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AP Hislish - Bruno/Hooten
Instructor: Mr. Bruno / Mr. Hooten   
Welcome to a class that can only be described as one-of-a-kind.  This course is a blend of both AP US History and AP English Language and Composition.  This idea is not original to myself or Mr. Hooten; rather, it is based on a pedagogical technique called the Integrated Learning Team, or ILT.  The ILT seeks to enhance learning through capitalizing on context to help students more fully understand the material being taught.

AP US History focuses on the history of the United States of America through the study of primary and secondary documents, analyses of the historical record, and the balancing of differing historical perspectives.

AP English Language and Composition helps students develop the skills to become critical consumers and users of language in their academics and their daily lives.

The courses fit because the Commonwealth of Virginia requires that all high school juniors study American literature and the AP English Language curriculum does not have a specified set of texts to read.  This flexibility in the AP curriculum and the American literature focus from the state allows the course to teach rhetorical language skills while tying directly into the AP US History curriculum.

So, when students are learning about the historical, social, cultural, and intellectual millieu of the 1770s, they will be analyzing the Declaration of Independence and other primary documents from the time period.

In short, this course is a great opportunity for students to learn two subjects with a similar context.  Both Mr. Hooten and myself look forward to this course and the inquiries we will be making as a class into the past and our language.
Class Announcements
Monday, May 10th
Please bring LOC to class on Monday, May 10th.   We will be using the text to review some of the more archaic type of readings you will see on the test.
Monday, May 2nd

Mr. Hooten will have Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to prep you all for the AP US History test this coming Friday.

For class on Monday, please bring the Heath.  We will read and analyze the story in class together as practice for next week's AP test. 
Check out our class page on the mobile notes application, Study Blue.  Check your e-mail inbox for an invitation from me to join our class page.

On StudyBlue, you can share notes with each other via the internet or your mobile phone.  Now, if you miss class, you don't have to wait to get back to class to find out what happened.
For Monday, February 28h, 2011
We will begin Invisible Man on Monday.  In addition to at least being halfway through the novel, you need to read two brief pieces out of the Heath Anthology and bring it with you to class.  These pieces are listed below and are listed under class assignments.

Heath Readings:
1. Chapter XIV from Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (pp. 1739 - 1747)
2. Chapter III from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (pp. 1754 - 1762)

These readings will help us set the stage for the discussion we will be having all week on this idea we have been teasing apart of the individual and the community, as well as bridge the gap from the other community/identity readings we have done up to this point.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
For class tomorrow, make sure you read the following from The American Reader:
1. The House Divided Speech (p. 208)
2. The Cooper Union Speech (p. 227)
3. The First Inaugural Address (p. 244)
4. The Gettysburg Address (p. 261)
5. The Scond Inaugural Address (p. 263)

Also, please read the information at this link.  Once you have done so, create a T-Chart analyzing the similarities and differences between the two speeches.

See you tomorrow,

Mr. B
Monday, February 7th
You need to bring the following things to class tomorrow, Monday, February 7th:

1. A clean copy of your annotated bibliography

2. All three of the Well-Constructed Sentence Worksheets 
Homework for Friday, January 14th
Since we missed the snow day, we are off schedule.  As a result, we need to cover more on Friday than I originally intended.

Please read pp. 890-918 in your Heath text.

As you read, note the special uses Douglass makes of:
1. Diction
2. Detail
3. Syntax
4. Imagery
5. Tone
6. Figurative Language

And, as usual, don't forget to fill out your notes for your Lit Circles discussions.
Snow Shuffle
 We will turn in our Monument Analysis Presentations after the Holiday Break.  Given the extra time, I will not take any assignments late.  ALL Monument Presentations are due January 3rd.

If it snows Sunday and we miss any school next week, we will take the discussion of the various texts that we are supposed to read for tomorrow (Friday, December 17th) to the blog.  If you have not accessed the blog yet (many of you), you need to e-mail me so that I can resend you the invitation.
Friday, December 17th

Please just read the short story and jot some thoughts down.  Nothing too involved.  We will do the hardcore analysis in class after you have turned in your annotated bibliographies.

The groups are based on your literature

Group 1 - "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving (pp.941 - 953)

Group 2 - "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (pp. 968 - 976)

Group 3 - "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" by Mark Twain (pp.1361 - 1365)

Group 4 - "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe (pp. 1014 - 1027)

Group 5 - "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe (pp. 1001 - 1014)

Group 6 - "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce (
Wednesday, December 15th
Mr. Hooten and I will both be absent on Wednesday, December 15th.  You will be given the class period to work on your assignments in the library.

Do not waste the time.  If the sub has to remove you from the library, an alternative assignment will be handed out.  Please conduct yourselves as the young adults we know you are and expect you to be.
Blog Link
I am going to make this announcement so that the blog link is very accessible.  The link for the hislish blog is hislish.blogspot.com.

Remember, you need to get on a post a response to the discussion on the two readings on the START treaty.  Keep the comments focused on the rhetoric and argumentation used in both.

You'll need to use your google account to access the blog.  I also need to ok everybody who is going to post (this keeps you all safe and secure from others online).
Discussion Topics
Class Files
 Literature and History PowerPoints
This folder contains PowerPoints on Literature and History.
 Literature Circles
Contains note sheet templates and more.
 Rhetoric and Writing PowerPoints
This folder has PowerPoints on rhetoric and writing.
 Visible Thinking Strategies
Learning strategies from Harvard University's Project Zero.
 Cornell Notes Sheet.pdf
This is a PDF of the Cornell Notes Sheet. It can be used for Q-Notes, Cornell Notes, Lit Circle Notes, or any other notes you want.
These are the one-pagers for after you have finished an outside book. Remember, one outside book per quarter.
 Posting a Document to Google Docs.docx
Instructions for using Google Docs to share your work.
 Postseminar Task Template - Community.docx
The Post-Seminar Essay for the Community unit.
 Revision Evaluation Sheet.doc
Use this sheet to evaluate all revisions you turn in to me.
 Writing the Expository Research Paper.pdf
A handout that explains how to build your expository research paper.
Class Homework
No "Class Homework" exist(s)
Class Quizzes
AP Terms Quiz #1 - Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to School
Brief Quiz on Rhetorical Terms
To take a quiz, you must be logged in and a member of the class.
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