Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
AP Lit Final Review
- Count the passages for time management.
- Rank passages from easiest to hardest.
- Do the math.
- Okay to skip a passage if you do really well on the rest.
- POE (Process of Elimination)
- Eliminate easiest questions, then come back to hardest.
- No blind guesses.
- 1/2 bad = all bad.
- Preview questions.
- Read for main idea.
- (Poetry) Read twice before answering qs.
- Don’t worry about deeper meanings the first time through.
- Ignore line breaks—read as if it’s sentences.
- When in doubt, pick answer that agrees with main idea.
- Pick answers that agree with each other.
· If confused, answers can help you understand.
· For general qs, look for answer that describes entire passage.
· Pay close attention to wording of qs
· Check time at last passage.
· If 7 min or less, use 7 min passage technique (don’t read passage—go from qs requiring no knowledge to those requiring complete knowledge)
- Read before and after line references
- Don’t worry about scansion (IP)
- On EXCEPT, NOT, and LEAST qs, eliminate negative word and eliminate all answers that fit remaining qs.
- 40 min per essay
- easiest 1st, hardest last
- AP – answer the prompt
· Idea machine—hidden q is first question
- Don’t worry about being wrong; have confidence in your interpretation
- Identify key words in essay prompt
- Do get attention and answer prompt in intro
- Body par: clear topic, provide and explain evidence
- Conclusion: have one, add something!
- Do not ignore or restate prompt
- Do not have more quotes/plot summary than analysis
- Do not have hurried concl that restates intro
- Shakespeare is recommended
- Do not write about non-fiction
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
- What is Voodoo?
- What is Smith's thesis?
- Define syncretization.
- Why is Voodoo an appropriate religion for Hurston to draw from in Their Eyes?
- What are the two classes of Voodoo loa and how are they different?
- How does Hurston present Voodoo as a viable religion?
- Who is Erzulie Freda and in what ways does Janie resemble her, physically and otherwise?
- According to Smith, what is the significance of the pear tree?
- To what Voodoo figure is teacake compared and what is the significance?
- Why, according to Smith, does Teacake slap Janie?
- What, according to Metreaux, is the Voodoo concept of God and how/why does it fit with Hurston's message?
- According to Smith, how has Janie changed upon her return to Eatonville?
- Paraphrase Janie's lesson about the "importance of self-determination."
- According to Smith, what is the "alternate path to selfhood" embodied by Janie?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Coming up with provocative questions is not easy, but it is a lot easier with an overarching question, which should:
1) Address a central theme of the book.
2) Place that theme within the context of the world in general, either now, at the time of the book's publishing, or both.
From there you craft questions (10 of which must refer to specific passages in the book) and "feed" into the larger question. For example:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1. Create an account
2. Create your own set from the list--you'll need to use a print or online dictionary.
3. Play the games and test yourself. You should be at 100% by finals time.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1. Type your Metamorphosis essay as a blog post.
2. Read, make extensive comments on, and score yours and 3 of your colleagues' essays using the AP General Rubric and the Writing Commandments.
Here are the groups: