In the comment section below, respond to the following 5 questions. Then, respond and reply constructively to at least two of your classmates comments.
Treat this space like a digital Socratic Seminar.
When presented with arguments that others make, we can respond in three basic ways. We can defend, challenge or qualify.
In his article, 'Persepoli' Reduces Iran to Black and White, Hossein Derakshan reviews Marjane Satrapi's film, and claims that story is an inaccurate representation of Iran. He uses the black and white animation as a metaphor for an either/or fallacy he claims Satrapi presents: that you are "either with Marjane, in which case you are a nice, warm human being with properly drawn features; or you are against Marjane, and therefore either a black spectre with no human face features or an angry robot who represents the Iranian state."
In the comments of this post -
Use the comment section of this blog post to finish your Socratic Seminar. Even if you made your 4 comments in class, leave a comment or respond to a comment. We want to hear and see your insights!
Below are the discussion questions from your handout. And if you need another copy of the handout, click HERE.
You read and analyzed several poems by some of the Affrilachian poets:
Which of these poems presents the strongest or most effective argument? In the comments tell us which poem made the most effective argument, what that argument was, and what rhetorical tools the poet used that made the argument effective.
After you have posted your comment, read through your classmates's comments and respond to at least two of them. Treat this activity like a digital Socratic Seminar. In your response, make sure you respond positively, and that you engage your classmates in a digital conversation about rhetoric, Affrilachian poetry, and rejecting the single story of Appalachia.
Have your comment and two responses posted by Friday, October 6, 2017.
We have Mock Interviews next month, and most of the prep we're going to flip to the website so that class time can be reserved to getting you ready for the AP Exam. But what if you have a question that we don't have time for? You can post it here!
Comment on this blog post with your question, and I will answer it as best I can here, or answer it in class the next day. And you can use this blog post to comment and respond to one another's questions as well.
You can access all Mock Interview prep materials and instructions HERE.
Good Luck! I know you all will rock this!
Find the small beautiful thing...
This is a class about writing. Looking at craft and structure, and how form can reflect content will be a pillar of our curriculum. Great writing works on you in ways you don't often realize, and being able to unpack those tricks of the trade will soon become second nature.
So let's start looking now-get those brains trained to spot when a writer or speaker is doing something effective and downright cool with language.
Here's your task. Find a sentence or passage in which Frazier has used form to reflect content. What I mean is, look at both WHAT he's saying and HOW he's saying it. Is the "how" reflecting the "what"?
Let me give you an example. On page 162 of Thirteen Moons, Frazier writes of a proposed duel between protagonist Will Cooper and Featherstone. Cooper describes Featherstone's letter of challenge as follows:
"The next morning he returned bearing the formal letter of challenge, which was phrased in the required exquisite diction. Perhaps it exceeded all requirements. It may have crossed some line into parody. The phrase field of hobnor figured repeatedly. The subjunctive mood was predominant. One periodic sentence of considerable magnificence, and with more than a whiff of the previous century, went on nearly forever, more than a page, before it's grammar finally reached the payoff, whereupon, if you were strict in your attention, you could figure out what the subject and verb had been."
Now, here's what I liked about this particular passage. The protagonist, Will Cooper, is complaining about the over formality and ridiculousness of his opponent's letter, but is voicing these complaints in language very similar to the type he's complaining about. He complains about a very long periodic sentence, but his complaint about this appears in the form of a very long clunky sentence that takes a bit of reading to get through. He mentions the writing bordering on parody, but it is his description of the writing that seems to be parodying Featherstone's letter.
Now, there may be a few reasons for this:
1. The narrator may have purposely shaped his language to echo his opponent's to make fun of him and to highlight the ridiculousness of the diction and syntax.
2. The narrator is as ridiculous as his opponent.
Both options add very different dimensions to the main character, and because of the grammatical and structural choices that Frazier made in this section, I now am thinking several different things about Will Cooper. See how Frazier's form influenced his content?
Now it's your turn!
Using whatever novel you read, find a sentence or passage in which Frazier has used sentence structure or grammatical choices to reflect the content. Find a spot where the HOW is directly impacts the WHAT. In the comment section provide the following:
1. Your name and the novel you read.
2. The page number of the sentence or passage you are discussing.
3. The actual sentence or passage you are discussing.
4. Your explanation of how this sentence or passage uses form (sentence structure, grammar, etc.) to reflect or impact the content.
**Use my example above as your model for this assignment.
Make sure you visit the Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence page. You can do that by clicking HERE or by visiting http://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/frazier/. This web site contains many resources for both Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons. There are critical essays, webquests, videos, and links to historical information.
Click around, and find at least 2 resources that help you to better understand the novel you read.
In the comment section, write a paragraph in which you answer the following questions:
1. Who you are and what book you read...
2. What 2 resources you found that helped you understand the book better...
3. How the resources helped you...
Check out Mrs. Salfia's example below:
Hey guys! It's Mrs. Salfia again, and as I told you before, I read Frazier's novel Thirteen Moons. I clicked around and checked out pretty much ALL the resources provided, and found most of it extremely helpful in unpacking Frazier's book. The critical essay by Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt was an excellent resource for making connections between Fraziers novels, and for recapping what I had just read. She meticulously breaks down the events of each book, and explains their importance and connections. I very much liked her discussion of Claire. One of the other resources available, a document titled "Thirteen Moons Teaching Resources", compares Claire to the main character in Great Expectations, Estella. I thought this was a great comparison. I don't want to spoil it for you guys that didn't read TM, but go ahead and wikipedia "Estella Great Expectations" and you'll get the idea. I also clicked on the "In his own words" tab and watched the two videos in which Frazier talks about his writing. In the first video he talks about the importance of writing a good story vs the importance of being published. I thought this anecdote could be a good analogy for this class. Our focus is on being better writers and on passing the AP exam. But while the exam is important, improving our writing is the top priority.
Now it's your turn! Go find at least 2 resources on this website that deepen or clarify your understanding of the Frazier novel you read, tell us about them, and how they helped you!
Don't forget to reply to at least one classmates' comment!
Greetings prospective students!
I hope you have been enjoying this lovely summer, and that you have managed to get your hands on a novel by Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence, Charles Frazier. Your assignment was to read either Cold Mountain or Thirteen Moons. I am so excited that we will have an opportunity to hear Frazier speak about his work in September, and that you will have an opportunity to ask him questions about his writing.
For Blog Post 1, we'll start off easy-get warmed up, if you will. In the comment section of this post write a paragraph in which you answer the following questions:
1. Who you are...
2. What is the coolest thing you've done this summer...
3. What is the nerdiest thing you've done this summer...
4. Which Charles Frazier book you read...
5. And what you thought of it... Did you like it? Why or why not?
Remember: you also must reply to one of your classmates' comments on each post as well!
Mrs. Salfia's Sample Paragraph--
Hi everybody! My name is Mrs. Salfia, and I'm your AP Lang teacher! This summer has been pretty chill so far. I think the coolest thing I've done this summer may also be the nerdiest thing. I have a tiny goldfish pond in my back yard, and the filter was not doing the job. So after some research and study, I built my own filter using parts of the original filter, a plastic tub, old garden hose, mop heads, sponges, gravel, and chopped up pool noodles. My pond cleared right up, and needless to say, I'm pretttttttttty proud of myself. Pretty cool/nerdy, right??? Between the pond, my garden, and the dozens of books I've been reading, it's been a jam packed summer over here. I've also done a little writing. I'm working on a piece right now about a witch who gets invited to her ex-boyfriend's wedding, and someone lets a Kraken loose into the pool at the country club where they're having the reception. It's a weird and hysterical story, and if I like you, I'll let you hear it sometime. Speaking of entertaining stories, how about that Charles Frazier? I read his novel Thirteen Moons, and am currently re-reading Cold Mountain. I thought Thirteen Moons was beautifully written and meticulously researched. Frazier is a very talented writer. I liked the beginning of the story much more than the end. I rooted for young Will Cooper in the coming of age part of the story, but then when he "came of age" I had a hard time identifying with adult Will. I'm anxious to hear what you guys thought of it. The story of the Cherokee removal from their home was both fascinating and sad. It's hard to believe that that was America. The integration of the Highlanders and the Cherokee on "The Nation" was also a plot point that I found very interesting. My favorite part of the book was how often the narrator talked about honing his skills in reading and writing. There are a few passages we're going to look at together that discuss critical reading, and how to do it effectively. I found that to be very meta as I was critically reading the novel itself. Overall, I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to hearing Frazier's commentary on it!
Now it's your turn! Introduce yourself, answer the questions above, and tell us what you read!!
If you are reading this, you are an awesome student and have found your way to our blog! Great job! Stay tuned for 3 more posts regarding Charles Frazier and his novels, Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons.
If you want, you may comment on this post, and a) introduce yourself and b) discuss what excites you about taking this class.
Looking forward to reading your thoughts!
Mrs. Salfia is the author of this blog.
The text in this section said "write something about yourself." So here goes: I am a huge nerd. I love books. I wish I were climbing a mountain or canoeing down a river right now.