Monday’s Class Preview and EOC Study Guide Resources

RsOn Monday we will briefly use the lab to answer eight additional Milestones questions using the iRespond app.  Careful attention to this will allow me to further plan review activities this week to prepare you for the American literature EOC.  As your grade on this assessment constitutes 20% of your final grade in this class, I am sure you will give me your best focus.

This activity will take the place of our normal AP exam preparation, and will count as part of our scheduled common assessment.  Later this week we will complete two extended responses from the Milestones study guide that will complete this grade.

After further consideration and in order to keep us on schedule this week, I have decided to extend the House for Sale PBL deadline to Tuesday.  We will be spending the rest of class Monday working on this project, completing readings of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” assigned chapters (finish part one, ch. 1-5), or your parallel reading book.  I will meet with anyone that wants help, live feedback, or advice on their pamphlets.

As this will be a week of accelerated instruction, with a focus on the EOC, I wanted to be sure to provide you with the necessary resources you can use to prepare for this important assessment.  Below is the list of study guides you can use.  Specific readings and activities will be assigned after I assess the latest common assessment data.

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  2. milestones-ii-hard-copy

Important Reminders/Resources:

-Turn in your signed AP contract as soon as possible.  I need to turn these in by the end of the week so an EXACT number of tests can be ordered.

-I am trying to schedule a time in which Mrs. Pothel can come in this week and help you all with your AP exam questions.  We will also take advantage of her expertise in using Total Registration to get you registered for the exams you will be taking in May.

-Assessments for the Poe story and assigned chapters of Destiny of the Republic will be given Tuesday.  Be sure to use this Quizlet study set to aid with any vocabulary issues you may have with the Poe story.

-I am designing and planning a creative response project for your parallel reading novel.  Keep reading it.

-Tutoring continues this week.  See me any morning, or Ms. Antonaucci in room 238 on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.  She will specifically help you with the rhetorical analysis free response questions this week.  Transportation is provided after these sessions.

-Still don’t have your copy of the book?  Here you go.

-The Quizlet for Destiny of the Republic can be found here.

Week 12: October 24th-28th

What am I learning this week?

-You will continue our routine timed multiple choice practice by completing AP-level questions from nonfiction selections of short passages Mark Twain and Drew Margary

-As an addition to our normal AP Test Prep Monday, we will begin including mini-essays of the three free response questions you will be facing on the exam.  To get a feel for your ability to argue logically, you will respond to a College Board writing prompt.

-You will present the “Previously on…American Literature” review performances we began last week.

-We will begin our discussion of American Romanticism, with a special focus on the short stories written by  Washington Irving (“The Devil and Tom Walker” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”)

-We will be discussing the major beliefs of the Dark Romantics, especially Edgar Allen Poe.  This seasonal author will be celebrated by your response to House of Usher Real Estate Pamphlet” project

How am I learning this?  

-Our prose passages for our weekly multiple choice practice will come from the College Board Green Trimmer workbook. As usual, you will record the correct answers on the original, as well as chart your progress.  These documents should be retained in your AP binder.

-We will be spending the remainder of our Test Prep Monday by discussing your mini-responses to the AP writing prompt. Our discussion will focus on how you argue, and not what you argue.

-After some last-minute rehearsals, you will be presenting your “Previously On…American Literature” projects.  Our focus is on reviewing the ideas explored in American Literature up to 1800, but I will be rushing us to complete this activity in one class.

-After reading “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” we will be conducting a Socratic Seminar on the work of Washington Irving and the characteristics of early romanticism.

-We will be discussing the strange and terrible life of Edgar Allen Poe to close out the week.  You’ll take notes in a review foldable booklet as we discuss Poe’s life and mysterious death.  We will focus on some of the theories concerning his death.

-We will cap this celebration of Poe with my own dramatic reading of “The Raven” before we do popcorn readings of “The Fall of the House of Usher”

-Finally, we will begin the Usher Real Estate Pamphlet” project, which is due on Halloween Monday.

How am I being assessed?

-Multiple Choice practice- readings 8 & 9 (formative)

-Mini-argument paragraphs (formative)

-“Previously On…American Literature” presentations (summative)

-Socratic Seminar participation (formative)

 

e discussing the strange and terrible life of Edgar Allen Poe to close out the week.  You’ll take notes in a review foldable booklet as we discuss Poe’s life and mysterious death.  We will focus on some of the theories concerning his death.

