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AP Lang Agenda
Week of 05/14-05/18
Monday Reivew "America Needs Its Nerds" RA prompt and ethics of incentives argument prompt in preparation for Wednesday's AP exam
Tuesday Gift distribution to extend my well wishes; last minute review of materials and AP exam expectations
Wednesday AP Exam!!  Good luck!
Thursday Introduce partnered research project (see AP Lang Handouts); essays are due May 30; presentations begin same day
Friday Class time to begin brainstorming topics with partner for research project

 

Week of 05/07-05/11

Monday Review M/C passage from AP exam that contain endnotes; discuss meanings of various notations and styles of questions
Tuesday No School
Wednesday In-Class Essay--Argument (Ethics of Donation Incentives 2007)
Thursday Non-graded In-Class Essay--Student Choice
Friday

In-Class Essay--Synthesis (TBD); HOMEWORK: Review all notes on AP preparation (M/C passages, essay prompts, returned essays)

 

Week of 04/30-05/04

Monday Discuss "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" (Hurston) with a focus on her message and her use of language to convey message; discuss class response to "Would you rather be a staple or a paper clip?" and then turn discussion to "Would Hurston rather be a staple or a paper clip?"
Tuesday Review MME technique by examining new RA prompt (Audobon/Dillard 2003) with a focus on contrasting and comparing pieces
Wednesday Review sample essay responses to Audobon and Dillard prompt with a focus on rationale for scoring; HOMEWORK: Review all RA notes (MME/ICE techniques) and past essays in preparation for tomorrow's essay
Thursday In-Class Essay--Rhetorical Analysis
Friday 1/2 Day

 

Week of 04/23-04/27

Monday M-STEP Testing
Tuesday In-Class Essay: Synthesis Prompt
Wednesday Introduce Argumentative Essay Prompt; examine three different prompt styles and rubric
Thursday Analyze new argumentative prompt with a focus on task and technique for response
Friday Quick-Write Topic: Would you rather be a staple or a paper clip?  Why? Examine sample essay responses to yesterday's prompt; HOMEWORK: Read "How It Feels to be Colored Me" and write a rhetorical precis

 

Week of 04/16-04/20

Monday Review sample essay responses to the Locavore Movement synthesis prompt (2011); assign vocabulary lesson 7 (due Friday)
Tuesday Introduce new synthesis prompt; HOMEWORK: Write introduction with thesis and single body paragraph
Wednesday Examine student samples of introductions and body paragraphs and offer appropriate critiques and corrections
Thursday Read and evaluate sample essay responses to prompt; HOMEWORK: Complete Lesson 7 Vocabulary with paragraph
Friday Pep Rally Day; Vocabulary Lesson 7 due; HOMEWORK: Review all synthesis essay notes in preparation for Tuesday's in-class essay

 

Week of 03/26-03/30

Monday SAT Pre-Bubbling; HOMEWORK: Read and analyze new sample SAT Essay prompt (2nd hour students--See D before leaving Pre-Bubbling)
Tuesday Review SAT Essay with a focus on author's message and use of rhetoric
Wednesday 1/2 Day--Continue review of SAT Essay by evaluating sample essay responses
Thursday 1/2 Day--Continue review of SAT Essay by evaluating sample essay responses
Friday No School--Enjoy the break!

 

Week of 3/19-3/23

Monday Review SAT Reading test, if needed; introduce AP Synthesis essay by examining 2008 released prompt (keep/eliminate the penny coin) and debating a position with reasoning; HOMEWORK: Study for Vocabulary Test 3; Read and annotate sources accompanying Synthesis prompt (due Wednesday)
Tuesday Vocabulary Test 3 (Lessons 5-6)
Wednesday Examine and analyze sources accompaning synthesis prompt, with a focus on publication information, argument, evidence, potential bias
Thursday Review Synthesis Rubric with a focus on anchor scores; read, evaluate, and score sample essay responses to penny prompt
Friday Review Synthesis Prezi Presentation with a focus on the Six Moves of writing a synthesis essay (See AP Lang Links)

 

Week of 03/12-03/16

Monday Review logical fallacies homework assignment; discuss David Foster Wallace's "Consider the Lobster" with a focus on his purpose, tone, and use of footnotes
Tuesday Continue discussion of David Foster Wallace's "Consider the Lobster," with a focus on his explanation of pain and the inclusion of his article in Gourmet.
Wednesday Practice SAT Reading test
Thursday 1/2 Day--Scattegories for language practice
Friday Review answers to SAT Reading test and discussion in small groups; HOMEWORK: Study for Tuesday's Vocabulary test 3

 

Week of 03/05-03/09

Monday Discuss Gary Shapiro's "Lasting Impression--Downloading Is Illegal," with a focus on Shapiro's claims, use of evidence, and occasional fallacy; HOMEWORK: Study logical fallacies and be prepared to review in class (See AP Lang Handouts tab for copy).
Tuesday

