AP Language & Composition:
Monday you will have a quiz over the Comparison/Contrast packet I handed out last Monday. Please have notes prepared for it. After everyone finishes the quiz, we will take a look at Mark Twain’s “Two Views of a River” which is a very brief example of the comparison pattern, on which you will have just taken a quiz. If we don’t have time to finish Twain, we’ll continue the discussion on Tuesday.
The second essay for the week will be Dave Barry’s “Turkeys in the Kitchen” which is a comparison using gender as its classification. It’s a comic piece and also very short. His essay will give us a good opportunity to review the language of comedy, and what creates humor in writing. The last time we would have had this discussion would have been with Jonathan Swift, when we read his satire.
The final reading in the comparison pattern will be Annie Dillard’s “Seeing” which is an excerpt from he longer work A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, one of the most excerpted books and authors in AP Language courses. This excerpt is incredibly complex; so, we will spend at least 2 days deconstructing it and talking about how she accomplishes her purpose.
This time around you will not be writing an essay in the comparison pattern of your own choosing; however, you will be writing a rhetorical analysis essay outside of class that will demand you use the comparison pattern in order to analyze the excerpt provided. The analysis will be of two model arguments; so, it may not hurt to review fallacies and other argumentative terms from early in the school year.
Monday we will address any final questions surrounding your written responses to the two questions I asked about Swing Kids, and I will ask you to turn them in. This will be the end of the third unit.
Next, we will be getting into the drama genre by reading Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Before we begin reading the play, I am going to ask every student to complete a mini research project on Greek Tragedy and Tragic Heroes, both of which will allow you to better understand the story of Oedipus’ fall from power and his hamartia, or weakness that leads to his downfall.
Most of the play will be read in class so that we can discuss the complexity of the plot as it unfolds. There are a lot of twists and turns in this one and if you’ve never read it, there will be a lot of detail to keep track of.