Thursday, November 19, 2020

Day 44

Objective:  The students will look at their first poem.  Not really to analyze it yet... Just to read it.  To hear it.  We will get to the analyzing part later.

1.  Discuss Poetry Chapter 2 Outline

2.  Macbeth Allusion:

3.  "Out, Out" by Robert Frost:

Poem is in your GC.  Print it out if you can.  We are going to analyze it when we get back.

4.  Complete Tone and Lit Terms for Perrine's Unit 3 in GC.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Day 43

 Objective:  The students will discuss Poetry Chapter 1 and then outline Chapter 2.

Roll Quiz

1.  Discuss Perrine's Poetry Chapter 1 (Why are so many NOT COMPLETE YET?)

2.  Outline Perrine's Poetry Chapter 2

Monday, November 16, 2020

Day 42

Objective:  The students will wrap up Perrine's Prose Part 2 Unit with final story discussion.  Then start Perrine's 3.

1.  Discuss "The End of Something"

Here is the prompt to consider as you read:

In the following short story by Ernest Hemingway, “The End of Something,” the author describes a dramatic experience. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-organized essay, show how Hemingway’s techniques convey the impact of the experience on the main character to reveal his purpose.

2.  Perrine's Unit Part 3:  Poetry 1: 

Complete Chapter 1 Outline:  What is Poetry?  I set up a doc in GC

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Day 41

Objective:  The students will complete their first Q3 Essay using Grendel as their open source.


We will discuss Hemingway's "The End of Something" on Monday.  Today we have to write. :)

1.  Let's go over how I want you to quote in AP essays.

2.  Write the essay.  It is due in one hour.

It is in GC.

Monday, November 09, 2020

Day 40

Objective:  The students will read their last Hemingway story to wrap up the unit.  They will read it only, with no assignment, only to discuss it on Wednesday in a great short class discussion.

If you have not completed Grendel Q3 Study Form, you have until Wednesday at the start of class. 

DO ROLL IN GC please.

1.  Read "The End of Something."

Here is the prompt to consider as you read:

In the following short story by Ernest Hemingway, “The End of Something,” the author describes a dramatic experience. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well-organized essay, show how Hemingway’s techniques convey the impact of the experience on the main character to reveal his purpose.

2.  I want to have a nice week of NO ASSIGNMENTS for you (or for me to grade) that will lead up to Friday's essay on Grendel.  Please (honestly and thoughtfully) read the story.  As you read, consider the prompt above.  It will lead us in our discussion on Wednesday.  

This is an experiment...  The no work part.  I hope it works.

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Day 39

Objective:  The students will know what a Q3 Essay Prompt looks like and what the expectations are for students to pass.

1.  Roll Quiz on Grendel Chapter 12

2.  Important AP Test Note from the Office:

Please pass along this information to your students.

Upcoming deadlines:
  • November 13: HARD DEADLINE - joining sections, status "Yes"
  • December 20: Deadline to pay for exams at
There are still students who have not joined your sections.  There is a hard deadline of November 13 for students to join.  November 13 is the last date for me to submit our AP exam order for May 2021 (except second semester AP courses). Students joining after this date will be charged a $40 late fee no matter what, since College Board will charge us that amount for any exams added after this date (with the exception of the second semester AP courses).  Students can pay until December 20.  Any student that has questions about payment or special circumstances can email me.
3.  Finsh the last two Nick Adam's story presentations:  A Way You'll Never Be, and Fathers and Sons

4.  What is a Q3 AP Prompt?  See sample on Warren's Camera.  Discuss.

5.  Let's look at some:  In GC

5.  Grendel Q3 Study Form:  In GC

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Day 38

 Objective:  The students will complete MC Practice and the Themes Chart for Grendel.

1.  Assignment in  Prose Practice 3.  Due by 10 am tomorrow.  For 15 points in gradebook.

2.  Themes Chart due tomorrow.  You can submit one paper with 4 group members.

Monday, November 02, 2020

Day 37

Objective:  The students will discuss Grendel 11, two Hemingway stories, and finish Grendel.

1.  Roll Quiz

2.  Grendel 11 PP

3.  Hemingway Stories:  The Doc and His Wife, The Light of the World.

4.  Grendel 12.  Assignment in GC

Did I say Close Reading Grendel was required or Extra Credit??

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Day 36

Objective:  The students will discuss Grendel, two short stories, and read.  Almost ready for our next essay.

1.  Roll Quiz for 5 points

2.  Discuss Grendel 10 PP

3.  Two Hemingway Discussions:  "Indian Camp" and "Ten Little Indians"

4.  Grendel Chapter 11 Read and assignment in GC.

Have a great weekend.  I enjoy teaching you all!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Day 35

 Objective:  The students will present one Nick Adams Story

1.  Roll Quiz for no points

2.  Present "The Battler"

3.  Take the rest of the day off from AP Lit.  Do Economics/Gov instead.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Day 34

Good Morning!  Patriots lost again! Dang!

Objective:  The students present two Nick Adams Stories, then they will read Grendel Chapter 10

Roll Quiz

1.  Sorry, I can't find my Chapter 9 PP on Grendel.

2.  Presentations of Nick Adams Stories.

3.  Read and complete Grendel 10.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Day 33

Objective:  The students will complete reading and analysis of Grendel Chapter 9.

1.  Roll

2.  Two random Hemingway Story Presentations

3.  Complete reading and assignment for Grendel Chapter 9 by Monday.

4.  Multiple Choice Thursday: assignment"  Prose Practice 2 in GC


Complete this survey:



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Day 32

Objective:  The students will discuss Chapter 8 of Grendel

Note:  If we have 80% of the class WITH CAMERAS ON TODAY, there will be NO HOMEWORK.  Otherwise, we will read Chapter 11 tonight.  This is a little experiment...


1.  Grendel 8 Discussion PP

2.  Grendel 9 if we don't have enough participation in the EXPERIMENT.

3.  Hemingway Story Presentations start RANDOMLY TOMORROW!!!!!  If you are not ready... ZERO.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Day 31

Objective: The students will discuss Grendel 7 with the teacher and then complete their Hemingway story presentation.

Note:  Ashton... your letter and recommendations for West Point and to the senator are done.  I will drop off today about 2:30.  Brianna and Evenie, you are next.  

1.  Roll

2.  Discuss Grendel 7 PP

3.  Story Presentation Preparation

4.  Grendel 8 in GC.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Day 30

Objective:  The students will get into groups and pick a story to re-read and present analysis to the rest of the class.

Note:  I really enjoyed yesterday's "discussion."  It was fun... (I am a literature nerd).  I look forward to actually having a real talk about literature with you someday!

1.  Grendel Chapter 7 in GC.

2.  Nick Adam's Presentation Groups and Requirement:

3. Multiple Choice Assignment #1 (due tonight by midnight)

Day 29

 Objective:  The students will discuss the analysis of Cat in the Rain.

1.  Roll Quiz on GC

2.  By tomorrow:  Register for class in AP Central (follow the instructions on the post below).  10 points or no points by tomorrow.

3.  Respond to the email invite for by tomorrow.  First assignment is tomorrow.

Here is the code:   2IM711A6GZ8JI

4.  Discuss "Cat in the Rain."  It is an awesome story!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Day 28

Objective:  The students will read and analyze another Hemingway story with another pretty sucky (I know, that's not a good lit analysis AP term) male character.

Good job to the two people who attended the UCR AP Readiness Training:  Can you tell the other students about it?

