It is going to be a short week with the Labor Day weekend, but we have a lot (two words) to accomplish.
What are we learning this week?
–You’ll be starting a new unit this week on the Rational Era. As this era has the Revolutionary War and associated literature as its focus we will be looking at many historical documents, including revolutionary speeches and flag designs, through the prism of the people who shaped our country.
-First we will continue our AP exam test prep by writing the second rhetorical analysis essay. Tuesday you will be turning in the 500 word passage you chose from your parallel reading book. You’ll be given forty minutes to complete your essay on your blog.
-We’ll begin the unit on Rationalism by looking closer at the legacy of John, Abigail, and John Quincy Adams.
-Finally, you will write your last rhetorical analysis essay based on a letter from Abigail Adams to her son, John Quincy Adams. This was the actual rhetorical analysis essay question from the 2014 AP Language exam.
How are we learning it?
-You’ll be using the chosen passage from your parallel reading book as your source text for the rhetorical analysis essay you will be writing Tuesday. As these will be posted to your blog, you will receive digital feedback on this assignment. Feedback will be provided from the actual rubric AP readers use to grade your exam essays. Remember to bring re-written essays to any tutoring session next week if you need to remediate these learning standards.
-You will be annotating and discussing the article on John Adams from The American Presidents by David C. Whitney
-We’ll be discussing the Adams family “by the numbers” with a note-taking session.
-We’ll be looking at the first episode from the HBO mini-series John Adams entitled “Join or Die”
-You’ll finish the week by participating in a Socratic Seminar on “Join or Die.”
How am I being assessed?
-second rhetorical analysis essay practice (formative)
-John Adams article annotation (formative)
-“Join or Die” quiz (formative)
-“Join or Die” Socratic Seminar (formative)