Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This Seat's Taken: AP Lit, May 8, 2013

Focus: Building your confidence for the AP Literature Test

Please arrive at the test site tomorrow morning between 7:00 and 7: 15 am.

1. Announcements! And a quick walk down memory lane...

2. Circle story time with Ms. Leclaire

3. A tiny lesson on synecdoche (this is purely to make you feel better)

Definition: A figure of speech in which the part of something is used to refer to the whole of something, and that part is usually physically attached to the whole.

Can you give me a hand?
Nice set of wheels!
Narrator from Invisible Man refers to policemen as "blue steel pistols and blue serge suits" (344)

Why do we care? Sometimes an author uses synecdoche to reveal an attitude towards a character or object.  For example, by referring to the policemen as "blue steel pistols and blue serge suits," the narrator of Invisible Man dehumanizes them, associating them the impenetrability of "steel" and "serge," as well as identifying them with the constant threat of violence ("pistols").  The repetition of the color "blue" serves to distance the policemen from both black and white citizens, landing them in a cold, inhuman category.

3. Exploring the 2005 essay prompts together

4. Reading a few letters from students of AP past...

1. Review your bedside stack, go to bed early, eat breakfast in the morning, and leave early for the test.  And remember:  "Still waters run deep."

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