1.  Roll/Grendel 6 Quiz


AP Class Registration:  Class Code is VRX62X

Here are some instructions:




  1. Students MUST join your section before November 13 so that their test can be ordered.  Attached are the join codes for MLKHS AP courses, as well as instruction sheets. Make sure they indicate "Yes" upon joining. These documents were sent previously but may be deep down in your inbox.  (Virtual teachers - you have an additional set of codes sent separately for your non-MLK students)  The deadline is approaching!  Any student who joins AFTER November 13 will be charged an extra $40.  (Exception = 2nd semester Gov/Econ)
  2. AP Exams may now be purchased. Students may go to to pay for their exams.  2020-2021 prices are: $95 per exam, $5 per exam for students who qualify for a waiver (those who participate in the lunch program).  The system will allow only those students who qualify to select the AP Waiver option.  Deadline for exam purchases: November 13.

2.  Discuss Grendel 6 

I will put link here after the quiz.

3.  Hill Like White Elephants TTSTCANDI

4.  New assignment:  "The Cat in the Rain" reading and TTSTCANDI in GC.  Due at start of the class on Wednesday.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Day 27

Objective: The students will discuss Grendel 5. Then they will discuss "Hills Like White Elephants" and complete the TTSTCANDI. Finally they will read Grendel 6 and complete the brief assignment. 

 Did you all complete the MC Test???

 1. Roll Quiz Grendel 5 for 10 points.

 2. Discuss Grendel Chapter 5 PP

 3. Discuss Hill Like White Elephants 

 4. Grendel Chapter 6

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Day 26

Objective:  The students will pass their first MC Quiz/Test for points.


Note:  Aeries!  First Quarter Grades are next week.  You are in charge of watching your grade in Aeries.  There are several issues with GC and Aeries importing grades over.  I can not watch all of your grades!

 Note:  Want 50 points of Extra Credit?

1.  MC Practice Test for Points in GC

2.  Grendel Chapter 5 and assignment in GC

Monday, October 05, 2020

Day 25

 Objective:  The students will learn about Ernest Hemingway's Code Hero for a string of stories that we will read by him.


Note:  I was wrong about returning to class in person.  I thought it was November 2.  It is actually set for November 30 (thanks to whoever it was who pointed out my mistake last week!) 

Note 2:  You may have noticed that I forgot to link the Grendel 4 Chapter Questions to GC.  So you have until Wednesday to complete.  Sorry.  Thanks Amanda for pointing it out to me.

1.  OK, let's talk about what you would write about if you were given an essay for "The Grave."  Look at your TTSTCANDI.  If we can't have a good discussion, then I will assign the essay.

2.  Ernest Hemingway PP Notes.

3.  Read the first Hemingway story by Wednesday.  I would print it and close read with TTSTCANDI in mind.

 "Hills Like White Elephants"

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Day 24

Objective:  The students will discuss "The Grave"

1.  Roll Quiz on "The Grave" 

2.  Allusion Notes:  Sorry, there are 2 today.  You will see why.

3.  Discuss "The Grave" a bit and TTSTCANDI (in GC) by Monday

4.  Grendel 4:  Read and complete the short assignment in GC by Monday

Grendel 4:

Day 23


 Objective:  The students will read the next story from unit 2:  The Grave

 Roll Quiz

1.  Grendel 3 Discussion

2.  Read the next story:  "The Grave"

Monday, September 28, 2020

Day 22

Objective:  The students will discuss their first essay and see the rubric used to grade them.  Then they will discuss Eveline and complete the TTSTCANDI.

1.  Roll Quiz

2.  Finish all presentations

3.  Discuss your essays and the rubric


Sample Essays: 

4.  Discuss Eveline and TTSTCANDI

5.  Read and complete Grendel 3 in GC.

Issues with Essay 1:

1.  Lack of planning, so you were all over the place.  Should have made a quick outline to keep your writing focused:  Thesis, Topic Sentence with what you will write about, Topic Sentence with what you will write about, Topic Sentence with what you will write about.  Stick to it!

2.  Quotes:  You MUST integrate quotes.  SLAP QUOTES SUCK!!  Many were too long.  And lists of quotes are bad too!  And never say, "This quote illustrates..."

3.  "The reader" or "shows the reader" or "the reader can see."  The paper is NOT about the reader.  It's about how Miss Brill's character was developed.

