Assignments Summer 08 Contemporary Lit

Assignments for Summer 08
Contemporary Lit

July 1 - Aug 14

AIM July 1 at bottom Process Homework Assignment
How did I do? Final Evaluation Make of missing work.
What is the criteria to be a hero? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about the biography of Nathan Hale by Nancy Hale. Your essay: Who was Nathan Hale? Was Nathan Hale a hero? Agree or disagree with this idea in an essay, save as hale.doc, of 200+ words. Be sure to discuss how you would act in a similar situation. Make up missing work
FINAL: Monday, Aug 11
Stories, setting, character, conflict, symbol
Life is a struggle. How do you cope? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "The Pole" by Matthew A Henson
Think about as you read:
What fears do the men have?
What is it like to be on a team?
Keep track of the acts of discrimination.
Who is Matthew Henson?

Essay: Henson spoke of a "hideous horror". Throughout this journey there were many dangers that were or could have been "hideous horrors". Discuss any two of these "hideous horrors" and how they were dealt with by the characters in this story. Be sure to discuss a "hideous horror" of your own in the conclusion to your essay.
200+ words, double space. Save as henson.doc

Make up missing work.
FINAL: Monday, Aug 11
Stories, setting, character, conflict, symbol
How do we use setbacks as advantages? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "Why Don't You Wear Shoes" by Daniel K. Inouye.

Essay: Here is another character faced with a choice. What is his choice? How does it come to happen? What are his options? What is your opinion of his actions? How do you identify with this situation? Save as inouye.doc. 150+ words, double spaced.

Incorporate these questions in your essay.

  1. What is the setting of the story?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. What are the conflicts?
  4. What are the prejudices in the story?
  5. Why does Daniel stay in school?
  6. What is the big change for Dan?
  7. How does school save his life?
  8. Why is the Honor Society scene so important?
  9. What is the symbol in the story?
  10. Who is Daniel K. Inouye?
Make up missing work.
FINAL: Monday, Aug 11
Stories, setting, character, conflict, symbol
Do we always make the right choice? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "Dead End" by Rudolfo Anaya.
Essay: We all have choices to make, Maria is no exception. What are her choices? What is her final choice? Why does she make it? What is your reaction to her final choice? Do you agree or disagree? Have you had to make a choice like this? Save as deadend.doc. 150+ words, double spaced.

Incorporate these questions in your essay.

  1. What is the setting of the story?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. What are the conflicts?
  4. How is the word "lonely" important?
  5. What are the promises? Are promises important to keep?
  6. How are "empathy" and "envy" important in the story?
  7. What is the symbol in the story?
Make up missing work.
What have I learned? Midterm exam, July 23.
Makeup July 24
Finish up unfinished work.
What should I review for the Midterm? Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, metaphor, simile, personification, symbol, foreshadowing, flashback, empathy, Why do we write?, Stories, Habits. Prepare Midterm Study Notes for Wednesday, July 23.
How do we come to appreciate our parents? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "Number One Son" by Monfoon Leong
Essay: How do we come to appreciate our parents as Ming did?
150+ words, double space. Save as leong.doc
  1. What did Ming's father do for a living?
  2. Where does Ming work?
  3. How does Ming feel upon learning of his father's death?
  4. Why hadn't Ming's mother called him as soon as his father died?
  5. Why do Ming and Grandfather Choak go to see neighbors and business people?
  6. How do the opinions of Kwon Kim, Mr. Chung, and the Widow Loo contrast with regard to Ming's father?
  7. What are the good and bad points of being the number one son?
  8. Use examples from the story to support your essay.
MidTerm 7/23
Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, metaphor, simile, personification, symbol, foreshadowing, flashback, empathy, Why do we write?, Stories, Habits.

Complete all missing work

What is a symbol? Do The Scarlet Ibis Webquest. Identify symbols in your life.
Read your book
How does Manuel handle his situation as compared to Wright? Read, Study, and Quiz "The Confrontation" by Raymond Barrio. You will write a compare and contrast essay about the two stories, you have read: "The Fight" and "The Confrontation." What is similar? What is different?
  • Save as barrio.doc
  • This essay: typed, double spaced, 250+ words.
  • Use examples from the stories to support your essay.
  • Complete missing HW
    Read your book.
    MIDTERM: 7/23
    Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, metaphor, simile, personification, empathy, Why do we write?, Stories, Habits.
    How would you handle the situation Wright faced? You will read, study, take a quiz, and write an essay about "THE FIGHT" by RICHARD WRIGHT.
    Essay topic: 150+ words, double space.
    Save as fight.doc
  • How does the narrator react to his situation?
  • Do you agree? Explain.
  • How would you react?
  • Has this happened to you or someone you know?
  • Discuss the appropriateness of the narrator's reaction.
  • Use examples from the story to support your essay.
  • Read Book
    Make up missing HW
    Do I have good habits? Use Habits of Mind to help us define ourselves. Select any 3 (three) Habits and explain how they apply to you. Minimum of 100 words per word.
    How do I revise? Sentences end with an end mark: . ! ?.
    Let's use Literary Terms as a resource to make the poem more powerful.
    Bring your reading book
    Who I am. Write the I am poem and share it with the class. Keep notes on what others say for your account of the class.
    Use Literary Terms as a resource. Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron
    Write about what you hope to accomplish this summer.