Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Agenda, June 5

  • Due Now: "The Allegory of the Cave," by Plato. Take good newts.
  • Due Thursday: Return all books from my library to me. Put them in my hand, not on the shelf. 
  • Due Wednesday by 3:30: $9 to accounting.  Bring your receipt to Kline. 
Today's Agenda:
  1. T-shirt sizes, per 4
  2. Whole class disco

Monday, June 4, 2018

T-Shirt Details

If you want an AP Lang t-shirt, bring $9 to accounting by the end of the day on Wednesday. Bring your receipt to Kline.

XL is $1 extra and XXL is $2 extra.
 

Agenda, June 4

  • Due Now: Pick one: "The Age of the Essay" OR "The Insufficiency of Honesty" OR "The Ways We Lie." Take good newts.
  • Due Tuesday: "The Allegory of the Cave," by Plato. Take good newts.
  • Due Thursday, June 7: Return all books from my library to me. Put them in my hand, not on the shelf. 
  • Due Wednesday (?): $8.95 (?) to accounting.   
Today's Agenda:

  1. How do you talk about essays?
  2. Small Group Disco
  3. Different Small Group Disco

Friday, June 1, 2018

If you'd like a letter of recommendation ...

  1. Be sure to ask! If the Common App tells me I'm writing a letter for you before you do, I'm probably not writing a letter for you.
  2. Give me a deadline. Remember, I'm a wee bit busy during the school year, so I need a good deal of lead time.
  3. Give me an audience. Different universities deserve different letters.
  4. Remind me what you wrote about. If you can't remember, look in your google docs folder.
  5. Give me a piece of paper that says "So and so needs a letter by such and such a date." This piece of paper doesn't need to be fancy, it just needs to be in my way when I clean my desk so I don't forget about you.
  6. Once I've written one letter for you, it's easy to revise it for different audiences (scholarships, for example). Feel free to ask for those letters later in the year.

Agenda, June 1

  • Due Monday: Pick one: "The Age of the Essay" OR "The Insufficiency of Honesty" OR "The Ways We Lie." Take good newts.
  • Due Tuesday: "The Allegory of the Cave," by Plato. Take good newts.
  • Due Now: Justice Essay
  • Due Thursday, June 7: Return all books from my library to me. Put them in my hand, not on the shelf.  
Today's Agenda:
  1. What is Justice?
  2. Argument o' the Week

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last Minute Reminders

  1. Whichever introduction strategy you choose, be sure to contextualize your argument.
  2. Pay attention to the nitpicky details: hit return before you type your name in your header, italicize the containers in the body of your paper, put the punctuation to the left of the quotation marks ...
  3. Review the Bibliography Notes 2017 blog post before printing your Works Cited. Everything you need to know is there.
  4. Reread and proofread. Those are two different tasks.
  5. Second most importantly, have confidence and play! You are not the writer you were in September. You are smarter, more skilled, and you have more tools in your toolbox. Take advantage of those strengths!
  6. Most importantly, write an essay that matters to you. This isn't just a class assignment: you will spend the rest of your lives trying to figure out what to do in complex situations. This essay shouldn't be an ending point, but it should be a useful tool in helping you make decisions along the way.

Agenda, May 31

  • Due Monday: Pick one: "The Age of the Essay" OR "The Insufficiency of Honesty" OR "The Ways We Lie." Take good newts.
  • Due Tuesday: "The Allegory of the Cave," by Plato. Take good newts.
  • Due Friday, June 1: Justice Essay
  • Due Thursday, June 7: Return all books from my library to me. Put them in my hand, not on the shelf.  
Today's Agenda:

  1. Can I? Should I? Do I have to? 
  2. A visit from the counselors 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Some research resources ...

If you're looking for academic journals, but you don't want to use Gale, try

scholar.google.com

The first three minutes of the following video offer a very quick, quite useful introduction to Google Scholar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3NtCkSIwcY

Once you've found an article, you might want some help reading it. Here is a video that offers a useful strategy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKxm2HF_-k0

Here are two websites that address the same issue:

https://writingcenter.gmu.edu/guides/strategies-for-reading-academic-articles

https://faculty.washington.edu/davidgs/ReadArticle.html

When you are using the general web, be sure to assess the credibility of your sources. Once you've done that, however, be sure to assess the sophistication of your sources as well. Ask yourself who the audience for this website might be. Assess the level of diction and the use of citation. Basically, does this website sound like the texts we've been reading?
 


Monday, May 21, 2018

Agenda, May 21

  • Not Due (Yet): "The Age of the Essay", "The Insufficiency of Honesty", "The Ways We Lie." These texts are excellent models for the essay you are writing, and might provide some strategies to make your essays better AND easier to write.
  • Due Tuesday, May 29 (or earlier): Typed outline of your Justice Essay. No introduction or conclusion is necessary, though you may leave me notes about your intended strategies. You should include the topic sentences for each body paragraph and two examples to support each topic sentence.
  • Do every day this week: Bring non-bluetooth ear buds.
  • Due Friday, June 1: Justice Essay 
Today's Agenda:
  1. Can I? Should I? Do I have to? 
  2. A Smarter, More Balanced Test

Friday, May 18, 2018

Justice Essay Prompt

What is Justice?
Due Date TBA. Start ASAP.
 
Craft a research paper of 7-10 pages that provides your personal answer to the question “What is justice?” You may base your answer on your personal reading, as well as events in the news and in your own life. Feel free to scavenge from previous essays (remember, however, that this is a research paper. This paper needs to demonstrate the ability to conduct original, college level research). Classroom texts don’t count as research.

You may consider other questions, such as who deserves justice? Who abdicates their right to justice? Who decides who deserves justice?

This paper requires parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page in MLA format.