12 Honors Breakdown 19/20

January 17th, 2020

Thank you for being such a wonderful class. Good luck next year!

January 15/16th 2020

Have a great snow day today. I know I will.

A few of you have written Emails to me regarding the test. So far, I would like for this test to be on Thursday still. Here is the final so that you have a day to prepare.

You can bring an index card of notes with you tomorrow. If you don’t have an index card, then write it on a paper and see me first thing tomorrow. I have a stack of them in my office and throughout the day I will have index cards on me so you can get one and transcribe your notes.

Then we’ll take the test.

I’ve taken the liberty in finding quotes instead of a passage so that I know you’ll stay on topic and have ample resources at your disposal. You can always use your own quotations as well.

All the best. Have a great day today.

FINAL:

Synthesis Final

January 14th, 2020

20 minutes to finalize the papers you’ve done an outline for.

We will go over your claims and hear your evidence briefly as a class.

This is our final brainstorm – only digital:

Discussion for today

January 13th, 2020

Here is the template of what we are going to go through this week.

So today I will have you go through the motions (I have printouts as well 10 copies).

Final Synthesis

Tomorrow, we will go through an entire essay together and see if it fits the bill.

Then we will have a discussion on what connections we can make in all four texts. This is important because I will possibly change the final in accordance with the ideas that come out of this discussion (if I like them.)

Wednesday will be you getting ready for the final.

Thursday is final.

Friday?? What do you wanna do?

Papers are almost finished. I burned out with four left.

Tomorrow I will have them for you. excellent. Averages from 16-18 out of 20. I love the quality in this class.

January 10th, 2020

Here is a peer review sheet I would like you to fill out for final checks on your assignment.

Tempest Hamlet Peer Review

I also have paper copies for you if you’d like.

Due today! MLA Format / paper copies

January 8th, 2020

As a check, there should be a completed introduction, a strong claim, evidence through a critical text and an outline for the body paragraphs by now.

Don’t worry, as you have three days including today. You can get this done, no problem.

January 7th, 2020

Try and have the introductory paragraph done today. Here is the introductory paragraph ‘specific’ structure.

Purdy Literary Analysis Step 3.0 Hamlet

Let me know if you have any questions.

January 6th, 2020

Welcome back!

This week is fully dedicated to your final Hamlet paper. You should now have the drive to finish this paper on your own. I will be there with you throughout the process. They are due on Friday, January 10th. 

Remember the structure. This is nothing new. You have this. The rubric i the same as well.

Next week, we will be going over the  “three paragraph synthesis.” I have some news regarding this, so we can chat today about it. Then, it’s off to Hamlet.

Here are the guidelines once more:

Essay Guidelines Hamlet

December 19th, 2019

Deleted – See me regarding the link.

This above link is to the movie ‘Ophelia’ – a fine fitting to the end of the year. This is one artist’s rendition of Ophelia’s tragic character.

We will watch it tomorrow instead of the TED talk. Using the link, you can finish it over the break if you’d like to. Opheia is Rey from Star Wars!

December 18th, 2019

I’ll return the reader response and today you should be working on the points for the final paper. If you’re done that, then complete the outline with help from me.

Please let me know if you need help with this section of the final paper.

December 17th, 2019

Tuesday:

Look at scholars for final paper. You should see the paper and what it’s trying to prove. Commit to this paper and then pick three points (Value, question, interest)

Hamlet Critical Essays

Example –

I am looking for more about Gertrude and Ophelia. I found an essay in the PDF about how Hamlet’s madness is legitimate and how his mother sees her own reflection of her madness as well. This was my own thinking:

Critical Essays Pg 315-321 Bucknill, From The Mad Folk of Shakespeare

  1. I can make a claim based on some of the text.

2. My reader response, let’s say was from this question:

What does Shakespeare suggest about the role of women in Hamlet?

3. And I spoke about women being equals.

So my claim is this:

4. Queen Gertrude and Ophelia as equals to Hamlet.

5. And I look through the text of critical essays, find one through keyword search equal / Gertrude / Ophelia and I come up with this paragraph:

6. Bucknill’s understanding of Hamlet’s affect on his own mother and vice versa is explored with her maternal care shown in Act 3. He “Holds up the mirror to her soul (as) she is barely sensible of her own shameless position” (pg. 320) and how she has acted without remorse for her own actions. Hamlet’s reasoning leads Gertrude to find that the error of her ways, as a rational woman, can also equate to a certain madness. With both mother and son realizing their own insanity do they come closer as equals. Through mirroring each others faults, they heal as well, as “[t]he Queen… thoroughly convinced of her son’s madness [realises the madness Hamlet] wrings in her own remorseful heart.” (pg. 320).

December 16th, 2019

We will finish the movie today. Here are a few interesting questions to consider for when you get into your research: (These are with the literary theories in consideration)

Reader Response (analytical review of  one of the following question with I statements)

Due Tomorrow at the end of class. Printed out.

  1. How does Shakespeare present the idea of madness in Hamlet?
  2. ‘Seems, Madam? I know not seems.’ How important is acting and pretence in Hamlet?
  3. ‘These words like daggers enter in mine ears.’ What does Shakespeare suggest about the importance of words, including lying and slander, in Hamlet?
  4. How and why does Shakespeare introduce comedy within the tragic world of Hamlet?
  5. There are several soliloquies within the play, most of them by Hamlet. What do you consider to be the function and nature of Hamlet’s soliloquies
  6. Shakespeare was himself a man of the theatre. Why, and with what effects, do you think he introduces players and the play-within-a play in Hamlet
  7. What does Shakespeare suggest to us in Hamlet about the nature of kingship, and by what means?
  8. What does Shakespeare suggest to us in Hamlet about the nature of revenge?
  9. Examine the way that Shakespeare presents Polonius. Is he anything more than the ‘wretched, rash, intruding fool’ that Hamlet describes?
  10. Consider the dramatic importance of Shakespeare’s presentation of the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, and Hamlet and Laertes.
  11. To what extent does Shakespeare make Ophelia and Polonius engage our sympathies, and by what means?
  12. What in your opinion is the significance of Fortinbras in Hamlet?
  13. Consider the way in which Shakespeare depicts Claudius; is he a sympathetic figure?
  14. ‘There are only two females in the play, and they are both flawed.’ Would you agree with this verdict of Shakespeare’s presentation of Gertrude and Ophelia?
  15. Of what significance is Horatio’s role in Hamlet?
  16. ‘What ceremony else?’ How significant are ceremonies and customs in the life of the court at Elsinore?
  17. ‘Springes to catch woodcocks.’ What use does Shakespeare make of traps and spying in Hamlet?
  18. Does Shakespeare suggest that Hamlet is a pure character who sees through the corruption of the court in Denmark, or is he himself equally corrupt?
  19. How significant is Shakespeare’s decision to place the action of Hamlet in a Christian universe?

Tuesday:

Look at scholars for final paper. You should see the paper and what it’s trying to prove. Commit to this paper and then pick three points (Value, question, interest)

Hamlet Critical Essays

Wednesday:

POINTS DUE (Email) end of class

Start outline – I will give you a physical copy as well as an online link.

Hamlet Final Paper Outline

Thursday:

Have the first paragraph outlined and thesis approved by me.  (This will be a one on one class since everyone is doing something different for their final paper.

Friday:

Video on Shakespeare Analysis. (15 mins) – Really interesting video on Shakespeare’s  influence

Talk to the rest of you on your claims for the final paper.

December 11th, 2019

So we will be changing things a little bit.

It seems to me that it is redundant that we read and watch the movie. So… we will just watch the movie and use the text later for our analysis.

There has also been some worry with the whole language of Shakespeare. Today, we will be taking a pause on the text and get you into the world of the language.

Here is a cheat sheet that I will also print out:

R_J Shakespearean love letter and Language

Just for fun, there is a Shakespearean insult generator that we can all share:

http://www.literarygenius.info/a1-shakespearean-insults-generator.htm

and a PDF that we will look at:

Shakespearean Insults

So – today will be an exercise on the basics of Shakespearean language. Tomorrow and Friday will be for the movie. Next week will be Points and analysis.

December 9th, 2019

Hamlet reading. Possible finishing time: Wednesday?

Ask questions if you’d like for me to elaborate on certain issues / themes in the text.

December 5th, 2019

Hamlet Act 1 / 2? today.

Here’s a quick character list:

Hamlet Character List for 3.5

Easy access for character delegation.

https://www.playshakespeare.com/hamlet/scenes

Tomorrow we are going to spoken word.

December 4th, 2019

Hamlet overview (Once more)

Hamlet Overview

Critical analysis essays:

Hamlet Critical Essays (Check the table of contents before committing – see if there’s anything you like.

These are some of my own notes on Hamlet from a feminist / gender perspective and a few critical essays taken from bigger works:

Hamlet Notes

So we begin – and before we begin, I’d like to give an overview of a PPT I found deep in the webs. Very comprehensive. I’ll go over it today.

Hamlet Intro

Finally, we will start. With the intro, we’ll go over a few pages. I’d like to know your own opinions of Shakespeare.

We will do a surface level reading comprehension before I go into the scholarship of the whole thing. 3 days, maybe? We should be done by the end of next Monday.

Then the movie.

Then the reader response paper for the movie and the book.

Then the critical essay reading.

Then the points.

Then the discussions.

Then outline for the paper.

Then break.

Then final paper due.

Then unit is finished.

December 3rd, 2019

Spoken Word Ends.

Tomorrow I will give you the Hamlet texts and we can start right away. We read this week to get through the text, then the academics can start. I’ll stop periodically so that we can discuss certain aspects that are interesting.

December 2nd, 2019

Spoken Word!

Hamlet on Wednesday.

November 29th, 2019

Some housekeeping first – I would like to address a growing concern.

Welcome to Feminist / gender theory. These are the expectations for the course:

Hamlet Overview

Here is a power-point that is a generalized overview:

PPT_on_Literary_Theory_6_Feminism

These are larger questions that will entice you in your own lit analysis to dig deeper than the surface:

Feminist_Criticism (1) [Autosaved]

Where do you see feminism?

Think movies / art / books / song lyrics and answer the questions. I want a good discussion so think of a concrete example using the questions I have given you. More next Wednesday.

You have the rest of the class to work on the spoken words.

November 26th, 2019

Printouts for new form of spoken word “storytelling” if you choose to do this new form of presentation poetry.

One square to rule the story.

I’ve read a few stories. Excellent so far.

The rest of the class will be to focus on your spoken word.

November 25th, 2019

Today is the first day of Spoken word.

Enjoy this – we will be working together today with this in mind:

Prompts

Please enjoy your brainstorming process. I have some quotes from Mrs. Thomasen. Her and I are studying the same thing at UBC. This will be an inspiration for you, I hope.

Trust the Process – McNiff

“Surprise, rather than predictable results rule the process in which creations reveal themselves.”

“…Ideas will come through the process of writing by moving the hand across a paper, or tapping a keyboard.”

“Improvisation is one of the basic principles of process orientated creation.”

November 22nd, 2019

Today is your last day for working on your story. I highly recommend that you can see me with a draft of some kind so that I know you’re on the right path. So the first 40 minutes of the class are dedicated to your writing and me talking with each of you individually.

The second half is the final reading in the class. We won’t get through everything, but we will get through enough. It’s not like there’s a big reveal at the end. It’s postmodern fiction.

November 21st, 2019

The prompt yesterday was:

Connect three memories together to a common theme. Vehicles drive a narrative. This theme can act like analogy. For example Loss – Connect to three memories. Unity – Three memories etc. They can all be linear or sporadic. 

Today we will be reading because it’s a short day and I need a little Murakami wisdom before this evening.

November 20th, 2019

The prompt yesterday was:

Research a mundane object and find a deeper analogy to life through it. – This exercise works better if it’s something you’re familiar with. Ex: Lego, Curling, Matchbox Cars, The time streetlights come on etc.

The prompt today is:

Connect three memories together to a common theme. Vehicles drive a narrative. This theme can act like analogy. For example Loss – Connect to three memories. Unity – Three memories etc. They can all be linear or sporadic. 

Think about tying everything together today. You should have a rough draft finished by Friday at the beginning of class so that you can peer edit for Monday’s turn in hard copy.

November 19th, 2019

The prompt yesterday was:

Describe a regret / mistake and then change the reality to the ideal

The prompt today is:

Research a mundane object and find a deeper analogy to life through it. – This exercise works better if it’s something you’re familiar with. Ex: Lego, Curling, Matchbox Cars, The time streetlights come on etc.

(If you need an example, look at the pinball one in our text)

Please work today. This isn’t free time.

November 15th, 2019

What did you write for this prompt?

A mistake you tried to cover up, yet were unsuccessful. A moment of shame.

I think we will finish today. The discussion will be organic.

Let’s explore these concepts after we finish the first short story:

I hope that you can read it.

Here’s your prompt for over the weekend – I hope you can start threading a narrative through what you’ve written so far.

Explain the same memory from three different perspectives.

or

Talk to a partner about a childhood memory of theirs. Now make it yours in a story.

November 14th, 2019

What did you write for this prompt?

Write about how someone has influenced your life in the most subtle of ways.

We will continue – almost to the end. Then we’re at a crossroads in the class. I will discuss this further soon.

Prompt for today:

A mistake you tried to cover up, yet were unsuccessful. A moment of shame.

November 13th, 2019

What did you write for this prompt?

Write about a first anything.

We will continue – about 30-35 pages today just like yesterday.

Here is the second prompt.

Journal #2

Write about how someone has influenced your life in the most subtle of ways.

November 12th, 2019

Don’t turn in your papers yet. In the same document, you will be writing what I would like to call ‘takeaways.’ This will help you through the novel. This will also help you keep your ideas ready for the short story.

We will start the book today.

Wind_Pinball – Haruki Murakami (I will have paper copies as well)

The first novella is called Hear the Wind Sing. It is Murakami’s first novel.

We will sit in a circle and read it. Keep in mind elements of Postmodernism. What is a fragmented narrative?

Journal #1:

Write about a first anything. 

November 8th, 2019

Reader Response Assignment

What is a Reader Response?

A Reading Response is not a summary of your reading. A Reading Response is a way of writing about your thinking about the reading, or your reaction(s) to a reading. A Reading Response is not a formal paper, but should be well thought-out, fully developed, and carefully written, nevertheless. It should demonstrate not only that you have carefully read the text (more than one time), but also that you have thought carefully about the text and engaged with it in some way.

Think about not only the text overall, but also smaller sections of it. How does one incident or phrase or symbol echo the larger meaning of the work? An effective Reading Response will demonstrate that you have thoroughly read and understood the reading (or that you ask questions that reveal careful reading). It might develop connections between the reading and the themes of the course or discussions we’ve had in class or lecture and demonstrate that you have considered the implications of the readings.

It may suggest questions for class discussion. Be specific about the work you’re discussing, provide details from the text to back up any assertions you may make by quoting directly from the text, and finally, pay attention to grammar and mechanics.

Your reader response should be about 250 words.

Murakami’s Postmodern World

And you will make a reader response paragraph narrative on this:

What are the elements of Postmodernism in today’s society? What is worth writing about?

November 7th, 2019

Non-fiction narratives are due today.

Postmodernism and the fragmentation of  fictional narrative

We are all Post/modern

Here is the overview of the unit:

Pinball Introduction

Then here is the PPT – there are two – one as a theoretical piece and the other as a kind of ‘questionnaire’.

I will go over this:

Pinball Introduction

Now we will discuss this:

Quiz Are you post Modern

And tomorrow we will read this:

Murakami’s Postmodern World

And you will make a reader response multi paragraph narrative on this:

What are the elements of Postmodernism in today’s society? What is worth writing about?

And on Tuesday, we will start to read this:

November 6th, 2019

This is the last day for your individual journey with the college applications. I hope that this wind down time has been beneficial to you.

Let me know if you need any help. The grades for this and the non fiction narrative shall be up by Monday, along with your Frankenstein essays.

This will be the 1st quarter grade. I will cut them off after Tuesday so that I can get the report cards done. Any late assignments? Hand them in by next Tuesday.

This is from Ms. Okabe. It’s an excellent resource if you’re stuck on your non-fiction / college app essays:

https://www.edutopia.org/article/helping-students-pick-unique-college-admission-essay-topic

Tomorrow: Postmodernism / 1st of 2 Murakami stories.

November 5th, 2019

We are continuing with our plan from yesterday. Please see me for anything you need regarding applications.

November 4th, 2019

Let’s take a look at the college application / scholarship process again today.

This is an individualized week. Please talk to me about your own process.

You’re graded on two things:

  1. Your talk with me one on one on your college / post secondary plans (Completion mark)
  2. A polished non-fiction narrative on a topic of your choice. (Major Assignment) Due: November 7th (This Thursday – end of class)

Like I said, this is going to be an independent study project. All I want by this Thursday from all of you is a finalized non-fiction narrative piece that is from 500-750 words, polished, on a topic of your choice:

(From the overview)

Share your story.

Answer this prompt by reflecting on a hobby, facet of your personality, or experience that is genuinely meaningful and unique to you. Admissions officers want to feel connected to you and an honest, personal statement about who you are draws them in. Your love of superheroes, baking chops, or family history are all fair game if you can tie it back to who you are or what you believe in. Avoid a rehash of the accomplishments on your high school resume and choose something that the admissions committee will not discover when reading the rest of your application.

Learning from obstacles.

You’re trying to show colleges your best self, so it might seem counterintuitive to willingly acknowledge a time you struggled. But overcoming challenges demonstrates courage, grit, and perseverance! That’s why the last piece of this prompt is essential. The obstacle you write about can be large or small, but you must show the admissions committee how your perspective changed as a result.

Challenging a belief.

Your answer to this question could focus on a time you stood up to others or an experience when your own preconceived view was challenged. Choose this prompt if you have a relevant—and specific!—experience to recount (and reflect on). A vague essay about a hot button issue doesn’t tell the admissions committee anything useful about you.

Solving a problem.

This essay is designed to get at the heart of how you think and what makes you tick. Present a situation or quandary and show steps toward the solution. Admissions officers want insight into your thought process and the issues you grapple with, so explain how you became aware of the dilemma and how you tackled solving it. Don’t forget to explain why the problem is important to you!

Personal growth.

The accomplishment or event you write about can be anything from a major milestone to a smaller “aha” moment. Describe the event or ccomplishment that shaped you but take care to also show what you learned or how you changed. Colleges are looking for a sense of maturity and introspection—pinpoint the transformation and demonstrate your personal growth.

What Captivates You?

This prompt is an invitation to write about something you care about. (So avoid the pitfall of writing about what you think will impress the admission office versus what truly matters to you). Colleges are looking for curious students, who are thoughtful about the world around them. The “what or who do you turn to when you want to learn more” bit isn’t an afterthought—it’s a key piece of the prompt. Make sure you explain how you pursue your interest, as well.

Tell Me about Yourself.

This question might be for you if you have a dynamo personal essay from English class to share or were really inspired by a question from another college’s application. You can even write your own question! Whatever topic you land on, the essentials of a standout college essay still stand: 1.) Show the admissions committee who you are beyond grades and test scores and 2.) Dig into your topic by asking yourself how and why. There isn’t a prompt to guide you, so you must ask yourself the questions that will get at the heart of the story you want to tell.

Describe a person you admire.

Avoid the urge to pen an ode to a beloved figure like Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln. The admissions committee doesn’t need to be convinced they are influential people. Focus on yourself: Choose someone who has actually caused you to change your behavior or your worldview, and write about how this person influenced you .

Why do you want to attend this school?

Be honest and specific when you respond to this question. Avoid generalities like “to get a good liberal arts education” or “to develop career skills,” and use details that show your interests: “I’m an aspiring doctor and your science department has a terrific reputation.” Colleges are more likely to admit students who can articulate specific reasons why the school is a good fit for them beyond its reputation or ranking on any list. Use the college’s website and literature to do your research about programs, professors, and other opportunities that appeal to you.

What is a book you love?

Your answer should not be a book report. Don’t just summarize the plot; detail why you enjoyed this particular text and what it meant to you. What does your favorite book reveal about you? How do you identify with it, and how has it become personal to you?

What is an extracurricular activity that has been meaningful to you?

Avoid slipping into clichés or generalities. Take this opportunity to really examine an experience that taught you something you didn’t previously know about yourself, got you out of your comfort zone, or forced you to grow. Sometimes it’s better to write about something that was hard for you because you learned something than it is to write about something that was easy for you because you think it sounds admirable. As with all essay questions, the most important thing is to tell a great story: how you discovered this activity, what drew you to it, and what it’s shown you about yourself.

November 1st, 2019

I have printed out copies of your papers (those of you that have sent them to me). 2 copies actually, because you will be showing your papers to two friends.

So do this today:

get into small groups. Give out your papers to your friends.

Read papers – ask yourself the following questions:

1. What are the strengths of this paper? Underline them.

2. What are the weaknesses / logical fallacies of these pieces?

3. What could you add to the piece in order to make it ‘stand out?’

4. Talk to the person about the writing style.

You will share a generalization of this to the group.

This is “What I took away from this small peer assignment”: __________________

After this is all over, I’d like for you to look at your #1 university / college. What are the factors that made you choose this college? give me three. Even if you’ve already pressed that send button – what are you going to do at the institution when you get there?

Finally (like every class) you have free time to get your applications done / ask me for help through the process.

Next week, we will go over the non-fiction narrative portion of this for your final grade (Which is Pass (A) or Fail (F))

October 31st, 2019

Here’s the unit overview:

College Application Unit 12’s

First, I’d like to open a discussion on the stress of College Applications. Take this into consideration:

  1. What have your experiences been so far with the college application experience?
  2. How far are you into your application search?
  3. What are you most worried about?

I have a presentation for you – well, two presentations. You can look at them by yourself as well for full comprehension at a later date. These are for interactive discussion.

Writing The College Essay – Dos and Donts

Also, a little bit of fun –

the_very_worst_college_application_essays

Now – We should have at least 30 minutes left. I would like for you to write (or type and send to me) your first prompt:

1. Tell us about yourself. (300 words / 1000 characters maximum)

Tomorrow, you will be presenting the school you’re applying for. All you’re going to do is tell me which school it is and what you know about the school. Then you get to work on the application.

October 30th, 2019

We will be going over Alhan’s claim that looked like this:

Throughout Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explores how society’s preconceived notions lead to negative interactions, therefore, causing a change in an individual’s character.

and after finishing the outline looked like this:

Throughout Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explores how adhering to society’s expectations lead to the loss of an individual’s character.

  1. I decided to work with Victor (The monster would be a better choice, however) .We need the journal frame for this – I chose:

One of the ways that Freud felt that people accept loss is by incorporating aspects of the “abandoned object cathexis” into themselves—that is by internalizing and identifying with… “ the shadow of the object  [which] fell upon the ego” (p 828)

2. A restatement and how it exists in the novel:

Victor’s interactions  lead him to experience a change from the accepted outsider and intellectually hungry to defeated and outcast. His investment in an idea prevents him from growing as a person. He is emotionally stunted.

3. Evidence:

  1. The whole notion of the outsider in society – the anomaly.   [the main point]
    1. . Victor has always been an outsider – his projection of family life and his unusual tastes in scientific studies
    2. The expectations of victor’s parents and their own projections.
  2. How in society we should care for our own / Victor’s rejection of this ideal
  3. The victimization of self. What he “should” be feeling vs. what he is feeling

4. conclusion:

“What psychoanalysis reveals in the transference phenomena of neurotics can also be observed in the lives of normal people,” Freud (1920, pp. 21–22) argued. (p 825)

Victor’s version of himself and how a man who idealizes him sees him. (Walton) His view can be re-interpreted based on the social shackles he is confined to and the notion of how freedom is poison; life is itself a sense of the transference within social constructs. He rejects his own creation – in response, the creatures expectation is thus expunged.  The cathexis of Victor is wasted on what is a failed attempt at individuality.

October 29th, 2019

You have convinced me. The paper is due – hard copy final Monday, November 4th. 

We will start our new unit on Thursday – Halloween. The College app unit. It should go about a week. I will post the information on Thursday, first thing.

Today:

  1. We will do a table go around with claims.
  2. I will choose one for Wednesday – put my own thinking to it.
  3. We will go over the structure on Wednesday – today you have the class to finish your own outlines. The person who’s claim I chose still has to write their own outline. It will be fun to compare and contrast.

I will get through the outline as quickly as possible tomorrow so you will have this last day to go over all of your ideas together / with me / by yourself.

October 28th, 2019

No AP this week. You’ll be too busy with the paper, I think.

This class will be cut into three parts:

A. I will give you a few minutes to get your thoughts in order. Here are the questions re-posted:

Big question: What was your takeaway from the book?

  1. After watching his female companion torn to bits, the creature makes an eloquent defense and vows Victor will “repent of the injuries (he) inflicts.” Is the creature justified in his feelings? Why or why not? What is Shelley’s purpose in his defense?
  2. After hearing of Clerval’s murder, Victor falls ill once again. In agony, he wonders, “Why did I not die?” What would your answer be? Is there a reason for his continued anguish?
  3. For Victor and his father, what purpose would a quick marriage to Elizabeth serve? Discuss the impact on Elizabeth. What role does she continue to play? Does her death alter or perpetuate that role?
  4. Discuss the irony in Victor’s statement to the magistrate: “Man, how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”
  5. What is the motivation behind Victor’s vow to find and destroy his creature? Has he learned any lessons?

B. We will revisit the claims that you have been working on – do a round the circle chat about them. 15 minutes to do this.

C. I will choose one of the claims presented in the class to show you (tomorrow) about the structure. This structure (a real rough draft / outline) is due tomorrow at the end of class.

Purdy Literary Analysis Step 2.0 Frankenstein

October 23rd, 2019

Today, I will let you read and finish questions – For Monday, I would like you to have finished the book. Here are the questions that are for Monday, thus finishing the book.

Keep working on those thesis statements / claims / inquiry questions. Everyone works at a different pace. Come see me when you have something you think is good enough for your paper. I need to approve it before you go ahead.

Finish book for Monday:

  1. After watching his female companion torn to bits, the creature makes an eloquent defense and vows Victor will “repent of the injuries (he) inflicts.” Is the creature justified in his feelings? Why or why not? What is Shelley’s purpose in his defense?
  2. After hearing of Clerval’s murder, Victor falls ill once again. In agony, he wonders, “Why did I not die?” What would your answer be? Is there a reason for his continued anguish?
  3. For Victor and his father, what purpose would a quick marriage to Elizabeth serve? Discuss the impact on Elizabeth. What role does she continue to play? Does her death alter or perpetuate that role?
  4. Discuss the irony in Victor’s statement to the magistrate: “Man, how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”
  5. What is the motivation behind Victor’s vow to find and destroy his creature? Has he learned any lessons?

October 22nd, 2019

Here are the questions, re-posted:

  1. Is the creature’s demand for a female companion a valid request? Examine the pros and cons of Victor’s compliance. Consider evidence provided by both Victor and the creature.
  2. To what famous Romantic symbol is Shelley alluding when she has Victor think, “Could I enter into a festival with this deadly weight yet hanging round my neck and bowing me to the ground?”
  3. What is Victor’s greatest fear as he leaves for England? Describe the irony in his decision to continue.
  4. What evidence suggests Victor feels responsibility for the murders? What evidence illustrates that he still blames the creature?
  5. How is Victor’s view of the Scottish Orkneys a reflection of his emotional state?

Notes relevant to the material  –

Guilt as a self-made prison of exile or forced by others

Hamartia: Tragic Flaw

Pathetic Fallacy: Using weather to talk about one’s emotions

Freud’s ‘the uncanny’ to represent something familiar seeming foreign or frightening.

When Victor makes reference to the weight around his neck, this is Shelly making reference to the famous Romantic symbol “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” In the poem, the mariner is cursed to carry the albatross around his neck as a symbol to Burdens of ones actions. In the novel Victor is burdened by thoughts of the creature, thoughts of the female creature, thoughts of Elizabeth and his family. He is burdened to the point that he has a metaphorical “Albatross” pulling him down.

Albatross is purity and innocence – if dead it is sin.

October 21st, 2019

These questions will be good for our discussion as they were my own questions – some are generalized but all have to do with the psychoanalytical perspective and all have to do with the larger themes at play here.

  1. What does Mary Shelly say through her characters about human need for connection? Is it essential? why?
  2. Discuss where the word ‘reflection’ is used – what different meanings are there? How is reflection a way to look at one’s other self?
  3. What does the word justice mean to you? To the monster?
  4. Explain the last lines of chapter 16. What is the monster’s request? Why does he ask this?

Same thing: 1st half you discuss and explore the questions. Then we discuss – then you can get a head start on tomorrow’s reading:

Aftermath: Chapter 17-20

Pg. 144-174 – 30 pages. Questions tomorrow.

Questions:

  1. Is the creature’s demand for a female companion a valid request? Examine the pros and cons of Victor’s compliance. Consider evidence provided by both Victor and the creature.
  2. To what famous Romantic symbol is Shelley alluding when she has Victor think, “Could I enter into a festival with this deadly weight yet hanging round my neck and bowing me to the ground?”
  3. What is Victor’s greatest fear as he leaves for England? Describe the irony in his decision to continue.
  4. What evidence suggests Victor feels responsibility for the murders? What evidence illustrates that he still blames the creature?
  5. How is Victor’s view of the Scottish Orkneys a reflection of his emotional state?

October 18th, 2019

Weekend: Read to Chapter 17 (or through chapter 16) for Monday.

I have some parts of the book from the reading from last night I would like to explore with you near the end of class. For now, however, Go through these questions:

  1. What imagery does Shelley employ when the character describes his “awakening?” What does his reaction remind you of?
  2. How does the change in narration to the creature’s point of view affect the reading of the novel? Do you feel sympathy for the creature when he is rejected by humanity?
  3. What crucial role in the creature’s development is played by the De Lacey family?

My own notes and stray observations of the reading in the text 100-122

  1. The creature’s purity / sees fire / learns everything through observation – nature vs. nurture in society

2. Microcosm of society with Felix, De Lacey / Agatha

3. The blindness of De lacy non-discriminatory behaviors

4.  prejudice / reality of situations regarding the world – History while learning with Safie English

–The monster’s critique on humanity – the shallowness

–how humanity views themselves –god given rights

5. The monster’s loneliness and longing for community / culture / connectivity

October 16th / 17th, 2019

READ up to Pg. 122 (Chapter XIV for tomorrow)

Day 4 cont’d:

I have taken into account your queries from yesterday. So, I have a few passages from this section I’d like to explore then start off from the creature’s story. There are a few themes I find fascinating in my own study. We will explore:

-ephemeral concepts / bliss and despair

-the ‘other’ vs the self

-Guilt in its many forms – psychoanalytical views of what guilt actually is

Consequences: Chapter 6-10

Pg. 63-102

Questions:

  1. Who is at fault for William’s death? Is anyone other than the murderer responsible for what happened?
  2. How might Justine’s trial have differed in today’s court system?
  3. How does Victor’s guilt affect his health? What is Shelley’s purpose in this recurring plot device?
  4. How is Victor’s reaction toward the Valley of Chamounix a departure from his previous views of nature?
  5. How is this section related to your theme? Explain.

October 15th, 2019

AP Quiz

Quote!

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”

― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

1st half of class – come up with answers to these questions / finish the work

2nd half of class – discussion of these questions –

Remember: Where can you find instances of a psychoanalysis lens? What ideas have you come up with yet? Inquire about the text in a deeper way. Do you see connections? Do you see instances of repression / violence / sexuality?

Creation of the Monster: Chapter 3-5

Pg. 42-63

Questions:

  1. Victor’s obsession with natural science results in two years passing with no visits home. How would you evaluate his character at this point?
  2. Describe the shift in tone when Victor says, “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier the man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”
  3. During his summer experiment, Victor admits “his eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.” What role might nature (or the lack of it) play for Victor?
  4. What message might Victor be missing when he dreams that his kiss turns Elizabeth into a corpse?
  5. How is this section related to your theme? Explain.

October 11th, 2019

First Part of class (15 minutes in)

Pg. 15-31

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is Walton a reliable narrator? Why or why not?
  2. Is Walton’s goal to “confer on all mankind . . . a passage near the pole” noble or overly ambitious?
  3. How does Robert’s desire for a friend affect his relationship with Dr. Frankenstein? How might this relationship affect the reader’s trust in Walton as a reliable narrator?
  4. How is this section related to your theme? Explain.

2nd Part of class (15 minutes until the end)

Victor’s Early Life: Chapter 1-2

Pg. 31-42

Questions:

  1. How does Victor’s statement that “the world was to me a secret which I desired to divine” serve as characterization?
  2. How do Henry and Victor differ? Why might Shelley be setting them up as character foils?
  3. What is Shelley’s intent when she has Victor characterize Elizabeth as “the saintly soul (who) shone like a shrine-dedicated lamp in our peaceful home?” What role does this characterization set for Elizabeth?
  4. Is Victor’s fascination with the Philosopher’s Stone an admirable one?
  5. How is this section related to your theme? Explain.

 

October 10th, 2019

Here’s Aleana’s TED talk

There’s also a cool poem that Shelley based her ideas on:

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with guides

So We will be reading this today:

https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/frankenstein.pdf

Day 1:

Walton Meets Frankenstein: Letters

Pg. 15-31

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is Walton a reliable narrator? Why or why not?
  2. Is Walton’s goal to “confer on all mankind . . . a passage near the pole” noble or overly ambitious?
  3. How does Robert’s desire for a friend affect his relationship with Dr. Frankenstein? How might this relationship affect the reader’s trust in Walton as a reliable narrator?
  4. How is this section related to your theme? Explain.

READ TO PG. 42 FOR TOMORROW!!!

October 9th, 2019

Today I was thinking since you have spent so much time with the papers lately, I will be working on helping you with the points.

While choosing an article (from the ones given) read the abstract. An abstract is a little summary of the major points that are described throughout the longer piece. You will be able to make an executive decision based on this summary.

We won’t be working too much on this as I would like to start Frankenstein tomorrow.

I have a schedule breakdown on the readings – with them are comprehension questions. I’ll explain more tomorrow:

Reading Guide 7 day plan

October 8th, 2019

“the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Pay for the Writer’s Fest!!!

I will give you a brief overview of a psychoanalytical theoretical perspective:

Psychoanalytic_Criticism

I have underlined words in this document for you to familiarize yourself with:

Psychoanalytic-literary-criticism

And these are three documents I would like for you to choose from for a POINTS exercise.

Just so you know, the points should be done in this format:

Maddie’s POINTS Steps

And here are the documents to choose from.

Adams 2001 Making Daemons of Death and Love

Jager (2014) Mary Shelley s Frankenstein and the Fate of Modern Scientific Psychology

Brockman Freud, Frankenstein, art of loss

Britton (2015) What made Monster Monstrous

Focus on one and then we can go over them tomorrow. I will make the lecture short so that you can focus on these and have time to work on them tomorrow as well.

Please bring back Importance of Being Earnest tomorrow.

October 7th, 2019

Two Quotes today: (Choose one)

“I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other’s character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

AP #3 – AP3

Don’t forget to pay for the Writer’s Fest!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget to pay for the Writer’s Fest!!!!!!!!!

This is the last workshop day for the essay. please give me any questions that you may have. I will try and answer them to the best of my abilities.

Tomorrow will be Frankenstein introduction and Psychoanalytical lenses. I’m excited about this.

October 4th, 2019

Don’t forget to pay for the Writer’s Fest!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget to pay for the Writer’s Fest!!!!!!!!!

Finalized structure with examples and checklist:

Purdy-Literary-Analysis-Detailed-V3 (FINAL)

Let’s go over the structure together for the conclusion.

Essay  is due next Wednesday, October 9th.

October 3rd, 2019

Updated Structure outline with examples:

Purdy-Literary-Analysis-Detailed Look V2

This is what we will be honing down today – your introduction and your body paragraph. Your conclusion should be a restatement and another quote in order to make your point clearer. We will work on that tomorrow.

This is the rubric for the essay that is due next Wednesday, October 9th.

Essay Rubric 12 Honors

Next Tuesday, I will be giving a lecture on Psychoanalytical theory and that will be a ‘framework’ for Frankenstein, our next challenge. We start that next Wednesday.

For your extra information:

Here is a basic overview of an entire literary analysis essay without examples:

Outline_Structure_for_Literary_Analysis_Essay_HATMAT

 

October 2nd, 2019

You had some trouble with the introduction yesterday. This is okay. Let’s get it down perfectly. Today is entirely a workshop – individualized. The rest of the essay will be done as an outline for the first draft, just like the rhetorical essays. Here is the full structure that we went through today:

Purdy-Literary-Analysis-Detailed Look V1

Let me show you some of my earlier outlines and drafts today as well. You’ll get to see not just me as a teacher, but as someone who looks for ideas – a writer – as well:

This is based on mental wellbeing in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For

Acquisition of Place and Mental Well – This is the outline

Place And Mental Well being V2 – The first full draft

Place and Mental Well-being FINAL V3 – And the final (After 2 more drafts)

Grade: Eh

October 1st, 2019

This is everything you need to get a good 1st draft paragraph done for tomorrow first thing. I’m in bed – or projected to be – but after a days rest, I can answer your questions so Email me if you need to.

Purdy Literary Analysis Step 1

Remember your points assignment. Use that in the introductory paragraph.

September 30th, 2019

Find the common thread in these two quotes:

“I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other’s character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Pay for Writers Fest Trip Online!!!

We will finish the play today – we’ll start right away.

Same actors unless anyone is absent.

Tomorrow, I will probably take the day off because I’m quite sick with the flu. So I have a step by step guide on what we will be doing this week. On Wednesday, I hope that you will have a good paragraph as an introduction ready, based on the outline I have provided.

September 27th, 2019

Pay for Writers Fest trip online!

AP test #1

Finish Act 2 and discuss how dualism is shown / Aestheticism is shown / bringing everything together – we will have the same set up as yesterday. Same actors – especially Miss Prism.

September 26th, 2019

Pay for our Writers Fest trip online!

We are switching up the formatting of the play today.

Act 2 – we might not get everything finished, but I would like for us to make a full circle and do a cold reading of the text with the actors not ‘acting out’ but for all of us to create a stop and start analysis of the text so that we have discussion throughout.

Act 2 focus:

  1. Where do you see dualism? How does this satirize Victorian norms?  HINT: Give me a character sketch of all characters so far:

Act 1:

Algernon

Jack

Lady Bracknell

Gwendolyn

Lane

Act 2:

Cecily

Miss Prism

Chausable

2. Now you know each character’s dual nature, what is each of their views on art / beauty?

Finally, you have some evidence ready to answer the big question:

How does Wilde both honor and satirize the Aesthetic movement through his play The Importance of Being Earnest?

September 25th, 2019

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.”

― Oscar Wilde

Let’s continue with Importance of Being Earnest. We stop after act 1 and go over the questions.

September 24th, 2019

Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

-Dalai Lama

Here are some links to comprehension questions I’l like for you to complete after we finish each act. These will help you uncover something of interest to write about. For this first essay, I will help you all individually (if you need help) with a thesis.

ACT 1-3 Q Earnest

September 23rd, 2019

“Sometimes when you’re young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you’re living on someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up and our hearts break into two.”
― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

1st, we will look at Importance of Being Earnest. I’ll hand them out to you.

Now you have everything you need in order to create a literary analysis.

  1. Lens (Aesthetic)
  2. Framework (Article With the POINTS assignment)
  3.  Text

Here is the text question you will be writing your paper on – we will be honing it down through the course of the unit.

How does Wilde both honor and satirize the Aesthetic movement through his play The Importance of Being Earnest?

We can talk about ideas based on that after we discuss our POINTS assignment together.

Maddie’s POINTS Steps

I’ll hand your papers back at the end of the class.

September 19th, 2019

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling.”

― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Drugeon_Aestheticism Wilde (2016)

What are Points for discussion? I will explain this today. Your goal is to explore the term Aestheticism. In order to do that I have a frame of reference (The above paper.)

There are three ways to analyze a published journal article and they are:

Points to Question / Points of Value / Points of Interest (One quote for each – related to Aestheticism)

This is what you are doing today with this article.

September 18th, 2019

I don’t play accurately – anyone can play accurately – but I play with wonderful expression”

-Wilde (This is a repeat of Yesterday)

Here is the lecture on Aestheticism.

Aesthetics PPT

It is long, but I would like your participation. We will start and stop with certain ideas. If you’d like a head start, this is a fascinating study – of course this is a bias on my part – that we will go over tomorrow with a formal way to take notes of academic papers.

Drugeon_Aestheticism Wilde (2016)

Points to Question / Points of Value / Points of Interest (One quote for each – related to Aestheticism)

September 17th, 2019

I don’t play accurately – anyone can play accurately – but I play with wonderful expression” (290).

This is your final day to pull everything together for your paper. When you’re finished, I will be happy to let you print it out and give it to me.

Also, if it’s handed in late, then it will have a reduction in points.

September 16th, 2019

“Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being unaware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn’t know what I was aware of.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Today is also a day of work – a full uninterrupted 80 minutes. I will help you individually and give you feedback one on one. There are a few essays I didn’t get to yet.

The essay is due tomorrow, September 17th at the end of class. PRINTED OUT.

Quick overview of MLA format:

Model MLA Paper Formatting

Please do not create a Works Cited page. There’s no need to.

Wednesday is the day we start our Importance of Being Earnest unit.

Wednesday is also a day I lecture about Aestheticism as a tool for literary theory – this will be the frame for you to write your 1st literary analysis.

September 13th, 2019

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

― Franz Kafka

I will give you an AP test – not worth marks just yet. This is a model of what an AP test looks like and starting on the 27th of September, we will have Friday AP quizzes like this.

For today, it is a workshop for your Obama piece. I won’t be able to help you as much because this assessment is based on following directions / word choice mostly. I will be able to guide you.

Here are some helpful links:

https://www.montclair.edu/profilepages/media/5720/user/Under_the_Bus_Postmodern_Culture.pdf

Why it worked: A rhetorical analysis of Obama’s speech on race

Here is the structure again if you are lost on this blog:

How To Booklet Essay Outline Samples for each paragraph and tips

September 12th, 2019

No Quote – Shortened day.

Obama’s “A More Perfect Union”

Obama Paragraph Final Rubric

Barak Obama Final 

Let’s Watch the 37 Minute video. This will give you time to follow along with the transcript and use the skills you have learned so far for a full rhetorical analysis essay process.

September 11th, 2019

Work Block #1

Let’s go over about five Intro Precis examples. Then you can have the class to work on and finalize your essay outlines.

