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Welcome to AP Lang with Mr. Nugent: Semester 2

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Welcome back, and thank you for making this last semester a rejuvenating experience in education; AP Lang has quickly become my favorite subject to teach, and the work submitted by both Period 2 and Period 7 exceeded my expectations; students are writing college level papers in this class.

 

For your final papers, feeback and scores were provided through private comments on Google Classroom. A few exemplars will be shared next class. In regard to your IAB scores, hopefully results will be available by the end of next week.

 

Today, we are going to preview the completion of our current projects. 

 

 

 

 

As referenced a few months ago, the vocabulary project will officially conclude in a project for a national audience. I want to enter all three AP Lang classes here at DA to The New York Times Sixth Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge. The deadline for submission of a YouTube link in the comments section of the webpage is 4:00 am PST, Monday, 18 February. 

 

We will continue with our Vocabulary Stew Mondays up until that date, and you are expected to have gathered, defined, and written sentences for all 200 self-selected words from our master list in the vocabulary sections of your journals by 14-15 Feb; this is the class before Presidents Week and the NY Times deadline. However weekly checks will be less routine until the due date. It's on you to complete the homework.

 

We will go through the requirements on the webpage together momentarily, and an official assignment will be posted on Google Classroom with the specifics and space for submission. Essentially, in groups of 1-3 students, a word from a selected group in our master vocabulary list (crossreferenced with the NY Times list) has to be made into a 15-Second Video that "shows" the word. Students who submit their completed projects on the official webpage before the NY Times deadline will earn a 100% Summative Assessment score for the project. 

Let's look deeper now, look at models and answer questions.

 

The academic theory here--especially for those of who you feel that this project has a been a waste of your time, and you are not learning the words--builds off a a basic understanding of neuroscience. If you don't involve your brain in using the word in multiple ways recurrently and with multi-modal expressions, the new word will not stick; use or lose it, the old saying goes. By contemplating, acting out, and in this case, ultimately creating a multi-media project with the word, you will learn it.

 Here is a link to a site where you can see how this concept is applied in graduate level literacy courses.

 

 

With any remaining class time, we can review the Syllabus and our Independent Research project which sets up our work for next week.