Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekly Agendas 12.2-12.6; 12.9-12.13

Billy Budd, Sailor

BB Capital Punishment Essay due FRIDAY 13th to

WEEK 12.9-12.13

Vocab Quiz 20-30

-student samples
-Review Bennett Letter Response and Rubric

Check BB Annotations 24-30
Review BB Language and Story 24-30

Pair Work on BB Review Qs 16-30

Annotate Various Sources
Reading and responding to essay excerpts in the back of your text:

"Billy Budd and Capital Punishment: A Tale of Three Centuries"
Answer questions following H. Bruce Franklin's essay excerpt:
Billy Budd is not, however, a mere treatise against capital punishment. Melville is using contemporaneous awareness about the issue to explore the larger ethical, philosophic, and political questions it so dramatically focuses. Undoubtedly New York Assemblyman Hitt was overstating the case when he claimed in early 1890, "at present there are only two classes of the community who yet favor capital punishment and these are clergymen and prosecuting attorneys."(60) Nevertheless, Melville could safely assume that almost all potential readers in 1891 would regard public execution and hanging as relics of a barbarous past, would be sensitized to the larger issues surrounding capital punishment, and would already either oppose the death penalty outright or consider it warranted only for first-degree murder and treason. Even the most ardent proponents of the death penalty in late nineteenth-century America would be embarrassed by positions such as these: "Vere justifiably condemns Billy to death" (Peter Shaw); Billy Budd is a "murderer and a cause of his own death" and Melville "is to be identified" with Captain Vere (Milton Stern); "the virtuous man, Captain Vere," must "punish the violence of absolute innocence"--that is, must kill Billy Budd--since "absolute, natural innocence" is "at war with the peace of the world and the true welfare of mankind" (Hannah Arendt).(61) Readers in 1891 would be far more likely to wonder, like the surgeon (235) and the narrator (236-37), whether Vere is insane.

1)  Is there any evidence that Captain Vere is insane?  How might this impact his decision to ask for Billy's death?
2)  Is Melville a "murderer?"  Why might people consider him thus?
3)  Is our new system of putting individuals to death (by lethal injection) humane?  Are they still public spectacles?
4)  Recall that slavery is a hot topic back then.  How does Melville weave his condemnation of it into his text?
5)  Consider the ending of the book, how might citizens back then respond compared to now?  List all elements of the modern versus the older arguments.

NOTE: If you would like I will incorporate a peer editing session into the agenda; however, you will be expected to come prepared.
BB ESSAY DUE TO TURNITIN.COM by 11:59 tonight.  If you run into any problems please email me a copy, if you run into complications beyond that you will need to have a parent excuse...this is part of your final for the semester.

WEEK 12.2-12.6

Vocab Quiz 10-19
-identify examples

Check BB Annotations 16-19
Review BB Language and Story 6-19
(Collect Review BB 1-15: distribute 16-30)

SSR/Journal Work
Outline Check

Check BB Annotations 20-23
BB Essay
-types of emphasis

SSR/Journal Work
Outline Check

Review BB 10-20

Record the persuasive elements of Vere's speech, Ch 21, pp 96-99:
1)  When does he shift styles (change in tone), or how does he adjust his speech for his audience?
2)  Identify and outline Vere's thesis, supporting evidence and conclusion?
3)  What is his most persuasive point and why?
4)  Are you convinced by the end of his speech?  What decision would you make and why?

HW Finish reading BB, and annotations, check MONDAY; work on essay.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekly Agenda 11.25-11.27

Billy Budd, Sailor

Check BB 10-15
Review MLK
-antithesis, analogy, balance, pathos, ethos, logos
Make Up "Conventions of Argumentation Quiz"

Begin Movie Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
HW Begin research for Argument outline.  Continue reading BB.

cont' movie

WEDNESDAY Early Release Bell Schedule
cont' movie

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Weekly Agenda 11.18-11.22


11th Rules Presentation

Review Chapters 5-7
Review Mencken and King
HW Complete t-graph with what ever arguments you think you are lacking in terms of pathos, ethos, logos.

