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    Essential Ideas & Questions Covered in Mrs. Cryder's Class- Fall 2018:

    SEPTEMBER - Rhetoric Unit: George Orwell's Animal Farm along with a study of various documentaries on the media and advertising as well as political essays and speeches:

    What techniques to writers and speakers use to deliver their messages?
    What is the effect of subject, occasion, audience, purpose, speaker, and tone?
    How do writers and speakers appeal to the audience (ethos, pathos, logos)?
    How and why do connotation and denotation affect the way we interpret a piece of writing or a speech?
    What makes a speech effective?
    How does structure relate to purpose?
    Just how powerful can one word be?
     
    OCTOBER: Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth:
     
    What are ethics? Are ethics and morals different, and if so, how?
    How does one maintain an ethical lifestyle? How does one minimize harm?
    What do the terms "good" and "evil" mean?
    What does it mean to be a tragic hero?
    What is a tragic flaw? How can it be identified?
    Does tragedy result from the decisions of the tragic hero him/herself or from outside sources?
    How might a tragic hero use rhetoric to justify his/her attempts to maintain his/her power?
     
    NOVEMBER: 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and Equilibrium
     
     What can one do when faced with a lack of power and choice?
    How does one balance individualism with responsibility to community?
    Why are some members of society more susceptible to alienation than others?
    What is propaganda? How is rhetoric incorporated into propaganda?
    What kinds of propaganda exist and how are they best utilized to reach a target audience?
    How is propaganda utilized to influence a society, for both positive and negative reasons?
     
    NOVEMBER 2017 CONTINUED: College/Career Plan Essay (Core Assessment #1)
     
    - What is involved in the process of applying to colleges?
    - What do colleges admissions officers look for in a student's application?
    - What can college admissions officers learn about an applicant from his/her essay?
    - What are the requirements for the common application essay?
    - What strategies can you use to make your essay stand out?
     
    DECEMBER/JANUARY: Pygmalion (tentatively) by George Bernard Shaw/Final Exam Review:
     
    - Should the responsibilities of a democratic government include social problems?
    - How does the setting influence a piece of text? 
    - What is the difference between static and dynamic characters?
    - How does the Greek story "Pygmalion" relate to the events and themes of this play?
    - How do perceived gender roles affect the way we speak and act in society?
    -  What does it mean to be entitled? Can it be viewed both positively and negatively?
    -  Is there a difference between "being rich" and "having class"?
    - How does gender influence our expectations for success for a person?