Monday, September 25, 2017

Toxophilus Unleashed!

Read pages 35-48 in the TLC book (read carefully for understanding, not for completion) and apply one of the techniques enumerated therein (pp. 40-46) to the Toxophilus excerpt from this book written by Roger Ascham in 1545 and dedicated to King Henry VIII (the assignment is on page 48).

I've linked the Toxophilus excerpt in a Google Docs version so you can copy the text into your Google Docs or Word if you wish. Using tables, you can do the dialectical journal or graphic organizer on Google Docs and you can annotate using comments. You may wish to bring something in done by hand, though. Not sure if you can circle and draw arrows in the way you may wish to in a Google Doc. I do encourage you to try your hand at the dialectical journal or the graphic organizer.


Enjoy your trip back into the scientific observations and practical concerns of the mid-Sixteenth Century England!

Due Tuesday in class.


Monday, September 18, 2017

What was he thinking?

Having read Thinking as a Hobby, consider the different ways that the statuettes are positioned. Golding is pretty clear that their positioning indicates a philosophy of life held by Golding or the headmaster at various points in time. Think about the elements symbolized by these three statuettes: the thinker, the leopard, and the Venus de Milo.


Your task is to lay out the three different arrangements from the essay. Then explain what each arrangement means in the context of the article.  What philosophy does each arrangement represent?

I would contend he reveals more about himself than perhaps he meant to in the final arrangement. What might he have revealed that he did not intend?

Please blog your writing on this.

Friday, September 15, 2017

We be bloggin'!

This year, you will turn in your daily type home work assignments on your blog and your larger process papers on Google Docs. In order to get going, you need to set up a blog.

To do so, log into your Fife Schools account and from the top bar, choose More and then Blogger. Follow the prompts to set up your blog from there. It can be called whatever you want and you can play with the design to your heart's content, but remember that this is a school class blog you will use for AP English Lang this year and likely for AP English Lit next year.

Then (this part is important) send me the address to your blog. NOT the address to the dashboard of your blog, but the web address to actually view your blog. Without this, I'll never see your hard work, and the grade book will fill up with sad little zeros. :(

Also, please do not be alarmed or feel disoriented if my blog design changes. That will happen every so often.

Also check out the SAT prep at https://www.khanacademy.org/.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Reading

Welcome to AP English Language and Composition!

We have a summer assignment. Don't worry; it's not too onerous. It's a little reading, a little thinking, and a little writing. Be thoughtful, but don't make it more than it is. Follow the link above for instructions and materials. Have a wonderful summer and I'll see you on September 6th!

If you have questions, please feel free to email me!

NOTE: The summer assignment link sends you to a folder with pdf files hosted by Google Drive. You can view them in your browser, but I strongly suggest downloading the Huck Finn articles to your computer and either printing them or opening them from your computer. The browser interface won't allow you to rotate the articles (they are scanned from a book and are flipped on their side). One student told me she had a hard time reading them as it was uncomfortable to turn her head. ;) You have other options!

Spring Break Travel
I will be leading a trip this spring break to Italy, France, and Spain. We use an educational tour company called Explorica to guide us and take care of all the details so we can explore and have fun.
So, if you would like to spend your spring break abroad seeing the sites in Rome, wandering the charming streets of Florence, holding up the Tower of Pisa, walking along the French Riviera, and exploring the eclectic wonders of Barcelona, then check out this trip!