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Ap language day 1 august 13 th and 14 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 1, August 13th and 14th , 2012

  • Complete Student Info Sheet

    • Hand in to me today

  • Review Syllabus

    • Back page needs to be signed and turned in next class

  • Review AP requirements handout

    • Back page needs to be signed and turned in next class

  • AP Language PowerPoint: A Walk in the PARC

  • Remind 101: Text reminders

  • Summer Reading: The Jungle.

    • Discuss required quotes assignment from summer reading packet. This is DUE next class.

    • Discuss video/viewing assignment for day 3

  • Homework: The Jungle Quotes (in MLA format) are due next class. The timed writing assignment will occur on DAY 3.

Ap language day 2 august 15 th 16 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 2, August 15th/16th, 2012

  • Hand in signed syllabus and AP form.

  • Journal #1: Why are you in AP Language?

  • Video: Do you believe in me?

  • Video Journal 2: The importance of believing in yourself:

  • Write the following questions in your journal. Leave a line or two for your answer space.

    • Who is Dalton’s audience?

    • What is Dalton’s purpose

    • What presentation strategies does Dalton use to engage his audience?

    • What rhetorical/persuasive strategies does he use to convince his audience to believe?

    • What do you believe is Desmond’s most convincing implied argument? (Don’t quote him directly. An implied argument is one that is an “understood” message.

  • Matching the Quotes: The Jungle

    • Use the quotes and divide them into categories.

      • Theme 1: The Stockyards

      • Theme 2: Immigrant work ethic

      • Theme 3: Power Quote

      • Theme 4: Plight of the immigrant

  • Homework: Timed writing is next class. Bring your book, your notes, and I will give back your summer reading quotes to you before you write your essay.

  • If you have “The Crucible,” bring your copy next class.

Ap language day 3 august 17 th 20 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 3, August 17th / 20th, 2012

  • Hand in any remaining syllabus or AP forms.

  • Journal and Discussion: Respond to the Harvest of Shame videos

  • 45 minute Timed Writing: You may use the following

    • 1 sheet of paper to pre-write (and you MUST pre-write)

    • 1 sheet of paper for final draft

    • Your novel and annotations

    • Quotes (from summer reading)

    • Quotes from the videos/Direct references to the videos.

  • Here’s your essay. You choose one:

    • Does the American dream still exist?

    • Can the American dream be achieved?

    • Can the American dream be defined?

    • What happened to the American dream?

  • When you finish your essay, you may begin working on The Crucible chart.

  • Homework: The Crucible: Complete the chart for The Crucible. Do not copy from others. Do not plagiarize from the internet. If you feel the need to do this because you did not do your work, ask yourself if you are really committed to AP.

Ap language day 4 august 21 st 22 nd
AP LanguageDay 4, August 21st/22nd

  • Briefly discuss and then hand in The Crucible chart

  • Handouts: Read and annotate The Impact of McCarthyism handout and Witch Hunts, Pledges and Blacklists handout

  • Video clips: McCarthyism and The Hollywood Ten

  • Venn Diagram: 3 concrete examples

  • Modern Day McCarthyism articles

  • Homework: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words-handout for 3rd and final summer reading assignment. This assignment is due for presentation on Day 6.

  • Reminder: There will be an AP Diagnostic Exam on Day 5.

Ap language day 5 august 23 rd and 24 th
AP LanguageDay 5, August 23rd and 24th

  • Brief Discussion: Nonfiction book presentation for Day 6

  • Brief Discussion: Venn Diagram and Modern Day McCarthyism

  • Video Journal Response: The Crucible

    • Label your journal as day 4.

    • As you watch the video, break up John Proctor’s reasoning into ethos (credibility of speaker), pathos (emotional appeal) and logos (logic within argument).

    • Give multiple examples from the film as evidence you understand these three elements.

    • What makes his argument honorable and, above all, persuasive?

  • AP Diagnostic Exam

  • Homework: Presentations are due next class. Do not send them to me via e-mail unless it is a DIRE EMERGENCY as my system will overload.

  • Reminder: Please follow the guidelines on the handout.

    • I will draw randomly to see who goes first, etc… I will, of course, take any volunteers.

    • You will have a minute to set up, so please bring your work on a flash drive.

      • I can’t pull it up on my e-mail, I sent it to myself but now I can’t find it, I left my flash drive at home, I thought I had it, etc… Have a back-up plan. You will still present whether you have a slide or not. You MAY NOT just go to an image on the internet and bring it up as your background. Shows a distinct lack of preparation.

Ap language day 6 august 27 th and 28th
AP LanguageDay 6, August 27th and 28th

  • Summer Reading Presentations:

    • Please make sure you do not take longer than a minute for set-up time.

    • You will be stopped at three minutes.

    • If you have technical difficulties with the image, you will need to complete your presentation without the background slide.

  • Homework: All students who did not present today will present next class.

Ap language day 7 august 29 th and 30 th
AP LanguageDay 7, August 29th and 30th

  • Finish Summer Reading Presentations

  • If time, begin reviewing diagnostic test results

    • Check you diagnostic results through the Five Steps to a Five workbook

  • Homework: None

Ap language august 31 sept 4
AP LanguageAugust 31/Sept.4

  • AP Diagnostic results

    • Step 1: Go through your test and circle any term you do not know from the questions or answers.

    • Step 2: Check your answers from the Five Steps to a Five book.

  • Terms: 100 (or so…) Most Important AP terms

    • Read through all terms. Check any that are completely unfamiliar.

    • First quiz will be on the second section of words

  • Read the Argument handout

    • Pay attention to specific vocabulary.

    • Note any ideas you find particularly interesting.

    • Use side-notes commentary

  • Homework: Finish reading and annotating the Argument handout. Bring your American Literature textbook next class.

Ap language day 8 sept 5 th and 6 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 8, Sept. 5th and 6th, 2012

  • Journal: Part I---What makes one person more persuasive than another? Part II: Who persuades you? Part III: Explain a time you changed your mind because someone was persuasive.

  • Discussion: Argument annotations

    • Using i-socrative via your cell phone:

      • A.) Text in the most important quote you found in the packet.


      • B.) Explain the one key idea you understood better as a result of reading this handout.

      • ***No phone/internet access?: Write your favorite quote and idea from the handout in your journal.

  • Video: Boston Legal: Season 1---”Death Be Not Proud” ---Raise your ethos, pathos, logos card each time you hear it being used in the closing argument.

  • Begin reading pages 6-13 in your Am. Lit textbook.

  • Homework: Read pages 6-13 in your American Literature textbook. Bring your American Literature textbook for next class.

Ap language day 9 september 7 th and 10 th
AP LanguageDay 9, September 7th and 10th

  • Journal: Based on pages 6-14 in the textbook. The three most common themes in early American Literature are wilderness, community and independence. Using evidence from pages 6-13 only, which theme do you believe is the most prevalent?

  • American Literature textbook

    • The Iroquois Constitution: Read pages 41-44

    • I-socrative: Answer one of the following questions:

      • A. What could current and future political figures learn from reading The Iroquois Constitution?

      • B. Regarding how leaders should lead, what is the best idea you learned from The Iroquis Constitution?

  • Read and Rate: Read the argument papers and determine the score given.

    • As a group, determine three valid reasons why you gave the score to each paper.

    • Post these reasons on a post-it note on the front of each paper.

  • Homework: Vocab quiz on Sept. 13th(odd) and 14th (even). Bring your American Literature textbook next class.

  • 8th period only---I will be out next class. A little trouble for the sub means a lot of trouble from me. Be good.

Ap language day 10 september 11 th and 12 th
AP LanguageDay 10, September 11th and 12th

  • Essay Rating Scores:

    • The Results

    • What makes a good argument essay: Sample Rubric

  • Read Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford

    • Pages 56-65

    • Make sure you read the introductory pages before you read the story.

    • In your journal answers questions 1-5 (page65), the essential question (page 65), and questions 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (page 66).

  • Read pages 74-77 (Anne Bradstreet’s “To My Dear and Loving Husband”), and pages 80-82 Edward Taylor’s “Huswifery”).

  • Vocabulary Review: Quiz your neighbor on your vocabulary from section 2.

  • Homework:

    • A. Any reading unfinished in class today is homework.

    • B. Vocabulary quiz next class. Study both the definitions and the examples.

      • C. Read On blog: “What Role Should Religion Play in Public Life”

      • D. Watch the U.S. Religious Knowledge video and the take the U.S. Religious Knowledge quiz. Take notes and come back to class with your results.

Ap language day 11 september 13 th and 14 th
AP LanguageDay 11, September 13th and 14th

  • Quiz: Rhetorical Diction terms

  • Journal: Provide a written reaction to “What Role Should Religion Play in Public Life,” and reflect on the results of your religious knowledge quiz.

  • Puritan powerpoint with discussion of Bradstreet and Taylor’s poetry and writing style. Take notes. 

  • Read Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God

    • Artists? Draw what you envision.Choose key words, attach images, visualize and actualize the tone and theme of the speaker. OR

    • Writers? Make a detailed imagery collage with only words and phrases used in the passage.

    • Winning creation receives a “late pass” good for a one day extension on any assignment (summative or formative). Tests not included. 

  • Homework: Slackers in the Hands of an Angry Teacher assignment. Rough draft due next class, Begin studying the next set of terms from the AP packet. Quiz TBA. Watch the video clips posted on my blog (take notes)

  • Reminder: Know the terms Puritan Plain Style, syntax, inversion, conceit, stanza.

Ap language day 12 september 17 th and 18 th
AP LanguageDay 12, September 17th and 18th

  • Journal: Finish Sinner’s Speech and answer questions 1, 2, 5 from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.

  • Slacker’s Speech: Embellishing and editing: Rules…

    • Trade your brainstorming/rough draft with two people today

    • Use the rubric on the back of the directions sheet to guide your editing.

    • Mark places in the paper that show all the required figurative language. If any of the required language is missing, low level, or difficult to understand, make note of it on the paper.

    • Provide no less than five SPECIFIC suggestions for improvement.

    • ELMO assessments---time permitting.

  • Five Steps To A Five: The Argument

    • Annotate or take notes.

  • Argument paper: Topic---Apathy in America (Yes, that is as much info as you are getting out of me on this topic!)

  • Homework: Final speech is due September 21st and 24th. Early American Literature/Writers test is next class. (Iroquois Constitution, Sinners, Huswifery, Loving Husband, terms quiz on September 25th/26th.

Ap language day 13 september 19 th and 20 th
AP LanguageDay 13, September 19th and 20th

  • Early American Writers: Test

  • Journal: What makes people apathetic?

  • Video Clip: Take Notes

  • http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/dave_meslin_the_antidote_to_apathy.html

  • Video clip: Ted Talks: Take Notes

  • http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

  • End Journal: Why is inspiration more powerful than leadership?

  • Homework: In Patterns textbook: Read Letter from Birmingham Jail (page 588) with Introduction and paragraphs 1-13, Slacker’s Speech is due next class. (Use the rubric to help answer questions you might have regarding the basic requirements.) Terms quiz on September 25th/26th.

Ap language day 14 september 21 st and 24th
AP LanguageDay 14, September 21st and 24th

  • Slacker’s Speeches: Present 5 or 6 Sinner’s Speeches

  • Hand in Slacker’s Speech

  • Ted Talks: Take notes in your journal to add to the apathy journal of last class.

  • http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

  • End Journal: Why is inspiration more powerful than leadership? (or is it…)

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

    • Round 1: Review Paragraphs 1-13

    • Round 2: Silently read the rest of the passage and mark clear evidence of ethos, pathos and logos

  • Homework: Finish Letter from Birmingham Jail, Patterns textbook-Argument introduction: Pages 15-21, Patterns Text: Page 120---“38 Who Saw Murder,” Terms quiz on Sept. 25th/26th.

Ap language day 15 september 25 th and 26 th
AP LanguageDay 15, September 25th and 26th

  • Terms Quiz

  • Journal: Choose any two questions from the end of “38 Who Saw Murder”

    • Write a response journal answering those two questions.

    • Do you believe apathy had anything to do with the lack of response? Prove your answer.

