Scribe: 12.4.2013

Hello! Here are the notes for today: 12/04/13

  • Scarlet Letter
-pick topic; analyze
  • Patrick Henry’s Audience
-important yet indecisive delegates at Virginia Convention
-white male owners, slave owning, plantation owners
-hesitant to go to war because it’s expensive and destroys white delegates’ wealthy lifestyle
-makes no money in government, therefore, only rich people can take part in politics
-wavering between loyalty and rebellion
-they value religion
  • Speech
-horrors of slavery
-Henry know his audience well
-God above Kings

Scribe: 12.3.2013

Scribe Notes

Today after the bell rang, Mr. Eldridge quizzed us on the SAT vocab words.

-called out random peoples names and asked for the definition of a specific word


After quizzing us on vocab, he asked us to finish analyzing and annotating the Patrick Henry Speech. (Together with our groups). Continued that for the whole period afterwards. If done, work on homework he assigned to us.

The homework was to write about who the audience were during the speech. Had to give specific details that identified that the audience you are writing about is the audience he is speaking to.

Scribe: 11.12.13

“Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.” -Daniel Webster
Lord of the flies
•no restraint -> kids are ran by fear

without restraint, you only have imagination left (in lord of the flies, it is the beast which is in their imagination)

when people say “i want freedom” they don’t mean freedom, they mean that they do not want restraint.

*shoe size = length of your elbow to your wrist*
•height = arms spread it from finger tip to the other fingertip

**sometimes its better to move slower because it allows us time to think
•planning and moving slower on last weeks essay lead to a higher average score.

Tone 6
•Malcolm X is a small town criminal and when he got sent to prison he met a muslim who told him that his mind is connected to the community and the only way to free it was by learning so he studied the dictionary. He was self taught and he used diction to show his tone.
•sneer quotes -> “religious” “heathen” “pagan” -> they are sarcastic / mocking / ironic
•diction creates the tone within the passage

**Mr. Eldridge wants us do put his homework first in line because it is very short and it requires thinking.

Scribe: 11.06.2013

Class Notes Period 6 (11/6/13)

-Samantha Wong


1) We played a game where Mr. Eldridge would give us a clue and the answer would have to be two words where the letters “I” and “R” were together. The person who got it right was given candy.

ex) Q: The breakfast cereal that goes “Snap, Crackle, Pop.”

     A: Rice Krispies


2) We had a cumulative vocabulary quiz that lasted for about 20 minutes.


3) Thomas Pain: The Crisis No. 1


-We had a pop oral quiz where Mr. Eldridge quickly asked individuals a question regarding the text and if they could not look him in the eye with an “eye of the tiger” expression, they would be placed in the “Fail” pile, whereas if they got it right, they would be placed in the “A” pile.

ex) Q: What is the soldier called?

     A: Summer soldier


-There were more failures than passes. Mr. Eldridge stated, “The more you memorize, then the more you memorize.” People laughed and Mr. Eldridge explained that:

The more you spend time memorizing a day, the easier it will come to you and the more you will be able to memorize. After that, everything you read, you will be able to memorize it because it will be a natural reaction.


4) Fundamental Idea of the Course: Persuasion/Rhetoric


1. Establish Character (ethos)

Good will = Kindness


High moral character


2. Use Reason (logos)

Logic, examples, thoughtful connections


3. Employ Emotion (pathos)

Use images to elicit feelings in the audience.


Scribe: 11.05.2013

Today’s Objectives:
1. Discussion of common themes
2. Review detail and imagery
3. Syntax 5
4. The Crisis No.1
We began with a oral vocab check, which was humiliating as always. A notable one missed by many was “cosmopolitan”, which means “familiar with or accepting of many cultures”.
Then, we discussed themes common to the pieces which we have read (Winthrop, Donne, etc.)  that served as precursors to American literature.
- emphasis on community
- charity / love for all
- emphasis on nature
- emphasis on the influence of God
- advocacy for justice or fairness
- concept of “city upon a hill”, with America as the exemplary model for the world.
and the main ones, which forms a cycle:
the desire for purity -> sense self-righteousness -> American exceptionalism, which holds the nation to be superior to others (a la city upon a hill) -> a self-imposed position of America as a missionary spreading American values -> more desire for purity (repeats)
With the exception of the Revolutionary War period, these themes served as common underlying trends in American literature.
“Canada is just a dorkier version of America.”  *looks at Jason*   – Mr. Eldridge
Finally, we went over Syntax 5, yesterday’s homework.
*Syntax always supports the meaning*
Notice in the passage, the colon is both the “bridge” and the “chasm”, as it splits and connects the two clauses simultaneously. Also, the number of words in the clauses match exactly. This creates a perfect symmetry and opposition between the two competing theses.
Writers never reveal their true purposes because
1. it limits the discourse on the work and
2. it allows criticism by others over imperfections in the author’s execution of the purpose.
- Syntax 6, including a purpose statement.
- Read first 2 pages of The Crisis No. 2.

Scribe: 11.04.2013

Scribe Notes

November 4, 2013

  1. Audubon and Dillard Essays returned

    1. Go over the prompt in order to find the purposes and differences in the essays

      1. Audubon

        • Specific words/facts used that leave little to the imagination

          • “Autumn of 1813” (1)

          • “north-east to south-west” (5)

          • “163 [dots] had been made in twenty one-minutes” (14-15)

          • “undulating and angular lines” (37)

          • “mounted perpendicularly” (39)

          • smiles and metaphors used are concrete and descriptive

          • Title: “Ornithological Biographies

        • Effect on Audubon is mild

      2. Dillard

        • Poetic words used

          • “Out of the dimming” (1)

          • Similes used were abstract and poetic

            • “transparent and whirling like smoke” (4-5)

            • “like a fluttering banner, an unfurled oriflamme” (9)

              • (She’s crazy)

        • Dillard is overwhelmed by the birds

      3. Use your feelings to read.


    2. John Winthrop wrap up discussion

      1. Note: Everyone in that era was dictated by religion

        • Everything everyone did was related to religion

          • The Old Testament God was scarey

            • if anyone was done incorrectly, even with good intention, God would strike the offender down

        • Puritans

          • thought that they were the chosen people by God to be pure

            • America was “given” to them

            • UK was doomed to fall

          • Their lives were dictated by extreme religious beliefs.

            • Same people who did the Salem Witch Trials.

            • Made them a little crazy

        • Winthrop emphasizes the religious aspects of Puritan life

          • Love thy enemy/neighbor

          • follow the Gospel

          • Avoid excess and share

          • help each other

          • Justice tempered by mercy

        • These ideas “haunt” America

          • US. Exceptional ism

            • “City upon a hill”

            • Beacon of freedom

            • A true Democracy that represents the People

            • True justice

              • “America never incarcerates anyone incorrectly”

    3. Homework:

      1. List of Themes in our readings that make up what America thinks it is

        • Can be from anything we’ve read that’s American Literature

          • Old Essays and stuff

      2. Print Thomas Paine’s, The Crisis

      3. Finish Syntax #5

Scribe Notes: 11.01.2013

Scribe Notes 11/1/2013


Mr. Eldridge advised us to stay in our chairs and to not fall off them. Take time to think and read because we have extra time (around 50 as opposed to 40 minutes on the real AP exam). However, make sure to work quickly.

The rest of the class period was spent on writing our essay.


