Bird Week of 11/26

AP Language and Composition

Tomorrow we will hear the final student Modest Proposals, and transition to the rhetorical patterns unit by focusing our efforts on Virginia Woolf’s The Death of a Moth. Since we are limited to two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, we will use both to read, analyze and discuss Woolf’s writing, which serves as one of the best exemplars of descriptive writing. Our first rhetorical pattern unit will focus on both narration and description, and there’s no better place to start than with Woolf. When you return from break we will read several more example essays, conduct an in class write and a seminar as well as writing your own narrative and descriptive essay, using ideas you gain from reading the exemplars. You can expect to follow a very similar sequence in each new rhetorical pattern throughout most of third quarter after we return from semester break.

If you want to see how 50 Essays is organized by pattern, you can glance at the essays divided by pattern in one of the table of contents sections near the beginning of the book–what you will find there is narration first, quickly followed by the descriptive essays in the book, and a good preview of the potential essays we’ll read in each unit throughout the remainder of this quarter and next.

English 9/11

This week we will read through Chapters 18-21 in To Kill a Mockingbird and work in lessons on vocabulary taken from each chapter. We are also going to shift how we conduct class a little bit.

Instead of devoting most of the class to listening and taking notes on each chapter, I am going to reintroduce the quote activity, in which you will be given a key quote or quotes from the book and asked to explain what the importance of the passage is to the rest of the ideas in the chapter. Remember, the key theme we are tracking through the book is Scout and Jem’s coming of age. The trial, which is the current focus of our reading is a key turning point in the book, where Jem and Scout lose some of their innocence as the trial raises tensions in Maycomb.  We will attempt to get through 2-3 key quotes per day. This will also be good practice for what you will have to be able to do on your final exam, which is quickly approaching.

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