  • GHSWT Prep: PowerPoint

  • Letter from Birmingham Jail

  • Round 1: Groups of 3 or 4: (must be all girls or all boys)

    • Discuss annotations of ONLY ethos, pathos and logos

  • Round 2: Groups of 2 or 3: (all new people, both genders)

    • Annotate and discuss ONLY figurative language, structure of sentences, and most powerful statement.

    • Homework: Finish questions at the end of LFBJ, Study next set of terms. Quiz on October 9th and 10th.

Ap language day 16 september 27 th and 28th
AP Language Day 16, September 27th and 28th

  • Journal: Choose one statement from LFBJ and apply it to a modern day issue. How could this one statement change the thinking surrounding this issue?

  • Extended journal assignment directions

  • Speech in a Virginia Convention

    • On your own, read and annotate evidence of ethos, pathos and logos (10 minutes)

    • AP questions 16-24 and questions 1-15(Complete with a partner)

      • AP Questions 16-24: Choose your best answer and then choose your second answer

      • Questions 1-15: Some questions may have more than one answer.

  • Homework: Extended journals are due October 5th (odd day) and 8th (even day). Find an example of modern day apathy. (Newspaper, magazine, political cartoon). No video clips, please…just print pieces.

Ap language day 17 october 1 st and 2 nd
AP LanguageDay 17, October 1st and 2nd

  • GHSWT review:

    • Elmo examples

  • Modern day apathy examples…bring them not later than Friday (odd) and Monday (even)

  • Review questions at the end of LFBJ

  • Speech in the Convention: Ben Franklin

    • Discuss questions at end of passage

    • Compare Speech in a Virginia Convention vs. Speech in a Convention

  • Video: The Patriot

  • Homework: Extended journals, terms quiz on October 9th and 10th , modern day apathy examples


Ap language day 18 october 3 rd and 4th
AP LanguageDay 18, October 3rd and 4th

October 3rd

October 4th

No journal

The Patriot

Homework: Extended journals are due the 9th and 10th , Terms quiz October 9th and 10th. Modern day apathy example.

  • No Class-GHSWT

  • Homework: Extended journals are due next class. Bring modern day apathy example.

Ap language day 19 october 5 th and 8 th
AP languageDay 19, October 5th and 8th

  • Modern day apathy examples- in-class share/explanations

  • Stephen Colbert Clip: Considering Apathy: Watch the Colbert video. “Peripheral” Persuasion: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/377119/march-10-2011/colbert-pac-ad

    • Journal: Americans have the right to vote, but don’t utilize this right on most elections. How do candidates persuade Americans to vote for them? Prove you are correct. Avoid vast generalities in your response.

  • The Rally Cry: Independence Day Clip

  • Thomas Paine: pages 117-119

    • Assess picture (visual text evaluation)

    • As you read: Write five quotes from Paine that epitomize his purpose. (Use your journal for your answer.)

    • Journal: What makes Paine “rallying cry” effective? Who makes you “rally” for your own life?

  • If time, more from The Patriot.

  • Homework: Extended journals are due next class, Terms quiz next class. In-class timed argument paper will be given at the end of October. (All this apathy “stuff” will come in handy.)

Ap language day 20 october 9 th and 10th
AP LanguageDay 20, October 9th and 10th

  • Turn in Extended Journals

  • Terms Quiz

  • When you finish your quiz, read The Declaration of Independence

  • Stations: Pre-determined

    • You will need to attend two stations today.

    • You will need to finish the rest of the stations next class.

  • Homework: Terms quiz will be October 17th (odd) and 18th (even).

Ap language day 21 october 11 th and 12 th
AP LanguageDay 21, October 11th and 12th

  • (Substitute on October 11th)

  • “Revolutionary Stations” –Continue from last class.

    • Five stations will be turned in next class.

    • Choose your best pieces.

  • Homework: Read the Mario Cuomo and Barack Obama speeches. Mark anaphora, periodic sentences, parallel structure, alliteration, imagery, allusion, rhetorical questions and emotionally charged language. Terms quiz will be October 17th (odd) and 18th (even).

Ap language day 22 october 15 th and 16 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 22, October 15th and 16th, 2012

  • Five Stations: Share rally cry speeches and/or break-up letters, poems, raps, etc… (Hand in top five stations)

  • Mario Cuomo and Barack Obama-

    • Who, what, where, when, why, how.

    • As you do a closer reading of the text, you need to ask one of the 5 W’s and one H.

    • Isocratic responses: Post your best question and your name after your question.

  • ELMO: Compare/Contrast Mario Cuomo and Barack Obama speeches.

  • Paired Learning: Assess your figurative language annotations: anaphora, periodic sentences, parallel structure, alliteration, imagery, allusion, rhetorical questions and emotionally charged language.

  • Review terms quiz results

  • Homework: Terms quiz (Trope) is next class (Odd day quiz is moved to Friday as we have PSAT testing). Odd day students: Read Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments and Resolution (Patterns Book). In your journal, answer any three questions at the end of the piece.

  • Reminder: EVEN DAY: Bring your Patterns Book next class.

Ap language day 23 october 17 th and 18 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 23, October 17th and 18th, 2012

  • Odd day classes: PSAT schedule

  • Review for terms quiz

  • Terms Quiz

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Resolution of Sentiments

    • Read Stanton’s declaration

    • Answer any three questions from the end of the text in your journal.

    • Comparison/Contrast Stanton’s Declaration vs. Declaration of Independenc.e

  • Finish The Patriot

  • Homework: Organize your notebook. We will be writing our first timed argument essay on October 31st/Nov. 1st. Bring BOTH textbooks next class 

Ap language day 24 october 19 th and 22 nd 2012
AP LanguageDay 24, October 19th and 22nd, 2012

  • First block odd and even day: Terms Quiz (trope)

  • Brief discussion of Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments vs. Dec. of Independence

  • Why do we do anything?

    • Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo

    • Critique the images: What images impacted you the most? Why?

  • Preparing for the Apathy Paper:

    • Chart: Using both texts, notes, journals, and handouts, find text examples from what we have read so far.

    • On the back of the sheet, provide analysis as to why your quotes support or contradict the point.

