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I first read Of Mice And Men my sophomore year of high school, when it was a required reading in Mrs. Beeler's class. I recall disliking almost all required school readings up to this point though admittedly I had skipped out on the summer reading project of "The Grapes Of Wrath". When this book was assigned, I knew it was different. I blew through it, reading it in a day or two, even though I wasn't supposed to. For once there was a school book that I enjoyed. And all the credit in the world to my teacher, who chose other good books the rest of the year. So it's been years since I've read this, and now, reading it for the second time, it's just as memorable as I remember.
The story sticks with you, the imagery sticks. The characters are among Steinbeck's best, painted in such a crystal clear vision of the time. It's a near perfect short story, and one that I will surely revisit throughout my life. View all 8 comments. I am pretty sure it was required reading in high school and I know I enjoyed it the first time around. And, as luck would have it, I enjoyed it this time as well. I can sum it up by saying that Steinbeck can write and that is an understatement! I have loved every book I have read by him. The descriptions are vivid, the characters are richly developed, and stories are powerful.
Of Mice and Men is no exception. In fact, if you have been wanting to try Steinbeck but find the size of Grapes of Wrath or East of Eden daunting, this is a great place to start. George is the gruff and scrappy brains of the operation while Lenny is a mentally challenged giant who does not know or understand his own strength. Their relationship is an odd one but kind of beautiful. Without it, this story would just not be the same.
Also, this book has one of the most view spoiler [tragic and gut-wrenching finales in literature hide spoiler ] This is a classic that I feel everyone should read. And, I feel like Steinbeck is an author that everyone should read at least once. The writing is just too amazing to miss out on and it is so awesome how consistently amazing Steinbeck was. View all 18 comments. A book should cheer you up, right? Got any good ideas? One I haven't read? How about Steinbeck? How depressing could it be? Nah, of course not. Of Mice and Men is one of those books that pretty much everyone has read.
I once saw an "Hey Tim, old buddy… I hear you've been depressed recently. I once saw an article that said it was one of the most commonly read books in High School classes in America. Somehow it is another one of those classics that I managed to never have assigned to me in both High School or College and I majored in English. Well, I've read it now. My thoughts? Well, it's a wonderfully well told story, frequently feeling more like a play than a novel, but I mean that as a compliment as it makes for a fast paced conversational tone. It's depressing as all hell mind you, but wonderfully told.
Did I enjoy reading it? No, no I sure as hell did not. I mean the writing is well done, Steinbeck created one of the best literary pairs ever written and managed to have the most perfect moment of foreshadowing I've ever read in the form of a dog, so animal lovers beware! I'm very glad I read it and genuinely liked the book. Enjoyment though?
No, no and no. Do I have anything else to add? Not really. It's a short review, because there's really not much I can say that hasn't already been said. I could address how Curley's wife is annoyingly only called Curley's wife despite being a main character, and the treatment she's given in the book… but I think this is entirely because Steinbeck is showing her only from the point of view of his characters.
This is further reinforced by an article I saw in which it discussed how he wrote to Claire Luce, the actress who originated the role on stage saying the following about the character: "She is a nice, kind girl and not a floozy. No man has ever considered her as anything except a girl to try to make As to her actual sex life — she has had none except with Curley and there has probably been no consummation there since Curley would not consider her gratification and would probably be suspicious if she had any. Will I read more Steinbeck in the future? I apparently like sliding down the rain slick precipice of despair, so why the hell not? View all 19 comments. Oct 13, Samra Yusuf rated it really liked it Shelves: nobel-writers.
This loneliness is different from being 'alone': You can be lonely even surrounded by people. This is the story of unloved and alone, of George Milton and Lennie Small, the story of two antithetic coming together in bond only death dared disrupt. The story of the dream which dwelt all just in head and inspired them to work from place to place in the wake of depression years in America. View all 29 comments. What more can I possibly add to a discussion of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men without drawing a high school English teacher's salary?
I read it in under forty-eight hours. Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders. The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws.
His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely. Lennie Small is the child in a hulk's body. Walking ten miles to a barley ranch south of Soledad after a bus driver with a grudge drops them off on the highway far short of their destination, Lennie is fascinated by petting mice or rabbits or anything with a nice texture. Lennie has never laid a hand on George, enamored by the tales his traveling partner tells of the land they'll settle someday. When the men finally arrive for work, George does the talking. An' I ain't so bright neither, or I wouldn't be buckin' barley for my fifty and found. If I was bright, if I was even a little bit smart, I'd have my own little place, an' I'd be bringin' in my own crops, 'stead of doin' all the work and not getting what comes up outta the ground.
He wanted to talk. Slim neither encouraged nor discouraged him. He just sat back quiet and receptive. Stephen King's dialogue can be tin, while Elmore Leonard's attentiveness when it comes to prose is short spanned to say the least, but Steinbeck's descriptions and dialogue achieve a purity that captivates me. It's like the difference between drinking water from a garden hose that's been drying in the sun with who knows what crawling inside it and one day, someone hands you a bottle of Perrier.
Then he works that knowledge into his books and passes it along to the reader. I find myself able to relate to Steinbeck more than I can the majority of contemporary authors, who often seem to have never been around humans who dreamed, drank, lusted, got into fights or trouble with the law, fell out with family members or worried about where their next meal might come from. Crooks said gently, "Maybe you can see now.
You got George. You know he's goin' to come back. S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunkhouse and play rummy 'cause you was black. How'd you like that? S'pose you had to sit out here an' read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you got to read books. Books ain't no good. A guy needs somebody--to be near him. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long as he's with you. I tell ya," he cried, "I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick. It's short, it's about men and work and figuring out a better future and loyalty and how things don't always work out the way you dream they will. Yet the writing takes me away to another place.
I couldn't last a day bucking barley or bucking a sack of anything, but as Steinbeck knows well, we all yearn to be on the open road, traveling, camping out on a river and maybe eating beans just because we felt like it. Reading the novel, I heard Sinise's voice as George. References to Steinbeck's novel have been dropped by a ton of cartoon series, perhaps as much a tribute to Jones as to Steinbeck, but the homage that stands out for me are the characters of Pinky and the Brain on Animaniacs. View all 47 comments. Jan 05, Brina rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , novella. Over the past year, I have rediscovered John Steinbeck as a master American story teller. Having read Cannery Row and its follow up Sweet Thursday, I realized what a prolific author Steinbeck was and hope to continue my reading with a number of his novels this year.
One novella I did read while in school but have a fuzzy memory of is Of Mice and Men. With a square on this year's classic bingo board being read a group read that you haven't read yet, I decided that it was as good a time as any to Over the past year, I have rediscovered John Steinbeck as a master American story teller. With a square on this year's classic bingo board being read a group read that you haven't read yet, I decided that it was as good a time as any to revisit this work of Steinbeck's through adult eyes. Near the Salinas River and Soledad, California, two nomadic farm hands named George and Lennie stake out their existence in life.
George dreams of having his own farm house and acreage but it is during the depression and he has little money saved. He also promised Aunt Clara, really a family friend, that he would take care of her nephew Lennie, a dimwitted yet strong man. Steinbeck portrays George as an average man during his era who attempts to find work in order to make ends meet, yet he has the added burden of caring for and providing for Lennie's well being. Had this been written in contemporary times, Lennie would have been characterized as developmentally disabled or autistic, yet in the s society could not pinpoint what ailed people like Lennie. They were dismissed as dimwitted with little future, preventing those caring for them in having many prospects for bettering themselves either.
The reader finds out that Lennie loves animals although with his limited mental capacity he does not have success in caring for them, killing one mouse, rabbit, or puppy after another. Steinbeck alludes to the fact that the reason that George and Lennie are in between jobs is because Lennie had felt a woman's dress meaning no harm, yet the act alarmed other members of their work team, forcing the duo to flee the premises.
As the pair approaches yet another farm, George makes Lennie promise to keep his mouth shut, to do whatever George asks him to, and to please stay out of trouble. Despite the best of intentions, with Lennie's condition being what it is, he does not always remember to do what George asks of him, putting both of their futures in jeopardy. As in past jobs, George quickly becomes friendly with the rest of the work crew, attempting to distance himself from Lennie.
Lennie ends up attempting a friendship with the rest of the outcasts on the farm, including a Negro horseshoe hand, yet even this relationship ends in tragedy. When Lennie's actions result in tragic proportions, George must choose between protecting Lennie and thinking of himself and his own future, with the denouement coming to a upsetting climax. I could not help but thinking that if George and Lennie lived today with society's awareness of degrees of developmental delays, that both George and Lennie would have enjoyed a happier existence. The burden of caring for Lennie would not have been placed on George, and Lennie himself would have been taught the rudimentary aspects of self care and perhaps even been placed in a basic job.
Yet, placing George and Lennie in modern times is hearsay and their relationship ended in tragedy with Steinbeck placing George in a precarious situation which he would have to dwell upon for the rest of his life. In reading Steinbeck I have seen how he has done a masterful job in painting his characters as archetypes of the era in which they lived, usually depression era California. George and Lennie are two men looking to better themselves in a decade when one had little to be happy about. While rereading this tragic novella, I could not help but think if like other books I read for school if this is above most teenagers heads. Perhaps, teachers could discuss George and Lennie's relationship and where Lennie would be if he lived today, much as I did while reading.
Yet, like other books I read at the time, Of Mice and Men gains a deeper appreciation while reading it through adult eyes. Another bingo square checked off, yet definitely not the last Steinbeck novel I will devour this year. View all 26 comments. Oct 06, Kevin Ansbro rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , human-emotions , immorality , classic-literature , short-stories , morality , racism , human-cruelty , gritty-realism. A book I'd read an awfully long time ago, when pocket calculators were still the latest thing. Such an iconic staple of American literature, wherein George and Lennie, migrant labourers in the Cali dustbowl, form an unlikely bond in a tale of brutality and tenderness.
Typical of Steinbeck, his 'no-fucking-about' narrative fast-tracks his examination of human morality, culminating in a story that has since been immortalised on film and stage. Steinbeck strived for gritty realism and wrote about a ti A book I'd read an awfully long time ago, when pocket calculators were still the latest thing. Steinbeck strived for gritty realism and wrote about a time and a place, with all of its triumphs and evils.
Hidden messages shadow the narrative, chiefly one of morality. He depicted an America that existed, not the one that he would have liked. View all 50 comments. Sep 13, Maureen rated it really liked it. Touching and beautifully written. Of Mice and Men is a tale about the ultimate kindness - it is hard to talk about kindness without turning sentimental but John Steinbeck was the one who really could. His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.
Simple men of this cruel world live in their own dreamlands and they dream of rainbows. View all 3 comments. A kind of modern fairy tale of a little intelligent man and a big powerful giant, however shall we say quite dumb intellectually challenged. The friends wander California's many dusty roads and get any job possible, as lowly migrant farmhands during the harsh lengthy Great Depression, just trying to survive the deluge, nothing very special here the sad truth be told, as so many millions of others are in the same frightening situation, starvation.
George Milton the little guy is al A kind of modern fairy tale of a little intelligent man and a big powerful giant, however shall we say quite dumb intellectually challenged. George Milton the little guy is always telling Lenny Small, the name sure doesn't fit him the large fellow what to do, guidance the poor man desperately needs. The two arrive at another farm where they meet Curley the boss's sin , make that son. A bully who pushes Lenny too far, some people don't know when to quit, he pays the price. Best scene in the novella is Lenny crushing Curley's hand, like it was made of jelly The childlike behemoth likes tiny cute things animals or women, still with a bad habit of killing them by accident, he means well, yet they're nevertheless The men are always talking about buying a modest ranch, the goal more a dream than a probability for that era, keeps them together, George feels responsible for Lenny and the truth they need each other.
However Curley's wife, no name just "wife" she wasn't an important enough character the author believed, to have one is killed, the dream shattered. Can Lenny escape punishment or does he John Steinbeck; history has shown him to be a great writer, the critics much less numerous now, in one of his most famous books for the interested, the title comes from an old Robert Burns poem "To a Mouse". The if I may judge its meaning is misunderstandings View 2 comments. I think it's tradition for me to finish a classic and think, "That was good, but I wonder what insights and symbolism I missed out on since I didn't read this for class and have a professor telling me about it.
I feel like I always expect classics to be deep and mindblowing with huge world-shifting themes, but in rea I think it's tradition for me to finish a classic and think, "That was good, but I wonder what insights and symbolism I missed out on since I didn't read this for class and have a professor telling me about it. I feel like I always expect classics to be deep and mindblowing with huge world-shifting themes, but in reality, it's totally normal to be disappointed by them. In this case, I spent most of this book wondering what the point was. I wondered if I was just not connecting to this because it was too short, or because of the very slang dialogue, but by the end of this everything just clicked into place and I actually went into my mom's room to discuss.
