Monday, December 22, 2014

Glossary of Selected Tropes and Shemes

John F. Kennedy's inaugural address is almost a textbook of stylistic devices. The following brief glossary of terms gives examples from Kennedy's speech.

Quiz yourself on the Tropes and Schemes he uses.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet" are just one side of the conversation.

We are reading Ranier Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet #1 in ELA 9 and an interesting discussion has arisen about to whom the letters are addressed to.  The answer is in this thoughtful review of the text by  in The Guardian.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Visual Literacy Quiz

Visual Literacy Quiz

Choose ONE of the following pictures to analyze. Enter your responses on the Google Form below the pictures. Read the questions before selecting a picture:

1. Record the picture number.
2. Analyze the picture. What are the most important aspects of the picture? Who is the audience? How do you know?
3. What is one detail that you think makes the picture meaningful? Explain.
4. What is the EXPLICIT argument?
5. What is the IMPLICIT argument?
6. Create a list of subjects brought forth by the picture, both concrete and abstract. Choose one of the most prominent abstract subjects and explain how the picture conveys/make a connection to a universal truth?



Sunday, November 16, 2014

JFK Denounces U.S. Steel Industry Price Increase 1962/ 2012 Question 2 AP Lang Exam

On April 10, 1962, as the United States was emerging from a recession, the nation’s largest steel companies raised steel prices by 3.5 percent. President John F. Kennedy, who had repeatedly called for stable prices and wages as part of a program of national sacrifice during a period of economic distress, held a news conference on April 11, 1962, which he opened with the following commentary regarding the hike in steel prices. 

Read Kennedy’s remarks carefully. Then write an essay in which you analyze the rhetorical strategies President Kennedy uses to achieve his purpose. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.

2012 Question 2 AP Lang Exam and sample student responses

President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
Given on a cold January afternoon in 1961, John. F. Kennedy’s inaugural address hailed as a return to the tradition of political eloquence. It offers great pleasures to students of rhetoric, rewarding the close reader’s efforts with details large and small that lend themselves to analysis, that inspire imitation, and that have stood the test of time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Interesting documentary about Tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture

Interesting documentary about Tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture 
Useful background for assignment 2.5

Published on Oct 1, 2012

A 30 minute documentary commissioned by CWS-Asia/Pacific on the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, highlighting some of the efforts made by local people and organizations to combat the problems of radiation exposure, and some of the remaining dangers of radiation. We hope that this video will raise awareness of the ongoing needs of the people in Fukushima and further donations to our extended appeal for the Japan disaster.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Symbols and Symbolism

This is the clip we used to explain symbols and symbolism in 9th Grade ELA.


Here is a link to the video on youtube.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A visual representation of "My Sister's Keeper" by Fathia Absie

We've been working on note taking techniques in the 9th grade.  To this end, we listened to a story told by Fathia Absie for the Moth Story series at NPR.  It's pretty awesome, check it out here.  As we listened we took notes using this template for Cornell notes, which you can also find on the header bar at the top of this blog.  Below are the notes I took during the telling, reposted at the request of the students of 9A.

Cuttler's Superstar Class of the Week - The Competition Continues...

Our Superstar Class of the Week for the week of 10-17  is...


9B won for the first week and unseated powerhouse champion 9C who had either won or tied for the win for each of the last 3(!) weeks.  It was a close battle with 9A surging late on Thursday to try and take their first stand-alone win, having already tied for first last week, and I owe them a late congratulation for not mentioning it.  Next week, 9B will try to defend their crown, 9C will try to bounce back, and 9A will try to be a stand alone champion for the first time.  Be sure to check back to hear of all the fast paced action!  You won't want to miss this!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AP Language Gettysburg Address Parody

Here is our Syntax practice handout for Lincoln's Gettysburg address that was due 9-29.

Here is the Gettysburg Parody Rubric that your second draft of your parody will be assessed on.

The second draft must be shared with Mr.C by 10-7.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ELA 9 The Color of Water ppt

Here is The Color of Water powerpoint for you to review.  It is also on the ELA 9 page and the header at the top of the blog.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I came, I saw, I rocked it: Syntax: Sentence by Sentence

Here is the presentation we used in AP Lang class to begin our syntax unit.
There will be a quiz on these syntactical terms on Monday 9-29.  

Chiasmus is a figure of speech by which the order of the terms in the first of two parallel clauses is reversed in the second.

Juxtaposition Examples
Juxtaposition is a literary technique in which two or more ideas, places, characters and their actions etc. are placed side by side in a narrative or a poem for the purpose of developing comparisons and contrasts.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Black Power as setting in The Color of Water

"But there was a part of me that feared black power very deeply for the obvious reason. I thought black power would be the end of my mother. I had swallowed the white man's fear of the Negro, as we were called back then, whole." (26)

"The bus roared to life as I panicked. A Black Panther? Next to Mommy? It was my worst nightmare come true. I had no idea who the Panthers truly were. I had swallowed the media image of them completely." (34-36)


Cuttler's Superstar Class of the Week - The Competition Continues...

Our first week of Superstar Class of the Week is in the books!  Our first winner is...


Congratulations are in order for 9C for starting out this year's competition with an impressive 2 point win over a late surging 9A, who put up a very impressive 6 point Friday to make 9C work for their win.  The deciding factor was a combination of steady, focussed work on Focus Task questions and independent activities, fruitful collaboration and accountable talk during discussions, and Jerome making Mr. Cuttler (almost) laugh out loud when he composed an interesting topic sentence about boogers.  They earned their 5 points.  Congratulations!

Monday starts a new round of battle.  9A is hungry to avenge their close loss, 9B wants to get on the board and show what they can do, and 9C wants to start the year of with a back to back run. Only time will tell who will reign supreme!

Keep up with the week to week standings here.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Modest Proposal

AP Language and Composition
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Assignment 1.7

In an 1-2 page response, analyze Swift’s diction in "A Modest Proposal” in terms of the connotation of his language and verbal irony he uses in order to identify and analyze the speaker’s tone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Satire with Samantha Bee

Check out Samantha Bee's report from the 2012 election.

Questions groups will consider:

  1. What does the author assume about the attitudes of the audience in the piece?
  2. What aspect of society is the author satirizing?
  3. What is the goal or purpose of the satire? 
  4. What methods/techniques does the author employ to create the satire? 
  5. How effective are the author’s methods?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Intended Audience in commercials

Super Bowl Commercials 2013
Choose the audience that each of the following 10 commercials are trying to appeal to. Defend your opinion in 1-2 sentences.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer."

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

-from Frank Herbert's Dune

Analyzing Audience

Language of Composition - Audience

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tone words

Big old list of them.
Tone/Attitude Words

1.        accusatory-charging of wrong doing
2.        apathetic-indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
3.        awe-solemn wonder
4.        bitter-exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief
5.        cynical-questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
6.        condescension; condescending-a feeling of superiority
7.        callous-unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
8.        contemplative-studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
9.        critical-finding fault
10.     choleric-hot-tempered, easily angered
11.     contemptuous-showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
12.     caustic-intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
13.     conventional-lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality
14.     disdainful-scornful
15.     didactic-author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
16.     derisive-ridiculing, mocking
17.     earnest-intense, a sincere state of mind
18.     erudite-learned, polished, scholarly
19.     fanciful-using the imagination
20.     forthright-directly frank without hesitation
21.     gloomy-darkness, sadness, rejection
22.     haughty-proud and vain to the point of arrogance
23.     indignant-marked by anger aroused by injustice
24.     intimate-very familiar
25.     judgmental-authoritative and often having critical opinions
26.     jovial-happy
27.     lyrical-expressing a poet’s inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
28.     matter-of-fact--accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional
29.     mocking-treating with contempt or ridicule
30.     morose-gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
31.     malicious-purposely hurtful
32.     objective-an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside
33.     optimistic-hopeful, cheerful
34.     obsequious-polite and obedient in order to gain something
35.     patronizing-air of condescension
36.     pessimistic-seeing the worst side of things; no hope
37.     quizzical-odd, eccentric, amusing
38.     ribald-offensive in speech or gesture
39.     reverent-treating a subject with honor and respect
40.     ridiculing-slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of
41.     reflective-illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions
42.     sarcastic-sneering, caustic
43.     sardonic-scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
44.     satiric-ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach
45.     sincere-without deceit or pretense; genuine
46.     solemn-deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection
47.     sanguineous -optimistic, cheerful
48.     whimsical-odd, strange, fantastic; fun

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AP Language and Composition An Annotation Guide

Here is an annotation guide for AP Language and Composition.  Also, here are a few pages of my annotations from the Language of Composition textbook.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shooting an Elephant

This is an essay called "Shooting an Elephant", and I haven't read it since college.  I think it's really cool, but I'm not sure, I don't remember.  I'm going to re-read it to see if I'm right.

Monday, July 7, 2014


So...if you enjoy screencasts of me annotating essays assigned and SSCAP charts then you should probably check out my youtube channel.

Here is a picture of Albert Einstein.
I put a screencast of me annotating a SSCAP chart for Einstein's letter to a six year-old about whether scientists believe in God on Cut-tube.

Also up is screencast of me annotating Nelson Mandela's "An Ideal for Which I Am Prepared to Die".  I know what you're thinking, "Damn, but there's a party up in here!"  And you are right; the party is know.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mr. Cuttler's NEW ELA blog

This is the location of the new blog for Mr. Cuttler's ELA classes.  I'm quite fond of my "old" site at edublogs, but I'm hoping that this blog will be easier for students (and me) to navigate and integrate into Google Drive.

Stay tuned for more updates and developments this summer.

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