Friday, April 29, 2016

A Persuasive RSAnimate

View two or three examples of RSAnimates and then choose the one you find most persuasive.

In a paragraph, explain why you find it persuasive (in a way, persuade us that we should also watch it!). Post your paragraph here (150 to 200 words) before coming to class.

Be sure to bring your work to class, word processed, next Friday.

Remember, also, to complete your paragraph based on Sherry Turkle's TED lecture.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Homework for the Story, "Literally"

Answer based on the topic assigned to you on your worksheet. Open the document on literary terms and review the questions for the topic (e.g. for conflict, you may answer this question: "List the personal qualities (character or personality) of the protagonist and antagonists." Your note taking here can help you to show how conflicts show us these personal qualities. Concentrate on your page range but remember to comment a little on the whole story.

Please identify which question you are answering first, before your paragraph. A good answer will range from 150 to 200 words and use one or two short quotations. It will be easier if you relate your answer to the overall "gist" of the story (how the element you discuss fits within the story in other words).

Friday, April 1, 2016

Homework for the Story, "Katania"

Using the questions you received with your first short story (on the reverse of the sheet) or the “Guide to Literary Terms,” write an answer based on the page range given to you at class on Friday. You may comment on more than one example (e.g. for setting you could refer to both the physical setting and the social environment) that occurs on those pages. Remember to have one overall topic that is more general than your content, so we know how you plan to answer. Write about 200 words in a single paragraph. Quote at least twice and work to integrate your quotations into your own sentences. Try to show how your page range relates to something that happens either before or after it in the story.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Making a Pitch for a Narrative Essay

Write a short (100 to 150 word) pitch for your narrative essay idea. Why would we be interested in the person you chose? What makes this person interesting? What influence have they had on you that is interesting to others?

Please bring a copy of your pitch to class on Wednesday, March 30, word processed and printed.

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Memorable Scene: "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"

Post your comment here by next Wednesday. Answers should be approximately 200 words, plus or minus 10%.

Here's a link to the film at YouTube: "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans"

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Personal Reaction to Class Activity and William Zinsser's "Writing Good English"

What is your personal reaction to what you learned about writing from your peers and from William Zinsser? Did anything surprise or puzzle you? Do you strongly agree or disagree with any rule or suggestion? 
Explain why in a paragraph of between 150 and 200 words. 
Quote Zinsser twice and include at least one quote from pages 1 through 7 in your answer.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Here I Am

Write your version of "Here I Am" here as a comment to this post. Remember to follow the format of my examples exactly (use the same punctuation and word forms etc.).

I will provide my new version here as well.

NOTE: Be sure to post your "Here I Am" here as a comment and not to "post" to the blog.
Remember to bring a copy on paper to class for your performance. No need to double space your poem (either here or on paper). Good luck!

NOTE: Please check your formatting when pasting your poem. Poems should have a space between stanza one and stanza two; there is another space between stanza two and three. If you paste from word, you'll have to put them in manually. Otherwise, the poems are hard to read easily.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Something New; Something Memorable

Write two paragraphs, one for each topic, one for "something new" and one for "something memorable." You may mention multiple examples or expand on one example. Your paragraphs should be a minimum of 150 words and maximum of 200 words for each topic.

Be specific and detailed in your writing. Use your best sentences and proofread carefully. Work is due before class time on Wednesday, January 13. Post here and bring a copy, properly formatted, to class to hand in that day. Thank you everyone.

My comments will follow yours and will be posted before the end of next week.