Touching, tragic, and just Shelves: read-in Only a writer capable of assembling the symbolic with the folkloric can pen a novella that straddles genres, writing techniques and figurative voices and tug at the heartstrings of both commonplace audiences and the most exigent of readers. Yet when reflected upon, this deceivingly modest tale appears designed in concentric layers of deep meaning that orchestrate a rich parable on thematic complexities like the natural goodness of man, the alienation triggered by a socio-economic system that endorses exploitative working conditions and the need to cling to illusions to face a mirthless existence.
Lennie Small is ironically heavily built and as strong as he is good-natured. Of a gullible disposition and feeble minded he depends solely on his workmate George to be hired as a temporary hand harvesting seasonal crops in the farms of California. George, a sharp and resourceful rogue, tries to protect Lennie mostly from himself but also from the maliciousness inherent in most of their fellow labourers.
Alternating the romantic with the myopic vision of hope and gloom, the story is shaped by the intense friendship between these disparate characters and their legitimate aspirations to achieve a respectable livelihood, creating an expansive allegory for the dehumanization the itinerant labourers were victims of during the years ensuing the Great Depression. A story of marginalized men and women who live on the fringes of an impassive society and navigate the stirred waters of human dignity and animalization, reason and instinct, courage and weariness, narcotic dreams and hopeful illusions.
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For the best experience, please use a larger, full-color screen. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance. Chris Wallace. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: first-person; second-person; third-person. Read through the link to find each definition. How does Crane use irony to show that war is far from kind? It is 7 chapters long. For each of the chapters print off and complete the Student Activity Sheets to create a study guide for yourself. Writing An important part of rhetorical analysis will include analyzing diction. When the speaker chose a stronger alternative to a word instead of a simpler choice, you should pay attention to it.
Notice patterns such as repetition used by the writer. Does the pattern show emotion or emphasis? The author should use words that are purposeful with a meaning that is the exact meaning intended. Words can have an effect on the reader, so they must be chosen carefully. Read Example 2 in The Rhetorical Situation. Lesson 54 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: stream of consciousness , pessimism , urbanization Reading Finish The Open Boat including any Student Activity Sheets for the remaining chapters. Writing Diction will reflect the subject, purpose, occasion, and audience. This will influence the diction. If the purpose is to inform, then the diction may be more to the point. If the purpose is to entertain, there may be words used with irony or humorous ways. Read Example 3 in The Rhetorical Situation. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: industrialization , detachment , syntax Reading Today you should be done Chapters of The Red Badge of Courage as well as pages of the study guide.
Writing An important part of rhetorical analysis will include analyzing syntax. Review the definition of syntax. Sentence length is one part of syntax. It is important to vary your sentence length. A shorter sentence can show that the message is very straightforward. A longer sentence can be more detailed and descriptive. Read Sentence Variety: Strategies for Variation. Sentence type is another aspect of syntax. Read Sentence Variety: Sentence Types. A third aspect of syntax is punctuation.
Again a variety of punctuation is used in good writing. A colon : can direct the reader to a focal point of the sentence. It shows the reader that something following the colon is important. A semi-colon ; can show the reader that both of the two independent clauses have equal importance or it can emphasize parallel ideas. A dash - can show a quick change in thought or tone. It could also be used to give a brief summary. Read Conclusion in The Rhetorical Situation. Lesson 56 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: pragmatism , apathy Reading Over the next few days we are going to be looking at some letters and speeches from the Native American experience and the fight for equality taking place after the Civil War. Read about Cochise. The Apaches have had their tribesmen destroyed by the Americans and the Apaches are descendants of the original inhabitants of this land. In order to preserve their people, they need this chance. How was the relationship between the Americans and the Apaches initially? What happened to the relationship? Read about Chief Joseph.
Writing Another important part of rhetorical analysis will include analyzing tone. Review the definition of tone. Lesson 57 Reading Read about Sojourner Truth. What allusions does she make? What can you learn about her from this speech? In what ways does Sojourner appeal to the emotions of her audience? Writing Continue working on your essay. Proofread it for any grammatical or spelling errors. Lesson 58 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: digression , flashback , dramatic monologue , vernacular , Reading Read about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton uses allusion in her speech. What Shakespeare reference does she make? The allusion implies that women are in the same situation of being expected to be perfect, but are not given the same education and opportunities which men have.
