April 28th to May 2nd

AP Language & Composition:

This is a double rhetorical analysis prompt week. You will write on Monday and Wednesday, with self-assessment on Tuesday and Thursday. Then, Friday we will again practice multiple choice. Thursday counselors will also be in to complete the pre-registration for the AP exam, which is now only 2 weeks away.

Here are some suggestions for rhetorical analysis this week:

  1. Write a thesis statement using the precis format, which includes: Title, author, tone adjective + type of writing, then underlying pattern and purpose/authorial view.
  2. Allow the author’s pattern of arrangement to drive the sequence of your analysis rather than randomly choosing 3 language devices to write about. Mid range essays are plagued by focusing too narrowly on language and not enough on overall pattern and purpose. Tomorrow, you will have 4 paragraphs. First, find the pattern the author used to arrange them, then analyze from there.
  3. Both the first statement of your introduction & the last statement of your conclusion should address the underlying subject of the writing you are analyzing. The only difference will be that the final statement needs to give your audience something to think, believe or do with the ideas you have developed in the body.
  4. Rhetorical analysis essays still demand a 3-5-2 pattern–intro, body, conclusion. This pattern should make it easier for you to being writing quickly.
  5. Consider leaving two lines blank at the beginning of your essay to go back and write the statement or observation about the underlying issue in the text–this will allow you to get started faster without over thinking. Provide context, provide a thesis, begin writing, then go back and tag a strong statement to it, after you have a better understanding.

Lastly, here’s the POST from January breaking down the process of analysis into easier to follow questions. It’s worth a quick glance.

English 9/11:

We will continue reading The Alchemist this week, and get pretty close to finishing it. Tomorrow’s reading assignment is pages 42-56. Please make sure to read carefully and to following the four specific guidelines when completing your notes I shared with you on Friday.

Those guidelines include, making sure to have page numbers next to plot events. Providing terms from the Quest visual next to events from the book that fit the pattern of a Quest. Providing definitions and descriptions for unfamiliar words and characters respectively. And finally, making sure to track the lessons Santiago is learning as the book goes because a Quest is all about the self-knowledge the character gains from having completed the journey.

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