Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 31-Nov. 4

The Synthesis Essay

Wrapping up The Crucible
-swap journals with essay
-peer response and share
10-minute Seminar
-inside and outside circles will discuss responses to questions inspired by the play.
-complete a reflection on your and your partner's performance

Tuesday and Wednesday 
Notes on writing the synthesis essay
-the rubric and prompt
-making sure you understand the prompt
-source packet
--is a source for or against; determine and demarcate
-what it means to engage in the conversation
--see notes
Rules (see handout)
-see notes
--no 2nd person
--state relationship between sources
--frame sources
-what does it mean to 'qualify'
Student Samples
-norm on rubric
HW Read Marilyn Elkins and annotate

Whole period seminar

Inside and Outside circles will speak to the issue of flag burning.  Evidence for arguments should come from your packet.  Any outside evidence will have to be cited.

Friday & Monday 
In class essay: write on either side of the issue, 45 minutes each, no extensions unless allowed by the College Board.  Both essays will be graded on the AP Synthesis rubric and will be worth 25pts each, toward your writing grade.
HW Make sure you have completed Journal #13, use the independent reading format for your independent reading book.  And, don't forget to sign up for IN THe NEws presentations.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 23-28


Read excerpt about Dorcas Good
Watch film
Begin Group Conversations for Acts II & III
HW Journal Entry #10 Due Wednesday
-Create your own witchhunt set at SAMO.  What is the "crime;" who are the accusers and who are the accused?  

Finish Conversations
Watch film

HW Journal Entry #11 Due Thursday
-Read Arthur Miller's "Why I Wrote the Crucible" and answer the following questions:
1) Define two unknown words and use them in an original sentence.
2) What is the "paralysis" Miller responded to by writing the play?
3) What are some of the parallel characters between the Salem Witch Trial and the McCarthy "hunt for Reds in America?"
4) How has the play become a political tool?
1)What is one simile/metaphor Miller uses? Is it effective?  Why or why not?
2) What kind of previous knowledge might be useful before reading this essay?
3) How might an "archaic speech" become new to a writer?
4) Who might the intended audience be for this essay?  Use evidence to support your response.

Finish Conversations for Acts II-IV
Share WitchHunt
Identify Fallacies in arguments against witches

McCarthyism notes
-apply to "Why I Wrote the Crucible"
Journal Entry #11

Journal Entry #12:  Timed, in-class essay
Students will grade your essays on the AP rubric for norming sake.  You will receive 10pts credit toward your Reading Journal grade.

Fishbowl Seminar
Begin Synthesis Writing?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 17-21

The Crucible

Dramatic Reading Act I
-need for scapegoat
3Q discussions
Movie Act I
HW Act 2 due Wednesday and 3-level Questions

Group Conversations for ACT I
McCarthy Background
Movie Act I
HW Act II due Wednesday and 3-level Questions

3Q discussions
Movie Act II
HW Act III due Friday and 3-level Questions

Review Act II
-dramatic reading
Read Act II supplement
-why remove it, how would it change the meaning of the play?
HW Act III due Friday and 3-level Questions

Movie Act II-III
HW Finish Play.  
Optional Extra Credit: read and complete and extra journal entry.  Read Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and create a rhetorical box.  Label Journal Entry "Extra."


Creative Writing Assignment
-Journal #10: see assignment; Write your own witch hunt, for Wednesday.

Group Conversations for ACT II
Letters from the time period
-Dorcas Good
Synthesis Writing

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 10-14

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards
-identify rhetorical devices
-identify fallacies
-connect to The Crucible
Time to complete Journal #9 in class
HW Bennett Letter; Sources due; Journals due

Seating Chart
Check Sources
Review Journal #9
-finish notes on Introduction to The Crucible
Self-Grade and Turn in Journals
HW Bennett Letter due tomorrow, prepare to Quaker Share.

Quaker Share Bennett Letter
Review Edwards piece
Finish notes on Puritanism
NO HW, unless you want to finish Act 1 of The Crucible


Hand back Intercalary Essays
-fill in writing rubric
-writing corrections
Field questions about GOW Outline due Monday.
Sign up for In the News
-define hysteria
-need for a scapegoat
HW Read Act 1 and create 3-level questions for discussion tomorrow.

3-level Q discussion
Timeline leading up to witch trials
Vocab quiz next Wed
Watch Act 1
HW Read Act 2 and write 3-level questions.
GOW Annotated Bib, Works Cited and Outline due MONDAY!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekly Agenda Oct. 3-7

Conventions in Argumentation

Monday & Tuesday
Review syllogism and enthymeme
Toulmin Method
-Claim, Data/Reasons, and Warrant
-rebuttal and counterargument
Compare formal and informal logic.  How is the Toulmin method applicable to every day situations.
Lit. Rings

DISCUSS Bennett Essay

Everything's and Argument
Notes and Lit. Rings:
--Appeals to Emotion
--Appeals to Logic
--Appelas to Ethics
HW Write two glossary entries in your lit. rings on two new terms of your choice.  Make sure the terms are from the Conventions of Argumentation unit.

Wednesday & Thursday
Review fallacies: In groups, with templates, design and color a cartoon that conveys a fallacy, think The New Yorker cartoons.
Present to the class.
Self-grade glossary entries.
HW Write a formal, typed letter to Bennett, which identifies the flaws in his argument and offers a rebuttal per the Toulmin Method.  You may want to imagine what his counterargument would be when brainstorming your rebuttal. DUE next Wednesday.

Background on the play and author
Salem Village Timeline
HW Read Act 1, pages 3-8 and answer the following questions:
1)  The tragedy in the Salem community "developed from a Paradox."  What is the paradox?
2)  Analyze "But all organization is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition, just as two objects cannot occupy the same space" (7).

REMINDERS: Sources due Tuesday, Journals due Tuesday, Bennett Letter due Wednesday.

Read excerpt from Jonathan Edwards "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
-record excerpts and label which fallacy they fall under
-record rhetorical devices, state why they might have been effective for an audience
-connect it to The Crucible
Background to The Crucible
-definitions of "crucible
-Puritans and belief (need for 'devil' in society, a scapegoat)
The Paradox