Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
10. One of Miller's most powerful devices in this play is his use of irony. Irony is a contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality. In verbal irony a writer or speaker says one thing , but really means the opposite. In situational irony, what actually happens is the opposite of what is expected or appropriate. In dramatic irony, the audience or the reader is aware of something important that the character does not know. Explain how each of the following is an example of verbal, situational, or dramatic irony:
a. John's warning to Elizabeth at the beginning of the act, "Pray now for a fair summer."
b. Mary's gift of a poppet to Elizabeth
c. Proctor's reliance, early in this act , on the good offices of Ezekiel Cheever
d. The one Commandment out of ten that John Proctor can't remember
e. Proctor's statement toward the end about Abigail, "Good, Then her saintliness is done with."
f. Hale's statement about Parris , "The man's ordained, therefore the light of God is in him."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Score of 6
- effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using clearly appropriate examples, reasons, and other evidence to support its position
- is well organized and clearly focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth progression of ideas
- exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate, and apt vocabulary
- demonstrates meaningful variety in sentence structure
- is free of most errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics
In the end, you may have spent a good deal of time writing your thesis and still not know if it's a good one. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
- Does my thesis sentence attempt to answer (or at least to explore) a challenging intellectual question?
- Is the point I'm making one that would generate discussion and argument, or is it one that would leave people asking, "So what?"
- Is my thesis too vague? Too general? Should I focus on some more specific aspect of my topic?
- Does my thesis deal directly with the topic at hand, or is it a declaration of my personal feelings?
- Does my thesis indicate the direction of my argument? Does it suggest a structure for my paper?
- Does my introductory paragraph define terms important to my thesis? If I am writing a research paper, does my introduction "place" my thesis within the larger, ongoing scholarly discussion about my topic?
- Is the language in my thesis vivid and clear? Have I structured my sentence so that the important information is in the main clause? Have I used subordinate clauses to house less important information? Have I used parallelism to show the relationship between parts of my thesis? In short, is this thesis the very best sentence that it can be?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Using a minimum of 4 sources including your textbook, complete one of the following:
PowerPoint Presentation - this should include a minimum of 8 slides, be complete with appropriate visuals, and be clearly presented to the class. Include a background on the text, share significant excerpts, and give a personal interpretation of the text. Please include a slide with your MLA Works Cited page.
Vodcast or Podcast - this assignment should be a 5 minute podcast covering the subject matter. Please include appropriate musical selections for intro and outro, and demonstrate any necessary editing to your podcast. Include a background on the text, share significant excerpts, and give a personal interpretation of the text. Please turn in a typed MLA Works Cited page with your project.
Research paper - a more formal writing assignment, this paper should be free of mistakes and include an accurate MLA Works Cited page; also include accurate in text or parenthetical citations. Please include a background on the text, share significant excerpts, giving your interpretation of the meaning and relate a personal connection of the text.
Dramatic Reading - using a minimum of one prop, perform a portion of your text to the class. Your presentation should include the conventions of the style of writing that your work represents. Also, include time for an explanation or question and answer session explaining the conventions you used in presenting your
reading. Demonstrate knowledge of your research during the explanation phase of the presentation.
Artistic Rendering - Using any mode that you choose, complete a visual interpretation of the reading. Upon
presenting your artwork to the class, provide an explanation of the art in respect to the literature. During your
presentation, cite your research and the influences that it had on your piece.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Respond to the following:
How long did it take to build the pyramids? Why were they built? Find them on the map?
For what achievement is the Sumerian king Hammurabi known?
Why is Egypt referred to as 'the gift of the Nile'?
Summarize the role of Moses in Hebrew religion.
What is The Ramayana?
Who is considered the founder of Buddhism?
What does the word 'Allah' mean? What circumstances make Muhammad the founder of Islam?
- Arthur Miller’s world – Who was this guy?
- I spy something red – The Red Scare in the 1950’s
- Which witches are which – The Salem witch trials
- Starring Wynona Ryder as Abigail Williams… - The Crucible on stage and screen.