Tuesday, January 7, 2014

AP Lit 2B/3B: Back at It w "miss rosie" literary 3x3 and more

We started today by . . . well . . . period 2B rearranged the furniture a lot . . . 

Then we covered some of our business items.  The most important things to know? They are in the homework section below.

We will be exploring some new methods of literary analysis as-of-yet unexplored.  (And remember that How to Read Literature text?  It's a coming back . . . heads up.  Man, I love that book.)

The first?  Literary 3x3.  You can read more detail about it by reading Rebecca Daniel's explanation of William Melvin Kelley's technique in the AP Lit guide available here.

(BTW: Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" is known to us as her play, Trifles.)

Screenshot here.

From the AP Lit Writing Guide
The idea here is that by distilling our thinking about a text down to a 3x3, we can hone our thinking and then use it as a catalyst for further development into . . . oh . . . say . . . a piece of analytical writing.  I'd argue that developing a 3x3 is completely worth your time as a pre-writing exercise during the on-demand portion of the test.

To practice 3x3 thinking, we used Lucille Clifton's poem, "miss rosie."

Here are some notes & thinking from both classes.  You might want to look and see what the Humanities class did later in the afternoon with the same poem.  (I really LOVE this poem with all the feels.)

And Humanities students thinking aloud later. . . 


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Req'd Post: Create a Literary 3x3 for one of these other two poems that reflect the contemporary African-American experience of the poets in their respective times (consider them as a collection alongside Clifton's "miss rosie")

Rita Dove's "Vacation"

Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy"

Due: Friday, Jan. 10

Read & Annotate: "Araby" by James Joyce (check your inbox)
Due: Thursday, Jan 9

Revise: Synthesis #2
Due: Friday, Jan 17 (if you want a 2nd revision)

Design & Create: Poetry as Design pieces
Due: Monday, Jan 13
Installation: Monday, Jan 20 (voluntary)

Read & Create:  Indie Book Project #3
Due: Tuesday, Jan 28
Note: We will be taking time Jan 27 - Feb 7 to explore our readings & share our products in depth 

Heads Up
Reading Hamlet in Class starts again next class
MUGS quizzes & opt-in mini-lessons on the way

Humanities: Habits of Mind & Metacognition

Today we dove into "Thinking About Your Thinking: Metacognition," one of the most important habits of mind to be successful in school.

We'll started with a pre-assessment of Roots #8.  These scores will be recorded and when we take the quiz next Thursday, after we do all sorts of activities and thinking around these terms, the goal is that your scores improve.  And if you've already mastered them without that thinking & learning?  AWESOME. You need not stress about the quiz.

This was followed by a self-assessment of our Habits of Mind.  We did this by hand.  Hopefully lots of people took pics of their thinking and posted them to their blogs.

Mr. Dunbar introduced metacognition through the metacognition paint chip rubric.

My thinking is crystal clear; 
My thinking is a little hazy; 
My thinking is cloudy; 
My thinking is in a fog 

We used that thinking as we did a think aloud activity around Lucille Clifton's "miss rosie"

Notice the big Q's getting asked; all student markup except first stanza & "self mirror"


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Req'd Post: Create your own list of "What If's" for 2014.  Look at Mr Ryder's example in the right sidebar.  He's posted his huge list.
Due: Friday, Jan 11

Study: Roots 8 (& 6, 7)
Quiz: Thursday, Jan 16
Complete: Word Map or Product for Roots 8 

Submit: Missing closing arguments & story corps/photo essays;  self assessments
Put in Humanities IN folder on Google Drive

Humanities: miss rosie think aloud