2015 AP Lang

Welcome to AP Lang. Posted below you will find electronic files used in class as well as a preview of the day’s activities.

May 11, 2016:

In Class: Actual AP Exam. GOOD LUCK!

May 6 & 9, 2016

In Class: Students will read a letter written to MLK by clergymen in Alabama and then consider MLK’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail for both Rhetoric and to build arguments around it.

HW: READ and relax in preparation for the test.

May 3, 2016:

In Class: Synthesis practice with … the penny. Should the U.S. abolish the penny?

HW: No HW except to READ.

April 29, 2016

In Class: Multiple Choice test practice

HW: Finish unfinished work.

April 25 & 27, 2016

In Class: Working with 50 Essays, students will start with R.A. and review writing and strategies, analyzing three different prompts.

HW: No Homework (except unfinished work).

April 21, 2016

In Class: Students will read The End of World Hunger by Peter Singer and then choose to work up either a R.A. or an Argumentative prompt.

HW: No homework.

April 19, 2016

In Class: After ACT, students will have time to work on Independent Novel assignment.

HW:HW: Ind. Novel assignment is DUE on April 21.

April 13 & 15, 2016

In Class: Introduction to In Cold Blood as well as a Rhetorical Analysis prompt over the book on April 15.

HW: Ind. Novel assignment is DUE on April 21.

April 11, 2016

In Class:  Work on Independent Novel assignment in class (in Google Classroom).

HW: Ind. Novel assignment is DUE on April 21.

March 31, 2016:

In Class: Summative Mid-Term

HW: All unfinished work. AP Book List – annotate directly into the book – finish book for Spring Break.

March 29, 2016

In Class: Today we re-visit the final Mock Exam Free Response: Argumentative. Students will look at the scoring guide, prompt, and anchors. IF you got lower than a 7 on the Mock, please re-write the essay (due after break).

HW: Your Synthesis Prompt is now due. If your eligibility is at risk, PLEASE consider finishing this important summative assignment through Google Classroom . AP Book List – annotate directly into the book.  Summative Mid-term on Thursday.. please come to class for this writing exam.

March 23:

In Class: Socratic Seminar on Apple vs. the FBI (Freedom vs. Security).

HW: Work through Google Classroom to complete your own Synthesis Prompt Responses.  AP Book List – annotate directly into the book.

March 21, 2016

In Class: Today students can work through two multiple choice (MC) packets – each has a short answer section to complete before moving onto MC questions geared to the AP Exam.

HW: Socratic Seminar next week.  Work through Google Classroom to complete your own Synthesis Prompt Responses. Chose an independent novel from this list: AP Book List and annotate directly into the book.

March 17, 2016

In Class: We will focus our attention on the debate between Apple and the FBI over the iPhone security and the freedom it gives individuals vs. the security the nation enjoys if the FBI breaks into the phone. Should Apple be compelled to help the FBI?

HW: Socratic Seminar next week.  Work through Google Classroom to complete your own Synthesis Prompt Responses. Chose an independent novel from this list: AP Book List

March 15, 2016

In Class: Today we drop a surprise activity into the mix. You will have some time to debrief once its over.

HW: Chose an independent novel from this list: AP Book List

Week of March 7 (9th & 11th)

In Class: We begin each class with a journal prompt, focusing on word choice (diction) and fluency, claims, data, and commentary. Students then are allowed time to work through Google Classroom to complete their own Synthesis Prompt Responses. On Friday, we work though the Mock Anchors for Rhetorical Analysis

HW:  Synthesis Responses due at midnight on March 9. Mock RA re-writes Due on Tuesday, March 15.

March 3, 2016

In Class: I will review the week in terms of progress and completion of three assignments: Build a Synthesis Prompt, Synthesis Response, and Mock Synthesis Re-writes.

HW:  Please be aware of due dates! Connect to Google Classroom to make certain you are on task and up to date. Major assignments due Tonight, Monday, and next Wednesday.

