Diamond BarHigh School

Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)  – Mon, May 28                 Finals Schedule (periods 0,3,6)   – May 29Finals Schedule (periods 0,3,6)   – May 29                 Minimum Day Schedule  – Wed, May 30 & 31                 Last Day of School/Commencement  – Thurs, May 31                 Summer School  – June 11 - July 20

Assignments

A.P. Language & Composition

Instructor
Denise Mesdjian
Term
2017-2018
Department
English, Career Education and the Arts (ECEA)
Description

Welcome to English 3 A.P. Language and Composition, formerly known as A.P. Rhetoric. In this class, you will learn the art of dissecting a speaker's/writer's words through careful analysis. We will read a variety of non-fiction texts, beginning with 1 novel and several selected essays over the summer. Be prepared to enter this class in the Fall having carefully read the summer texts. Your participation in class discussions and PowerPoint presentations is vital. You will also be expected to learn a number of rhetorical terms in order to discuss what tools authors utilize to sway an audience or to get a point across. In addition to dissecting texts, you'll be asked to develop your own writer's voice through book critiques and three types of writing: synthesis, argumentation, and analysis. After taking this class, you'll be so used to scrutinizing authors' words that you'll never look at a piece of writing in a cursory way again.

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Complete one page of writing for each of the UC writing prompts. Bring your notebook and stamp sheet to class on the day of your final. Bring your bathroom passes for extra credit.

Past Assignments

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If you missed class on Thursday or Friday, you will need to make up the following prompts. Please answer these in your notebook--one page each.

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Review for your AP Lang and Comp test. Look at (but don't spend time memorizing) the rhetorical terms, review past tests/quizzes, review past essays, look at your quotation collection, look at your list of tone/mood words, and do practice tests on College Board. Get a good night's sleep Monday and Tuesday night before the test. You will need to be well-rested and sharp on test day. Metaphors be with you!

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Spring Semester Extra Credit
Write a critique for The Little Mermaid (only if you haven't already done another Spring Semester Extra Credit assignment).
See directions on the Extra Credit Play Critique tab on the main page of my website.

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Finish reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (chapters 35-43). You will be tested on the novel on Friday, May 4th.

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Working with your table group, create a presentation to explain your assigned piece in the Wit/Humor/Satire unit. Your group will present the following piece on the following day:
Table 1 - "Letter to William Dean Howells" by Samuel Clemens on Monday, April 30
Table 2 - "Letter to the Honorable Ed Foreman" by J.B. Lee, Jr. on Monday, April 30
Table 3 - "Letter of Recommendation" by Benjamin Franklin on Tuesday, May 1
Table 4 - "Letter to Gas Company" by E.B. White on Tuesday, May 1
Table 5 - "Letter to Warner Brothers" by Groucho Marx on Wednesday, May 2
Table 6 - "Breaking the Hungry Teen Code" by Ellen Goodman on Wednesday, May 2
Table 7 - "Advice to Youth" by Samuel Clemens on Thursday, May 3
Table 8 - "A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick" by Jonathan Swift on Thursday, May 3

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Read chapters 26-34 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also--please print out the attached packet on Wit/Humor/Satire. We will be using this in class for a group project.

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Read Huck Finn chapters 19-25 (pgs. 138-200).

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Read chapters 1-18 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Please bring your book to class for review activities the week of April 9-13. (Remember, that's SBAC testing week for you juniors.)

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Career Exploration Research Paper Rough Draft. Please follow the directions attached. You will need to print out a paper copy of your research paper and you will also need to submit a digital copy to Turnitin.com. You may check your paper against the research paper rubric which I will be using to grade your final draft.

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Continue your Career Exploration Research Paper by completing a page on what you need to do to get from here to there. In other words, what do you need to do to get from Diamond Bar High School to the career of your choice? Outline the steps you will take. What colleges offer the required major you need for your career? Who are the big employers in your chosen field? Will you have to move (new city, new state, new country)? What are the major obstacles you anticipate and how will you overcome them? What are some resources you can use to assist you to get there? Mention some professional associations you could join while still a student.
 
I'm attaching the entire research paper assignment so you can see what the finished product will eventually contain. (The current homework is for Part 5.)

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1. Take the Keirsey/Bates Temperament Survey and bring in your scoring sheet. It will yield a four-letter personality indicator which you can google for more info on your personality type. PRINT OUT THE ONE-PAGE descriptor of your personality type to show me in class on Monday.
2. The next step for your Career Exploration Research Paper is to narrow down your topic to ONE career. You will research this career and include a brief history of it. For example, how did the career begin? How has the career evolved over time? What are some current issues this profession has faced or what changes have occurred in this profession? What are the concerns of people in your career today? Please research and discuss at least two issues. You will need to find professional journals related to your profession or interview someone in the field. Also discuss how employment trends will impact your chosen field. Remember to cite your sources within your text and complete the Works Cited information you will need for your Works Cited page at the end of your research paper. (You may either write this assignment in your notebook or you may type it.) Bring to class Monday for homework credit.

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Here is the work that will be assigned Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9 (for those of you traveling with orchestra, etc.):
Thursday -
I. Grammar pg. 412-413, Exercise 7, #1-10
II. View and discuss Satire PPT
III. Read "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift in the white language book - pgs. 404-410
Friday -
I. Grammar pg. 413, Exercise 8, #1-10
II. Notebook: Questions for Discussion #1-8 to go with "A Modest Proposal"
*Happy Reading*

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Now that you have picked 3 possible careers to pursue in your future, complete "A Day in the Life" note page for each of the 3 careers in your notebook. For each, do the following: describe a day in the life of a member of your career. Are there different career paths you might take within the job (possible advancement options)? Include physical environment, time schedule, location, salary and benefits. Interview someone employed in this field currently (if possible). What do they like and dislike about their job? What advice would they give you? What do you think you will like and dislike about this occupation? What is the typical pay? (Try to find the most up to date local information.) What is the job outlook (how many jobs will be available when you go to apply for one)? Can you locate a current job advertisement? What are the growth opportunities (will there be more of these jobs available in the future)?

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Complete and score the attached personality mosaic. Then make a list of 3 possible future careers that you would like to research.

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Read the Conversation: The American High School articles #1-7 from your white language book on pages 248 - 265. Then write a synthesis essay in your notebook answering the prompt in question #3 on page 266 under the heading: Entering the Conversation. Your synthesis essay should be 2-3 pages in length to sufficiently answer the prompt and incorporate the source material.

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Finish your Transcendental High School project with your table group. Presentations are as follows: Monday - Tables 1 & 2; Tuesday - Tables 3 & 4; Wednesday - Tables 5 & 6; Thursday - Tables 7 & 8
One person from your group needs to submit your group's typed document to Turnitin.com. One person needs to share your Powerpoint slideshow with me: DMesdjian@wvusd.k12.ca.us.

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Extra Credit Writing Assignment
Complete a Major Works Data Sheet on The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. Print out a copy and submit to Turnitin.com in the Spring Extra Credit Writing Assignment.

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EXTRA CREDIT ORATORY CONTEST.
See the attached for a speech contest. (Only do this extra credit option if you enjoy public speaking. You cannot get extra credit if you do not go to the district office to give your speech on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m.)

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Read "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau on pages 1016 - 1032 in the Language of Composition book. Then answer questions #1-8 in the Questions on Rhetoric and Style section of pg. 1033.

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Read ACT II of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (pgs. 77-111) and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook (15 bullet points, 5 study questions, summary). Bring your book to class on Monday for review.

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Read ACT I in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail on pages 3-73. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. (Include 5 thoughtful questions about the text on the left, 15 pertinent bullet points about the text on the right, and a brief summary of the reading at the bottom of the page.)

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In the Language of Composition book: Read "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" pgs. 296-301 and answer questions #1-6 under Questions for Discussion. Also read "Economy" on pgs. 474-477 and answer questions #1-5 under Questions. Finally, search the internet for 5 cool quotes from famous people, philosophers, writers, etc. (All of this should be done in your notebook, as usual.)
 
If you missed the Emerson video on Friday, here it is:
and here's a video on Thoreau:

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Print out and complete the attached document. This assignment is designed to help you improve your analysis writing. Take this practice seriously. DUE FRIDAY.

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Read The Language of Composition pgs. 269-275 and complete Exercises 1, 3, and 5 in your notebook.

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Extra Credit writing assignments:
1. Hamlet play review
2. Ted Talk write-up and video
3. Kennedy Center -- profiles in courage
*Please note that #2-4 have their own due-dates. Check the attachments/websites for more information. You may do ONE of the assignments above and complete it by December 4 for extra credit. No late submissions. No exceptions. ADDITIONALLY, SUBMIT TO TURNITIN.COM.

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Read The Language of Composition pgs. 267-269 and complete the questions #1-5 on pg. 269.

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Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for The Crucible. Submit a copy to Turnitin.com and print out a copy to turn in.

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Read ACT IV of The Crucible and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Read ACT III of The Crucible and complete a double-entry journal. (This includes 10 significant quotes from the reading on the left-side of your notebook and an explanation for each quote on the right-side of your notebook.)

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Read Act II of The Crucible and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Also, print out the list of logical fallacies.

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Read ACT I of The Crucible. (Read all of the explanatory stuff too. It helps with your understanding of what's going on.) Complete a double-entry journal. For this assignment, divide a page in your notebook in half. On the left side, pick 10 significant quotes from ACT I of The Crucible; on the right side, explain the significance of each quote. You may also discuss any connections you make with the quote as far as real-world connections, literary connections to something you've seen before, etc. You may also ask a question about the quote if you would like further clarification on it.

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Finish reading "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society" and complete questions #1-3 in Purpose and Audience. Thanks, everyone.

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For this week's homework, you will be completing two assignments:
1. Grammar book pages 141-143 #1-40 (This is review for your grammar test on 10/10.)
2. Language of Composition book pgs. 94-97 (Complete the activity on pages 96-97 which includes writing 5 thesis statements AND although the book doesn't tell you to--write a practice argumentative essay to go along with one of the 5 thesis statements you wrote. Your essay should be at least one page long.)
All work goes in your notebook.

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Complete the following from The Language of Composition book in your notebook: Activity on pg. 86 #1-10 and Activity on pg. 92 - 94. For the first activity, you will need to rewrite non-arguable statements into your notebook, making them arguable. For the second activity, you will need to print out the following article from your book, making highlights and annotations on claims of fact, value, and policy, (or you may just mark these with sticky notes in your book and skip the printing process) then writing a page in your notebook on how these various claims come together to support the author's argument. (I will stamp re-written arguable statements and the writing in your notebook on Monday.)

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Read chapter 3 in The Language of Composition (pg. 81-143) and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Complete the Culminating Activity found on pages 69-78 of The Language of Composition textbook. Basically, you will be reading President Kennedy's Inaugural Address and "Inside Kennedy's Inauguration, 50 Years On," and looking at the picture from Kennedy's Inauguration. You will be writing an analysis essay comparing and contrasting the styles of the three documents, focusing on how they convey the legacy of John F. Kennedy. (For complete directions, read the directions on page 69.)

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Study the vocabulary words listed at the end of chapter 2 in The Language of Composition textbook. You will have a quiz on these words on Friday.

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Be prepared to write an analysis essay in class tomorrow. The following handout includes the format of this essay and tips for writing it.

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Read the essay titled "On Laziness" by Christopher Morley on pages 64-65 of the white language and composition book. Write an analysis essay which focuses on the ways that Morley uses style to help him achieve his purpose. Your essay can focus on the following aspects of style: diction, syntax, tone, figurative language, or selection of detail. I expect to see at least 1 1/2 pages of writing in your notebook.

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Read chapter 2 in The Language of Composition book (pages 39-80) and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.
For more information on how to do Cornell Notes and why we do them, check out my Cornell Notes link: http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=113994&type=u&pREC_ID=417560

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 Fill in the Student News Info Sheet and turn in. This is my way of getting to know you, so share whatever you want me to know. Remember to include a picture of yourself (if possible). If you don't have a current pic, I'll use the pic I have in AERIES.

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 Review the Narrative of Frederick Douglass for your first AP Test.

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Summer Assignment:
1. Read Chapter One of The Language of Composition text “An Introduction to Rhetoric” pp 1-29. Be able to define and identify the Rhetorical terms in the glossary at the end of the chapter pp 36-38. These words will be on the test the first week of school.

2. Read the following essays in The Language of Composition text.
Francine Prose, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read" pg 176
Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "Education" pg 189
James Baldwin, "A Talk to Teachers" pg 197
Kyoko Mori, "School" pg 204
Sherman Alexie, "Superman and Me" pg 215
David Sedaris, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" pg 218
Margaret Talbot, "Best in Class" pg 223
David Foster Wallace, "This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life" pg 232
 
After you have read all the essays, choose three (3) essays to complete SOAPS for (review pp 5 and 6 in the text) you may use the format shown on pg 6 for your work . You will be required to turn the three (3) SOAPS in on the first full day of school. You will not turn in any other written work for the essays at this time. However, you should review the Questions for Discussion and Questions on Rhetoric and Style at the end of each essay to help prepare for the test at the beginning of the year.

3. Read the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, including the Preface and The Letter from Wendall Phillips, Esq. After you have finished reading Narrative of the Life..., you will write a Major Works Data Sheet (MWDS). A MWDS asks you to find pertinent information about the text. You will fill out the document and submit it to Turnitin once you have signed up for Turnitin with your teacher in the Fall. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL WORK IS IN YOUR OWN WORDS TO AVOID PLAGARISM.

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If you were not present in class on Monday, May 8th, you missed a journal prompt in the notebook. Click on the attachment below and complete one page of writing on either of the two prompts. This will be stamped in your notebook.

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Final Draft of Career Research Paper is due. Print out a copy to turn in and submit a digital copy to Turnitin.com.

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All extra credit is due by May 12. You may do a critique for the Spring musical Into the Heights or you may write a critique comparing The Great Gatsby movie with the novel.

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Rough draft for the Career Exploration Research Paper. Please see the attached direction sheet. Your rough draft will need to be submitted to Turnitin.com and you will need to print out a copy to bring to class for peer review.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #1 - Read over / memorize the following rhetorical terms. (Make flashcards, quiz each other, make a Kahoot, etc.) Don't stress out about these words, however. There may not be any on the test. This is something I give students just in case.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #2
Complete a practice synthesis essay and have your group members score it. Look at the links on the website I'm providing to see sample essays and comments from on of the AP readers.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #3 - Review and revise your analysis essay on Mark Twain's piece "How to write a story." If you received a 5 or a 6 on the essay, you may revise ONE paragraph. If you received a 3 or a 4 on the essay, you should redo the ENTIRE essay.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #4 - Work on any of the writing assignments or multiple choice questions from the Wit/Humor/Satire packet. The answers to the second reading questions for the Letter to William Dean Howells are: B, E, C, C, D.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #5 - Complete the practice synthesis essay on wit. The topic is: Write an essay in which you develop a position on the value of wit as a means of "interpreting the complexities of the world." Synthesize at least two of the sources you read in this unit and at least two other sources in support of your documented argument.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #6 - Review the patterns of writing (look at your notebook notes) and do something fun. Sleep is good too.

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STUDY GROUP ASSIGNMENT #7 - Review the following synthesis essay prompt you wrote about in class. Discuss with your group what you need to write about in this essay. (Very few people completely understood what this question was asking and gave a thorough response.)
Synthesize information from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay that evaluates the issues that should be considered before strengthening or loosening copyright regulations pertaining to the Internet.

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Read chapters 7-9 of The Great Gatsby. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook (20 bullet points, 5 study questions, & summary of selection).

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Read chapters 4-6 in The Great Gatsby and complete one page of Cornell notes. Remember that your Cornell notes page should include 20 bullet points, 5 study questions, and a summary of the reading selection.

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Read The Great Gatsby chapters 1-3 (pgs. 1-59) and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember that your Cornell notes page should include 15 bullet points, 5 study questions, and a short summary on the assigned reading selection.

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Group Project on Wit/Humor/Satire piece. See attachment for requirements.

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Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Use your notebook for help on characters and biographical info on Mark Twain. Think about diction and syntax for author's style. Type your MWDS and submit to Turnitin.com.

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Print out the following packet for use both in and out of the classroom. Thank you.

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Read Huck Finn chapter 36 - the last (finish the book) and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Complete your course registration for next year, get parent signatures, etc. and return your registration card to class on Monday.

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Open House Transcendental High School Presentations. See attachment for schedule.

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Read Huck Finn chapters 29-35 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember to write 5 study questions, 20 bullet points, and a summary to cover the important points in your reading.
 
Also, form that outside study group of 4-5 people.

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Read Huck Finn chapters 22-28 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember that a page of Cornell Notes should contain 5 thoughtful study questions, 20 bullet points, and a short summary of your reading selection.

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Notebook assignments / classwork for those who will be absent this week:
Wednesday, March 1
I. Grammar pg. 420, Exercise 17 #1-10
II. Read "Narrative of Daniel Fisher" on pages 359-362 in your Huck Finn book
III. Complete a SOAPS Practice form for the narrative (print out and fill in form)
Thursday, March 2
I. Grammar pg. 420-421, Exercise 18 #1-10
II. Read "from Mississippi Solo" on pages 398-408 in your Huck Finn book
III. Complete a SOAPS Practice form for the narrative (print out and fill in form)
Friday, March 3
I. Grammar pg. 421, Exercise 19 #1-10
II. GLC Visit to discuss senior year schedule
III. If time we will discuss the similarities/differences between the two narratives from Wednesday & Thursday.

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Read Huck Finn chapters 17-21 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in notebook. (Remember that your Cornell Notes should include a minimum of 5 study questions, 20 bullet points, and a summary for each reading selection.)

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Read chapters 9-16 in Huck Finn and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember to create 5 study questions, 20 bullet points, and a brief summary for this reading selection.

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Read chapters 1-8 in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Transcendental High School Project. See attached. Remember that you're required to put together a presentation AND you must submit a written proposal for your high school.

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Rewrite your inauguration poem by including more substance and detail. Also, be sure that you have evaluated and commented on this poem, on the Education writing in your notebook, and on your Inaugural Analysis essay. The poem and the Education writing will be stamped/rescored and the essay will be collected. Each of these is worth 10 points, so make sure you've done the evaluation of these or you've had a classmate help you to evaluate by writing comments on each thing in regards to your strengths and your weaknesses in your writing.

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Read "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" by Thoreau on pages 296-7 in The Language of Composition book and complete the Questions for Discussion #1-6 in your notebook.

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If you are going to be absent from class on Friday, please complete the attached lesson in your notebook.

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Inaugural Poem writing: You have just been invited by the president-elect to write a poem that could be read at an inauguration. Remember that this is a dignified event and a new beginning. Your poem should reflect the solemnity and the gravity of the occasion.

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EXTRA CREDIT SPEECH ASSIGNMENT
See attached directions.
Please bring in a printed copy and e-mail a copy of your speech as well.

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Read "from Education" by Ralph Waldo Emerson on pages 189-195 and complete Questions on Rhetoric and Style #1-11 on pages 195-196.

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If you were absent from class on Tuesday, January 10 you need to work on the Questions on Rhetoric and Style (#1-8) for Thoreau's "On Civil Disobedience" on page 1033.

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Read "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" on pages 1016-1032 in your Language of Composition book. Complete Questions for Discussion #1-9 on page 1032.

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Read pages 506-510 in The Language of Composition. Complete Exercise 2 in your notebook. Note: Completing this exercise will require you to write the given passage two times--once using short, simple sentences and another time using long, complex sentences. Then you have to comment on the effect that this difference in the syntax creates.

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Extra Credit Assignments:
Play Critique (2 pts)--If you attended the Fall Play at DBHS, write a critique following the directions found on link onthe right side of my website.
Alternate Critique assignment (2 pts)--If you DID NOT ATTEND the Fall Play, but would still like to write a critique, follow the directions posted below to complete a critique on the movie we watched in class, "Obama's America 2016". YOU MAY NOT DO BOTH CRITIQUES. Pick one.
Poem for the Calliope (1 pt)--Write a poem with the theme of autonomy.
 
For either assignment, print out your work and give it to me by December 5th.

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Complete the following assignments found in The Language of Composition (white) textbook: pgs. 384-389 exercise 1 #1-5, exercise 2 #1-5, exercise 3 #1-7. Do your work in your notebook.

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Read and complete Exercises 1-4 on pages 269-275 of the Language of Composition (white) book. Do the following in your notebook: exercise 1 (#1-7), exercise 2 (#1-9), exercise 3 (#1-8), and half of exercise 4 (#1-5). HAPPY THANKSGIVING. :)

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Read the conversation titled "American Politics and the English Language" in chapter 10 of The Language of Composition book (white book) on pages 756-778. Write a practice synthesis essay in your notebook following the directions for question #2, 4, 5, or 6 on page 778.

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Read Chapter 4 (pages 145-174) in The Language of Composition -- white book. Complete a practice synthesis essay in your notebook. The prompt and all of the articles you need are contained on pages 166-174.

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Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for The Crucible. Demonstrate how much you have learned while reading this play by including specific details in your work. Print out a copy of your document to turn in during class AND submit a digital copy to Turnitin.com.

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Read ACT IV of the Crucible and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Read ACT III of The Crucible (pages 87-126 in most books) and complete one page of Cornell notes in your notebook. Additionally, read "The Great Fear" on pages 199-221 and complete on page of Cornell notes in your notebook.

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Read ACT II of The Crucible and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Read ACT I of The Crucible and create one page of Cornell Notes. Remember that you need to include 20 bullet points on the right-hand side of the page, 5 study questions on the left, and a brief summary of the act at the bottom of the page. Be sure to READ all of the textual notes as well as the dialog; it's critical for your understanding of this play.

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Read "The Destruction of Culture" on pages 1041-1047 in The Language of Composition textbook and answer the "Exploring the Text" questions #1-10 in your notebook.

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Read "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" on pages 280-294 in The Language of Composition book. Complete the Questions on Rhetoric and Style #1-12 in your notebook.

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If you went on the LA County Fair field trip, be sure that you have completed the following in your notebook for "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions": Style & Structure Q's #1-6 and Vocabulary Projects #1.

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Read "The Gettysburg Address" on page 1035 of The Language of Composition book. Answer questions 1-12 on pages 1035-1036 in your spiral notebook. (Number 12 asks you to look for a PowerPoint online. Do it please.)

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MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENT: If you did not receive full credit for your summer SOAPS, you may redo the assignment. Print out the SOAPS form below for each article that you need to make up (up to 3). Turn in your completed work to the paper stacker in my room by Friday.

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Read Chapter 3 in The Language of Composition. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook with 20 bullet points on the right, 5 study questions on the left, and a brief summary at the bottom.

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Read Chapter 2 in The Language of Composition. Create a page of Cornell Notes for Chapters 1 & 2 in your notebook. Remember to include 20 bullet points, 5 questions, and a summary for this assignments. In addition, complete the voice lessons on syntax and tone that I handed out in class. (I have attached these sheets in case you were absent or misplaced yours.)

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Read Chapter 3 in The Language of Composition. Create one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Turn in your signed course syllabus.

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Submit the following to Turnitin.com: MWDS on The Scarlett Letter and 3 SOAPS done on 3 essays of your choice.

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Study for your A.P. Language and Composition exam. Look through your notebook at all the work you've done this year on analysis, argumentation, and synthesis. Review the word lists from first semester. You may also look at the attached sheets for quick reference.

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If you are going to miss class Monday and/or Tuesday, May 2/3, here is what you're missing:
Grammar pg. 422, Exercise 21 #1-10--Monday
Grammar pg. 423. Exercise 23 #1-10--Tuesday
Gatsby Review (attached): Find the questions for chapters 4-9 that apply to your table group. You will also complete the Character Connections sheet.
These activities are great reviews for the Gatsby essay you will be writing in class on Wednesday, May 4th.

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Read The Great Gatsby--chapters 7-9 (pgs. 113-180) and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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Create a PowerPoint Presentation based on your assigned piece from the Wit/Humor/Satire packet. Follow the attached directions to prepare a 15-20 minute presentation of your piece. Show what you have learned in Rhet this year by "teaching" the class about your piece.

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Read The Great Gatsby chapters 4-6 (pgs. 61-111) and complete one page of Cornell Notes.

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PRINT OUT the attached wit unit and start bringing it to class with you beginning Tuesday, April 12.

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If you are going to be absent at any time the week after Spring Break, here's the work you will be missing in class:
Monday, April 4-
Grammar pg. 410-411, Ex. 4 #1-10
Peer Review of Research Paper First Final Draft (Very important!!!-Get someone to read over your paper for clarity, MLA format with proper citations, correct Works Cited format, clear argument in paper, and smooth flow of ideas.)
Huck Finn Review Sheet
Tuesday, April 5-
Grammar pg. 411, Ex. 5 #1-10
Fall Registration Appointment with GLCs
Huck Finn Review Sheet
Wednesday, April 6-
Turn in Final Draft of Research Paper (Turnitin.com and printed copy)
Grammar pg. 412, Ex. 6 #1-10
Huck Finn Quiz
Thursday, April 7-
Grammar pg. 412-413, Ex. 7 #1-10
Huck Finn Group Review (Read Aloud Master or Connection Maker)
Friday, April 8-
Huck Finn Final Exam (A.P.-style assessment)
 

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Review/Study The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. You have a quiz on the basics (such as plot and characters) on Wednesday and you have a more in-depth (A.P.-style) final on Thursday.

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Submit the final copy of your research paper to Turnitin.com under Research Paper - Revision 2 and print a copy to give to Mrs. Mesdjian. The following criteria will be used to grade your paper:
  • Correct MLA Format (pages 1-5) - 50 pts.
  • Correct Works Cited Format (page 6) - 25 pts.
  • Correct use of citations throughout paper - 25 pts.
  • Overall argument / Correct use of language - 100 pts.
  • Submission to Turnitin.com - 100 pts.
  • TOTAL: 300 pts.
The overall argument / language score will be graded on the AP scale:
  • 9 - 100 pts.
  • 8 - 90 pts.
  • 7 - 85 pts.
  • 6 - 80 pts.
  • 5 - 70 pts.
  • 4 - 60 pts.
  • 3 - 50 pts.
  • 2 - 40 pts.
  • 1 - 30 pts.
Refer to the attached research paper chapter from the Patterns book for help with the first four bulleted items.