Anthony makes in her reference to the Declaration of Independence? Lesson 59 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: catharsis , existentialism Reading Read about Kate Chopin. Just read this page. Why do you think the author mentions in the first paragraph that Mrs. The setting of the story is limited to a room, a staircase, and a front door. How does this confinement emphasize the themes of the story? In what ways is this passage significant? The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.
Read about the themes and symbols. Lesson 60 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: tragedy Greek vs. Take the quiz for The Red Badge of Courage. Remember your Rhetorical Analysis Essay is due tomorrow. Lesson 61 Rhetorical Analysis Essay due today Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: abstract , ad hominem , annotate Reading Read about Edith Wharton. Read about The House of Mirth. From your original directions: This should be a focused analysis of the writing. Grade your essay using this Rhetorical Analysis Essay Rubric.
Record your grade out of Read about Willa Cather. Download the Study Guide available here. Read pages of the document. Complete page 5 before beginning to read the novel. Fill out anything you can on page 6 of your study guide for Introduction and Book 1. What kind of narrative does the introduction present for the reader? He is a romantic figure. Lesson 63 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: conundrum , deduction , didacticism Reading Read Chapters Is there anything additional you can record on page 6 of the study guide?
In what ways are two worlds blending and not blending in these chapters? Antonia teaches Jim about immigrant culture in the prairie. Jim is a little nervous and suspicious when it comes to immigrants. Antonia is helping him to give people a chance. As immigrants, the Shimerdas are isolated by language and culture. Lesson 64 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: discourse , dissonance Reading Read Chapters Jim struggles with wanting to prove himself as what?
Peter and Pavel tried to escape their past and make a new life for themselves. In the end, Pavel dies and Peter has to start all over again. It will always be a part of you. Refer to your study guide for Book 1 and add any additional notes. Jim also appears to be more understanding of religious and cultural differences than his grandparents. The Shimerdas struggle a bit with their dependence upon the kindness and charity of the Burdens. Lesson 66 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: euphemism , euphony , exposition Reading Read Chapters Shimerda in giving her the pot. His grandmother has an understanding that Jim does not have due to his lack of experience and maturity.
How does Jim show a lack of understanding about immigrants? In what way does Jim recognize a gender inequality issue? Lesson 67 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. In this section there is a turning point where new life begins. What are some examples of this new life beginning? Antonia understands their lives are taking them on different paths. You printed this study guide in lesson Lesson 68 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Frances has an independent nature. Lesson 69 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: metonymy , modality , moral Reading Read Book II Chapters Take notes on the differences between Antonia and Lena.
Lesson 70 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Is there anything else you can add to page 10 of your Study Guide? Lesson 71 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: parable , paradox , parody Reading Read Book II Chapters These chapters show that there is some thinking toward equality for the immigrants, but what story involving Lena shows there was still much prejudice toward them?
Lesson 72 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: pathos , pedantic , persuasion Reading Read Book II Chapters Antonia is finding her independence. Antonia must work. Jim will go on to pursue education. Their paths are dividing them. In Chapter 15, Mr. Cutter has planned to attack Antonia. Jim protects her from this happening. Cutter beats Jim badly. Lesson 73 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: polysyndeton , red herring , reductio ad absurdum Reading Read Book III Chapters He connects them to what he is now learning. What does Lena tell Jim about Antonia? Lesson 74 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. What does Lena tell Jim about her future? Why does Cleric want to take Jim back east? He thinks Jim should go with him and continue his education at Harvard. He thinks Jim is wasting his time and future with Lena.
How old is Jim when he completes his studies at Harvard? What has become of Lena? Tiny had made a fortune with the Alaskan Gold Rush, but she seemed to be a cold person now. What does Jim learn happened to Antonia? He used Antonia for her dowry from Ambrosch and then left her. How does Antonia react when she sees Jim? Where do they go to talk? They go to talk by Mr. What career path has Jim chosen? Jim promises to return, but what does Antonia say if he does not return?
Lesson 76 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: adjourn , astute , censure Reading Read Book V Chapters Use page 17 as a guide to draft a Response to Literature for the novel. Lesson 77 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Read about F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read about The Great Gatsby Read the themes and symbols.
