What am I learning this week?
-This week we will be taking a break from our normal multiple choice practice to focus on the principles of argumentation. This learning standard is an important part of the AP exam, as it forms one of the free response essay questions you will face on the exam.
-I also would like to continue our individual grade conferences. In these conferences we will be discussing your grade, how many tutoring sessions you will need to attend to exempt the final exam, dates for these sessions, and the status of your AP exam payment. During your conference you will also use the PBL rubric to self-grade your Usher pamphlet.
-We will be discussing the essential characteristics of American modernism, as well as looking at the short story, “Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
-Finally, we’ll be setting aside time for you to finish your reading of Candace Millard’s Destiny of the Republic. After taking the final essay test on this, we will view and discuss the 1976 version of “The Great Gatsby” before going on Spring Break.
How am I learning this?
-In order to discuss the principles of argumentation, we will be doing micro-debates. The focus will be on the formalized and structured uses of claims, counterclaims, and evidence in an argument. As such, a moderator will be providing facilitation of claims and rebuttals.
-Concurrently, I will be holding individual grade conferences with you to determine a variety of requirements you will need prior to tutoring sessions, the mock test, and exempting the final. Further details for this can be found in the previous section.
-You will be taking Cornell-style on the direct instruction lecture on the characteristics of modernism. In order to illustrate these characteristics we’ll be viewing and discussing the 1976 version of “The Great Gatsby.”
How am I being assessed?
-Individual grade conferences (formative)
-Notes on modernism (formative)