Wednesday, March 22, 2017

**REMINDERS FOR THURS. 3/23 and FRI. 3/24**

1st/3rd AP LANG

**REMINDER FOR CLASS THURS. 3/23:

--you will be completing a JOURNAL RESPONSE (#10) in class tomorrow regarding to specific speeches we will be reading from the same former US President
--you will be analyzing the speeches for the presence of LOGICAL FALLACIES that weaken the argument(s)/claim(s) made AS WELL AS offer your own evaluation of one of the speeches
--MORE INSTRUCTIONS TBA IN CLASS THURSDAY

**ALSO, please remember your AP EXAM $$ IS DUE TOMORROW--NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
EXAMS WILL BE ORDERED TOMORROW AFTERNOON
   
2nd Pre-AP American Lit./Comp.

**REMINDER FOR CLASS FRI. 3/24:

**STUDY THE FOLLWING VOCABULARY FOR THE ROAD COMPREHENSIVE EXAM PART I IN CLASS FRI. 3/24!

**ALSO BE READY FOR
--major 'plot points'/moments in the novel that we've discussed and/or read together in class [multiple choice/T or F questions]
--several KEY QUOTES from the novel to evaluate and/or analyze [short-answer format]
--a few ARCHETYPES/THEMES from the novel to elaborate upon [multiple choice]
--the following 16 VOCAB WORDS from the text on your THE ROAD VOCAB SHEETS x3 (**this section will be MChoice analogies**):

OBSIDIAN
VISCERA
PHALANX
SCABLAND
BARROWS
MACADAM
MIDDENS
CHERT
ISOCLINE
VERMICULATE
*SEPULCHRE
*MARTYR
*INCANDESCENT
*TORSIONAL
*BIVOUAC
*MENDICANT

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

**REMINDERS FOR/HW DUE WED. 3/22

1st/3rd AP LANG

**REMINDERS/NO HW DUE WED. 3/22!**

**ATTENTION AP EXAM-TAKERS: IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID FOR THE EXAMS YOU PLAN ON TAKING IN MAY, YOU NEED TO DO SO TOMORROW!!! Exams will be ordered THURS. AFTERNOON, 3/23, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!

--WED. 3/22 FYI: HOMEROOM/FLEX first thing, and the anti-drug presentation in the FINE ARTS CENTER from 8-9am 
--**BACK to 1st block afterward until 9:55am; amended schedule the rest of the day
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**REMINDER FOR CLASS THURS. 3/23:

--you will be completing a JOURNAL RESPONSE (#10) in class tomorrow regarding to specific speeches we will be reading from the same former US President
--you will be analyzing the speeches for the presence of LOGICAL FALLACIES that weaken the argument(s)/claim(s) made AS WELL AS offer your own evaluation of one of the speeches
   

2nd Pre-AP American Lit./Comp.

1) ***FYI, DUE DATE EXTENDED TO WED. 3/22 for:
THE ROAD ARCHETYPES [SYMBOLS] ANALYSIS-EVALUATION 'MINI-ANNOTATIONS' ASSIGNMENT   

--FOR THOSE OF YOU THIS APPLIES TO: any revisions, additions, or changes that need to be made to this assignment/your post-it notes/note cards? NOW IS THE CHANCE!!! 
--remember what we talked about today in class, any questions that were answered, and get this assignment ready to turn in tomorrow for BOTH extra credit AND a grade!!
**SEE DETAILED ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS/GUIDE ON THE BLOG FOR 'HW DUE TUES. 3/21'**
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2) **DUE WED. 3/22 FOR A MAJOR GRADE:

--TO TURN IN WEDNESDAY, make sure you have together the following SIX specific assignments we've completed over the LAST THREE WEEKS for The Road

DOUBLE-SIDED:
1) THE ROAD VOCABULARY SHEET I (pp.16-79)/NINE WORDS 
2) THE ROAD VOCABULARY SHEET II (pp.56-91)/NINE WORDS

3) THE ROAD **VOCABULARY SHEET III (pp.129-287)/NINE WORDS (one sheet)

4) THE ROAD READING CHECK #1 (one sheet)
5) THE ROAD READING CHECK #2 (one sheet)
6) THE ROAD READING CHECK #3 (two sheets/stapled) 

**THESE EACH ARE PART OF A GRADE THAT I WILL BE ASSESSING as I look at how THOROUGHLY (and correctly) you completed each assignment (**mose of which we went over together/discussed in class, at length!!)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

HW DUE TUES. 3/21

1st/3rd AP LANG

HW DUE TUES. 3/21: 

1) In OGE, first carefully read George Orwell's personal reflective essay, "Shooting an Elephant" (pp. 531-38) 

2) Then, for JOURNAL #9 AT HOME AFTER YOU READ, respond on paper (written/typed, 150-200 words) to BOTH QUESTIONS #2 and #3 at the END OF THE TEXT  

**IMPORTANT NOTE: BE READY TO SHOW ME YOU'VE ACTUALLY COMPLETED THIS JOURNAL, HAVE IT WITH YOU/PRINTED, AND HAVE YOUR RESPONSES READY TO SHARE!! 

****KEY POINT FROM ORWELL's REACTION/AT THE HEART OF THIS ESSAY
"AMBIVALENCE;" COME TO CLASS PREPARED TO DEFINE THIS TERM, and APPLY IT TO ORWELL's ESSAY



2nd Pre-AP American Lit./Comp.