Discuss "Perspective: Honest Talk about Downloads," Cary Sherman's response to Shapiro's piece, with a focus on Sherman's claims, use of evidence, and occasional fallacy; discuss relative effectiveness of each argument; review Logical Fallacies

Wednesday Continue review of Logical Fallacies; HOMEWORK: Complete Fallacies worksheet; study for test on Chapter 4 (including Shapiro and Sherman articles)
Thursday Test on Chapter 4; Logical Fallacies handout due
Friday 1/2 Day--Practice AP MC Passage

 

Week of 02/26-03/02

Monday In-Class Essay--SAT Practice; HOMEWORK: Read and annotate "What's in a Name?" and "I Want a Wife" with a special focus on how each author uses rhetoric to discuss identity.
Tuesday Discuss readings with a focus on identity and use of rhetoric using "Discussion Starters" (See AP Lang Handouts tab); HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 4 in LBR on Argumentation
Wednesday Discuss Chapter 4 with a focus on Rogerian argument, types of evidence, and organization; HOMEWORK: Read and annotate "Lasting Impression" (Shapiro) and "Perspective" (Sherman) with a focus on argumentative style
Thursday Discuss "Lasting Impression" and "Perspective" with a focus on each author's argumentative style and relative effectiveness.
Friday One-on-one counseling sessions to discuss schedules; HOMEWORK: Read "Consider the Lobster" with a focus on Wallace's use of footnotes

 

Week of 02/12-02/16

Monday Review Fall District Writing Performance Task with a focus on student growth in writing and analysis
Tuesday Read and analyze new SAT essay prompt with a focus on author's use of strategy to construct an argument (See AP Lang Handouts for copy)
Wednesday Read and evaluate sample essay responses to "Let There Be Dark"
Thursday Review pronoun case and function; HOMEWORK: Complete Pronoun Case practice
Friday 1/2 Day--Practice AP M/C Passage

 

Week of 02/05-02/09

Monday Scheduling Information Presentation: Scheduling cards distributed; due on Tuesday, February 13th; distribution of AP bulletin and discussion of AP exam planning
Tuesday Discuss Indefinite Pronouns; HOMEWORK: Indefinite Pronoun handout (See AP Lang Handouts tab for copy)
Wednesday Review SAT essay structure by examining SAT practice essay #8; review MME strategies and rhetorical precis as intro
Thursday Review SAT essay rubric and sample essay responses
Friday ICE--SAT released essay topic; HOMEWORK: Read and complete SAT test 2 English/Grammar


 

Week of 01/29-02/02
Monday Smiley-Face Trick Essay due; assign Vocabulary Lesson 5 (due Friday); review Fragment/Run-on Practice assignment; introduce sentence type analysis; HOMEWORK: Complete Sentence Structure assignment; read "Indian Education" and "I Just Wanna Be Average" and complete a rhetorical precis for ONE of them
Tuesday Discuss "Indian Education" with a focus on Alexie's style, structure, and message; discuss "I Just Wanna Be Average" with a focus on how Rose's stylistic choices convey his message about education
Wednesday Discuss misplaced and dangling modifiers; discuss direct and indirect objects; HOMEWORK: Complete modifier practice (see AP Lang Handouts tab for copies)
Thursday Review modifiers; discuss pronoun case (see me for handouts)
Friday Review pronoun case; discuss indefinite pronouns; check vocabulary lesson 5 (See APLang handouts for assignments)

 

Week of 01/22-01/26

Monday Review Rachel Carson's RA Prompt from Silent Spring; with a focus on the message and methods used
Tuesday Read and evaluate sample essay responses to Carson's RA Prompt with a focus on providing rationale and evidence for given scores
Wednesday Introduce "Smiley Face Trick" Essay Assignment: My Favorite ____ (due 01/29); review rubric and sample essay (see AP Lang Handouts for copies); class time to begin brainstorming and drafting; HOMEWORK: Work on first draft of essay (to be handwritten); read "Another Copter's Comin' In, Cap'n"
Thursday Discuss "Another Copter's..." with a focus on Tiede's use of description, objectivity, subjectivity, selectionof details, and dominant impression; 30 minutes of class time to continue writing process, working toward a second draft (due tomorrow for peer review);
Friday Class time to complete peer review of :) Trick essay; review sentence clauses, fragments, and run-ons; HOMEWORK: Complete final draft of :) Trick Essay; complete grammar practice on correcting fragments and run-ons (see AP Lang Handouts tab for copies)

 

