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4th Nine Week AP Lang Blog HOW TO

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Your Blogs are due twice per week.  The first one due by Wednesday @ Midnight and the second one is due Friday @ Midnight.


1st Wednesday Blog has several parts to it:

1. You can blog about anything at all.  It could be about your future or your past.  You can express what makes you happy, sad, or mad.  As long as it is school appropriate.  The length should be around two-three paragraphs 

2. You must follow the weekly attitude of the blog (again topic doesn't matter).


Week One April 4th- Attitude is sarcastic yet witty.  Mood is annoyed.

Week Two April 11th- Attitude is regretful yet somber. Mood is reflective and/or insightful 

Week Three April 18th-Attitude is enthusiastic yet grounded.  Mood is chipper and involved.

Week Four April 25th- Attitude is Angry and Reckless. Mood is aggressive.

Week Five May 3rd- Attitude is YOUR CHOICE.  Mood is YOUR CHOICE (make sure you tell me somewhere)


---->NO MORE BLOGS On this topic!


3. You need to use sentence variety.  As you know there are six major types or patterns.  You need to use each one twice correctly in your blog.

 This will feel unnatural at first, but will get easier as you write.  DO IT AS YOU WRITE NOT AFTER FOR THE intended effect to happen!!!  You also need to color code your sentences accordingly


Simple Sentence= Red 

Compound Sentence= Orange

Complex Sentence= Yellow

Compound-Complex= Green

Loose= Blue

Periodic= Pink



1.     Simple – one independent clause

The singer bowed to her adoring audience.


2.     Compound – contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or by a semicolon.

The singer bowed to the audience, but she sang no encores.


3.     Complex – an independent clause and one or more subordinate clause.

Because the singer was tired, she went straight to bed after the concert.


4.     Compound-complex – contains two or more independent clauses and one or more subordinate clauses.

The singer bowed while the audience applauded, but she sand no encores.


5.     Loose or Cumulative – makes complete sense if brought to a close before the actual ending. The modifying phrase in the sentence could be eliminated while maintaining the meaning of the sentence.

We reached Edmonton that morning after a turbulent flight and some exciting experiences, tired but exhilarated, full of stories to tell our friends and neighbors.


6.     Periodic – makes sense fully only when the end of the sentence is reached.

That morning, after a turbulent flight and some exciting experience, we reached Edmonton.





2nd Friday Blog will critique someone's speech using the same last nine weeks speech breakdown (http://2010yeagleyenglish.pbworks.com/w/page/35290487/Speech-Activity-due-Fridays) except that you will apply this to a speech written by a student and inspired by a famous speech.



----You should do the following when blogging about a student-centric speech----

1. Overall point the author is making.  The main point or points.

2. What is the occasion?

3. What specific techniques are being used to make the argument mentioned in #1?  BE SPECIFIC AND PLEASE DON"T JUST SAY SOMETHING ABOUT ETHOS, LOGOS, AND PATHOS.  Think of all of our techniques

4. List a few phrases, words, or sentences that are especially impressive and try to explain why (these should not have been mentioned before)

5. Write three Author and You questions using (QAR) as well as their respective answers.

6. You must write a prompt and a thesis statement as a response to the speech (DO NOT summarize)


Comments (1)

Jayson Yeagley said

at 9:28 am on Apr 4, 2011

Put both blogs on your blog page and your speech (that you write) on your speech page

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