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.

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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.

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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.

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October 17

Mother Jones

What do you think of the article and its argument about Romney? Is it a legitimate analysis? Do you think they have a valid point? Have they proven their assertion? And what do you think about Romney’s linking gun violence to single moms? Proofread for s-v agreement, active voice, and sentence boundaries (run-ons, fragments, comma splices). Copy your work before you submit it.

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October 1

Zinn “Columbus…Progress” Response

From the reading, which is very desciptive and detailed, we should gain a clearer appreciation of what the Native People experienced once Columbus hit Caribbean shores. Locate two passages that you feel evoke the reality of what actually happened to the Arawaks. Cite those two passages, quoting them in MLA Style (with appropritate quotations and ellipses, if necessary) and explain how each passage illustrates the gravity of the indigenous experience with the newly arrived Europeans.

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