November 30

For “A Modest Proposal”

Before submitting a response here, on a separate sheet of paper–which I will check on Monday as part of your homework–paraphrase definitions for the following vocabulary words. They are: 1) importuning 2) sustenance 3) prodigious 4) misanthropic 5) deplorable 6) commodity 7) raiment 8) liable 9) per annum 10) papists 11) encumbrance 12) inducement 13) brevity 14) emulation 15) expedients 16) subsistence. These are this week’s vocabulary words. You will have a test Friday. 🙂

After you complete the vocabulary, read the introduction and Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Then answer question two from page 401 here. Be sure to proofread for all of your current editing requirements (check your notes). Write your response according to what you know must be included. I suggest you handwrite your response before you type it.

November 28

Declaration of Independence and Sentiments and Resolutions

You have two tasks.
1) Identify then describe one distinctive syntactic feature found in the Declaration of Independence. Once you identify this feature, explain the effect it may have created on the audience during the time just before the Revolutionary War. Why do you think Jefferson crafted this argument in this way? Did he achieve his purpose?

2) Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Sentiments and Resolutions resembles the Declaration of Independence. Why specifically, do you think she chose to mimic Jefferson’s document? What is the significance of her doing so and how does this help to acheive her purpose?

Cite concrete details from both documents in your response. This is due by Friday morning. 🙂

November 26

Respond to Welty’s “Listening”

Write an organized description of a time when you found yourself completely wrapped in a book or essay. Your description should begin with an introduction that contains an assertion about how important reading is to your experience. Be sure to stay on topic, focusing back on your assertion. Proofread for all grammar elements and try to be as specific as possible, eliminating unnecessary pronouns and other weak language like “good” and “bad.” Two-three paragraphs will do. Enjoy.

Here’s an example of how to start:
Though I had read many, many words before then, the first time I got lost in the pages of a book happened when I was sixteen and bumped into a book on my mom’s bookcase. At sixteen, I first read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (underline). Before then, I didn’t know that I could find characters who looked like and spoke like the people in my community. I felt at home in the pages of that book. (Next, I will describe in detail what I experienced as I read the book–tying it back to feeling “at home” which is the thesis. 🙂 Do work folks.

November 14

For “The Morals of the Prince”

Write a response to Machiavelli’s assertion that the ends justify the means. Do you think that in today’s world we can set aside how we get a goal achieved, instead focusing on what we get in the end? Think about the argument that getting someone to donate by giving them incentives is worth it because at least the people who need it get help. What do you think? Are there situations where Machiavelli’s could be a productive, logical tactic? Are there situations in which this tactic should never be used? Proofread and copy your work before you submit it.

November 6

Digital Nation

Due Wednesday am–for all periods.

We live in a time that demands we incorporate and rely upon technology more than ever. After reading “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” and watching the film, Digital Nation, take a position that argues for or against increasing the current amount of technology in our lives. Consider Toni Morrison’s essay, “The Dancing Mind” as you contemplate a well-developed response. Please write between 2-3 developed and proofread paragraphs. Your paragraphs should be logical, thoughtful and supported by relevant evidence.

Before submitting your response, copy your work (so you do not lose it) and proofread for sentence boundaries, subject verb agreement, active voice, appropriate verb tenses, and needless verbiage. You have entered the period of more critical writing and grading. Be careful! You will be scored on a 0-9 AP rubric score. Use this link to see AP scoring guide: then click the last link, 9-Point AP Scoring Guide.

This is a short argument–just to get your feet wet.