What am I learning this week?
-This week we will be discussing the rhetorical analysis essay as it will appear on the AP exam. Related skills involve using tone to create statements about diction and how to identify rhetorical strategies.
-As always on test prep Mondays, you will also complete two reading passages for multiple choice practice. This will be a collaborative response and you will team with another group to discuss incorrect answers.
-We will also be looking at the characteristics of early American romanticism, and how the work of Washington Irving encapsulates this group.
-We will begin discussing the emergence of the American Hero through collaborative writing exercises. This will lead to our focus on James Fenimore Cooper’s portrayal of the earliest American hero, Nathaniel Poe.
-We will conduct a critical screening, and follow up evaluation of Michael Mann’s film adaptation of Last of the Mohicans.
-You will be assessed on the early romantics, parallel reading of Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the film with a written assessment at the end of the week.
How am I learning this?
-You will choose a collaborative learning partner to complete two reading passages for multiple choice practice exercises to start the week. After the thirty minutes you will team with another collaborative pair to discuss incorrect answers.
-You will be provided with the handouts relating to tone,diction, and a comprehensive list of rhetorical devices. Using the guide provided by Mrs. Pothel, we will be annotating and highlighting areas of importance related to the rhetorical analysis essay.
-You will be given a sample text on the front board. Using sticky notes you will practice writing diction statements as one possible approach to a rhetorical analysis. We will discuss the responses to this before you are provided with three other passages from the green trimmer book. Using the handouts, you will annotate your copies as a prewriting activity.
-You will be given thirty minutes to complete a draft of your rhetorical analysis and to submit it to tutor.com. Final drafts will be posted to your blog by 7:00 PM Wednesday. You are being given time to consult the feedback you should receive from your private tutor.
-You will be taking notes from a direct instruction lecture on the characteristics of early romanticism. We will begin reading and discussing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the remainder will be assigned for parallel reading.
-Before we finish the week with a discussion of the emergence of the American Hero, as well as beginning our critical screening of The Last of the Mohicans, you will be taking a reading test on your assigned chapters of Destiny of the Republic.
How am I being assessed?
-Collaborative multiple choice practice (formative)
-rhetorical analysis essay (formative)
-Three sample tone and diction statements (formative)
–Destiny of the Republic reading test (summative)