Friday, February 29, 2008
Then, blog (or write if your blog is still buggy) the anwsers to Questions for Discussion numbers 1-2 and Questions on Rhetoric and Style numbers 1-3 and 6-9.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
UPDATE: They had a bug in the system today due to their new forum feature that they say they have fixed. I posted the assignment here as well. We'll still use this blog, not Noodle Strikes Back. You might still want to take a quick peek at the backup site just to see how much of a geek I am, but it won't be updated regularly.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
If you would like to read further, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, writes a response here and a Forum blogger writes a response here.
Your task, having read at least Jacoby's article and the transcript, is to enter the conversation on your own blog (or on paper if you can't get in). Yours should be a thoughtful response that presents your own argument and engages with the thoughts of Jacoby and those that have already responded to her.
Monday, February 25, 2008
By way of introduction to arguments and since I am sick as a dog and probably won't be at school on Monday, we are watching a movie today (you've probably already seen part of it by the time you read this). Your task is this, blog your analysis of one of the following two arguments made in the movie. Consider the relationships between the speaker, audience(s), and subject. Examine the appeal and how that appeal is constructed, evaluating its effectiveness. This will be due the day after we finish the movie (probably Wednesday February 27th).
Chaucer's Argument to endear the crowd to Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein in
A Knight's Tale
You're good. You're very good. My lords, my ladies, and everybody else here not sitting on a cushion!
Today... today, you find yourselves equals.
For you are all equally blessed. For I have the pride, the privilege, nay, the pleasure of introducing to you to a knight, sired by knights. A knight who can trace his lineage back beyond Charlemagne. I first met him atop a mountain near Jerusalem, praying to God, asking his forgiveness for the Saracen blood spilt by his sword. Next, he amazed me still further in Italy when he saved a fatherless beauty from the would-be ravishing of her dreadful Turkish uncle.
In Greece he spent a year in silence just to better understand the sound of a whisper. And so without further gilding the lily and with no more ado, I give to you, the seeker of serenity, the protector of Italian virginity, the enforcer of our Lord God, the one, the only, Sir Ulllrrrich von Lichtenstein!!!
Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
Sir Ulrich's letter to win back the love of Jocelyn in
A Knight's Tale
It is strange to think, I haven't seen you since a month.
I have seen the new moon, but not you. I have seen sunsets and sunrises, but nothing of your beautiful face.
The pieces of my broken heart are so small that they could be passed through the eye of a needle. I miss you like the sun misses the flower; like the sun misses the flower in the depths of winter.
Instead of beauty to direct its light to, the heart hardens like the frozen world your absence has banished me to. I next compete in the city of Paris, I will find it empty and in the winter if you are not there.
Hope guides me; that is what gets me through the day and the night. The hope that after you're gone from my sight, it will not be the last time that I look upon you.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Remember that your essays are due on Monday. If, as you read over your paper, you notice mostly summary, abort and revise, abort and revise! Do not proceed on the summary course lest your grade be dashed to pieces upon the rocks as the siren song of the easy way out rings in its ears.
If you have trouble with conclusions, peruse this link (a sister page to the introduction page in the previous post).
If you're having trouble conceptualizing what your paper should be like, read the student essay on page 46 of your textbook. That essay does for the Santa Anna wind essay what you are being called upon to do for JFK's inaugural address. If you haven't looked at it, please do.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Choose this link for the pdf: writing introductions
or choose this link for the website
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Paper: The paper assignment is taken from our book on page 57. Yes, you may use the sample thesis as your own. The paper requirements are as follows:
- 900-1200 words (3-4 pages, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1 inch margins)
- MLA format (check out the MLA at OWL link to the right) Exceptions: omit the name/page numbers designation on the first page and use block paragraphs rather than indenting your first line
- Your paper will be graded based on the content requirements from the book we discussed in class as well as organization, voice, word choice (diction), sentence fluency (syntax), and conventions.
The JFK paper will be due on February 25th. I know that seems like a long time from now, but such is the effect of Mid-Winter Break. We will have a peer review day in the computer lab on February 22nd, so you will need to bring electronic copies of your papers in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format so they can be read by the software in the computer lab. Happy writing! ^^
Homework: Continue the interrupted reading we began that was, ironically, interrupted by the end of class. Perhaps have your mom or little brother read the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant and note the following on the handout I gave you in class:
- ¶ 2 -- Diction, tone, selection of detail, narrator's attitude, qualifications, and explain the assumptions of the author
- ¶ 3 -- Ditto plus the development of the narrative
After that, finish reading the rest of the essay found on page 979 of our textbooks, making notes on style, rhetoric, plot, character, and theme.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
- Listen to JFK's inaugural address
- First impressions
- Annotate the speech
- Discuss findings
- Diction questions 1-4 on p 55 (what we don't finish will be homework--yes we will do the syntax questions--yes we will do all of them--no we won't do them until Monday--yes we will start working on them in class--yes it will help you to work together on these--no you don't need to start them early)
If you're still asking when it's due, the diction questions will be due Monday.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Homework for Tuesday night will be to read pages 35-48 in our text and to do the assignment on page 48 dealing with the Roger Ascham excerpt from Toxophilus. Have a great time at the FBLA conference!