Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Reading for AP Language and AP Lit:

Summer Reading for AP Language and AP Lit:

The purpose of the Wildcat Forum is for you to actively participate in an academic, collegial community with your peers over the summer. The Forum will allow you to work through texts, read and respond to others’ interpretations and ideas, and continue to craft your English skills. It goes without saying that the Forum is academic in nature; therefore, postings unrelated to the summer reading (i.e. ―What are you doing Friday night?‖) or inappropriate (use your imagination) will not be tolerated. Besides, your AP teachers will know who you are!

Log In Procedure
Each time you would like to post a comment or question for your fellow honors or AP students, complete the following steps: 
1) Log onto the school’s web page at http://www.d94.org (Hint: make a bookmark on
your Browser to save time!). 
2)    Click on the Forum link above the Community High School Logo in the upper left
hand corner.
 3)    Now you will enter your username and password and join the Forum:
Your username is the first initial of your first name and full last name – (Ex. jsmith)
Your password is your 5-digit student ID number – (ex. 44521) 
4)    Scroll down the page to find your course (ex. AP Literature) and locate the question ―strands‖ already started. Your instructor will have written a few questions to begin
the discussion. Click on a question and respond.

Posting Requirements
1. You are only required to make a minimum of 6 posts in response to your AP summer reading(s) – though, you may post as often as you like. These posts will be read and assessed by your instructor throughout the summer. If you have been assigned multiple texts, you should divide your posts equally between the texts.

2. We are looking for complete ideas (an acceptable post will be between 4-6 sentences in length), references to the text, a demonstration that other posts have been read and synthesized, and critical thinking (don’t just agree or disagree with what someone else has said; have a supported opinion). It’s a great idea to finish your posts with questions for future discussion.

 This is a model example from last year's forum in AP Language:

3. Of the 6 posts, you are required to post four by July 31st.    This will avoid procrastination and create a greater exchange of ideas for all students throughout the summer. The final cut off for ALL posts will be Sunday, Aug. 12th. At that time your instructor will close the forum, evaluate the quality of your posts over the summer, and assign you a grade —yes, these posts are a graded requirement!

Do not hesitate to contact your current teacher over the summer if you encounter any forum glitches or other concerns.

 The Books

Read BOTH of the titles listed below:
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
A River Runs Through It, Maclean
and if you are a Junior read one of the following:

  • A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
  • Born on the Fourth of July, Ron Kovic
  • When I Was Puerto Rican, Esmerelda Santiago
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Summer Reading for AP Literature:
Read BOTH of the titles listed below:
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
and if you are a Senior read on of the following:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie- Mitch Albom
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • There Are No Children Here, Alex Kotlowitz 
  • Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer 
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch

Stay fresh with your writing- 

Join the Figment Daily themes and you can continue to develop your style and creativity.   Daily Themes 

Suggested reading to leap into AP Language full force:



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Portfolio 2011-2012

So easy... 1. Follow the Template through Google Sites...
 Remember to email me your web page by the end of the period.

Film Study Day 1 and set up

Important Film Glossary from AMC
Research the film, actressess, actors, director and key grip @ IMDB
Excellent Anatomy of the best scenes of 2010 from Salon.com

Your scene selection must feature:
  • sophisticated camera work (angles and motion)
  • purposeful editing
  • reflect layers of plot through symbolism, characterization, imagery,etc.
Limits: 3-5 Clip from film
One HP per class...
Seek Greenlight from me before you head into your presentation.

Content of the presentation to follow

I:  Back Story of Film
  1. Define the genre of this film.  What will we look for in this scene that reflects these aspects? 
  2. What is the defining style of this director?  What do you know of previous work?
  3. Are there any archetypes at play in this scene?
  4. What should we be looking for in this scene?
II.  Scene Analyisis

Just as we analyze passages for rhetorical analysis, you will break down this scene to discuss its effect on audience and its contribution to moving forward the plot.  So pick apart all elements of a scene:

                       Music Setting       Camera Angles         Wardrobe           Dialogue   
                       Blocking (the positioning and movement of actors)      Subtext

Once you breakdown the elements that create the scene, explain how this contributes to characterization, plot complication (Chekov's Guns), symbolism, etc.  You do not need to address all the features listed above; however, a thoughtful connection of how these elements function to communicate to the audience in both explicit and implicit ways. 

Presentations begin on Tuesday! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Final Weekend Review for AP Exam

  1. Review Practice MC- Process of elimination
  2. Vocabulary- Rhetorical terms and tone
  3. Review all of your saved practice essays- Fix them…
  4. released exams- read through all of the 8’s and 9’s. Find the clever stems- commit them to memory- “this evokes…”
  5. Know that you will use the adverbial conjunction.
  6. Review allusions
  7. What rhetorical technique can you pull off with confidence?
  8. What have others said about this on-line?