  • i-socratic: Best quote posting—Make sure you post your name after the quote.

  • Homework: Read the following pieces in your American Literature text: Phyllis Wheatley’s To His Excellency, George Washington, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of OlaudahEquiano, and Ben Franklin’s Aphorisms.

Ap language day 25 october 23 rd and 24th
AP LanguageDay 25, October 23rd and 24th

  • Review of American Literature text pieces.

  • Handouts for Wheatley Poem, OlaudahEquiano, Franklin’s Aphorisms.

  • Video Clip: Lost Generation

  • Apathy Paper:

    • Review: Aristotle’s format for argument (Remember the Creon and Antigone argument? )

    • Using the information from last class, create a two-three sentence introduction that would grab an AP reader’s attention for each question.

    • Next class, you will be in groups developing specific arguments, counter arguments, effective lead-ins, figurative language insertions, and depth of thought in your analysis

  • Homework: Revolutionary Test (with AP reading comprehension addition) on October 29th/30th, Summative Persuasive AP Timed Writing (Apathy paper) on October 31st/Nov. 1st, Terms Quiz Nov. 2nd and 5th.

Ap language day 26 october 25 th and 26th
AP LanguageDay 26, October 25th and 26th

  • Journal: Reflect on the pieces of literature you have read for the Revolutionary Unit. Which piece did you enjoy the most? Explain why you connected to it more than the other works.

  • Review sheet: The Revolutionary Period

  • Apathy Paper:

  • Groups are divided so that you have one specific question on which to focus your attention.

    • Follow the directions on the handout. You have one hour to complete this assignment.

    • Hand in your drafts to me when you are finished.

  • Homework: Revolutionary Test (with AP reading comprehension addition) on October 29th/30th, Summative Persuasive AP Timed Writing (Apathy paper) on October 31st/Nov. 1st, Terms Quiz Nov. 2nd and 5th.

Ap language day 27 october 29 th and 30 th 2012
AP LanguageDay 27, October 29th and 30th, 2012

  • AP Reading Comprehension Test: No headphones

  • Revolutionary Test: No headphones

  • Remaining time: Finish your group pre-writing

  • ELMO: Evaluate student work

  • Two ways to write the paper:

  • Introduction, facts, thesis (First three components in one paragraph)

  • Introduction with thesis (2-3 sentences)

  • What makes an effective counter-argument?

  • Homework: Summative Persuasive AP Timed Writing (Apathy paper) on October 31st/Nov. 1st, Terms Quiz Nov. 2nd and 5th.

Ap language day 28 october 31 st and nov 1st
AP LanguageDay 28, October 31st and Nov. 1st

  • Summative Persuasive AP Timed Writing (Apathy paper)

    • You may use only the two sheets of paper given to you.

    • You may use one sheet of scratch paper.

    • You may use your journal, notes, both textbooks, and a dictionary.

    • No phones or headphones can be used.

  • You have 15 minutes for pre-writing that must be used. You may not write one word of your final essay until the 15 minutes has passed.

  • Remaining time: Grade AP Reading Comprehension test.

  • Homework: Terms Quiz Nov. 2nd and 5th. Bring Patterns book next class.


  • You do not need to document at the end of your paraphrased or quoted information.

  • Do not make generalities. Analyze.

  • Do not use multiple examples for the same point. Choose the best example.

  • Do not make your counter stronger than your argument.

Ap language day 29 november 2 nd and 5th
AP LanguageDay 29, November 2nd and 5th

  • Warm-up: Review for the terms quiz

  • Terms quiz

  • AP Test results: Grade and analyze

  • Rogerian Arguments Handout:

    • Read the introductory information

    • Euthanasia: Break up the argument into the five components.

      • High-light the counter-argument (How did you know?)

  • Patterns text

    • Choose any of the arguments from the Patterns text from pages ____________ through ________________.

  • Begin reading today. You will be writing a Rogerianargumement

  • Homework: Finish reading your Patterns text. Final terms quiz is November 15th and 16th. (You will be expected to know these terms throughout the semester, so I advise you to continue reviewing.

  • Hate Crimes: 604-615

  • Global Warming: 616-628

  • Wal-Mart: 629-647

  • How Open Should Our Borders Be? 648-678

  • Is there a case for torture?679-702

Ap language november 7 th and 8th
AP LanguageNovember 7th and 8th

  • Class Discussion: What did you learn from your readings?

  • Writing a Rogerian Argument:

    • Use the Rogerian argument format.

    • Write a one-two minute presentation for next class.

    • You do not have to turn in the paper, so it can be quite “rough draft-ish.”

    • You are strictly being graded on persuasion.

    • You have 60 minutes to write a Rogerian argument about your topic

    • All students will present on .

  • Homework: Final presentation is November 13th and 14th. (You will be expected to know these terms throughout the semester, so I advise you to continue reviewing. Terms quiz is 15th and 16th.


Ap language november 9 th and 12th
AP LanguageNovember 9th and 12th

  • Odd Day-First period---Veteran’s Day Assembly

  • Even Day: Computer Lab

  • Today, we browse…

  • You may go to the following websites. If you are on Pinnacle, shopping for shoes, etc…you will be removed from the computer and given the dreaded “alternate assignment.”

    • Alternate Assignment: (Create a 50 question quiz using all of the terms we have not covered from the terms packet.)

  • http://www.pulitzer.org/awards/2012 ( Journalism selections)

  • http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/ (Browse multiple headlines)

  • http://www.newseum.org/exhibits-and-theaters/permanent-exhibits/pulitzer/videos/pulitzer-prize-photos.html (Free browse/Listen)

  • http://www.bioethics.net/ (Bioethics news and Hot Topics)

  • http://www.nytimes.com/ (Opinion page and free browse)

    ---With ten minutes left, go to my blog, click on the“Survey Monkey” and fill in the questions regarding what you learned today.

    ---Turn in your handout today as you leave.

    Homework: Rogerian presentations are due next class.

Ap language november 13 th and 14 th
AP LanguageNovember 13th and 14th

  • Presentations today

  • For each argument, complete the reflection forms to give to each student.

  • Homework: If you did not present today, you will present next class. Final terms quiz is next class.

Ap language november 15 th and 16 th
AP LanguageNovember 15th and 16th

  • Finish any remaining presentations

  • Terms quiz

  • Grade terms quiz

  • Homework: None-Have a great break.

Ap language november 26 th and 27 th 2012
AP LanGuageNovember 26th and 27th , 2012

  • Video clips: Patterns topics-Where we left off…

  •  The Jena Six: 

  • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16885997/ns/us_news-life/t/jena-protesters-rally-louisiana-town/

  • Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWKPOXoxNFE&feature=relmfu

  • PBS:  Frontline:  The Interrogator: 

  • http://video.pbs.org/video/2126849422

  • AL Gore Sparks Debate:  PBS: http://video.pbs.org/video/2020621166

  • Immigration Debate:  Close to Home In Alabama

  • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/45298288#45298288

  • Homework: Bring your American Lit book and your ID. We will be picking up In Cold Blood at the bookroom next

Ap language november 28 th and 29 th 2012
AP LanguageNovember 28th and 29th, 2012

  • Bookroom: In Cold Blood

  • Background to the story and author

    • 4 page handout (read all until major themes)

    • PowerPoint on Truman Capote

    • Slideshow on The Clutter Family and Holcomb Kansas

  • Read Chapter 1 together

  • Romanticism PowerPoint Notes

    • Textbook: Begin reading introduction to the period

  • Homework: Read to page 24 for next class, Bring your American Literature textbook to class.

Ap langauge november 30 th and dec 3 rd 2012
AP LangaugeNovember 30th and Dec. 3rd, 2012

  • Romanticism PowerPoint continued…

  • Vocabulary words: Set #1

    • Define them on a sheet of paper (two columns) or flashcards.

  • In Cold Blood: Review of pages 1-26

    • Discuss “Major Themes”

  • AP Five Steps to a Five questions (In Cold Blood)

    • How to write your introduction to an analysis

  • The Devil and Tom Walker

    • What are the key themes of Romanticism addressed in this short story? Specific terms? Evidence?

    • Questions at end of story.

  • Homework: Read In Cold Blood to page 57 for next class.

Ap language december 4 th and 5th
AP LanguageDecember 4th and 5th

  • Review In Cold Blood (to page 57)

  • Finish reading The Devil and Tom Walker

    • Discuss questions at the end of the story

  • Poetry packet: Key terms

    • How to read a poem handout

  • Fireside Poets: powerpoint introduction

  • Read The Song of Hiawatha and The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls

    • Braves “fight song” and “waves crashing” video

  • Homework: Read to page 74 (This is the end of Part I. We will have a quiz over Part I and II before we leave for break. I HIGHLY suggest you work on the vocabulary for the AP multiple choice test. This quiz counts in the summative category. The multiple choice test is December 10th/11th. (EOCT schedule next week.)

  • Reminder: BRING YOUR IN COLD BLOOD book next class. I will give you time in class to read or work on vocabulary.

Ap language december 6 th and 7 th
AP LangUageDecember 6th and 7th

  • Thanatopsisand Old Ironsides

    • Video of Thanatopsis interpretation

    • Video of the original Old Ironsides

  • Read In Cold Blood or work on vocabulary

  • Homework: Multiple Choice timed test is next class. Read to page 113 for next class.

  • Reminder: There will be a multiple choice portion of the test in your midterm that counts toward the mid-term grade. You will get the vocabulary for this test next class.

Ap language december 10 th and 12 th
AP LangUAgeDecember 10th and 12th

  • Multiple choice timed test: You may use your vocabulary sheet on the test.

  • When you turn in your test, pick up the handout Clark Kent. Complete as you see appropriate.

  • Discuss choices for Clark Kent

  • Poetry assessments

  • Homework: Read the rest of Part II. The quiz is next class.

  • The mid-term is fast approaching. Please get your notebook organized, and begin reviewing your notes NOW, not the day before the test. Review sheet is coming NEXT class.

Ap language december 11 th and 13 th
AP LanguageDecember 11th and 13th

Even Day

1st Block Even Day

Catch – up work

If I could…To Clark Kent-1st period even day only

Poetry Perusal1st period even day only

  • In Cold Blood Quiz: Parts I and II

  • When you finish the quiz, work on the vocabulary for the AP final test. You may work on this vocabulary or begin working on the review sheet.

  • Grade AP quiz from last class

  • “The Raven”: Use poetry packet and guided handout to assess figurative language.

  • The Simpsons: The Raven

  • Homework: Study for the mid-term, Vocabulary for final AP assessment on the mid-term

Ap language december 14 th and 17 th
AP LanguageDecember 14th and 17th

  • 1st Period and 8th period:

  • Review for the final

  • In class reading-In Cold Blood

  • Work on your vocabulary for the AP portion of the mid-term

  • Homework: In Cold Blood is due when you return from break. Please continue to read your book.

  • Even Day: 1st Block

  • 30 Minutes for the AP final

  • You may use your vocabulary on the AP portion of the test.

  • As soon as you finish the AP test, you may pick up the American Literature mid-term.

  • You have until the end of class to complete your test.

  • Please read In Cold Blood when you are finished. The final test over the book will be given when we return from break.

Ap language january 8 th and 9 th 2013
AP LanguageJanuary 8th and 9th, 2013

  • Welcome Back!

  • In Cold Blood: Test will be the 14th and 15th

  • 50 years later: Read article about Clutter family

  • Capote: Video

  • Homework: Finish reading In Cold Blood for test

Ap language january 10 th and 11th
AP LanguageJanuary 10th and 11th

  • Benchmark Testing: i-respond

  • Benchmark Writing: Next class period.

  • Video: Capote

    • Complete video guide today, if possible.

  • Homework: In Cold Blood test is on Wednesday (odd) and Thursday . We will finish the movie before you take the test, either next class or the day of the test.

Ap language january 14 th and 15 th 2013
AP LanGuageJanuary 14th and 15th, 2013

  • Benchmark Testing: Two essays

  • Capote: Finish video and turn in your video guide.

  • Homework: In Cold Blood test is next class.

