Monday, March 31, 2008


Quickwrite and discuss:
1) To what extent has America progressed in terms of racial relations since Huck Finn was written?
2) Describe a personal experience in which you (or someone you know) were acutely aware of your race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. How did you know that you "belonged" or "didn't belong"?

Turn in 3 rhetorical devices you completed over spring break using Huck Finn as your example.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Select a practice AP test date for the first part of your final exam--Saturday, 4/12 from 9am to 1pm; Tuesday, 4/22 from 3:30pm-7pm; or Sunday, 4/27 from 9am to 1pm. Consider purchasing a copy of The Great Gatsby--it'll be our next book and you'll be writing a rhetorical analysis paper examining a passage from the novel, so you might want to annotate along the way.

Friday, March 14, 2008


Be sure to sign the Thank You cards for Council Member McKeown and Ms. Julie Rusk.

Turn in slavery letters (be sure to label how you've met the style requirements) and address envelopes for mailing

Discuss Huck Finn to chapter 22

HW: Finish Huck Finn and complete three rhetorical terms entries

Have a terrific and restful Spring Break!

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Spring Break Homework:
Finish Huck Finn
Complete 3 rhetorical terms entry for Huck Finn:
1) Free Choice Device: Colloquialism, Colloquial Diction, Dialect, etc.
2) Two entries on a humor device: pun, dramatic/situational/verbal irony, personification, euphemism, hyperbole, understatement/litote
Larger Meaning:
1) What is Twain using this device to satirize? What folly/flaw in human behavior is Twain critiquing? Why does he include this scene? What larger point does it allow him to make?

Chapter 22 Multiple Choice Practice
Discuss Sherburn/Boggs and Sheperdsons/Grangerfords

Homework: Revise slavery letter: add stylistic devices if you haven't already (see "10 Steps to Sexier, Sassier Sentences" handout) BRING TWO COPIES of your letter and an envelope and stamp (or one copy if you are emailing, as a screenshot before you sent the email)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Santa Monica Local Issues Guest Speakers!
Report to B207 at 8:45

Homework: Read chapters 19, 20, 21 in Huck Finn to discuss on Thursday
Complete assembly reflection

Monday, March 10, 2008


EAP Essay

Turn in evidence logs and HF Moral Development sheets.

HW: Complete guest speaker preparation for tomorrow's assembly. Be at Room B207 (my classroom) at 8:45am tomorrow to stow your bags and backpacks before we head over to Barnum Hall at 9am to hear out guest speakers.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Review multiple-choice passage from Chapter 1 of HF with a partner, then as a class

Introduce new vocabulary words: AP Interim Vocabulary #1

Discuss and clarify any remaining questions from Chapters 1-6 of HF; discuss and clarify Chapters 7-9

HW: Read chapters 10-13 of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and be prepared to discuss; begin learning vocabulary words.

Monday, March 3, 2008


List 3-5 questions worth discussing about chapters 1-6 of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Share out via bag o' destiny
In small groups, discuss questions and responses
Share out with whole class

HW: Read chapters 7-9 of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and be prepared to discuss; complete multiple-choice passage over chapter 1.