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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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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Teachers Named "World's Greatest Teachers of the Year"

By the WGEC News Service
An independent educational website has, for the eighth time, named James Logan Language Arts Teachers Tim Campbell and Patrick Hannigan the "World's Greatest English Teachers of 2012."

The teachers have won the award for eight straight years.

The website, which was nominated for a 2006 Weblog award, chose Campbell and Hannigan for "their outstanding achievements in Language Arts education," according to the website.

The duo earned specific praise for their work in bringing California Standards-based lessons to their classrooms, developing innovative and engaging lessons for the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," the novel "Lord of the Flies" and the seminal satirical political fable, "Animal Farm," and for their revolutionary "outside reading" program known as "TIES," or Thematic Investigation, Exposition and Synthesis, which guides students through a variety of "bundles," which are groups of thematically related books, articles, websites and films, before prompting them to produce a variety of materials in response.







Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Campbell, Hannigan Named World's Greatest Teachers of the Year

Teachers Named "World's Greatest Teachers of the Year"
An independent educational website has named James Logan Language Arts Teachers Tim Campbell and Patrick Hannigan the "World's Greatest English Teachers of 2013."

The website, nominated for a 2007 Weblog award, chose Campbell and Hannigan for "their outstanding achievements in Language Arts education," according to the website.

This is the 10th straight year they have won the prestigious award.

The duo earned specific praise for their work in bringing California Standards-based lessons to their classrooms, developing innovative and engaging lessons for the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," the novel "Lord of the Flies" and the seminal satrical political fable, "Animal Farm," and for their revolutionary "outside reading" program known as "TIES," or Thematic Investigation, Exposition and Synthesis, which guides students through a variety of "bundles," which are groups of thematically related books, articles, websites and films, before prompting them to produce a variety of materials in response.

"We love the books we teach and the students to whom we teach them," said Educator Tim Campbell. "I particularly like Animal Farm, which contains many important lessons for students, such as the part in which Napoleon aggrandizes himself by awarding himself medals and the like."

Hannigan said he was grateful for the award and the recognition it brings. "It would be false modesty to say we didn't deserve this award. We've worked very hard on the behalf of our students. It's all about them. They are the future of the world. Right now, though, Mr. Campbell and I are the present. We are a gift we give to our students."

Students seem to appreciate that gift. In an essay written for Mr. Hannigan, one student said "Mr. Hannigan's intellectual ideas have greatly influenced all people."

The student, who cannot be identified because of state law, said his "family moved to Union City just so [the student} could be one of the students of the Almighty Hannigan."

Similar comments have been made by students about Campbell, who has also been named the James Logan High School Teacher of the Year.

The website, www.worldsgreatestenglishclass.com, cited statistics that prove, through scientific analysis, that Campbell and Hannigan's students get higher grades in both high school and college, earn more after they graduate, are more popular with their peers and have lower lung cancer and colon cancer rates than their counterparts. Their mates report higher levels of satisfaction, as well.

Educational expert Fred Jedder praised Campbell and Hannigan, saying that "the educational community would do well to submit to their leadership and give up resisting the inevitable conquest of the exhausted pedagogies."

Prince Felatu, ruler of the island nation of Tatua, said he would grant Campbell and Hannigan hereditary titles of Lords of the Realm of Tatua, and ordain them as bishops in the Church of Tatua.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Welcome, Parents, to The World's Greatest Open House

This website and the material hereon contained are intended to support your students in their efforts to master their Honors English Two or AP Language and Composition Class. But it is for YOU, too. Here, you can find which books we are reading, and when major assignments are due. It is updated regularly.

Plus, there is MORE. We have provided some educational links to online activities intended to boost their overall academic performance. SAT questions and vocabulary, word matches, and various articles will be posted here regularly.

But, wait there is MORE. Your students can also communicate online to form study groups and otherwise support their academic ventures in this class.

All in a clean and sanitary -depending on the state of your keyboard- learning environment.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Campbell's Honors English Two Summer Reading Discussion Assignment

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Honors students desiring credit for doing their summer reading assignment should leave at least three substantial comments in the comments area below. Two of the comments should be about the book you read and one should be in response to someone else's comment about a book you did not read. The comments should highlight your understanding of the books (through the other reader in the book you did not read) and inspire confidence in the teachers that you did, indeed, read these books. Unconvincing commentary will receive no credit.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cyrano De Bergerac Chrestomathy Materials

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This is the first 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 refering 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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hannigan's Honors English Two Summer Reading Discussion

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Honors students desiring credit for doing their summer reading assignment should leave at least three substantial comments in the comments area below. Two of the comments should be about the book you read and one should be in response to someone else's comment about a book you did not read. The comments should highlight your understanding of the books (through the other reader in the book you did not read) and inspire confidence in the teachers that you did, indeed, read these books. Unconvincing commentary will receive no credit.