Mr. Buckley's Digital Classroom

Welcome to Mr. Buckley's teacher's website.  This site will be used to allow students to find classroom materials such as course syllabus and class handouts. 

This specific page will be used for posting HW assignments if class time runs out, important updates outside of class, and announcements in regards to distance learning assignments.

AP English Language HW Update January 13, 2014

posted Jan 13, 2014, 10:54 AM by Matthew Buckley   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 11:05 AM ]

The following is a clarification of the work assignments given today in class:

January 15, 2014 - Students should have read Francine Prose's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read" and answer "Questions on Rhetoric and Style " #s 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10
January 24, 2014 -  Mini 5 Paragraph Essay on The Great Gatsby due.

Please see me with questions.

AP English Language: HW due on Oct 31

posted Oct 29, 2013, 10:18 AM by Matthew Buckley   [ updated Oct 29, 2013, 10:23 AM ]

As I mentioned, your HW for next class is posted here:

1.  Cool Hand Luke: Students should write thoughtful answers for questions 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, as well as picking one of the "Neat Ideas We Probably Won't Talk About".  I will check these next class.  Over the weekend students will need to edit, improve, finalize, and type these questions, then turn them in on Monday, Nov. 4.

2. Watch This Video of Daniel Kahneman talking about our experiences and our memories of those experiences.  While doing so, use the attached worksheet created by Mr. Shryock (ExperienceVsMemory) to take notes as you follow along.

3.  Read the first paragraph of "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" by Henry David Thoreau (of Civil Disobedience fame).  It is on p. 276 of your textbook. You are welcome to read more of the essay if you find it interesting.

Please feel free to come see me if you have any questions.

AP English Update UPDATE

posted Oct 9, 2013, 5:48 AM by Matthew Buckley

Students, I forgot to put our PSAT preparation into the mix for the last update of the next few weeks of work.  Please look to complete sections 1, 3 and 5 in the PSAT practice book by Tuesday.  We will discuss SAT strategies on that day as well.  Though I suggest you still try to complete as much of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by that day, the official due date for that will be pushed back to Oct 18.

Updated Syllabus:

Oct 15 - Complete sections 1, 3, and 5 of the PSAT practice test.

Oct 18 - Read and do the assignment for MLK "letter from Birmingham Jail"

AP English Language UPDATE

posted Oct 8, 2013, 9:45 AM by Matthew Buckley

Because of the altered schedule in class today (10/8), the altered schedule Thursday Oct 10, and the unusual week next week (no classes Mon or Wed, Kairos from Wed to Fri). The work schedule for the next two weeks will be rather unusual.  All students are responsible for the following work; student going on Kairos should consider finishing the work before they leave.

DUE Oct 10th - Students should write a one page response (1-2 paragraphs) on the question, "What is the thematic connection between 'The Declaration of Independence', '
Self-Reliance', and 'The Duty of Civil Disobedience'?  Students may also consider how "The Allegory of the Cave" and "The Kenyon Commencement Speech" fit in, if they are feeling adventurous.

DUE Oct 15 - Students should read "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr in the textbook.  Students should write very brief summaries for each paragraph (no more than a sentence, as little as a single word).

Over the course of the next few classes, we will be watching the movie Cool Hand Luke.  Students are welcome to view the movie before class, as we will be studying it in class (this means we will be pausing the movie and discussing it throughout. Viewing the movie before class may help the students gain a greater understanding).  It is quite likely that we will be watching the movie in class on Oct 18th, meaning students on Kairos will miss it.  They will need to find time to make up the movie (this can be done indepedently, or with Mr. Buckley).

AP English Language HW Due Oct 1

posted Sep 26, 2013, 10:17 AM by Matthew Buckley   [ updated Sep 26, 2013, 10:28 AM ]

AP Students should download and read the Thomas Jefferson's draft of "The Declaration of Independence" below.  Underlined portions are parts that were deleted in the final draft.  Words in the margin were included in the final but not the draft, normally replacing something that was deleted.

Read the entire document, paying particular attention to the changes made.  Then pick 3 changes and discuss the significance and effects of each change. You should write one paragraph for each change discussed.  

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