Day 1: Introduction to AP Language

  • Overview of Course Targets
  • The Exam- the parts and deadlines
  • Expectations/Habits for Success- Syllabus overview
  • Reading Assignment Overview- highlighting of books read on canonical literature list
  • Personal Narrative Essay Assignment- beginning notes

HW: Find the essay prompts for you safe, fit, and reach school 

Day 2: Personal Narrative Essay

  • Entry Task: Progymnasmata- The EncomiumVocabulary list: anecdote, narrative, motif, pedantic, succinct
    • a "composition expository of attendant excellencies" about a table partner
    • 1.Describe the stock a person comes from: 
      1.what people 
      2.what country 
      3.what ancestors 
      4.what parents 
      2.Describe the person's upbringing 
      2.instruction in art 
      3.training in laws 
      3.Describe the person's deeds, which should be described as the results of 
      1.his/her excellencies of mind (such as fortitude or prudence) 
      2.his/her excellencies of body (such as beauty, speed, or vigor) 
      3.his/her excellencies of fortune (as high position, power, wealth, friends) 
      4.Make a favorable comparison to someone else to escalate your praise 
      5.Conclude with an epilogue including either an exhortation to your hearers to emulate this person, or a prayer.
  • Personal Narrative Essay
    • What not to do... examples of bad intros
    • What worked... reading examples from JHU accepted essays (https://apply.jhu.edu/application-process/essays-that-worked/)
    • Dos and Don'ts of Essays
    • The Anecdotal Hook 
    • Rubric & Worktime

Day 3: Overview of Rhetoric

  • Notes on Rhetoric (ask classmate for this information)
  • Read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" and attempt a polemic in Edwards's style

Day 4: Beginning Argumentation

  • Entry Task: Vocabulary Quiz
  • New Vocab & Sentence type assigned (see files)
  • "Sinners in the Hands..." style notes returned- practice writing in Edwards's style pt. 
  • Personal Narratives returned pt. 1
  • Project- Argumentation via Debate "The Lady, or the Tiger?"
    • Randomly assigned a side, read story, begin building debate case as a whole group
    • Debate next class

HW: Build debate case- have at least THREE reasons with supporting evidence


Day 4: Argumentation

  • Entry Task: Meet with Lady or Tiger side and review points
  • Debate: 2 on 2Quick notes on classical Argumentation (see files)
    • Debate reflection
  • Timed Write #1: Argumentative "Lady, or the Tiger?"- 40 minutes

 HW: Study vocabulary and first book reflection is due next week. Revisions of personal narratives due by Friday

Day 4: Argumentation- Logos

  • Vocabulary Quiz 2
  • Review Timed Writing
  • Begin Logos
    • Deduction & Induction
    • Logical Fallacies Booklet Begins

Day 5: Logos Cont.

  • Personal Reading Response #1 collected
  • Partnered Reading Activity Introduced- partnerships formed
  • Logical Fallacies Booklet Continues

Day 6: All about the Appeals

  • Vocab. Quiz 3
  • Appeals Activity & Argument Analysis Cheat Sheet
  • Begin The Merchants of Doubt