4.  "Analogical Language."  Don't say the author uses anaological language.  That is TOO BROAD.  Focus.  Was it symbols?  Metaphors?  Allusions.  You don't just say analogical langage.

5.  "The author used diction."  Well of course she did.  Always say, "____________ diction."

6.  Rhetorical Devices:  You will not use those this year.  That was the key to last year.  The key to this year is TTSTCANDI. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Day 21

 Objective:  The students will read an awesome story and analyze its main character.

1.  Grendel 2 Quiz in GC

2.  Go over Grendel 2 PP

3.  Presentations:  

Marked for Greatness Connor Phipps
He’s Blind for a Reason, You Know Da Jon Gipson, Ryan Hernandez
It’s Never Just Heart Disease Amanda Gull

4.  Go over Perrine's Chapter 5 Point of View

5.  Perrine's Prose Unit 2 Tone Words in GC

6.  "Eveline" reading and TTSTCANDI

7.  Complete the TTSTCANDI in GC.  This will be due at the end of the Period on Monday, but CLOSE READ the story if possible and start the TTSTCANDI.

Giving the weekend off Grendel...  Sorry


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Day 20

 Objective:  The students will go over theme (UTs) and how to identify them.


1.  Turn in Grendel 2 for grading

2.  Perrine's Chapter 4 Theme PP

3,  Complete Perrine's Chapter 5 Point of View outline.  This will be easy!!

Take the day off from Grendel

Monday, September 21, 2020

Day 19

Objective:  The students will discuss Grendel Chapter 1 and look at the novel from a social commentary point of view.  They will also outline the next chapter of Perrine's.

 Essays are not graded.  I will work on those and have them back Wednesday. 

Presentations will be completed THIS WEEK!  So if you have not gone yet... be prepared!

1.  Grendel Chapter 1 Quiz

2.  Grendel as social commentary PP

3.  Discuss Grendel Chapter 1 PP and assignment

4.  Perrine's Prose Unit 2 Handout:

5.  Read Grendel Chapter 2 and complete Chapter 2 Assignment in GC.  Be sure to fill in the Themes Chart after reading each chapter.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Day 18

 Objective:  The students will know what Grendel is about and how to approach its reading.

1.  Roll Quiz

2.  Grendel Discussion Power Point Number 1:  Grendel Intro

3.  Grendel Chapter 1 assignments
a)  Chapter 1 Worksheet:

b) Themes Chart:

4.  Essay Number 1:  AP Q2 Essay: 

Day 17

 Objective:  The students will go over the story analysis for tomorrow's essay.

1.  Roll Quiz

2.  Aeries Note:  Watch your grades!  The GC Import function seems to be sketchy.

3.  GC Plagiarism Checker.  It caught about 10 out of 20 people.  WHY?  I said that just trying is going to be good and get you full points.  This year... you will probably be able to cheat on 95% of the stuff.  WHY WOULD YOU???  If I catch you, I will recommend dropping you from the class. If I can't drop you...

4.  Miss Brill TTSTCANDI.

5.  Essay tomorrow.  SO we will use both Live time and Independent time.  Don't make plans to leave early!  The essay will be in the second part of the class and you will only have 55 minutes to complete.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Day 16

 Objective:  The students will read their next story and analyze for this week's essay.

1.  Make sure How I Met My Husband is turned in.

2.  Presentations 

3.  How I Met My Husband Power Point

Read the short story, "How I Met My Husband," by Alice Munro and then, in a well written essay, analyze Munro's narrator and her changing perception of he world.

4.  Miss Brill reading and TTSTCANDI.

Thursday, September 10, 2020


Objective:  The students will complete analysis of How I Met My Husband.

If you didn't complete registration for the AP Central App you must do so using directions that are posted on yesterday's lesson plan.

1.  Roll Quiz and Presentations:

2.  MC Practice:  "Janie"

3.  Complete a GREAT thorough analysis of How I Met My Husband TTSTCANDI.  Due at the end of Independent time.  Also... I will be using Google Plagiarism check on this... so do not share your work for someone to copy and paste.  It will mean a ZERO for all involved. 

