You guys did SUCH A GREAT JOB studying syntax, looking for the so-what, and then applying this concept to your own writing.
The most mature and sophisticated AP Lit students can do that. They can look for structure, craft, and meaning, and then take these ideas and apply them to their worn writing. You're well on your way!
Here's a quick rundown of the week's events and handouts:
Syntax Creative Writing Activity
"After I Was Thrown Into the River and Before I Drowned" by Dave Eggers
Timed Writing PowerPoint
Timed Writing Quarter Exam
We've been getting somewhere this week. We've continued to build classroom culture, "speed-dated" one another about our Slaughterhouse Five findings, and laid on the floor to have giant replicas of our bodies drawn to complete a character analysis map.
I'm gonna call that a pretty solid week in AP Lit. :)
Here are the basics:
For speed dating, one side of the table moved on down the row, and you were tasked with discussing the most important ideas from your Thought Plots. You guys had in depth conversations that made my English teacher heart way happy. Here are a couple of pics:
Next you were tasked with delving deeper into a character from Slaughterhouse Five. It was madness and mad fun, and you came up with some pretty solid character analysis. It was great seeing you guys work together, have a little fun, and dig into the text.
And of course here are a few pics of our mapping:
Next week: Socratic seminar, syntax fix up lesson, and Quarter Exam review.
Let's do it!
No time for pithy remarks! Only a quick posting of this week's learnin'.
We will be addressing the question: What's worth talking about?
Otherwise: HOCO 2016! What a week... :)
There is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre." KV
But we do need to be intelligent and well-informed about violence and war.
Create context for Slaughterhouse Five by researching the Dresden bombing.
**The catch? No repeats! Let's gather up as much information as we can to help create the backdrop for this truly wacky and meaningful novel.
Hello all! It was a quick week, with my being out at a STEM conference hanging out in streams and such.
We kicked our week off with Short Story Focus Project presentations before totally switching gears to narrative writing, mentor texts, and the ever important and timely college application essays.
Here's the need to know info from the week.
First off, we defined Mentor Texts. Check out the pics below...
In class, we defined mentor texts as writing we study, learn from, and aspire to.
After that, you got your first cluster of mentor texts, a series of New York Times "best off" college application essays. Click here to access these texts.
We spent time in class reading and analyzing these essays and identifying the writers' moves. Here is a list of what you came up with:
Finally, HERE is the personal statement essay you worked on in class with Mr. Staley. It's due MONDAY, and I'm very much looking forward to reading them!
Hope it's been a good one. Looking forward to seeing all of you!
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard