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

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