Ap language january 16 th and 17 th 2013
AP LanguageJanuary 16th and 17th, 2013

  • Finish the video Capote prior to the test

  • In Cold Blood test

  • Homework:

    • Part I: Read the following pages in the American Literature text: 360-361, 364-365, 376-377 (Intro to Emerson and Thoreau),

    • Part II: You have the grand opportunity to introduce Henry David Thoreau OR Ralph Waldo Emerson as “guest speakers” at McEachern High School. (Yes, the dead have arisen for a day!) Using your knowledge of Thoreau or Emerson, transcendentalism, and the messages of the mid 1800’s, what will you say to your audience? No, this does not have to be typed. Be creative!

    • Part III: Bring your American Literature textbook next class.

Ap language january 18 th and 22 nd 2013
AP LanguageJanuary 18th and 22nd, 2013

  • In Cold Blood test results---Not for 2nd and 8th today

  • Warm-up: Present your introductions for Thoreau or Emerson.

  • Video: Ted Talk

  • PowerPoint Notes (This is on the blog)

  • Locate the Transcendentalism Introductory handout

  • Textbook: Reading Nature and Self-Reliance

    • Keep an on-going journal of important and meaningful phrases from both pieces.

  • Homework:

  • Part I: Am. Lit: Read Walden and Civil Disobedience. Complete the Open Book test questions as you read.

  • Part II: AP Lang.: Read/Annotate Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers,” and Vaclaw Havel’s “The Quiver of a Shrub in California.” Choose two questions to answer at the end of each story.

  • Part III: Common Core: Find song lyrics that embody the theme of transcendentalists. Print the song lyrics for the class and annotate TWO areas of the poem that address key elements of transcendentalist thought. Write the theme or themes next to those lines.

Ap language january 23 rd and 24 th 2013
AP LanguageJanuary 23rd and 24th, 2013

  • Transcendental Song Lyrics

    • Post your lyrics on the boards around the room for all to read.

    • Musical “Hall of Fame Walk”: As you read the lyrics, locate areas where you find transcendental themes. (Use your Transcendental Introductory handout for help.)

    • On a notecard, write down two or three of the best lines you found to represent transcendental themes.

    • Class reflection: What were the best lines that you found? Post on I-socratic, please.

  • Review Walden and Civil Disobedience---Open Book test questions.

  • Annotations: Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers,” and Vaclaw Havel’s “The Quiver of a Shrub in California.”

    • Discuss homework: Two questions to answer at the end of each story.

  • Homework: Read and annotate the Analysis packet. What particular parts will help YOU succeed?

Ap language january 25 th and 28th
AP LanguageJanuary 25th and 28th

  • Discuss Analysis packet annotation

    • Annotate your packet as we discuss

  • Analysis Part I: Read your assigned passage from the packet.

    • Answer the questions from the “First Reading” section.

  • Homework: Poetic Annotation:

    • High-light key words in ONE of the non-fiction pieces. Create a poem in the same order as the paragraphs.

    • Poem (no more than 12 words per paragraph can be used

    • Typed poem is due next class.

      ***Also, annotate the Analysis packet #2.

Ap language january 29 th and 30th
AP LanguageJanuary 29th and 30th

  • Warm-up: Let’s read some of your poems!!!

  • Discuss Analysis Annotation packet #2

  • Group Work Part II:

    • With your group, compare your answers from the “first reading.”

    • Go back and annotate the story based on the “First reading” questions. With your group, collectively answer the “Second Reading” questions.

    • As a team, do a pre-write for the “Writing” analysis question on the handout.

    • You will have a total of fifteen minutes per group. Analysis Packet: Apply this to your Extended Response on the benchmark test.

  • Group Work Part III: As a team, choose another passage to read and annotate. Complete 1stand 2nd Reading and the Writing Analysis section.

  • Homework: Complete the first reading passages for the next selection, Transcendentalism and Analysis test will be February 6th and 7th. Yes, there will be questions regarding the Analysis handouts.

Ap language january 31 st and february 1 st 2012
AP LanguageJanuary 31st and February 1st, 2012

  • Round II: Second passage

    • Complete 1st and 2nd readings as a group

    • Complete a rough draft/brainstorming pre-write

  • Review all questions at end of the Nature packet

  • Pick apart each analysis writing prompt

  • Benchmark Writing: Analysis of your own work

    • Complete the syntax chart on the Extended Writing (Part III)

    • Use the Analysis packet (SOAPS) to guide you.

    • Using what you now know, how would you rank your essay?

  • Homework: Read: (poem) Concord Hymn

Ap language february 4 th and 5 th 2012
AP LanguageFebruary 4th and 5th, 2012

  • Review Concord Hymn (on ELMO)

  • Benchmark Writing: Analysis of your own work

    • Complete the syntax chart on the Extended Writing (Part III)

    • Use the Analysis packet (SOAPS) to guide you.

    • Using what you now know, how would you rank your essay?

  • Timed Rewriting: Extended Writing Part III

    • You have 30 minutes.

  • To Review: Study the Transcendentalism review sheet and any/all handouts for the section and prepare for analysis questions. There will be a diction and syntax written expression section on the test.

  • Homework: Transcendentalism and Analysis test is next class.

Ap language february 6 th and 7 th 2013
AP languageFebruary 6th and 7th, 2013

  • Transcendentalism and Analysis Test

    • Use the Walden handout to create your diction and syntax poem.

  • No homework: Seriously…

Ap language february 8 th and 11 th 2013
AP LanguageFebruary 8th and 11th, 2013

  • Warm-up: Two videos to make you happy.

  • Read: Five Steps to a Five pages: Analysis (review)

  • Step 1: Read and annotate the packet Lessons 5 and 6 (pages 24-34). You do not have to complete the essay writing. Just read and annotate. Use FIDDS to help guide your annotations for the passages.

  • Step 2: Lesson 5 and 6

    • Analysis: Go to page 28 in the packet. Complete the FIDDS chart for the selection “The Doctor Won’t See You Now.”

    • Analysis: Go to page 31 in the packet. Complete the FIDDS chart for the selection “The Scarlet Letter.”

