Sunday, May 13, 2018

Pile O' Sources for Final

Source A- The Things They Carried
Source B-What makes a moral soldier? NPR Interview of Gen. Pace- Transcript
Source C-The Cat by Ryan Alexander (Read along in War poetry packet)
Source D-from Manchester's journal Goodbye Darkness via War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
Source E-Photos-A-B-C-D-E
Source F- The Marlboro Marine
Source-G The War Within-
Source-H-Why veterans miss war TED Talk- Sebastian Junger (Text)
Source-I New York Times- Home Fires series
Source-J I am Sorry it has Come to This
Source-K Marked (Photo Essay- Portraits of Soldiers before, during, and after)
Source- L Virginia Woolf Quote
Source -M-Why I am a Marine
Source- N Rambo III Trailer
Source-O- Chart on current soldier mortality
Source- P 1st Squad, 3rd platoon.

Source Q- Female Veterans

Source R- Top ten charities that support veterans
Source S- Photo Essay(James Nachtwey)  and article
Source T- Nature of War

Source U- The German in the Woods

Source V- 1000 Yard Stares
Source W- Zippos
Source X- Medic from Afghanistan- from the scene
Source Y- Podcast- Radiolab on Medic team in Afghanistan
Source Z- Letters of Note- The Most Extraordinary Scene

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018- IRP Synthesis Research

The Synthesis Research-Our very own prompt!

*There are many working parts to this research so please stop/ask/clarify at any point*
Now we enter into Phase 2 of the project. Here we will simulate the research and process of creating the materials for a thoughtful synthesis essay. This will include focused research that requires critical thinking regarding the inclusion of evidence you will use for your eventual synthesis essay.  Your research will be excerpted into a Google Classroom Template. These are very easy steps meant to free you up so that you can drill down on the creative connections necessary for solid research and rich connections among your sources.
The following research tech tools will facilitate your work:

Step 1- Synthesis Prompt- You have just finished a work of non-fiction that raises several issues. Crafting a prompt will be almost too easy; however, the formation of your synthesis needs to be on your mind as you assemble your evidence. Which of these issues from the book appear the most interesting and rich enough for research? So start here by laying out several possible threads for debate. Remember that this is a very fluid process this early in the research. I will help you hone this question over the next few days.
Let's revisit your question and think how it might fit into any of these possible synthesis prompt templates:

...write an essay in which you...
1)...develop a position on the effect of...
2) ...develop a position on whether or not...
3) ...develop a position about what issues should be considered most important in making decisions about …
4)...argue the extent to which _____ should support ____
5) ...evaluate the most important factors that [one] should consider before….
6) ...develop a position on…

7)...evaluates_____and offers a recommendation about….

You can review past synthesis essay prompts here starting in 2007 to get a feeling as to the types of evidence and the range of views included.  

Step 2- Research
Time to use those amazing LRC databases to pin down some possible leads for research. Consider the following themes to target in your sources:

  • past, present, and future prospects central to your issue
  • sources will reflect an understanding of the issue and its implications
  • sources may "provoke, inspire, and challenge" ideas central to the issue
  • sources will address both sides of the issue-may potentially be in conversation or build off each other.
Required sources-
  • 1 Visual-Embedded video clip/political cartoon/ photo/art
  • 2nd visual-Optional if it is a data set/graphic
  • Background summary- to provide context to issue
  • Pro-(1+ examples)
  • Con-(1+ examples)
  • Alternative idea/solution
Total Minimum Sources-8

Possible sources-Editorials, Long Form Journalism, Feature articles from reputable publications, etc.  
Only the visual can come from web.  Special consideration for sources from foundations, policy centers, think tanks, etc.

Use the available subscriptions offered through our LRC database as these are vetted journalistic sources.  The haystack has been "de-needled" via these research databases rather than Ze Google.   
As you sift through your research you will add to this Easybib project to build your work cited. 


One tool you may want to consider as you begin your research is the Chrome App Evernote Clipper.  It looks to be a fantastic research annotation tool that could help you trap your research.  

Step 3- Evidence Portfolio via Classroom

 So right about now you have:
 A) filtered through several sources that meet the aforementioned criteria 
B) shared with me and completed a work cited via Easybib 
C) access to Classroom Assignment IRP 2018 Synthesis Sources.  Great!  Let's tie it all together in a portfolio that reflects your research and bridges your ideas towards the synthesis essay.  
  The consecutive sources labeled Source A-Source H will be excerpts similar to the AP Synthesis materials (See above).  The "Meta-commentary" step will keep you honest so that you deeply reflect on the inclusion of these sources.     

Solid Source vs. Weak Source

Step 4- Meta-commentary

At the bottom of the page you will provide a commentary as to how and why this evidence was selected.  Make no mistake that this is the most important part of the evidence as this reflects the strategy of how this will eventually fit into your synthesis.  This is a mirror into your critical evaluation of evidence.  Selecting weak evidence will be immediately sniffed out as there can be no way to authentically defend it.  
So simply comment on the following as they fit your concept of the evidence.  
a)  Explain how the evidence might further explore/confirm the evidence of the issue.  Provoke/Inspire  
b)  Explain how this evidence will fit structurally into your essay.  Intro? Contrast?  Strawman?  Be very patient here to explain your plan to use this evidence. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Primary Photo Bombs!

