For this mega huge update, the biggie is that since the new year has begun we've kicked off a mega huge poetry study. And...
You guys are KILLING IT. I'm so excited about your progress -- the ways in which you are reading and being attentive to the text; the ways you are meaningfully marking up the text and looking beyond literary devices; the ways you are discussing poetry with your peers and taking intellectual risks in both your participation and your writing. I'm excited, and I'm proud. We've worked hard at getting on the right AP Lit track.
To get up to date on what was happening in the new year, CLICK HERE to read this post on WVCTE's Best Practices Blog. I'd write it all here, it'd be pretty redundant. So for Play-Doh pics, follow the links. :)
The week after, we followed up that good dose of purposeful play with some fairly heavy "father poems": "My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke, "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden, and "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath. We capped off the week with some non-depressing poems by e.e. cummings, and then looked for inspiration for a creative writing assignment inspired by the wonderful Randi Ward's work in her Whipstitches. (Check back later for links about that assignment...)
LAST week we furthered our studies, but switched it up to a bit more activity based learning. We scavenged for sound devices in Hamilton, laid some fresh beats for William Blake's "The Tyger," and searched for structural techniques "in the wild."
I keep coming back to the progress you've made, and I realize I'm gushing. And I don't intend to stop. :)
Keep WORKING HARD. It's paying off.
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!
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