AP English Language and Composition

Homework – January 8, 2019

In his Nobel Prize speech William Faulkner argues that human beings are so worried about whether or not they will “be blown up” that they disregard the human spirit and topics such as honor, hope, and pride.  Using the speech on page 773 and the “2017 Estimated Nuclear Warhead Inventories” develop a position on whether Faulkner’s argument is valid or not.

Write one typed page, size 12 New Roman, double spaced.  Include an AP-level thesis (compound or complex sentence).

Due Monday, January 14

 

 

 

Homework, Dec. 3, 2018

Due: Wednesday, Dec. 5

Prompt:  Write a 3-paragraph essay in which you explain why a woman has not become President of the United States.  Include an AP thesis statement that is a compound sentence [Example: She wants to go to the store (topic), and she is willing to risk her life to get there (argument)].  Hi-lite the thesis.  Include one quote from Steinem, pages 597-599.  Hi-lite quote.  Include a short anecdote about a female you know or a female you are aware of who resists patriarchy/male supremacy.  Hi-lite the anecdote. Essay limit: one page.

 

 

AP Vocabulary Quiz #6

  1. Fallacy – an error in reasoning based on incorrect evidence
  2. Figurative language – language that uses figures of speech such as metaphors, similes, personification, etc.
  3. Footnote – an explanatory reference at the bottom of the page of a text
  4. Hyperbole – an exaggeration or overstatement (example: I’m so hungry, I can eat a cow.)
  5. Idealism – the act or practice of viewing things in an ideal form as they should be or as you would like them to be
  6. Idiom – two or more words which when used together, take on a new meaning (example: “what’s up?” for how are you; “kick the bucket” meaning to die)
  7. Implicit – meaning that is implied or suggested (opposite of explicit)

 

Homework, Nov. 29, 2018

1. Page 599, Read #1

2. 1 page, front, skip

 

AP Vocabulary Quiz #5

 

  1.  Double entendre – a phrase or saying that has two meanings
  2.  Ellipsis – a mark or series of marks (…) used in writing to indicate an omission (missing) letters or words
  3. Empirical, empiricism – knowledge based on experience or observation; the view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge
  4. Episodic – appearing in episodes, a long string of short, individual scenes, stories, or sections
  5. Epigram – a short quotation or verse that precedes text that sets a tone or gives some other context for the text
  6. Ethos -  a speaker or writer’s credibility; his or her character, honesty, etc.
  7. Exemplar – an example, especially one that is a model to emulate or aim for
  8. Explicit – made obvious or clear.

 

Homework, Nov. 8, 2018

1.  Page 437, Read #1 

2. 1 page, front-back, skip

 

Homework, Oct. 29, 2018

1.  Where is "the barrio" in L.A.?

2.  Describe it.  Highlight 3 visual images, and one image for smell.

3.  1 page, front-back, skip

AP Vocabulary Quiz #4

 

  1.  Assertion – the claim or point the author is making
  2. Bias - a preference for or an inclination towards one side over another
  3. Candor – open and honest communication
  4. Circular reasoning – a type of faulty reasoning in which a writer attempts to support a statement by simply repeating the statement in stronger or different terms
  5. Colloquial – common language or regional language
  6. Counterexample – an exception to a proposed general idea
  7. Diatribe – an explosion of harsh language that typically condemns an idea
  8. Diction – words chosen by a writer or speech writer
  9. Dilemma – usually this is an either/or situation; typically, a moral decision.

 

 

 

 

Homework, Oct. 26, 2018

1.  "Barrio," #2

2.  One page, front-back, skip.  Highlight thesis.

 

Homework, Oct. 25, 2018

1. "Barrio," p. 395, Read #1

2.  One page, front-back, skip

 

Homework, Oct. 17, 2018

1. Paraphrase paragraph #25

2.  Write vocabulary.  Study both for quiz

 

 

Homework, Oct. 3, 2018

1. Pages 383-385 (paragraphs 15-20)

2.  SOAPSTone and vocabulary

 

 

Homework - Oct. 1, 2018

1. Page 381-383 (paragraphs 8-14)

2. SOAPSTone and 12 vocabulary words.

 

AP Vocabulary List #3

  1.  Circumlocution – to write around a subject; to write in circles around a topic without really saying anything
  2. Digress – to move off the point or off the topic
  3. Euphemism – a kinder, gentler, less crude word or phrase to replace one that seems inappropriate in a particular situation; a word or phrase that dilutes or lessens the meaning of a more precise word (for example “casualties” for deaths)
  4. Oxymoron – figurative language in which two contradictory words are combined for effect, such “crazy logic”
  5. Metaphor – a comparison of two very unlike things in which one thing IS another (i.e., “Life is a Dream”)
  6. Paradox – the juxtaposition or placing side by side conflicting ideas that reveal a truth or insight

 

Homework - Sept. 27, 2018

1.  Page 729, Connect #2; make an allusion to the "Dec. of Ind."

2.  1 page/front/skip

 

Homework - Sept. 26, 2018

1.  Studey "Dec. of Ind." vocab. 18-25 (quiz?)

2.  Bring Rhetoric Journal

 

