Holy past-due update! My apologies for missing your pre-break update, but here we are. We've Spring Breaked, and we've back at it again not with the white Vans, but with the AP Lit skills and *cue intense music* Testing Season.
You've made tremendous strides this week, guys. You're working hard to nudge the pieces into place before the AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION EXAM ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4.
From where I'm sitting...
You have the skills. You have the brains. You have the wanna. You got this.
Here's what we got after this week:
The Question 3 basket o' prompts activity
The Question 2
Thesis statement rankings, and some
HERE is this week's agenda & activity slides so you can get the shape of class this week & HERE is a link to the AP Lit free response prompts from the College Board.
Honest Iago falls silent. How about that for a guy who virtually never stops talking and talking and talking from one scene to next? (Don't believe me? Ask the brilliant & curious Madi Caz...) A famous phrase you ought to know about Shakespeare's most cunning villain is something Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "motiveless malignity."
We spent some time in class discussing Iago's possible motivation (or lack thereof, pointed out especially by Finnegan in first period and his spot-on Machiavellian connection). We did, of course, suspect killing and murdering, right? It's a Shakespearean tragedy after-all, but what of this motive to do such damaging evil? I'm still thinking on that one, guys...
And I urge you, too, to keep thinking about the complexities of the play and how questions are raised, not necessarily answered. I encourage you, most of all, to continue to build strong habits of mind with literature -- to analyze after the fact and to not stop at what's easy to understand or surface. And to throw it back to your introductory letter to this course, to get your hands dirty with lit. :)
This week, we finished the play. We read, discussed, and plot tracked.
On Friday, we got after the literary 3x3 assignment and put a new spin on it, the 3x3 remix. Check out some of the remixes below. :)
If you were absent Friday, I'll save you the notecards and ask that you create three different literary 3x3s. HERE is the task sheet.
So, that's it for Othello. There's no Moor. (sorry, couldn't resist) Up next: Shakespeare Scene Project, the most Lit field trip of all time ever, a Q3 in-class writing, and poetry service project planning! We're gettin' somewhere now.
Oh, my Othello!
What a great kick-off week we've had to this play. Here's what we tackled this week:
Monday: Anticipation guide, Philosophical Chairs, Act I.i, & Plot tracker
Tuesday: Act I.ii-iii + plenty of discussion and tracking
Wednesday: Othello musical chairs -- HERE are the quotes & HERE is the super awesome playlist
Thursday: Act II.i, plus a missed opportunity for two dramatic readers in first period ;)
Friday: Act II.i continued + clarifications & catch up
You're on for your first Poetry Response Journal for Othello. HERE is the task sheet for PRJs. Feel free to choose any moment, speech, or scene from our reading to complete your PRJ. Just like your anthology poetry selections, you'll delve deeper into self-selected poetry; except now, you're analyzing excerpts of Othello.
If you still need clarification on the PRJ O edition, feel free to holler at me!
Finally: I invite you all to tweet reactions and whatever else about Othello using #aplit16.
An ultra quick update!
Somehow, I looked up and we were standing knee deep in Shakespeare. And you know...I didn't mean for it to happen this way. I did want us to take a pretty hard look at The Sonnet, though, and Shakespeare is the DNA.
So: here we are. I do want to raise up the good for a moment. I saw some some really nice paraphrasing this week, and you PRJs are coming along. I'm seeing more and more evidence of deep and thorough readings and analyses and a seeming intimacy with the poetry I've not quite seen this year. Makes my heart happy to see you growing, guys. But...
This week was a bit disjointed for a variety of reasons -- here are the handouts.
Remember that this weekend, you've a bit of homework to take care of: blog post; PRJ 4 from sonnets selections; WVYW piece so I can make it rain bonus points.
All of this is due by Monday. Woo woo.
Well this has been a delightful week. We've tackled connotation, TP-CASTT, theme, double rainbows, and Quickfire challenges. I've enjoyed your progress, your creativity, and your collective intellectual spirit.
A few reminders for Monday: PRJ 3 from Theme & Tone anthology selections is due. Also, remember to bring a copy of your Sem 2 novel to class.
An ultra quick update:
Music. Poetry. Interpretation. Analysis. Collaboration. Articulation.
It was a good week. And as we spent time presenting our songs** and analysis to the class, I do want to say, there was a level of depth in your work that I'm not sure I've seen yet this year.
HERE is the task sheet.
HERE is the graphic organizer.
HERE is the presentation evaluation.
**6th period -- there are many presentations left to give, and many snowflakes forecasted to fall. Please consider presenting to 1st period AP Lit; a 10th grade class; a second lunch small group; an after-school small group.
Well. We made it.
We hit the ground running this week with your semester exam timed writings. We re-read, reviewed, annotated, analyzed, interpreted, and re-envisioned the AP timed writing as a road map. Oh, and we put the cherry on top with a Red Rover Rap Battle Literary Analysis game (thanks, J. Salf!).
All in all, it was a productive week.
Here are some things we took a look at:
A few reminders:
Novel Notes & Timed Writing Revisions due Monday
POETRY BEGINS NEXT WEEK, WHOOP! (Who's excited?! Get excited.)
$25 due for field trip by 1.22
Copy of Othello by 2.1
An excellent week in AP Lit!
Here's what happened (remember all handouts linked below):
Monday, 11.30 - TEWWG graphic essay gallery walk & reflection
Tuesday, 12.1 - Grammar review, first semester independent read task, new calendars & 30 second stories & skits
Wednesday, 12.2 - 30 second story skits (& LOTS of laughing until I cried and my side hurt)
Thursday, 12.3 - I, II, III Sentence Sort & Rhetorical Grammar notes (woo woo!)
Friday, 12.4 - I-IIIs in music practice click here & here (woo woo!) + Who You BE assignment...due Monday
Guys: I truly enjoyed the week with you. Good work, good thinking.
Guys: you've been too lit to quit this week with these Slaughterhouse Five capstones.
Here's what this week looked like:
Monday: Essay roll out...click here.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Essay work time
Overall, it was a great week full of hard work and dedication. And that's what it takes, y'all.
Here are a few pictures I snapped today during 6th period. Not the greatest quality, but so engaged and in the moment (even when it's Friday/game day/full moon/day before Halloween)!
For two days this week, Monday and Wednesday, it was first quarter exam time. You wrote an in-class essay to the tune of the 2007 AP free response prose question and completed a selected of multiple choice questions from the 1999 exam. You also spent a day "off" on Tuesday while teachers Continued their Educations at school.
Thursday, we dedicated to timed writing review and thesis statement formulas, and Friday, we got after some Slaughterhouse Five literary 3x3s, which required you to collaborate and to unveil the heart of the work. They were awesome, by the way.