HW10 due 1/13 (1/14 for 10G): Slaughterhouse Five and Prospectus

1. Slaughterhouse Five–Complete the novel.

2. Prospectus due Monday (01/13)–ONE PER GROUP. Per thefreedictionary.com a prospectus is a formal summary of a proposed venture or project. In the first paragraph, I expect you to identify your chosen option and subject (i.e. what are you satirizing/parodying). Further, in that paragraph I want you to explain why you chose that subject. What was your group’s reasoning/rationale?You must have a valid reason/rationale to have your prospectus approved. In the second paragraph, you will tell me how you plan to communicate your satire/parody (i.e. film, book, etc.). This paragraph is most important! I want to see that each group has put thought and creativity into how the project is to be executed.  Here, I don’t want you to just say that you will create a film.  I want details! Paint an early image of how you envision the final project. The more detailed, the more likely your prospectus will be approved. So, in one TYPED (single-spaced) page detail your idea for your parody/satire. Here are the options: [Read more…]

HW10 due 1/9: Slaughterhouse Five Presentations

1. Slaughterhouse Five Presentations–At the end of class today, you were to assign your own homework in preparation for tomorrow’s presentations. Remember, you must open your presentation with an assertion (write it on the board). Then, you must develop that assertion providing your insight illuminated by evidence from your assigned chapter. Key point: you must demonstrate holistic control of the novel by connecting your discussion to other elements/devices in the text (i.e. connecting your chapter-specific observation to a theme developed at other points within the novel). Presentations should be 10 minutes long and should be well-organized, insightful, and meaningful.
2. Remember, your term final prospectus (satire/parody project) is due on Monday.

A Look Ahead: You must complete Slaughterhouse Five by Monday (Tuesday for 10G).

*We will begin The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho next week, so feel free to buy your own copy if you would rather write in the novel.

HW10 Due 1/2: Slaughterhouse Five

1. Slaughterhouse Five–Read and annotate Chapters 6, 7, and 8.

2. Have a wonderful holiday break! Here’s to all of you! Here’s to rockin’ like Dokken! Here’s to your conversations, cards, letters, and emails… In them, you’ve made me laugh, think, and you’ve made me sad, in the most wonderfully human way imaginable. As I am a sentimental sap, I leave you with this:

At times collectively, at times individually, here’s to…our knowing smiles, your authentic thirst for knowledge and wisdom, your tears inspired by life and literature,  your manifold high fives celebrating our awesomeness, your common decency that kindles the fire of hope, your awkward waves that baffle me to this day yet remind me of your authentic individualism, your company as we aim for productivity, the look in your eyes as you have come to an understanding beyond any quantification, that look in your eyes at that very moment that your heart and mind unite in understanding, your willingness to awaken and be touched by the literature, your willingness to tackle every challenge that I place in front of you, your beauty of spirit, your wonderful tendency to ingest the intensity of my classroom with a charm that has stolen my heart, the class and self-respect with which you greet the world every day.

Here’s to our smiles, I will also leave you with this:

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

This is water…


HW10 due 12/17 (12/18 for 10G): Slaughterhouse Five

1. SH5–Read and annotate the rest of Chapter V.
2. 1984–Second draft due Thursday. Also, print out the weekend’s homework assignment (detailing essay expectations) and the rubric and have that with you in class tomorrow.

HW10 Due 12/16 (12/17 for 10G): Slaughterhouse Five

1. Slaughterhouse Five–Read and annotate up to p. 107
2. Goodreads–Remember to bring a printed copy to class.

3. Vocab Quiz–Wednesday, 12/18 for both classes
4. 1984 Essay (4-5 pages)–Final draft due 12/19 for both classes. You must also turn in your peer-edited first draft. Be sure to print out and read the rubric closely. Note about the rubric: The presentation category on the rubric actually includes issues of grammar and style. Finally, waiting until Wednesday night to fine tune your essay is a recipe for failure. [Read more…]