AP Language and Composition,English 11,English 11 Honors,Writing Process

The Structure of a basic essay

Introduction1. Consider how your audience views a subject.
2. Engage the audience in a discussion of your subject.
3. Deliver a thesis that expresses your opinion on a particular subject.
Body1. Delivered in multiple body paragraphs.
2. Unity: Each body paragraph must discuss only one idea.
3. Unity can be established with a direct topic sentence to keep both reader and writer focused on discussing the thesis.
4. Specificity: The body paragraph cites specific facts, quotes, statistics that support the thesis.
5. Reflection: The writer reflects on each specific detail and explores the ways in which evidence supports the thesis as well as ways it falls short of completely proving the thesis.
Conclusion1. For a short essay of less than five pages, restating the thesis in a conclusion is ineffective.
2. While the body made a reasonable or logical case for the thesis, the conclusion should engage the reader's values.
3. Based on their values, what is a reasonable action your reader should take in response to your thesis?
4. Keep in mind that most readers remember the first thing and very last thing they read in an essay, so make a strong impression in your closing remarks of an essay.

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A.P. Language and Composition: 2017/18 Course Expectations


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English 11: 2017/18 Course Expectations


Course Expectations,English 11 Honors,Uncategorized

English 11 Honors: 2017/18 Course Expectations


AP Language and Composition,English 11,English 11 Honors,Reading Strategies,Uncategorized

How to Read Literature

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AP Lang: Unit I Notes

Structure of DetailsIdeas
Sentence Structure
Figurative Language or Rhetorical LanguageCharacters
AudienceThe intended listener, speaker, or viewer of a text. There can be multiple audiences.
ConcessionAcknowledging the truth or potential of an opposing point of view.
ConnotationEmotional connections an audience has with specific words. The connotation of words work in concert to create the tone of a piece.
ContextCircumstances, atmosphere, attitudes, and events surrounding a text.
CounterargumentAn argument that contradicts the position of the speaker. All counterarguments should be considered and addressed in persuasive communication.
EthosThe qualities and background that make a speaker trustworthy and reliable to a specific audience.
LogosAn appeal to logic or reasoning through facts, statistics, examples, or expert testimony.
OccasionTime and place a speech is given.
PathosAn appeal to values that intend to inspire an audience to take a specific action.
PersonaThe image that a speaker projects to an audience in order to gain their trust.
PolemicAn aggressive, one sided argument that fails to consider fairly the opposing point of view.
PropagandaAn argument that relies on rumors, misinformation, lies, and scare tactics to damage or promote a specific point of view.
PurposeThe action that a speaker wants his audience to take.
RefutationAn attempt to discredit an opposing argument. When it is done well, it gives some credit to the opposition before refuting it. When done poorly, it denounces it completely without considering the merits of the opposition's point of view.
Rhetoric"The available means of persuasion" according to Aristotle. Art of finding the logic and values that can be used to make your case to an audience.
Rhetorical AppealsEthos- appeal to character
Logos-appeal to reason
Pathos-appeal to values
SOAPSAcronym to examine the rhetorical situation.
(Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, and Speaker) Tone can also be included in the analysis.

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English 11: Only Daughter

Please read this short story from Sandra Cisneros and prepare for discussion.

Only Daughter

Writing Process

Writing Templates for a variety of essays

If you are having difficulty getting started with a writing assignment, you can check out the templates posted on this website to get started.

Writing Templates

English 11 Honors

English 11 Honors: The World on the Turtle’s Back

The World on the Turtle’s Back

Form and Content

Content refers to the facts and ideas relevant to a piece of writing. The content of the Iroquois creation myth was passed down from generation to generation unchanged. The characters, settings, conflicts, and themes were fairly consistent with each telling.

Form refers to the arrangement of details to create emphasis and effect in the telling of a story. Things like the organization of the story chronologically, the use of diction or word choice to emphasize specific details, the arrangement of those words for effect or the syntax of the sentences in the piece, as well as the use of figurative language to elaborate and emphasize details important to theme or purpose make up the Form of a piece of writing.

Taking the time to appreciate the arrangement of details in the form of a story not only deepens your understanding of what is intended in the narrative, but it also gives the reader some new approaches on how to effectively order details in an effective narrative.

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AP Language Summer Homework

I know the last thing you would like to do this summer is to read and prepare assignments. I am sympathetic of course, but I have prepared an assignment that will help you prepare yourself for the maturity of materials and thought that an AP course in Language requires. The order of the assignments is important because their completion hopefully prepares you for the next assignment on the list. Take your time completing the assignments and produce the best work possible. When you complete an assignment, email me at davisrm@nv.ccsd.net and I will give you feedback on your response.

1. Essay: “The Politics of the English Language”

Consider fully the recommendations George Orwell makes about the effective use of language then select two speeches by American politicians to demonstrate your understanding of Orwell’s essay. Choose one speech that does not follow Orwell’s advice very well and one speech that does. Write a short analysis of your comparison and conclude with the implications this has for your own writing.

2. Poem: “The Unknown Citizen”

Compare Auden’s attitude toward the world with your own. Does Auden’s criticism of individualism in the U.S. Still ring true for your generation? As you develop your response, consider Orwell’s suggestions for the effective use of language to create the best response possible.

3. Novel: The Life of Pi

Check out this popular modern work from the public library and just read it. Don’t worry about taking notes as you move along, just enjoy the text. Then write a persuasive argument whether the animals in the story were real or not. There is a movie based on the novel that I enjoyed watching after reading the text. It may help you Brainstorm ideas for this assignment. Like the Auden assignment, this assignment requires you to draw conclusions about what an author implies which is an important skill for a sophisticated reader in any discipline.