Week 5: January 30th-February 3rd

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will start with the routine multiple choice practice passage.  This is the third passage, so we will use the MC Practice log as a basis for our reflection on your progress with this skill.

-We may have a guest speaker, Mrs. Pothel, in to speak specifically to the strategies you may employ to succeed in this portion of the AP exam.

-We’ll also be exploring the final primary documents of the Rational Era unit before beginning the Revolutionary Flag project that serves as the final performance assessment for this unit.

-You will post the significance of your flag design on your student blog.  We will look at exemplars of this before viewing and discussing episodes 1-3 of the mini-series John Adams.

-We will use this week’s rhetorical devices, and the provided tone words handout to construct a rhetorical analysis essay based on one monologue from the mini-series.

-Finally, we will look at study guide resources for the unit 2 test.  This test will be given on Monday.

How am I learning this?

-For the third multiple choice reading passage we’ll be looking at David Foster Wallace’s “Introduction to the Best American Essays 2007” from the green trimmer workbook.  We will correct in-class, record progress in the practice log, and reflect on at least three incorrect answers.

-We will either look at a PowerPoint presentation or have Ms. Pothel in to discuss and take notes on strategies for the multiple choice section of the AP exam.

-We will be doing a rhetorical analysis, together, of an excerpt from the inauguration speech of President John Adams.

-We will view and discuss episodes 1-3 of the mini-series John Adams.  This will provide context for the rhetorical analysis essay we will begin tomorrow.

-Using the study set of rhetorical devices and the tone words handout, you will be writing the rough draft of the assigned rhetorical analysis essay and sending it to your personal tutor on tutor.com, along with AP grading rubric.  Final drafts should be posted to your blog by 5:00 PM next Tuesday.

-Finally, we will explore the study resources on the class blog, Quizlet, and USA TestPrep to prepare for the unit test this coming Monday.

How am I being assessed?

-Multiple choice practice #3 (formative)

-Revolutionary Flag (summative)

-Rhetorical analysis essay #2 (formative)

Argument Essay Prompt



When you are done with the multiple choice portion of the common assessment use the writing prompt below to shape your written response.  Type your response as a Word document, save it under your lunch number, email it to yourself, and submit the rough draft to your tutor.com tutor.  Please cut and paste the prompt AND the grading rubric into the space provided for the assignment directions on tutor.com.  Final drafts need to be posted to your student blog NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 1st.


In 1891, Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) observed, “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue.  It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

Wilde claims disobedience is a valuable human trait and that it promotes social progress.  Write an essay that argues your position on the extent to which Wilde’s claims are valid.  Use appropriate examples from your reading, experience, or observations to support your argument.

GRADING RUBRIC: You will have to click the link below, save it under your number or email it to yourself, and submit it separately to your tutor as a document upload.


  Displays many errors that compromise understanding of writing

  Uneven development in which grammar hinders the understanding of the topic

  Displays glaring errors that seriously compromise understanding of entire piece.

  Inconsistent, if not any, control over the elements of writing




Week 4: January 23rd-27th

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will begin our next steps in our preparation for the AP exam, as well as the EOC.  Before we start with additional practice and a new reading passage and multiple choice selection, we will be doing a short reflection on incorrect answers from the first practice session.  We will also begin the process of charting progress with the MC Practice Log.

-I’d like to spend a bit of time discussing an overview of the AP exam, discuss the AP contract, final exam exemption requirements, and maybe begin the registration process.

-We will finally be taking the CTLS Common Assessment pretest at some point this week, given whatever I can work out for lab availability.

-We will begin a new unit of study this week, The Rational Era.  We’ll start looking at the historical and inspirational antecedents behind the founding documents.

-By exploring the rhetorical strategies employed in the primary documents of “The Declaration of Independence” and “Speech in the Virginia Convention,” we’ll take our first step towards our first rhetorical analysis.

-We’ll work on rough drafts of this first AP free response task at the end of the week.  Using Tutor.com, you’ll submit this rough draft to your individual writing tutor before posting a final draft to your blog by the end of the weekend.

How am I learning this?

-We will start the week by looking at the first multiple choice selection that you completed last week.  Your task will be to reflect on any three incorrect answers, and write a rationale for the indicated correct answer.  You will also receive the MC Practice Log handout to begin tracing your progress for the MC portion of the AP exam.

-We’ll be practicing AP multiple choice with our second reading passage, adapted from Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.  This will be collected for a formative assessment.

-As we move towards the task I have planned for you at the end of the week, our first rhetorical analysis essay, we need some historical context.  You will partner up for a collaborative KWL chart that you’ll use for your individual notes as we begin discussion of the Rational Era.

-We’ll spend the beginning quarter of a class discussing rhetorical annotations before annotating The Declaration of Independence as a class.  Your homework at the conclusion of class will be to annotate and discuss “Speech in the Virginia Convention.”  We’ll review these annotations before beginning episodes 1-3 of the mini-series “John Adams.”

-We will spend the first third of Friday’s class using our lab time to do the CTLS Common Assessment.

-At the end of this week we will use the reserved lab time to complete rough drafts of the first rhetorical analysis essay.  I will be posting the writing prompt and task to this blog for that day.  You will send your rough draft to your individual tutor through tutor.com before posting the final draft to your blog by the end of the weekend.

-If time permits, I will be providing you a link to an overview of the AP exam, final exam exemption requirements, the AP contract, and registration procedures.

How am I being assessed?

-MC Practice #2 (formative)

-KWL Chart (formative)

-Primary document annotations (formative)

-CTLS Common Assessment (formative pre-test)

-Rhetorical Analysis Essay #1 (formative)


Unit 1 Essay Test-Tutor.com

Open a Word document and construct a well-developed, five-paragraph essay in which you answer the following writing prompt:

WRITING PROMPT: Choose ONE character from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.  Rewrite the ending of the play in which the character you chose experiences a different fate than the one he or she experiences in the play.  How does this change the overall theme of redemption Miller is expressing? 

Save your rough draft under your lunch number on the shared drive.  Name the file your first and last name.

We will be piloting Tutor.com today in order to get quick feedback for the written portion of your unit test.

2. Consult the following guide before you begin:


3.  Log into Tutor.com.  Remember, your user name is your lunch # and your password is falcons2017

4. Once you are logged in, click “Document Review” at the top of the page.

5. From the first prompt, select your grade level.

6. In response to the second prompt (“what is the topic of your paper?”) cut and paste the following statement- I am rewriting the ending of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible by changing the fate of one of the main characters.  This ending should reflect a variation on Arthur’s theme of redemption.

7. Select “ready to turn it in” for the next prompt.

8. Cut and paste the following statements into the prompt asking for the assignment directions: WRITING PROMPT: Choose ONE character from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.  Rewrite the ending of the play in which the character you chose experiences a different fate than the one he or she experiences in the play.  How does this change the overall theme of redemption Miller is expressing? 

9. Leave the prompt about citations blank.

10. Upload your draft from the student drive and hit SUBMIT!!!!

11.  All of the above tasks have to be completed by the end of class.

NOTE: Your personal tutor will provide you with feedback for this piece within 24 hours.  You will revise this draft according to this feedback and publish your final draft to your student blog (use the title, “Crucible Ending Rewrite” for your post) no later than 5:00 PM Tuesday evening.



Additional Unit 1 Test Study Resources

-Be sure to consult the notes we took in class on the Puritans, as well as the study sets available on Quizlet.

-This is an interesting Newsweek article on the differences between Pilgrims and Puritans.  There are a few questions on the assessment that address these differences.

-Here is an excerpt from the 1741 sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Puritan minister, Jonathan Edwards.  I am also including an excerpt from fellow Puritan John Winthrop’s “City Upon a Hill” sermon.  After reading both ask yourself what these sermons say about the character of the typical Puritan.  What do they value and how does this inform their communal morality?

For additional information about these sermons, consult this article on “Sinners” and this one on “City.”  Ask yourself how the Puritan’s literal interpretation of the Bible is illustrated in both sermons, as well as how both sermons show the Puritans’ belief that it was their destiny to create a morally perfect society.

-Here is an image I will be asking you to analyze.  Think about how this drawing of a Puritan village illustrates their xenophobia:


-Here is a map of Salem village.  I’ll be asking you questions about the demographics of Salem and how they relate to this map.


-Finally, consider the themes explored in The Crucible.  I’ll be asking you to analyze the image below and connecting it to what you think is one of the underlying messages explored in the play.


Consider the following prompt for the essay portion. (We’ll be writing this under 60 minutes during Friday’s class):

Narrative Response

Choose ONE character from the bank below.  Rewrite the ending of the play in which the character you chose experiences a different fate than the one he or she experiences in the play.  How does this change the overall theme of redemption Miller is expressing?  Answer this question narratively in your response, which should be a minimum of three to four paragraphs.