2017/2018

October Essential Questions:

  • What is rhetoric and how is it used to communicate, inform, entertain and manipulate?

  • What is literary style and how do its components (diction, syntax and other rhetorical devices) contribute to meaning and tone?

  • By what rules does visual rhetoric operate, and how can we “read” visuals to become savvy citizens and consumers?

Monday, October 2 – Ads due. Be sure to have your copy of “The Dangerous Safety of College” with you.

In class: Review blog responses, check article hws, use word family strategy to annotate “Dangerous Safety.”

HW: Reread pgs. 21 – 22 in LOC (Rhetorical analysis of Visual Texts.) Look over the NY Times analysis assignment. It is due October 25th.  Edit note 3 due Thursday. Preview this Budweiser ad considering how it uses the rhetorical appeals. Consider the following: What is its argument? How does it establish ethos? How are logos and pathos created?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

Tuesday, October 3 – Visual rhetoric continued.

HW: Read and annotate (word families and ELP) Bush’s 9/11 speech. HIGHLIGHT ELP, use word family strategy, identify and explain effect of rhetorical devices and select a Most Important Word. Explain your reasoning.

Wednesday, October 4 – Edit note 3 due tomorrow. Analysis of President Bush’s 9/11 speech and ads.

Thursday, October 5 – Edit note 3 due.

Friday, October 6 – HW due Tuesday: Read, annotate and soapstone “The Real Campus Scourge” https://nyti.ms/2x1blIY  and “Check This Box if you are a Good Person” https://nyti.ms/2ozDp1q   in preparation for Thursday’s Socratic seminar on the meaning and purposes of a college education.

Monday, October 9 – Columbus day – school closed

Tuesday, October 10 – Socratic seminar preparation. Review of Bruni and Sabky articles. Seminar questions.

Wednesday, October 11 – Alternate schedule.

Thursday, October 12 – Edit note 4 due. Socratic seminar preparation – types of questions. Students generate questions and decide on which will be most appealing and generate the most thought provoking conversation. Review for Edit note quiz on Monday, October 16th.

HW due Friday: Type your responses to our student generated questions.

Friday, October 13 –  Students generate question for Socratic seminar.

Monday, October 16: Socratic seminar (30 pts.) on “What’s the Point of College?” and “The Dangerous Safety of College” and “The Real Campus Scourge” and “Check this Box if You’re a Good Person.” Be sure to have your articles and typed responses to questions. You may keep these notes in front of you during seminar and they will be collected at the end of class. No handwritten notes accepted.

Here are the seminar questions: Socratic seminar questions pd 2-23onrlo

Socratic Seminar Questions pd 4-2mj2znn

Work on your NY Times Analysis paper. Review for tomorrow’s quiz.

Edit note quiz on Tuesday, October 17.

HW due Wednesday: Read and annotate JKF’s inaugural speech. Complete worksheet. Notice JFK’s use of rhetorical devices and their effects.

Tuesday, October 17: Review for and take edit note quiz.

Wednesday, October 18: JFK inaugural analysis groups. Review prepositional phrases for tomorrow’s edit note.

Thursday, October 19: In class: SOAPSTONE JFK speech. Review Rhetorical devices and their effects – review for NY Times and quiz. Rhetorical device quiz on Friday, October 27th.  Edit note 5 due. Here are the ppt notes for today: Rhetorical-devices-and-their-effects-2017-1cf4um0

Friday, October 20: Students read and annotate “Buds” by Ian Frazier   paying close attention to tone. Review your glossary and notes for next week’s quiz on rhetorical devices.

HW due Monday: Over the weekend, listen to this piece from the New Yorker Radio hour:

Coconut Oil Changed My Life

Jot down your responses to the following:

  1. Look up and add satire to your glossary.
  2. Interpret the following:

Satire should, like a polished razor keen,

Wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen.

~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

3. What social ill is Cirocco Dunlap addressing?

4. What is the (mock) argument of this piece?

5. What is the argument embedded in the satirical perspective?

Monday, October 23: Identifying tone – a quick dip into satire.

Tuesday, October 24: Satire, continued.

Wednesday, October 25: NY Times analysis due. Review for Friday’s rhetorical device quiz.

Thursday, October 26: Review, continued.

