AP – Documentary introduction

What is a documentary? Why have they become something that is a necessity for our self and society? What elements do you see that must be present in order for a piece of non-fiction film to be considered a documentary?

Is a Ted Talk a documentary?

Is a YouTube video a documentary?

Is a collection of photos, videos, etc, a documentary?

Consider these questions and then look up the definition for Documentary.

So, if we start to look at documentary through the actual, literal definition, how do we decipher what “documents” are included and what “documents” are not?

With this question in mind, watch the following Ted Talk and answer the question: What is documented here, and why is it worth documenting for then, now and future?

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AP – documentary assignment

AP Language and Composition

Documentary Socratic Seminar

 

Objective: Synthesis of information about a topic raised in a documentary of your choosing

 

Process:

  • In a group of four, choose a documentary to watch and analyze for argument
  • Produce a synopsis of the documentary to distribute to the class as you conduct your seminar
  • Choose a topic raised in the documentary and each person reads a different article linked to the topic. Bring these articles read and annotated to your Socratic Seminar
  • Prepare (individually) 5 upper level bloom’s questions to ask within the conversation
  • Conduct a Socratic Seminar in which your group discusses the documentary and information in the articles – this is 100 percent group driven, the instructor and other students are merely observers of the conversation.
  • Your discussion will be 15-20 minutes

 

Evaluation:

Recognize techniques in visual as well as verbal arguments
In addition to score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught.
3.5 in addition to score 3.0 performance, partial success at score 4.0 content
3 Students will recognize and evaluate techniques utilized in both visual and verbal arguments thoroughly
2.5 No major errors or omissions regarding score 2.0 content and partial success at score 3.0 content
2 Students will recognize and identify techniques used in visual and verbal arguments
1.5 Partial success at score 2.0 content and major errors or omissions regarding score 3.0 content
1 With help, partial success at score 2.0 content and score 3.0 content
0 Even with help, no success
Synthesize ideas and information from various sources
In addition to score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught.
3.5 in addition to score 3.0 performance, partial success at score 4.0 content
3 Students will synthesize information from a variety of relevant and reliable sources to articulate perspectives of an argument
2.5 No major errors or omissions regarding score 2.0 content and partial success at score 3.0 content
2 Students will synthesize information from a variety of sources to articulate at least one perspective of an argument
1.5 Partial success at score 2.0 content and major errors or omissions regarding score 3.0 content
1 With help, partial success at score 2.0 content and score 3.0 content
0 Even with help, no success

 

AP – Lolita discussion: creating meaning and credibility

Meaning is not thought up and then written down. The act of writing is an act of thought. All writing is experimental in the beginning. It is an attempt to solve a problem, to find a meaning, to discover its own way towards a meaning. – Donald Murray 1923 – 2006 (Pulitzer Prize winner – editorial writing)

downside

Erik Johansson, Downside of the Upside (2009)

 

Driving the language:

  1. Read the first two paragraphs of Nabokov’s end essay
  2. Read the Foreword by “John Ray Jr. PhD”
  3. What is the tone and rhetoric in both?
  4. Now read chapter one of Lolita. Reactions to the language?

Tonight:

Please read and annotate by tomorrow for our socratic seminar about Lolita. Please prepare three discussion questions for tomorrow.

The Americanization of Humbert

Unreliable Humbert

Just Asking

AP – Lolita Prompt

After working with your prompts before Thanksgiving Break, we are going to apply the same idea to Lolita.

1. Choose a passage to study and annotate with a partner.

2. After identifying the major pieces of the framework at play, write a prompt that following the same premise as the following. Remember, the prompt gives the WHAT and HOW and asks for the SO WHAT to be defined.

Analyze the rhetorical techniques Ellen
Goodman uses to convey her attitude toward
Phil, the subject of her piece, “The Company
Man.”

WHAT: Attitude toward Phil (Make sure to define this in the thesis)

HOW: convey her attitude (Make sure to define this in the thesis)

SO WHAT:  The rhetorical strategies employed and how they develop the attitude toward Phil (defined in thesis)

3. Fill out the form

4. Be ready to answer a prompt in class tomorrow