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AP Lang: Humor Week, Day 4

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can compose an AP Essay from an old AP Prompt.

Opening Session: Review of the AP Rubric, since it’s been a while since we’ve written an essay 🙂

Work Session: Today we’re writing an AP Essay! This is a released prompt from an actual old AP exam. This particular prompt comes from 2005, which happens to be the year I took AP Lang in high school. So that’s a fun coincidence 🙂

As usual, you will have 40 minutes to write the essay, and then we will trade and peer grade them.

Closing Session: Find the person who graded your essay, put your real name on it, and then return it to me so I can grade it!

Assessment: Formal (graded essay)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding), Product (varied length)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your free choice book.

AP Lang: Humor Week, Day 3

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze how an author uses rhetoric to create humor in an essay.

Opening Session: Satire ala The Simpsons!

Work Session: Today we’re going to be examining a pretty famous text called “A Modest Proposal.” We’re going to listen to an audio recording of the entire essay, which will take about 30 minutes, and then have a little discussion over it.

  • Why would Swift suggest something as outrageous as eating babies?
  • What was actually the problem? Was it hunger? Was it the Irish?
  • What would have been a more reasonable solution?
  • How do you think the public reacted when the essay was published?

After a little discussion, I want you guys to take a stab at your own sort of satire. I would like for you to write your own “modest proposal”. Remember the things that defined the original – your idea needs to be absolutely ludicrous, the problem you’re solving should be something that people perceive as real, but your solution needs to be so outlandish as to make it obvious that it’s not really a problem in the first place. For example, Jonathan Swift saw that other people thought there were “too many Irish,” so he proposed the idea of eating Irish children, which is so ridiculous that it makes it obvious that there is really no problem in the first place. This will be a journal entry, so I’m only looking for 1-2 paragraphs, nothing huge.

Closing Session: Share out! I would love to hear what you’ve written!

Assessment: Formative – Friday Journal Check

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Independent Reading book

AP Lang: Anthem, Day 1

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can analyze the specific beliefs and philosophies of an author and how those beliefs influenced her work.

Opening Session: Vocab Quiz and Journal Check!

Work Session:  Welcome to Friday! Today we’re going to begin our week of talking about Anthem with a little bit of fun. It is Friday, after all. First, let’s watch this interview with the author of the book, Ayn Rand:

After we watch that, I want to stop and discuss what she said. What do you think she means when she talks about American businesses should no longer support American universities? Why do you think she thinks that? What influences in her life do you think helped to build that point of view?

Next, I want to read an article from the New Yorker which I think is absolutely hilarious, called “The Libertarian Police Department.”

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/l-p-d-libertarian-police-department

Along those same lines, check out this famous April Fool’s Day prank from 1996: http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1888721_1888719_1888692,00.html

Consider for a moment why the LPD article is funny, and why the April Fool’s Day prank made people so angry. What’s going on with these ideas?

Write a brief journal entry in which you consider whether or not America is moving in this direction. Can you think of any modern examples of America becoming more “sponsored”? Or, the opposite – can you think of any areas where America is becoming less influenced by corporations?

Closing Session: 

Share out! Let’s go around the room and share what we came up with in our journal entries.

Assessment: Formal (vocab quiz)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, extended time as needed)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your independent reading book.

American Lit: The Tone of Satire

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can analyze an author’s use of genre and detail for satirical purposes and explore the impact of ridicule on the perception of a writer’s subject.

Opening Session: Are you familiar with The Onion? If not, let’s visit the website and learn a little about their specific brand of news… https://www.theonion.com/

Work Session: Today we’re reading an article called “Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes.” This article is a satire from The Onion, so you can expect it  to be funny. After we read it together, I want you guys to answer the Second Read questions on page 278.

Then, I want you to practice by writing your own satirical piece. Choose your topic, using the ones we saw on The Onion as inspiration, and write a short 2-3 paragraph satirical article in which you practice ridiculing a subject and writing in a humorous way.

Closing Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!! Hahaha you thought I forgot, didn’t you? Well good news, this is our LAST quiz of the semester!!!

Assessment: Informal (book check), Formal (vocab quiz)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding), Product (modified length)

American Lit: Identifying the Elements of Satire

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can identify the elements of satire and analyze how a satirist uses humor to develop a position.

Opening Session: Let’s preview what satire is! This is a clip from the Colbert Report from 2014 about the introduction of the Apple Watch.

Work Session: Today we’re reading an article called “Let’s Hear It for the Cheerleaders.” You guys are going to read this article independently and then complete the chart and the quickwrite on page 272. You do NOT need to do the Second Read questions.

After that, we will do the “Determine the meaning of unknown words” section on page 273 together. This is all about using context clues and patterns of word changes to determine the definition of a word you’re unfamiliar with. These are really good skills to have, especially for test taking!

Closing Session: Do the “Check Your Understanding” on page 273 on the sticky note I give you and stick it to the board when you’re done!

Assessment: Informal (Book check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)