Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pudd'nhead Wilson Concluding Discussion

Step One: Please post your best question.
Step Two: Please respond to another's question.
Step Three: Discuss amongst yourselves.

Items that could be interesting to consider:

  • Ideas about motifs and themes. 
  • Your reaction to the ending.
  • Your final insights about Nature vs. Nurture; black and white; twinning; the question of race.
  • Reactions to this fact: Twain set his novel in pre-Civil War Missouri but wrote it post-Civil War.  Why does he choose such a setting since the war against slavery has been won?
  • Do you see any connections between small-town Dawson's Landing and small-town Littleton, CO?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

ALIS Recommendations

So--
What'd you read last semester?  (author and title)
Last summer?  (author and title)
Please write a book recommendation that includes the following, in your opinion:  What you enjoyed; what you wrote about; how you felt about length and difficulty level of text; readability and reader engagement; people who might enjoy it; major issues, topics, ideas author wrestles with: 


**Please be positive, yet honest.  
DUE by Thursday, 1/8 at 7:30 a.m. please


Patty Grey, Artist Book of Cousins 

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Village group 3

Miller-Wood

Please share your best insights, observations, and questions here.  Between Friday evening (10/3) and Sunday evening (10/5), please post at least twice.  Think of this as an online dialogue--respond to others, make connections, support thinking, and link to big picture/argument.

The Village group 2

Esguerra-Mehta

Please share your best insights, observations, and questions here.  Between Friday evening (10/3) and Sunday evening (10/5), please post at least twice.  Think of this as an online dialogue--respond to others, make connections, support thinking, and link to big picture/argument.

The Village group 1

Anderson-DeGroot:

Please share your best insights, observations, and questions here.  Between Friday evening (10/3) and Sunday evening (10/5), please post at least twice.  Think of this as an online dialogue--respond to others, make connections, support thinking, and link to big picture/argument.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cultural Hysteria Research

Here are the parameters for your post. Remember topics should be unique, so be sure to read through the responses before your's, both to add to your understanding of the project's concept and also to determine if your topic has already been selected.

If you are unable to sufficiently answer these questions, you may have to chose an alternative topic. 


Questionnaire: 

1. Briefly summarize your topic. How does it capture the concept of cultural hysteria?

2. In addition to the provided research questions, what questions will you ask when researching this topic?  What else intrigues you about your topic?


3. Describe your research process. Where will you begin? What types of sources will you use? What are the criteria for choosing and evaluating the quality of those sources? If you get stuck, h
ow might you refine or narrow your search for information or sources related to this topic?

If you're feeling stuck, refer to the project handout for possible topics, as well as Mrs. Lee's class blogs.

Timeline:
Topic choice by Sunday evening, 9/21. Begin research as soon as you've chosen topic.
Annotated Bibliography and presentation on Wednesday, 9/24 in class. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A little support with those theses

Ladies and Gentlemen--

Below are some theses with lots of potential.  Please choose one and give the writer support--how might he/she further specify language or develop argument and clarify focus?
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In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail to illustrate how people commonly misunderstand motivations and tend to only see the negative in a situation.  Miller demonstrates curiosity mainly by the girls and Abigail because of how they explore unconventional methods to use to their advantage, and how they are curious rather than afraid of the unknown.                      http://chattanoogabookarts.blogspot.com/2011/05/learn-about-book-sculpture.html

John Proctor, a farmer in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is motivated to misplaced accusation and anger due to his internal conflicts regarding the fear he has of being punished for his own sins.

In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft.

Reverend Hale in Miller's The Crucible demonstrates how religion and fear of the unknown makes religious leaders have too much power which can lead to corruption.

In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Abigail demonstrates danger by putting herself in the position that she could be removed from the community as well as being given lots of power.

In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail and the girls to illustrate how easy it is to gain credibility in society.  Miller demonstrates the issue of how humans choose to trust people.