Friday, September 19, 2014
It's a Very Fine Line Between Passion and Insanity: Comparing Two Characters from "The Most Dangerous Game."
Write an expository paragraph comparing and contrasting Rainsford and General Zaroff from the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Collins. Be sure to elaborate, discuss, and explain your opinion and evidence with strong thoughtful commentary. This is a formal assignment, so be sure to use a formal writing tone, checking for correct grammar and spelling. DO NOT USE TEXTING LANGUAGE. You will receive a 0 if you do and you will have to re-write it until all text type is corrected. ALSO, YOUR PARAGRAPH MUST INCLUDE ONE OUT-OF-ORDER ADJECTIVE PHRASE (50 Total Points).
Friday, August 22, 2014
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Friday, September 27, 2013
Write and expository paragraph comparing and contrasting Rainsford and General Zaroff from the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Collins. Be sure to elaborate, discuss, and explain your opinion and evidence with strong thoughtful commentary. This is a formal assignment, so be sure to use a formal writing tone, checking for correct grammar and spelling. DO NOT USE TEXTING LANGUAGE. You will receive a 0 if you do.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I.C.E. Be sure to introduce, blend, cite (concrete details), and explain (commentary) your quote so that your readers understand the context of each and how it proves your opinion (10 points).
Creative Grammar: Also, be sure to have at least one out-of-order adjectival phrase as well as at least one introductory phrase (adverb, participial, prepositional) (10 points).
Friday, February 1, 2013
In the novel we're reading Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck, the characters' personality and spirit are revealed through dialogue and action. Write a paragraph in which you describe one of the central characters in the novel. Be sure to find evidence in the novel to support your description and explain fully what the evidence reveals about the character you chose. Remember to use I.C.E. for embedding quotes into your text and don't forget your two out-of-order adjectives.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
According to dictionary.com, the definition of 'civilized' is: “educated,” “at an advanced stage of cultural development,” “refined.”
With this definition in mind, do you consider General Zaroff to be a civilized man living a civilized life? Write a formal character analysis paragraph on Zaroff with a clear topic sentence, quoted evidence from the story to support your characterization, and your commentary or explanation of your evidence. Don't forget to wrap up your analysis with a strong concluding sentence or sentences.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Steve Lawhead's poem, "The Sun Goes Down in Summer" creates a picture of a student returning to school after a long sweet summer. But is that all there is to the poem? Aside from the obvious surface message, what deeper messages or themes do you read in this work?
Write a paragraph describing at least one deeper message in the poem. Include a:
(1) topic sentence (a guiding sentence with a subject and an opinion about that subject). Remember, when you’re writing a paragraph about a piece of literature, your introduction must include the name of the text and the author.
(2) After your topic sentence(s) that describes the deeper message, write your concrete detail to back it up (example quote from the poem that illustrates your opinion).
(3) Finally, add your commentary about how that quote proves your topic sentence to be true.
(4) Repeat with another sentence or two of concrete detail providing proof from the poem to back up your opinion and then another sentence or more of commentary that discusses that proof and how it relates to your topic sentence.
(5) You need to write at least two commentary sentences for each concrete detail or example you provide.
(6) Finish with a concluding sentence.