Lesson 78 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: confirm , demolish , digress Take this vocabulary midterm test. This is not on your grading sheet. The score is saved on your browser. Please contact us if you see a mistake. Take notes where you answer the following questions: How does the story define identity and aging? Do you think those definitions are still relevant today? How does the author use the concept of beauty? In what ways would you call the story a social satire?
Is this story funny, tragic, or both? Lesson 79 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: dissent , equitable , exonerate Reading Read about Ernest Hemingway. Read about A Farewell to Arms. Lesson 80 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: extemporaneous , extricate , forfeit Reading Read about Ezra Pound.
What is his major contribution to this literary period? How does this piece reflect a common Modernism theme of alienation and isolation? Look at how the author uses time sequence and tone. Lesson 81 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: fragile , galore , genuine Reading Read about Robert Frost. Lesson 82 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: hostile , illegible , impatient Reading Read about Susan Glaspell. What do the men focus on as they look through the house?
What do you think Glaspell is trying to say by including this? As the play goes on, the women acknowledge that Minnie was treated unfairly by her husband. The men see her as unable to take care of her home. The women see that she was treated unfairly and may have been in the middle of tasks when she was provoked to act by the murder of her beloved canary. What items take on symbolic importance in the play? Take notes on what the symbolism says to you. What are your thoughts on it? Lesson 83 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: inadvertently , inappropriate , inter Reading Read about The Harlem Renaissance. Read about Langston Hughes. Do you agree or disagree? What is the racial mountain he refers to? Lesson 84 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: lucrative , mitigate , novice Reading Read about W.
Du Bois. What similes are found in the first and second stanzas? What ideas are they used to support? The poet uses some visual imagery in the third stanza. What is that imagery? What is the warning along with it? What is being contrasted in the last two stanzas? Why might the author have used the associated images that he does? Do you agree with the argument that the speaker makes? Why or why not? Is the message relevant today? Lesson 85 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: original , permanent , prohibit Reading Read The Depression in the United States — An Overview. Read about John Steinbeck. Read about The Grapes of Wrath. Read about Of Mice and Men. Lesson 86 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: punctual , rarity , rebuke Reading Read about American Literature and the Southern Renaissance. Read about William Faulkner. Lesson 87 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: suffice , transient , vacant Reading Read about Katherine Porter.
How does the author use structure and elements of time chronological and psychological to tell the story? Review the definition of stream of consciousness. Lesson 88 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: cache , calamity , commend Reading Read about Zora Neale Hurston. Lesson 89 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: congregate , convene , cordiality Reading Read about Richard Wright. Note: Native Son is a famous and controversial novel written by Richard Wright. We will not be reading the novel, but it is important to know about this novel as you may be preparing for the CLEP or similar tests. Read about Native Son. Complete it. Record your Exam grade out of Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: despotic , dispense , dubious Reading Read The realist legacy and the late s Read about Postmodernism.
What are the major differences you see between the Postmodern era and the eras we have most recently studied? The Essay will be pages in length and will be a research paper focused on a debatable issue. Essays should use a rational discussion of your chosen position. It should serve to educate your readers, but also attempt to persuade them with a call to action. Read about Argumentative Essays. You will be using this Persuasive Research Essay Rubric where each section has a maximum score of 10 points. Read the traits portion and determine how close to fulfilling that the assignment came. Score each section out of 10 points for a total of 50 points possible. The steps of your assignment should include the following: Choose your topic and create a formal proposal for your argument.
Come up with a working thesis and a preliminary bibliography. Create a formal complete sentence outline. Write a rough draft with a works cited page. Write a final draft in MLA format with works cited. Lesson 92 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Read about Arthur Miller. Read about Death of A Salesman. People were falsely accused of practicing witchcraft, with the accusers having various motives and justifications for the accusations. The topic for your essay should be narrowed down to a specific argument.
Your topic should be supported with outside sources, statistics, etc. You will need to be able to find enough evidence to give support to your idea and be able to defend your argument against other views. Choose something that challenges you and interests you, but be sure there is enough information available to write an effective paper on the topic. What kind of facts, evidence and logic will you be able to find in your research? Lesson 93 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: distinguish , divulge , facetious Reading Read about Ralph Ellison.
