Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Look up and define anthropomorphized.
Blog questions 2, 4, 5, and 6 and be prepared to discuss all of them.
Tomorrow you will have the opportunity to put into practice some of what we've been working on the last couple of days.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Also, if you are a creative individual and have poetry, short stories, photography, art, etc that you would like to showcase in the Figh High School's very own Mirror Magazine, then turn your submissions in to me, the box in the library, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Assertion Journal: The Angel in the House
Defend, challenge, or qualify the following assertion noting the complexity of the issue and acknowledging any possible objections to your point of view: the angel in the house is dead and no longer lives in the imaginations of either women or men.
Remember to explain the assertion, provide support for your position, and address the counterargument. Responses should be 250-350 words.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
p 360 Discussion question # 3
p 361 Rhetoric and Style questions 4 and 9
Second Period: Please remember to bring in stuffed animals. The drive runs through April 30th, but the sooner we get our contribution in, the better.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Remember to blog the questions on "The Future of Happiness" you created in your groups along with the ones you did last night.
Monday, April 21, 2008
- Identify something in the text; Analyze text/diction in context for meaning
- Explain an assertion; identify his argument; evaluate his techniques
- Analyze how diction reveals his bias/attitude
- Identify a relationship (between elements of a text); analyze par. 6 for pros & Cons then create/synthesize an ideal relationship
- Analyze the effect of a ref. to a person; evaluate how convincing his argument is; identify an effective rhetorical move or propose one that would make the argument better
Oh, and please make an effort to work better in groups during class. Some of you do well, others waste time prodigiously.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
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This video was made by another amazing University of Puget Sound alumnus.
Don't forget to scroll down for your actual assignment!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Hasty conclusion like toy balloon: easy blow up, easy pop.
--Charlie Chan at the Race Track
Your homework comes in two parts.
Part one is to make sure you have the 3 scenarios on your blog. Sorry for any confusion before, but hopefully it is clear(er) now. Edited instructions are below.
Part two is to read the Future of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on page 623 of your books.
Here are 10 logical fallacies. Research them here* and then create for your blog three short scenarios: two of which are examples that you make up of the fallacies below and one that is meant to be logically consistent. In class, we'll examine these paragraphs and see if the class can guess which is which. Make sure that it's not obvious that you're using a fallacy. Make us work; make us better.
- Begging the Question
- Slippery Slope
- False Dilemma
- Post Hoc
- Biased Sample
- Gambler's Fallacy
- Hasty Generalization
- Ad Hominem
- Straw Man
- Tu Quoque
Borrowed (stolen) from the wise and illustrious nstearns.
* Use the handout and this Nizkor Project site to help with this task.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Just a quick note on turning in papers. When we have a paper due, it is due at the beginning of class. If you had computer problems, you should come early so you can print it out. Class time is not for writing your bibliography or reformatting your paper. We spent all that time yesterday going over these issues to avoid that. (In fact someone today told me, as they begged for more time to correct something they did wrong, that they weren't really listening. Not my problem...late paper.)
You are almost adults; you need to start taking responsibility for your work. If you don't know how to do something in your wordprocessor, look in help. Don't just say I don't know how--do something about it. People who can't figure things out for themselves are a bane in an office or on a job site. Learn how to find things out for yourself. Someone today told me they couldn't find any information on MLA. Well, not only is there a link on the blog that we have discussed twice now, but typing MLA into Google gives over 14 million results, and the ones on the first page provide more than enough information to write your papers. Don't be lame; be resourceful.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Are you rested and ready for the final sprint to the AP test? We have much to do yet. I have my thoughts on what we should spend our time on, but you're the ones taking the test, not me. So, I'd like you to think about where you feel the weakest and most in need of practice. Remember the types of questions you'll face are Synthesis, Argument, and Analysis as well as the multiple choice section. What do we need more information on? What do you want more practice on?
I know the tempting answer is "EVERYTHING!", but try to nuance your thinking a little bit. We won't be perfect. There is no way that we can be in less than a semester. Let's focus on being solid, being good. What will it take to get there? We'll have a session to take stock on Tuesday when the papers are due. And then, sprint to the finish!
See you Monday!
P.S. Those of you who are avid Grade Checker checkers may have noticed that your grade went up. The synthesis timed writes were awarded practice write status, earning full 100% credit. :)
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Period 2 (Manfred)
Original AP Class
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Here is the full introduction to Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death. Hopefully this will help you put the quote in our essay question into better focus.
We were keeping our eyes on 1984. when the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, w at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.
But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. as Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetitive for distractions." In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate would ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love would ruin us.
This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
Some internet resources of varying authority that you may find helpful: