Dear AP Lang Teacher (Week 4),
So this last week was our first jumping into our critical reading unit. I have to say I was excited to hit the ground with some of our skills lessons.
Overall, I made very few changes to the plan I posted. I just switched my overview of Standards Based Grading to Friday. (It was a pep rally Friday - so discussing the Rhetorical Triangle didn't seem all that enticing).
We started our My Dream for America speeches. Already the kids are off to great ideas, using MLK's iconic speech as a model. It's proving to be a great assignment for the beginning of the year - a chance to see what they are most passionate about. As they picked topics, I told them to think about what they would "march on Washington" for, and they aren't disappointing me with their fiery beginnings.
This week, we are continuing on with our critical reading strategies, but first - I have to be gone for two days. (Of course). I figured they could always practice more expository writing, so I outlined a compare/contrast writing assignment using Washington and McCain's farewell messages. To fit in with our prior strategy - the Rhetorical Triangle - I am having them compare and contrast the speakers, the audience, and the subject to ultimately distinguish between their purposes.
(It's actually looking to be a happy inconvenience that I have a training).
For me, teaching always seems to get interrupted. Part of Teaching Sincerely is finding a way to maintain your focus and intent when things like... MANDATORY TRAININGS... get in the way.
When it comes to sub plans, I go back to those BIG Rocks - those things I care most about for my kids. As much as it kills me to be away, I have a few "go to" filler activities that still move us toward my big goals. Hence, the expository writing practice. As long as my kids are going writing that is intentional and focused, I am down.
As I mentioned in a past post, my BIGgest rock is that students find a voice of their own - so this lesson, which is analyzing the voice of others, is a step in the right direction.
UPDATE: Here is a link to the document for the Expository Compare/Contrast essay. Sorry it's a PDF. My original was corrupted. (My life this week...)
9/17/2018 10:48:54 am
I would love a copy of the lesson plans for McCain's Farewell and Washington's Farewell Address, please. We, too, analyze these in our class. Thank you for posting like this - #teachergoals for me! (I've only gone as far as doing so on Google Classroom ;) )
9/20/2018 01:20:16 pm
Here is a link to the document for the expository writing!
9/17/2018 04:27:18 pm
HI! I would love a copy of this lesson as well. Can I be so bold as to ask you to help guide me to find a PLN? I'm so frustrated. There are 3 other teachers teaching, and none of them will help me or even give me a clue as to what I'm doing. I went to an AP seminar for a week this summer, which was great in reminding me the exam tasks etc, but I feel like I'm floundering and just confused. And I've been teaching a while! The AP group is so big, I didn't know if your PLN was smaller or whatnot. We're very isolated in my school, and so I have no idea who or what is out there if that makes sense. Thank you :)
9/20/2018 01:19:37 pm
Here you go!
10/4/2018 07:14:28 am
Can you make Week 3 and 4 accessible via Google Docs like 1 & 2? Thank you for these awesome plans.
10/4/2018 07:56:37 am
7/29/2019 02:17:32 pm
I can only get it to pull up as pdf or txt. :( What am I missing?
7/29/2019 02:19:00 pm
I think I figured it out. I finally looked under resources and was able to access the google docs there. Thank you SOOOO much!
7/29/2019 03:16:40 pm
I was just going to direct you there. :)
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