Homework - Sept. 25, 2018

1.  Study "Dec. of Ind." vocab. 9-17 (quiz?)

 

Homework - Sept. 24, 2018

1.  Study "Declaration of Independence" vocabulary, 1-8 (quiz?)

2.  Study Rhetoric Journal vocab. list #2 (anecdote, antecedent, antithesis, apostrophe)

“Declaration of Independence”

Pages 235-238

  1.  Impel (verb) – to force
  2. Endow (verb) – to give
  3. Unalienable (adjective)- not transferable; not able to be taken away
  4. Derive (verb) – to get
  5. Prudence (adjective) – careful wisdom
  6. Transient (adjective) – not lasting
  7. Usurpation (noun) – illegal seizure
  8. Evince (verb) – to show clearly
  9. Despotism (noun) – the exercise of absolute authority
  10. Tyranny (noun) – oppressive government by an absolute ruler
  11. Assent (noun) – agreement
  12. Accommodation (noun)- an adjustment to make a situation more convenient
  13. Relinquish (verb) – to give up
  14. Tyrant (noun) – an absolute, oppressive ruler
  15. Legislature (noun) – branch of the government that makes laws
  16. Compliance (noun) – agreement
  17. Annihilation (noun) – extermination
  18. Tenure (noun)- time in office
  19. Jurisdiction (noun) – legal control of an area
  20. Abdicate (verb) – to give up
  21. Brethren (noun) – brothers; church members
  22. Kindred (noun) – family members
  23. Acquiesce (verb) – to give in
  24. Rectitude (noun)- correctness
  25. Levy (verb) – to impose a tax

 

AP English Language Exam Vocabulary 2

 

  1. Anecdote – a short narrative of an unusual or interesting event that is often included in an essay or speech to clarify abstract points
  2. Anticlimactic (event) – an event that causes disappointment because it is less exciting than was expected (anticlimax)
  3. Antecedent – that which comes before; the antecedent of a pronoun is the noun to which the pronoun refers.  (You may be expected to find this relationship on the exam.)
  4. Antithesis – the opposite of an idea used to emphasize a point; the juxtaposition (placing side by side) of contrasting words or ideas.  Hope is the antithesis of despair.

 

  1. Antithesis, balanced – a figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase of grammatical structure
  2. Apostrophe – a speaker directly addresses something or someone not living that cannot answer back

 

  1. Appeal to authority – in appealing to authority, the writer refers to expert opinion.

 

 

 

Homework - Sept. 21, 2018

1.  Page 239, Write section, #2 (two ethical claims, hi-lite)

2.  One page, front-back, skip

 

Homework - Sept. 20, 2018

1. Read "Declaration of Independence," p. 235-238 for quiz

2.  Bring 3-ring binder and Rhetoric Journal

 

Homework - Sept. 18, 2018

1.  Write 2 of each type of claim (logos, ethos, pathos) from "Slave Market" = 6 total (front of paper)

2.  Explain one claim/quote on back of paper, hi-lite claim.  (1 page/back/skip lines)

3.  Bring Rhetoric Journal

 

Homework - Sept. 14, 2018

1.  Read "Declaration of Independence," p. 235-238

2.  Possible quiz

 

Homework - Sept. 11, 2018

Period 1

1.  Page 222, #1 (1page/front/skip)

2.  Hi-lite thesis statement (stage 1 or 2)

Period 2

1.  Page 306, Read Section #4 (1 page/front/skip)

2.  Hi-lite thesis and quote

 

 

Homework - Sept. 7, 2018

Periods 1 and 2

1.  WA, p. 266 Write section, #2 (1 page/front/skip; include one quote)

2.  Read "Shipmates," p. 267-272 (quiz?)

 

Homework - Sept. 5, 2018

1.  Read Bennett, "Before the Mayflower," p. 261-266

2.  Write vocabulary for 20 new words (word, part of speech, definition)

3.  Quiz Friday

4.  Bring Rhetoric Journal on Fri.

 

Homework - Sept. 4, 2018

Period 1

1.  WA, p. 222, #4

2.  Include highlighted thesis statement (stage 1 or 2)

3.  1 page/front-back/skip

Period 2

1.  WA, p. 222, #2

2.  Include highlighted thesis statement (stage 1 or 2)

3.  I page/front-back/skip

 

Homework - August 30, 2018

PERIOD 1

1.  WA, p. 248 - "Write" section, #3

2.  1 page/front-back/skip

PERIOD 2

1.  WA, p. 222, #4

2.  1 page/front-back/skip

 

Homework - August 29, 2018

1. Read WA, p. 149-157

2.  Possible quiz

 

Homework - August 28, 2018

1.  Read WA, p. 49-54

2.  Explain pathos, logos, ethos in your own words

3.  Write 1page/front/skip lines. Hi-lite appeals

 

 

Homework - August 27, 2018

1. Read Writing America, p. 3-8

2. What are 3 things you learn about reading?

3. Answer question in paragraph. 1p/f/sk.  Hi-lite the 3 things.

4. Possible quiz

 

Homework - August 22, 2018

1. Read "What do Students Need to Know About Rhetoric"

2.  Write a one-page summary on the front of your paper; skip lines

3.  Study vocabulary words 1-8 from article