Monthly Archives: February 2015

[AP Lang] Updates

Snowed-in Scholars:

I’ve made many updates to the course specific page. Take the opportunity today to check it out. Among the many gems you’ll find: a new dialectical journal for the new novel, updated handouts, electronic only documents, etc. You will also find the assignment details for Column #4- The Irony Synthesis Question. Please read the two articles linked in the previous post to steel yourself for the task ahead of you. Also, next week is Flower Week, where you will write a full cycle of AP Lang essays in class, a preparatory simulation for the real exam, (that “rough beast, its hour come round at last./ Slouches towards [Silver Spring] to be born”).

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Preparatory Reading for Column #4- Irony Synthesis [AP Lang]

How to Live Without Irony by Christy Wampole

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Sincerity, Not Irony, Is Our Age’s Ethos by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

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What it’s like?

“Prolonged hours of wakefulness, when all he sought was sleep, might turn out to have been sleep when he waked: but most insupportable was the sensational affair which went something like this: consciousness, it seemed, was a succession of separate particles, being carried along on the surface of the deep and steady unconscious flow of life, of time itself, and in fainting, the particles of consciousness simply stopped, and the rest flowed on, until they were restored: but this was the stoppage, the entire disappearance of that deeper flow which left the particles of consciousness suspended, piling up, ready any instant to shatter with nothing to support them. Still, at such times everything was in order, of shape and color to mass and distance, of minutes accomplishing hours by accumulation just as the clock itself stayed on the table where it was if only because it had been accumulating there for so long: that was the reassurance of weight.”
-William Gaddis

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Period 7…

So that we don’t go two classes behind, I have posted a make-up class. Period 7 folks, please complete this. When we I see you again on Thursday, we will go right on to the next class. Check out the page, “Period 7 Snow Class” for details.

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If there are no complaints…

I took a long look at the remaining calendar for the year and calculated the impact of PARCC testing on class time. As a result, I’ve decided to cancel Op/Ed #3. The Gatsby final will take its place, (same due date) but will be a summative while Op/Ed #4 will become a formative grade. The Profile remains unchanged.

Details will be posted on the course specific page later today, old sports.

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Voice, the recognition

“Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of… recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it and, it shouldn’t be sinful to want to have created beauty?”
-William Gaddis

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