Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wed/ Thur 9/28-9/29

DWA District Wide Assessment Essay. Meaning every 11th grader takes the assessment. Timed- In class essay. If absent you MUST make this up with me before this Friday! :) If you are unable to do so due to extended absence, please email me. 

Monday and Tuesday 9/26-9/27

There was a sub as I was out sick. Students were expected to:

  • Complete the practice multiple choice packet (answers will be provided Fri/Mon)
  • Read, annotate, and write rhetorical precis on the historical document "Discourse of Western Planting."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday 9/22 and Friday 9/23

Thursday 9/22 and Friday 9/23


  • Turn in "Article of the Week" worksheet and attached annotated article.
  • Finish analysis and discussion of the painting "Boy with a flying squirrel."
  • Masterwork Art Analysis group activity: Trade 2x. Spent 5 minutes just looking at the piece then 5 minutes writing an analysis of what you saw and thought.
  • Watched portions of the following video in which a person rhetorically analyzes the music video, "Stressed Out" by 21Pilots. 
  • Went over Music Video Rhetorical Analysis assignment and how to submit it online using Google Classroom. (see instructions below)

Class Prep Work:

Complete Music Video Rhetorical Analysis  Assignment on Google Classroom

Google Classroom Instructions:

  1. Type in Google Classroom through Google web browser.
  2. Sign in using school provided Google account.
  3. Click the little plus sign on the far right-hand corner. (see pic)
  4. Enter in class code which is: ybiqsh
  5. Then click on the Music Video Analysis Assignment.
  6. Read the first document for ideas on things to consider while analyzing video.
  7. Fill in your responses on the second attached document. 
  8. Click the TURN IN button usually located in the top right hand corner of screen when done.
Note: You can complete this from your phones but I highly recommend that you use a computer as sometimes Google Classroom can have difficulties with certain phones.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday 9/20 and WED 9/21

Tuesday 9/20 and WED 9/21


Purpose: Keeping up on current events helps develop your "memory" or background knowledge. Many AP style prompts (especially argument and synthesis) will ask you to consider your background knowledge and experience. We do activities like this one to help you develop your "memory." I also recommend that you watch and read news articles daily to further develop your memories.

  • Visual Analysis Practice + FIELD TRIP to staff/alumni art show on campus.
    • We practiced analyzing a work of art entitled "Boy with Flying Squirrel."
    • Then we went to the art gallery and students choose a work of art to analyze.
      • Around half page min.
      • Be sure to take note of the details and what they might mean.

If absent for this activity please click this link and complete an analysis for "Boy with Flying Squirrel." To complete an analysis of visuals you need to consider writing about the following:
  • What shapes, colors, lines, and other details do you notice?
  • Are there any patterns?
  • What do you think these details mean?
  • What message is the artist trying to send?
  • How does the art make you feel? What makes you feel that way?
  • and more...
Class Prep Work:
  • Finish art analysis activity.
  • Search for and print out one copy of a masterwork piece of art or photography. Something that is museum quality. Color or black and white is fine though if you have the ability to print in color please do! :) 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday 9/16 and Monday 9/19

Friday 9/16 and Monday 9/19


  • Finish peer review
  • Writer's Reflection:
    • Answer #10 on peer review sheet.
    • Self score and support score with language from rubric. It's okay to have same or different score than reviewer.
  • Discuss rhetoric in "A Model of Christian Charity" 
    • (given to you by Mrs. Koda)
  • Discuss "The Ugly Truth about Beauty"
  • Handout Rhetorical Precis Instructions Sheet 

Class Prep Work:
  • Write a rhetorical precis for "A Model of Christian Charity."
  • Find and print out 2 copies of a current events article (1-2 pages, you may want to copy and paste the article onto a google doc or word doc, take out the photos, in order to fit.)
  • Annotate one of the copies.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday 9/13

Tuesday 9/13


The Arch Method Essay Prep Activity

Timed Write of the 2006 Rhetorical Analysis Question (Jennifer Price/Pink Flamingos)
45 min in class.

Class Prep Work:

Finish assignment from Friday's class.
See previous post for more information.

Friday 9/9 for Cohort RatDawgs

Friday 9/9

Cohort Ratdawgs had a sub this day due to my sudden illness. 

Read and annotate the two rhetorical analysis prompts and create one (T)AXES paragraph for each.

DUE Thursday 9/15

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday 9/8 & Friday 9/9

Thursday 9/8 & Friday 9/9


  • Extra time to go over multiple choice answers.
  • Introduction to the Arch Method 
  • Re-read the 2006 AP Free Response about "Plastic Pink Flamingos"
  • Arch Method Activity:
    • Task 1:Write words or phrases that express what you believe Price’s views of U.S Culture is.
    • Task 2: Find strategies or devices that she uses to express her views.
  • Class discussion about each task.
  • Table Group discussion about Sample Essay Scores.
    • Come to an agreement about the scores as a table.
    • Share with class.
    • Compare with real scores.
    • Listen to explanation of scores.
Class Prep Work:
Use the work we did in class to help you craft a thesis statement for your essay addressing the 2006 prompt. Find evidence in the text to support your thesis. Be prepared for in class essay next class.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday 9/6 & WED 9/7

Tuesday 9/6 & WED 9/7


  • Stamped CPW (class prep work or homework)-Read and annotate the 2006 AP Free Response (on flamingos)
  • Multiple Choice Diagnostic Test (not graded)
    • Practiced the full time of the AP multiple choice section. We will save the results and compare them with your results after a similar practice test at the end of the course. 
    • Note: Normally when we practice multiple choice in class it will only be one prompt at a time. 
  • Scored practice tests
  • Reviewed reasons for incorrect responses using the detailed answer key. Made notes on answer sheet about how to avoid these mistakes in the future. 
Class Prep Work/HW
  • Finish reviewing your answers.
  • Read and Score the 3 Sample Student Essays using the provided rubric. (No digital copies at moment)
    • Be prepared to defend your scores!


Image result for no school daysMonday 6/5 NO SCHOOL LABOR DAY

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thursday/Friday 9/1 &9/2

Stamped Essays
-Peer Share
-Wrote two things they did well, and two suggestions for improvement.
-Received Power Verbs Handout and reviewed the verbs used in your essay. Added possible replacement verbs. (For the purpose of building your "go to" action verb vocabulary in order to avoid being repetitive or simplistic.)

-Went over syllabus
(NOTE: When you click the link a prompt should appear and you need to log in using your school provided google account and not a personal account. I must do this with some documents to protect copyright.)

-Intro to Rhetorical Analysis
-Go over Rhetorical Triangle handout (sorry no digital copy yet!)
-Students drew rhetorical triangle (see image below)

Class Prep Work/HW

-Read/Annotate for:
-Rhetorical devices, literary devices, or strategies used by the author. (Identify and explain what they do for the passage/ what affect do they have?)
-Meaningful notes in the margins, highlights and/ underlines of significant words or phrases.

Looking for a "Mind at Work" :)

Especially take note of tone, allusions, diction (word choice), syntax (sentence structure) and alliteration.

Be prepared to discuss.