Week 12: March 27th-31st

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)

-Micro-debates (formative)

-Notes on modernism (formative)

Week 11: March 20th-24th

What am I learning this week?

-This week’s activities are centered on test prep for the EOC, as well as completion of your parallel reading novel Destiny of the Republic.  You will be required to bring this novel to class each day this week.

-We will complete our tasks for our AP exam prep Monday as we work in the lab.  You will be doing reading passages 13 (which we skipped accidentally last week) and 16 for your AP multiple choice practice.

-We will be accessing USA Test Prep Monday as well to complete the small test version of the EOC practice test.

-You will be given two classes to complete reading of Destiny of the Republic.  You will be given a final essay test on this novel to complete with your reading.

-We will end this week with a critical screening of the 2005 documentary, Grizzly Man.  You will have a viewing guide to accompany the film.  I will be in HIP training this coming Thursday and Friday, so the substitute will administer this material.

How am I learning this?

-We will be in the lab to complete AP and EOC test prep.  You will be using the usual reading passages from the green trimmer workbook for your AP practice, and use the lab computers to complete the USA Test Prep activities.

-You will be given two class blocks to complete reading of Destiny of the Republic.  The final essay test prompt will be provided to you in order to complete as you read Part Four of this parallel reading novel.

-You will be provided a viewing guide to complete as we screen the 2005 documentary Grizzly Man.  The substitute will administer the assessment for this documentary.

How am I being assessed?

-AP and EOC Test Prep (formative)

Destiny of the Republic essay test (summative)

Grizzly Man viewing guide and assessment (summative)

Today’s Lab Work

Please respond to all assessment questions on your blog.  Label each response.

  1. William Root Assessment– Describe at least FIVE things you learned about early 19th century life as a result of Friday’s field trip.
  2. The Life and Death of Edgar Allen Poe Assessment– Please choose TEN questions from the following assessment.  Copy and paste the question to appear before your responses. Edgar Allan Poe Biography Quiz
  3. Register and pay for your AP Exam– Go to the following link to register and pay for your AP exam.  If you cannot pay today the very latest you can pay for this exam is by next Wednesday. Total Registration-Pebblebrook
  4. Preview Transcendentalism– Read the following excerpt from Walden.  Be sure to record your answers to the assessment (upper right hand tab) on your own blog.  Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
  5. In order to complete the project for the “Usher House For Sale” (due at the beginning of class this Wednesday) you will need a copy of the short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”  You can find the entirety of the text at the former link.

Week 10: March 13th-17th

What am I learning this week?

-We will be starting the week with further multiple choice practice for the AP exam.  This week we will be reflecting on the last two readings and doing passages 13 and 14.

Related to our recent field trip to the William Root House and Garden Museum, I would like to assess your understanding of early 19th century life before continuing our discussion of this fascinating literary era.

-We will be having micro-seminars based on your recent writing responses to part three of Candace Millard’s Destiny of the Republic.

-We will be looking at the essential characteristics of transcendentalism and the earliest examples of American ecological writing by looking at primary documents from Ralph Waldo Emerson (“Self-Reliance” and “Nature”), Henry David Thoreau (“Civil Disobedience” and an excerpt from Walden), Annie Dillard (chapter from A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), and Rachel Carson (excerpt from Silent Spring).

-If weather permits, we will be taking a nature hike to the green spaces on campus.  This walk will end with microcosmic descriptive writing pieces that will serve as a foundation for a whole class discussion.

-Finally, we will begin a critical screening and discussion of the Sean Penn directed film “Into the Wild.”

How will I be learning this?

-Our multiple choice practice will follow our weekly ritual.  You will be given 30 minutes to complete passages 13 and 14.  When you finish you will write a reflection based on your performance on last week’s practice set.

-I will be providing you with a blueprint of the Root house for an assessment of the field trip learning objectives.  You will identify three objects you found in three of the five stations you went through during your visit.  Your observations, what you learned about the object, and any questions you still have about anything you saw will be expressed in this assessment.

-You will be taking notes from my lecture on the literary importance, and essential characteristics, of the New England Renaissance.  We will be exploring early ecological writing starting with an excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.  You will be working collaboratively on a critical and rhetorical analysis of your group’s choice of the remaining primary documents.

-We will be discussing the microcosmic writing encapsulated in Thoreau’s work before going on the campus nature walk.  You will be pre-writing your opinion on the relevance of nature in our contemporary world before beginning this walk.

-You will be returning from your walk with a leaf from any of the trees or shrubs in the campus green space.  Using the provided taxonomy key, you will identify your samples and fill out the accompanying worksheet.  This will be the cover sheet for the microcosmic writing you will complete for this project.

-If time remains in the week we will begin a critical and discussion of the film “Into the Wild.”  We will be doing a concurrent seminar with this screening.

How am I being assessed?

-AP multiple choice practice reading passages 13 and 14 (formative)

-William Root assessment (summative)

-Taxonomy and Microcosmic writing (summative)



Week 9: March 6th-10th

What am I learning this week?

-This week we will begin with a reading assessment of Part Two of Destiny of the Republic. We will be completing this parallel reading novel by March 17th.

-We will continue our discussion of early American romanticism, as illustrated by the exemplar Washington Irving story, “The Devil and Tom Walker.”

-You will be taking notes on, ad discussing as a class, the essential characteristics of dark romanticism.  This includes the literary mystery concerning the death of Edgar Allen Poe, as well as more glimpses into 19th century American life.

-We will be reading “The Fall of the House of Usher” over a class and a half.  Our seminar this day will consist in making connections between Poe’s work and the paradigm of the anti-transcendentalists. The directions for the “Usher House: For Sale” project will be given this day.

-If we have time by the week’s concluding activity, we will be given notes from direct lecture on the essential characteristics of American transcendentalism and “the flowering of New England.”

-If all has gone according to plan, we will conclude the week by taking an all-day field trip to the Dr. William Root House and Garden Museum.  The docents there have an interesting day planned, and you will be gathering specific information on realty prices and 19th century American living to be used in the Usher project.

How am I learning this?

-You will be assessed on Part Two of Destiny of the Republic.  Immediately following collection of test papers I will review the test with the class to ensure mastery of targeted learning standards.

-You will be taking Cornell-style notes from a direct lecture on the day-to-day living in early 19th century America, characteristics of dark romanticism, and the theories behind the death of Edgar Allen Poe.  This class will end with short narrative writing and an in-class publication exercise.

-After reading and discussing “The Fall of the House of Usher,” you will be given the directions, materials list, and grading rubric for the unit project, “Usher House: For Sale.”  I have altered key components of this project to not only coincide with our field trip, but to give you a better understanding of American life in this literary time period.\

-Your second note-taking session of the week will result from a direct instruction lecture on the characteristics and beliefs of the American transcendentalists.

-You will have self-directed and individualized tasks to complete during the field trip to the Dr. William Root House in Marietta.  It should be a fun, but intellectually active day for you as well. 🙂

How am I being assessed?

Destiny of the Republic Part Two reading test (summative)

-Closer: narrative writing (formative)

-“Usher House: For Sale” unit project (summative)

-Dr. William Root handout (formative)