Photobombs- Through political photography, find examples of how the candidate is targeting specific political themes (5) (job creation, education, security, etc). You must also comment on the visual strategies that help persuade for the candidate (camera angle, lighting, positioning, obvious "photoshopping".

The White House Flickr Stream and The Official White House page

Who is running in 2018?
Illinois Governor Candidates:

GOP Primary- Jeanne Ives vs. Bruce Rauner
Democratic Primary- Dan Biss vs.  Chris Kennedy vs.  JB Pritzker

Congressional Illinois 6th~
GOP Incumbent Peter Roskam - No Challengers until November
Democratic Challengers- Sean Casten vs. Carole Cheney vs. Kelly Mazeski

From the 2016 Campaign:
D- Hillary Clinton            Bernie Sanders

R- Jeb!             Ben Carson     Chris Christie       Ted Cruz      Carly Fiorina     John Kasich

     Marco Rubio           Donald Trump 

Obama White House Archives and Obama Flickr 

For  Wednesday-   Persuaders -Remember that the basic qualities of product advertising are at play with politics.  The difference is that you a spending a vote rather than money.  Since candidates are "products", let's see how they sell themselves to the prospective voter.  Just as you found evidence of appeals towards a specific target consumer, let's dig deeper to find how the methods of persuasion are layered in the official web sites of the candidates.  Find the evidence of the following:

A)3 "Basic Appeals"
B) 3 VALS techniques
C) 3 Example how the candidates attempting to build community around themselves/ or get various forms of "commitments" from the web page visitor (3)

After you paste your evidence, draw an arrow on the photo and provide a brief explanation of how the technique is used by the candidate for a particular effect.  I will be most impressed by successful identification of the DRAB! 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review Analysis- Phase 1

 Let's look at tone for our phase 1 of our study of review writing.  It is important that you select the medium for your review (musicfilmtelevisionfoodvideo gamesbooks, etc.) so we can begin to drill down on features to improve our writing.  The preliminary step is to sharpen our eye to how writers use tone while describing their review topic.

A) Select your target.  (Film,Album,Show,Restaurant,Tech, Video Game, Books, etc)  *hint* Extremely positive/negative review elicit the best descriptions!
B) Find 4+ reviews of this "media" For example, 4 reviews of IT.
C) Paste the reviews into the attached Google doc from Classroom.
D) Now begin to read reviews.  In the doc, highlight all the tone words that help flavor the review to the desired tone.
E) Of course, observe the structure of the review.  Think about how the writer opened the review.  How were the areas of critique organized?  What were the comparisons? Use comment feature to observe this.

I have linked for you several quality professional reviewers below.  So what is your medium of choice for a review?  musicfilmtelevisionfoodvideo gamesbookstheater, etc.

Here are some of my favorite reviewers of Film/TV
Some  might be blocked from school
A.O. Scott       Manohla Dargis       Peter Travers  (Rolling Stone)

Roger Ebert- Suntimes          AV Club                  
TV-Andy Greenwald ( Grantland)

 MusicRolling Stone (Brief)               Paste               Pitchfork             AV Club                              Steven Hyden 

TechnologyRecode   Wired

AV Club has sharp reviews as well...MoviesMusicTVBooks,

My buddy Toussaint Egan for comics & anime

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Video Games to Save the World?

So what do we know about this audience at TED?

So Professor McGonigal needs to reach this audience using a unique set of appeals.  Selling the idea that video games are the answer to pressing global issues to this audience is a challenge so be on the lookout while you watch to see how she attempts to "cross the moat" of their resistance to such an idea.
Let's find them!


Write a rhetorical analysis (RA) of two techniques Jane McGonigal uses during her TED talk to win over this audience.  You have plenty of notes and observation on the Tuesdays with TED Google Doc.  While writing your response, I want you to move away from blanket statements of rhetoric like, "McGonigal delivers plenty of logos to persuade her audience."  It is more concise to use expressions similar to the following:

  • For ethos= McGonigal established her authority by repeatedly...
  • For pathos= McGonigal appealed to the audience's sense of...
  • For logos= such data reinforces the belief that...
Handy outline for writing RA paragraph-
A) Establish audience
B) Explain what speaker/writer must do to reach audience
C)Reveal evidence
D) Discuss the intended/likely effect of technique

Minimum two paragraphs (write on attached Google Doc on Classroom)
Direct evidence- Transcript here
Must connect efficacy of evidence to intended effect on this audience. In other words, explain why this technique/ persuasion would likely persuade her audience.  
Link to class notes walks through some ideas about how to think
Here is a link to her games

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AP LANG 2017-2018= Woot!

For Wednesday:

  • Please finish this student survey.  It really helps me get to know you early in the semester.
  • Join Remind for course reminders sent via text.
  • Get these Google Apps...for now...
  1. Readability/Mercury Reader
  2. One Tab
  3. Google Keep
  4. Audio Recorder
Actual metaphor found footage of us showing up to school today...


Who you need (or who I heavily recommend) to follow on Twitter:
@brainpicker- Essential enrichment resource for this course.  Read daily.


 For visuals and data