Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A.P. Literature Isn't Getting Enough Sleep: November 18, 2014

Focus: How can we combine different literary devices to respond effectively to Question 1?

1. Warming up: Question marks, exclamations and periods, oh my!
  • How many questions are in this speech?
  • How many exclamations?
  • How many simple, declarative sentences?
  • What do these sentence structure statistics reveal about the speaker?

Revisit the syntax of the final line.  Aside from the fact that it would throughout off the rhyme and rhythm of final heroic couplet, why isn't it written like this?

Uneasy rests the head that wears a crown.

The head that wears a crown lies uneasily.

Uneasy lies the king's head.

2. Exploring a sample essay together for strengths and weaknesses

3. Playing the matching game

Find one strong analysis of imagery in the first body paragraph.

Heart: Find two specific verbs that support the statement

Diamond: Find two examples of euphony and/or cacophony that support the statement

Spade: Find a word with a double meaning that supports the statement

Club: Find two examples of alliteration, assonance, perfect rhyme, and/or slant rhyme that support the statement

4. Editing your own timed writings

Round 1: Thesis and topic sentences

Round 2: Paraphrasing vs. analyzing

Round 3: Mixing it up instead of being a one-trick pony (using multiple literary devices within a body paragraph)

Round 4: Style

1. Read up to (but not through) Chapter 14 for Wednesday; for your reading ticket, please track one or two patterns just as we were doing in class yesterday.  Jot down the page numbers on which you find these patterns, and form 10 good questions/inferences based on the passages that display them.

2. By tomorrow, compose a list of about five poems that intrigue you and seem worthy of intensive study.  Time period does not matter, but difficulty does. Toss them into a Google doc, and be sure to include title, author, and year published.

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