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AP Language & Composition: Warm-ups

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Drew Eddins

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Transcript of AP Language & Composition: Warm-ups

Observation Journal
Thurs., Jan. 29th
Yesterday, you were asked to observed an example of rhetoric in the world around you. Today, in your warm-up notebook/section of your binder, you should 1) describe said piece of rhetoric, and 2) respond to it (answer the question "so what?" and make me care about your answer).

Assertion Journal
Feb. 25th
Assertion Journal
Monday, March 16th
Assertion Journal - Feb. 5
Guidelines for Assertion Journals
You will be given a quotation, photograph, or video clip, etc.

You should clearly explain the speaker's assertion (claim). What is he/she
saying? Who is the speaker, the message, the purpose, the audience? (Think rhetorical triangle.) If you can do this, you are analyzing the text to determine meaning.

Then, you should
defend, challenge, or qualify
the assertion, noting any complexities of the issue (complexities are key!). You may use personal relevant example, including historical/contemporary/pop culture, etc.
AP Language & Composition: Warm-ups
Assertion Journal
Tues., March 24th
Assertion Journal
for March 9th
Assertion Journal
Assertion Journal

Assertion Journal
Assertion Journal
Focus On diction
Feb. 2, 2015
"Meanwhile, the United States Army,
for revenge, was
the country north and west of the Black Hills, killing Indians wherever they could be found."
--Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

1. What are the connotations of the words thirsting and prowling in this passage? What attitude towards the US Army does the diction in this passage convey?

2. Use an eating or drinking verb in a sentence which expresses anger about a situation that might occur in your daily life.
Do not
use the verb to literally express eating or drinking. Instead,
express your anger through the verb
. Use Brown’s sentence as a model.

*Turn in your rhetorical precis in the silver tray!
Focus on Diction - 2/15
". . .
then Satan first knew pain,
And writh’d him to and fro convov’d; so sore
The grinding sword with discontinuous wound
Passed through him
--John Milton,
Paradise Lost
, Book VI, lines 327 – 330

1. By using the word grinding, what does Milton imply about the pain inflicted by the sword?

2. What does discontinuous mean? How does the use of discontinuous reinforce the idea of a grinding sword? (Use a dictionary if you need to do so.)
Focus on Detail
Monday, April 13th
"To those who saw him often he seemed almost like two men: one the merry monarch of the hunt and banquet and procession, the friend of children, the patron of every kind of sport; the other the cold, acute observer of the audience chamber of the Council, watching vigilantly, weighing arguments, refusing except under the stress of great events to speak his own mind."
--Winston Churchill, “King Henry VIII,” Churchill’s History of the English-Speaking Peoples

1. Churchill draws attention to the contrasting sides of Henry VIII through detail. How is the impact of this sentence strengthened by the order of the details presented?

2. What is Churchill’s attitude toward Henry? What specific details reveal this attitude?

Focus on Detail
Warm-Up for 3/11
Until I returned to Cuba, I never realized how many blues exist. The aquamarines near the shoreline, the azures of deeper waters, the eggshell blues beneath my grandmother’s eyes, the fragile indigos tracking her hands. There’s a blue, too, in the curves of the palms, and the edges of the words we speak, a blue tinge to the sand and the seashells and the plump gulls on the beach. The mole by Abuela’s mouth is also blue, a vanishing blue.
--Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban

1. The narrator details the blues of the landscape and the blues of her grandmother (Abuela). What connection is revealed by this juxtaposition of images?

2. Why is the last blue in the passage a vanishing blue?

3. Choose a color and describe a scene using at least three varieties of that color. Try to mix details of landscape and people.

Assertion Journal
Assertion Journal
Assertion Journal
Assertion Journal - April 15th
Assertion Journal
Assertion Journal
Focus on Grammar
Correct these sentences or write no error:

1. Laurie likes to read mystery novels, sing in the school choir, and hanging out with her friends.

2. By the end of next month, Billy has saved seven hundred dollars for his spring break trip.

3. The committee, which meets on Thursday, decide what the winter formal decorations and colors will be.
Focus on Grammar

Correct these sentences or write no error:

1. After I was reading the labels on the shampoo bottles, I will decide which brand to buy.

2. In addition to studying for midterms, Jamie keeps busy by running on the track team, practicing the piano, and she also participates in several clubs.

3. Neither Donnie nor William plan to go out to dinner after the bowling match on Friday night.
Focus on Grammar

Correct the following sentences or write no error:

1. The library, expanding the many program it offers for children and young adults, plan to invite famous authors to speak as well as continue the popular film festival.

2. Neither Alice or Jackie wants to go to the dance next Saturday without a date.

3. The jury deliberate for as long as necessary to reach a unanimous verdict, whether this takes hours or days.

P.S. There is a grammatical error in this quotation--can you spot it?
Warm-Up Journal for March 13
Assertion Journal
Tues., Feb. 10, 2015
Vocabulary Warm-Up - Friday, Feb. 13th
Write a sentence using context clues that demonstrates that you understand the definition of the following words (include the word in your sentence):


Visual Analysis Warm-Up for Thurs., Feb. 19th
Questions for Visual Analysis
1 - Why is the girl counting as she is picking petals? What might this symbolize?
2 - Can we assign any importance to the setting? (Think symbolically.)
3 - Where does the tone of this commercial shift?
4 - Where is the first visual rhetorical shift, and what purpose does it serve?
5 - What is the purpose of the extreme close-up?
6 - Why did the speaker choose a mushroom cloud as the "disaster"? Does this symbol hold the same weight today?
7 - What is the purpose of the final image ("Vote for President Johnson")?
Warm-up for Monday, March 30th
1 - If you have not turned in your warm-ups (not including this one) or your whiskey speech rewrite, do that now.

2 - Warm Up for Today: Using the "Words to Use instead of Says" handout, find 4 verbs you would not feel comfortable including in your writing, then define them in your notes.

Goal: Include these in your writing.

Warm Up for Friday, April 17th
Watch the clip, then answer the following questions:

1) What are the overall purpose(s) of this commercial?

2) What rhetorical strategies does the commercial employ to achieve said purpose?

3) Evaluate the effectiveness and explain.
Warm-Up for Monday, April 27th
After watching the speech from the movie
All the King's Men
, answer the following questions:

1) How does the speaker get his audience's attention? (Notice how no one is listening at first.

2) What is the purpose(s) of this speech?

3) Identify three rhetorical strategies that the speaker uses to achieve his purpose, then explain how he uses them.

4) This speech seems to be effective for the intended audience--explain why this is so.
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