AP in-class writing prompt 6-4

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Review your notes from last night’s homework. Why – and for what – do Americans need to be prepared? And what, then, is the role of reading in the preparation of Americans? Your response should be grounded in the 4 essays we have read.

10 minutes.

Syllabic Verse

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This time, Mr. Fry led a study of syllabic verse – stresses need not apply.

Part 1: Write at least two stanzas of alternating seven- and five-syllable syllabic verse: subject rain.

Drip, drop, drip. In drier climes

That rhythm brings joy.

In the world’s rain forests, though:

Just another day.

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Anglo-Saxon verse

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More from The Ode Less Travelled:

Write 18-20 lines of Anglo-Saxon verse (2 beats per half line following a bang-bang-bang-crash alliteration pattern on the stressed beats) on the topic of what I’d like to eat.

Eggs scrambled with sausage, I seem to recall

Taste perfectly pleasant, a paean of sorts

For when I’m down in the dumps or just desperately tired. Read more

More Stephen Fry exercises

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Once more, I’ve dipped into Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled. This time, he asks me to write some anapaestic hexameters describing how to get to my house. Because I am an English teacher, I cannot count and ended up writing anapaestic pentameters. Never fear … I redid the exercise with the proper syllable count. I’ve included both results below. 😉

The miscount:

It’s off Kensington. Go all the way to the end of the street.

Take a left there at Rackliffe – you’ll see a big tree at the fence.

At the end of the fence take a right. Will you honk? Should I watch?

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Writing again!

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It’s been a long dry spell, but after a year of tremendous change I feel ready to begin writing again. More importantly, I am ready to write and post regularly. I’m using Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within as my impetus. Fry, an incredibly funny actor and writer, penned this book as both a personal love letter to poetry and a fun how-to guide to would-be poets like me. Included in the book is a series of writing exercises, the result of which I will share here.

Just to be clear: this is not earth-shattering, Pultizer-winning poetry. This is me playing with meter, rhyme and form.

My hope is to post daily. This first post will include the results of the first four writing exercises from Fry’s book. I will give you Fry’s instructions so you know what I’m trying to accomplish. That said …

Exercise 1: Write out 20 lines of iambic pentameter (some are pairs, others are free-standing)

The subway car rocks to and fro and fro.

I don’t know what to do with all my books. Read more


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A ripple sounds

Ears alert, nose to the air

Stark stillness returns

College Dreams

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This is an older piece, written for The Star-Herald in May 2004 after my brother received his PhD.

On May 25, my younger brother walked across the stage at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J., and officially became Dr. Jason Woodsome Harger, Ph.D. in molecular genetics.

Not bad for a kid whose first career goal was to be a mailbox. Read more

SAD 1 to offer free flu shots

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Another story I wrote this week for The Star-Herald. Not the most exciting of topics, but this is what you do when you’re the newspaper of record.

By Kristine A. Harger
Special to The Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE – Thanks to federal stimulus money, SAD 1 will be able to offer free flu shots to students this year. The program was announced at the July 8 SAD 1 board of directors meeting. Read more

Board adopts conservative spending plan

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I wrote this for my former employer while visiting northern Maine. I like to keep my finger in things. :)

By Kristine A. Harger
Special to The Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE – The Maine Potato Board approved a $1.4 million budget for 2009-2010 at its July 17 meeting. The spending plan represents a 5.4 percent drop from the 08-09 budget.

For the potato board, conservative budgeting isn’t anything new. Read more

Acrostic poems

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Just a few acrostics that I wrote for the Central Connecticut Student Writing Project, where I’m instructing this summer.

Bunches of water

Under the spout

Catching the rainfall

Kick it for fun

Empty it onto the flowers

Try to spit into it from a distance



Over the top




Window to my soul

Route to the unknown

Imagination at play


Into dreams

No limits

Go for it!

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