Sunday, April 30, 2017


A common way of engaging a ready is by providing an emotional connection and make their writing relatable. The author of this essay uses informal language and in a sense, having a casual conversation with the reader. The author uses emotional experiences to pull the reader to continue reading. The use of words and it's phrases in this essay was casual by trying to be relatable with the reader and keep them reading by providing an emotional connection.
The author's use of diction wasn't complicated and was understandable to the reader. The direct and straight forward sentences helped the reader understand what the essay was about, being that the internet connects people by sharing their experiences online. The auhor's use of words made the essay relatable towards the reader by providing an 'everyday' event such as 'whipping out my IPhone' and 'snapping a picture'. There was no formal wording, helping the essay become understandable and relatable towards the reader.
The use of syntax in this essay was short and casual, making the essay seem as an conversation between the reader and author. The arrangement of the casual words made the essay as a personal experience by containing moments of making breakfast with his daughter. Simply by arranging words, the sentence becomes informal, such as 'thanks' instead of 'thank you'. Again, making the essay seem as an conversation between the reader and author.
The author's tone being casual tied either the author's rhetorical strategies of providing a emotional experience. The tone of having a conversation with the reader, helps the author bring experience to his writing and connect even more with the reader. By bringing emotional experiences to the author's writing, such as cooking with his daughter, leaves the reader in a certain mindset and helps the reader to continue reading the essay.
Therefore, the author's casual use of words and tone connects the reader with the essay. This use of engagement of providing experiences, helps create a connection with the reader emotionally. This strategy makes the essay remain in the reader's mind and overall create a emotional connection.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

AP Exam prompt: 2015 Q3

Polite language is constantly expected to be used in any form of conversation or interaction. The simple question of asking about someone's day is expected rather than actually being concerned about the person's day. It's a standard and rule to be polite to 'superiors' in school or work situations, meaning another expection to follow. Being polite to people gives off a certain atmosphere to the person of an educated person, usually being too polite to a person means to impress the person. Therefore, polite language is constantly expected from people unless the person wants to be seen as 'rude' or 'impolite'.

Politeness being constantly expected in school and work, made the expectation rather into a rule. Responding to these 'superiors' as 'sir', 'ma'am', and 'may i' is obligated in order to seem respectful to theses 'superiors'. The sense of responding with polite language to teachers and bosses as a rule shows that we aren't as superior to them, rather inferior, and if we don't respond politely, we're seen as rude and we 'think' that we're on that same level of superiority. If we don't respond with polite language, we're punished, seen as even more inferior to these 'superiors' and uneducated to respond with 'rude' language. If there is a disagreement, and we speak out about our disagreements, we're seen as impolite and again, rude. There's no way of responding to a disagreement as polite, and 'disrespecting' the other person. In a job environment, we're obligated to be  polite to costumers and never to disagree, since the costumer is 'always' right. Again, if we're seen by our 'superiors' disagreeing with the costumer, we're punished and seen as 'impolite & not helpful. Polite language is a rule in a school and job environment, rather than having the desire to be polite to the person.

Politeness is also rather a expectation in a social environment with other peers to make others 'like' you. The use of politeness to gives the sense of a caring person by the way they phrase their words and speak, making the other person like you and seem more compatible. The use of diction ties with politeness because people don't want to seem rude to another person, since sometimes they want the other person so trust them. Impressing a person by the use of diction in their polite language gives off a sense of a nice person that cares for others. Yet the standard of being polite to everybody on first interaction gives off the sense that everybody is a nice person, but not everybody actually means to be polite rather follow the imaginary rule of being polite. In social settings, using polite language at first interaction with another person gives off the sense that the person cares rather than realizing that there's an expectation to be polite to everybody.

Therefore, polite language is more of an expectation than actually meaning the words and respecting the other person. The use of polite language in school and job settings is rather a rule and obligated to be used with everybody, especially towards 'superiors' and customers. Diction also ties with polite language to not give off the sense of a rude person that doesn't care for the other in social settings. Polite language being used is rather a imaginary rule to follow in all types of interactions, and seems as a standard rather than actually meaning your words.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


1. The Hound attacks Montag because Montag burned the house and killed Beatty.
3. Montag realized that Beatty wanted to die because when Montag threatened Beatty, he didn't try to save himself rather tested him by making him even more mad.
4. Montag went to a gasoline station to get cleaned up and look less suspicious, but he was unconsciously going towards the direction of Faber's house.
5. Montag heard a car's engine and immediately thought it was the police and that they caught him. Montag tried to play it calm but started running then falling, he later realized it wasn't the police.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


1. '& the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully'
       : gatsby is @ peace bc dead, no worries about daisy
2. 'Time for you & time for me & time yet for hundred indecisions'
      : daisy & gatsby, daisy chosing tom, indecisiveness - relationship between gatsby & daisy
3. ' To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet'
      : gatsby creating a image of wealth and power for daisy

The Great Gatsby Notes

- bootlegger: illegal business of transporting alcoholic beverages
- why is there always rumors about gatsby?
- weird ppl @ gatsby's party
- chocked @ 'educated at oxford'
- Gatsby: too perfect to be American - sketch
- gatsby mirrors jame gatz ( Dan cody)
- Gatsby - self made man
- cigs, decay as much as them
- 'light off' no connection, isolated
- more emotional - daisy & gatsby
- racy pasquinade
- could've been alive - gatsby , if didn't cover for daisy
- don't let love distract you
- Tj Eckelberg spectacles - god sees everything no matter what - don't over look
- can't blame gatsby for his death
- gatsby shows love to daisy - parties and money
- tom & daisy are alike
    - reason bc daisy doesn't leave
    - came from money
    - don't care for others & consequences from it
    - daisy didn't love time but stayed
- green light represents seeing everything thru out story, fitz reflecting: cheat, killers
     - American society moral wasteland

Monday, February 6, 2017

Ch1-3 notes

Ch 1
- characters: gatsby, daisy, tom
- middle western -> East
- Tip of Egg village, peak of rich
- main knows gatsby
- supercilious: behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.
- effeminate - having or showing characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly
- 'best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool' 
 - cried when it was a girl - daisy
- Nick mid-west -> New York
         - suburbs -> between rich ppl
         - gays by next door neighbor
         - daisy distant relative, ' women are fools'
- tom, Daisy's husband 
- jordan baker -> daisy & tom's friend 
- tom w/ Mrs. Wilson -> Myrtle 
      - bought her a dog 
      - stay @ apartment 
      - M wants to play house 
      - Mr, Wilson wants something from Tom
   - Nick 3rd wheel
- displacement : wrong place, wrong time for character
- anachronism: out of time 
    - chronism: time
- use of quotations marks -> irony & humor 
- Gatsby -> doesn't want trouble w/ anybody 
- jay didn't recognize gatsby 
- why isn't gatsby there 
- the lonely crowd 
- jovial: friendly but rude
- more 'in' than others
- gatsby more formal than others
- vinous: drink on wine
- snobby ppl
- baker: incurable dishonest 
- 'few honest ppl to ever know'

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Quiz

The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Quiz

1. a.  Long Island, New York
2 d. Nick Carraway
3. c. East Egg & West Egg
4. C. Aggressive, condescending, arrogant                  
5.c. In East Egg, the houses look like rich mansions, but in West Egg, the houses look more poorly built and “run down.”
6. a. a “beautiful little fool”
7. a. Nick himself
8. d. White
9. c. Tom Buchanan
10.  d. Tom’s “other woman on the side”
11.b. Jay Gatsby
12. b. a green light on the dock