February 17th to February 20th (Parent Teacher Conferences)

AP Language & Composition:

*Please plan to be in the library no later than 845 am on Friday, February 20th in order to take the Mock Exam.

2.17: Tuesday we are going to address Lady Montagu’s letter from Turkey, where her husband was a diplomat, to a friend in England. We’ll start by completing a SOAPS on her letter, and then answer 11 multiple choice questions. This will serve as one last chance to practice rhetorical analysis and multiple choice before the mock exam on Friday.

2.18 (Period 5 only): The class period will be 1 hour and 18 minutes and include the Climate & Connectedness Survey.  The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes. You will be given what is left of the class period to work on your semester projects. The next blog post is due 10 days hence.

2.19: We will spend a small amount of Thursday’s class period addressing test taking strategy, as the mock exam will be the following morning. It will be helpful to have the three-column handout with the open response question types on it. I will also provide a good portion of the period in which to work on your final project.

2.20: Mock Exam! 9.00-12.45 in the Library. Bring both #2 pencils and a blue or black pens. Everything else will be provided.

English 4:

A Note on the Reading: This week is short; so, our goal will be to get through Chapters 17-18, both of which are devoted to the narrator’s new experience with the Brotherhood. In chapter 17, which you should have read for Monday, the narrator takes a new role as an organizer in Harlem. Jack outlines his duties and expectations, which seem hauntingly similar to the expectations placed on the narrator when he was attending college. He then meets Brother Tarp, who serves as a secretary to support the narrator’s pursuits in Harlem. Tarp also serves as a mentor who shares his wisdom with the narrator–this is one of the most beneficial partnerships the narrator makes in the Brotherhood. The narrator attends a committee meeting, then takes to the streets where Ras the Exhorter is staking his claim to Harlem. Ras represents the more violent means of attaining social justice. The author makes new alliances in an effort to refute Ras, and in doing so, experiences early success with the Brotherhood. In chapter 18, the narrator receives an anonymous letter which reminds him to be skeptical of his surroundings. In this chapter Brother Wrestrum takes issue with the narrator, and in so doing, becomes symbolic of the opposition to the narrator within the Brotherhood. This is certainly a warning of future conflicts. The narrator quickly gains power within the organization and this sparks envy. However, in this case, the narrator is able to justify himself. Brother Tarp, his wise mentor, suggests the author remember his past in dealing with the present circumstances. This reminds us that the narrator is at his most powerful when he fully accepts himself and relies on his own vision.

2.17: Discussion will focus on the 6 short parts of the chapter. We will divide these sections and ask small groups to explain the most important ideas.

Read Chapter 18: Conflict within the Brotherhood

2.18 (Period 6 only): You will be given the majority of the class period to finish Chapter 18 (25 pages total) for discussion on Thursday.

2.19: Discussion will focus on the internal conflict within the Brotherhood and what would motivate some members to disagree with the narrator’s choices, even when those choices have led to widespread success for the organization in Harlem.

Read Chapter 19 for Monday

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