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, 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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"The Sun Goes Down on Summer"

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.

Friday, August 24, 2012


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Friday, March 9, 2012

Identity & Place

As we begin reading the memoir Night by Eli Wiesel, it is important to first look at how identity and group identity play a role in the actions and reactions of a society during different historical periods. Understanding the concept of identity is not only valuable for our own social, moral, and intellectual development, but it is also critical to understanding the choices made by individuals and groups living in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s.

As a reflection on the guiding questions, "What does it mean to be 'from' a place? and "How does where we are from influence who we are?" please incorporate some of the information you have put together about the facets of where you are from and write your personal "Where I'm From" Poem. As an example, I've provided you with my own.

I'm From Many Lands

I'm from the high mountain air
From the valley green, yellow and purple spring flowers.
I'm from high Alpine lakes
From deep blue, pollen from tall pines.

I'm from the house on the hill
From sledding down to town, speeding with the wind at my face
I'm from quiet late nights watching the snow fall in the streetlight outside my bedroom window
From hoping, hoping for a snow day.

I'm from tall grand people, big boned Russians, those fleeing aristocrats
From my mother's eyes, her hair, her wild spirit.
I'm from Puritan fear, we don't have family problems, do we?
From laughing during long dinners and road trips across the country

I am from a place where thinking, feeling, loving and pain coexist
From complexities that at the same time confuse me, make me who I am.