Monday, December 19, 2011

Dear Santa...Notes for over break...

  1. I just picked up REA's AP English- Language and Composition Crash Course.  Great text so far in terms of providing strategy, vocabulary, and other great cheat contexts.  Get it! 
  2. Do pick up a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  $.01 on Amazon (Shipping not included)
  3. Remember to finish up your Editorial Writer analysis.  Login to Google for d94 is under AP Links section.
  4. Start to pull together what you need for your Critical Reading Journal Conference.  Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
  5. Read...Anything...and read some more.

Book Recommendations-
Ready Player One- Earnest Cline
When She Woke- Hillary Jordan

Here is my Shelfari list of recent books I have read in the past few years...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Movie Speech Rhetoric

These are some of my favorites. Let's dig into the rhetorical situation of the scenes.
  1. Wall Street  Here Gordon is attempting to persuade stock holders to sell him their shares so that he can liquidate for an enormour personal profit.
Malice- Alec Baldwin's character speaking at a  preliminary hearing to detrmine if he was at fault for a botched surgery which resulted in the death of an infant.  This movie has plenty of twists but this arrogant front in this scene is intentional to have a negative response to him. 


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Why we think it's OK to cheat and steal (sometimes): Dan Ariely

More insight into cheating---

For Tuesday- Let's make a wordle (word cloud) of political speech.
A) Link to Top 100 Speeches from American Rhetoric
or History Place or Time or This or That
B) Copy the need to read it for this exercise.
C) Click here on Wordle or try Tagxedo 
D) Paste the text, create the word cloud, and print.  Color is not necessary.  Prior to printing, feel free to prune away the filler words by right clicking on the word and switching the maximum word by clicking on layout in tool bar in wordle.   

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Busted Calendar

Sorry I can't figure out what is going on with the Google Calendar.  Here is the link to the Bias Assignment.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Political Photobombs

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 upon the visual strategies that help persuade for the candidate (camera angle, lighting, positioning, obvious "photoshopping".

Once you find the obvious political theme and target, hit the "print screen" button above the / on the number pad.  Now you can right click paste the image into a Powerpoint.  Insert a text box to briefly describe how the image was constructed to attract a particular voter. 

Barack Obama Re-election site
The White House Flickr Streamand The Official White House page

2012 Republican Candidates
Click on the cadidate to find their official home page on the right margin of the page.

For Tuesday- 2.  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.  The candidates are products so let's see how they sell themselves.  Just as you found evidence yesterday of appeals towards a specific target voter, 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 (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!  Save the file in the Class Group Projects>AP Language Turnbaugh>Photobomb Class#.

From The Daily Bail

Can you find a real ad that resembles this satire?  Send to me me so I can post it!  Get that E.C.!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Friday Fun

 Click on your class and vote away!  Please take some time to cast a vote for the other AP classes as well.  The ballots close Sunday night.