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AP Language

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

Games

Rooting Out Words
Grammar Gorilla
Paint by Idiom
The Plural Girls
Scramble-saurus
Stay Afloat
Math Baseball
Match Up
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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Article of the Day

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Revenge of the nerds: Your high school grades predict what you

"At this point, I think most of us have come to appreciate that teenage nerdery can pay off handsomely later in life. But in case the money pouring into Silicon Valley or the cultural hegemony of Game of Thrones didn't have you convinced, researchers at the University of Miami have now published a study showing that students who earn better grades in high school also make more money as adults."

Revenge of the nerds: Your high school grades predict what you

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Maus author Art Spiegelman says:


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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 about...to 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 )

Monday, March 10, 2014

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.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lord of the Flies Chrestomathy Materials

This is the third of four chrestomathies each student will be required to complete this year in The World's Greatest English Class. The three links below are the guide for the materials that are needed for completion of the unit:

The first is the Table of Contents for the unit. This will be the first page of the completed chrestomathy. It shows what pages will be needed and in what order the materials will be presented.

The second is the Unit Specifics sheet for the unit. This sheet will not ultimately be included in the chrestomathy but is essential for knowing which options are available on each assignment. For example, included are the words available for the Word Quest and the topics available for all the types of writing in the unit, Narrative, Persuasive, and Response to Literature. The student will be referring to the sheet often.

The final sheet is the rubric that The World's Greatest English Teachers will be using when grading the chrestomathy. The student should print out a copy of this rubric so they will have a good idea how they will be graded, but it will not be included in the chrestomathy.

LOTF Table of Contents
LOTF Unit Specifics
ThemeLink.pdf
WordQuest.pdf
LitTechniques1.pdf
LitTechniques2.pdf
PoisonPen.pdf
Molotkov.pdf
Foreshadowing.pdf
WhenandWhere.pdf
charting multiple texts
Narrative.pdf
Synthesis Composition
Lesson Presentation Expository Speech
Lesson Planning Sheet

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WordQuest: Brief Introductions to 30 Figures of Speech

When you write a sentence using your WordQuest word figuratively, you need to use a figure of speech. You already know the names of some of the figures, such as metaphor, simile, personification and irony, but knowing their names is not enough. You need to be able to use them in your writing, and recognize them in others' writing, and you need to know and use many more.

You also need to know what your word actually means, not just what the dictionary says about it. You need to understand your word, not just parrot the words of the definition you read. So look it up in several dictionaries. How many? As many as it takes to fully understand your word so that you can define it in your own words easily. Or, you could ask educated people, such as your other teachers, for their definitions of the word. How many? You know how many.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN EDUCATION. MAKE YOURSELF POWERFUL.

The following article is from About.com, which has lots of good material on figurative language for you to use.




"Of the hundreds of figures of speech, many have similar or overlapping meanings. Here we offer simple definitions and examples of 30 common figures, drawing some basic distinctions between related terms.

What's the difference between a metaphor and a simile?
Both metaphors and similes express comparisons between two things that aren't obviously alike. In a simile, the comparison is stated explicitly with the help of a word such as like or as: "My love is like a red, red rose / That's newly sprung in June." In a metaphor, the two things are linked or equated without using like or as: "Love is a rose but you better not pick it.

What's the difference between metaphor and metonymy?
Put simply, metaphors make comparisons while metonyms make associations or substitutions. The place name "Hollywood," for example, has become a metonym for the American film industry (and all the glitz and greed that go with it).
Also see: Synecdoche.

What's the difference between metaphor and personification?
Personification is a particular type of metaphor that assigns the characteristics of a person to something non-human, as in this observation from Douglas Adams: "He turned on the wipers again, but they still refused to feel that the exercise was worthwhile, and scraped and squeaked in protest."
Also see: What Is Personification?

What's the difference between personification and apostrophe?
A rhetorical apostrophe not only animates something absent or non-living (as in personification) but also addresses it directly. For instance, in Johnny Mercer's song "Moon River," the river is apostrophized: "Wherever you're going, I'm going your way."
Also see: Personification in Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn.

Click below for many more comparisons and definitions. Use one of these figures or any other when you write your WordQuest figurative sentence.

Brief Introductions to 30 Figures of Speech - Figurative Language Q & A - From About.com