    • Analysis: Go to page 33 in the packet. Complete the FIDDS chart for The Tell-Tale Heart

  • Homework: If you did not finish the chart, then finish the FIDDS charts for next class.

Ap language february 12 th 13 th 2013
AP LanguageFebruary 12th/13th, 2013

  • Review and hand in the FIDDS charts

  • Timed Practice: James Boswell: On War

    • Read the story silently on your own: 15 minutes

    • Annotate the passage using FIDDS to help you.

    • 5 Minutes: Gut answers

    • 10 minutes: You and ONE partner will find the answers, mark it in the test, and choose your best answer.

  • 20 minutes: Timed Writing: Nature packet

    • Write a SOAPS introduction for three of the four essays listed.

    • Mark the SOAPS elements in each introduction with the appropriate letter.

    • Follow the guidelines for your essay using the SOAPS packet.

  • Homework: Whatever you have not finished in the packet, complete for next class.

Ap language february 14 th and 19 th 2013
AP LanguageFebruary 14th and 19th, 2013

  • James Boswell handout (from last class)

    • With partners, determine your “solid” answer

    • Review key annotations in packet

    • Reaffirm your answers

    • And the REAL answers are…

  • 2012 AP Analysis:

    • Step 1: Read the rubric to see what the readers expect

    • Step 2: Read the three sample essays.

    • Step 3: Go back and mark SOAPS in the introduction of each essay.

  • Homework: Read a newspaper or a news magazine. Brush up on your current affairs. The syntax essay is coming, and it is usually about current events.

Ap language february 20 th and 21 st 2013
AP LanguageFebruary 20th and 21st, 2013

  • Read the AP packet

    • Answer the multiple choice questions. If you get your…

      • 1st answer choice correct, you receive… 1 bonus point.

      • 2nd answer choice correct, you receive…1/2 bonus point

    • These bonus points may be added to the Transcendental test or the In Cold Blood test.

  • Video: The Great Debaters (These students are the ultimate syllogism makers.)

  • Homework: Keep up on current events, begin reviewing your terms again. Multiple choice testing, synthesis writing, the Patterns text and more American Literature are all in your near future.

  • Did you know…We only have 26 class periods to go until the AP Language test and 31 class periods until the end of school? Crazy.

Ap language february 22 nd and 25 rd 2013
AP LanguageFebruary 22nd and 25rd, 2013

  • Video: the Great Debaters

  • Hand in the video guide when finished.

  • Homework: Bring your American Literature book next class period.

Ap language february 26 th and 27 th 2013
AP Language February 26th and 27th, 2013

  • American Lit textbook: page 402-403 Poetry and Figurative Language

  • 404-407 Introduction to Emily Dickinson

  • Visual Poetry (10 minutes to prepare)

    • Groups of 4. One reader, three “interpreters”

    • As a group, use body language, facial expressions, and even hand-made props to “enhance” the Dickinson poetry.

  • Homework: Read pages 422-425 about Walt Whitman, pages 426-427 (excerpt from Leaves of Grass), pages 428-431(excerpt from Song of Myself, page 434 (excerpt from I Hear America Singing)), Bring your American Literature and Patterns textbook for next class.

Ap language february 28 th and march 1 st 2013
AP LanguageFebruary 28th and March 1st, 2013

  • Whitman/Dickinson on a date (see handout)

  • Whitman/Dickinson chart

  • Patterns Text: See handout for required text for 2/28-3/15.

  • Homework: Bring American Literature text next class, Bring ID next class. Read Patterns passages.

Ap language march 4 th and 5 th 2013
AP LanguageMarch 4th and 5th, 2013

  • Novel selections for March/April: See handout

  • Introduction to Realism

  • Reconstruction in America: Read only the key introductory pages (462-477) in the textbook

  • Notes-Format for each section as follows

    • Historical Issues

    • Social Issues

    • Key authors

    • Literary Styles and Purposes

  • What is “Stream of Consciousness?”

  • Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge:

    • Group 1: Track the author’s use of sensory details in each section. What effect is achieved?

    • Group 2: Focus the authors’ use of point of view and shifts in point of view. What effects are achieved?

    • Group 3: Examine how the author uses time shifts in the story? What effect is achieved?

  • Bookroom: Next class. Bring your i.d and be ready to choose your novel.

  • Homework:

    • Read An Episode of War (Am. Lit text pages 506-513)

    • My Bondage, My Freedom by Frederick Douglas (Am lit. pages 518-527))

    • If you haven’t already…Read Patterns text “The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society” (page 248) and “The Black Table is Still There.” (page 345)

Ap language march 6 th and 7 th 2013
AP LanguageMarch 6th and 7th, 2013

  • EOCT warm-up

  • Bookroom: Select your novel. Don’t forget your i.d.

  • Finish: An Occurrance at Owl Creek Bridge

  • Introductory Discussion: What parallels did you see with the stories The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society and My Bondage, My Freedom? Be as specific as possible. Textual evidence??? 

  • Collaboratively or on your own, complete the “My Bondage, My Freedom” handout: Author’s Purpose and Open Book Test

  • Patterns Analysis Practice! Woohoooooo!

  • Left side of classroom:

  • The Black Table is Still There (page 345)

    • Group 1: In paragraph form, answer questions 1-5.

    • Group 2: In paragraph form , answer questions 1-3

    • Group 3: In paragraph form, answers questions 1-4

  • Right side of classroom:

  • The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society: (page 248)

    • Group 1: In paragraph form, answer questions 1-5.

    • Group 2: In paragraph form , answer questions 1-3

    • Group 3: In paragraph form, answers questions 1-4

  • Homework: Bring your Patterns book next class period. Next test over Realism, Naturalism and Regionalism will be the week before we leave for Spring Break…not as far away as you think. Bring your parallel novel.

Ap language march 8 th and 11 2013
AP LanguageMarch 8th and 11, 2013

  • (substitute March 8th)

  • EOCT warm-up

  • Video: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

  • Remaining time is for reading in the Patterns text and reading novel choice.

  • Homework: Finish any remaining reading from the Patterns text.

