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
Last week was a bit of a challenging week, an uphill climb travelling to a destination that is still unknown.
Just when you'd made it through a fun yet maddening "Ordeal" a few more ambiguous and challenging texts were thrown your way. But you fought hard and made your way out on the other side of seminar.
I'm afraid a few of you are feeling stuck in the weeds wondering if everything we read will be ambiguous, shrouded in mystery, or "confusing."
The short answer is, of course not. But the longer answer, which I hope the work we do and the progress you make will answer is: the literature we read will be challenging and complex and it will place demands on the reader that will require more than one reading, plenty of conversation, and a mindset of embracing the confusion.
Other stuff from the week? Um, Hillary Jordan Skype! It was amazing, she was amazing, and so were you. You asked thoughtful questions, and class was buzzing with excitement. Teacher heaven, I'm telling you...
We also took a day to write a short essay in what we're calling the Reader's Bio. In an effort to get to know you better and paint a fuller picture of who you are as an individual and student, we talked about our Happy Things and then what else I need to understand about you as a reader, writer, or individual.
All that said, you're doing great and you're working hard! Stay the course, my friends.
More on the latter later, but here is the break down for last week.
Monday: "Hills Like White Elephants" & SIFT
Tuesday: "Hills" seminar
Wednesday: "The Story of an Hour" + SIFT assessment
Thursday: Reader's Bio/Hillary Jordan Skype!
Friday: Five S/Reader's Bio
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard