Many of you are done with your soliloquies! Yay!
The rest of you may do them next week for 90%.
We continued on with essay work today.
You have an in-class essay due at the end of period Tuesday.
IF YOU WANT TO WRITE THEM AT HOME:
you have one hour
a parent must sign off that you have adhered to the time limit
they are due at the beginning of the period.
Otherwise, you can write them in class Tuesday.
Please bring a book to class for when you are done writing.
HW - Be ready, and finish your soliloquy memorization.
Introduction and Title information was given in class. Introductions and Titles should be complete.
Mostly finished one-on-one essay planning meetings:
I am available after school today until 4pm.
HW - Intro and title, CDs embedded (optional, but highly suggested: I was unclear on this in class...)
Today, we started meeting independently to discuss your essays.
Your goal: have a web completed for tomorrow.
Please remember, your chunks may look a bit different this time. You might have a strong TS, and then a CD with context related to that TS, and then another CD from a critic. Then all of your commentary might follow.
Yes, it is okay if you are dealing more with character and significance of the character to the plot. Theme will probably show up somewhere.
Remember, the character does not make the choices, the author does.
SHAKESPEARE USES [character name here] IN ORDER TO...
Today, I checked in your paragraph long proposals and your INTRODUCING SOURCE MLA STYLE handouts.
We chatted (briefly) about purpose: sources can be used to bring ethos (credibilty) to your argument; you can argue that sources have misread the text; you can find that Shakespeare has used similar characters in other revenge plays thus proving your point. Additionally, a critical analysis can force you to reassess your opinion, or can bring to light controversy not immediately apparent from an initial read.
We re-visited the handout.
You wrote a thesis statement (I have not checked all of them).
HW - Complete thesis
Decide which 3 ideas you are going to structure your essay around, and where and how you will incorporate your source.
1. Read the letter below
2. Feel free to watch the Frankenstein youtube so that you understand my allusion to this great film
3. Complete the essay response handout
4. HOMEWORK TONIGHT: Go through the powerpoint summary of Act III
Essay letter: Frankenstein 1931
Dear Arts and Lit folks,
I am disappointed to report the death of the essay.
This genre, once held as the paragon of original thought, has devolved into clichéd phrases that like colored saran-wrap, merely obscure the argument. Clichés, my friends, only hint at original thought, before alluding to years of over-used images that no longer mean anything. So, when you (yes, I mean you specifically) use clichés you are proclaiming the death of original thought.
If only the cliché-fairy would come and steal all the clichés in the middle of the night. What would happen then? Then, perhaps the essay would rise like a Dr. Frankenstein’s monster from the operating table, ready to be electrified by lightning and live again; then we could all exclaim like director Robert Florey’s Dr. Frankenstein, that this monster to is also “aliiiiiiiiiiiive.”
Here’s the thing with monsters like Frankenstein. They need body parts from more than one source, connective tissue, stiches, and then something electric to make them go—like your (yes, I mean your) voice. This is true in synthesis essays also: what synthesis essay would stand without an essay with an opinion, at least two sources, some topic sentences that relate to the thesis, some strong CDs, closing sentences that sum up, and a final, illuminating conclusion that sums it all up and adds your insightful understanding of why we should care. Only with all the parts can your monsters live.
Some of your little monsters are still dead.
On a positive note, just think of the improvement that is possible! You (yes, you) can be the doctors here, providing the prescription for improvement for your writing.
Hint: embedding, it is rumored, is the skill of using quotes within paraphrased context in order to show events in
a text. This is done as the basis for logical argument, before writers attempt to interpret text. Your reader needs
to be able to locate your evidence within the context of: Who? What? When? Where? Provide it.
Hint: commentary. Get some. Find something about the text that you CARE about, and write something!
You will be faced with tasks your entire life, and you may not want to do any of them. But, if you do a “D”s worth out there, what will you have? No job, no driver’s license (D-level drivers get their licenses revoked), no home, no album deal, no donut, and no girl/boyfriend.
1. Get a significant CD = actions are the best, but words that a person says are okay
2. Explain the CD: what does it show? What are the further implications of that? Why? How?
3. Connect it to theme without using “you,” “we,” or any clichés.
Let’s give these monsters some life.
Today, your peer feedback is available.
Look here for an essay done well: http://eawc.evansville.edu/essays/brown.htm
Please go through this GUIDED ESSAY REVISION, and seriously attend to the problems pointed out by peers.
If you would like the 16 questions, they are <here>
The 1st two pages of Gilgamesh are from a book. The citation is below:
Sandars, N. K. and Anonymous. The Epic Of Gilgamesh. Penguin Classics, 1972. eBook.
You will need a separate citation for the packet; look in your planner for how to do that.
HW - Your essay is due by Midnight on Thursday, November 10th.
Gilgamesh Project is due Wednesday the 16th of November
If you missed class, or are freaking out, here is a brief--very brief--help for you. This is a made-up outline for an essay about this.
Thesis: In "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and "The Road Not Taken" ________________________________ (bid idea goes here) is shown to be true.
Big idea = something about the human condition that is true in Gilgamesh: like, we all die, but want to be remembered--or something.
Intro - two or three sentences about the topic, lead into thesis statement.
you need 6 CDs (so 6 to 7 chunks total) in your essay. You decide how.
BP1 - what happens in the beginning of G (two CDs and 4cms) and what that shows about the topic
BP2 - what happens in the middle of G (two CDs and 4cms) and what that shows about the topic
BP3 - what happens in the end of G (two to three CDs and 4-6cms) and what that shows about the topic
Somewhere make one connection to the poem/song/whatever you are using.
Conclusion: sum it up. Say what it shows about the human condition.
Well folks, we missed you.
Remember, you are still responsible for taking care of Tuesday's assignment. If you don't understand what to do, talk to a peer and see whether they can help. We are moving on.
HW - By tonight, Wednesday, November 2nd, you need your grammar-editted rough draft uploaded to turnitin.com. You will upload this to Gilgamesh Revision 2. If you missed class yesterday, you have missed the class time alloted for this assignment. You need to do it on your own. If you want a guaranteed computer for tomorrow, bring a laptop.
If you do not have a draft uploaded by tonight at 11pm, you will be out 33 points for grammar revision, and all your points for the peer edits.
Please, be kind (as you always are) to your substitute.
If you beg her, and if the library computers are free, you might get permission to work in there while your peers watch the beginning of The Clash of the Titans (a cheesy, but actually an entertaining and appropriate film for our subject).
Good morning wonderful seniors!
Well...if you come to class Tuesday, you will be doing this. If you don't come to class, you'd better handle it before school Wednesday, or during class and do the peer edit Wednesday evening.
TUESDAY WORK, due at the end of class
1. Use QUICKMARK/GRADEMARK in turnitin.com (click <here> for instructions).
2. Create a log (see instructions), and your notes on the right (define the problem, note whether you fixed it)
Add to your log answers to the following questions:
1. Did I remember to talk about literature as though it is happening now! (John is hanged, not was hanged)
2. Did I remember to talk about history as though it is over: the witch trials happened (past tense), even though in the book they are happening (present tense for literature)!
3. Did I remember to use two sources?
4. Do I have reputable sources for all my facts?
5. Do I have at least 6 CDs, 5 using quotes?
6. Have I embedded my quotes, giving context?
7. Have I introduced my characters the first time they are mentioned?
8. Have I avoided using the words "This shows that"?
HW - resubmit your corrected draft to the same place you did the first time!
Typing your rough draft today.
Create a turnitin account (click: turnitin under Categories for the login information)
Notice when your rough draft is due!
HW - submit your rough draft to turnitin.com by 11:59 tonight