Friday, November 17, 2017

Month 4 week 4

Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance  (e.g., Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"), including how they address related themes and concepts.

Washington's Farewell Address  Read the information below before reading Washington's Farewell Address. Discuss your thoughts on the document. 

Analyzing an Historical Document

A document may be of various types: a written document, a painting, a monument, a map, a photograph, a statistical table, a film or video, etc. Anything from the past that helps us learn what happened, and why, is a document. The technique of document analysis outlined below is generally applicable to all types of documents. However, it is especially appropriate for the written documents.

Analyzing a document (external analysis)

The introduction of the document : You do not have to follow exactly the sequence of issues given below. The first purpose of this section is to introduce your document and its subject (briefly) as well as to clarify the following :
a. The author: Who is the author? What do we know about the author? What motive (purpose) might the author have had in writing this document? What biases or assumptions might colour the views of the author? What is the degree of familiarity of the author with the subject discussed in the document? Was the author a direct observer of the event/issue [if this is pertinent] or was the information obtained second-hand? Had the author any personal involvement in the events/issues described [if pertinent]? Do we have any reason to think that the author does not describe what he/she believes to be true?
b. The time frame: When was this document produced? Is it contemporary to the events/issues it describes? In what context was it produced? How has it come down to us? Could it have been tampered with?
c. Place: Where was this document produced? Does the geographical location influence the content? Was this document meant to be public or private?
d. Category of document: What is the category in which this document falls (memoirs, poem, novel, speech, law, study, sermon, Church document, song, letter, etc.)? How would the type of writing affect the content and believability of the document? Is the document in the original language in which it was produced? Is the translation authoritative?
e. Audience: What is the intended audience of this document? Was the author representing a specific group? Or addressing the document to a specific group (or speaking to a specific group)?

Analyzing the document (internal analysis)

Main body of the document :
a. Content of the document: What does the author argue (main theme; secondary themes: summarize them briefly but thoroughly. You might need to regroup ideas under some themes)? What specific information of importance is provided? What light does is shed on the society/events/issues described? Do not only summarize but analyze the document as well: What does the author really mean? Does the source tell a consistent story? Are there contradictions? Evident errors [why would this be]? Does the source provide us unwittingly with information (what can be read between the lines)?  Are there allusions made by the author that need to be explained?
b. Believability of the document: Given the external analysis and the content of the document, how credible is the information? Is it corroborated by other sources? Are important facts ignored? Why would such facts be omitted? Using other credible evidence, can you confirm or contradict the thesis of the document? Is the testimony sincere, exact? What makes you think so? Are there assertions made that are incorrect?

Evaluating the evidence (conclusion) :

Reaffirm the core thesis of the document/author; present your personal evaluation of it. Comment on the influence/impact the document might have had and the reason(s) for it. Distinguish between the short and the long term. If possible, situate this document in a wider context. If it is a document produced by a specific group, or written from a clearly identifiable point of view, discuss to what extent it is typical of that point of view. It is in the conclusion that you really show that you have mastered the art of document analysis

Some rules to follow:

 Avoid excesses of language and judgement, as well as meaningless comments (this is a "most interesting document" - outline instead what makes it interesting).
  • Never use the personal form (I, me, my)
  • Your analysis must be typed, space 1.5, Times New Roman, font 12. Margins must be the default margins of the Microsoft Word program.
  • Cite the document parenthetically […] giving the # of the paragraph. Cite every time you raise specific information, or make deductions based on one or more of the paragraphs, as well as when quotations are provided.
  • If you have consulted any source or web site, put it on a separate bibliographical pag

© 2006 Claude BĂ©langer, Marianopolis College

Month 4 Week 3

Writing an essay.  .Improving your wrting.

Review the link above for guidance in writing a scholarly piece. Your assignment for this week is to go through the past posts of your classmates and find an entry that you would like to comment on.  Practice scholarly language in your responses.

Month 4 Week 2

Literary Devices, literary devices are common structures used in writing. These devices can be either literary elements or literary techniques. Literary elements are found in almost every story and can be used to analyze and interpret (e.g. protagonist, setting, plot, theme). Literary techniques, on the other hand, constructions in the text, usually to express artistic meaning through the use of language (e.g. metaphor, hyperbole).
Please note that sometimes certain terms can be defined interchangeably as either an element or technique, depending on your interpretation. When analyzing works of literature or poetry it is extremely helpful to know these terms and identify them in the text. This allows for greater understanding and appreciation of the work!
Literary Element
Quizlet Literary Devices

You be the teacher...
As you are reading this month find a literary technique used in the piece and adentify it for your fellow scholars. Follow the example below.

In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, George killing Candy’s dog foreshadows George killing Lennie, because Lennie is identical to the dog. Even the nature of the death of the dog was the same as Lennie’s, as both were shot in the back of the head. He chooses to kill Lennie himself in order to save him from being killed by a stranger.

Month 4 Week 1

Enjoy your week off. Thanksgiving Blessings to all. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Month 3 Week 4 Due11/17

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
There are many novels that help us understand cultural experiences from countries outside of the United States.
Discuss a book that you have read that has introduced you to cultural experiences different from yours.

Example: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
The girls were very distressed when they attended an  American funeral and found the guests  wore black to funerals as in China they ware white for individuals older than 80 to celebrate their life.

Other examples:
Life of Pi
Joy Luck Club
The Help 
The Color Purple
House on Mango Street 

Month 3 week 3 Due 11/9

Craft and Structure:

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
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Choose one poem from your Studysync book(s) and complete the activity below. Find two different poetic elements used and list them in the spaces provided. Then write the text from the poem that illustrates the poetic element. See example below.
Poem: "Dreams" Author: Langston Hughes
Poetice Element: Alliteration   Text: Hold fast to dreams/For if dreams die
Poetic Element: :  Metaphor     Text: Life if a broken winged bird 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Month 3 week 2 Due 11/3

Craft and Structure

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.  Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text. 
Read the short story the "Open Window" The Open Window and integrate the following questions into a discussion. 
  • What is the effect of the plot organization?
  • Explain how the characters are complex?
  • Re-read the last line of the short story. Where else could the author have placed the last line in the story?
  • How would moving the last line influence and change the plot development? (Consider different locations and evaluate the change in overall effect.)
  • Which details reveal the time period?

Month 4 week 4

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.9 Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance  (e.g., Washington's Farewell Addres...