Friday, May 22, 2020

Grades are in...

I just put in semester grades. 

Keep in touch.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

It is all done!

Kinda a weird day.

Gonna miss you all.  Your grades are done.  Whatever shows up in Aeries now is your grade.

You were amazing kids to teach.  You made me mad.  You made me smile.  You made me laugh.

That's why I got into teaching.


AP Test Day

Have confidence!  You know all of it!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

AP Last Day Before Test

Ok guys and girls,

Last day to ask me anything.

What do you need?  What else can we go over or get ready?

I am pretty darn confident that, even though we haven't seen one another for 2 months, even if you have done 1/3 of what I have put out there, you will be OK.

Let me know any time today if you need anything.  Just text me.

Monday, May 11, 2020

AP Lesson 33

OK people...  It has been pretty silent out there.

Only 4 kids did the last one.

I really have no idea who is prepared.  I know that two of you are for sure, but I really don't know what you all need to get prepared these last two days.

I am guessing that many of you are just gonna "wing it."

We that's fine.  But prepare a little.

Here is the last essay and assignment that I am going to give.

Time yourself.  45 minutes.  Relax.  Look for easy stuff to write about:  Character, contrasts, imagery, etc.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

AP Test Info

Hello everyone,

The test is now three days away.  This Wednesday at 11 am.

Please review this information.  If you need me to do anything, or find out anything from the Testing Assistant Principal at King.  Let me know:


Share the 2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.37 MB) and watch the overview video. The comprehensive guide will help you walk your students through exam preparation, and the video gives a high-level overview of this year's exams.
Encourage your students to practice with the exam demo. You and your students now have access to an exam demo. Students should use the demo to practice the different ways to submit exam responses. World language students will be able to practice with the AP World Languages Exam App beginning the week of May 11.
Share the required and recommended resource list with your students. Make sure your students know what resources they can use during their exams and how they can access them.

Friday, May 08, 2020

AP Lesson 32: Another chance to practice an essay

Hello everyone. 

It is getting so close!  Five more days to prep.  What have you done to get ready?

Have you decided how you are going to do it?  Type?  Write?  Will you print out the piece or read from a screen?  Will you have two computers going just in case one screws up?

Did you make yourself some helper sheets?  It doesn't say that you can't as far as I have read.  I would have a TTSTCANDI chart printed.  I would have a list of key words in front of me to look at:  Shifts, Contrasts, Thesis, Line of Reasoning, etc...

OK here is this weekend's prompt.  It is awesome.  And it's easy to me.  I would love to write this essay.

Set a timer.  50 minutes. 

1.  Dissect prompt:  What key words must you mention?
2.  Read the prompt:  Do you notice anything right away?  Shifts, contrasts, symbols or metaphors?  Characters, Point of View. 
3.  Thesis:
4.  Quick outline to establish line of reasoning

And write.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Insights into yesterday's prompt

Yesterday's prompt with the two kids is the prompt for today too.

I would not write an entire paragraph about syntax and diction, but those can be discussed within a paragraph about a bigger topic, such as characterization and tone.

This piece and prompt seems to lend itself toward characterization and point of view to show the complex relationship between them.

It's a pretty cool piece.  It is written in (I would describe it) as an omniscient point of view, but it is different than most, because each section shows the feelings of only one character, so it is limited third person in that sense.  I would write about that.

And how each section does different things.  It seems as if teh kids are on some sort of primal hunt, scavengers from the past with the diction that the author uses to describe their actions.  But then it becomes apparent through their names and their dialogue that they are not from an era long ago.

Not only until the final shift, when the thoughts of the mother are revealed, and it becomes known that these two savage like children are only spoiled brats on a beach day outing.