Friday, April 29, 2011


Grammar Practice: Comparison Errors #2
Review first multiple choice passage from full-length test (questions 1-14)
Begin discussing "Learning to Read" by Malcolm X and "Learning to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass (pages 109-113 in The McGraw-Hill Reader)

HW: Complete two rhetorical terms entries on humor devices using God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as your example source (due Monday). Read "When Bright Girls Decide That Math is a Waste of Time" by Susan Jacoby, pages 140-142 in The McGraw-Hill Reader and "America Skips School" by Benjamin Barber, pages 153-162 in The McGraw-Hill Reader in preparation for Tuesday's seminar.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Finish seminars on God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and "Where I Lived and What I Lived For"

HW: Complete quickwrite questions on front of packet, then read Frederick Douglass' "Learning to Read and Write" on pages 109-113 of the McGraw-Hill Reader and Malcolm X's "Learning to Read." Be prepared to discuss all of this tomorrow.

Monday, April 25, 2011



Reminder: Final AP Practice Test is tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/26 after school in room T208.

Vocabulary warm-up #1 from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater vocabulary list

Read "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" by Henry David Thoreau in preparation for tomorrow's seminar

HW: Prepare for tomorrow's seminar by selecting quotations, writing questions, or preparing comments from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and from Thoreau's "Where I Lived." Complete two rhetorical terms entries using humor devices and any passages from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as your examples, due Monday. Bring McGraw-Hill Reader to class on Wednesday.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Finish introducing vocabulary from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Discuss last-minute tips for synthesis:
  • Not a fair fight. Don’t forget about rhetorical and argument! Remember that some people squander their time and write synthesis for 60 minutes, composing a 5-page masterpiece. When the proctor says it's been 40 minutes and it's time to move on, move on!
AP = Answer the Prompt!
  • Remember, it's the stuff in the ASSIGNMENT section of the prompt that you actually have to write about; the "Introduction" is just to get you thinking--it isn't the prompt!
  • Include two details from single source throughout paragraph; get sources talking to each other
  • ALWAYS link back to specifics from thesis
  • Describe details and discuss implications or meaning: what do we literally SEE on the page? Then, what might it symbolize or represent? How does it inform the argument?
“Nowadays” = It's only ONE word. But don't use it. Replace with "in today’s society," or "in contemporary life," to make your writing more formal and sophisticated.

Sample Rhetorical Analysis of The Onion's “Dollar Bill On Floor Sends Wall Street Into Frenzy,” which sadly, I did not fully complete.

HW: Read God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and be ready to discuss its ideas, argument, themes and use of humor devices. Have a restful, safe, productive, and enjoyable Spring Break!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Continue to introduce new vocabulary
Finish Humor and Satire PowerPoint and Cloze Notes
Read "Dollar Bill On Floor Sends Wall Street Into Frenzy" and discuss
Sample rhetorical analysis essay for "Dollar Bill" article

HW: Continue to practice and prepare for full-length practice tests (spring final exam) on 4/10, 4/20, or 4/26. Continue drafting and revising Gatsby papers, due on 4/8, 4/10, or 4/20. If you want to submit your Gatsby paper after 4/20 you will need to ask for an extension.