Today, you will have the class to get those essays finished. I will collect them for completion grades. This is for your own use for the final Obama paper. I will collect the finalized edits and give you your final paper that you will do over the weekend and finalize on Monday (tentative).

September 10th, 2019

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

― Henry Thomas Buckle (cousin lover)

How To Booklet Essay Outline Samples for each paragraph and tips

This will be the guide for your essay  – we will go over this in detail.

Let’s go over what you have done with MLK first. You have about 10 – 15 minutes in class to get everything sorted out. We will outline your ideas today and tomorrow using the above ‘Precis’ structure.

If we have time, I’d like to introduce you to Aristotle’s Rhetoric – an ideal:

Rethoric_-_What_Aristotle_would_say_to_D

It’s a great read in any case.

September 9th, 2019

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

― haruki murakami

A. Paraphrase

B. Apply

C. Theme

Writer’s Workshop Update:

We are going on the 24th of October. It will be 30 dollars.

Tell me what classes you would like to go to (One in the Morning, one in the afternoon)

2019 Festival Events

Skip to page 4 for the Thursday Events.

Let’s go over the rest of the handout.

Speeches and Rhetoric

First, with rhetoric, there is more than just “Ethos Pathos & logos.” Authors use literary devices to persuade their audiences as well.

  • Alliteration – the recurrence of initial consonant sounds – rubber baby buggy bumpers
  • Allusion – a reference to an event, literary work or person – I can’t do that because I am not Superman.
  • Amplification – repeats a word or expression for emphasis – Love, real love, takes time.
  • Analogy – compares two different things that have some similar characteristics – He is flaky as a snowstorm.
  • Anaphora – repeats a word or phrase in successive phrases – “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?” (Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare)
  • Antanagoge – places a criticism and compliment together to lessen the impact – The car is not pretty but it runs great.
  • Antimetabole – repeats words or phrases in reverse order – “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” (J F Kennedy)
  • Antiphrasis – uses a word with an opposite meaning – The Chihuahua was named Goliath.
  • Antithesis – makes a connection between two things – “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Neil Armstrong)
  • Appositive – places a noun or phrase next to another noun for descriptive purposes – Mary, queen of the land, hosted the ball.
  • Enumeratio – makes a point with details – Renovation included a spa, tennis court, pool and lounge.
  • Epanalepsis – repeats something from the beginning of a sentence at the end – My ears heard what you said but I couldn’t believe my ears.
  • Epithet – using an adjective or adjective phrase to describe – mesmerizing eyes
  • Epizeuxis – repeats one word for emphasis – The amusement park was fun, fun, fun.
  • Hyperbole – an exaggeration – I have done this a thousand times.
  • Litotes – makes an understatement by denying the opposite of a word that may have been used – The terms of the contract are not disagreeable to me.
  • Metanoia – corrects or qualifies a statement – You are the most beautiful woman in this town, nay the entire world.
  • Metaphor – compares two things by stating one is the other – The eyes are the windows of the soul.
  • Metonymy – a metaphor where something being compared is referred to by something closely associated with it – The knights are loyal to the crown.
  • Onomatopoeia – words that imitate the sound they describe – plunk, whiz, pop
  • Oxymoron – a two word paradox – near miss, seriously funny
  • Parallelism – uses words or phrases with a similar structure – I went to the store, parked the car and bought a pizza.
  • Simile – compares one object to another – He smokes like a chimney.
  • Understatement – makes an idea less important that it really is – The hurricane disrupted traffic.

Let’s read one of the greatest speeches in recent history:

dream-speech

I will print these out as well so you can write down literary devices, notes, etc.

Then we’ll be ready to form an essay.

September 6th, 2019

Journal Entry #3

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Remember, for quotes, you should follow this ABC pattern:

A: Paraphrase

B: Application

C: Thematic connection

This is our unit on Rhetoric:

Introduction to EPL Purdy-26g84rb

Here’s a PPT that I’d like for you to take notes on:

Pathos_Logos_Ethos-28z9f35

And if you (or I) still have energy after that, here’s the big one:

4KtRUtUmVjsKgsh8-1531dmw

We can do the first exercise:

Shoes Appeal-2dn1eze

Present this to the class WITHOUT mentioning the appeal and we can guess and see if this is a good argument to buy the shoes.

 

 

September 5th, 2019

Journal entry #2

“Only in utter solitude can man be safe from the doings of this vile world!”

-Arabian Nights

Listen to Nina Simone’s Take on this:

Solitude
In my solitude
You haunt me
With dreadful ease
Of days gone by
In my solitude
You taunt me
With memories
That never die
I sit in my chair
And filled with despair
There’s no one could be so sad
With gloom everywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad
In my solitude
I’m afraid
Dear Lord above
Send back my love
I sit in my chair
Filled with despair
There’s no one, no one
No one could be so sad
With gloom everywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad
In my solitude
I’m afraid
Dear Lord above
Send back my love

 

This is our unit on Rhetoric:

Introduction to EPL Purdy-26g84rb

Here’s a PPT that I’d like for you to take notes on:

Pathos_Logos_Ethos-28z9f35

And if you (or I) still have energy after that, here’s the big one:

4KtRUtUmVjsKgsh8-1531dmw

We can do the first exercise:

Shoes Appeal-2dn1eze

Present this to the class WITHOUT mentioning the appeal and we can guess and see if this is a good argument to buy the shoes.

September 4th, 2019

Journal Entry #1

“A truth once seen by a single mind ends up by imposing itself on the totality of human consciousness.”
― Anonymous, The Arabian Nights

Write about this for about 10 minutes. This is the guide for ‘journal writing’:

Quote Journal Grade 12 V2

Welcome to class.

First, I would like you to write a paragraph in your journal (Same as quote journal) about what it is you would like out of class following these questions:

  1. What are my plans for post-secondary? To what end will these plans meet?
  2. What are my strengths in English Literature? Be specific.
  3. What are my weaknesses in English Literature? Be specific.
  4. What do you expect out of this class this semester? – This is an important question because each grade 12 class I’ve designed is tweaked for each dynamic.
  5. What is my expected grade? Why?

Here is the syllabus for the class. Spend some time looking over it with a partner and pose any questions to me regarding the class. Each pair should come up with one or two questions.

Syllabus English 12 Honors

 

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