Week 1:8 (Sept. 26–30)

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AP Language: MLA Template, Tone Guide, Rhetorical Terms, Audience Breakdown, Weaving & Citing Quotations, Plagiarism notes / Rhetorical Analysis: RA RubricRA Outline, Space-Cat Chart, RA Peer Review, 1930 statesman passage / Argument: Types of Evidence, Kyi passage, “College — Worth It?” sources, Textbook pg. 112–121

IB Freshmen: “Wheel of Feels” (Tone Guide)Subordinate Conjunctions, Figurative Language Terms, MLA Template, Weaving & Citing Quotations, Plagiarism Notes / Short Stories: “Harrison Bergeron”“Once Upon a Time”, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, Comparative Analysis Task, CAT Thesis Padlet / Korematsu: Black & Murphy opinions, Prompt & Outline, TEDed video, US Gov’t video, Annotation (color-coding) directions / Persepolis: Intro/Info card, Notes, E-textGraphic Novel Features & Terminology, Theme Log

Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Say Something Anonymous Reporting System / Extended Essays: EBSCO HostGale Databases, MLA Template, MLA Sample Paper, Cat. 1 28/34, Cat. 1 30/34, Cat. 2 34/34, Cat. 3 33/34, EE Rubric

Week 1:7 (Sept. 19–23)

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AP Language: MLA Template, Tone Handout, Rhetorical Terms, Audience Breakdown, Weaving & Citing Quotations / Rhetorical Analysis: RA RubricRA Outline, Space-Cat Chart, RA Peer Review, Barbara Bush passage, Lewes passage, 1930 statesman passage / Argument: Types of Evidence, Close Reading for Argument Mapping (Kyi speech)

IB Freshmen: “Wheel of Feels”Subordinate Conjunctions, Figurative Language, MLA Template, Weaving & Citing Examples/Guidelines, Narrative Task, Plagiarism Notes / Short Stories: “Harrison Bergeron”“Once Upon a Time”, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, Comparative Analysis Task, CAT Padlet / Korematsu: Black & Murphy opinions, Prompt for outline, TEDed video, US Gov’t video, Annotation directions / Persepolis: Intro/Info Card, E-textGraphic Novel Features

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Say Something Anonymous Reporting System / Extended Essays: EBSCO HostGale Databases, MLA Template, MLA Sample Paper, Cat. 1 28/34, Cat. 1 30/34, Cat. 2 34/34, Cat. 3 33/34

Week 1:6 (Sept. 12–16)

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AP Language: MLA Template, Tone Handout, Discussion Question Stems, Journal Setup & Rhetorical Terms, Audience Breakdown, Citation & Weaving Examples / Rhetorical Analysis: RA RubricRA Outline, Space-Cat Chart, RA Peer Review, Barbara Bush passage, Lewes passage, MLK passage / Argument: Types of Evidence

IB Freshmen: Colormarking Guide, “Wheel of Feels”Subordinate Conjunctions, Figurative Language, Stated & Implied Theme, MLA Template, Weaving & Citing Quotations / Short Stories: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” e-text“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” Assignment, Narrative Assignment/Task, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” e-textComparative Analysis Task

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Diploma Support Contract, IB Academic GuidelinesIB Honor CodeSay Something Anonymous Reporting System / Extended Essays: EBSCO HostGale Databases, MLA Template, MLA Sample Paper, Cat. 1 28/34, Cat. 1 30/34, Cat. 2 34/34, Cat. 3 33/34

Week 1:5 (Sept. 6–9)

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AP Language: MLA Template (click ‘File’, then ‘Make a Copy’), Tone Handout, Discussion Question Stems, Journal Setup & Rhetorical Terms, Audience Breakdown, Citation & Weaving Examples / Rhetorical Analysis: Lamb passage, Kincaid passage, American game designer passageRA RubricRA Outline, Space-Cat Chart, RA Peer Review, Barbara Bush passage, Lewes passage / Argument: Types of Evidence

IB Freshmen: Colormarking Guide,“Wheel of Feels” (Tone Handout)Usage Notes, Subordinate Conjunctions, Figurative Language, Stated & Implied Theme, Transitions Toolbox, MLA Template (click ‘File’, then ‘Make a Copy’), Citation & Weaving Examples / Short Stories:“Harrison Bergeron” e-text“Once Upon a Time” e-text“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” e-text“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” Assignment, Narrative Task

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Diploma Support Contract, IB Academic GuidelinesIB Honor CodeSay Something Anonymous Reporting System / Extended Essays: EBSCO HostGale Databases, MLA Template, MLA Sample Paper, Cat. 1 28/34, Cat. 1 30/34, Cat. 2 34/34, Cat. 3 33/34

Week 1:4 (Aug. 29–Sept. 2)

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AP Language: MLA Template (click ‘File’, then ‘Make a Copy’), Tone Handout, Discussion Question Stems, Journal Setup & Rhetorical Terms, Audience Breakdown, Citation & Weaving Examples / Rhetorical Analysis: Lamb passage / prompt, Kincaid passage / prompt, SPACES Guide, RA RubricRA Outline, Space-Cat Chart / Argument: Types of Evidence, Generating Evidence (Perfection) / PADLET