March 1

In Class: We will divide class into two parts; synthesis re-writes and Synthesis Build-a-Prompt. Those who need to still present their Socratic Dialog for Huck Finn should plan to do so.

HW: Synthesis re-writes (Due March 7), Build a Prompt, and Research Papers (Due March 9).

February 25, 2016:

In Class: Students will continue Socratic Dialogs with Mr. Frick and turn in their Dialectical Journals as well as their Study Questions for Huck Finn.

HW: Work on the Build a Synthesis Prompt.

February 23, 2016:

In Class: Students will need to be prepared for Socratic Dialogs with me for Huck Finn. What we do not finish in class, we will finish on Wednesday. We also will cover the Mock Exam results and discuss what students might want to consider with this new information.

HW: Dialectical journals, Huck Finn Study questions, all related materials now due. *NEW*: Annotated Bibliographies now due for Build a Synthesis Prompt – Step 4 – on Wednesday as well.

February 21, 2016:

In Class: Students will be given the entire class period to fill out Huck Finn Study Questions   in preparation for next week’s Socratic Seminar.

HW: Dialectical Journals, Work Sheet, and Reading are Due for Huckleberry Finn.

February 19, 2016

In Class: I will begin with a review of Part 3 of the Synthesis Prompt Summative assignment you may access through Google Classroom. I will allow student work time to format sources and/ or work on Huck Finn Dialectical Journals.

HW: Important: Friday while I am away grading Mock Exams, you will be given a (let’s not call it a Quiz) Work Sheet that will help you prepare for a Socratic Seminar on Huck Finn on Tuesday, February 23. This will also push back the due dates for Part 4 & 5 of the Synthesis project by one class each. Part 4 will now be due on February 25 and Part 5 will be due on February 29. The final due date for your Papers (the written responses to your own Synthesis Prompts) remains unchanged: March 9).

February 11, 2016

In Class: Today we will conduct a short survey for Stuco, journal prompt, and work on our synthesis prompt.

HW: Finish Huck Finn, with annotations in your dialectical journals!

February 9, 2016

In Class: Today we will begin with a review of Part 2 of the Synthesis Prompt Summative assignment you may access through Google Classroom. I will allow student work time to find sources and/or work on Huck Finn Dialectical Journals.

HW: Finish gathering 10 sources and submit URL’s and signature page through Google Classroom.

Week of February 1, 3, & 5

In Class: Class time will include opening journal prompts to improve understanding, fluency, mechanics, and precision in our writing. We will then spend the week analyzing data with our MC results from the Mock Exam. We will also allow for independent study  regarding our new semester project – Research Papers. Make sure you are currently checking Google Classroom for the due dates and prompts for the Synthesis Prompt. Continue reading & annotating Huckleberry Finn.

HW: Reading Huckleberry Finn through page 200 by Tuesday – with annotations. Google Classroom Link to Synthesis / Research paper summative assignment a due dates: Summative; Database Link for SHS library: Databases

Week of January 26/28, 2016

In Class: On Tuesday we take the Mock Exam. On Thursday, we work on satire. First we will discuss Google’s attempts to call attention to a particular discrimination issue and later, we will watch a SNL skit (satire) on the same issue.

HW: Read Huckleberry Finn – Dialectical Journal through page 200.

Week of January 20/22, 2016

In Class: Guided lectures on all three free response prompts –  Mock exam workshop.

HW; Guided lecture notes – Guided Lectures; Mock Exam on Tuesday, January 26, first period in gym.

January 14, 2016

In Class: Today I will introduce satire and check out Huckleberry Finn. Read/ listen to several chapters over the weekend.

HW:  Next week we will prepare for the mock exam.

January 12, 2016

In Class: We will participate in a carousel, introducing a new Synthesis topic. By the end of class you will have several notes and a thesis

January 8, 2016

In class: Finish up your packet and cards!

January 6

In Class: Today I will introduce the AP Synthesis test. Next, we will discuss Research Papers, and embark upon a new assignment, The Source Awakens.

HW:  Source Awakens and Frederick Douglas packet due at the end of class on Friday.

