Archive for October, 2017

Grammar!

Posted: October 31, 2017 in Grammar and Mechanics, Uncategorized

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Here’s the punctuation packet we’re currently working on in class: English 12 AP Punctuation Review Packet

One of the things many of you have expressed frustration over is grammar and punctuation.  Conversely, some are probably sick of going over what you already know, but that’s OK, you’ll live :).

The more pressing matter is the frustration over the fact that you have been in school for 13 years and have never really gone over the rules.  (Yes, there are rules!  It’s not just you get it or you don’t.)

I remember this frustration myself as I had little to no dedicated grammar instruction in school, didn’t understand when I got things wrong, and didn’t even know there were rules until I taught myself this stuff in my twenties.  Insert facepalm: “you mean you don’t just go by what sounds write and put comas where there is a paws?”  Steven Pinker and the whole language movement is to blame.  The theory is that we learn language intuitively, by ear.  But that’s predicated on the false assumption that we are around people who speak proper English all the time and spelling and homophones are logical.  “But spelling don’t make no sense cause some of it is reminisent of middle english while some is modernized tha peeple that rote the first grammer and spelling books didn’t create no patterns either dey jus did wat dey felt like.”  So, um, yeah, that’s what whole language writing looks like.  I’ll leave the rest of that digression for another day though.

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Click the more tag for class notes and, well, more — more resources and more plagiarized memes (is that an oxymoron?)

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The Bluest Eye

Posted: October 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

The introductory PowerPoint based on Morrison’s afterward can be found here: The Bluest Eye

Remember, you will need to annotate this one for a grade.  Keep your eyes open for patterns and motifs such as those outlined in the PowerPoint.

The story originated from an experience in which a little girl Morrison knew wanted blue eyes and Morrison found herself hating the girl, not the society that convinced her of this narrow conception of beauty.  This book is a way of exploring where these concepts of beauty and ugly come from and the racial contempt encapsulated in such an anecdote as this.   Use this information to help guide you in your annotations as you decode the text.  Morrison uses a lot of the structuralist stuff we talked about from How to Read Literature Like a Professor, so be on the lookout for those patterns, too.

This is also a very emotive text.  Another GREAT annotation idea is to jot down the emotion you are feeling at each anecdote or episode — do you pity and sympathize with the character?  Are you angry at them?  Or are you content, happy, jocular . . . Then try to figure out HOW Morrison evokes those emotions in the reader and WHY you think she does this?  How does it help her purpose or theme?

There’s an audiobook of Morrison herself reading The Bluest Eye on youtube which you might find a helpful tool too.  Stay tuned for more. . .