AP English Language and Composition

Homework,April 2, 2019



Write a 4-paragraph essay in which you make an argument for whether or not Gloria Andalzua uses both circumlocution and diction effectively to prove the necessity for bilingual education. Dedicate one body paragraph to circumlocution (highlight the term).  Dedicate the other body paragraph to diction (highlight the term).  Highlight your AP thesis and topic sentences. Skip lines.  Due: Tuesday, April 9.


Homework, March 18, 2019



Prompt: Write a four-paragraph essay in which you analyze how both James Baldwin (page 797) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (page 805) use an anecdote in their letters to convince the reader of their arguments.  Identify and highlight the arguments of each writer, and identify and highlight their anecdotes.  (Paragraph format: Intro, Baldwin, King, Conclusion.)

Due: Tuesday, March 26, 2019



Homework: February 28, 2019


Feb. 28, 2019

  1.  Using James Baldwin (p, 798) as a model, write a 5- paragraph letter to a relative in your family in order to give him or her advice.
  2. Paragraph 1: Describe the person you are writing to (the addressee) and who he/she resembles in your family. (highlight the name/title of the addressee)
  3. Paragraph 2: Describe to the addressee how you admire the relative that the addressee resembles. (highlight name/title of the other relative)
  4. Paragraph #3: Give advice to the addressee about living in the United States (highlight the advice)
  5. Paragraph #4: Describe to the addressee how the United States does not always give us what we want and can shatter our dreams (highlight the disappointment)
  6. Paragraph #5: Give advice to the addressee on why it’s important to not feel inferior to whites, rich people, men, straight people, etc. (highlight the advice)
  7. Your letter should have a salutation (Dear _____:) and a closing (Sincerely,)
  8. Each paragraph requires a minimum of 5 sentences.
  9. Due Wednesday, March 6


Homework: February 19, 2019


  1.  Go to: Japanese American National Museum online (www.janm.org)
  2. Click “Collections and Research”
  3. Click “Museum Collections Online”
  4. Scroll down to “Mine Okubo Collection”
  5. Complete OPTIC for:
  1. Page 1: Mine with Open Newspaper, #2007.62.14 (click image, click Enlarge)
  2. Page 2: Waiting in Line for Supper, #2007.62.39
  1.  Write Mine Essay: Write an essay in which you argue which image is the most dehumanizing and give 3 reasons.
  2. Minimum 3 paragraphs written on one page (front/back), skip lines.  Highlight AP thesis.  Highlight 3 reasons.
  3. Due: Monday, Feb. 25


Homework: February, 11, 2019

Homework: Hiroshima

Write a mini-essay in which you both explain the barbarism of the Japanese military (Argument 4) and make an argument for the inhumanity of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan by the United States (Argument 7).  Include one quote from Argument 4 and one quote from Argument 7.  Highlight the two quotes.  Write an AP-level thesis.  Highlight the thesis.  Write one page, front-back, skip lines.  Write at least 3 paragraphs.

Due: Friday, Feb. 15




Homework: January 28, 2019

Prompt: Write a mini-essay, one page, front-back, handwritten, at least 3 paragraphs.  Using both “The Sitting Bee” story analysis and the first 3 pages of “That Evening Sun Goes Down” explain how the reader sees the theme of inequality in the story.  Include at least one highlighted quote from paragraph 4 or 5 of “The Sitting Bee” and one quote from the story.  Highlight both quotes. Write and highlight your AP-level thesis statement.  Due Tuesday, February 5.


Homework: January 23, 2018

1.  "That Evening Sun Go Down" - read the story on the internet by typing in: That Evening Sun Go Down xroads.virginia. edu.

2.  Complete a DIDLS graphic organizer.  If you lose the DIDLS, they are available online.  Just type: DIDLS pdf and print.

3.   Due, Friday, Jan. 25

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


1.  WA, p. 248 - "Write" section, #3

2.  1 page/front-back/skip


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