Monday, January 4, 2016

Eng 9: What Now?

Welcome back from break everyone.

Today, we were supposed to start a new essay.   Instead, we are going to hold off on that for a week or so and focus on completing the work you've already been assigned and demonstrating the standards we've been digging into this quarter.

Let's start with  We'll be using this to help with our MUGS.

Then we'll do a little detail workshop on SHOW vs. TELL to help you with your blog posts and the DETAILS part of the WRITING standards.  We're going to do a different workshop each class for the next two weeks to help you folks get your blog posts just foolishly awesome.

I will also be visiting with each group and completing the assessment of your Tiny House projects.  You have time to revise those between now and the end of the quarter (Jan 22.)

The RESEARCH standard on that one has proven tricky.  We aren't going to give up on it.  Instead, once we get past this week or so, we are going to dive into WHY it is so darn hard to get that information and see if we can get the answers we want.

What I want most for you folks to have a tremendously successful collection of work from Q2 that shows all of the thinking you've been doing, all of the designing, all of the insightful commentaries you've made, all of the sketchnoting.  It all deserves to be captured and explained and shared.

We need a system for keeping track of this work, however.  Daily logging of goals and accomplishments, screenshots and pics and some accountability for all of us here in the room.


Blog.  6 Posts.  
DUE ASAP.  Revisable if Complete by Jan 15.

Revisable if Complete by Jan 8.

AP Lit: Back from the Break

Welcome back.

We've got some recalibrating and redefining to do here for these first couple of classes.  Some new routines and habits to build. These are the direct result of the feedback you folks provided before break.

So here we go . . .

Cross Class Discussions & Getting Back to How to Read Lit Like a Prof.

We'll be using Medium to do this.  You'll need to register for an account using your school Gmail and the reply to the various prompts there on the post.  Use the highlighting and other commentary features there on Medium to reply to others' ideas.

These discussions/commentaries are due by the next class after they are assigned.

Due Dates Calendar.

I've added a calendar on the front page of the blog, there along the right hand sidebar.  It's right below the link to AP Lit blog posts.   You won't find every day's class described there, but you will find all the due dates.

You have several major due dates including the NEXT indie book project -- for Q3 -- listed.

I will make sure major projects/assessments are on here and do my best to include minor ones as well.

General Analysis Skills.

We're going to use SCOUT to give us a framework for this as we focus on not just how to analyze but how to write about our analytical reads.

Specifics:  Diction, Character, Setting, Point of View
Comparisons:  Metaphor/Similar, Figurative Language, Analogies, Allusions, Symbolism
Organization:  Rhetorical structure, rhyme scheme, narrative structure
Unusual: Any of the Above and Other Features
Theme:  Theme, Tone, Symbolism/Motif

Today we'll look at diction using Quizlet and art and our last two novels, Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours.

We'll be comparing and contrasting Woolf and Cunningham's uses of diction to help us get a handle on how to better characterize and discuss word choice.

Multiple Choice Test Prep.

Once every two weeks there will be a multiple choice prep.  One reading, one set of questions.  I'm going to try and combine this with our close reading work and curate the best selections I can the test prep materials.  I'm also going to share a folder with you folks of all of my test prep materials so that you can feel free to pursue even more test prep if you so choose.


Blog.  Weeks 1 - 6.  
Prompts Available.  3+ Attempts Per Standard Required.
Revise Previous Posts.  Post New.

Read.  How to Read Lit: Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Discuss.  Medium.
Due.  Next Class.

Submit & Revise.
Synthesis 2.
Indie Book Project Q2.
Blog posts.