Despite the increasing craziness of apparently everything else, English class has remained surprisingly calm. We have simply been going along with our schedule, and reviewing speeches and beginning preparing for the AP exam.
We have carried over from last week using the rhetorical triangle to further analyze speeches. I think this is very helpful, because, not only does it help us realize what strategies used are important and why, but it also helps us to understand better the intentions of the speaker, which is a skill that I am sure will greatly assist us on the AP exam.
Speaking of the AP Exam, we also started some exam practice this week! I think that taking a practice at the beginning of the year is important, because it helps us to understand exactly how the test works and what skills we need to master before May. I think that, so far, nobody completely failed the multiple choice section, and we have already identified several things we need to learn (like literary devices and poetry terms). I think that this, although a different approach from what we are used to in an AP class, it still can be very effective if everyone works really hard and communicates well.
For us to improve, I think everyone needs to have an “all hands on deck” approach to it. We need to all be working to find resources and books that can help everyone in the class. Also, I feel that, although the practice tests in the 5 Steps to a 5 books are great, taking an official previous AP exam may be beneficial so we can get used to the format and length of the test sections.