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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


Rooting Out Words
Grammar Gorilla
Paint by Idiom
The Plural Girls
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!

Word of the Day

Article of the Day

This Day in History

Today's Birthday

In the News

Quotation of the Day

Friday, March 20, 2015

World War Two Chrestomathy Materials

This is the last 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.

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.

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.