AP Lang

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Course Syllabus: AP Spring Overview 2018

Super secret syllabus


-Read and journal assignment for Huck Finn

-Review Discussion Points and make sure you can answer them (not required to actually write out answers, though having that may help).

Current Core Text

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

online version

reading schedule:-

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 1-7

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 8-13

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 14-18

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 19-22

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 23-27

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 28-32

Huck Finn Discussion Points Ch 33-43


Lesson Presentations (Missed a day? Need to see that again? Click below. If you don’t see it here, email me…)

Semester A

Course Intro and Ekphrasis  [9/5-9/6]

General Course Intro [9/7-9/8]

Intro to Argumentation and Rhetoric  [9/7-9/8]

Deconstruction and Analytic Thinking [9/11-9/12]

Letter from Birmingham Jail Presentation [9/13-9/14]

Purloined Letter Presentation [9/19-9/20]

Time as Duration in As I Lay Dying [10/2-10/3]

Narrative Voice in AILD [10/10-10/16]

Analyzing Visual Texts [10/20-10/23]

Nietzsche and Foucault: Cuckoo’s Philosophical Framework [12/5-12/6]

Semester B

Modernism and Postmodernism, a brief intro [1/31-2/1]

Gatsby Presentation ch 1 [2/2-2/5]

The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street [3/6-3/7]

Passing Intro: Framing the Discussion on Race [3/13-3/14]

Chronicle of a Death/Marquez Intro []

Liminality Concept Lesson []

Liminality and the Short Form [electronic only]

Liminality Preliminary Resources [electronic only]


Semester A

AP Lang Scoring Rubric [9/5-9/6]

“Old Master” by Marcel Proust [9/5-9/6]

AP Terms and Definitions [electronic only]

Rhetorical Terms [electronic only]

Schultzen’s AP Navigation [electronic only]

Jouliffe’s 6pt Oration

Deconstruction [electronic only]

Analytic Thinking [electronic only]

Toulmin’s Argument Model

Deconstruction Explanatory Essay [electronic only]

Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King [9/13-9/18]

“The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allen Poe [9/19-9/20]

Lacan’s Seminar on “The Purloined Letter” [electronic only]

“The Purveyor of Truth” by Jacques Derrida [electronic only]

“The Shadow’s Shadow” by Liahna Klenman Babener [9/19-9/20]

Bronowski Opening Paragraphs [9/22-9/25]

Bronowski Sample Opening and Conclusion [9/22-9/25]

The Spaceship and the Moose by Walter Kirn [9/22-9/27]

Shapes of Time and Consciousness in AILD [10/2-10/6]

Time and Free Will (excerpt) by Henri Bergson (severely expurgated) [10/2-10/6]

Time and Free Will (excerpt) by Henri Bergson (all the salient matter) [preferred]

Time and Free Will by Henri Bergson (the entire work) [electronic only]

“How Can I Help?” by Rivka Galchen [10/9]

“How Can I Help?” Discussion Questions [10/9]

Cinnamon Shops by Bruno Schulz [2016]

Discussion Ques. for Cinnamon Shops [2016]

“The Cow Who…” by Peter Singer [11/9]

“Should We Honor Racists” by Peter Singer [11/9]

Singer Discussion Questions [11/9]

“Allegory of the Cave” by Plato [electronic only]

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander []

4 Arg Synopsis by William Gross [electronic only]

What Sincerity Looks Like by David Brooks [10/18-10/20]

Coke Clinic [10/19-10/20]

“The Night In Question” by Tobias Wolff [11/1-11/2]

The Night in Question Questions [11/1-11/2]

“Indian Camp” by Ernest Hemingway [11/10-11/13]

Cannibalism and Ethics (The Lifeboat Case) [11/15-11/16]

The Road Not Taken-Fire and Ice [electronic]

The Road Not Taken Criticism [electronic]

Fire and Ice Criticism [electronic]

Columnist Workshop .5 (Let’s Get Daum) [electronic]

Sontag Model Essay A [electronic]

Sontag Model Essay B [electronic]

Toulmin Argument Model [electronic]

Columnist Workshop 1 [electronic]

Columnist Workshop 2 [electronic]

Cuckoo’s Nest Anticipation Guide [12/1-12/4]

Cuckoo’s Nest Disc Ques Part One [12/5-12/6]

Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (1975, full text) [electronic]

Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (panopticism excerpt) [electronic]

Trump and Pizzagate [electronic]

Post-Truth articles [electronic]

Columnist Workshop 3 [electronic]

Columnist Workshop 3a [electronic]

“Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell [electronic]

RPM’s Victimization [electronic]

Columnist Profile Workshop: Kevin Cullen [electronic]

Cuckoo Biblical Imagery [electronic]

The Smallest Woman in the World by Clarice Lispector [electronic]

Semester B

In Cold Blood [1/29-1/30]

Bullet in the Brain [1/29-1/30]

Pierre Menard, Author of the Quijote [2/8-2/9]

Introduction to Satyricon by Petronius [2/22-2/23]

Menard interpretation (student sample) [2/8-2/9]

Gatsby Literary Criticism: [3/5]

The Great Gatsby: Title already taken” by Kenneth Eble

“Feeling Half Feminine in The Great Gatsby” by Frances Kerr

“Owl Eyes, Stoddard Lectures and The Great Gatsby” by Patrick Shaw

“Uncommunicable Forever: Nick’s Dilemma in The Great Gatsby” by Caten Town

 “Petronius in West Egg: The Satyricon and The Great Gatsby” by Nikolai Endres

“Scott Fitzgerald’s Fable of East and West” by Robert Ornstein

“Theme and Narrator of The Great Gatsby” by Thomas Hanzo

“The Rising Tide of Color” by Lewis Turlish

End of Gatsby Literary Criticism (but not really…):

Excerpt from Finnegans Wake by James Joyce [electronic only]

The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street by Mavis Gallant [3/6-3/7]

Ice Wagon Precis by Francine Prose [3/6-3/7]

Foreign-Returned by Sadia Shepard [3/9-3/12]

Francine Prose Problem- Apostol [3/9-3/12]

“Rebecca” by Donald Barthelme [3/13-3/14]

“On Prejudice” by Blake Smith [3/13-3/14]

“Becoming White” by Tiffany McLain LMFT [3/19-3/20]

“Impostor Syndrome” by Amy Olberding [3/19-3/20]

“The Inscrutable Alexander Fitten” by Mark Fitten [3/21-3/22]

Game by Donald Barthelme []

After Joyce by Donald Barthelme []

After Joyce Questions []

Modernist Reader Fiction [electronic only]

Modernist Reader Non-Fiction [electronic only]

Postmodern Reader [electronic only]

The Plague by Saad Elkhadem [electronic only]

Satire of a Condemned Building by Saad Elkhadem [electronic only]

The Blessed Movement by Saad Elkhadem [electronic only]

The Reverse Bug by Lore Segal [4/5-4/6]

All Mine by Ian Frazier [4/11-4/12]

Coyote v. Acme by Ian Frazier [4/11-4/12]

An Unmarried Female by Marietta Holly [

General useful information:

New Yorker Online Archive Login Information

email: cklein421@yahoo.com

password: 3JvbmS=7

Tone words (so that you can discuss tone like an erudite individual)

Back to basics- Writing Lit Analysis Essays

What is this MLA Format of which you speak?

Accessing online databases


28 responses to “AP Lang

  1. Lenny

    Perhaps you’ve seen this already, but regardless i think you’ll enjoy it

  2. Josie

    this is an interesting ted talk that’s very applicable to one facet of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, check it out if you have time!

  3. Alec Fields

    Mr.Klein, in the article Singer notes the difference between a child being in poverty and an adult being in poverty and focuses more on children in poverty, but the actual assignment and quote just mentions poverty in general

    • mrklein

      The assignment asks you to evaluate, then challenge, qualify or defend Singer’s argument. Do just that.

      The quotation is not the argument itself. The quotation, for me, represents the most provocative culmination of Singer’s line of reasoning. Singer distinguishes between children and adults, for the sake of eliminating the obvious objection that he mentions. His argument forms a larger arc.

    • PBE

      @Jack: He has some good points, but seems overall pompous and jaded. I also think that the conclusion that Shakespeare had more imagination than the other three he mentions at the end is inaccurate because imagination cannot just be measured in number or variety of works.

      The other three men could have had more imagination (if you can really measure or quantify imagination) but did not think some of it was worth writing about. Though John Irving is an award-winning novelist, without more support for his argument, I cannot believe that he has more knowledge of Shakespeare’s sense of imagination than any other person who hasn’t studied Shakespeare extensively.

      Shakespeare’s certainly quite imaginative and important, but his dismissal of the other three men by comparing them is not justified within this short video.

      • Jack Phoebus

        definitely agree with you, Irving seems to be underestimating what they accomplished, but he still makes some valid points
        though its even more extreme in the interview about Hemmingway (link should be on the same page)
        in particular he comments that what he really dislikes is Hemmingway’s belief about writing as little as possible
        while he isn’t baseless, he doesn’t seem to consider how much Hemmingway is able to achieve with so few words

  4. Jack Phoebus

    didn’t have the time to read it fully, but this seems very thorough

  5. Susannah Merrill

    Does anyone know how to upload notecards from NoodleTools to turnitin?

    • Susannah Merrill

      Nevermind I got it. Just in case anyone needs help, click on the little printer icon and then click upload as word document and save it that way.

  6. PBE

    For those wondering, Klein says 5 pages was a rough limit, and it’s not counting either the title page or bibliography. Many questions can be answered by reading the doc.

  7. Fiona Lachman

    Hi Mr. Klein have you ever seen Freedom Writers? Inspiring.

  8. PBE

    Does “Sent From my iPhone” or similar change your opinion of people and the messages they send?

    I found this article to be well-written:

    • CharlesYin

      Interesting, some people see smartphones as computers that live in your pocket. I wonder how they see using “Sent from my IPhone” signatures. I also wonder whether smartphone sizes make a difference (behavior between those owning a 3.5in iPhone 4 vs people owning a 6.3in Galaxy Mega)

      Sent from my microwave.

  9. Amy Zhou

    I found this video for This is Water and I thought they did a nice job.

  10. So I’ve been listening to this song [“only once”] (Bob Dylan). It’s pretty similar to the Didion “On Morality” piece.

  11. Perhaps Nick and Prufrock have more in common than previously thought…

  12. Bern notice

    Great read, definitely worth your time


  13. Nobline Yoo

    The link to “Tone words” appears not to work anymore. Do you mean to link it to <>?

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