English 11 Block 1
Monday, 5/20 Print Rough Draft, and submit to turnitin.com
Finish Ch. 3 of The Great Gatsby
Tuesday, 5/21 Revise one paragraph of Rough Draft. Print and
bring to class.
Thursday, 5/23 Finish Ch. 4 of The Great Gatsby
Daily writing will be focused on the term paper for the next couple weeks.
Timeline for English 11 Term Paper
Tuesday, 4/30 15 notecards due at the end of class
Thursday, 5/02 20 more notecards due at the end of class
Monday, 5/06 Thesis due
Monday, 5/13 Outlines
Monday, 5/21 Rough Draft Due- Peer Review
Tuesday, 5/29 Final Draft
Students will respond to writing prompts nearly every day. About once every other week, students must choose one literature-based prompt to type, revise, and submit to turnitin.com. Literature-based prompts will be posted here, and require a one-paragraph response.
For the King Lear unit, daily writing will be typed at the end of class. Students choose one of the discussion questions or any topic that comes up in discussion during that class.
What American ideals does Benjamin Franklin demonstrate in Part 1 of his autobiography? Explain.
Is Franklin's idea of moral perfection attainable? Reasonable? Desirable?
There is evidence that Equiano was born in America, not Africa, and therefor his narrative is not strictly true. How does that affect your understanding of the piece? Does it matter if it happened to him or not? Explain.
Why is Equiano writing his narrative? What details does he include to support his purpose?
What is Thoreau's relationship to his audience? to society in general?
How does Thoreau use ideas from Benjamin Franklin?
How does E.B. White use Thoreau's ideas to make you laugh and/or think?
Look closely at scenes in which Douglass describes death or violence. What is his tone? What can you tell about his life by the way he presents those scenes?
What emotions is Douglass evoking in you as you read? Look at specific scenes and explain.
Find a scene in which Douglass begins to show emotion, but advances the plot instead of exploring the emotion. Re-write the scene as you think Thoreau would write it, then explain what makes your scene like Thoreau.
Explicate one of the following quotations:
"You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man" (894).
"In coming to a fixed determination to run away, we did more than Patrick Henry, when he resolved upon liberty or death. With us it was a doubtful liberty at best, and almost certain death if we failed. For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage" (903).
What is Soto's audience?
What is Mr. Siedlecki's writing style in his narrative?
How would you describe your style in the 7 categories listed?
After reading the packet: What rhetorical strategies do you use in your narrative?
How does King use language, including rhetorical techniques, to convey ideas and influence his audience?
How does King use his voice (pacing, volume, inflection) to enhance his audience's understanding of his ideas?
What rhetorical techniques do you understand well? Define at least 3 in your own words, and come up with an example of each.
Choose two Twain quotations to paraphrase.
Read them all again. What do you think of the author who made these statements?
What is your reaction to "Straight Talk about the N-Word"?
Look again at the conversation about language at the end of Ch. 14. What is Jim's point? What is Huck's point? What is Twain's point?
What is Twain satirizing on pages 130-132? Explain.
Looking at your completed chart for chapters 1-20, what are some thematic motifs in Huck Finn so far? Pick one and explain how it has developed in the novel to this point.
Pick one scene from your chart and write a full paragraph explaining Twain's comment on humanity in that scene.
How do the king and the duke help to develop thematic material throughout the novel?
Why did we read "A Modest Proposal"?
Compare how Huck reacts to the band of robbers experience with the rescuing of Jim. Use your book and use at least one quotation from each episode.
Explain the significance of the following quotation:
"But de trouble is. . . dat's shore" (261).
What can you say about Jim's character, honor, or moral fiber based on the following quotation?
"Well den, dis is de way it look to me. . . forty year" (275).
What is your reaction to the Nilon article? Did it change your first impression of the ending?