Ap language march 12 th and 13 th 2013
AP LanguageMarch 12th and 13th, 2013

  • EOCT Warm-up

  • Timed Writing Practice: Locate your Patterns list (coming of Age: American Transformation)

    • Choose any piece we have not covered in class so far to analyze.

    • Choose to answer (in paragraph form) any specific set of questions at the end of the story. (Comprehension, Purpose and Audience, or Style and Structure)

    • You have 10 minutes to construct this paragraph . We will share these in class and you will hand in to me.

  • With a partner, create 3 multiple choice questions for three different stories from the Patterns text. One vocabulary, one figurative language and one reading comprehension or author’s purpose. (You will have a total of 9 questions…)

  • Turn in your questions at the end of class with BOTH student names at the top of the paper.

  • Homework: Continue reading Patterns text and parallel novel. Bring your American Literature text next class. Have you read An Episode of War yet? It was assigned last week.

Ap language march 14 th and 15 th 2013
AP Languagemarch 14th and 15th, 2013

  • EOCT practice

  • 10 Minutes (That’s it!!!) to complete questions from last class

    • Review some questions on ELMO

    • Turn in your final questions with your paragraph.

  • Page 516-517: Discuss types of narrative nonfiction

  • “An Episode of War”-Review questions at end of story.

  • Read “The Gettysburg Address” and “Letter to His Son”

  • AP Practice: Read/annotate the passages from the “War” unit.

  • Homework:

    • 1.) Read the spirituals Go Down Moses and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (530-534) and “An Account with Discrimination”-Sojourner Truth (552-556),

    • 2.) Patterns pieces are due next class. You will have a summative assessment next class period.

    • 3.) Bring your American Literature book next class.

Ap language march 18 th and 19th
AP LanguageMarch 18th and 19th

  • EOCT warm-up

  • New Patterns Assignment handout

    • You will have to take a quiz, create a quiz and create a presentation for your assessments: More to come…

  • Patterns assessment (Open-Book…Timed 30 minutes)

  • 10 minutes to complete SVENN chart

  • Review An Account with Discrimination and The Spirituals

  • The King of Regionalism…MARK TWAIN!

    • Powerpoint on Twain

  • Homework: Bring your Patterns book and novel next class. Go online and find two great quotes from Twain. Bring them next class. Begin reading your new Patterns pieces.

  • Even Day 1st Block---As you will be taking the GHSGT, you will have to make up what we are reading in class. Read 566-575-Introduction to Twain and Life on the Mississippi.

Ap language march 20 th and 21 st 2013
AP LanguageMarch 20th and 21st , 2013

  • GHSGT: No Even day class first period

  • No EOCT practice today

  • Page 566 in American Lit book.

  • Twain quotes: Add your quote to the poster board.

  • Dances With Wolves: Video clip

    • What comparisons do you see with the story “An Account of War”?

  • Patterns/Novel reading

  • Homework: Continue reading Pattern pieces and your novel.

Ap language march 22 nd and 25 th 2013
AP LanguageMarch 22nd and 25th, 2013

  • Vocabulary warm-up

  • Read pages 576-592 in the American Literature textbook

    • The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

    • Bill Bryson: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • Video Clips:

    • Cosby show (story-telling), Who’s On First (word-play), We are the 1% (satire).

  • Homework: Go to one of the following websites and print out two articles of interest to you. http://www.pulitzer.org/awards/2012 ( Journalism selections)

  • http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/ (Browse multiple headlines)

  • http://www.newseum.org/exhibits-and-theaters/permanent-exhibits/pulitzer/videos/pulitzer-prize-photos.html (Free browse/Listen)

  • http://www.bioethics.net/ (Bioethics news and Hot Topics)

  • http://www.nytimes.com/ (Opinion page and free browse)

Ap language march 26 th and 27 th 2013
AP LanguageMarch 26th and 27th, 2013

  • Two Articles: Per article…In 50 words or less, summarize the importance of your article.

    • This article is important because… (ugh…Don’t start like this.)

  • Satire pieces

  • Five Steps to a Five: The Synthesis Essay

    • Read introductory pages

    • Consider: How is this different than a DBQ? How is it the same? What adjustments will you have to make for an AP Language test?

  • Homework:

    • 1.) Make sure you have read Once More To the Lake and Mother Tongue. Open book quiz next class (20 minutes).

    • 2.) Read the current events pages I have given to you. Watch the news tonight, read a news magazine, go back to the websites and read more articles/political cartoons.

    • 3.) Realism, Naturalism, Regionalism test is next Wednesday/Thursday.

    • 4.) Continue reading the other Patterns pieces.

Ap language march 28 th and 29 th 2013
AP LanguageMarch 28th and 29th, 2013

  • Quiz: Once More to the Lake/Mother Tongue

  • Naturalism: Jack London

  • If time, Video:

  • Homework:

    • 1.) DUE MONDAY/TUESDAY: Choose one of your Patterns pieces. TYPE a five question quiz with TYPED separate answer key and TYPED explanation/rationale for the correct answers.

      • Five Question Types: Reading Comp, Author’s Purpose, Vocabulary, Tone, and Figurative Language.

    • 2.) Realism, Naturalism, Regionalism test is Wednesday and Thursday of next week. (No AP section. This is strictly American Literature)

Ap language april 1 st and 2 nd 2013
AP LanguageApril 1st and 2nd, 2013

  • AP Warm-up: Turn in your typed questions.

    • I will give to students who have completed the work.

    • Students who take the quiz must make comments per question regarding confusing format, incorrect answer choices, etc…

    • You will then grade their papers. Turn in quiz and answer key to me when finished.

  • AP Story-Telling assignment (see handout and examples)

  • Review sheet: Regionalism, Naturalism, Realism

  • Video: Jack London

  • Homework:

    • 1.) Test next class.

    • 2.) Patterns “Story-telling” assignment: See handout for requirements.

Ap language april 3 rd and 4 th 2013
AP LanguageApril 3rd and 4th, 2013

  • AP Warm-up

  • Test

  • In-class reading: Current Events: Magazine articles

    • Complete the reading strip with article title, author, brief summary and immediate/personal reaction.

  • Homework: Patterns readings. Story Telling Assignment is due Tuesday/Wednesday AFTER Spring Break.