2-Corner Debate
-two opposing sides have to convince members of the undecided audience to join them.
-must have prepared t-graph

Review Chapter 8-9
HW Work on Review Questions, complete reading, Chapters 10-15 for Thursday.

Argument Packet
-Essay on necessity of capital punishment
-support materials
-model essays
Generate a thesis, on post-it, peer response.
HW JOURNAL #16: Thomas Paine Excerpt, complete a rhetorical box.

Check Chapter 10-15
Review Paine
Class Work on Review Questions
-clarifying language and plot
HW Begin looking for sources for Argument essay; get movie permission slips signed.

MLKs "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
Stanford Link
-snake read
JOURNAL #17: Answer questions, identify devices and argument.
HW: Journal #17: On MLK's Letter, Record examples of the following
-One of the following patterns of figurative language: lightness and darkness, high and low, sickness and health

 Read chapters 16-19 for MONDAY; prepare thesis and outline for Dec 2nd.  ESSAY due FRIDAY, DEC 13th to

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Vocab quiz 2
New set of review questions

Monday, November 11, 2013

Billy Budd Reading Schedule

Read for
Wednesday, Nov 13th, Chapter 1
Thursday, Nov 14th, Chapters 2-5
Monday, Nov 18th, Chapters 6-9
Thursday, Nov 21st, Chapters 10-15
Monday, Nov 25th, Chapters 16-19
Monday, Dec 2nd, Chapters 20-23
Monday, Dec 9th, Chapters 24-30
 Read BB and Complete Chapter Notes per the following requirements:
for every chapter read you must 
-write a summary of the chapter
-create 3-level questions for the chapter
-annotate completely, which means you should
--underline unknown or confusing passages
--square passages you think you could explain to someone
--circle all unknown words (and look up the definitions, I dare you!)
--note commentary: insight and questions in the margin

Weekly Agenda 11.12.-11.15



Digital Presentations

BB Introduction
-Melville Bio
-Ship's visual and jargon
-Vocab list Chapter 1-9
HW Read BB and Complete Chapter Notes per the following requirements:
for every chapter read you must 
-write a summary of the chapter
-create 3-level questions for the chapter
-annotate completely
--underline unknown or confusing passages
--square passages you think you could explain to someone
--circle all unknown words (and look up the definitions, I dare you!)
--note commentary, insight and questions in the margin
--remark on diction, syntax (tropes and schemes) and characterization
Essential Question: How do we maintain legal exceptions and still maintain order?

Read through Historical timeline and chapter notes

On the continuum: Questions to plot

Chapters 1-5 Questions sheet, complete as you read
-practice the first couple together
-always record evidence with page numbers for each response
HW Read McGraw-Hill Mencken, p 85: answer Comp. #1-3, Rhet. #5 and 6, and Write #1, and read and the Coretta Scott King essay.    JOURNAL #____

Begin 2-corner debate t-graph
-pros and cons of capital punishment
-organize and identify arguments to appeal to pathos, ethos, logos

Characterization of Captain Vere
Rhetorical Analysis: allusion, synecdoche, metonymy
HW See Reading Schedule

BB Chapter Check: make sure you have all the required elements for HW credit.
Review BB
-langauge, plot, imagery, characterization

Argument Terms and Structure: packet
HW Prepare for 2-corner debate MONDAY
See Reading Schedule
Work on Reading Questions
Quiz on Vocabulary MONDAY

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekly Agenda 11.4-11.8

AP Prep:  SYNTHESIS Writing

Review Sources
-which ones defend or challenge the prompt
-dos and don'ts
Prepare for seminar
HW Prepare question and response for FishBowl seminar tomorrow.

Seminar on Flag-Burning
HW Consider the FLTs; prepare theses: one to defend, one to challenge, one with qualifications for either side.

Peer Response to theses
Prepare to write on both sides
HW continue working on your letter to Bennett, remember it is due Nov 8th-11th, to

For each day, write on one side of the prompt.

Billy Budd, Sailor