Focus on what you know!!!

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Day 14 (Day 13 was a holiday)

 Objective:  The student will know important information for "How I Met My Husband" analysis.

1.  "How I Met My Husband" real points quiz and Roll

2.  Presentations:  Sex, Not Sex, and Baptisms

3.  AP Class Registration:  Class Code is VRX62X

Here are some instructions:


Don't do this!  We didn't get to it!!

4.  Complete the TTSTCANDI for "How I Met My Husband" which is due before class tomorrow. And don't copy.  Do it yourself.  Focus on what you know!!!

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Day 12

Objective:  The students will practice a not so hard MC Prose piece, then move on to one of the coolest stories (well I hope you like it) that we cover.  

First:  Roll Quiz in GC

1.  Symbol Notes:  Common Colors in Lit.

2.  Presentations through "Flight..." and add Baptism if Brianna is ready.

3.  MC Practice:  Janie

4.  Read "How I Met My Husband" ( will 100% have a quiz on this Wednesday!!!!!  For points.  I am making it now!!!)

Here is the TTSTCANDI for it.  You do not have to do it until next class, but you can feel free to work on it as you read.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Day 11

Objective:  The students will present their chapter from How to Read Like a Professor and then discuss Perrine's Chapter 3 on Characterization.

1.  Roll Quiz

2.  Presentations (Let's do 2)

3.  Perrine's Chapter 3 Slide Show

4.  Complete the Multiple Choice Terms for Perrine's Prose Packet 1.  (You should already have a doc started with the other terms that we did.  Just add to it.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Day 10

 Objective:  The students will discuss the TTSTCANDI for their first story.

1.  Roll Quiz in G Class

2.  Apostle Paul Allusion Notes

3.  Grendel Discussion:  Here is a link to buy the book.  If you buy it and close read, I will give you 50 points of Extra Credit. 

3.  Presentations:  Let's do four

4.  "The Destructors" TTSTCANDI Ass.

If you were to write an essay TODAY on the following prompt, what would you focus on in your essay?

Printed below is the complete story written by Graham Greene titled "The Destructors."  Read the story carefully.  Then write an essay in which you show how the author used literary devices to achieve his purpose.

5.  Assync:  Perrine's Prose:  Complete Chapter 3 Outline:  I made a blank doc in G Class.  You read the chapter and make your own outline.  Like the ones that I made for you before. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Day 9

Objective:  The students will read their first story and it's pretty cool!!

Roll Quiz in G. Class

1. Presentations:  Let's do four.

2.  MC Practice:  The Breakup

3.  The Destructors Power Point

4.  Read story and complete the TTSTCANDI Chart in Google Classroom

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Day 8

 Objective:  The students will discuss Chapter 2 and two important allusions.

1.  Roll Quiz

2.  JC and the Apostles Allusion notes and Noah Allusion Notes

3.  Perrine's Outline Chapter 2 Discussion

4.  If you are patient and maybe stay if I have to go over our time, I will not assign the story reading until tomorrow.  I will try to be fast!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Day 7


Objective:  The students will discuss Perrine's Chapter 1.  Then complete Chapter 2 before we read our first story.

 Important Note:  I have a different version of Perrine's that you do.  So my page numbers on my outlines may be different from those that you have.  So you will have to make that adjustment yourselves.  Sorry.

1.  Roll Quiz on Google Classroom.  Try it and see if this works.

2.  Presentations.  Let's do three or four.

3.  Discuss Perrine's Chapter 1 on Reading a Story Power Point (You take notes)

4.  Complete Chapter 2 of Perrine's on Plot and Structure.


Perrine's Chapter 2:  Plot and Structure Outline:

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Day 6


Objective:  The students will present some Summer Work Presentations.  Then they will complete their first MC Practice.


OK I tried to find Perrine's online.  It is not there anymore.  You have to get the book!!   Get your text! 

1.  Presentations 1-4.  Students will present their slide show and discuss their chapter.  They will also show their completed poster that will hang in the class when we return (think positively!).  