January 4, 2016

In Class:  Welcome to first day of the second semester of your AP Lang class. Picking up right where we left off before break, we will pass back ALL of the materials I have collected so far. I will review the results of your first semester final. We will take a look at the semester to come: Two books, mock exam, research paper, Synthesis Free Response, etc. Then we will recollect our bearings on the Frederick Douglas packet, and hopefully finish it up before you leave class: The packet (minus the reading and MC) is here: Douglas Packet

HW:  Finish the argument portion of the packet.

December 17: Finals – One Rhetorical Analysis prompt and one Argumentative prompt.

HW: No homework ACCEPT READING!  Read 30 minutes a day.

December 15: Snow Day!

HW: The packet (minus the reading and MC) is here: Douglas Packet.  To get the reading and MC questions, stop by Mr. Frick’s room before break. This will be due on the second class day after we return.

December 11

In Class:  Work on the Frederick Douglas packet in class starting with Rhetorical Analysis, then Multiple Choice, and then Argument. We will finish this after break.

HW: The packet (minus the reading and MC) is here: Douglas Packet.  To get the reading and MC questions, stop by Mr. Frick’s room before break.

December 9, 2015

In Class: Read Dave Barry’s article about men in the kitchen and then analyze it for rhetorical content. Then, transition into MC.

HW: Finish the WS involved

December 7, 2015:

In Class: Go through a revision protocol to better your Nickel and Dimed essays – suggested in class. Additionally, add two supporting documents (words and sentence frames for argumentation) to your important document files. Re-write your essay.

HW: Essays and revisions due at the end of class today.

December 3, 2015:

In Class: Today I offer you the closing argument by Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Once again we will analyze it for rhetoric and then offshoot an argumentative prompt.

HW: Nickel and Dimed essay (assigned through Google Classroom) is due today.

December 1, 2015:

In Class: We read Orwell’s Shooting an Elephant and mine it for rhetorical gold. Then I have you outline an argumentative essay.

HW: Finish the essay outline AND meanwhile, the Nickel and Dimed essay (assigned through Google Classroom) is due on December 3.

November 20, 2015:

In Class: We will read an article from the Times-Call about later start times for area High Schools, form “Yes, But” parallel arguments, and then plan and write an argument essay in class.

HW: Turn in argument essay before class ends: Should Skyline start school at 8:30 or laterNickel and Dimed essay (assigned through Google Classroom) is due on December 3.

November 18, 2015:

In Class: I will go over a sample Argument Essay you can find on Google Classroom. Then I will assign an essay to cover Nickel and Dimed.

HW:  Nickel and Dimed essay (assigned through Google Classroom) is due on December 3

November 16, 2015

In Class: We will either do Rhetorical Situation or Rhetorical Triangle for 10-12 student examples of your recorded personal essays.

HW: Read Nickel and Dimed completely. Papers over reading will be assigned on Wednesday.

November 12, 2015

In Class: The class will be given over to working on your final drafts and recordings for your Summative Personal Essays.

HW: The Personal Essays are due to me on Monday, November 16 before class. Please email me your recording and don’t forget to Turn In the Summative part through Google Classroom.

November 10,  2015

In Class: You will begin by transferring your rough draft in Personal Essay Assignment #4 to the Personal Essay Summative Form (Google Classroom). Then follow the directions to gain all the summative points you can: 5 = Triangle Questions; 5 = Outline; 30 = Written Essay; 20 = Recording.

HW: The Personal Essays are due to me on Monday, November 16 before class. Please email me your recording and don’t forget to Turn In the Summative part through Google Classroom.

November 6, 2015

In Class: Work on and finish Personal Essay Assignment #4 (Through Google Classroom)  which includes several components leading to a rough draft.

HW: Finish and turn in personal essay one, two, and four by next Tuesday (November 10).

November 4, 2015

In Class: ACT day. Shortened class as we continue to work on personal essays.

HW: Finish and turn in (Through Google Classroom) personal essay one, two, and the prompts for the speed round.

