Monday, December 11, 2017

HW 12/11: Wuthering Heights Sample Essays

NO homework (except for reading) if you were in class today, but for those of you who were absent, here is the assignment:

Critique these first TWO sample essays -- for both style and content.  We'll discuss the third one tomorrow in class.  Good luck!  --Mr. G. :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

HW 11/28: ELS for "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Please complete as much of the Essential Literary Synopsis as you can (it's ok to leave the MOWAAW section blank pending our wrap-up discussion tomorrow). 

Monday, November 27, 2017

HW 11/27: Read The Yellow Wallpaper

Here is an online copy / .pdf of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

And here is an interesting footnote -- the author's published article, "Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper"

And here is "Haunted House/Haunted Herione: Female Gothic Closets in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'", a dazzlingly researched example of the current (2009) state of critical analysis on this story, in the form of a 20+ page essay with upwards of fifty Works Cited entries (some germane to the argument, some tangential).  Although there are places where the narrative of the essay wanders a bit much for my taste, it is nevertheless a formidable piece of scholarship.  Carol Margaret Davison synthesizes numerous critical viewpoints into a compelling argument for reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" on a level far deeper than Gilman herself suggests -- specifically advocating for the story, and perhaps the Female Gothic genre per se, as deserving of a permanent home in the American Lit canon.

Note: we're not going to write anything as intense as this, but we can appreciate from afar.  Carol Margaret Davison is a pro, kids.  Warning: do not try this at home.  :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pride and Prejudice Essay

If you were absent on 11/21, and you would like to complete this on your own, here is the link:

Pride and Prejudice 40-Minute Timed Essay

Note: you should get your timer and testing area set up before opening the link :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

HW 10/19: Using "Level-2" Vocab Words: Figurative Language

So, we’ve dwelt a little on how writing in the “active voice” can infuse our writing with specific, active vocabulary-verbs.  See what I did there?J

Here’s another place where we can tap into our pre-existing vocabulary banks: using terms figuratively. You don’t need any really flashy vocab words to do this, either (although if you can use flashy words figuratively, so much the better!).  All you really need to do is consider a whole set of words, such as “sports terms” or “war imagery” as fair game for us to use out of context (figuratively, not literally). 

Like this:

WAR: battlefield              reconnaissance               sortie                    shock troops                     blitz
             commando                         raid                        soldier                  commander                percussive                       land mines                battle lines            parley                 secret     weapon                  surrender                     ambush                                fortress                                castle                    bunker                 trenches

Then use one or more of these words in place of a less energetic simple term:

Before: Despite his desire to kill the monster at once, Victor goes with the monster to its hut on the glacier. 

After: Despite his desire to kill the monster at once, Victor agrees to parley with the monster at its hut on the glacier. 

That’s it!  It’s not literally a parley (where the generals pause for discussion before a battle), but it is a temporary truce, so I think I can use it figuratively.  Remember: the goal here is not simply to use big words to try to sound sophisticated; rather, the goal is to be precise.  Sometimes figurative language conveys exactly what you mean to say.  Good luck! --Mr. G. 

Assignment: Come up with three “categories” (like “WAR” above) that you can use to brainstorm terms.  Get a bunch of them down, even simple ones.  ANY category can work!  (Hyperbole?  Let’s see.)  Then, after you do your brainstorming, use a few of the terms in phrases or sentences (you may write about Frankenstein, or not … up to you … any practice is good practice at this point, I think).