My AP Language class is full of incredibly hard-working and analytical kids. They self-selected to take AP Language (many of them as 10th graders) and have been working hard to refine their rhetorical analysis and writing skills in preparation for, not only the AP test, but being engaged and informed citizens.
So far this year we have analyzed many famous speeches and letters to identify how people utilize rhetorical appeals to engage their audiences and work to incorporate those appeals into letters and speeches about important current issues.
Students have also worked hard to analyze the rules of syntax and strengthen their own abilities to analyze and utilize various syntactical rules in their writing.
Essential Question: How does classism function in our modern society? How does social power influence our true identity?
Using The Great Gatsby, we will draw thoughtful connections between Gatsby and Marxist Theory through our writing and in-class discussions.
In AP English Language and Composition, our last two units focused on how Otherness functions within Race and Gender. Students will now explore Class/Social Power through their reading and analysis of The Great Gatsby.
This novel, an American classic, will serve as a great example of how money and social power influence ones identity and impact how they navigate the world around them.
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