IB Freshmen: Colormarking Guide, Tone HandoutUsage Notes, Subordinate Conjunctions, Figurative Language,  Stated & Implied Theme, Transitions Toolbox, MLA Template (click ‘File’, then ‘Make a Copy’), Citation & Weaving Examples / Short Stories: “Harrison Bergeron” e-textVonnegut background, “Once Upon a Time” e-textGordimer backgroundShort Stories Journal #1, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” e-text“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” Assignment

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Diploma Support Contract, IB Academic GuidelinesIB Honor CodeAdvising Meeting DatesSay Something Anonymous Reporting SystemEBSCO HostGale Databases, MLA Template, MLA Sample Paper

Week 1:3 (Aug. 22–26)

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AP Language: Course Syllabus, Tone Handout, Discussion Question Stems, Journal Setup & Rhetorical Terms, Types of Evidence / Rhetorical Analysis: Lamb passage / prompt, Kincaid passage / prompt, SPACES Guide, RA RubricRA Outline, Space-Cat Chart / Argument: Types of Evidence, Generating Evidence (Perfection)

IB Freshmen: Course Syllabus, Four Questions, “Little Red-Cap”, Colormarking Guide, Discussion Question Stems, Usage Notes, Subordinate ConjunctionsShort Stories: Journal Setup & Lit Terms“Harrison Bergeron” e-textVonnegut Background, “Once Upon a Time” e-textGordimer BackgroundShort Stories Journal #1Stated & Implied Theme, Transitions Toolbox

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Diploma Support Contract, IB Academic GuidelinesIB Honor CodeAdvising Meeting DatesSay Something Anonymous Reporting SystemEBSCO HostGale Databases, MLA Template, MLA Sample Paper

Week 1:2 (Aug. 15–19)

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AP Language: Course Syllabus, Tone Handout, Discussion Question Stems, Journal Setup & Rhetorical Terms / Rhetorical Analysis: Lamb passage / prompt, Kincaid passage / prompt, SPACES Guide, RA RubricRA Outline / Padlets: 1st period, 2nd period

IB Freshmen: Course Syllabus, Four Questions, “Little Red-Cap”, Colormarking Guide, Discussion Question Stems, Usage Notes, Subordinate Conjunctions, Transitions Toolbox, PDF Scanning Directions / Short Stories: Journal Setup & Lit Terms“Harrison Bergeron” e-textVonnegut Background, “Once Upon a Time” e-textGordimer BackgroundShort Stories Journal #1Stated & Implied Theme

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Diploma Support Contract, IB Academic GuidelinesIB Honor CodeAdvising Meeting DatesSay Something Anonymous Reporting SystemEBSCO HostGale Databases

Week 1:1 (Aug. 10–12)

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Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted my classes’ agendas, and you can expect this on a weekly basis (usually done on Thursday afternoon for the week which follows). Please refer to the key below to make clearest sense of the agenda:

  • Blue letters/symbols on the indicate a handout or notes being given in class.
  • Green symbols indicate classroom activities (e.g., groupwork, lectures, lessons).
  • Red letters/symbols indicate an assignment due date or assessment.

You can also click on the schedule for a larger zoom-able image of the board. Below, you’ll find digital versions of important handouts as well as other useful links:

AP Language: Course Syllabus, Tone Handout, Diagnostic RARhetorical Triangle & SPACES Guide, Kincaid Passage, Laptop Permission Form, Turnitin.com

IB Freshmen: Course Syllabus, Four Questions, “Little Red-Cap”, Colormarking Guide, Laptop Permission Form

IB Diploma Support: 5th Period DS Rotations, Semester 1 Rotation Calendar, Diploma Support Contract, IB Academic GuidelinesIB Honor CodeAdvising Meeting DatesSay Something Anonymous Reporting SystemEBSCO HostGale Databases

for incoming freshmen …

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To learn some new words throughout the summer, join up with our class on Vocab.com with the class code 45ZYDFD. This is optional but highly recommended; work at your own pace to master new words. You can check how many words you’ve mastered here.

To get a head-start, complete this writing diagnostic and, if you’d like, some subsequent skill practice over the summer: just join up with our class on Quill.org with the class code dollar-goose. Once you complete the diagnostic, Mr. Benton will open up some activities to help you brush on your conventions.

And — while there’s no assigned reading — I highly encourage all of my incoming students to find books of their choice to read over the summer. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some recommendations from this year’s Florida Teens Read list.

Oh, and here’s the syllabus for curious minds.

Should you need any help at any point, or if you have any questions about the year ahead, feel free to email Mr. Benton at bentonro@pcsb.org.

Literature Improves Thinking

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Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making.

Fortunately, new research suggests a simple antidote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction.

A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.

“Exposure to literature,” the researchers write in the Creativity Research Journal, “may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.”

Djikic and her colleagues describe an experiment featuring 100 University of Toronto students. After arriving at the lab and providing some personal information, the students read either one of eight short stories or one of eight essays. The fictional stories were by authors including Wallace Stegner, Jean Stafford, and Paul Bowles; the non-fiction essays were by equally illustrious writers such as George Bernard Shaw and Stephen Jay Gould.

Afterwards, each participant filled out a survey measuring their emotional need for certainty and stability. They expressed their agreement or disagreement with such statements as “I don’t like situations that are uncertain” and “I dislike questions that can be answered in many different ways.” Continue reading