Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Moth Blog

Moths exist that are bigger than your head!
Choose ONE of the following questions to work on in your group. Everyone will be blogging a response, so please take notes on your discussion. Due by Monday.
  • 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?
  • The Hercules moth might be able to carry this kid away.
  • 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.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Modest Proposal

Someone missed an awesome combover opportunity.
Though a disturbing piece, A Modest Proposal is a brilliant argument — in part because it is so disturbing. Let’s take a closer look at how Jonathan Swift crafts his argument.

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

DGP is dead! Long live Grammar!

As mentioned in class, this year we will not be doing DGP in AP. Instead, we will be working through the Grammar as Rhetoric and Style activities in our TLC book. If you browse through the table of contents, you'll notice that each thematic chapter contains a grammar section that focuses on a particular grammatical element. The first one appears at the end of Chapter 4 and explores the appositive.

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