Tuesday, October 8, 2013

AP Lit: Mrs. Dalloway Party Planning

Using design thinking strategies of brainstorming, researching, sorting, prioritizing, empathizing, recursive thinking, outcome-based, human-centered decision making to shape up our Dallowinian Party event next week.

Humanities: Cardboard Challenge Essay & IGNITE Rubric

Today we started class with a quick improv game to see how we felt about our Cardboard Challenge Projects.  It was interesting to hear the various responses.  I'm glad so many folks felt great about their work and I wondering why so many folks didn't.

From there we did a little Pictionary-style activity to prep for Roots 2.  REMEMBER: The quiz is over BOTH Roots 1 & 2. And you have a word map due over Roots 2! (Or a roots-based word product of some sort.) Super important that you study both.  Click on the link in the sidebar to find your Roots study tools.

That led to breaking up the class in two to cover the expectations for the Cardboard Challenge IGNITE research presentation and the Cardboard Challenge 5 Paragraph Reflective Process Essay.  Those expectations are in the rubric below:

This rubric is available as a PDF in your Google Drive.


Study: Roots Quiz #2 (over 1 & 2) and Word Map
Due Thursday, 10/10

Blog: 3+ quality posts on your blog. (Make sure you are caught up! Need ideas? Post your pre-thinking about your essays, about your IGNITE research.  Post pictures of your work on Cardboard Challenges.  Post the results of your Roots practicing.
Due Friday, 10/11

Cardboard Challenge IGNITE Research Presentation: 2 min, 12 slides
Due Tuesday, 10/15

Cardboard Challenge 5 Paragraph Essay: Intro, Product, Process, Outcome, Conclusion
Due Thursday, 10/17

AP Lit 2B/3B: Mrs. Dalloway, The Hours & the Party

Today we have three major goals/outcomes:

  1. To better identify Woolf's techniques and styl
  2. To identify how Cunningham's techniques and style reflect(s) Woolf's
  3. To establish our setting and archetypes for the Dallowinian Party

And laugh.  It would be helpful today to laugh.  We'll see if that happens though . . . 

We'll start with some photocopies -- shudder -- of passages from Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours, passages I think particularly well suited to finding connections between Woolf & Cunningham.  We'll do some small group close readings w/ a particular focus on:

* stream of consciousness
* symbolism/motif
* diction
* imagery

(Yup. They are all from Wikipedia.  Except for imagery -- which isn't particularly descriptive -- these are pretty solid entries.  More examples for "motif" would be nice.  Hoping to find other resources for us.)

You'll be using your design kits and annotation skills to make these connections. 

From there, we have to get very serious about our Dallowinian party.  We'll work together to choose a setting -- time period, physical location -- and then establish the archetypes we've seen emerge from these two texts.   If possible we'll cast today.  We'll go over the character preparation forms that need to be completed for next Tuesday.    If we don't cast today, we'll cast on Thursday and that will inform what you need to include in your preparations.


Blogs: 3+ Posts for the Week
Creative Blog Entry: Choose a supporting character from Mrs. Dalloway or The Hours, one who may not get much time or attention.  Write a paragraph of story that Woof or Cunningham left out.  It need only be a paragraph.  Do your best to emulate the style of the writer.  Then write a single paragraph of analysis explaining your approach.

Read & Listen: Tracy K. Smith's "Duende"  Annotate & consider how she employs repeated imagery, structure and diction to inform themes similar, or perhaps dissimilar, to Woolf & Cunningham.

Dallowinian Party Gathering & Planning: Make use of Google+ and Drive to plan for the party.  Keep me within your loops.

Revisions: Start the process in earnest. You have until Oct 25th to submit revisions, get feedback, and resubmit again if you so choose.