Scribe: 10.23.2013

*Vocabulary Quiz
     -draw pictures
     - sentence fill-ins
*Jason makes a women’s rights joke
*Religio Medici AP Questions Quiz
      1.) A: the “two books” are metaphors
      2.) E: the “common hieroglyphics” are everyday natural phenomena (nature that the Christians tend to disregard)
      3.) B: “Yet this rule of his he doth sometimes pervert, to acquaint the world with his prerogative (right; privilege), lest the                             arrogancy of reason should question his power, and conclude he could not.” When humans exhibit arrogance, God                           changes his laws to remind men that he is extremely powerful.
      4.) A:  It’s an analogy comparing how God uses nature to how men use hammers and pens.
      5.) E: (I don’t think you explained this, so this is my explanation.  I’m not sure if it is right) Process of Elimination: A is wrong                      because it is not an extended example of art improving nature since art perfects it.  B and D are wrong because it doesn’t                    contrast anything.  C is wrong because the speaker isn’t apologizing for anything.  Therefore, E is left and seems to work                  so yay :)
       6.) C: The whole passage talks about how God’s creations are perfect and how nature is the art of God.  Or, process of                           elimination can be used to find the answer.
*Antithesis is pronounced An-tith-e-sis
*Jason makes another women’s rights joke
*The AP questions seem easier after you discuss them with your group
*Even though we read and analyzed the passage, we still had to go back and look at the passage when answering question
*AP English Test
     -it is hard to get over 70%
     -if you get 3 7/9 on your essays you will most likely get a 4
     -used to need foot notes for the test (I wasn’t so sure what you said about this)
     -6 minutes per section including reading time
     -if you spend less time on the shorter section you will have roll-over minutes for the longer sections
     -most people don’t finish the test
*Analysis of Detail 1 (didn’t finish because the bell rang)
     -goat trail: narrow, bent trail for goats “Goats aren’t into straight lines.”
     -furrow (important word): v-shaped; like a trench; made with a plow and water is put in the hole when farming
     -Detail 2
     -Go to the fushion page, click on AP English Language, click on From earliest to the Puritans, print A Model for Christian Charity, Jonathan Winthrop

Scribe: 10.22.2013

Scribe 10/22/13


Journal: Quote Response

“All Change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”

–Ellen Glasgow


  • First Activity: Quote response in journal (above)

  • Quote response guideline is to be used to respond to this, although the outline should be memorized at this point

  • Some students had difficulty taking meaning from the quote, Eldridge explained that much of the class is very left-brained

  • Left side of the brain – analytical and denotative, seeks one to one relationships, geometric, usually in charge of emotions such as fear, anxiety, and nervousness

  • Right side of brain – prefers connotation, metaphor, and context, in charge of gentler emotions

  • Do not attempt to fit a quote like Glasgow’s into a mathematical mold

  • Eldridge has a bag of tricks, we (the students) are denied access to this

  • Greg is irresistible according to Eldridge, not according to the ladies sitting around him [Greg].

  • In teacher school, you are told to applaud all students’ successes

  • As a visitor, you must seek to improve the society you are visiting (if you go to take someone else’s seat, please make active and productive contributions to the discussion)

  • The AP test used to be graded much more harshly, we (the students) should consider ourselves lucky

  • On the other hand, the SAT is like Vegas; each eliminated answer betters your odds of getting it right

  • Next Activity: Turn in all AP questions (were developed yesterday)

  • In each table group, instructed to mark the best question with a yellow highlighter, second best with pink

  • Group presentations – One representative from each group asks top two questions, explains answers

  • Common mistake on AP test (or tests in general) – not reading question correctly (today’s mistake being not reading “except” and finding four out of the five answer choices correct)

  • On the AP test, students are given an average of one minute per question including reading (ten minutes given to read a passage and answer ten questions relevant to the passage)

  • When creating questions, one must employ the same techniques used when answering questions in order to avoid errors

  • Homework: study for tomorrow’s vocabulary quiz, do the next detail page

Scribe: 10.18.2013

-Work was passed back
-Homework paragraphs for Religio Medici were turned in
-Book Review is due in five weeks (quote journals should already be done)
-Mr. Eldridge likes it when we incorporate the vocab we learn from the lists into our writing it is “cute even though [we] totally screw them up sometimes” he understands that we have not learned these words in their context yet
Tips before writing in class essay
-Think think think and when you’re done thinking, plan plan plan
-Double check that you have topic sentences(“it makes it much more enjoyable as a reader”)
-Read directions clearly
-We began the in class essay on comparing the connotation on words ex.gang vs club, cult vs religion, instrument vs tool