English 4-1984

Respond to the following question in two well-written paragraphs :

****Have you ever rebelled against something?  First, explain the situation.  Then, share your reasons for rebelling.  Were you justified in rebelling?  Were you successful?What did you learn from the experience?

 

THEN…respond to two of your classmates’ posts, providing genuine, thoughtful responses.

English 4, 1st and 5th hours…

On www.wordpress.com, complete the following blog assignment for this  Thursday, December 17, 2015:

Choose an article from www.newsela.com or www.theweek.com to read.  Summarize the article EFFECTIVELY in as few words as possible (don’t forget the title, appropriately  punctuated, and author).  The idea is to be CONCISE, FOCUSED, and CLEAR (CLARITY); in other words, choose your words purposefully and allow your STYLE to be ACTIVE and engaging.  Then, after summarizing the key points effectively, react/reflect/comment on the article and its message. Be sure to reflect on the article, not just the topic it reflects in general.  Choose your words appropriately and effectively.  Do not “blah-blah-blah” through your entry.  Make it interesting to read and effective in presentation.  Remember:  your reader(s) may or may not be familiar with the topic or the article, so give them what they need in order for them to understand your reflection.

  • Length of response (as a whole):  250 words
  • Length of comment(s) on two other responses:  minimum of 50 words each

Evaluation: 

  • Conciseness and efficacy of language (word choice/style/voice)
  • Conventions (grammar/punctuation/sentence structure)
  • Sincerity of the response – Content (thought-provoking or “plain and boring”)

newsela website – http://www.newsela.com

“The Week Magazine” – http://www.theweek.com

 

 

AP English – “The Drunkard”

This post is for students in Miss Watson’s AP English class, 2015. Length: approximately 125 words.

"All the World's a Stage..." (Shakespeare, As You Like It)

Choose a favorite quote from Frank O’Connor’s famous short story, “The Drunkard” and explain why it affects you as such. This quote should somehow exemplify the irony on which the story is heavily written. Be sure to elaborate and explain yourself so that others reading your response will have a strong appreciation of the use of irony in the selection. Don’t forget to establish who says the quote and provide the page number.

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Breaking the Ice
The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.

“The glint of light on broken glass”

Please read at your leisure…just some thoughts about the power of the written word to influence others….as long as we take the time to “show,” not “tell.”

The Daily Post

Not only did Chekhov dispense great writing advice, he was a sharp dresser, too. Not only did Chekhov dispense great writing advice, he was a snappy dresser, too.

In college, my writing professors shared a constant refrain: “show, don’t tell.” I had a hard time grasping this nuance of writerly advice until I discovered a quote by Anton Chekhov — a Russian physician considered to be one of the greatest short story writers of all time:

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
–Anton Chekhov

For me, reading this quote made “showing” “click.” Not only does showing make writing far more interesting to read, it’s free of that boring clunkiness — that perceptible weight telling hangs on innocent passages of text that make them drag for the reader.

Often these “showing” parts make you swoon and sweep you off your feet. Consider this passage from one of my favorite novels of all-time: The Shipping News

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