Friday, March 30, 2012

AP Practice

AP Practice Tests will be held in the following locations:
Monday, April 2 -E113 from 9-1
Friday, April 13 -L103 from 9-1
Tuesday, April 17-T215 from 3:30-7:30

If you want to practice at home as well:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break 2012: The Red Badge of Courage


READ The Red Badge of Courage and answer the following questions in your journal. Expect to show me your journal entries for HW credit and expect a reading quiz the day you return.HW DUE APRIL 16th
  • Read The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane: count 150 pages toward your 400 (yes, I reduced the number) required pages for Independent Reading
  • -->3 10 pt Journal Entries, #10, #11, #12
#10-Look up Realism, Naturalism and Existentialism. How does Crane's depiction of war differ from a more romantic portrayal? Record specific language and imagery that suggests that Crane did not agree that war was romantic or something to be celebrated. How is nature (the Universe) seemingly indifferent to the plight of man? Record language. Explain.

#11-What elements of Crane's style help to create a sense of realism? How does Crane achieve pathos? What language supports the sense that war is less about acts of heroism or cowardice and more about ambivalence? How is war personified? What is meant by the ending sentence of Chapter 20, "And they were men."

#12-Read "War is Kind" by Stephan Crane and mark it up for similarities.  In your journal, comment on the common themes, imagery and tone the novel and poem share.
  • Reading Quiz when you return

Monday, March 19, 2012

Things Carried Reading Schedule

The Things They Carried Reading Schedule
Ch1                                                           due 3/26
Ch 2-4                                                      due  3/29
Ch 5-7                                                      due  3/30
Ch 8-9                                                      due 4/18
Ch 10-12                                                  due 4/20
Ch 13-15                                                  due 4/23
Ch 16-18                                                  due 4/25
Ch 19-22                                                  due 4/27

The Things They Carried Agenda

March 19-23
March 26-30
April 16-20
April 23-27
Mon-Tues: Their Eyes Unit Test
H.W. 2nd Draft typed, due Thursday.
Wed: Review Ascher/Staples Essays
-Work on corrections
-Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Life’s Sentences”
Get Books!

The Things They Carried
Thurs: Define Memoir writing
-controversy and content
Journal: #8 Drafted, write a “Goodbye Letter” to your loved ones
Reading Schedule
Writing: Peer Edit (focus on style, balancing sentences)
Final Draft due to, March 27th.
HW: Read Chapter 1 and complete “Characterization Chart”
Make a list of tangible vs. intangible.
Fri: Review Chapter 1
Watch Dear America documentary

Mon-Tues: Finish documentary
Question: What would you carry?
-notes on Vietnam War
----music and culture
Tuesday is a Minimum Day because of Open House.
Wed: Vocabulary-create Concept Circles
Journal: #9 Conversations #1-share out
HW: M/C practice-due Friday
Thurs: Style focus, define ambiguity in writing. 
Discuss ambivalence and apathy in characters.  How do these ideas create a new sense of what it means to fight in war?
Fri: review Things Carried m/c
Refresh: 3 types of writing for AP, rules and strategies.
Preview and background of Civil war:
HW: Read The Red Badge of Courage  over break, see blog for Journal Qs #s 10, 11 & 12.
Reading Quiz when you return.

Mon: Red Badge Quiz
HW: Handout
Tues: Journal: #13 Conversations #2-share out
Close-Up: The truth of war.
Why are “Enemies” and “Friends” put together.  What is the working structure of the novel, the chronology, the juxtaposition of specific themes and stories.
HW: M/C practice
Wed: “The Song of Tra Bong” What is the context of war for females. 
Handout: Criticism –the feminist lens.
What is O’Brien trying to prove through Mary Anne.
Thurs: Seminar: Role of Women: Style and symbolism
Fri: Journal: #15 Conversations #3-share out
CST Testing Week

Mon/Tues: “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Ambush”
-realism vs. romanticism
Journals Due

Wed/Fri: M/C practice

AP Prep
The Great Gatsby
-close reading analysis
-research paper
---annotated bibliography, outline, paper, works cited.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Agenda Mar 12-16

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Parodies due
Look at remaining prompts: A, C, D.
HW Literary Terms Concept Circles Worksheet 
Rough Draft #1 due Wednesday
STUDY for test this Thursday and Friday

Review final questions for Their Eyes
Review Concept Cirlces

Culminating Their Eyes Book Test
HW Rough Draft # 2 TYPED, due Monday

Revising, Editing drafts

  • peer response
  • style guide edit
  • balance and parallelism

Introduction to The Things They Carried

Monday, March 5, 2012

Weekly Agenda Mar 5-9

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Share review Q's for Book (see handout)
Discuss the Power of Language: "Singing the Blues" handout/notes
-share original songs
Do you have questions about the Parody Projects?
HW Have a clear idea of what you will do for the parody project, due March 11th.

Discuss Their Eyes through our main topics: power of language, feminism, figurative language, colorism, etc.
Interpret the end.
HW 2 short essays, annotate and prepare to write a comparative rhetorical essay tomorrow.

In Class AP-style essay

Introduce Their Eyes process essay prompt
-break into style analysis groups
-present style analysis against R. Wright's argument (see prompt)
Comprehensive Test Study Topic Guide (see foldables)

TEST dates March 15th & 16th 
ESSAY due March 23rd to