As you complete revisions, remember to also complete a "Revision Submission Form." This helps me track your work as well as better ensure I take note of all the work you've done. This form is in the "AP Lit 2013 OUT" folder. (I might end up putting a link to it over in the right sidebar as well. We'll see. I don't want to clutter that space up. Though to emphasize revision. . . )
This week's required post isn't creative. Instead it's analytical. (I'll make it up to you next week with a doozy.)
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
We'll start with Ellie Goulding. Naturally.
And follow that with a little DJ Earworm.
Which takes us to a discussion of remix/mashup culture and the argument that T.S. Eliot, brilliant literary mind, has really crafted himself quite a magnificent remix/mashup of many styles, voices, points of view and created a thing quite worthy of its own accord -- but impossible to have crafted without its predecessors.
We'll take large print outs of the poem and slice that thing apart, taking trophies of poignant language and harvesting keepsakes of gorgeous thoughts. We want to find those elements of the poem that best signify its essence -- without them, the poem would cease to be -- as well as the recognizable moments, the access points, the hooks. (Anyone else remember Akon? All that dude did was sing the hook. We need to find Eliot's Akon moments. And file that under "Things never said by an AP Lit teacher -- ever.")
And then we will pause and return. This is but day one. We will come back to Eliot & J. Alfred next week with fresh readings and fresh perspective.
The Party is upon us. We must make certain everyone knows his/her roles, relationships between each character, the schedule for that day, and familiarity with the stream of consciousness writing form being employed, as well as the character preparation form. You'll be handwriting to capture the primacy of the moment -- and then transcribing to your computer for documentation & discussion purposes.
We also need to come up with a list of interruptions that will add context & plot to the party.
Character Preparation Form
Due: Thursday, 10/17
Synthesis & College Essays
Revision Submission Form
Due: Last day to submit revisions 10/25
Due: Friday, 10/18
Analytical Post: Since we have such a creative endeavor ahead of this week in class, the assigned blog post will be analytical in nature. However, one may want to use creative means of uncovering meaning between these two texts. (Taking pics can be a great way to share non-tech work on your blogs.)
Choose one of the several items of criticism at the link provided. Choose one that captures an interesting angle, reflects or refutes your thinking, opens your eyes or otherwise engages your thinking. These are not easy reads, some more challenging than others. Be unafraid to dig further, to research allusions. Document your process (this may be more than a single blogpost's worth of work) and then post your thoughts in relation to the critic's. Q: To what extent to you concur with the critic's assertions?
EQ: To what extent can amateurs demonstrate the quality of thought presented by experts?
Read & Create:
Indie Book Project
Due: First week of 2nd Quarter