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November 11th, 2015

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A Brobdingnagian beer company is closer to becoming reality, as Anheuser-Busch InBev has worked out terms to buy its biggest rival, SABMiller, for more than $105 billion.

Source: Anheuser-Busch InBev And SABMiller Agree On Merger Terms : The Two-Way : NPR

Fixed the mobile version

AP Language

November 7th, 2015

Sorry about the hiccup. Glad to hear you’re reading! To make it worth your while, here is an incredible comic adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

Enjoy your weekend.

Analysis Final Essays

AP Language

November 5th, 2015

As you wrap up your analysis, keep these in mind:

  • Organize your paragraphs according to his major points (he initially establishes credibility and compares his work to early Christians=one body paragraph)
  • Quote him when analyzing language (anything regarding tone, diction, imagery, etc.), but paraphrase his logic. Cite both properly: (King 7).
  • You are doing it right if you demonstrate why his appeals are appropriate to his specific audience.
  • Share your document and email with questions!

Shaking things up

AP Language

September 22nd, 2015

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Today we began moving away from the “read, annotate, write over a long piece” pattern we’ve held for the past few weeks by looking at an example essay from a past AP exam. I hope a new pattern prevents the burn out that has found its way into previous readings. Let me know what you think of the new plans:

  • We will collectively choose a new topic to investigate.1 More on this below.
  • We will continue to sprinkle the example analyses throughout our weeks. This will provide quick practice, allow me to provide feedback in a timely manner, and will offer an opportunity to discuss good writing practice with examples.
  • In the past we have had a [genuinely] great time with vocabulary, but I have not offered the choice because we have been otherwise occupied. Here is an example vocab test. They do not contribute to your grade because learning new words is its own reward.2

Here are some previous topics we’ve investigated. Those bringing articles to class tomorrow may do well to choose according to their interest, as it may spark our decision.

  • The necessity of schooling (What should grades look like? What should the goals be? What could we do to meet these goals in a different way? The Homework Myth)
  • A well-lived life (What is happiness? How can one find comfort? When is discomfort helpful? )
  • Food (Why is every choice an ethical one? [Is it?] What responsibility do consumers have in choosing? In what circumstances is killing for food inhumane? Eating Animals 3 )
  • Video games and art (What is art? The Picture of Dorian Gray, earlier Grand Theft Childhood)
  • Are we post-postmodern? (The answer now is yes. We read White Noise, which blew some minds.)
  • Other books include The Pirate’s DilemmaThe Starfish and the Spider, The Scarlet Letter4Never Let Me Go.
  • Movies include The Island (because branding and general awfulness), An Inconvenient Truth (because I was a young teacher), Maxed Out (which you should all watch)

We’ll choose a topic, learn all we can about it, have conversations about the arguments and data we find (credible? reasonable? just wrong?) and generally be better people for knowing about things. Good times.

  1. We can split if there is an even division of choice, but groups <10 in the past have succumbed to groupthink. []
  2. Yes, that is true of everything we do, but until your universities will accept a letter of recommendation from me in lieu of a letter grade, we are stuck. []
  3. That year Jonathan Safran Foer actually gave a talk at the school. We can always invite those relevant to our topic! []
  4. Not my idea; they suggested it. It was amazing. []