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Assignments and Due Dates
Letter to Mrs. Bryant
Write a letter introducing yourself to me. In your letter, include your reasons for taking AP English Language and Composition as well as your goals and expectations for the course. Look at the "General Characteristics of Students" document (uploaded below and also in the course syllabus). Tell me about your characteristics as a student, what will come naturally to you this year, and where you might struggle.
In addition, you may discuss your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and a reader and/or your learning style. You may also write about your plans for the future, something or someone important in your life, any concerns you have about this course, or anything you feel would help me to know you better.
This assignment will serve two purposes: it is an informal opportunity for me to get to know you, and it will assist me in assessing your ability to write.
Your letter should be carefully proofread, written in paragraph form, and approximately two pages in length.
Format requirements: typed in Times New Roman 12 point font, with one inch margins on all sides. Documents must be in .docx or .rtf.
Due: Next class period (either 8/20 or 8/21)
General Characteristics of Students A-F
Refer to this document as you're writing your Letter to Mrs. Bryant
Due 8/24 or 8/25
Read and annotate Chapter 1 (pages 1-20) in The Language of Composition. The assignment is available in your Class Notebook in the “The Language of Composition” section.
Take the Comprehension Checkpoint (Forms Quiz) that’s linked below.
Be prepared to discuss these topics in class next time.
Due 8/28 or 8/31 - Spring Break Letters
Imagine you want to go on a trip for spring break. You have all of the details planned out: you know where you want to go, how you'll get there, how much it will cost, how you'll pay for the expenses, and who should go with you. Write two letters. In one, convince your parents that you should be allowed to go on this trip. Think about what they will be concerned about, what they value, and what will convince them to allow you to go. In the second letter, convince your best friend that they should go with you. Appeal to their values, goals, and concerns.
The details of the trip have to be the same in each letter. However, the way you describe the trip and the facets of the experience that you focus on should be tailored to your audience and their perspectives and concerns. Each letter should be 1/2 to 1 page single spaced. Please type these letters on one document. If you hand write your letters, take a picture and upload your letters to the Assignment link.
Due 9/1 or 9/2 - Advertising Activity
•Create or imagine a product
•Using rhetorical appeals
•Think about who would want/need/use the product you’ve created and determine how you can use appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos to convince your target audience to buy this product.
•You can either 1) create a magazine advertisement for this project or 2) Describe a commercial you could make to advertise this project.
•Upload your advertisement or commercial description to the Advertising Activity in the Collaboration Space in our Class Notebook.
Due 9/8 or 9/9 - Advertising Assignment
This assignment is to be turned in on Teams using the Assignment link. Please be sure assignments are in .docx or .rtf.
Turn in your advertisement or commercial description. In addition, write a minimum of two well-developed paragraphs (7-9 sentences per paragraph) in which you answer the following:
- How did you incorporate all three rhetorical appeals into your advertisement or commercial?
- What what could you have done to improve credibility, reasoning, or emotion in your advertisement or commercial?
- What did your classmates do in their advertisements or commercials to incorporate the rhetorical appeals?
- Which advertisements did you think were most effective, and why?
Discussion Board due 9/23 or 9/24
Use the Canvas tab at the top of our Teams page to get to our class Canvas site. From there, click on "Modules" in the menu at the left. Read through the assignment information and begin brainstorming ideas for this paper. Once you have three concepts you could use as topics, complete your initial post on the Discussion Board. Remember you post to the discussion board by choosing "reply" underneath the assignment instructions.
Once you've made your initial post, respond to at least two of your classmates' posts. Be sure you're asking questions and helping them generate ideas. Keep in mind this is a graded activity, and grammar/etc. do impact your grade.
Unit 1 Checkpoints due 9/26
Log in to AP Classroom at https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/. If you haven't already joined our AP class, use join code 2DMD9Y.
Complete the FRQ (free response question) and MCQ (multiple choice questions) checkpoints. These ask you to use skills we've been working on so far in AP Lang.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).
Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).