- What is Sander's most engaging example of powerful diction? Explain why you think so. (I'm looking at you, Kiana.)
- Note 2 examples of Sander's use of parallel structures.
- 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?
- Discuss the significance of the gerbil section to the conclusion, which immediately follows.
- Read paragraph 20. Explain the purpose of Sander's reference to the grand events included there.
- Explain the rhetorical effect of the allusions that Sanders includes in paragraph 25.
- Read carefully the final sentence of the essay. Discuss the effectiveness of concluding with this selection of details.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
We're going to get to know this essay pretty well over the next week along with Inheritance of Tools. Reading it and briefly discussing it in class today was a first salvo into that knowledge. The next step is to blog your answers to the following questions by Thursday:
- Characterize White’s attitude in the opening paragraphs.
- Note White’s use of such original and creative expressions as “had never had any fresh water up his nose.” Find and cite a few others.
- Note White’s selection of details in paragraphs 1-6. Indicate a specific example and explain its effect.
- Indicate three or four examples of figurative language and discuss their purpose.
- Identify at least one appeal to each of the five senses and explain the effect on each.
- Discuss the rhetorical purpose served by paragraph 10.
- Discuss the effect of the specificity of the details in paragraph 11.
- The concluding sentence of the penultimate paragraph begins with “And.” What is the effect of beginning that way?
- Discuss the nature of the final image of the essay. What rhetorical purpose does it serve?
- Read the essay a second time and count the “and”s in it. Discuss the effect of their use.
Secondly, there is a wistful cadence to this piece that makes it rather endearing and a bit haunting. Exploring that a bit,
Note/Mark your favorite passage. This could be one you find especially well written, or it could be one that interests you for some reason (feature, subject, etc.). You don't have to put this on the blog, but be prepared to talk about it.
Be prepared to explain your favorite passage to the class on Thursday and to be asked to explain more if your comments stay on the surface.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
|Moths exist that are bigger than your head!|
- Compare and contrast the levels of language used by Woolf and Dillard. Cite examples of their use of figurative language to enhance their narratives and advance their theses. Who is their intended audience, and how do they adjust style to this primary set of readers?
- Compare and contrast the writers' perspective on the central event -- the death of the (a) moth. Does the fact that Woolf personifies the moth and attempts to rescue it reveal anything about her purpose? Does Dillard's reaction to the moth indicate a lack of compassion or philosophical depth? You might want to consider these questions in your response.
|The Hercules moth might be able to carry this kid away.|
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Someone missed an awesome combover opportunity.|
To that end, blog your responses to the following questions found on pages 920-921 in TLC: Questions on Rhetoric and Style #s 1-5, 7-9 for Monday.
Additionally, write a short reflection (try to keep it between 150 and 200 words) on how Swift uses satire coupled with his true ideals, hinted at throughout the piece and especially in paragraph 29, to drive home his argument to his audience.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
By Friday, please complete all of the exercises in the Chapter 4 grammar section beginning on page 167 (there are 5 exercises with 5-10 questions a piece).
This may be done on paper or the blog. Since we'll be going over it in class, it may be better to have it on paper. Students last year preferred paper for the grammar assignments.
If you want one of those grammar shirts, you can get one here. WARNING: they are overpriced. Really? $25 for a grey t-shirt?
For 1st period: SAT Vocabulary Week 11
Thursday, October 31, 2013
If you feel like you've been cornobbled by this JFK assignment and are lost in a collieshangie with rhetorical devices, remember to step back, take a breath, and reacquaint yourself with the purpose you are dealing with in each paragraph/section. Focus on how he attempts to fulfill each purpose using rhetorical strategies. Remember that rhetorical strategies can include such things as diction and syntax, appeals (both classical and various, i.e. patriotism, pride, compassion, etc.), choice of detail, figurative language, imagery, organization, etc.
Remember the rhetorical situation: speaker, occasion, audience, purpose(s) as well.
We're in the lab Tuesday (11/5) and Wednesday (11/6) at least. Remember the prompt is on page 57 of the book.
Here's the speech file if you need a clean copy.
Hmmm, wouldn't cornobbled and collieshangie be great words to add to a vocabulary test?