Due:

Read chapters 34-43 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (finish the book) and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Revise your research paper rough draft and submit your first final draft to Turnitin.com. Turn in this version to the Research Paper - Revision 1 link and print out a copy to bring to class.

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If you were absent at any time during the week before Spring Break (March 21-24), here's what you missed:
Monday, March 21-
Schemes#12 (Anadiplosis, Erotesis, Epiplexis)
Peer Review of Research Paper Rough Draft
Jonathan Swift Intro PPT
Tuesday, March 22-
Grammar pg. 409, Ex. 1 #1-10
"A Modest Proposal" reading (in Patterns book and handout in class)
Ntbk: Comprehension Q's #1-5
Wednesday, March 23-
Grammar pg. 409, Ex. 2 #1-10
"A Modest Proposal"
Ntbk: Purpose & Audience Q's #1-5, Style & Structure Q's #1-2
Thursday, March 24-
Grammar pg. 410, Ex. 3 #1-10
"A Modest Proposal"
Ntbk: Style & Structure Q's #3-9, Vocabulary Projects #2, Journal Entry (1/2 pg)

Due:

Catch up on missing schemes. If you were absent any day between March 3 and March 11, chances are you missed a warm-up writing exercise. Please do not work ahead. (You may review the definitions, however.)

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Read chapters 28-33 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Write a practice analysis essay in your notebook by selecting one page from the reading to analyze. You may write about Mark Twain's language (i.e. diction, syntax, figurative language, tone, or selection of detail) or you may write about Twain's satire (Juvenalian or Horatian satire, direct or indirect satire, and how he uses language to chastise people for their social foibles). Be sure to write down the chapter # and page #. Use both direct and indirect quotations.

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Complete your research paper (rough draft). Submit a digital copy to Turnitin.com (the assignment will be called Research Paper) AND print out a copy to bring to class. This assignment will be worth 50 points.

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Read chapters 23-27 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Write your 5th and 6th paragraphs of your research paper. Remember to include parenthetical citations and add to your Works Cited page. You should also be following MLA format.

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Read chapters 19-22 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and compose a 1-page diary in Huck's point of view. Write this diary entry in your notebook.

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Write the next two paragraphs (#3-4) of your research paper. Remember to type your work in MLA format, include parenthetical citations, and start composing your Works Cited page. Bring your typed copy of the paper to class on Monday for peer review.

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Read chapters 14-18 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Also, type up the first two paragraphs of your research paper. Be sure to introduce your topic in the introduction paragraph and include your thesis at the end of this paragraph. Your first body paragraph should be composed using the information you compiled in your outline. This body paragraph should include in-text citations to indicate where your researched material came from. Start typing your Works Cited Page. BRING YOUR TWO TYPED PARAGRAPHS TO CLASS ON MONDAY FOR PEER REVIEW.

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Type up an outline that you will follow to write your research paper. You will submit this typed outline to turnitin.com by 9:14 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16 (a late start day) AND you will print a copy to hand in during class. Follow the example provided for you on the 5th page of the attached handout (step 8). I recommend printing this handout so that you can read this information in its entirety. At the end of the handout, you will find a sample research paper. This is a great guide to follow from beginning to end to successfully write your paper. *Note that when you open the attachment, it appears blank. Don't worry! Scroll down and you will find that the information begins on the bottom half of page one.

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Read chapters 1-6 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (You don't have to write anything this week. But bring your novel to class on Tuesday and be prepared to discuss your reading with your table group.)

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Group Project: Transcendental High School proposal. Use the following handouts as guidelines. Your group will product a written product and a slideshow. You must turn in both to receive full credit. You will submit your written product to Turnitin.com and you will present your slideshow in class.

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Read the second act of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail on pages 77-111 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Read the first act of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail (pgs. 3-73) and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Remember that I will collect your stamp sheets on Monday so that we can get some points on the board for this class. Have a great weekend! :)

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1. Read pgs. 145-174 in The Language of Composition. Complete the Essay Assignment on page 167; write this essay in your notebook.
2. Pick 1-3 research topics and find 3 supporting articles for each. List these in your notebook.

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Read pages 360-370 in the orange textbook. Complete the following questions in your notebook: Q's #1-3 on "Nature" pg. 368 and Q's #1-4 on "Self Reliance" pg. 370.

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EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES:
1. If you received a 5 or lower on your Argumentative Essay, rewrite one body paragraph and re-submit with your original essay for an extra 5 points.
2. Complete a Major Works Data Sheet for The Crucible or The Woman Warrior. See the attachment for elements to include. Submit to Turnitin.com and print a copy.
Both of these assignments are due by Monday, December 7.

