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AP Lang: Synthesis Essay Practice

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can write an AP-style synthesis essay.

Opening Session: AP Synthesis Essay Basics

Work Session: Today we’re going to do some very specific AP Test Practice for your exam next Wednesday!!

Remember, you need to be here at 7:30 in the morning on Wednesday the 16th for your exam. DO NOT BE LATE!!! We will start without you!!!!

I’m going to give you a prompt and passage and then put some timers on the board. We’re going to break your 40 minutes down like this for the essay:

  • 2 minutes: Read the prompt and figure out what it’s asking you to do.
  • 10 minutes: Choose a side in the argument and read the sources. Mark the parts of the sources you feel will be most useful in building your argument.
  • 5 minutes: Outline, brainstorm, or mind-map to prepare to write.
  • 20 minutes: Write the essay based on your prewriting.
  • 3 minutes: Proofread and correct any errors you find.

Please try and follow the timers, but remember you will not be constrained to them – or helped by them – on the test day. So if you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it on the test. And if you DO like it, you’ll need to look at the clock yourself during the test.

Closing Session: I’ll collect and redistribute your essays, then you guys should grade according to the AP Rubric. Then find your essay’s owner and return it 🙂

Assessment: Essays will be graded on the AP rubric

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Homework: STUDY for the AP Test!

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World Lit:Things Fall Apart, Day 5

 

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze a theme in Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Things Fall Apart Summary

Work Session: Welcome back!

Today, as we have been for the past several days, we’re chugging right along in Things Fall Apart. We’re beginning part 2 of the book today, reading chapters 14 and 15. Our reading strategy today will be in partners – we’re going to do a little thing called the Pause Card. I will give each person 2 sticky notes (the cute lil mini ones!) While your partner is reading, your job is to call “Pause!” twice and jot down a question or comment you have on your sticky note and stick it in the book wherever you paused.

After chapter 14, we will switch roles. After everyone is finished, we will play the Stand Up game. Everyone has to stand up! Once you’ve contributed to the discussion by either sharing a pause or responding to a classmate’s pause, you can sit down. Game continues until everyone is sitting!!

Closing Session: TOTD: What are your opinions on the book so far? We’re drawing quickly to the end, so I am excited to hear what you think!

VOCAB!

1.      haggle: an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

2.      coiffure: the arrangement of the hair

3.      callow: young and inexperienced

4.      pestle: a hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar

5.      foolhardy: marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

6.      frond: compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad

7.      succulent: full of juice

8.      pandemonium: a state of extreme confusion and disorder

9.      stingy: unwilling to spend

10.   harbinger: something indicating the approach of something or someone

Assessment: Informal (book check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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AP Lang: Analysis Essay Practice

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can write an AP-style analysis essay.

Opening Session: Rhetorical Analysis Essay Tips!

Work Session: Today we’re going to do some very specific AP Test Practice for your exam on Wednesday!!

Remember, you need to be here at 7:30 in the morning for your exam. DO NOT BE LATE!!! We will start without you!!!!

I’m going to give you a prompt and passage and then put some timers on the board. We’re going to break your 40 minutes down like this for the essay:

  • 2 minutes: Read the prompt and figure out what it’s asking you to do.
  • 5 minutes: Read the passage and mark or notate really important stuff.
  • 10 minutes: Outline, brainstorm, or mind-map to prepare to write.
  • 20 minutes: Write the essay based on your prewriting.
  • 3 minutes: Proofread and correct any errors you find.

Please try and follow the timers, but remember you will not be constrained to them – or helped by them – on the test day. So if you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it on the test. And if you DO like it, you’ll need to look at the clock yourself during the test.

Closing Session: I’ll collect and redistribute your essays, then you guys should grade according to the AP Rubric. Then find your essay’s owner and return it 🙂

Assessment: Essays will be graded on the AP rubric

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Homework: STUDY for the AP Test!

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World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 4

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

Learning Target: I can analyze a the author’s choices of structure and series of events in Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Things Fall Apart Summary, ala Shmoop

Work Session: Today we are continuing to read Things Fall Apart! We are going to read chapters 7 and 13 today – we are skipping a chunk in the middle of the book, chapters 8-12. So to make sure we’re all on the same page, I am going to read a couple summaries to you, just so we’re all caught up.

Ch. 8: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/section3.rhtml

Ch. 9-11: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/section4.rhtml

Ch. 12: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/section5.rhtml

After we read the summaries, we will pick back up reading chapter 13 of the book.

Closing Session: Let’s analyze a bit of the author’s purpose here. For a TOTD, share out why you think Achebe decided to include this large section smack dab in the middle of his book that doesn’t have a lot of relevance to this main plot.

 

Assessment: Formative (read alouds, class discussions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 3

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I can determine a central idea and analyze its development over the course of the novel Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Review-Preview: Crash Course Literature, Things Fall Apart I

Work Session: Today we’re continuing to read the book, and this time we will take some volunteers and read aloud chapters 5 and 6, pages 36-51. We will (as always) stop and discuss the story as we read.

After we finish, I want to give you a chance to catch up on anything you’ve missed this week!

Closing Session: Book check and VOCAB QUIZ!

Assessment: Informal (book check), formal (vocab quiz)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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