic, Allusive, Ambivalent, Analogy, Awe, Bemused, Capricious, Churlish, Conciliatory.  

September 3:

In Class: First we will review Aristotle’s Means and Modes by starting with a new Subaru commercial. After demonstrating the triangle, you will write a paragraph in class making a claim that the commercial utilizes at least one (logical, ethical, emotional) appeal along with any other persuasive tools you want to highlight. After in-class practice, I will hand out the Steve Job’s speech. Your homework will be a worksheet that allows you to search out many of the appeals in his speech. Mr. Jobs tells three stories. Pick one of these to search for all three appeals. Worksheet is here: Jobs

HW: Finish Job’s Worksheet and bring to class ready to discuss.

August 29:

In Class: First we will review the triangle with a power point and some class demonstrations of the HW (your own commercials + analysis). Then I will assign some new vocabulary:  For your Acquisition NotebooksAmicable, Anachronistic, Anecdote, Anonymous, Antagonist.  I will then talk about Aristotle’s Appeals. Then we will rework the commercials using Aristotle’s Means and Modes. Finally, students will practice WRITING the rhetorical situation.

HW: Using your own commercial again, practice the triangle + Aristotle’s Means and Modes. Then write out the rhetorical situation in one to two sentences.

August 27, 2015

In Class: First we will begin with a thematic approach to the class: EVERYTHING is an argument. To honor the point, we will start with an allegory and present the thesis through discussion, practice and the rhetorical triangle. The power point for this is here: Triangle. Then we will model how to unlock the triangle with some commercials.  If we have time, I will empty the turn-in basket and have you collate your three essays for me (Argumentative, RA, and Synthesis). If you did not take one or more of these, and consider this a missed opportunity, come see me for a chance to make it up. THEN (again, if time) we will table group OMM for annotations, and questions. We will turn in the assignment (one page reflection on annotation prompts) regardless of how long the triangle takes to learn.

HW: Using the Triangle Worksheet from class, practice on a commercial of your own choosing tonight and bring to class on Friday.

August 25, 2015

In Class: Today we will be going over the content of the AP Exam. This Power Point is HERE: AP Exam Overview. Then we will be learning and using Reading Annotations to take an in -depth look at Chapter One in Of Mice and Men. The Annotation Bookmark is can be accessed here: Annotations bookmarkAlthough we will have some in-class time to work on these, you will have HW (below). Then we will do something FUN to aid our transition into our last Pre-Assessment (The Synthesis Test).

HW:  Annotation Bookmark Here: Annotations bookmark. Pick one of the reflection questions/prompts in the right hand column of the bookmark and write on it before next class (From your previous training in Language Arts: Make a Claim, Introduce Evidence, Explain, and Pertain Evidence back to Claim). This should be handwritten, up to but not to exceed, the front/back of a single page.

August 21, 2015

In Class: You will turn in your argumentative essay on year-round school. At some point, it’s picture day, so look good. Today we will go over the syllabus, then we will talk about Acquisition Notebooks. Finally I will find a chunk of time for you to take your first rhetorical analysis pre-assessment in-class.

HW: Your only homework is to follow the Acquisition Notebook procedure for these five Power words: Allusion, Allegory, Abstinence, Adulation, Adversity

August 19, 2015

In Class: The Syllabus is available for pick up. We will discuss it on August 21. Today students should pick up an article on Year-Round School posted in the Times Call. Here is a link to another resource:  Time Magazine Article.  After reading and considering your own views, write an argumentative essay taking a clear position on the issue. This essay should include: Thesis (Claim), Evidence: both articles can be cited/ at least one citation per body paragraph, and Conclusion. Please use MLA In-Text Citation. This is not meant to be a research paper, although you may do some light research if you so desire. However, consider other possible sources from your own knowledge bank of 1) Government and Current Events 2) Observations and Personal Experience 3) Philosophy 4) History 5) Entertainment or Pop Culture 6) Readings and 7) Science and technology.

HW: Finish your in-class essay. All essays, unless otherwise noted, must be handwritten on lined paper, like the AP Exam. If you have bad hand-writing, consider skipping lines.

Summer assignment link: Summer Assignment

Syllabus Link: APLangSyllabus