Monday, August 31, 2015

2015 AP Grammies- Participial Phrase

AP Grammies
 I may not give extra-credit but I do grant the wish of extra time on assignments.  Late Pass!  One way to grab it is through our weekly participation/ grammar exercise.  You will watch one vignette and write a brief description (1 to 4 sentences) that captures the tone.  The catch is that you must blend in at least one form of selected sentence structure while reflected pitch perfect connotation of the tone of the film.  How do you win?  You vote of course...After I tally all all the entries, I post them so you can review them and vote for the best one.  Let's be write, vote and gobble up class participation credit while honing your syntax.
This week's syntax move: participial phrase:

  1. Pursing his lips, he struggled not to call out his professor's obvious error.
  2. A lazy student, always looking for a corner to cut with his assignments, ironically, may do more work to get out of doing work. 
Remember to flex with strong verbs!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Long Form Weekend 2

For Monday:  
A)  Clearly App is ready to go!
B) Choose one of the following long form essays

C)  Assignment via Classroom- Same as last week but with an additional observation about structure.
D) Have Into the Wild ready.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Culture Vocab- "Meta" Commercial

I ought to make a sweeping statement about the meta-ness of our current culture, where everything, it seems, can instantly become self-referential, self-conscious, and self-parodying. Observing the frenzied feedback loop of social networking and electronic communication can feel like looking through a dizzying hall of mirrors. Small wonder, then, that “#meta” has become a popular hashtag on Twitter—useful, for instance, when Alabama librarian Lauren Dodd tweeted, “Just saw a librarian shush other librarians at a library conference.” And then there is the “That’s So Meta” Tumblr blog, where one can find images like the “meta pug,” a pug dog dressed up by its owner in. . . a pug outfit.

and this is the meta...

Discussion of the Meta-ness of 22 Jumpstreet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


If you are not following Brain Pickings on Twitter or are a regular visitor to the webpage, make it a habit.  No greater resource brings you closer to great minds of life, art, and philosophy.  Thoughts from this source will help build your repertoire of observations of the human condition.  This is essential to be be deeper thinker and better writer.
So lets start with this prompt inspired by a recent Brain Pickings post:
“Our lived lives might become a protracted mourning for, or an endless tantrum about, the lives we were unable to live. But the exemptions we suffer, whether forced or chosen, make us who we are.”
                                                                                         Adam Phillips 

Consider this quotation about adversity from the psychologist Adam Phillips. Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies Phillips' assertion about the role of reflection and regret plays in developing a person’s character. Support your argument with appropriate evidence from your reading, observation, or experience.

For Thursday:

  1. Create a detailed outline that attempts to defend, challenge, or qualify this quote from Phillips.  
  2. Remember to think of categories of evidence as we listed on the board Tuesday: psychology, history, anecdote, science, literature, etc...
  3. Weave ITW into this response.
  4. If you are stuck, read the Brain Pickings post, watch the Watts clip, or talk.

Another great Watts clip here

Listen to this podcast about a crazy survival story.

Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex Make a Hit | The New York Times

Monday, August 24, 2015

Preview-of AP Test

Follow along...
Let's first look at the 2009 test.  We will focus upon the Horace prompt for structural and content ideas.  Before you attempt your first Q3, let's look at how the responses are scored.

For Tuesday:
  1. Read the Horace prompt from 2009.  Consider what you might draw upon as evidence to help respond to this question.
  2. Create an outline for this prompt.  Be very thorough with your examples.  Remember that you can pull from literature, history, psychology, sociology, sports, and anecdotes.  Remember there should be a thread connecting all of the evidence back to the prompt.
          I) Introduction- Consider some craft here.  What would demonstrate some attempt to capture reader attention/ demonstrate your command of language?
                                                                For Wednesday:

  1. Review elements of what made the 9.  
  2. Write a support paragraph using the evidence you feel most confident in response to Horace's prompt.  Mimic the successful syntax from the 9.  * it or underline it.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Long Form #1

For Monday:
  1. Download the Clearly App (not required but really helpful when reading articles on-line)
  2. Pick one of the following Long form essays to read over the weekend.
      3.  Reading assignment is posted via Classroom.  Here is a sample annotation.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tech Tuesday!

Get Google Keep to help trap your ideas and overall organization.

I know many of you are busy so you might want to check out this new app Timeful.  I added it to my iPhone and iPad and it is keeping me on task so far as I get pulled in several different directions once I have a moment of free time.  The web version is forthcoming...

Twitch cause a major shift in media?

For Wednesday:
1) Clip 5 examples of "Click Bait" into the shared Google Slide posted in Classroom.  Be sure to sign your name to the slide so we can ask questions tomorrow.
For Thursday:

This needs to be read not once, twice, but three times.  Your answers will reflect the depth of understanding that can only come from multiple readings and reflection of its ideas.  Remember that this is Advanced Placement and your answers must be thorough and draw evidence from the text.  Please complete by Thursday.
Good Readers and Good Writers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Welcome AP Language 2015!

For Tuesday:
1.  Check your school g-mail and accept invitation to AP Language Classroom
2.  Get your phones out and join AP Lang's Remind Text
3.  Complete my student survey.  Please be patient in your responses!
4.  Read/Annotate No More Pep Rallies - Posted in Classroom

deal with it animated GIF

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