Thursday, September 10, 2015

AP 3G: "I Don't Miss It" and Literary 3x3

Today we marked up our first poem as a class, conducting our first collaborative close reading.  We then had our first reading discussion as a class.  

Just a point to make about summer reading; while we have not delved deep into our summer reading books just yet, we will be coming back to them again and again over the space of year.  They will inform our work and there will be opportunities to discuss them in context.

"I Don't Miss It" and Literary 3x3.

We read Tracy K. Smith's "I Don't Miss It" and did some close reading and annotating.

Then we introduced Literary 3x3.

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.

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.

You each created a 3x3 for "I Don't Miss It."  Hold on to those.  We'll need them next class.

Out of Class Work

Read & Annotate.  True Grit Chapters 1 & 2.
Create.  Literary 3x3s.
Intro of How to Read Lit
Both Summer Books
True Grit - First 2 Chapters 

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