Week of 01/08-01/12

Monday Review Strategies 25-35 and discuss their form and rhetorical function; HOMEWORK: Read George Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" with a focus on Orwell's purpose, tone, and thesis
Tuesday Discuss Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" with a focus on Orwell's general thesis ("When the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom he destroys"), purpose (condemn imperialism), tone (dark humor), conflict (moral principles vs. societal pressure), and symbolism (what does the elephant represent???); HOMEWORK: Read "38 Who Saw Murder...," "Where Nothin Says Everything," & "Who Killed Benny Paret?"
Wednesday Discuss three pieces with a focus on organizational structure, purpose, rhetorical moves, and tone; HOMEWORK: Study for Friday's Rhetorical Strategies Test Part 2; study semester work to prepare for tomorrow's review session.
Thursday Midterm Study Session: Review Rhetorical Strategies Test 1, rhetoric quiz, Lord of the Flies tests; discuss any student questions pertaining to midterm exam; HOMEWORK: Study for Rhetorical Strategies Test 2
Friday Rhetorical Strategies Test 2

 

Week of 1/03-1/05

Monday No School
Tuesday No School
Wednesday Review sample essay responses from Jennifer Price's piece, "The Plastic Pink Flamingo" and evaluate and score; HOMEWORK: Review all RA material in preparation for tomorrow's in class essay
Thursday In-Class Essay (2004B); HOMEWORK: Review and study rhetorical strategies 25-35; Read and analyze "Shooting an Elephant"
Friday Discuss strategies 25-35 with a focus on function and application; discuss "Shooting an Elephant" with a focus on Orwell's message and use of rhetoric; HOMEWORK: Divide class into A-B-C groups--A reads "38 Who Saw Murder"; B reads "Where Nothing Says Everything"; C reads "Who Killed Benny Paret?"  All groups be prepared to "read and teach" on Monday.

 

Week of 12/11-12/15

Monday Discuss "What Adolescents Miss..." and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" with a focus on authors' use of rhetoric and authors' purpose; HOMEWORK Read and study rhetorical strategies 25-30 with a focus on function and application
Tuesday Practice SAT Writing and Language Test; discuss rhetorical strategies 25-30; HOMEWORK: Read and study rhetorical strategies 31-36
Wednesday Review SAT Writing and Language Test with a focus on diagnosing strengths and weaknesses; discuss rhetorical strategies 31-36 with a focus on function and application
Thursday Review MME and ICE techniques; examine sample essay responses from Abbey's "Aravaipa Canyon"; HOMEWORK: Read and analyze new Rhetorical Analysis prompt "The Plastic Pink Flamingo"
Friday Analyze "The Plastic Pink Flamingo" using the MME technique to analyze Price's message and the methods use to convey that message; HOMEWORK: Review all previous RA work to prepare for Monday's in-class essay

 

Week of 12/4-12/8

Monday Modern Proposal Presentations
Tuesday Modern Proposal Presentations
Wednesday Modern Proposal Presentations
Thursday Begin "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail" to conclude unit on satire; focus on parody and satirical elements
Friday Continue "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail" to conclude unit on satire; focus on parody and satirical elements; HOMEWORK: Read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow up in Cyberspace" and complete a rhetorical precis on one.

 

Week of 11/27-12/1

Monday Continue discussion of Swift's "Modest Proposal" with a focus on the 6 additional benefits of the proposal along with the "other expedients" not worth trying; review directions for "Modern Proposal" project (See AP Lang Handouts)
Tuesday Class time to work on Modern Proposal Project; HOMEWORK: Study for Vocabulary Test 2 (Lessons 3-4)
Wednesday Class time to work on Modern Proposal Project; HOMEWORK: Study for Vocabulary Test 2 (Lessons 3-4)
Thursday Class time to work on Modern Proposal Project; HOMEWORK: Study for Vocabulary Test 2 (Lessons 3-4)
Friday Vocabulary Test 2 on Lessons 3-4; HOMEWORK: Complete Modern Proposal Project (essay and visual aid)

 

Week of 11/20-11/21

Monday Rhetorical Devices Test 1; HOMEWORK: Begin studying for Vocabulary Test 2, sceduled for Friday, Dec. 1st (please remove the following words from lists 3 and 4: abstemious, apocryphal, expurgate, iniquity, pellucid)
Tuesday 1/2 Day-- Practice AP M/C Passage

Week of 11/13-11/17

Monday Continue analysis of Lord Chesterfield's use of rhetoric in his letter to his son with a focus on his use of flattery and veiled threats to convey his values of reputation, obedience, and excellence; HOMEWORK: Read and analyze "Sh***y First Drafts" and read and study strategies 19-24
Tuesday Review Rhetorical strategies 19-24 with a focus on function and purpose; discuss LaMott's "Sh***y First Drafts" with a focus on her message and rhetorical methods; HOMEWORK: Study for upcoming Rhetorical Strategy Test 1 (Monday, 11/20); Read and analyze "The Ways We Lie"
Wednesday Discuss Ericcson's essay "The Ways We Lie" with a focus on her message and the structure of her argument
Thursday Introduction to Satire (definition, elements, modern-day examples, short article, video samples); HOMEWORK: Read and analyze Johnathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" with a focus on satirical elements
Friday Discuss Swift's "Proposal" with a focus on satirical elements, Swift's purpose, and Swift's use of rhetoric; HOMEWORK: Study for Monday's Rhetorical Strategies Test 1

