Hello and warmest welcome to our AP Literature and Composition course. This year we will read and explore in depth a number of what I consider to be the most amazing pieces of fiction, drama, and poetry ever written. Our goals are to improve our skills in critical analysis, close and careful reading, oral communication, . . . → Read More: Welcome to AP Literature & Composition!
So, as we wrangle with the results of our writing in response to the 2010 AP Literature & Composition Form B Question 2, allow me to make a few observations. First, across the classes, your skills in reading critically, talking about, and writing about complex texts are improving. This is a good thing. Second, everyone . . . → Read More: Notes & General Goodness: AP Lit C & F
We will begin a process essay and work on this both in and out of class over the next few weeks, with a due date of November 26. As we get started, keep in mind that this is not an exercise to see who can write the most, but who can most effectively support an . . . → Read More: Cornerstone Assessment: AP Literature
The notes on “The Boston Evening Transcript” have been shared with you by block. However, I thought that folks may be interested in the other block’s labeling of the poem, so please find both linked below.
AP C Block – Tone Notes
AP F Block – Tone Notes
. . . → Read More: Notes – AP Lit F & C – Tone
The list of our next ten vocabulary verbs has been shared with you in Google docs and is linked below. This list focuses on positive and negative ways of discussing information. We will use a thematic approach, as some of you found an alphabetical approach confusing. You should employ these verbs to analyze tone, perspective, . . . → Read More: Homework: AP Lit C & F – Tone Verb Vocabulary 2
In terms of the Interactive Notebook portion of the blog, please plan on adding an entry every two weeks or so at a minimum to record responses and essential understandings of whatever novel you are reading outside of class. The idea is to create a log that you can return to later in the year . . . → Read More: AP Lit C & F – Blog Example & Vocab Reminder
To augment our “Writing in Third Person” work, we will be studying and using “Signal Phrases.” The electronic version of this document has been shared with you in Google docs and is linked below, as well. Signal phrases are used to signal speaker and introduce quotations from texts in our own academic writing.
Signal Phrase . . . → Read More: Handout: AP Lit C &F – Signal Phrases
All, after having a look at a few blogs, they look great. I’ll be scoring these and making comments on a Google doc version of the “Blog Organizational Rubric” and sharing it with you over the next few days. However, it has become clear that some misunderstandings exist about the assignment or that the rubric . . . → Read More: AP Literature: Important Blog Info – Tagging
A friend has introduced me to fiction podcasts from the New Yorker, and they are incredible. Up this month, David Means reads and discusses epochal American short story writer Raymond Carver’s quiet and powerful “Chef’s House.” With these podcasts, you can freely stream them online and/or download them for listening. In each podcast from this important . . . → Read More: AP Literature: Amazing Fiction Learning Opportunity