AP Lang: Humor Week, Day 2

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze how an author uses rhetoric to create humor in an essay.

Opening Session: VOCAB! We skipped it yesterday since we had a short class, but let’s get into it now!

  1. —Allocate
    1. —(verb) to set apart or designate for a special purpose; to distribute
  2. —Ardent
    1. —(adj.) very enthusiastic, impassioned
  3. —Assiduous
    1. —(adj.) persistent, attentive, diligent
  4. —Brash
    1. —(adj.) prone to act in a hasty manner; imprudent
  5. —Capricious
    1. —(adj.) subject to whims or passing fancies
  6. —Chastise
    1. —(verb) to inflict physical punishment as a means of correction; to scold severely
  7. —Copious
    1. —(adj.) abundant; plentiful; wordy, verbose
  8. —Deviate
    1. —(verb) to turn aside; to stray from a norm
    2. —(noun) one who departs from a norm
    3. —(adj.) differing from a norm, heterodox, unconventional
  9. —Emaciated
    1. —(adj., part.) unnaturally thin
  10. —Exult
    1. —(verb) to rejoice greatly
  11. —Gnarled
    1. —(adj.) knotted, twisted, lumpy
  12. —Indemnity
    1. —(noun) a payment for damage or loss
  13. —Inkling
    1. —(noun) a hint; a vague notion
  14. —Limpid
    1. —(adj.) clear, transparent; readily understood
  15. —Omnipotent
    1. —(adj.) almighty, having unlimited power or authority
  16. —Palatable
    1. —(adj.) agreeable to the taste or one’s sensibilities; suitable for consumption
  17. —Poignant
    1. —(adj.) deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste or smell
  18. —Rancor
    1. —(noun) bitter resentment or ill-will
  19. —Sophomoric
    1. —(adj.) immature and overconfident; conceited
  20. —Spontaneous
    1. —(adj.) arising naturally; not planned or engineered in advance

Work Session: Another funny essay today! I’ve got a copies of an excerpt from a book I just finished reading, Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson. This is just a little story about a family having breakfast together, told from the mom’s perspective. I’m going to pass around the highlighters and as you read this story to yourself, I want you to annotate it – that is, mark up the text with insights, references, circle or highlight things you don’t know, and since this is our humor week, highlight anything you think is funny.

After everyone reads and annotates, we will talk about what we found funny and why 🙂

Closing Session: Journal entry: how did Jackson create a humorous essay out of a regular, day-to-day experience? What techniques did she use to create humor? Is the story relatable? Why or why not?

Assessment: Formative – Friday Journal Check

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Independent Reading book

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