As our year draws to a close, students in our AP Literature classes are heavily invested in their final project: the Literary Dinner Party.
This project revolves around a theoretical dinner party hosted by one of the characters from the books we read this year, to which at least five other characters from the texts are invited.
See the full assignment here: The Dinner Party Project – Assignment Sheet
The rubric for assessment can be found here: The Dinner Party Project – Assessment Sheet
If you enjoyed the Eric Li TED Talk today in class, or at least found it interesting, you may also find the following video informative:
Over the last few days of Comp Gov, students have studied China, specifically the challenges facing the one-party regime.
We began looking at an assortment of challenges facing the government on Monday, when I distributed sections of the attached PPT (April 28 – STATIONS) which I borrowed from Mrs. Evans.
Homework for Monday and Tuesday was to read the following articles, and write discussion questions:
Today we discussed those articles in class, and watched the following video, which provides an interesting perspective on the worldwide perceptions of government:
Since finishing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, we have transitioned into studying/practicing for the test, which will be taking place Thursday May 8th at 7:30 AM.
Since the majority of the materials that we’re using are official College Board materials, I will not be posting them here, so if you need make-up materials or additional practice tests please come in to tutorial so I can provide them for you.
Here is the general breakdown of the week(ish):
Friday, April 25: Final test (in-class essay) on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Monday, April 28: Information about the structure and scoring of the AP Lit test (PPT: The AP English Literature Exam) and thesis-writing practice based on three essay prompts.
HW: Self-time one of the given essay prompts and bring the resulting essay to class.
Tuesday, April 29: Self-assess, using the scoring guide, your homework essay. Write a self reflection based on the essay that you wrote in class, and was sent away to be scored by an official reader.
HW: Self-time another of the given essay prompts and bring the resulting essay to class.
Wednesday/Thursday, April 30/May 1: Self-assess your homework essay. Take a full (60 minute) official practice multiple choice section of the AP Lit exam.
HW: Self-time the last of the given essay prompts and bring the resulting essay to class.
Friday, May 2: Self-assess the final essay. Edit and comment upon essays for peers.
If you would like to calculate your own AP score based on your scores from the practice sections of the test, this website can give you an approximate idea of your potential score: http://appass.com/calculators/englishliterature
This week, the class looked at the structure of Chinese government, the impact of Communism in China, the influence of Deng Xiaoping and cycle of Fang-Shou.
PPTs from class:
Homework for the weekend is to read the series of articles attached here (China – Special Report) and annotate for the following ideas, and then answer the question below them:
- Relationship between the people and the government
- Repression and Dissent
- Effects of urbanization and migration
- Existing/developing cleavages
Write a two paragraph response to the following question:
- Is the “Chinese Dream” attainable under the existing system?
The “Chinese Dream” is in reference to the following:
- As of 2013, Xi Jinping’s slogan is “The Chinese Dream”
- Xi described the dream as “national rejuvenation, improvement of people’s livelihoods, prosperity, construction of a better society and military strengthening.” He has stated that young people should “dare to dream, work assiduously to fulfill the dreams and contribute to the revitalization of the nation.”
As a final thought, the following video is a clear explanation of the migration and urbanization that’s taken place in China in recent years:
After some country brief updates at the beginning of class, we finished the notes from Friday, and moved onto some 20th century history.
Homework this evening is to read through page 306 in the textbook.
PPT: April 21 – China History
After a discussion regarding the dumbshow in Act 2 of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, students were assigned the final reading questions for the play (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Act 3 – Study Questions)
- Read – at least – page 97-107 in R&G
- Answer the first five questions of the Act 3 worksheet