As we move forward it's important that you try to get yourselves ahead of the curve as opposed to playing catchup. The work is going to start picking up starting now. Put your noses to the grindstone and power through.
AP English III:
For the weekend you have two reading assignments and a writing assignment to prepare. Let's review the reading first. I'd like for all of you to reread the first four chapters of Grapes of Wrath. Now that we've begun reading and annotating as a class, I hope that you will revisit your preliminary notes and start to go deeper into the text. I would also recommend that you try to connect the reading assignment from Steinbeck to the first two pieces that we've read together as a class. Seeing connections is always important.
Secondly, I want you to reread the chapter called "Harvest of Shame" from Shipler's The Working Poor. Again, revisit your annotations, delve deeper and make connections. I especially want you to continue looking for the author's argument and how the author supports that argument.
Lastly, you have a writing assignment due soon, your introductions. Take your notes from peer editing and make any revisions that you see as necessary. I'll be available on Wednesday and Thursday for conferences. Make an appointment and let me know if you're planning to come. Remember that this will count as a major grade.
I'm looking forward to studying Steinbeck with all of you and building bridges to other periods of American literature and writing. Be prepared for Wednesday/Thursday!