THIRD SIX WEEKS, November 28, 2011-January 20, 2012

Monday, Nov. 28
Review Chapter 4, Mastering Essay Questions
Practice writing analytical essay (40 minutes)

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Examine sample analytical essay responses

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Critical Reading practice: Lost in the Kitchen, by David Barry and Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris (copies will be provided).
  • Read and annotate for SOAPStone (speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, tone), as well as for irony, sarcasm, hyperbole, understatement, and stereotypes.
  • Write a paragraph explaining which selection achieves the greatest comic effect and why.
  • Answer discussion questions on rhetoric and style.
  • Take a multiple-choice quiz.
  • Write a timed essay to explain how the author uses rhetorical devices to achieve a comic effect.

Thursday, Dec. 1
Scarlet Letter group work: complete Extending Your Response (p. 12) by listing the three main characters and a description of each one’s guilt. Add a statement describing a time when you felt guilty. Discuss with which character from the novel you most identify.
Quizlet practice on AP Exam vocabulary
Continue critical reading practice exercise

Friday, Dec. 2
Submit study guide work for Chapters 9-15
Vocabulary Quiz (25 words -- Barron's AP ELC Quizlet word bank)
Finish critical reading practice exercise, if necessary
Pre-reading for Chapts. 16-24

Monday, Dec. 5
Pop Quiz -- Scarlet Letter Chapts. 1-15
From Unit Four (Division, Reconciliation, and Expansion 1850-1914): external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png [[file/view/Gettysburg+Address+and+Letter+to+His+Son+critical+reading.docx|Gettysburg Address and Letter to His Son critical reading.docx]]
  • Read Background on Lincoln and Lee, p. 530
  • Read The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln, p. 532 and Letter to His Son, by Robert E. Lee, p. 535
  • Critical Reading Analysis/compare and contrast ideas, diction, audience
  • Multiple-choice quiz
  • Write a timed essay that analyzes and compares Lincoln's and Lee's use of language and rhetoric.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
Continue work on Lincoln and Lee critical reading
HW for Monday -- Memorize Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. You will recite it aloud for the class. It is 10 sentences long -- you will receive 10 points for each sentence that is recited from memory correctly.

Speaking of speeches ... Here's an opportunity to earn an extra credit TEST GRADE and a cash prize! Enter the 2012 Rotary Against Drugs Speech Contest. This contest is a way for students to educate their peers about the dangers of drugs. As part of the contest, you will present your speech to members of the student body and school staff. One winner from each high school will advance to the district contest. District winners will advance to a multi-district contest. District and multi-district winners will receive cash prizes.

Submit a written copy of your speech and present it to the student body for extra credit in this class. Written speeches are due and presentations to our class only will be held on Friday, January 6. Speeches will be presented to a panel of judges on a different date TBA. Details about the assignment are in the following document: external image pdf.png [[file/view/2012RAD-forSchools.pdf|2012RAD-forSchools.pdf]]

Wednesday, Dec. 7
Finish work on Lincoln and Lee readings

Thursday, Dec. 8
Scarlet Letter group work: Extending Your Response (p. 16). Write a one-paragraph response.
Vocabulary practice (Scarlet Letter) on Quizlet

Friday, Dec. 9
Submit study guide work for Chapters 16-24
Vocabulary Quiz (26 words from Scarlet Letter study guide)
Write a short paragraph describing your plan for your Scarlet Letter final product

Monday, Dec. 12
Recite Gettysburg Address from memory
AP Exam practice -- Barron's book, Practice Test A -- Essay question #2, p. 239 (40 minutes)

Tuesday, Dec. 13
AP Exam practice -- Multiple choice, p. 215 (1 hour)

Wednesday, Dec. 14
AP Exam practice -- Essay question #1, p. 232 (55 minutes)

Thursday, Dec. 15
AP Exam practice -- Essay question #3, p. 240 (40 minutes)

Scarlet Letter test review -- complete external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png [[file/view/Scarlet+Letter+Study+Guide+for+test.docx|Scarlet Letter Study Guide for test.docx]]
Submit study guide for test on Friday for 10 bonus points on the novel test.

Friday, December 16
Scarlet Letter novel test
Submit Scarlet Letter final product

Winter Break assignment -- due January 3, 2012:
  • Read and annotate your article. Number the paragraphs. Identify all elements of SOAPStone by circling, underlining, and taking notes in the margins.
  • Write an essay (2-3 typed pages, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, header with your name, title, date, class) analyzing the use of language and rhetoric in your article. Be sure to discuss how the language and rhetorical devices used help the author to achieve his purpose and/or tone. Provide evidence from the text to support your analysis, but be sure to have more analysis than you have references/quotes.
You will receive two grades: one for the annotations, and one for the essay. I will use the AP Exam Essay Rubric (p. 29 in Barron's book) to score the essay. Both will be test grades.

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20
Go over Scarlet Letter test
Score AP practice exams
Review annotating
Barron's AP exam vocabulary quiz (25 words) on Tuesday

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Submit annotated article and analysis essay.
Zora Neale Hurston reading for CLA project (from Dust Tracks on a Road, autobiography):
  • Read the passage in American Literature textbook, pp. 914-920
  • Complete reading comprehension quiz
We will be viewing clips from the film version of The Scarlet Letter each day over this week and next.

Wednesday, Jan. 4
CLA Project: Consider your own personal identity – who you are, your interests and character. Then, think about the community in which you spent most of your life: How has this community contributed to the person that you are? Using, create an account. Then, create journal entries to answer the following questions. You will submit your responses to me via email ( Each response should be a minimum of 200 words.
  • Entry #1: Use descriptive language to introduce yourself, your home, and your family.

Thursday, Jan. 5
Entry #2: What are your main interests and ambitions? What character traits distinguish you?

Friday, Jan. 6
Entry #3: Describe the community in which you live – the people, the landscape, businesses and schools, events, and the values.

Monday, Jan. 9
Entry #4: Name one individual from the community who has influenced your values or beliefs. Explain specifically how they have influenced you. How does this person (or any others you may want to mention) support and foster your interests and ambitions?

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Entry #5: Explore your future identity – where do you see yourself in 5, 10, and 20 years? Who and what will you need to reach these goals?
Collect textbooks
Take Classroom Survey

Wednesday, Jan. 11
Vocabulary Quiz (25 words -- Barron's AP ELC Quizlet word bank)
Read and evaluate external image pdf.png [[file/view/%E2%80%9CDave+Barry%E2%80%99s+Year+in+Review-+The+2011+Festival+of+Sleaze+-+The+Washington+Post%E2%80%9D.pdf|Dave Barry’s Year in Review- The 2011 Festival of Sleaze - The Washington Post”.pdf]]
  • Identify SOAPSTone
  • With a partner, summarize the "real" news stories in the months assigned to you and then explain how Barry uses sarcasm to make this news humorous. Identify any other rhetorical devices you notice.

Thursday, Jan. 12
Final Exam (for students not exempt)


Students will be divided into two groups. Groups will alternate attendance weekly during the first half of Tuesday’s Empower Hour. You are required to sign yourself up and attend in preparation for the AP Exam on Wednesday, May 16.

Group A

Group B

Jan. 31 (B)
Feb. 7 (A)
Feb. 14 (B)
Feb. 21 (A)
Feb. 28 (B)
March 6 (A)
March 13 (B)
March 20 (A)
March 27 (B)
April 3 (A)
April 17 (B)
April 24 (A)
May 1 (B)
May 8 (A)
May 15 (A&B)