Monthly Archives: April 2016

Source Orientation

Attention AP Lang-ers (mostly):

Many of you will see the comment: “Source Orientation” all over your synthesis essays. This is a serious problem, associated with a major penalty on the AP Exam. Fortunately there’s a simple fix.

This “error” has many variations, but generally entails:

a) summarizing the source

b) commenting on the source

c) really anything that involves writing about the source

note: This is considered an error because it is not appropriate for the purpose of the piece: You should NOT be engaged in a discussion of the sources, at least not in this specific type of essay. Instead, you SHOULD be presenting a topical argument that utilizes the sources for support or refutation.

How do I “fix”?

  1. Absorb or integrate the source into your argument, as if the ideas were your own
  2. Provide a conspicuous citation [Source D]

Example: 

Mistake: “The benefits of ethnically varied literature are quite pronounced. Source E notes that ‘culturally authentic children’s literature enhances language development and thought processes…'”

Fix: “In today’s schools one of the highest priorities should be ensuring that educators teach with a diverse set of texts. Not only will this promote empathy and respect for others, but providing ‘culturally authentic children’s literature’ also ‘enhances language development and thought processes…'” [Source E].

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Last Night as I was Sleeping…

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a spring was breaking

out in my heart.

I said: Along which secret

aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,

water of a new life

that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that I had a beehive

here inside my heart.

And the golden bees

were making white combs

and sweet honey

from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that a fiery sun was giving

light inside my heart.

It was fiery because I felt

warmth as from a hearth,

and sun because it gave light

and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,

I dreamt—marvelous error!—

that it was God I had

here inside my heart.

-Antonio Machado

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Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill?

Well…what’s a body to think? What’s a body to say?

We can all think of arguments for putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, but let’s consider the counter-arguments…

Feminista Jones- “Keep Harriet Tubman- and all women- off the $20 bill” (Washington Post)

Steven Thrasher- “To Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill would be an insult to her legacy” (The Guardian)

Democracy Now’s coverage of the debate

What do you think?

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Studying for the AP Lang Exam

AP English Language Exam Guide

AP Course Terms 

Toulmin Argumentation Model Exercise

Some More Terms 

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AP Lang

Young Scholars of AP Lang, please review the following article before classes that meet 4/22 (even) and 4/25 (odd). This is an absolute MUST for even day classes, as the next class is reduced to 50 minutes due to advisory and pep rally.

Say It Ain’t So Huck

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AP Lang Columns #3-4

There is a disturbingly low submission rate on the above-mentioned assignments. Especially #4. Please make your submissions immediately. I will not accept either assignment after Friday 4/22. Even now these are absurdly late. Let’s lock it up.

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AP Lang- Column #4 (Synthesis) Posted…

…as well as several other delights, on the course specific page.

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