AP – Columnist assignment

AP Lang and Comp
Columnist assignment

Objective: articulate what makes a columnist distinguishable through style, content, and purpose/exigency.

Process:

  • Choose a columnist who has a consistent presence in either a newspaper or magazine.
  • Research their life and writing history
  • Gain access to their columns either through the internet, library, or subscriptions. Try to get access to their very first columns
  • Start a folder or section in your binder for columns and annotations.
  • Find 20 articles to read and annotate over the course of the semester. If your columnist has written a book or books, you can substitute a book for 10 articles.
  • Using the framework, analyze the columns for style, content, purpose and exigency. Apply the rhetorical triangle to their columns.
  • Look for patterns, differences, stylistic choices that are constant, etc. and make note of it
  • Choose a few stylistic elements to use in your own writing
  • Product:
  • At the end of the semester, you will synthesize the information gathered about your columnist into a 5 minute documentary to show the class.

Evaluation:

Rubric to come

HOMEWORK:

Bring in at least one column to read in class on Monday. The text will be turned in, so either in google docs or paper

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