What should you be reading? Facts do matter—understand the point of credibility

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  • for helping those less advantaged at Paz de Chisto last Friday evening. If just everyone gave an hour or two a week…

What should you be reading?

Facts do matter—understand the point of credibility

Recognition, Happy Birthdays and Congratulations!

  • It’s Alyssa’s birthday!

AP Language and Composition Monday, 6 March 2017

  • Time will pass; will you? 47 school days remain in the spring semester.
  • Today’s Objectives:
    • To review and assess a rhetorical analysis.
      • Last Thursday, Dr. Seuss would have been 113-years-old. 1904-1991


  • The Great Gatsby is available for check out
    • A quick read over break?—great idea. No, it will not hurt to read it twice.
  • Keep abreast of the Daily Course Calendar.
    • Last updated March 3
  • Writing Contests are now posted on the class website—you can earn optional credit for these. Updated February 6

Coming Due—do not squander time—that’s the stuff life’s made of!

  • Today/tomorrow: MLK revision assignment
    • Optional. The original assignment must be turned in with the revision for credit.
  • Tomorrow:
    • Vocab Log #10
  • This week:
    • Research papers are due Thursday, March 9. No late papers will be accepted. Tii upload is required. ALL PAPERS ARE UPLOADED TO “REVISION”—use the one without revision to check for plagiarism
        • Your rubric is your editing and revision guide. Questions about MLA/Works Cited/formatting—see OWL on the class website under the “Research” tab
  • Are you working on those vocabulary sentences like I advised?

Today’s class: Revising and Editing your research paper vocabulary log out?

  • Caesar Chavez’s article devoted to helping those in need—1978
    • Read Prompt
    • Read Anchors
    • Camera shots…
    • Reflection (1 full paragraph, word-processed)/Scoring is due Thursday.

AP one-word scoring descriptors for timed writing essays:

  • A 9 is “unique”
  • An 8 is “sophisticated”
  • A 7 is “effective”
  • A 6 is “adequate”
  • A 5 is “uneven”
  • A 4 is “inadequate”
  • A 3 is “unsuccessful”
  • A 2 is “confusing”
  • A 1 is “ugh?”


  • The 9-point rubric
    • 9-point descriptors
  • The Anchor Papers—these are “samples”—responses vary
  • Camera Shots (these are worth 50 points)
  • Scoring…


  • Rhetoric:
    • The traditional definition of rhetoric, first proposed by Aristotle, and embellished over the centuries by scholars and teachers, is that rhetoric is the art of observing in any given case the “available means of persuasion.”
  • Close Reading:
    • Reading to “develop an understanding of a text, written or visual, that is based first on the words and images themselves and then on the larger ideas those words suggest.”
  • Rhetorical Analysis:
    • Defining an author’s purpose, then identifying and analyzing the techniques and strategies employed to achieve that purpose.

Whose idea was this rhetoric thing?

  • Socrates: 469-399 B.C.E.
    • Father of Western philosophy and Mentor to Plato. Epistemology and logic.
  • Plato: 424-348 B.C.E.
    • Student of Socrates and founder of “The Academy” Philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric and mathematics.
  • Aristotle: 384-322 B.C.E.
    • Student of Plato, and teacher to Alexander the Great.

Why Goals and Objectives?

  • Course Goal—broad, long-term
  • Daily Objective—accomplishing “pieces” of the “goal,” one step at a time
    • To understand and evaluate the finer elements argument

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