Week of 11/06-11/10

Monday ICW--Aravaipa Canyon (2002 Form B)
Tuesday No School--Election Day
Wednesday Review Strategies 8-12; Read and Think Aloud of Lord Chesterfield's letter to his son with teacher-led MME technique; HOMEWORK: Study strategies 13-18; Read and analyze "Bilingualism in America" and complete a rhetorical precis
Thursday Review strategies 13-18; discuss "Bilingualism in America" with a focus on Hayakawa's methods and message; HOMEWORK: Read and analyze Anne Lamott's essay "Sh***y First Drafts" (Due Monday)
Friday 1/2 Day--Practice M/C AP passage

Week of 10/30-11/03

Monday Continue to review student-written body paragraphs, offering constructive criticism when necessary; review rhetorical precis technique; assign vocabulary lesson 3; HOMEWORK: Read and study strategies 8-12; complete vocabulary lesson 3 (due Friday)
Tuesday Review strategies 8-12 with a focus on definition and rhetorical purpose; MME and ICE Prezi review; read-and-think-aloud of Lord Chesterfield's letter to his son (Released AP prompt 2004) with a teacher-led MME technique and beginning of draft; HOMEWORK: Read and study strategies 13-18
Wednesday Review strategies 13-18 with a focus on definition and rhetorical purpose; read and evaluate sample essay responses to Lord Chesterfield prompt; HOMEWORK: Review all Rhetorical Analysis notes to prepare for tomorrow's essay
Thursday In-Class Essay: Rhetorical Analysis ; HOMEWORK Read and analyze "Bilingualism in America" (Hayakawa) and write a rhetorical precis
Friday Vocabulary Lesson 3 due; discuss Hayakawa's "Bilingualism in America" with a focus on author's use of appeals and other devices of rhetoric; review aspects of rhetorical precis; HOMEWORK: Read, analyze, and annotate Anne Lamott's essay "Sh***y First Drafts"

Week of 10/16-10/20

Monday Discuss "How to Write with Style" and "How to Write Clearly" with a focus on authors' advice and practical application; introduction to the AP exam essays; HOMEWORK: Study for Vocabulary Test 1
Tuesday Vocabulary Test 1; HOMEWORK: Study strategies 1-7 of the booklet
Wednesday Review strategies 1-7; introduce the MME analysis technique using an excerpt from Truman Capote's In Cold Blood; discuss prompt analysis, formulation of a "What?" question, and the initial read-through of a passage to determine author's message.
Thursday Continue MME analysis of In Cold Blood excerpt; discuss analysis of rhetoric used throughout the piece, focusing on the effect of each strategy as related to the author's message; HOMEWORK: Examine five additional prompts with a focus on key verbs and writing an appropriate "What?" question.
Friday Review the 9-point Rhetorical Analysis rubric; review prompt analysis homework, using student examples of "What?" questions

 

Week of 10/9-10/13

Monday Continue work on Fall Writing Performance Task; compelte analytical essay response to prompt
Tuesday Introduction to the Rhetorical Precis analytical model (see Reader) using "The Gettysburg Address"; class time to complete a group precis on "The Mudbacks"
Wednesday Discuss group precis on "The Mudbacks; use small group precis to create a single class response; HOMEWORK: Read and analyze "Clutter" (Zinnser) and complete a rhetorical precis
Thursday

Discuss "Clutter" with a focus on Zinnser's message and style; HOMEWORK: Read and analyze "How to Write with Style" (Vonnegut, Jr.) and "How to Write Clearly" (Thompson) and be prepared to discuss each author's advice to writers (Due Monday)

Friday 1/2 Day for PLC--Practice AP Multiple Choice passage; HOMEWORK: Begin studying for Vocabulary Test (Lessons 1 & 2) next Tuesda
Assignments
Assigned: Thursday 9/7
Due: Friday 9/8
Lord of the Flies Test Chs. 1-6

The test will cover your understanding of the characters, the plot, some of the symbols, and the themes.  If you have actively read these chapters, you should do well.

Assigned: Wednesday 9/6
Due: Thursday 9/7
Read "A Short Guide to Surviving..."

Please actively read this piece that I wrote to help you better understand my philosophy, my intentions, and my policies.  As you read, take active notes to record reactions, questions, "a-ha moments."  Be prepared to share your responses tomorrow.