This is just to say that
I have forgotten
the blog that I
write for you.
I was distracted,
so tired yet so inspired.
Yeah, that's where we are on the eve' of Thanksgiving Break. In the time since our last Week In Review, we have been wrapping up Slaughterhouse and essays and diving in to Their Eyes Were Watching God.
So far we've gotten after voice and dialect, context and situation, and Janie and her sexy pear tree. There seems to be some really productive and rich discussion happening with this text, and I'm excited by our progress. We've studied mentor texts, posted our text noticings, and participated in our first silent discussion.
And in the meantime, I, of course, jetted off and back again to and fro Atlanta for the NCTE annual convention, which was mindblowingly awesome and inspiring. It was reiterated to me again that I have the best job in the world and teach the best kids in the world (*cough, cough -- that's you.) ;)
Here's what you need for now.
HERE is the updated calendar.
HERE is the commentary journal assignment.
Here is your virtual high five for being awesome:
Guys, I went away to the WV Book Festival and became incredibly confused with our Week in Reviews! You can read more about that adventure HERE.
As far as the AP Lit life, we've been sketch-noting with our SH5 Visual Notes, studying mentor texts, and kicking off our Slaughterhouse Five capstone essays. We're in the thick of our work and using class time to draft our essays.
Remember, this essay is different in both kind and degree. This is not a typical "academic sounding" essay where you throw in a few five dollar words. This is an essay that should aim at being sophisticated in style and content, and an essay that requires depth of thought and careful, crafted language.
Mentor Text Noticings
You should borrow from this list of writers' moves that you have so thoughtfully identified:
Writers of analysis essays that exist in the world...
Assignment & Student Models
Click HERE for the Slaughterhouse Five capstone essay task
Click HERE for the rubric
Click HERE for Madi Cazz's model
P.S. Check out some of these awesome sketch notes!
We are off to a smashing start this week, AP Lit! In our two days of class, we've gotten after a new set of mentor texts to examine how professional writers approach analysis. Yesterday, we read (and confusedly yet joyfully watched) the David Pumpkins article, and today, an essay on Goodnight Moon.
So far, you've come up with a pretty solid list of writers' moves.
For homework tonight, you are to read Dear Any Solider: Vonnegut During Wartime. As discussed in class, there's no need for YouTube clips -- you've already got the context!
Here's your official task:
*Please preface your comment by whichever you are offering, e.g. "In the Vonnegut essay, I noticed..." or "I noticed all three mentor texts..."
Oh, and I'm just gonna leave this here:
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard