Friday, Oct. 13th

The good copy of your speech was due today.

We read and discussed “Totem” (386).  Very insightful comments were made by all!

We have one more short story to read and discuss on Tuesday, and on Thursday, Oct. 19th, you will write a commentary on one of the short stories from this unit.  Details to come…

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Wednesday, Oct. 11th

Your final copy of your speech is due on Friday, Oct. 13th.  If you have any questions, come and talk to me at lunch or after school.

We discussed “The Destructors” (157) today in terms of its existentialist ideas, comments on its historical context, comments on leadership and gangs, and its symbolism.  We have two more stories to go before we write a commentary.

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Friday, Oct. 6th

We looked at CHARACTERIZATION today, using the mother and Paul from “The Rocking Horse Winner” (220) and Miss Brill from the eponymous short story, “Miss Brill” (264).  Discussion marks were once again awarded.

We started talking about EXISTENTIALISM at the end of class and will carry on with this next class as we discuss “The Destructors” (157).

Please bring a NOVEL for silent reading at the end of class.

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Wednesday, Oct. 4th

The marked first drafts were returned, so now you have a week to polish it into a final draft due Friday, Oct. 13th.

We did a “Socratic Seminar” on “The Rocking Horse Winner” (220) today (for discussion marks).  As you can see, the discussion does not work as well if you have not read the story.

Please read “The Destructors” (157)  (364 in the blue book) before you get to class.  We will be doing a shorter story together in class on Friday, and if we finish, we will carry on into “The Destructors.”

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Monday, Oct. 2nd

We wrote the first draft of the speech today.  I’m looking for TONE, DICTION, SYNTAX, RHETORIC, METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT, and overall EFFECT.  Once I’ve commented on the first draft, you will have a week for edit and perfect the speech. The good copy is due on Oct. 13th.

Please read “The Rocking Horse Winner” (220)  or (383 in the blue book) for Wednesday’s class.

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Thursday, Sept. 28th

The annotated copy of “I Have a Dream” was due today.  You should have added the TONE of the speech to your notes.

We went over the last element of style called METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT, and read “The Monster” as an example of these methods of development.

Next class, you will be writing your “speech.”  This will be a FIRST DRAFT, but you are aiming to demonstrate your ability to write with STYLE:  TONE, DICTION, SYNTAX, RHETORICAL DEVICES, and METHODS OF DEVELOPMENT.

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Tuesday, Sept. 26th

We finished practicing the five pieces of SYNTAX ADVICE on some sample sentences.  We then reviewed some common rhetorical devices and the devices you posted for homework.  These will be indispensable when you start writing your “speech.”  We did Plickers to assess how well you know your devices.  If you DON’T want it counted, write your wishes on the copy of “I Have a Dream” that you are annotating.  Next class, you will hand in the speech, identifying FOUR different types of sentences, and TEN different rhetorical devices.

Start thinking of ideas for your speech, which you will write on Monday.

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In case you don’t have a copy of “I Have a Dream,” here it is:

Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beckoning light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.

One hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.

One hundred years later the Negro is still languishing in the comers of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.

We all have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to change racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice ring out for all of God’s children.

There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted citizenship rights.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

And the marvelous new militarism which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers have evidenced by their presence here today that they have come to realize that their destiny is part of our destiny.

So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and before the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the mount with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the genuine discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, pray together; to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom forever, )mowing that we will be free one day.

And I say to you today my friends, let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the mighty Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only there; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain in Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill in Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we’re free at last!”

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Thursday, Sept. 21st

SYNTAX was the focus of today’s class.  We worked through the four sentence types:  simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex, and you handed in your examples of each type written about “Just Lather, That’s All” (191) a the end of class. We also went over the five pieces of advice for editing your writing.  We will continue the practice of syntax editing next class.  Rhetorical devices are next, so look up and study the RHETORICAL DEVICE you chose or were assigned in class today, and POST your own original example of the device in the comments section below.  The post won’t appear until I check it, so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up immediately.  Click on the link below for the devices:

AMERICAN RHETORIC WEBSITE 

Sentence Combining Supplement

COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS:

(joins independent clauses into compound sentences/ used with a preceding comma)

,but

,so

,nor

,for

,or

,yet

,and

CONJUNCTIVE ADVERBS:

(joins independent clauses into compound sentences/ used with a preceding semi-colon and followed by a comma)

;accordingly,                                     ;additionally,

;however,                                          ;also,

;on the contrary,                               ;in other words,

;on the other hand,                                     ;still,

; besides,                                           ;consequently,

; moreover,                                        ;namely,

; yes,                                                 ;yet,

; hence,

; in fact,

;indeed,

;anyway,

;likewise,

;therefore,

;especially,

;nevertheless,

;no,

; at any rate,

; in short,

; then,

;furthermore,

; notably,

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Tuesday, Sept. 19th

We read and discussed “Just Lather, That’s All” (191) today, and will be writing about this story as we go through notes on SYNTAX.  We started with the SIMPLE SENTENCE.  You should all have written a SIMPLE SENTENCE on the short story by now.  We will carry on with this next class.

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