NWSA English 3


August 2015

AP Homework 8/31

    1. The Language of Composition page 1-34.
    2. Complete assignment on Page 9 to turn in for grade

AP 8/31 Warm-Up

SOAPSTone—AP English Literature

Poems have a speaker(s)


Prose has a narrator(s)


Author does not = speaker/narrator











  • Note specific point of view
  • Note type of person speaking (gender, age, traits)
  • Use adjectives and nouns (ex. worrisome student)—need 3 pairs
  • When you pull adjectives, think of tone words
  • Pull quotes to prove


  • Larger—what was going on in the world when the writer composed the piece? How would this have influenced the writer? Have to be able to link the event/info. to the poem/prose in some significant way
  • Immediate—event(s) or situation(s) that the speaker encounters in the piece (What’s going on in the poem?)


  • Come up with at least two audiences (one should be specific to the poem/prose, but one needs to be universal)
  • For universal audience, consider the poet/author’s audience—who did the writer intend to influence?
  • For specific audience, apply speaker information—should match the speaker
    • For example, if you identify the speaker as someone on his/her deathbed, then the audience may be someone watching a loved one die and dealing with death’s uncertainty


  • Why did the poet/author write this piece? (think theme)
  • Apply subject words—should match the subject—incorporate the nouns/pronouns from the subject list with your concise statement of purpose
  • Phrasing = “to…strong verb” Ex. “to promote” “to incite” “to mock”


  • The center, heart, or engine of the piece
  • Pull nouns/pronouns from the piece ONLY
  • Give yourself options


  • Apply tone words with quotes from the piece as proof
  • Need at least three tone words with text to prove
  • Indicate a shift in tone if it applies

8/28 and 8/29 Warm-Up

8/28 Warm-Up

Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

At the core of any good dialogue is not the ability to talk louder than another person but rather the ability to listen calmly to diverse perspectives. You can always learn more by listening to other points of view, especially those you disagree with. Spend as much time as possible listening to what other people have to say, even when you are sure of your position. Understanding and appreciating others’ positions is the first step in persuading people to accept yours.


Adapted from Libuse Binder, Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

Assignment: Is listening more important than speaking when you are trying to persuade others? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

The Catcher in the Rye Seminar Questions

The Catcher in the Rye Seminar Questions
Group One
1. Why do you think Holden’s questions about the ducks are never answered?
2. Do you think Holden grows as a person at all through the story?
3. What do you think the most significant scene in The Catcher in the Rye is?
4. The Catcher in the Rye centers around a young man – can women relate to this novel too? What about Holden is gender specific, and what is common to all teenagers?
5. Do you think there are people who act like Holden in the present?
Group Two
1. Would Holden’s life be different if Allie hadn’t died? How so?
2. Why do you think Holden never calls Jane?
3. How do you think Phoebe will act when she is a teenager?
4. Is the ending of the book optimistic? Negative? Gloomy?
5. If this book was written in 2010, what kind of music do you think Holden would like? Why?

Catcher in the Rye Essay- Honors English III

Catcher in the Rye
Essay- Honors English III

Write a 2-3 page essay explaining how Holden’s experiences have affected his personality and his views of the world. What lessons (themes) can we learn from Holden’s experiences in Catcher in the Rye?

Grading: 1. Focus: Your essay establishes its central idea clearly and effectively in the opening paragraph and maintains this focus throughout the essay. Each paragraph is logically linked to the main idea and all sentences within the paragraphs serve to further develop and maintain this focus.
2. Conventions: Your essay’s prose is written in grammatically correct English; it has no spelling or grammatical errors; it shows a sound understanding of the structure of a good sentence and paragraph.
3. Organization: Your ideas follow and relate to each other in a logical and effective way. Information is organized within the sentence and paragraph, as well as the paper itself, for maximum rhetorical effectiveness.
4. Insight: The degree to which your essay shows insight into your theme. Your essay explores your subject in all its complexity and examines and reveals the nature of that complexity in your essay.
5. Evidence: Your essay uses specific, concrete examples from the text to illustrate the ideas your essay develops. The examples are also clearly cited.

8/26 and 8/27 Warm-Up

8/26 Warm-Up
SAT Writing Prompt
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
Many colleges now offer courses in which students study television programs, comic books, magazines, advertising, and other aspects of popular culture. Critics complain that schools should not replace serious literature and history courses with such fluff. They claim that courses in popular culture present material that is trivial and inconsequential. But the study of popular culture can be just as important, demanding, and instructive as the study of traditional subjects.
Assignment: Can the study of popular culture be as valuable as the study of traditional literary and historical subjects? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

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