Monday, February 2, 2015

Loneliness and Of Mice and Men



The topic of loneliness and the theme that loneliness is a sad reality for many people who live on the fringes of society is amplified in the allegorical characters present in the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

After reading the book, who do you think is the strongest allegory for this theme around loneliness? In other words, who is the most lonesome of all of the characters? Explain your answer and defend it in an expository paragraph complete with a strong topic sentence (TS) , at least two concrete details (CDs), and at least two sentences of commentary (CMs) for each concrete detail. Finish with a strong concluding statement.

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

Welcome to LHS English 9: Identity & Society



It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to your English 9 Blog. Here I will post a writing prompt as a new blog entry for your commentary, analysis, and discussion. The prompts will connect to the themes and ideas presented in the literature we're reading in class. Please write your responses in the comments section of the corresponding blog post and be sure to follow the formal writing and composition rules. No text message or chat language on this blog.

Also, be sure to check out the resources on the right side panel of this blog. There you will find a monthly list of class assignments and due dates. This is provided to keep you on track with your work. There are also writing and vocabulary resources. 

Please share this website with your parents, friends and others who might be interested in what you're scholarly life at LHS is all about. Remember that a blog is open to the public and that means that your readers are going to come from everywhere: the school, the community and the world. So, do your best work and let your voice be truly heard. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

It's a Fine Line: Comparing/Contrasting Characters in Literature



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

Of Mice & Men: George's Choice

At the end of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George makes the painful choice to kill his best friend Lennie.  From what you know about Lennie and George, their dreams for the future, their friendship, and the tragedy resulting from Lennie's inability to control his own strength; do you think George is justified in killing Lennie?  Write a paragraph or two explaining your opinion complete with evidence from the text (at least two examples) to support your claim and deep commentary, explanation and analysis of your evidence and opinion (at least two sentences for each piece of evidence).  35 points.

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

Of Mice & Men: A Character Analysis

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

Characterization of Zaroff


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 sentencequoted 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.