Why Goals and Objectives?

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Why Goals and Objectives?

  • Course Goal—broad, long-term
    • To understand the elements of argument and other genres or writing, and apply them in both writing, and analysis.
  • Daily Objective—accomplishing “pieces” of the “goal,” one step at a time

Eco Fact of the Week

Facts do matter—understand the point of credibility

Recognition, Happy Birthdays and Congratulations!

  • Paige’s birthday is Sunday!


  • While the City of Chandler is unable to collect plastic bags in recycling bins, many community locations such as Bashas, Fry’s, Safeway, Sprouts, and Target have collection centers.
  • Make sure to recycle your plastic bags!
  • Students for Sustainable Schools
  • Learn more at http://www.chandleraz.gov/

AP Language and Composition Thursday, 8 December 2016

  • Time will pass; will you? 10 school days remain in the fall semester.
  • Today’s Objective:

51 of the most beautiful sentences in literature @buzzfeed.com

  • 10. “Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.”
  • --Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  • Paz de Christo is tomorrow—thanks to the 3rd Hour Crew for volunteering: Maddy, Kaitlyn and Alaria.
  • Are your grades correct? Please double-check—we’re coming to the end of the term!
  • Have you registered for your AP exams?
  • The Daily Course Calendar was last updated Dec. 3.
  • Writing Contests are now posted on the class website—you can earn optional credit for these.
  • Bringing your book to class—it’s on the assignment calendar, and you are responsible for bringing it!

And the winner is…

  • 1st place: “Beavcoon”, a parody on urban myths by Heather Gallegos
  • 2nd place: “Trash Outfitters” a parody of today’s ridiculous consumerism, by Shardul Kophapalli
  • 3rd place: The new SAT: “Student Anxiety Test” by Kira Dohse

Next Week…

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday:
    • Writing position statements and introductory paragraphs for your research paper—please bring all ten annotated bibs to class with you
  • Wednesday:
    • HF Criticism: Jane Smiley’s “Say it Ain’t So, Huck” SSR/questions

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

      • Next Thursday:
    • Chapters 31-end, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn— tii upload required for the written work
      • Group 3: inner circle/Socratic Discussion
      • Groups 1 and 2: writing questions/even or odd chapters—you are also in the discussion
        • 6 questions from the text—3 focused on satire (and labeled as such)
        • 1 questions from the ancillary reading by Jane Smiley

Today’s Class:

    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      • Chapters 19-30
        • Groups: Finding the right questions for discussion—
      • Socratic Discussion—Group 2
      • Socratic Discussion—entire class
      • SSR (time permitting)


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

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”
  • Ineffective Essays
  • A 4 is “inadequate”
  • A 3 is “unsuccessful”
  • A 2 is “confusing”
  • A 1 is “ugh?”


  • 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 that is based first on the words 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.

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