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2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Don has read 14 books toward his goal of 75 books.

Deep Thoughts

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.”

Joseph Conrad

“Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.”

Richard Yates

“We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.”

Louise Erdrich
Mr. Pogreba

Mr. Pogreba

AP Language, Debate, and Word Clues

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The template for the bill is located here. The folder for our documents and bills is here.

Your first research paper is due at midnight on Sunday, October 21. The assignment and sample papers Citation Resources Please share the paper with me (giving me access to edit) to Don’t e-mail it or send it to my school address.

In his review of Malcolm Gladwell’s work, Steven Pinker writes, “[t]he reasoning in “Outliers,” which consists of cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false dichotomies, had me gnawing on my Kindle.”  Is Pinker’s criticism a fair look at Gladwell’s work? Why or why not? In Outliers, Gladwell argues, “It is not the brightest who succeed.  Nor is […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that “there are no second acts in American lives.” Do the life and death of Jay Gatsby demonstrate this claim or refute it? Does the novel ultimately argue that one can never re-invent himself? Do we have the capacity to become someone entirely new if we commit to the new […]

Your revisions for your welfare essay will be due in class on Thursday, October 4. Please make sure that you have highlighted/bolded all changes, included the checklist, and stapled all three parts together for class. Some additional resources to use: Revision Checklist Topic Sentence and Thesis cheat sheet Naysayers General Persuasive Writing Handout The Comma […]