Friday, October 27: Rhetorical device quiz.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 25th – Early release –  day 3 periods 1 – 4

 

 

September Essential Questions:

  • What is rhetoric and how is it used to communicate, inform, entertain and manipulate?

  • What is literary style and how do its components (diction, syntax and other rhetorical devices) contribute to meaning and tone?

Week of September 6th:

Wednesday, 9/6 – Welcome back! Introductions, review of syllabus, questionnaires.

Thursday, 9/7 – Signed contract, attendance sheet and completed questionnaires due.  Review plagiarism definitions. LOC and Grammar books distributed. Review of compound sentences for edit note one (due on 9/14.)

Friday, 9/8 – Signed plagiarism forms due. Get to know each other and preview some 12H topics during our “speed chatting” activity.

HOMEWORK DUE MONDAY: Read and annotate college essay exemplars. Here is the link to Common App.org:http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts

Week of September 11th:

Monday, 9/11 – The Day We Will Never Forget. Students log into blog. Unpack Common App prompts. Discuss college essay exemplars. Pd. 4 – Review plagiarism guidelines. Collect any last contracts, questionnaires, attendance or plagiarism forms. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR TEXTBOOKS TOMORROW. Students who have a draft of their college essay can meet with me tomorrow/schedule consult for Friday.

Tuesday, 9/12 – Work on your college essay. Students read LOC Chapter 1 (as well as Diction, Tone and Syntax hand out) and take notes on preparation for quiz on Monday, September 25. (Matching quiz. APPROX. 30 points.) Here are some links to great articles about the college essay: https://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/11/essay/?mcubz=0    

https://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/essay-comments/

Wednesday, 9/13 – Be sure to have your textbook. Focus on Lou Gehrig’s speech (LOC).  Preview the following clip:

In class, we will complete a Soaps TONE chart, analyzing this speech.

Thursday, 9/14 – Edit note one due. Complete a Soapstone for Gehrig’s speech. Include exigence and kairos.

Friday, 9/15 – Individual consults on college essay for students who have completed a draft. Students may also use computers to work on our first blog post or edit note 2. See post: “What is the Point of College?” Here is the rubric for our blog posts: 12H blog rubric

Week of September 18th:

Monday, 9/18 – Review grammar for edit note 2. TYPED College essay drafts due. BE SURE TO DOUBLE SPACE, INCLUDE AN MLA HEADING WITH YOUR PROMPT WRITTEN OUT AND AN ACCURATE WORD COUNT. Create schedule for individual consults.

Tuesday, 9/19 – Bring your yellow grammar book. Individual consults. Students continue to read and absorb LOC Chapter 1 (as well as Diction, Tone and Syntax hand out) and take notes on preparation for quiz on WEDNESDAY, September 20. (Matching quiz. 28 points.) Students may also use computers to work on our first blog post or edit note 2. Here is the rubric for our blog posts: 12H blog rubric

Wednesday, 9/20 – Individual consults.

Thursday and Friday – No School – Rosh Hashanah. Shanah Tovah to those who observe the New Year.

Week of September 25th:

Monday, September 25: LOC Chapter one quiz. Individual consults. Students work independently to annotate and define terms and SOAPStone “Other Men’s Flowers.”

Tuesday, September 26: In class: Create a glossary in the back of your binder/notebook. Use the front and back of your pages.

(I will guide you in this process in class.) Page 1 = A – E, Page 2 = F -J, Page 3 = K – P, Page 4 = Q – T, Page 5 = V – Z.)

HW: Read and annotate Other Men’s Flowers  Be sure to add new terms to your glossary as you read. Don’t be surprised by a quiz on terms.  The Forest of Rhetoric

Wednesday, September 27th: Review and use Soapstone strategy to analyze “Other Men’s Flowers.”

Thursday, September 28th: Edit note 2 due.

Friday, September 29th: Blog post 1 due at 2pm. Be sure to post your comment and react to another student’s response. TODAY I WILL CHECK to see that you have read, annotated and SOAPStoned “Flowers” and “Point of College.” I will also check to see that you have done a “first pass read” of “The Dangerous Safety of College” and have researched (and written your findings down on the article) the important events and people referenced in the article (Middlebury, Murray, etc.)

HW: Look for a print ad to share with the class. You will bring this to class on Monday, October 2.