November 2, 2015

In Class: We will conduct a speed round for your personal essay project (summative) to generate and stimulate ideas.

HW: Finish and turn in (Through Google Classroom) personal essay one, two, and the prompts for the speed round.

October 29, 2015

In Class: We will begin continue our personal essay project (summative).

HW: Finish and turn in (Through Google Classroom) personal essay two. Finish reading all ofNickel and Dimed (Evaluation section).

October 27, 2015

In Class: We will begin our personal essay project (summative).

HW: Finish and turn in (Through Google Classroom) personal essay one. Finish reading all of Nickel and Dimed (Evaluation section).

October 23, 2015

In Class: Today we will read, answer questions, and discuss Nickel and Dimed through page 119.

HW: Read Nickel and Dimed to page 191

October 21, 2015

In Class: Summative Rhetorical Analysis . After writing (40 minutes – supported) we will go over the College Board’s scoring rubric and assess three sample essays.

HW:  Nickel and Dimed to page 119 by Friday, to page 191 by Tuesday of next week.

October 19, 2015

In Class: Today will be the last day of preparation for your midterm exam on rhetorical analysis. We will participate in a supported exercise (Benjamin Banneker’s letter to Thomas Jefferson) followed by reading time on Nickel and Dimed.

HW: If you miss class today: Banneker PromptBanneker Prompt Work Sheet ; Continue your Nickel and Dimed reading.

October 14, 2015

In Class: PIGSAC for the Introduction to Nickel and Dimed followed by a discussion of what we are looking at in terms of the book. Reading time in class.

HW: Read the first section of Nickel and Dimed (the waitressing section). Annotate. Pay particular attention to rhetorical strategies as you do so. CHECKING annotations on Monday.

October 12, 2015

In Class: A pre-reading activity for Nickel and Dimed followed by a HW assignment.

HW: Do PIGSAC for the Introduction – in particular, who is the intended audience?

October 8, 2015

In Class: We will begin a new essay, focusing on two paragraphs (Introduction and First Body Paragraph, and outline the rest of the essay as you would write it). After that we will look at the assessment rubric self-assess our efforts so far. You will have the remainder of class to rework you essay, finish the outline, or finish the essay in its entirety.

HW: Sanders essay (Complete it for extra feedback or turn it in)

October 6, 2015

In Class: While writing essays, students will conference with Mr. Frick

HW: Finish the complete RA essay

October 2, 2015

In Class: We will begin with a Socratic discussion of current events and then write the Friedman prompt’s first two paragraphs. I will begin conferencing your writing and tell you your ACT practice test score.

HW: Independent Novel

September 30, 2015

In Class: Today we begin our first process essay with an actual AP prompt. First you will get a list of the remaining rhetorical devices. Then you will first read and annotate the prompt using both Triangle and PIGSAC to master the rhetorical situation. Next, we will break the prompt down further identifying Syntax, Diction, Imagery, and any other figurative language that might support the rhetorical appeals.

HW: Write an Introduction and a Claim paragraph. These will be collected on Friday for one to one conferences with me! Prompt: Why America Needs Its NerdsRhetorical Devices

September 28, 2015

In Class: Once again we will work at finding the rhetorical situation. Today we will work only on the two to three sentences that make up the rhetorical situation and the thesis, focusing on how imagery and tone create logical, ethical, and emotional appeals to achieve the filmmaker’s purpose. I will go around the room and assess as you are writing, allowing you the chance to re-write. After a stretch break we will talk about how all argumentative writing flows with a master document: Flow Chart.

HW: Independent Novel, with annotations.  If you want a preview of structure and style, look here: Rhetorical Devices

September 24, 2015

In Class: Please turn in your reworked MLK paragraphs and style sheet. Then we will take a practice ACT test. For the end of class, we will do a lesson on tone.

HW: Read and annotate your Independent Novel.

September 22, 2015

In Class: Today we will workshop our MLK, Jr. paragraphs using peer edit and a style sheet. After working though the style sheet, re-write the paragraphs.

