Tuesday, August 17, 2021: What am I doing today?

Good morning and thank you for being on your best behavior while Ms. Antonacci is out at a yearbook conference today! 🙂

Please see your assignments for the day below.

  1. Complete Lit. Term Tuesday, using the slides here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t79iNv8O7WUiVZy8mLgzkqDznq9Uqi1m/view?usp=sharing
  2. Get out your speech from yesterday (“The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Adichie), as well as your SOAPSTone chart.
  3. Grab a Rhetorical Devices chart from the black chair. Get out your green reference packet — it will help!
    • In the “How Device Helps Work Achieve Purpose” column, you are explaining why and how this rhetorical device works in this speech for this purpose. What is Adichie’s argument, and how does she get her point across? What are her methods and why does it work on this specific audience?
      • For example, you can analyze how she appeals to her audience using pathos, her use of repetition, antithesis, anecdotes, etc.
      • For your parenthetical citations, please write page numbers on your TED Talk transcript to use as a reference.
      • See my example below from our George Graham Vest reading (the case with the dog):
Rhetorical DeviceExample of Device from TextHow Device Helps Work Achieve its Purpose
Imagery (pathos)“[The dog] will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side… He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world” (Vest 1).Vest appeals to the audience’s emotions through his use of imagery in describing a dog’s loyalty. His use of imagery allows his audience, the members of the jury, to understand the abstract subject of a dog’s loyalty in a more visceral, emotional way. Furthermore, this supports his claim that dogs are more loyal than humans, as most humans likely woulld not “sleep on the cold ground” and “lick the wounds and sores” just to be “near his master’s side.”
Note my use of text evidence — the more specific uses you can find, the better to support your analysis!

4. Please complete both charts so that you are prepared for rhetorical analysis tomorrow. If you do not complete this in class, please complete this for homework.

**IF (and ONLY IF!) the teacher you are with is allowing his/her students to work collaboratively, you may do so as well. If their students are doing independent work, please respect their space and work quietly and independently.

If you finish early, please work on your AP Classroom assignment for the week!

I hope you all have a GREAT day — see you Wednesday! 🙂

Attitudes on English


Please complete this assignment on a sheet of notebook paper; each response (each question) should be a minimum of 6-8 sentences. Please refrain from “fluff sentences” such as “This is why I like English class.” If you’re stuck, provide additional details!

  1. Describe an experience that has shaped your attitude about English class. This can be positive or negative, but make sure you think of a specific example.
  2. Describe a success that you have had. This can be ANY success, even if it may not seem like a big deal to someone else. Please include how you felt about it.
  3. Finally, explain what your FAVORITE thing is about English and why. Think hard; I want each of you to have at least one.

Words, Words, Words!


Art by Mehdi Amini

This class is all about words and the power of language. Words help us express ourselves, communicate our ideas, and achieve our purposes. They can inform us, inspire us, or even manipulate us. They have the power to incite riots, pacify uprisings, and ignite revolutions.

You will share some words that are important to you. Follow the directions below to create a brief visual presentation and be ready to share it with our class in a gallery walk. The goal is to help the class get to know you a little better through your quote.

  1. Select a quote that is important to you. It may be a famous quote or simply something important someone in your life has said to you.
  2. Paraphrase or decode the message. Explain, in your words, the message behind your chosen quote.
  3. You are new to the concept of rhetoric, but do your best to point out significant or effective diction (word choice) or syntax (sentence structure). In other words, what words are especially effective? How would the impact of the quote be lessened if it were worded or structured a different way?
  4. Explain why it is important to you. How do you use this quote in your life? How has it impacted you?
  5. Include any visuals (pictures, colors, backgrounds, etc.) that will help the class understand you and your connection to the quote more effectively.

Welcome to AP Language!

Welcome to another school year and welcome to Ms. Antonacci’s AP Language and Composition course! Things will certainly look and feel very different this year, but I look forward to having you in a somewhat “normal” class! My blog will be updated frequently with what we do in class, as well as additional resources. Please be sure to bookmark this page so you can access it easily throughout the semester.

HLThEPnA few things you must do in order to set yourself up for success this semester:

  1. Visit this blog daily, especially if you miss class – getting missed work due to absences is the responsibility of the student (you)!
  2. Sign up for Remind! PLEASE! Life gets busy and we all need reminders. Download the app or text the following code (including @) to 810-10
    1. First period: @msaaplang
  3. Come to school! Seriously. According to the Indiana Partnerships Center, missing only two days of school per month lowers both your test scores and your chances of graduating high school.
  4. One of the requirements of AP Language is to complete AP Classroom practice activities weekly. These are due by 11:59pm EVERY Sunday and are completed OUTSIDE of school. Go ahead and put it in your iCal, planner, reminders list, whatever works for you! Follow the steps below to create an AP Classroom account and add our class:
    1. Go to https://myap.collegeboard.org to create an account, or log in to an existing account.
    2. Once you log in, click “Join a Course or Exam” (yellow button on home page).
    3. Use the join code: RQKD9M
  5. I typically tutor on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. We can also arrange another time if that doesn’t work for you; however, you must give me at least 24 hours notice if you plan to stay.
  6. There is ONE – and only one – way to earn extra credit in this class, which is through PocketPoints. Download the app and use the join code below to start earning points and rewards for staying off your phone!
    1. AP Lang code: 86775

I look forward to a great semester of reading, writing, learning, and fun! Don’t forget – you have until Friday, September 3, 2021 to turn in your summer reading assignments. Extra credit will be given to students who turn it in before the due date. Check the PHS Summer Reading Blog for details (link on this blog).