English 11 Block 5
Monday, 5/20 Print Rough Draft, and submit to turnitin.com
Finish Ch. 3 of The Great Gatsby
Wednesday, 5/22 Revise one paragraph of Rough Draft. Print
and bring to class.
Friday, 5/24 Finish Ch. 4 of The Great Gatsby
Timeline for English 11 Term Paper
Wednesday, 4/30 15 notecards due at the end of class
Friday, 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
Wednesday, 5/29 Final Draft
Students will respond to writing prompts almost every day. About every two weeks, 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.
Why does O'Neill end the play with the following line?
Then in the spring something happened to me. Yes, I remember. I fell in love with James Tyrone and a was so happy for a time.
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 Franklin's relationship to his audience? to society in general?
Choose one aphorism from class discussion and explain how it relates to your life.
How does White use Thoreau's ideas to make you laugh and/or think?
Do you think White likes/respects/admires Thoreau? Explain.
Look closely at the scenes in which Douglass describes death or violence. What is his tone? What can you tell about his life by the way he presents these 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?
How would you describe Mr. Siedlecki's writing style?
How would you describe your own writing style?
After reading the packet on rhetorical strategies: what strategies do you use in your narrative?
Which one rhetorical strategy was the most effective in Patrick Henry's "Speech . . ."? Explain.
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 for 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"?
How has Huck been raised? Who are the adults in his life? What have they tried to teach him? What has he actually learned?
Look at the conversation at the end of Ch. 14. What is Jim's point? What is Huck's point? What is Twain's point?
What is happening in Ch. 17? What comment about society or mankind is Twain making?
Identify and list the thematic motifs in Ch. 1-17. Choose one and explain how it is introduced and developed.
Pick one scene from your chart and write a full paragraph explaining Twain's comment on humanity in that scene.
How do the duke and the king contribute to themes in the novel?
Why did we read "A Modest Proposal" in the Huck Finn unit?
Compare how Huck reacts to the band of robbers experience with the rescuing of Jim. Use you 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).
How did the Nilon article enhance your understanding of the novel?