Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Mission Essay

In response to the film, The Mission, please write a thoughtful, cohesive, organized essay using the following thesis statement:

The Mission, a great work of literature, deserved its 1987 Academy Award for best cinematography.

Your four paragraph essay should focus on both literary elements of the film (character development, theme, dialogue, and symbolism) and cinematic elements of the film (types of shot, camera angles, camera movement, editing, and lighting). You will choose two literary elements for the body paragraph on "The Mission is great literature because . . ." And you will select two cinematic elements for the body paragraph on "The Mission deserved its cinematography Oscar because . . ."

Each body paragraph will have two PIEs, with a PIE devoted to each element discussed.

Make a POINT about each element. ILLUSTRATE the point with a specific example from the film. And EXPLAIN the illustration and point by commenting on the effect on the viewer.

Again, when discussing literary and cinematic elements, be sure to explain the significance and effect of the element, rather than just state that it was present in the film.

Your essay is due Tuesday, April 27.

Friday, April 10, 2009

"My Mother Pieced Quilts"

Below is your assignment for Monday, April 13.

First reading of the poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" . . .
  1. Note the poet’s name.
  2. Read the poem through once without taking notes.
  3. Break the poem down into four parts for key word notes.
  4. Make boxes for key word notes.

Second reading . . .

Read poem again and take key word notes.
The key word notes strategy involves writing down two or three words per box that summarize the big ideas of that section of the poem.

Answer the following questions about the poem . . .

1. Who is the speaker of the poem?
2. To whom is the speaker speaking?
3. Describe the speaker’s family.
4. Describe 4 sources of fabric for the quilts.
5. Reread lines 51-54. Who are “they”? In what way are they… armed? ready? shouting? celebrating?
6. Describe the theme of the poem.

A stylistic analysis of the sense of the poem . . .
  1. Read the poem for the third time because the more times you read a poem, the more you will understand it.
  2. Mark up your poem—identify and analyze elements of the poem based on the "sense" poetry terms we reviewed. In other words, identify similes, metaphors, personification, etc. and think about how that poetice devices enhances the meaning of the poem. We will discuss these sense terms in class.
  3. Look at the list of sense terms in the blog post below.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Poetry Terms 4-Square

For class tomorrow, April 9, you need to come to class with your poetic term 4-square completed. Remember to come to class before lunch tomorrow!!

Below are the tasks for the four squares:
  1. Image that represents the term
  2. Find and write the definition of the term in the context of poetry and cite your source.
  3. Write synonyms or a paraphrased definition (use your own words)
  4. Write an original line of poetry to illustrate the poetic term or find an example of the poetic term in the poems already studied in class.

You will take notes on all of the poetry terms presented by your classmates. You can go ahead and set up your next notebook page, listing the words and leaving a few lines to define each term in the context of the study of poetry.

Analyzing poetry is broken down into sound and sense. In other words, what does the poem sound like and what sense does the poet make in terms of themes and figurative language.

Here are the "sound" poetic terms:

End rhyme
Rhyme scheme

Here are the "sense" poetic terms:

figurative language

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I loved the blogs

Overall, your blogs were so much better than previous quarters. I noticed more thought into the importance of the articles you read and what life lesson you learned from them. A few of you are still summarizing the article, a few are forgetting to cite your source, and once in a while a blog post is sneaking in that doesn't sound like your voice. Don't copy and paste from other websites!! Use your mind and get your thoughts down for us to read.

We will take a "spring break" from blogging until mid-April. The English 10 teachers have some creative writing assignments for the blog for fourth quarter, so stay tuned.

When we return from spring break, we will prepare for your graduation reading test, so that's why we will take an extended spring break from blogging.

However, some of you really share some great stories, so feel free to blog for fun and keep us up-to-date on your life.

Monday, March 23, 2009

In-Text Citations for Research Paper

As I reminded you in class today, you must include in-text citations for all ideas that are not considered common knowledge about your research paper topic. That means that you need to include citations for direct quotations as well as paraphrased information.

In-text citations can include signal phrases that indicate the work being cited or the author in parenthesis at the end of the sentence.

Online websites will help you with proper citations for your paper. Click here to see an example of an in-text citation and its corresponding works cited entry.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Why did Things Fall Apart?

Today we started our discussion of why "things fell apart" for Okonkwo through an analysis of Okonkwo as a tragic hero and our multi-flow map of culture falling apart. Thanks Katherine for making the map during our discussion today.

Remember that your own multi-flow map on culture falling apart should appear on p. 23 of your notebook.

The Thinking Maps software is easy to use, so I encourage you again to do multi-flow maps for your two research paper sources. If you synthesize ideas from your sources into big ideas for a multi-flow map, not only will you get to the deeper, analytical ideas, but also you'll be better able to avoid plagiarizing information from your sources.

If you don't believe me, check out Kayna's blog post to see the way that she expertly summarized a source on Rwanda in a multi-flow map. And she has a hot link right to the original source.

If you want to try a different map for notetaking, feel free. Check out Anna C.'s blog post to see how she summarized a source in a circle map to define the conflict in Kashmir.