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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Check out this link concerning the United Nations Report on Education:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
"Teacher-student attunement isn’t a 'nice addition' to the learning experience, but a core requirement [emphasis mine]. This is especially true in cases where children come to class with social, emotional, or intellectual challenges."
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The introductory paragraph below was created for a Compare/Contrast essay on the writing techniques of three famous Americans. I am posting this sample introductory paragraph to help you get started writing the essay. You should adapt the paragraph to your liking, or use your own original paragraph. I like to provide you with sample introductions to help facilitate your writing in case you are "stuck." This writing assignment will be assigned after we have read the respective essays as a class and discussed the rhetorical techniques, style, and theme of each essay. Be sure to take copious notes during class discussion.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
When I give students a writing assignment , I always provide them with a sample opening paragraph, as well as a series of directives or questions that help them write the body paragraphs. I encourage students to use my "model" opening/introductory paragraph, suggesting that they change sentences and words to make the introduction "their own."
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
In this country, most people see and hear advertising for many different products every day. Some people think advertising is useful because it provides important information about many different products. Other people think advertising is not useful because it tries to persuade people to buy products they do not really need. In your opinion, does advertising serve a useful purpose in our society? (Source: https://wowwritingworkshop.com/resources/act-writing-sample-prompts/)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
My Performance is Determined by Focussing on Very Good Techniques.
(For a student handout on this reading strategy, click on: http://scholarmulhern.blogspot.com/2014/08/all-classes-reading-strategies.html.)
M--Main Idea; Mode of Discourse; Mood. Students will paraphrase the main idea of the text, then cite the sentence or sentences that support their assertion. In terms of mode of discourse, most texts can be described as one mode: argumentation, for example. However, I will impress upon students that authors often use multiple modes of discourse within one text: description, exposition, process analysis, cause/effect, division and classification, narration, illustration, compare/contrast, etc. Students should also be able to discern the mood of a piece of writing and cite details from the text that support their conclusion. Emphasize, too, that the mood in a text can change throughout.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Grades 9-11 FSA Reading, Language, & Listening Assessment
State Dates for Assessment--April 13-May 8, 2015
Dates for ATC: April 14 and April 15--9th Grade
April 16 and April 17--Make-up Assessment
April 21 and April 22--10th Grade
April 23 and April 24--Make-up Assessment
April 28 and April 29--11th Grade
April 30 and May 1--Make-up Assessment
Test Length: 60–64 items
Note: Approximately 6–10 items within the Reading, Language, and Listening components are experimental (field test) and are not included in students’ scores. Because the field test for the Text-based Writing component will be conducted in December 2014, no additional field test tasks will be included in the operational assessments of this component.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The information in this document was excerpted from the Draft of Grades 9-10 English Language Arts Item Specifications that is posted on the Florida Department of Education website. A few of the Item Stems were created by me. You may find it useful to have students use the sample Item Stems to create questions for what they are reading in class.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The rubric below is one that I created by synthesizing sources elsewhere (handouts from workshops, Internet sites, and my own observations/experience as an AP Reader). Unfortunately, I do not have all the necessary attribution, as the rubric is such an amalgamation and I have been adding to it and subtracting from it over several years. I want to thank all those anonymous sources for their input. In the spirit of collegiality among educators I would like to share this collaborative rubric with all. I hope that you find it useful. This rubric is not a product of The College Board, although it contains language from College Board rubrics, as well as the valuable input I receive yearly from fellow AP Readers. For anyone teaching AP classes, I highly recommend becoming an AP Reader. It is the most worthwhile professional development I have experienced.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Teaching Argumentation Using a Model: Analysis of "Is Survival Selfish?" (HMH Collections, Page 317)
(A version of Wallace's essay in its entirety can be found by clicking on the following link. The introduction is different from the textbook, but otherwise the essay remains the same: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/01/is-survival-selfish/34962
Sunday, March 22, 2015
INSIGHT Activity: Interconnecting Numerous Sources Inspires Great Higher Thinking--Encouraging Text-Dependent Responses
Synthesis of All Texts Read in Course as well as Other Disciplines
INSIGHT: Interconnecting Numerous Sources Inspires Great Higher Thinking
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I often use models as a way to teach analysis.
Scholars: It is good to read examples of analytical writing because it helps you understand how to write your own analysis essays. The habit of reading and studying models (examples) is the best way to learn how to write more effectively. Below is an analysis that I wrote on Patrick Henry's Speech in the Virginia Convention.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
AP English Language and Composition--Factors that Contribute to a Lower Grade on the Argumentative Essay
|Argument Over a Card Game, Jan Steen (no date)|
These are musings/thoughts of mine, not those of The College Board.