Week of 12/9 Overview

AP Language &  Composition:

We will start the week with a final class discussion of Alice Walker’s “In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens.” As such, please have your paragraph response to her essay completed in your notebook before arriving in class tomorrow. You should choose her purpose or meaning or effect, and then choose 1 of the 3 parts of her arrangement (should be in your notes), and write a paragraph which explains how her language in that particular part of her arrangement establishes her purpose or meaning or effect, depending on which one you chose.

Tuesday we will use half the period to respond to an AP prompt from a past exam. It will ask you to write analysis on 2 authors who address a single subject (birds) from two opposite points of view. This should sound familiar since you have already written a paragraph about Woolf and Petrunkevitch, who both wrote about insects from distinct viewpoints. The final half of the period will be reserved for class discussion in response to the prompt. Therefore, we will state the prompt as a question and then seek to answer it by discussing what you wrote about the two authors, in this case Audubon and Dillard.

Wednesday will be a completely open day to come and work on your semester projects which will be due on Thursday, no exceptions. I have published my own written portion as a PDF in the post preceding this one if you want a model for your own. Thursday I will present my semester project and you will sign up for presentation slots.

NOTE: If you sign for a slot and don’t show up to class for your presentation, you will lose 5% of your overall grade automatically. Just the same, you will also lose 5% if you do not turn in a written portion on Thursday.

Friday, 12/13 will the the first full day of student presentations and these will continue through the rest of the semester.

English 9/11:

This week we will finish To Kill a Mockingbird and you will turn in the questions from chapters 25-31 for a grade. You will need to take notes as we read and discuss each chapter so that you are prepared to watch the film and answer which version better conveys the idea of Scout and Jem coming of age. We will watch the film on Thursday and Friday; so, please make a concerted effort not to miss class, as watching the film and being able to write about it will be on your final exam, along with another essay pertaining to Gilgamesh.

This week we are slated to start Unit 33, Lesson 4 in the Langauge! books. As usual, we will focus mostly on parts 2, 3, and 4, which are useful exercises when reading and writing about To Kill a Mockingbird.

For tomorrow, remember to have read through Chapter 26 and finished the questions. We will address chapter 26 in our class discussion.

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