Due:

Read "A Song for a Barbarian Reed Pipe" in The Woman Warrior on pages 163-209 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Read "At the Western Palace" in The Woman Warrior and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Extra Credit Play Review: Support the drama department by seeing By the Skin of Our Teeth and write a review of the play. Go to the sidebar on the right side of my webpage for directions on your review. Submit to Turnitin.com and print a copy. Extra Credit will be applied toward your semester grade in December.

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Read "Shaman" in The Woman Warrior on pages 57-109. Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook.

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Read pages 3-53 in The Woman Warrior. This section of reading includes a chapter called "No Name Woman" and a chapter called "White Tigers". Complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook that includes not only plot details, but also stylistic details.

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Study for the Logical Fallacies test. You need to know definitions and you need to understand what fallacy is being committed given a specific situation.

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Revise your critique essay on The Crucible and resubmit to Turnitin.com by 7:59 a.m. Be sure to print a copy to submit in class as well.

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Write a critique of The Crucible following the guidelines provided in the attached handout. You must submit a digital copy of your critique to Turnitin.com by Monday morning at 7:59 a.m. AND you must bring a printed copy of your essay to class on Monday for peer review.

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Read ACT IV of The Crucible on pages 1217-1233 in the orange textbook. Answer questions #1-6 on page 1233 in your notebook. Continue studying the logical fallacies on vocabulary list #7.

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Read ACT II & ACT III of The Crucible on pages 1161- 1213 in your orange literature book. Complete questions #1-7 for ACT II on page 1181 and complete questions #1-7 for ACT III on page 1213. Also, begin studying vocabulary list #7 which includes the logical fallacies you need to know.

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EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY--Enter the Linc's October Writing Contest for some extra participation points. You could win a $50 gift card. How cool is that? See the attached sheets for details. In addition to sharing your story in Google Docs with the librarian, share it with me as well so I know you entered the contest. Thanks. Have fun!

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Read Chapter 1 (pgs. 1-38) in The Language of Composition and read ACT I of The Crucible in the Orange Textbook (pgs. 1118-1157) and complete questions 1-5 on page 1157. Study vocabulary list #6; you have a vocab. quiz Friday on lists 1-6.

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Read about Argumentation in the Patterns book on pages 529-554 and complete one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Also read "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" on pages 570-582 and complete the following questions in your notebook: Comprehension #1, 3, 5; Purpose & Audience #2, 3; and Style & Structure #1-2, 4-6. Study vocabulary list #5 (and subsequent lists) for a quiz on Friday.

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Read about Classification & Division on pages 431-443 in the Patterns book and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Read "College Pressures" on pages 447-453 in the Patterns book and complete the following questions in your notebook: Comprehension #1-4; Purpose & Audience #1-4; Style & Structure #1-2, 7; and Vocabulary Projects #2. Read about Definition on pages 491-502 in the Patterns book and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Study vocabulary lists #1-4 for a quiz this Friday.

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Read about Cause & Effect in the Patterns book on pages 303-318 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Read "Who Killed Benny Paret?" in the Patterns book on pages 321-323 and complete Comprehension #1-4; Purpose & Audience #1-4; Style & Structure #1-3; and Vocabulary Projects #1-2. Read about Comparison & Contrast on pages 363-383 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Also study vocabulary list #3 for a quiz on Friday.

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Read about our next pattern, Process, in the Patterns book on pages 245-257 and complete one page of Cornell Notes. Also read "Creating a Female Sleuth" on pages 265-269 and complete the following questions: Comprehension #1-5; Purpose & Audience #1-3; Style & Structure #1-5; and Vocabulary Projects #1-3. Study vocabulary lists 1 & 2 under the AP Language and Composition Handouts tab on my website. There will be one quiz on Friday including both lists.

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The following homework will utilize your Patterns book: Read the Exemplification chapter on pages 191-204 and create one page of Cornell Notes in your notebook. Also read "The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society" on pages 229-236 and answer the following questions in your notebook--Comprehension #1-5; Purpose & Audience #1-3; Style & Structure #1-4; and Vocabulary Projects #1. I will stamp these assignments in class on Monday, September 14th.

Due:

Read the chapter on Narration in the Patterns book on pages 71-81 and create one page of Cornell Notes. Also read the chapter on Description in the Patterns book on pages 135-150 and create an additional page of Cornell Notes. Remember to include 15 notes, 5 questions, and a 2-sentence summary for each page of notes. Also, look over the words and definitions on word list #1. It is your responsibility to commit these terms to memory.