January 12th to January 16th

AP Language & Composition:

1.12: Discussion of paragraphs 33-44 of Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. You have two options to respond in your notebook: either collect 3-4 pieces of evidence and write shorter interpretations OR choose 1-2 pieces of evidence and write a more complete analysis of less evidence. Read 45-END for Tuesday!

1.13: The counselors will be in to sign you up for next year’s classes. Their presentation should take most of the period. Also, PLEASE make sure to sign up for the Saturday Session, 1.31 @ ERHS. Go to the AP Language page on this website for the registration link and password. Your Semester II blog post discussing your starting point will be due no later than the end of the period on Wednesday.

1.14: Fact finding day. We will meet in the Timber Lab to allow everyone to find a current issue to which to respond argumentatively. You are going to mimic MLK’s structure and strategies in your own argument.

The idea is to find an issue, find what has already been said about it, then respond with your own background experience and evidence. This is where it will be ideal to refer back to your notebook to see how MLK strategically refuted the 8 Alabama Clergymen.

The issue about which you argue can be school-based, community-based, or a national/international issue. It is wise to choose an issue about which you are well acquainted because you are required to make a credible, detailed, logic based argument in response to the problem.

1.15: We will meet in the Timber Lab once again–this time you will need to compose your argument and be prepared to peer edit on Friday. The final version of your argument will be due on Tuesday, 1.20, since you will have no school on MLK day, 1.19.

1.16: Peer editing of your argument essays.

English 4:

1.12: We will finish the final Civil Rights presentations, and have a brief discussion about the varying approaches each of the historical figures took to attaining social justice.

1.13: In class write, in which you make an argument for which approach to gaining social justice you think was the most effective and why? This will require you to rely on your own research and the notes in your notebook. It would be wise to organize your notes before getting to class on Tuesday morning.

1.14: We are going to spend Wednesday’s class discussing and practicing interpretive questions. Once we start reading Invisible Man, you will be required to write questions on each reading assignment in your notebook. We’ll look at the prologue of the book to practice, clarify any confusion, and ensure everyone understands how to approach reading and questioning. Assuming that everyone understands how to write interpretive questions by the end of class, you will be responsible for finishing the prologue and introduction to the book for Thursday.

1.15: In the prologue and introduction, Ralph Ellison sets up the ideas and themes of the book by discussing how he wrote the book. We will focus on this idea in class and you will be given time to read Chapter 1.

1.16: Since you will have written questions to Chapter 1, we will conduct most of class by addressing your questions. These questions should address the patterns and the behavior of the main character and those who influence him. We’ll make sure everyone has a solid foundational understanding before moving on to Chapter 2 for next Tuesday.

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