Thursday, April 30, 2009
No, do not importune me to reinstate the quiz, nor denigrate me for my bonhomie in the face of this tragedy. My mind is made up! We'll move the quiz to Monday! :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Oh and community or immigration too.
So look over the research paper assignment sheet and see what question appeals to you the most. Make sure to take a peek at the essays in the conversation section that corresponds to that question as those sources may inform your decision. The assignment sheet is the first link on this page.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Then blog Questions for Discussion #1 as well as Questions on Rhetoric and Style # 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11.
After that, go to http://aptext.edublogs.org/, click on the link for Women’s Brains, and make two comments either directly on the text or continuing a discussion begun by someone else. Remember you do this by clicking the little speech bubble next to the paragraph you want to comment on.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Here are further resources for writing and formatting your paper:
- Research Paper Resources (including the research paper format example)
- Research Paper Format Example
Have a good weekend!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Remember as you work on your papers tonight that our first graded synthesis timed write is tomorrow.
Other than the timed write, we’ll take a look at another essay that might help with our paper.
Happy writing and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Please come ready to be productive. It is beneficial for you to get writing done here as I can help you. It is not always easy to get computer time as other classes want and need it too. If we have another day with as much messing around as today, that sends a clear message that we don't need or want the computer time and there is no need to schedule any for the next paper. Please don't make me go that route!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
In addition to the short blog post on teen movies, read and blog the questions for conversation entries 4 & 5 on pages 782-787. Do not worry about the Entering the Conversation questions. Those are something else.
Have a great weekend and remember that school starts at 9:40 on Monday, NOT 7:40!
I hope the synthesis essay went well for you. That said, this Museum one is a bit confusing and I think kids from places with large, famous museums have an advantage over kids from say Fife. That’s why we used it as a practice. Our graded timed writes will be on much more accessible topics.
There will be a blog post tomorrow for your weekend homework. You’ll be watching “Mean Girls” and analyzing it briefly on the blog in light of Denby’s article we read right before Spring Break. There will also be the last two conversation section entries to do over the weekend.
Mr. Kile will start the movie tomorrow about 5 minutes before class officially starts. We're doing that so that you can see the end without staying after class (the human brain tends to like resolution). Most of you are here 5 minutes early or more anyway, but just a heads up.
On Monday, we’ll go over the timed write and talk about the essay question in preparation for going to the computer lab Tuesday and Wednesday.
Remember that Monday is a WASL day so school starts at 9:40!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Purple Cobras aka Darth Levitt
The (In)appropriately Sized Group
The Super Awesome Flaming Group of Destiny (or something like that)
For your further reference:
Original AP Class
I know I said you’d be reading an essay tonight, but I’m retracting that. Don’t worry, Kristian; it’ll be all right. You’ll have one to work on tomorrow evening. ;)
Tonight I want you to focus on preparing for the synthesis essay tomorrow. You guys really cheated yourselves when you went for the easy way out today in class. So tonight I’d like you to go deeper than you did in class today. As Grab says, this is one of your keys to understanding what it means to write an effective, high scoring synthesis essay. Instead of noting that a strong thesis is important to the essay, examine and try and quantify what makes a strong thesis. Instead of noting that you need to use sources well, determine what it means to use sources well, et cetera.
Get specific. THAT is what is going to help you.
Those of you blogging your group’s information, thank you and please email me when you’re done so I can collect the posts and make them available to everyone.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Also, in keeping with embracing TV last night while reading the pro-TV essay, tonight try NOT watching TV (Tivo it and watch it tomorrow).
So any parents reading this -- as part of their homework, your student should NOT be watching TV tonight . ;)
Monday, April 13, 2009
At that point, hopefully you will understand his concepts well enough to explain it to your mom yourself. ;)
Our first synthesis paper will be on Entering the Conversation question number 3 on page 787 (in the popular culture conversation section we’ve been working on). Note that you must use at least three of our conversation sources, though you may also use any of the pop culture essays and articles we’ve read in class.
We will talk about this in class as well and be working through the conversation section essays this week, but I wanted to give you a heads up on this assignment. Also you may have noticed that the planning page says this paper is due April 24th. I will be gone that Friday and Saturday at a National Boards class and so thought you might appreciate the extra weekend since I wouldn’t be picking them up until Monday anyway. I hope that doesn’t inconvenience anyone. :)
Synthesis Paper Requirements:
- 1200 words
- MLA format (page style, in-text citations, and works cited page — see MLA at Owl and Easybib links under the AP heading to the left as well as this post for class MLA modifications for help on this)
- Synthesize at least three sources from the conversation section (other sources are okay, but not required on this essay)
Due: Monday, April 27th
- Remember that your argument is paramount and your sources are there to support you, not the other way around
- Key notes on Synthesis in our book are in chapter 3, especially the last sentence before the new section on page 62; the paragraph beginning “Sources should enhance” on page 65; and pages 81-85
- Finish early and revise! When you revise, think about the following:
- These revision guidelines
- how your sources interact with your audience (see p.69 ff.)
- remember that this is an argument, it’s just one that is both informed and formally supported
- Write a clear, convincing, awesome essay!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Part 1: Read chapter 3 in our text book. Then, blog your answers to questions 1-7 on page 68.
Part 2: After finishing the reading, blog a paragraph or so exploring your thoughts on what synthesis really is, the skills it requires, and what makes for a good synthesis essay.
Part 3: Relax. Watch a movie on TV, not because you’ve wanted to see it, but just because it happens to be on. Eat popcorn for lunch.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
- What do you think of the premise put forth by Frontline and by the dialectic model above?
- Do you see an authentic way to take control of your relationship between the, or rather your, self and society?
Have a great Spring Break!! And don't forget to do the reading and blog posts noted in the other post!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
For those of you curious about corn pone, I give you this recipe from southernfood.about.com
A simple corn bread, generally made only of meal, water, and salt, without either milk or eggs.
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lard or shortening
- water, enought to make a stiff dough
Mix together cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Cut in lard and add enough milk to make a stiff batter. Form into cakes with hands and place in a greased baking pan. Bake in a preheated 425° oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
Corn bread and corn pone was a staple in the mountaineer diet. With greens, called “salit greens,” meat and of course, cold milk from the spring house, this was good eating and friends were always welcome.