The class will take notes on each chapter.  There will be a 100 point test when the entire book is presented.

2.  MC Practice.  "New York"


3.  Tone Words for Packet:

 4.  Perrine's Chapter 1 Outline:  You read the chapter and complete the outline handout for your Unit 1 Packet.  Just copy it and drop it into your document with the terms.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Day 5

 Objective:  Students will complete the definitions for the Tone Terms on the Perrine's Prose Packet 1.

1.  Problems with signing up for Summer Work Presentations.  Only ONE person until all filled.  NO ONE WILL WORK ON PRESENTATIONS TOGETHER.  Each person will do a presentation and a poster.  This is not a group activity.

2.  Yesterday you completed (or should have) the Lit Terms on the Perrine's Prose Unit.  Today finish the Tone Terms.  On the same document.  Just add a new section.

3.  All Personal Statements have been graded.  I think only 3 are done.  The rest need work and re-submission.

Summer Work Projects:  Click on doc and add your name.  Once they are all full, the remaining students can double up.

 Summer Work Presentations Requirements:

Perrine's Prose 1:  Complete Tone Terms today.


Sunday, August 16, 2020

Day 4

Summer Work Projects:  Click on doc and add your name.  Once they are all full, the remaining students can double up.

 Summer Work Presentations Requirements:


TTSTCANDI Discussion


Perrine's Prose 1:  Complete Lit Terms today.


Digital Citizenship Assignment:

Complete the quiz: In Google Classroom




Thursday, August 13, 2020

Day 3

Objective:  The students will begin their college Personal Statement essay with direction from the teacher.

1.  Discuss No Dogs Bark Q2 Essay Prompt and share some good intro paragraphs.

How Are YOU Going to Pay For College?

Objective:  The students will know what the UC system requires for the Personal Insights Questions and write one of their own Personal Statements.

1.  Roll and Personal Statement Presentation:

2.  Personal Statement Handout:
3.  Video One:  What is a Personal Insight and What should you do on it?

4.  How are you going to pay for college? It's EXPENSIVE!!!  Apply for as many scholarships as you can!!!  All of them that you are able according to the requirements.

5.  Letter of Recs:  Get as many as you can from many different sources!!!!
Link to Jason's Cheat Sheet:

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Day 2

Objective:  The students will look at a Q2 AP Essay Prompt and analyze the prose and complete an intro paragraph.

1.  Roll and go over "Office Hours"

2.  Score your TTSTCANDI posters.  50/50 for poster   40/50 for regular paper

3.  Q2 Essay Prompt:  "No Dogs Bark" analyze and intro paragraph

No Dogs Bark: PDF

Summer Work:

Monday, August 10, 2020

Day 1

 Objective:  The students will try to get through this virtual thing as best as possible and learn a few things about this class.

Good Morning!!  Everyone be patient with me!  I am totally new that this stuff!

1.  Roll and Intro (Supplies:  Get yourself about 12 file folders to keep all of our units in.  Paper, Pens.  All work will be written in pen at all times)


3.  Summer Work Requirement:  100 points.  Due September 5

4.  Discuss AP Test:

     Multiple Choice:  45% of the test score grade:  55 questions/ 1 hour

     Three Essays: 55% of test score grade:  2 hours:  Q1= Poetry     Q2= Prose     Q3= Open Source 

5.  Classwork:  Q1 Prompt:  Read and analyze.  Write an intro paragraph to read aloud if called.

6.   TTSTCANDI Chart:

7.  Independent Work:  Create a TTSTCANDI Poster for your workspace.  Use 1/2 of a poster board (for 50 points) or use a piece of paper (for 40 points).  Use the pictures below.  We will use this ALL YEAR LONG with all reading pieces and discussions.


AP Intro paragraphs:

2-3 sentences.  Keep it short and to the point.  Don't get cute and try to hook.

