AP Lang Journey What a long strange trip its been Socrates as inspiration: the wisest man All I know is that I know nothing. Question assumptions. Challenge authority.
Asking the right questions is the key to understanding. Speaking the truth is worth dying for. Whats the purpose of my education? Martin Luther King Jr. To think incisively and to think for one's self
Discern the true from the false. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. Pink Floyd we dont need no thought control What is language?
Ludwig Wittgenstein philosopher no one thing in common which makes us use the same word for all. Meaning is use. Words have family resemblances, e.g. game Thomas Paines The Crisis The beauty of 7 simple words: These are the times that try mens souls.
The power of an essay to help launch a new country. The Declaration of Independence Words that laid out our values with eloquence, argument, and tragic compromise. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our rights, but is that all that is expected of us? Created equal what does it really mean? Equal standing, equal
opportunity? What would the people of Voldar think? What produces happiness? Research shows us clearly: Wealth does not correlate with happiness. Relationships are key: friends and family. Giving to others makes you happier than spending on yourself.
Spend on experiences rather than material goods: stuff. Banned Books Some people dont want you to decide what you read. Words are dangerous, and thats a good thing. To hold a pen is to be at war. - Voltaire
Whats the right thing to do? Moral and Political Philosophy Utilitarianism Jeremy Bentham and J.S. Mill Immanuel Kants duty and categorical imperatives Libertarianism John Rawls Veil of Ignorance Aristotles telos Communitarianism Man is a storytelling animal
Grammar Days! Grammar is a tool to help you express your ideas. A comma cannot join Pronoun reference Fragments/run-ons Learn the rules and then break
them when you have a purpose. How to write good Parallel structure the sign of an advanced writer. Conciseness say it more directly, with fewer words. Combine simple sentences to make more complex ones. Vary your syntax for effect. Active voice!
Huck Finn a reflection of ourselves Friendship, race, intelligence versus education, being an outsider. Good intentions but carrying the flaws of ones own historical period. Vernacular Satire Civil Disobedience when to break
the rules Henry David Thoreau the primacy of conscience Martin Luther King Jr. conscience and Gods law John Rawls reason from shared/agreed to principles, not conscience What is science? (its not what we thought) Inductive reasoning strong arguments, not absolute proof
Science vs. Art is a false dichotomy TH Huxley Max Planck Werner Heisenberg Jacob Bronowski Undocumented:
Whos entitled to the American Dream? How do you tell your own story? I still feel awe for the great courage all of us show in trying to wring some truth from the godawful mess of a single life. - Mary Karr You showed great courage in sharing your stories. JRP becoming informed on a topic and forming a strong position
What it takes to write a college-level research paper (more than you thought). Argument/Counterargument/Rebuttal Argumentation 101 (see handouts) Rhetorical strategies They say. I say Its all about Audience and Purpose Nuff said.
Consider entire SOAPSTone once youve got the A and the P. Gatsby and the American Dream Is he a hero or even a good guy? What preyed on Gatsby? What foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams?
What is Fitzgerald saying about wealth, happiness, and the American Dream? The American Dream Its changed over time. What does it mean today? Whats your Green Light? How does it compare to Jeffersons words in the Declaration?
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