Friday, January 12, 2018

Inheritance of Tools


Blog your answers to the following questions. 6th period, we were ahead and did #1 in class, so omit #1 as we discussed.

  1. Cite two examples of parallel syntax and explain their effect. (1st period only)
  2. Consider the organization of the essay, noting particularly the section about the gerbils (paragraphs 17-25). How does that section contribute to the overall effect?
  3. Read paragraph 20. Explain the purpose of Sanders’s reference to the grand events included there.
  4. Explain the rhetorical effect of the allusions that Sanders includes in paragraph 25.
  5. Read carefully the final sentence of the essay. Discuss the effectiveness of concluding with this selection of details.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hunger of Memory

Your task is this:
  1. Read the excerpt of Richard Rodriguez's Hunger of Memory.

  2. Write a reading response to Hunger of Memory on your blog. Use the guide in the link above or on page 42 of your AP Lang Handbook.

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.