Directions: We will be doing a number of exercises that will serve as skill-building for a variety of reasons. In order to do well on these exercises, you must:
– Keep all the exercises in the second half of your Acquisition Notebook (use a bookmark) that will be kept in this room, except when new AP and Power words are assigned for Homework.
– Date and number each exercise at the top of your page
– Answer each question in four sentences.
– Use a pencil or pen. Write neatly.
At various times in the year, I will grade two of the journal exercises (you will pick on; I will pick one). Each graded exercise will be worth 10-15 points.
IF the question is an unscripted free-write, you may choose to write 4-6 sentences to “unpack” the meaning.
IF the question is a for rhetorical analysis prompt or essay, unless otherwise instructed, use this: A Modified Rhetorical Precis: You are required to write a 4 sentence paragraph that records the essential elements of the spoken or written discourse while providing a brief analysis.
1. The first sentence includes the name of the writer (usually including a descriptive phrase); the work’s genre (if known), title, and date of publication (if known), a rhetorically accurate verb (“asserts,” “argues,” “implies,” “posits,” but NOT “writes” or “states”); and a that clause containing the major assertion (the author’s thesis statement) of the statement.
2. The second sentence provides an explanation in your own words of what the author means.