-We will cap this celebration of Poe with my own dramatic reading of “The Raven” before we do popcorn readings of “The Fall of the House of Usher”

-Finally, we will begin the Usher Real Estate Pamphlet” project, which is due on Halloween Monday.-“Usher Real Estate Pamphlet” project (summative)

Week 11: October 17th-21st

What am I learning this week?

-We will continue practicing the AP Language multiple choice section of the AP exam.  We will have Mrs. Pothel as a guest speaker as well to reinforce some of the test-taking strategies we have discussed so far this semester.

-We will continue our discussion of American Romanticism as well by exploring the primary documents of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”

-We will explore the philosophical ideas of the Transcendentalists by analyzing some of their essential quotes, as well as the life and death of Christopher McCandless from the movie “Into the Wild”

-We will explore the principles of argumentation and begin the first argument practice essay as we discuss modernity versus the need for some to lead a simplistic and Spartan existence

How am I learning it?

-We will be doing a sixth reading for the AP multiple choice practice.  As has become our routine, you will also be charting your progress on both the MC log and the bar graph log from your AP binder.

-We will be doing a jigsaw reading and analysis share-out on butcher paper using the primary documents of Emerson, Thoreau, and King.

-We will begin viewing and discussing the movie “Into the Wild”

-As part of our first foray into argumentation we will take and discuss notes on the the Transcendentalists before taking the first practice and timed argument essay

How am I being assessed?

-AP multiple choice practice (formative)

-Jigsaw reading and Four Corners share-out (formative)

-“Into the Wild” part one review quiz (formative)

-Transcendentalist practice and timed argument essay (formative)

Week 10: October 10th-14th

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will be exploring a new unit as we move into a study of American Romanticism (1800-1850)

-We will be continuing our discussion of the principles of argumentation as we explore the four main rhetorical appeals

-We will also identify, in order to avoid, logical fallacies and how common fallacies can destroy a good argument

-We will continue our AP multiple choice practice by charting progress and reflecting on mistake patterns

-We will practice the first argument essay by focusing on the author’s purpose of your parallel reading novel

How am I learning this?

-We will be doing a Carousel Walk activity in order to complete close and unit notes on the essential characteristics of American Romanticism

-We will have a whole class discussion on the principles of argumentation.  The focus will be on contemporary advertising, SNL satirical commercials, junk mail, and colonial architecture as persuasive texts.

-We will be practicing multiple choice strategies with Reading 6.  You will also update your multiple choice progress in your binder log.

-We will be taking notes on logical fallacies and I will be showing you a short video that illustrates each of the major fallacies.

-After spending part of the week honing the writing prompt you began last week, you will write your first timed practice argumentative essay

How am I being assessed?

-Cloze notes (formative)

-Alternative media reflection paragraphs (formative)

-Reading 6- MC Practice (formative)

-Practice Argumentative Essay (formative)

Week 9: October 3rd-7th

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will begin a new unit as we start discussing Romanticism.  But first you will be taking the unit pretest.

-For my own data you will also be taking the American Literature Benchmark I assessment using the iRespond technology.

-We will be examining the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and an excerpt from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

-We will be looking at the principles of argumentation, including the essential components of a good argument (thesis statement, sophisticated transitions, counterclaims, and the call to action)

-We will continue multiple choice practice in preparation for the tutoring opportunities offered this week.

-We will be writing effective introductions to argument essays

How am I learning this?

-Using the informational posters we made at the beginning of the semester you will be taking boxed notes on American Romanticism.  These will be supplemented by Cornell-style notes from direct instruction.

-Using a combination of the CTLS and iRespond remotes, you will be taking the American Literature Benchmark I.

-We will be doing a Jigsaw Swap activity with the primary documents “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, and connecting these ideas to an excerpt from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

-You will be completing the fifth multiple choice practice from the green trimmer book we have been using.  As always, answers will be provided afterwards so you can chart your progress on the multiple choice practice logs in your student binders.

-We will be taking notes on, and discussing the principles of argumentation and practice writing effective introductions for the argument essay.

-To end the week you will be writing the first practice argument essay.  The prompt will be tailored to the parallel reading book, of which you should have read half of by this point.

How am I being assessed?

-Cornell-style notes (formative)

-American Literature Benchmark I (formative)

-Jigsaw Swap activity (formative)

-Multiple Choice Practice- reading 5 (formative)

-Argument introduction (formative)

-Practice Argument Essay #1 (formative)