Read through these argumentative writing topic ideas and choose what you would like to use for your Persuasive Research Essay or come up with your own idea. Lesson 94 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: infallible , inundate , pilfer Reading Read about Saul Bellow. Read about The Adventures of Augie March. Writing Read about Logic in Argumentative Writing. Your essay proposal should offer a quick overview of your topic, what you currently know about your topic, some claims you believe the opposing side would make, and what your response to those objections would be.
The proposal is just to get you started. You should expect things will change a bit as you move forward with your assignment. The proposal is a great way to begin organizing what you already know about your topic and what direction your research will probably need to take. Name your proposal paper at the top center of your page Persuasive Research Essay Proposal. Each section of your proposal paper should begin with a header in bold.
Write one sentence where you state your initial claim about your topic. This is something that you intend to prove with research. Your next header will be titled Explanation. The explanation should be a paragraph discussing what you plan to accomplish with your paper and how you plan to accomplish your goal. The next header is Main Points. Write points discussing examples of support for your argument. Make your next header Objections. This can just be a brief sentence that states a problem with your argument. What would the opposing viewpoint say is wrong with your argument? You need to be sure that your claim is something that can be argued against?
Your final section of the proposal should be your Answer to the Objection. This is a brief explanation of how you expect to reply to the objection problems with your claim. Lesson 95 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Lesson 96 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: abate , belligerent , conspicuous Reading Read about Lorraine Hansberry. Read about A Raisin in the Sun. Read about its themes and symbols. When I was in high school we read this play and also watched the movie version of it. If you are able to, I think you should check it out.
Lesson 97 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: deter , diminutive , dispel Reading Some writers from were considered in the Beat Generation or the Beat Movement. Read about the Beats. Read about Jack Kerouac. Jack Kerouac wrote a famous novel called On the Road. This book deals with substance abuse, excessive drinking, and having multiple relationships. Sadly, Kerouac died of liver disease that was a consequence of his years of drinking heavily. Lesson 98 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes.
Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: adroit , affluent , apprehensive , bildungsroman Reading We are going to be reading the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. You will need to have a copy of this book to read as it is not available for free online due to an open copyright. You can find a copy at your local library or purchase a copy for an eReader like Kindle. Parents should be aware that this book deals with a suspected violent crime, sexual abuse, and racism. It contains some rough language. Terms are used to describe African Americans that are never okay to use. Download this study guide for the novel. We will not be using all of the study guide.
Read pages of the study guide pages of the PDF. What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb? What do you learn about Atticus Finch and his family? Why are Scout, Jem, and Dill so interested in the Radley place? Lesson 99 Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: aptitude , audacity , avarice Reading Read Chapter 2 of To Kill A Mockingbird. How are the social differences of the students at school exposed? What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher?
Writing Have you decided on your essay topic and created your formal proposal? Share it with your parent or a responsible adult and ask for feedback on your ideas. Lesson Vocabulary Record these words and their definitions in your notes. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: dauntless , destitute , dexterity Reading Read Chapter 3 of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Think about the interaction between Walter Cunningham and Atticus. What does this interaction reveal about each of these characters? What about the different ways Jem and Scout treat Walter? What does this reveal about the differences between Jem and Scout? What does this mean? Is this an easy thing for Scout to learn? Has this been an easy thing for you to learn? What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewell family? Writing If your Persuasive Research topic was in the form of a question, your thesis statement is your answer to that question. Click on each term and summarize its definition so you have a clear understanding of its meaning: fortitude , indomitable , lavish Reading Read Chapter 4 of To Kill A Mockingbird.
How does Scout feel about school? What characteristics of the children do you learn about through the Boo Radley game? Who do you think is putting the gum and pennies in the tree? Do you think this is revealing something about their character? Who do you think is laughing when Scout bumped into the Radley house with the tire? Writing You should be gathering sources to develop a preliminary annotated bibliography for your essay. Some sources you will keep. Some you will later find are not useful and they will be removed from your final bibliography. Read Research: Where do I begin?Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in Molly Pitchers Role In The American Revolution To Kill A Mockingbird Snowman Symbolism years as a To Kill A Mockingbird Snowman Symbolism. He almost walks through the world blind. Even if you have to start with baby faith or To Kill A Mockingbird Snowman Symbolism faith, you can become empowered to let go of your lazy faith, trust God through your hazy faith, and To Kill A Mockingbird Snowman Symbolism to live a To Kill A Mockingbird Snowman Symbolism of crazy faith.