Cornobble: An example for a study break.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Have a wonderful Homecoming!!
Friday, October 18, 2013
|Ralph Waldo Emerson|
And as you do this and your other homework, remember that:
"Not less delightful is the mutual pleasure of teaching and learning the secret of algebra, or of chemistry, or of good reading and good recitation of poetry or of prose, or of chosen facts in history or in biography." -Ralph Waldo EmersonTake delightful pleasure in this learning activity up through Tuesday evening (due Wednesday October 23). We'll discuss this in class on Wednesday, unless I'm miraculously somehow able to find time to grade your timed writes before class on Wednesday.
For some all-important context, please see this transcendentalism article from the Stanford website, quoted in part below.
Transcendentalism is an American literary, political, and philosophical movement of the early nineteenth century, centered around Ralph Waldo Emerson. Other important transcendentalists were Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Amos Bronson Alcott, Frederic Henry Hedge, and Theodore Parker. Stimulated by English and German Romanticism, the Biblical criticism of Herder and Schleiermacher, and the skepticism of Hume, the transcendentalists operated with the sense that a new era was at hand. They were critics of their contemporary society for its unthinking conformity, and urged that each person find, in Emerson's words, “an original relation to the universe” (O, 3). Emerson and Thoreau sought this relation in solitude amidst nature, and in their writing. By the 1840s they, along with other transcendentalists, were engaged in the social experiments of Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden; and, by the 1850s in an increasingly urgent critique of American slavery.Goodman, Russell, "Transcendentalism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
In addition, please blog your answers to questions 1-4;7-8 in the same blog post as your thoughts above. Hint: questions 5 and 6 will help you answer the slightly more vague directions above. (Hopefully we started these in class -- I'm not sure because it's before school at the moment.)
This is a short piece. Read it again. Remember as you analyze to focus first on the details and use them to reveal the big picture, then when you write, start with the big picture and explain it using the small details.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
|Who says I can't read?|
snapchat/instagram/etc?); Prose's prose is rich and varied and can be either a delight or a difficulty depending on your reading vocabulary and fluency. Do your best to understand her argument and the moves she makes in that argument.
Tomorrow we have Dayna Childs from UW Tacoma to talk about their new early entrance program for high performing high school students. We will also have our SAT vocab test on week 5 words, and we will discuss the essay and work in groups on the questions. Whatever isn't finished in class, will be homework. For Monday, please have blogged all assigned questions (the Questions on Rhetoric and Style only on page 100).
Friday, September 27, 2013
Take another look at (and finish) the multitasking article and identify the overall claim/assertion (the glossary of The Language of Composition has a good definition if you need one). Then, identify the claim/assertion in each section of the article (handily, sections are indicated by a drop cap). Blog your results for Monday.
By the way, here's a good NPR story on this subject. You can read it or listen to it here. Aside form looking at assertions, this topic goes well with our metacognition papers as we continue to learn how to use our brains most effectively.
Side note: Here is a really graphic blog on texting while driving that I found while looking for a picture of someone running off a road in Wyoming. ONLY for those with strong stomachs. It is the result of an accident. Seriously only for those with strong stomachs. If you have a hard time getting horrible images out of your mind, DO NOT LOOK!
Oh, and I thought all of these cartoons were funny and I couldn't decide which one to use.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Metacognition PaperUsing the Golding essay Thinking as a Hobby as a starting point, write an essay examining your own thinking at the current time. Unlike Golding, do not seek to trace your thinking over time, but deeply examine the state of your thinking now. Analyze how you deal with pressure, stress, difficult intellectual problems, writing, etc. in order to get at how you think. You do not need to use Golding’s classifications, though you may if you find them helpful.
Word Limit: 900 words +/- 10%
Due: October 7, 2013
Before you begin to write, consider the following:
- Your rhetorical situation: Speaker, Subject, Audience relationships; context; and purpose
- A proposed overall arrangement (of course you can use multiple arrangements if needed)
- Depth of analysis
- Sentence structure
Monday, September 23, 2013
Your task is to first explain what the second two arrangements mean (the one he created during the dance and the one that closes the piece). Then, considering Golding's symbols, propose one additional symbol and come up with an arrangement that works with your philosophy of life. Blog the results of your musings. Make sure to explain their placement and what it all means. There is no wrong answer -- there are thoughtful answers and answers that are dashed off without much thought.
