Listening and Speaking Assessment
Listening and Speaking Assessment # 2- Research Presentation
You will be assigned a short story and tasked with presenting and explaining to your classmates how the author conveys a significant idea or statement in the story, focusing on literary/rhetorical choices.
Your presentation must be 10-12 minutes long.
In your presentation you must do the following:
- Independently analyze and interpret the story. Offer a brief explanation of how you interpreted the story before researching the context surrounding the story. Take a position on the overall meaning, or an overall statement or idea the author conveys.
- Each team member then must then research two legitimate, quality, academic sources that deal directly with the main idea/concern of your story.
Thursday May 28-Monday June 1st.
- Synthesize and evaluate your research. Based on steps 1-3, and focusing both on the context surrounding the work, as well as the work itself, how does the story or poem present a meaningful statement on the human condition or the American Experience? What is your response to this statement?
Research Question Requirements
Describe how you came up with your research question, and provide a rationale as to why this is a good, researchable question.
After watching the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, I was reminded of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. In this work, as in many others, I noticed a commonality; most, if not all, the protagonists of works of literature who go on a voyage of self-discovery into nature tend to be white, and of relatively comfortable backgrounds. This led me to consider the question, "to what extent does the American desire to 'find oneself' in nature, as seen in works such as Krakauer's Into the Wild, and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, rely on uspoken assumptions of white privilege?"
This question will allow the opportunity to reexamine many of the works of literature we've read throughout the year through a more critical lens. It will also potentially yield insight into some more ways structural inequalities impact different groups of Americans. It will also provide a chance to examine the different types of experience different groups in America lay claim to, and to explore issues surrounding what happens when we claim any experience to be uniquely American.
2 well-composed body paragraphs. Analyze the strategies John Steinbeck uses to make his argument in "Starvation Under the Orange Trees."
Zero period presentation requirements
15-20 minute presentation
You will be assigned a character from the novel The Sun Also Rises, as well as an existentialist term or concept. Your task is to take a position on the extent to which this character does or does not embody this existentialist idea, based on a close reading of all parts of the book.
Minimum of 4 passages from the novel, clear definition of your existential term based on our readings. Strong, evidence based argument. Connect your argument to the overall meaning of the novel.
The Sun Also Rises Chapter 11 questions
1. Compare and contrast Jake’s attitude towards the Basque in Chapter 11 with other characters previously in the novel.
2. Compare and contrast Jake’s description of the countryside and the journey in this chapter with his previous descriptions in Paris.
3. Compare and contrast Jake’s friendship with Bill Gorton to his relationship with Robert Cohn.
4. Why does Cohn not accompany Jake and Bill on this leg of the trip?
5. Explain in detail all the reasons for the tension between Jake and Bill, and Robert.
TSAR Book 1 questions
Chapter 7 discussion questions
1. What does Brett mean when she says to Jake that Count Mippipopulous is “one of us”?
2. Explain the Count’s “value system.” What does he value? Why? Why does Jake notice this?
3. Describe Jake and Brett’s relationship by the end of Book I. What decision do they make? Why? How do they feel about each other?
4. Describe the pacing of Book I. Over how many days does this part of the story take place? How many different locations/settings do we see?
1. Based on what we’ve read about existentialism, what does it mean to live an “authentic life”? How does a person do so?
2. To what extent do the main characters we’ve seen so far (Jake, Brett, Robert Cohn, Count Mippipopulous) live authentic lives? Explain.
Writing Practice 1/23
Explain Albert Camus' interpretation of the Sisyphus myth. What existential ideas does the myth express, and how are these meant to be relevant to our lives?
3rd assessment and final
Presentation: team presentation: Close passage analysis of how Into the Wild explores a major American theme.
Minimum 4 passages, 10-12 minutes, Powerpoint or Prezi.
Paper: Choose two major literary works from this semester, and at least one non-fiction work, and compare the ways these works deal with a significant American theme, idea or issue.
Final: Rhetorical analysis and response. Passage to be chosen.
Writing Practice 2-3 well developed body paragraphs. Begin immediately with a thesis statement that responds directly to the prompt. Include in each paragraph a minimum of 2 quotations to support your position. Use any handouts I’ve given, as well as your notes on “ways to analyze” in your notebooks to clearly explain how these quotations support your overall argument.
Prompt: rhetorical analysis. What is Jon Krakauer’s purpose in chapters 8 and 9 of Into the Wild, and what writing strategies does he use to express this purpose?
Into the Wild Reading Schedule
Ch. 10 by Monday,
Ch. 15 by Next Friday
Finish book by 11/26
Nature Writing Reflection
What stood out to you most in our readings and discussion of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Nature” and the chapter titled “Fecundity” from Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek? Why? Did anything that either of these authors or your classmates say change, reinforce, or complicate the way you view nature? What are your thoughts on nature, in terms of whether it carries a deeper meaning, or reflects on the human condition in any way?
Video on style for revisions
Socratic Seminar Tomorrow
Be sure to finish "The Minister's Black Veil" and prepare your notes, observations, questions and interpretations for tomorrow.
Compare and contrast "A Model of Christian Charity" with The Declaration of Independence.
What different ideals do both of these documents convey?
How do these ideals influence American thinking today?
How do these ideals conflict with each other?
What are the positive and negative consequences of both ways of thinking?
P. 0, 5
-Prepare Mock Interview questions. You get to interview Winthrop!! Yay!! Prepare as many questions as you can, based on specific things he says in the text, to get him to discuss his meaning. Then, based on textual evidence, come up with as many possible responses as to how he might answer these questions as you can.
3 areas of focus:
-Big picture: Focus on the entire document- overall purpose, audience, et cetera
-Medium focus: paragraph level. What does he do in different stages of his argument? How do paragraphs and sections fit into the larger picture?
-Small detail: focus on specific choices the author makes. Why certain words, images, metaphors, rhetorical devices, et cetera?
Writing Diagnostic. 2-3 paragraphs.
CP: Analyze the rhetorical strategies Jefferson uses to make his argument. What rhetorical appeals and strategies does he use, and why does he use them (i.e., what is his intended effect upon the audience?)
Honors: Also include an evaluation of Jefferson’s argument. What are the implications of his claims and conclusions? Is the argument as universal as he intends it to be?