Major writing assignments
1. Read John Donne's "Meditation XVII: For Whom the Bell Tolls" on p. 1585.
Compose a personal reflection in response to the following :
Donne's essay (or some of the lines) is often quoted in light of devastating personal or public/mass tragedies. Reflect on the meaning of Donne's essay and connect its relevance to tragic events.
FCA: Reflection is thoughtful with relevant references to the text. 10 p.
FCA: Reflection effectively explicates the meaning of the text 10 p.
FCA: Reflection ponders/establishes the relevance of Donne's message to our contemporary world. 10 p.
2. Compose a reflective essay imitating F. Bacon's writing style. You may write a serious reflection on a lofty subject, or you may write a parody by selecting something more trivial to reflect upon.
FCA: The essay is a thoughtful reflection on a single subject matter that reveals an understanding of social relations and/or the essence of human nature._____ 10
FCA: The essay effectively imitates Bacon's writing style in diction, syntax, treatment of the subject matter, voice and style._______ 20
FCA: All elements of the essay (allusions, figurative language, syntax, diction, etc.) are unified through the underlying central idea. ______ 10
3. "What Use Is Literature?"-- Interpretation Essay: Compose an essay explicating the meaning of M. Magnet's essay. Discuss what the essay states openly and what it suggests implicitly.
FCA: The essay effectively explicates the meaning of the text, both obvious and implied._____ 10p.
FCA: The essay effectively discusses the work's structure and style in connection with the work's meaning/ideas. ______ 10 p.
FCA: The essay effectively connects the work's style/structure to the meaning of the work as a whole. _____ 10p.
Use the "Interpretation of Essay" graphic organizer you completed earlier as a guide. This is your interpretation, not essay analysis-discuss elements of style in broader, more general terms-without dissection. The focus of the Interpretation essay is placed on the meaning/ideas/values expressed by the author. Structure and style (figurative language, diction, symbolism, etc.) are secondary and discussed only in the context of their role in conveying the explicit and/or implicit meaning, ideas, and values.
Read E.A.Poe's essay "The Philosophy of Composition" (use the following link), be prepared to discuss.
Resources to download
1. Review the purpose of the dialectical journals, then download and utilize the graphic organizer to help you track your thought process during reading:
2. Use this document as a guide for writing a close reading essay:
3. Use this graphic organizer to prepare for your Interpretation Essay:
4. Download the first set of vocabulary words to study:
Thursday, 11 /30/17
Read "Voice" p. 1548--1549, J. Didion's "Los Angeles Notebook"
Read "Style" p. 1552-1555, H.D. Thoreau, "The Battle of the Ants" p. 1556-1557
Complete dialectical journals. Be prepared to discuss.
Begin to work on your weekly vocabulary-your first quiz is next Tuesday, 01/12/15.
Read "Structure" on p. 1558, V. Woolf's "The Death of the Moth"
Read "Thought" on p. 1561. F. Bacon's "Of Revenge"
Complete dialectical journals-consider the questions after each reading selection. Be prepared to discuss.
Read "Guidelines for Reading" p. 1565, A. Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" p.1566-1571.
Read Bacon's, "Of Love" p. 1583-complete dialectical journal. Be prepared to discuss.
Read E.M. Forster, "Our Graves in Gallipoli" p. 1596. Dialectical journals.
Read G. Orwell's "Shooting and Elephant" (p. 1602), explicate the meaning of the text first, then use your dialectical journal to focus on elements of style/structure. Be prepared to discuss.