This is due Thursday. Read through the article again. Feel free to mark it up. Think about this a bit before you begin typing.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
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.
Since a number of people will wish to turn this in as a physical document, please print out your electronic efforts if that's the direction you take so that I receive all of the assignments in the same medium. Thank you!
Enjoy your trip back into the scientific observations and practical concerns of the mid-Sixteenth Century England!
Due Monday 9/23 in class.
Remember we have a vocabulary test tomorrow!
Friday, September 13, 2013
|Not this kind of arrangement... :)|
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|Everybody likes riding bikes!|
You should do this assignment on the blog. That means you create a new post titled with the assignment title and with your response in the blog body. If you have given me your blog address, I will get your assignment. If you haven't, I won't. Remember to hit "Publish" or it won't get to me.
Also, if you haven't sent me your blog address yet, see the Setting Up Your Blog, Part II post below.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I still don't have addresses for all your blogs. If you haven't sent me your address, please do so. Here are some instructions if you've had difficulty. If you've already logged into your Fife Google Apps account, ignore the password section at the beginning.
- Go to: http://mail.fifeschools.com
- login using your school username and "password" as your password
- Go through the rigamarole to change it if you never set it up last year. If you are completely new to the school, you may not have a login yet if you didn't turn in an AUP form when you registered.
- Check out your new email account. If you go into settings, you can change the theme, and labs allows you to customize your tools quite a bit. That's your school email account. Yea!
Now go to More then Blogger
- login using your FULL fifeschools email address if not already logged in
- create a blog (you'll need your cell phone, or one of someone next to you)
- email the link to your blog to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- play with it and learn how to use it. Make it pretty if you want to. :)
Some tips regarding the blog:
Pay AttentionRead each noodleblog post in its entirety. I will do my best to give you clear instructions. Do your part by reading them.
Hit PublishWhen you publish your posts, hitting “save” only saves them. You must hit Publish for your post to make it on your blog in such a way that others can read it (or give you credit for it).
Learn how to use the sitePoke around and see what there is to see. Play with it a bit.
Make Sure You’re Up To DateGo back and make sure you've done all the assignments and all the parts of the assignments on this blog.
In the future, check this blog every day for announcements and assignments. You are responsible for doing the work posted here.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
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. Follow the link above for instructions and materials. Have a wonderful summer and I'll see you on September 3rd!
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!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Have a good week everyone. My second folder of essay packets I thought might have been yours. The first one seemed a lot like Michael and the second one seemed like Courtney. Crazy. Who knows if it was or not, but it was kinda weird.
Enjoy Gatsby and your late arrivals!
Friday, May 31, 2013
We have Monday - Wednesday next week in the lab to work on these. If you want to work on it at home, I'd strongly recommend bringing a laptop to school as Windows Media Player files don't transfer between versions. Also, the files to play need to be exported in to MP4 or AVI files.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Read Gatsby Chapter 4 tonight. (I'm going to see the movie on Friday!)
Oh yes, and here are the rubrics. You don't need to print them out, I just wanted you to see them even though we've talked about them and they are very straight forward. Remember, the evaluation is based primarily on the concerns of the AP synthesis rubric, so #1 on the presentation rubric is the most important and weighted the heaviest.
Friday, May 17, 2013
schedule and instructions for our Gatsby readings and bookblogs!
Here's an abbreviated study guide for those who find them useful. It is NOT required that you complete this.
We are going through this pretty fast -- essentially 9 chapters in 2 weeks. Don't fall behind and feel free to read ahead if you'd like, though out of respect for those who don't appreciate spoilers, please confine discussions to the schedule.
I'm about 90% sure the field trip to see the movie is going to pan out -- I'm waiting to hear back from the movie theater at the moment. It looks like it will be in the neighborhood of 12-15 dollars a piece for transportation and tickets (assuming a Fandango fee).