Name the piece, the author and the time it's written

Thesis statement (This will automatically give you 1 point on the essay of possible 6 points

First T:


AP Day 1 Q1 Prompt:

AP Summer Work Requirements:


This part below will come later after I assign chapters:

AP Summer Work Presentations:

Friday, August 07, 2020


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First T:


AP Day 1 Q1 Prompt:

AP Summer Work Requirements:

AP Summer Work Presentations:

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.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

AP Lesson 31: An Entire Essay

Hello folks.  Sorry I am late with this.  The last two days I have been driving signs all over Riverside and Mo Val to place in your  yards.  I had my entire first period.  Sorry second period kids.  I would have done you guys too but you were split between others.

So, AP Central had another practice exam.  We will do this today or tomorrow.  I have to grade my sophomore book reports that all came in today at the last minute!!

Here is the prompt:

If you want to cheat, it's online with sample papers.  But why would you?

If you are taking the test you need to practice.

Set a timer.  50 minutes.

Dissect prompt.

Read passage.

Thesis and outline:

Hopefully you have 35 minutes here to write.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

AP Lesson 30: Another Practice:

OK, make sure you look at the post from yesterday with the AP Info Updates if you are taking the test.

I had three kids write yesterday's essay.  That's OK.  If you didn't write it, at least read the prompt and the piece and think about what you would write about.

Today's AP Lesson looks like they are going to review the piece, kinda like I am going to do right now.  I am interested into seeing what they have to say, but I will have to watch it later this afternoon.  Lots to do today!

As I said yesterday, I read the dissented the prompt first.  I noticed key words that should be used in the essay:  complex relationship between sisters and family and society.  And literary elements.

Then I read the piece.  I was specifically looking for things that would stand out:  contrasts, shifts, and lit elements.

And they stood out right away:  The contrasts between the two sisters.

The shift at the end where one of them starts to change when she meets a man.

And a great symbol:  Remember:  Spring.  Or something blooming is always a sign.  She was described in a metaphor as a "vegetable" and then, as a blooming flower.  So this is obviously a coming of age story.

So what would i WRITE ABOUT?  Characterization and contrasts between the characters.  Then the shift where the one girl changes and blooms, comes to being and feeling like a woman.

I would get a 5 on this essay I am sure.

Today's lesson:

I will assign something maybe later.

OK they didn't assign anything.  So, I have a prompt here.  What I would do is set up a timer.  Read the prompt.  Dissect it.  Read the passage.  Then come up with a thesis and an outline.  Then stop the timer.  How much time do you have left?  Is that enough for a good essay?  I will give you 50 points for this.  Tomorrow, I will give a whole essay again.

Monday, May 04, 2020


Hey guys, I just got this.

Do what you need to do!!!!!

AP® Exams begin on Monday, May 11. We've outlined steps you should take to ensure your students are prepared to test.


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.

AP Lesson 29

OK, I am done being pissed.  Here is today's AP Central lesson.  It looks like they are doing a practice exam.

I think this is what each of you should do each day from here on out.  If they don't give a good prompt, I will find one and you can do that one instead.

I will watch it live in 20 minutes and get back to you.

By the way, I ran into one of my AP kids the other day at Stater Brothers and he asked me, "Mr. Warren, do you think I am going to pass the test?"

And I simply responded, "No."

Truth hurts, but he literally hasn't done one thing since we have been gone.  Np prep.  No lessons.  Nothing.  Well good luck with that.

OK great lesson:  It's a good piece.  It's not too hard or too easy.

So if you are inclined to practice:  Do it.  Do it all within 45 minutes.  Set up a place.  Type it or write it.  Print it out, or not.

Upload it to email in a picture or send the document, all within 50 minutes.

I will tomorrow tell you what I would write about.

I literally just 1) read and disected the prompt.  2)  Read the piece.  3)  Outlined my paragrapghs and wrote my thesis.  And according to the timer, I had 40 minutes to write!

You need to practice:  100 points.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

AP Lesson 27: Deconstructing Prompts


Here is the link for today's AP Lesson.

There will be no assignment today.  You want to know why?