AP Language and Composition:
*Problem-Solution Arguments are due no later than 6 am, Tuesday, January 2oth!
1.20: We are going to spend this week deconstructing a synthesis question. We will start this process by providing every student with the cover sheet. We’ll analyze the writing task, discuss prior background knowledge of the topic, consider the differing viewpoints on the subject at argument, then write an initial thesis statement.
1.21: On Tuesday, you will rotate around the room, read each source accompanying the prompt, write a they say/I say response for each source in your notebooks, then revise your thesis if needed. I will handout a packet of sources for each student at the end of the period
1.22: In class response to the synthesis question–bring a blue or black pen. You will not be able to use notes on the in class write, just the source packet, and your original cover sheet, which will need to be stapled to your response.
1.23: We will read and analyze the range finders and then assign a score to your synthesis essay.
*REMINDER: You have one week until your first lengthier semester blog post is due.
*A note on the reading: This section of the book addresses the narrator’s experience from the time he graduates high school at the top of his class to the time he spends attending the university. After the Battle Royal, while on scholarship at the university, the narrator is trusted to give Norton, a financial supporter of the university, a tour of the university and its surroundings. This is where the first tension in the book arises because Norton wants to talk to people in the countryside, who are nothing like the more educated people he regularly deals with at the university. Therefore, Chapters 2 and 3 offer insight into what life is really like in the South for those who are African American and uneducated. Trueblood’s character in Chapter 2 becomes a symbol of what the author is running away from, and their visit to bar, The Golden Day, further embarrasses the narrator, and motivates him to get Norton back to campus, where people are more refined, more educated, and less vulgar. This sequence of events acts as a mechanism to push the narrator outside of his comfort zone, and to begin questioning his own beliefs and actions. Imagined as a normal, five part story, these events serve as a first of a series of events that make up the rising action. The first real conflict then occurs in Chapter 4, when the narrator returns to campus and has to face the university president, Dr. Bledsoe, who is disappointed in the narrator, and gives him insight into how he maintains power through appearance.
1.20: Discussion of Chapter 1, the Battle Royal and the narrator’s speech. Please arrive with questions written in your notebook.
READ Chapter 2, part 1 (pages 34-54): Trueblood’s Story
1.21: Discussion of the first part of Chapter 2, Norton and the narrator tour the countryside outside of the campus where the narrator is attending college. Norton and the narrator run into Trueblood, a rural citizen with little to no education, who starts to tell his story to Norton, a founder and financial backer of the University the narrator attends.
READ Chapter 2, part 2 (pages 54-70): Trueblood’s Story Concludes
1.22: Discussion of part 2 of Chapter 2 about the narrator and Norton listening to the rest of Trueblood’s story. At this point, the narrator is embarrassed about what Trueblood is saying and trying to protect the reputation of the university by attempting to get Norton away from Trueblood.
READ chapter 3 (pages 71-97): Visiting The Golden Day.
1.23: Discussion of Chapter 3, in which Norton and the narrator go to the Golden Day, a bar in the countryside. After hearing Trueblood’s story, Norton wants a drink and is interested in visiting a bar outside of the college campus that represents what real life is like in the country for people who are uneducated. Again, the narrator is embarrassed by what Norton sees, and attempts to get him to leave.
READ Chapter 4: (pages 98-108): Norton and the Narrator Return to Campus; The Narrator is Punished.