**1) REMINDER FOR TUES. 3/21:

In the 2nd FLOOR COMPUTER LAB, you will complete your AMERICAN LIT./COMP. EOC '3% CHECKPOINT' on USATESTPREP
**this first checkpoint is WRITING PRACTICE-BASED ONLY, so you will receive more instructions and guidance tomorrow before you begin
**I will also have your USATESTPREP account login info available for you!
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**2) HW/MAJOR ASSIGNMENT DUE TUES. 3/21:

THIS LONG WEEKEND after our class discussions and finishing The Road, COMPLETE the MAJOR assignment explained here:

THE ROAD ARCHETYPES [SYMBOLS] ANALYSIS-EVALUATION 'MINI-ANNOTATIONS' ASSIGNMENT

FIRST, using **post-it notes/**note cards/paper (**offered in class if needed), PURPOSEFULLY  jot down NOTES/ANNOTATIONS/COMMENTS/OBSERVATIONS FROM THE TEXT ABOUT A MINUMUM OF FIVE of the EIGHT topics/ARCHETYPES listed below (in blue) 

**Here also are LINKS to TWO in-depth references RE: ARCHETYPES, including the definition and various common archetypes in literature (*I HIGHLY recommend you take a look at BOTH these references/use them to guide you...BUT, you DO NOT have to 'exactly follow' the descriptions on either reference!!):

ARCHETYPES: Definition and Common Literary Examples 

ARCHETYPES Reference Sheet  

1) THE ROAD as a 'journey archetype'
  • both +/- symbolic meaning for SURVIVAL
  • its 'frequency' of 'the road' being mentioned ( # THEM FOR EXTRA CREDIT!!!)
  • **found throughout the ENTIRE novel as it is mentioned at the start of each section  
2) THE OCEAN as a 'life force archetype'  
  • its +/- symbolic/archetypal nature in the story vs. universally
  • vastness of the ocean/the tide's turning = time
  • **pp. 215-287 (**and pp. 222 as ANTITHESIS of the ocean's usual 'life-force'**)
3) GRAY ASH/DESTRUCTION as 'color OR wasteland archetypal symbolism'
  • gray as a medium between black and white
  • the wasted/burnt barrenness of the world around them; "cauterized" (14)
  •  *even the man's dreams in color turn to "ash" in waking (21); what does this suggest??
  • **found throughout the ENTIRE novel  
4) THE PROTECTOR vs. THE INNOCENT 'character archetype' 
  • the man/father vs. the boy
  • the necessary and moral roles they each play in their own survival
  •  **pp. 1-6; pp. 62-66; pp. 105-115
  • *the [perhaps] reversal/shift of roles as the story progresses and the LIGHT that surrounds the boy (*pp. 258-59; 267-70
5) "CARRYING THE FIRE" and/or FIRE 'archetypal/symbolic' meanings
  • the 'good guys' vs. 'the bad guys' imagery
  • *numerous mentions of "carrying the fire" throughout the ENTIRE novel as representative of the human spirit (pp. 83; 103; 283, etc.) 
  • **also the biblical symbolism that surrounds the boy through fire and light (*pp. 258, **259; 267-70; 277; 280)
6) ELY AS THE OLD MAN/LONER or PROPHET 'character archetype' 
  • his significance/what he reveals about their world
  • Ely's/the father's 'wonder' at the boy his compassion
  • Ely's lack of religious piety/belief in God, but view of the boy as perhaps an angel
  • **pp. 159-175  
7) THE FISH/FISHING 'archetypal symbolism'
  •  fishing as a biblical symbol of redemption
  • **novel's last page (pp. 287) and relation to the man's flashbacks of the 'old world'/the river/fishing (pp. 30; 41-42)
  • "Of a thing which cannot be put back" (287)
8) **MISC. ARCHETYPAL SYMBOLS THROUGHOUT THE TEXT
  • COLORS [other than gray] (**yellow, red, black, white, etc.); their symbolism/**# times mentioned for EXTRA CREDIT
  • TIME (**stopped clocks, faded paint, worn roads, the seasons, etc.)
  • THE BRASS SEXTANT (**pp. 225-26) 
  • THE 'OTHER' LITTLE BOY (**implications, imagery; pp. 84-87; 216-17)

**FOR EXAMPLE, if while reading pp. 189, you feel that section illustrates/is an example of #4 ABOVE (THE MAN as the 'PROTECTOR ARCHETYPE'), use a POST-IT NOTE/CARD/etc. (or two) to mark that specific page/paragraph, and WRITE DOWN ON THE NOTE/CARD YOUR NOTES, ANALYSIS, REASONING behind this symbol based on the text

NEXT, when all is said and done, the MINIMUM #NUMBER# of post-its/note cards you should have for this assignment for The Road is FIVE (for the FIVE [5] topics above).

****FINALLY: MY evaluation of/your GRADE on this assignment? 
It will be based on your EFFORT, your COMPLETION, your THOROUGHNESS of YOUR ANALYSIS NOTES PLUS YOUR OWN EVALUATION OF EACH ARCHETYPE:
**LESS THAN FIVE/FIVE POORLY-COMPLETED POST-ITS/CARDS = 'F' 
**5-6 'crappy/in-a-hurry,' sparsely-done " " " = 'C/C+,' AT BEST 
**7-10 (or more!) neat/complete/detailed " " " = 'B+/A+-RANGE, ACCORDINGLY!! 

WHY AM I DOING THIS ASSIGNMENT, you ask??
**TBA IN CLASS for part of your THE ROAD EXAM, you will respond to a text-based ANALYSIS-plus-EVALUATION (Yes, that's right: EVALUATION!!!) QUESTION/PROMPT RE: some aspect/symbol/*archetype/theme from The Road

**ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: For this response above, you will be able to use your POST-IT's/NOTE CARDS and your own thoughts/observations in this response ALONGSIDE "evidence from this part of the text," so make your POST-IT's/NOTE CARDS helpful; make this assignment COUNT (#).