Friday, January 30, 2009


Discuss the Muckraker prompt and continuum of evidence and how to handle argument prompts.

HW: Write an argument essay for the Sanders prompt. You'll get full credit just for having the complete essay written--we'll peer-score it on Monday according to the scoring guidelines.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Vocabulary List of words to study for exam
Old lists of definitions:
Enrique's Journey vocabulary
The Grapes of Wrath vocabulary
Logical Fallacies vocabulary
The Crucible vocabulary
Thoreau vocabulary

Multiple-Choice practice:
Answers for passage 2 (we went over this one in class today): 8.D 9.C 10.C 11.D 12.E 13.C 14.A
Answers for passage 3 (the extra practice you received in class today): 15.B 16.A 17.B 18.E 19.D 20.A 21.C 22.D

NOTE: The multiple-choice will be approximately 28 questions but will count out of 21 points. Like on the AP exam, you will receive one point for each correct answer and lose 1/4 of a point for each incorrect answer. Your raw score will then count out of 21 points for this segment. If you are uncertain about the meaning of a word, make your best guess. BRING A #2 PENCIL FOR THIS PORTION OF THE EXAM.

Bring notebook paper and BLUE or BLACK INK pens for this portion of the exam.
To prepare for rhetorical analysis, look over your rhetorical terms entries and "The Death of Benny Paret" practice that we examined on Monday. Also, take a look at the Stewart passage that I gave out on Tuesday--you might consider writing a thesis statement or a body paragraph as practice and then email me for feedback.

To prepare for synthesis, look over your sample materials from the Flagburning essay (the packet and the two student sample essays). Review your researched argument paper, and take a look back at the televised election debate packet as well. Again, you might consider writing a new thesis statement or body paragraph for televised election debates or flagburning (now that you have a better idea how to write a researched argument paper) and then email me for feedback if you're unsure how to tackle this type of prompt.

Venn Diagram comparing Rhetorical Analysis and Synthesis - tips and notes from class today comparing the two essay types.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Partner discussion: What are all of the reasons that people might follow bad/unjust laws?
(Review Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Reasoning)

Introduction to excerpts from Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"
Introduce new vocabulary from "Civil Disobedience"
Online resource:
This online resource contains the full annotated text AND a Spanish translation! :)

HW: Reminder--your three rhetorical terms entries (#6, #7, and #8) from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are due tomorrow if you haven't submitted them already--two should be on humor devices and one can be any other device you haven't written up yet from Huck Finn (I recommended "colloquialism" or "dialect," as you'll recall...)

Finish reading "Civil Disobedience" by Friday
Finish reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for next Wednesday (pace yourself appropriately!)
Be at the halfway point or beyond in your independent reading book for Friday--bring your book as book groups will meet!
Stand-up seminar tomorrow on Morality and Moral Decisions in Adventures of Huckleberry prepared to talk!