UNIT 5: THE AMERICAN IDENTITY
Ah, here we are, the American Identity unit! I remember I got a reading packet for this unit also. But don’t worry! This was fun/interacting unit for most of us. You’ll bring one object that you think it represents the America. I think I brought in a Costco large drink cup for my object to show how we go “big” and our fast food culture. It was pretty fun to see what people brought and hear their explanations.
Secondly, you’ll read and if it’s possible, watch “Howl”. It is long and sentences seem like they never end. And because there are billion commas, it is kind of hard to figure out what it’s saying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX46U8DWfE0 This is the link to Howl, the animation. It’s pretty interesting. And you will write your own Howl! I don’t know about others, but I enjoyed writing my version of Howl.
TIME CONSUMING: ***
UNIT 6: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND SOCIETY
I think this was my second favorite unit just because of the episode of “Freaks and Geeks” that we watched in class! I don’t really remember reading a lot of readings in this unit but I do remember reading letters by John and Abigail Adams which made me laugh. The best part? When John addresses Abigail as “You’re so saucy” LOL You’ll also read Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” which is not so complicated but little bit boring.
My favorite part of this unit? Definitely the episodes we watched of Freaks and Geeks. I never knew this show existed but now, I’m a fan of this show. We had pretty good time watching this and also the Laramie Project.
I think this unit, you’ll write a synthesis paper synthesizing the readings and objects that we brought. Personally, synthesis essay was the hardest for me so listen carefully when Mrs.Wilson goes over how to write synthesis essay. Remember, you have to project your voice with the sources, do not let the sources dictate your voice.
TIME CONSUMING: **
UNIT 7: SATIRE (ALTHOUGH IT’S NOT ON THE SYLLABUS)
This is the best unit ever!!! Because we get to watch South Park, Stephen Colbert show, and Saturday Night Live show!! AHHH gotta love satire! But pay attention to the lecture that she gives about the whole satire subgroups and vocabs because you’ll have a test on that. This is a pretty chill unit so chillax everyone! and enjoy :)
TIME CONSUMING: *
AND FINALLY, AP LANG BOOTCAMP
Now, this is the most hand-hurting and most stressful time of the year. Every week, you’ll focus on either rhetorical analysis, Synthesis, or argumentative essay. And during the course of a week, you’ll write two essays. TWO ESSAYS. And if you have 1st period AP Lang like I did, what a morning you are going to have.
But it’s needed. You need to practice. During this boot camp, you’ll look at many example essays which scored 7, 8, or 9 and it will help you TREMENDOUSLY! Nothing helps better than reading well written essays. Also, you’ll practice multiple choice which is hard but not that hard on the actual AP Lang exam. So don’t be discouraged if it’s way too hard for you.
DIFFICULTY: *************** (your brain and hands)
TIME CONSUMING: *********
NOW, POST AP LANG TEST
YAY! Contratulations! You’re done with AP LANG!
But wait! you got POST AP LANG project, the LITERAL TRAILER!
Don’t worry, it’s a fun project!! If you’re not sure, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MahTKZDHXaA
GOOD JOB AP LANGERS! You have endured all the essays and readings and
discussions and analyzing and I’m sure you’ve improved over this year!
UNIT 1: AUTOBIOGRAPHY
You’ll start the journey of AP Lang with writing your UC Entrance Essay. We read Brent Staples “Black Men in Public Places” and Nancy Mairs “I Am a Cripple”. They are fairly easy to understand. If you already have written your essay, Mrs.Wilson will go over the essay with you and if you haven’t started your essay yet, you’ll receive instructions on how to write an effective essay to persuade college admission!
Oh, I forgot to mention; you will start milking quotes. AHHHHHH milking quotes… you’ll have fun dissecting words and tones and rhetorical strategies that the authors use. But it helps you to analyze writings.
Some tips from Mrs. Wilson’s comments: Do deep analysis with one quote that you choose. Be clear and logical with your arguments. Tell how the author got from Point A to Point B
TIME CONSUMING: ****
UNIT 2: MAN AND THE LAND
Now in this unit, you will study transcendentalism and the whole nature thing. We did a lot of reading in this unit including comparing Momaday and Brown, Rappaccinni’s Daughter (long but it was actually interesting!), some poems, watch Al Gore’s documentary, and most importantly, Thoreau’s “Where I lived and What I lived for”. That guy, Thoreau, he is something. He lived out in the woods but could not resist pies. You’ll see.
You’ll do a Timed Write with Al Gore’s documentary and debate with Thoreau’s writing. Just general tips regarding timed write: Make sure you put an evidence from the writing, and write conclusion whatsoever!! I did not write a conclusion for this Timed write because I was running out of time and I got 50%. So yeah.
FUN: *** (Just because of Thoreau and his pie)
TIME CONSUMING: ***
UNIT 3: FAMOUS ORATORS
In this unit, you’ll do a lot of readings, again. In fact, you get a packet of all the writings from JFK, Reagan, MLK, Hitler, Queen Elizabeth, etc. Of course, you’ll do a timed write on this unit too. I think you’ll do a comparison essay comparing two speakers and how they use rhetorical devices to convince audiences. Not so difficult unit, in my opinion.
I’m not sure if we did a conversation project during this unit, but it was not-so-hard project. You just had to put lyrics, quotes, or articles to make a conversation regarding a topic of your choice.
TIME CONSUMING: **
UNIT 4: MEDIA, GOVERNMENT, AND POLITICS
Hmm… This was one of my favorite unit. The articles and readings were interesting to read, and we watched a movie called “Wag the Dog”. Oh, and you’ll read “Brave New World” by Adolf Huxley. This book is very odd and little bizarre but I enjoyed it. So no Spark notes-I really really really recommend you to read it-. You’ll also read “Tao Te Ching” from Lao Tzu. Not so hard but not so fun to read.
And you’ll have a huge discussion in this unit. You’ll get your colored cards and it is graded! So you gotta make sure you understand the passage and readings and know what to say.
This is a lot…… ok move on to part 2
Hi AP Lang class of 2013 with Mrs. Wilson! So if you are here, that means you have heard some stories-scary stories-regarding AP Lang. But fear not my fellow students! Let me tell you why AP Lang is a challenging class yet it is a worthwhile class to take.
Reason number one: This class will kick your butt but you need that butt-kick in order for you to be prepared for college writing. As a formal AP Lang student, I’m not gonna lie. This class will kick your butt hard. As most of you guys know, college level writing is difficult. It will require more analysis, insight, depth, and clear perspective. And good reports and research papers you will write in college will require all of the above. And all those things that I listed, you will learn that in AP Lang. You’ll do plenty of analysis and a lot of practice to improve and develop your voice, which will help you a lot with all kinds of subjects in college.
Reason number two: AP Lang will develop and improve your critical reading and critical thinking. Let me be honest with you again. You will have lots of reading assignments. Some of them are pretty easy to understand and interesting but some of them will be like written in alien language. Whether it is hard or not, the annotation that you have to do will make you read critically although you do not want to. From my experience, even though I could not understand some of the parts or the whole reading passage at all, discussion time with my classmates made me think deeper and look at the issue with more perspectives and depth.
Above all those reasons, the most important lesson you will learn from AP lang is learning how to write in advance level. I know my writing started from score of 3 to score of 7 at the end of the year. And all the different types of writing such as analyzing rhetorical devices, synthesizing ideas together, and arguing my views are tough to learn but it will keep you alive during English courses and other subjects in college. Now, don’t be afraid and take this class! Endure this class not for the sake of your GPA or AP test score but for you to really improve yourself.
Good luck! :D