Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A.P. Lit Is Writing About Their Book Club Novels: April 1, 2015

Focus: How can we write effectively about our book club novels?

1. Warming up: Trying out Mrs. Ferrill's nifty three-minute outline

  • Showing you an example
  • Trying it out with a previous timed writing (or other essay if you don't have a timed writing handy)
  • Backing it up with concrete examples (the key to avoiding excessive plot summary)

Vague example: Sethe takes the life of her own daughter.

Concrete example: The scene in which Sethe murders Beloved is narrated primarily through the third person omniscient viewpoint of the "four horsemen" who have come to collect her.

Vague example: Sethe constantly remembers the abuses of Schoolteacher's nephew.

Concrete example: Sethe carries a chokecherry tree scar on her back.

Vague example: Billy Pilgrim bounces around irregularly in space and time.  OR

The Tallis home is dysfunctional.

Concrete example:

2. Enjoying your book club timed writing

1. This Friday marks the end of 12 weeks. If you have any make-up work from the past six weeks (including poetry responses) or a revision of your critical review, you must turn it in by this Friday.

2. Make sure your big blog post is ready for me to look at tomorrow.

3. If you own your own copy of Waiting for Godot, start bringing it to class this week.

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