For those who have had trouble with the pdf, here is the handout:
For each chapter, you need to create a bookblog entry that includes the following features:
- 1 textual observation on a theme in the novel, either how it is functioning for a particular character/situation or how it figures into Fitzgerald’s argument in the novel. Possible themes include: the corrupting influence of wealth, the hollowness of the upper class and of the American Dream. Also interesting to explore would be the question of the character of love and its worth, for example what is worth doing or giving up for love?
- 1 textual observation on character development
- 1 textual observation about the use of symbol, metaphor, or color (color in terms of symbolism, meaning, etc)
20 points a piece
# of Pgs
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Remember that you need to bring:
- blue or black pen(s)
- notebook paper
Monday, April 29, 2013
|Teddy, "Why not do it again in crayon?"|
This story was made into a fairly haunting movie with Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law in 2001 called A.I. (directed by Steven Speilberg) if you're interested.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
For number 9, write a bit about what she is saying about how men should be. Pay special attention to her "Greek Chorus" on the porch of Joe Clarke's shop.
Enjoy the sunshine, but be glad it isn't so hot that "The heat streamed down like a million hot arrows, smiting all things living upon the earth. Grass withered, leaves browned, snakes went blind in shedding and men and dogs went mad." :)
On a completely unrelated note, they were just able to scan and reproduce the wax record that has Alexander Graham Bell's voice on it. So, for the first time outside his century, we know what he sounded like.
Monday, April 22, 2013
|Charge of the jumpsuits!|
Friday, April 19, 2013
As you work with this essay, think about the implications of the ideas in the essay -- both those of Gould and of those he quoted. Are there echoes of those ideas alive and kicking today? How? When? Where? To what extent? ;) Append a brief reflection on those questions at the end of questions 1-12.
Next week we'll look at some more gender themed stuff while also hitting the test prep with another timed write and more multiple choice.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A sample MLA Works Cited page is here. That will also get you to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University which has a great deal of citation information as you will see by the links on the left of their site if you click through to them from here. Their site does not appear to be optimized for mobile, but it can be extremely useful from a computer or tablet.
For those of you interested, Easybib has a free mobile app. I tried it out briefly last night. It allows you to email your bibliography or upload it directly to Google Docs, even choosing what folder you want to put it in. It's pretty basic at this point, but by the time you're in college, it should have a pretty awesome feature set.
If you're concerned about plagiarism, you can find resources to help you both understand and avoid it here and here.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
1st period: Eng/SS Lab
6th Period: Library Lab
Monday we are also in the lab to work on our papers, but that time both periods are in the Eng/SS Lab.
For those in Canada, have a great trip and see you Monday.
Speaking of travel, if there is anyone still on the fence about going to Europe (who wouldn't want to go to Europe?), we still have spaces available for you. Don't miss out!
Monday, April 8, 2013
Write to prompt 3 on page 787 of your book. Keep it to 1000 words +/- 10%.
Remember that a synthesis paper is essentially a research paper in that you are using sources. Those sources need to be cited. So, remember to look over the research paper resources for how to do that. Also, Easybib.com is your friend and he loves to help out with works cited pages.
It is due on Thursday April 18th.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Please bring your books on Friday.
Grammar Extra Credit
Due to the sequester and budget wrangling, the College Board has extended the AP test deposit deadline until April 10, when the legislature has promised they will have the fee reduction funding figured out.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Also, in keeping with embracing TV the other night while reading the pro-TV essay, tonight try NOT watching TV (Tivo it and watch it tomorrow).
Since the grammar is due tomorrow, this will be due on Wednesday.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Maybe watch some TV. After all, the AP test is coming up. ;)
For those of you who will be gone and are taking pictures of the book, snap photos of pages 339-345 so you can do the Grammar as Rhetoric and Style section on parallel structure. That will be due on Tuesday.
Friday, March 15, 2013
|Happy St. Patrick's Day!|
If you haven't already, please read "From Serving in Florida" by Barbara Ehrenreich on page 179 in the TLC book. Then blog the questions on rhetoric and style numbers 1-12 on page 187.
If you have questions, we can talk about them on Monday. Bring your books. We'll be introducing Synthesis on Monday and we'll need them for some of that. Also, Tuesday is our first synthesis timed write. It's practice one and we'll use it to help understand what they are looking for on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend!