Sunday, August 10, 2014

Welcome back: August 18, 2014

Focus: What would we like to know about each other and about A.P. Literature?

1. Happy Monday journaling: Send a text to someone thanking them for something

Did you know...

  • When your mind is in a happy state (as opposed to a negative or neutral state), you're significantly more efficient, competitive, and successful?
    • "Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19 percent faster." (Achor The Happiness Advantage 15)
    • "Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 56 percent." (15)
    • Students in a happy mood before taking a match achievement test receive significantly better scores on average than students in a neutral state of mind. (15)
  • You can rewire your brain to become happier by performing certain tasks on a regular basis?

2. Telling you a little about my journey

3. Introducing yourselves using the two-minute personality test

4. Enjoying a little flash fiction: Writing your 6-word memoir and sharing in small groups

5. Investigating the syllabus and calendar and asking me anything you'd like know

6. Distributing the sheets of 26 questions and "Werewolves in Their Youth"

1. Bring How To Read Literature Like a Professor and the summer assignment that correlates with it to class tomorrow (Tuesday). You will need these for discussion, and you will also be turning in this portion of the summer reading assignment tomorrow; don't worry about "Wild Geese" metacognitive just yet (unless it's already stapled to the rest of your summer assignment).

2. Please sign the class syllabus and fill in the sheet of 26 questions by Wednesday, August 20.

3. Read "Werewolves in Their Youth" by Wednesday; please prepare for Wednesday's Socratic seminar by annotating (I suggest trying out the Socratic stems handed out in class; they're also linked under the Socratic Seminar page on my website).

4. This Thursday you will have your first AP Lit timed writing; it will focus largely on "Werewolves in Their Youth."

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