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Rhetoric by Aristotle

The Forest of Rhetoric

Tropes and Schemes

Schemes and Tropes Flashcards

Language Glossary Flashcards

Multiple Choice Practice

Synthesis Essay Example

Released Free Response Prompts

AP's 2013 Essay Scoring Guidelines

Ethos, Pathos, Logos


Rooting Out Words
Grammar Gorilla
Paint by Idiom
The Plural Girls
Stay Afloat
Math Baseball
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Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

On Sanders Stage, New Yorker Cartoonist Illustrates Power of Comics | News | The Harvard Crimson


With words and images, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman illustrated the history of comics and his own career as a cartoon artist at Sanders Theatre Friday evening. The event, titled "What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?" was hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston, an organization that brings performers and artists to characteristic venues in Boston. Spiegelman, who gained acclaim in 1991 for a graphic novel on the Holocaust, Maus, began his chronological tour of comics by sharing images of original drawings and blueprints by artists from the earliest days of comic strips. The images showed techniques on how to tweak physical attributes like jawlines and nose structures to turn a geek into a mobster, or a white man into a black man. "The visual language has contributed to both creating and reinforcing racial and cultural stereotypes," Spiegelman said."

On Sanders Stage, New Yorker Cartoonist Illustrates Power of Comics | News | The Harvard Crimson

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Maus author Art Spiegelman says:

wikipedia photo
Maus grew out of a comic strip I did in 1971 for an underground comic book: a three-page strip that was based on stories of my father's and mother's that I recalled being told in childhood....In 1977 I decided to do [a] longer work, [and] I set up an arrangement to see my father more often and talk to him about his experiences....Although I set do a history of sorts, I'm all too aware that ultimately what I'm creating is a realistic fiction. The experiences my father actually went through [are not exactly the same as] what he's able to remember and what he's able to articulate of these experiences. Then there's what I'm able to understand of what he articulated, and what I'm able to put down on paper. And then of course there's what the reader can make of that....It's important to me that Maus is done in comic strip form, because it's what I'm most comfortable shaping and working with. Maus for me in part is a way of telling my parents' life and therefore coming to terms with it....It's not a matter of choice in the sense that I don't feel I could deal with this material as prose, or as a series of paintings, or as a film, or as poetry....In looking at other art and literature that's been shaped from the Holocaust-a historic term I find problematic - that material is often very high pitched....I feel a need for a more subdued approach, which would incorporate distancing devices like using these animal mask faces. Another aspect of the way I've chosen to use this material is that I've entered myself into the story. So the way the story got told and who the story was told to is as important [as] my father's narrative. To me that's at the heart of the work.

from Oral History Journal, Spring 1987 )

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maus 1 Backup Copy

Here's a copy of
Maus 1 that you can use in conjunction with the classroom text.

For those of you who would like to read ahead: Maus_Two.pdf

Please delete any downloaded copies of this work as soon as we finish reading it in class.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!: The AP Lang and Comp Winter Break Assignment

In the synthesis essay, you will be given a description of the topic to be debated and be asked to take a position, for or against. Then youʼll be given 6-8 resources on the issue to use to support your own position, and always addressing the
opposing side as well.

Steps for Creating your own Synthesis Essay
Prompt and Resources:

1. Decide on a topic of interest to you that is also debatable. In other words, there are two valid sides to the argument. You will write your own essay prompt by following the same format and wording of the AP Test Synthesis question prompt.

2. After you have written your prompt, you must do the research to find the resources for the argument. You must find 6 or 7 sources. These sources must be primary resources; they are from the original source, not reported by a second or third party sources/websites etc. At least one of the elements
must be visual such as a cartoon or photo, and one must be a graph or the like. The written materials can be excerpts. Articles and essays are the most commonly used forms, but you can use things such as letters, as well. All of them must be short enough that they can be read in 15 minutes.

3. After you have found all of your resources and copied them, print them in the same format given in the AP Test. There are examples at the official AP site.

4. Compile your own Synthesis test question and resources and print one copy of it. Turn it in to me on January 6.