HW: Re-write the paragraphs.

September 18, 2015

In Class: We will learn about Tone and an introduction formula called the rhetorical precise. I will hand out MLK’s I Have A Dream. Read it and be prepared to Work Shop the rhetorical situation in class, focusing on appeals and figurative language you already know (metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, imagery). Here is the Precis and CDC I handed out in class: Rhetorical Precis and Claim Data Commentary. Keep any work you have done (triangle, precis practice, etc.)

HW: Have a great Homecoming Weekend!

September 16, 2015

In Class: I will collect your introduction paragraphs for he Jobs’ speech. 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. I also will hand out a work sheet to help you facilitate your paragraph writing: Appeals Made Easy

HW: Finish the two paragraphs (one introduction / one body)  as assigned in class.

September 14, 2015

In Class: I will collect your reading logs and your paragraph practice from the All the Kings’s Men speech. Today will be the first time we move from commercial/fictional to the “Real World.” We will watch Steve Job’s Stanford graduation speech (often called the best graduation speech ever given) and see if we can trace the rhetorical appeals through each of three anecdotes (or stories) he tells during the speech. In other words, there is a lot to take in and digest. With class time you will be allowed to practice writing your introduction paragraphs.

Homework: Finish the worksheet and paragraph. Turn in the paragraph only for a grade. Jobs’ Speech Full Text; Jobs‘ worksheet

September 10, 2015

In Class: This time you can practice the paragraph AND paragraph writing while watching one more commercial (United Airlines) and a speech given by a character (based on a real politician) from a recent movie. Keep revising and working on better verbs to describe what the speaker uses to get their message across. A list of good action verbs can be accessed here: Verbs

HW: Reading Logs

September 8, 2015

In Class:  Again we turn to our good friends at Subaru to practice the triangle. We will consider a few more digital sources… including a movie clip from All the King’s Men – all in an effort to get a sense of Emotional, Ethical, and Logical appeals in persuasive writing. After much practice with the triangle, we will begin to write paragraphs for rhetorical analysis. Here is the electronic copy of the Rhetorical Triangle and Appeals Essentials: Rhetorical Appeals

HW: Reading Logs  (Due Monday)

September 3, 2015

In Class: Hooray! No more timed work samples. Today we go from the Cave (Darkness) to the Triangle (Tool) to a Subaru Commercial (Construct). All will be revealed.

HW: Practice, practice, practice. Take the Triangle home and play with it watching a commercial of your own choice.  DUE TUESDAY after Labor Day.

September 1, 2015

In Class: We begin with the synthesis essay. We finish by reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

HW: Conceptualize and draw Plato’s Cave. Be ready to explain Plato’s allegory to the class.

August 28, 2015

In Class: Turn in your One Page Annotation Bookmark reflection – I will also spot check your annotations. We will then read aloud the first chapter or so from OMM and figure out how “Rabbits” are the key to everything in Steinbeck’s masterpiece. After the Lit. Circle, we will take our first argumentative test (40 minutes).

HW: No Homework other than reading your Independent Novel.

August 26, 2015

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 Friday – both Of Mice and Men AND a *New* Independent novel from this list: Independent Novel. Annotate the first 25 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 Friday to be checked (that you got it AND that you read the first 25 pages, with annotations). Then, pick one of the reflection questions/prompts in the right hand column of the bookmark and write a one-page reflection due Friday (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 of a single page and should not take you longer than 20 minutes. Annotation Bookmark Here: Annotations bookmark.

August 24, 2015

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

HW: Read an article about Isis, Greece, the Wealth Gap in America, Deflate-Gate, or the Fires/Drought happening right now on the American West Coast. Hand-write a one page synopsis: What, Where, When, How, and Why.  DUE on Wednesday, August 26.

August 20, 2015

In class: To day, pick up a copy of the AP Lang Syllabus. Read it and ask any question you might have. We will then work in groups to chew on the Student Cell Phone Policy.

HW: Argumentative essay due on Monday, August 24.