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Modes Project

PROJECT OVERVIEW

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The purpose of this assignment is to further your understanding of different rhetorical modes of development and to show you a model for the writing project you will be doing. You will be writing 14 précis and writing in 5 different modes for this project.  The nine modes* are:

1)     Narration  2) Description,  3) Exemplification, 4) Process, 5) Cause/Effect 6) Compare/Contrast, 7) Classification, and Division, 8) Definition, 9) Argument

Basic steps:

1. With a partner, you will be researching and presenting one mode of writing to the class.  See the handout for detailed instructions.  You will become the expert group for that mode and in charge of peer reviewing all essays for that mode.

2.  On your own, you will read two essays from seven of the nine modes.  You must read all of the required essays. You will write a précis (instructions to follow) for each of the essays you read.

3.  You will write five essays (approx 500 words each) on the same general topic from five different modes.  See the handout for detailed instructions.

Deadlines

1.  Mode presentation-  Oct 13

2. Precis X2-  Oct 17; Oct 21; Oct 23; Oct 27; Nov 3; Nov 10

3.  Essays-  Nov 3; Nov 10; Nov 15; Nov 28; Dec 6

4. Final project- Dec 16

*Some modes of writing may require research which would necessitate the proper documentation of sources and a work cited page.

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Photo Friday- English 11 Honors and AP

Photo Friday- English 11 Honors and AP

Each Friday that you meet with me, you will have a “Photo Friday” due. Photo Friday is a visual textual analysis of a photo found here: http://time.com/lightbox/
or here: http://www.bbc.com/news/in_pictures

The goal of any textual analysis is to demonstrate your understanding of how the piece communicates its messages and meanings.
Your one page analysis must include:
1. An introduction in which you briefly summarize the text and state your thesis.
2. A breakdown of the components of the visual text and how they come together to create a message or meaning. These components may include focus, angle, light, color, composition, lines, pattern, texture, figures, scenery, groupings, appeals to emotion, etc.
3. An analysis of the rhetorical situation. Who or what do you think is the audience for, purpose of, and context of this piece of text?
4. Your interpretation of the text. What is the overall meaning or message, and how well does this piece of text convey it? As in any textual analysis, do not merely give a summary.

Please submit via Googledocs.  Please make sure that your photo is included or that you at least have a working link to the photo.

You can find out more about analyzing visual text by visiting: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/725/01/

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AP-World News Wednesday

AP Language and Composition
World News Wednesday

Goal:  To become conversant on a current national, or international problem, issue, controversy, or dilemma.

1.    With a partner, research and take notes on a pressing issue in the United States or World.
2.    Create a fifteen-twenty minute presentation to explain this issue to the class.  Present all sides; explain your bias if any.
3.    Make sure you have a handout with key talking points, all sides’ positions and ideas for solutions, works cited for where you did your research, ideas for further research
4.    Create two Schoology discussion questions that teacher will post.
5.    Respond to classmates’ posts

Grading:
1.    Content Knowledge- please turn in research notes
2.    Professional Presentation
3.    Teamwork and Collaboration- self evaluation

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Modes Project

PROJECT OVERVIEW

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The purpose of this assignment is to further your understanding of different rhetorical modes of development and to show you a model for the writing project you will be doing. You will be writing 14 précis and writing in 5 different modes for this project.  The nine modes* are:

1)     Narration  2) Description,  3) Exemplification, 4) Process, 5) Cause/Effect 6) Compare/Contrast, 7) Classification, and Division, 8) Definition, 9) Argument

Basic steps:

1. With a partner, you will be researching and presenting one mode of writing to the class.  See the handout for detailed instructions.  You will become the expert group for that mode and in charge of peer reviewing all essays for that mode.

2.  On your own, you will read two essays from seven of the nine modes.  You must read all of the required essays. You will write a précis (instructions to follow) for each of the essays you read.

3.  You will write five essays (approx 500 words each) on the same general topic from five different modes.  See the handout for detailed instructions.

Deadlines

1.  Mode presentation-  Oct 13

2. Precis X2-  Oct 17; Oct 21; Oct 23; Oct 27; Nov 3; Nov 10

3.  Essays-  Nov 3; Nov 10; Nov 15; Nov 28; Dec 6

4. Final project- Dec 16

*Some modes of writing may require research which would necessitate the proper documentation of sources and a work cited page.

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AP- Independent Reading

Each quarter you will chose 1-2 books to read independently from the following list:

AP Fic Reading List

Q1: Choose one book from Era 1 Due October 16
Q2: Choose two books from Eras 2 and 3 Due January 6
Q3: Due March 18-  Please read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Q4: Choose one book from Eras 5 or 6 Due May 4

 

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Summer Reading/Assignments

When you return to school in the Fall, your first task will be to work through a writing assignment based on the following Reading List. Choose something you might enjoy and have a safe and memorable summer.

English 11/English 11 Honors/ AP Language and Composition
Summer Reading List

Pick a book from this reading list. Be prepared to discuss, write about, and present your novel.
1. The Secret Life of Bees—Sue Monk Kidd
2. Song of Solomon—Toni Morrison
3. Joy Luck Club– Amy Tan
4. A Prayer for Owen Meany—John Irving
5. I Know This Much is True—Wally Lamb
6. The Road—Cormac McCarthy
7. I am the Messenger–Markus Zusak
8. The Martian- Andy Weir

AP Language and Composition
In addition to the above:
1. Read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell- take thorough notes that include ethos, pathos, logos
2. Each week read an article of your choosing from either The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or watch a national news program (Meet the Press, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, etc). Keep a log of the issue(s) presented, areas for further research, and your opinion.

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Music Monday

You will be analyzing a song both for lyrics and music. Do a close reading of the lyrics and use your understanding of poetic devices (imagery, sensory details, figurative language, and sound devices) to analyze them. Then determine how the music itself fits into your analysis. Does the music create and/or contribute to the tone and mood? Is it consistent with the overall message of the lyrics? You will need to take into account the historical context of the song along with any background information you have on the writer and/or performer. Note any cultural connections or allusions.  Remember not to simply summarize the song.  An analysis is breaking something down into its parts in order to understand how those parts work individually and together to do or say something.  What does the song you chose do or say?
1st MM—60’s and 70’s
2nd MM—80’s and 90’s
3rd MM—2000 to present

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AP- Follow a Columnist

Columnists

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AP- Gatsby Essay

The word “careless” sums up one of the most important ideas in the book. Nick refers to Jordan, Tom, and Daisy as careless in one form or another. Their actions are careless and they are careless people. This is due to the ease of their life, an ease that Fitzgerald traces back to Civil War times. In The Great Gatsby, wealthy people enjoy the decadent lifestyle of the roaring twenties that many of the writers of this era were criticizing: the mindless, indulgent, irresponsible lifestyle where consequences are just an afterthought, and other people are used and discarded. Fitzgerald uses these characters to expose the “upper crust”  and their selfish actions, and, in a broader sense to critique the American Dream that fueled their excesses and arrogance.

Fitzgerald’s story shows the clear delineations between different social/ economic classes: new money/ old money, “the haves”/ “the have-nots.” How are readers to interpret his comments on each of these groups? Does he hold any one group above the other? Are there ways in which people of all groups are alike? What are Fitzgerald’s views of the American Dream, social class, and “equal opportunity”?

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AP- “Serving in Florida”

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