We'll be finishing the novel today with our final quiz. Your Biotech worksheets should already be in the dropbox. Next class, after the in-class essay, we'll talk about the second semester research project and you'll be assigned a biotech topic.
We'll soon be reading Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotech Revolution by Francis Fukuyama. I have seven used copies for purchase ($5) if you'd care to buy your own copy. See me.
Preparing for the A.P.-Style Frankenstein Essay -- Tues.
Finally, in order to prepare for the Frankenstein in-class essay, you should download today's in-class assignment: Open-Ended Essay Prompts for Frankenstein (PDF)and complete the assignment, which will be drop-boxed at the end of class. The Open-Ended Prompts are those included on the exams from 1970 up until this year. You will be reading through these prompts and picking three that you believe would apply to Frankenstein. Then you will justify your picks by explaining how you would organize an essay to respond to these.
Please drop-box this assignment by the end of class!
Although I will not let you know which prompts I will be giving you for the in-class essay, I will be choosing the most popular ones that you pick in class.
Preparing for the AP Open-Prompt In-Class Essay
The following download will provide you with some insight on how you might best approach the AP open prompt essay:
DOWNLOAD: The Official AP Scoring Rubric for the Open-Prompt Essay (PDF)
Step-by-step approach to pre-writing
1. Read the prompt carefully.
2. Begin with a thematic statement that is clearly related to the prompt but is not a simple restatement. Get right into the “meat” of your argument.
3. If the prompt is topical, organize by topics indicated within the prompt. If the prompt asks you to analyze elements or techniques, organize accordingly.
4. Summarize your story in THREE sentences! Rather than stating events, focus on the universal truths the author seems to be unveiling through the actions of the story .
5. Consider how the author uses literary elements or techniques to illustrate his/her beliefs. You may need to consider the direction of the prompt here (some prompts say to focus on a symbol, character, etc.) Consider the interrelatedness of some of these literary elements or techniques. (An author’s tone/attitude is often revealed through diction, character choices or motivations, etc.) Shift your language in how you discuss literary elements