In this bundle of three resources, I’ve compiled what has worked well for me and my AP Language and Composition students while teaching The Crucible, The Things They Carried, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Inside, you can find the following:
1) Pre-reading activities on Puritan writings, a speech by Joseph McCarthy, and discussion activities for Margaret Atwood's "Half-Hanged Mary"
2) Resources for analyzing a text for rhetoric, motifs, and character.
3) Close reading questions that can be used in a variety of ways.
4) Motif, word, and character analysis activities.
5) An essay with brainstorming activities and guides for writing introductions, thesis statements, and body paragraphs
6) A fun defense or prosecution of a character speech assignment
Huck Finn - This unit focuses on satirical targets using The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as its core text.
1) Pre-reading activities center around "A Modest Proposal," "Damned Human Race," "Advice to Youth," satirical cartoons, and student identification, analysis, and application of satirical techniques!
2) During-reading activities focus on satirical targets in Huck Finn. Some of these activities include double entry journals with an example, analysis of satire through characters in Huck, exploration of Huck's moral development, and realism vs. romanticism in the text.
3) For each section of reading, there are essential questions with context, warm-up activities with small passages and model analysis, and larger passage analysis.
4) Included are also reference resources for analysis of satire: Sentence stems for assertions and commentary, useful verbs for analysis of satire, satirical techniques with examples, and adjectives to describe diction and language.
The Things They Carried
1) Pre-reading activities where students analyze letters from LBJ and Ho Chi Minh (rhetorical analysis).
2) Motif analysis activities -- how motifs connect to O'Brien's purpose.
3) Character Analysis -- Writing assignments, graphic organizers, and "A Portrait of a Character" activities.
4) Passage analysis for each chapter with model rhetorical analysis
5) Discussion and reading questions for each chapter
6) A "silent discussion" activity that could be used in tandem with the reading questions.
I’ve constructed each unit with rhetorical analysis for AP Lang in mind, so students read each text through this mindset and practice skills that are relevant to the exam.
Please see the provided links within the preview for full a more comprehensive look at each. I have also provided the links below:
If you have any questions, feel free to use the Q and A function. I’m happy to answer any questions you have!
Michael Enos (Lit Monster)
Links to Individual Resources in Bundle
The Crucible Resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Crucible-for-AP-Language-and-Composition-and-Honors-English-3800305
TTTC Resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/AP-Language-and-Composition-The-Things-They-Carried-AP-Lang-3757518
Huck Finn: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Adventures-Of-Huckleberry-Finn-Huck-Finn-for-AP-Language-and-Composition-3685215