BOOK REPORTS Book reports are an important tool to help teach students how to narrow down the details of the literature they read and effectively summarize the characters and main events. When students use a book report form in a "pre-essay" format, it begins to build the student's concept of essay writing for the future. … Continue reading ELEMENTARY ~ Book Report Forms
Beowulf Essay Responses: Write a short essay discussing how the character, Beowulf, illustrates the three parts of the Old English heroic ideal. (Begin by introducing the three parts of the heroic ideal.) Be sure to discuss the reciprocal relationship implied by comitatus and how Beowulf illustrated this both as warrior to Hrothgar, and as King of the Geats to his own warriors. (See Lecture Notes and Literature in … Continue reading BEOWULF ESSAY
The Characters (in the Quest Motif) THE HERO -- ROMANTIC, IRONIC, TRAGIC In stories of "the quest,” heroes are on the brink of a great change. Some heroes are desperately unhappy and experience their lives as a stultifying world, one that, in its very orderliness and familiarity, comes to seem sterile and confining: a kind … Continue reading The Hero in Quest Literature
The Journey Essay READ: "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman REFLECT: What about Thoreau’s journey into the woods at Walden Pond to “live deliberately”? Or Walt Whitman’s “perpetual journey” in his Song of Myself? Let’s take a look... From Walden, Chapter Two: “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” Henry David Thoreau  I … Continue reading Essay: The Journey
In these Lessons, you will learn: To recognize prewriting as the first step in the writing process and to identify a variety of prewriting techniques. To recognize drafting as a step in the writing process and to become familiar with the steps in preparing a draft. To identify and use the traits of effective writing. … Continue reading The Writing Process: Pre-Writing
Choose one of the quotes featured in this posting, or another one that stood out to you from the book and write an essay, explaining the quote’s meaning, application, and how it could effect (to bring about) change. Make your essay at least one page, typed, following formatting guidelines.
ANALYZING THEME: People who hide their wrongdoings do not escape the results of sin. Write a five-paragraph essay in which you discuss how this statement is true for the novel you have just completed. This is your Thesis Statement. You will add specifics to this, but it must be the main part of your thesis statement. See … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ Analyzing Theme Essay
Getting Ready to Read "The Life of the Custom House lies like a dream behind me . . . soon, likewise, my old native town will loom upon me through the haze of memory, a mist brooding over and around it; as if it were no portion of the real earth, but an overgrown village … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ The Custom House Journal Entry
G L O S S A R Y Chapter 1 Cornhill - part of Washington Street. Now part of City Hall Plaza Isaac Johnson - a settler (1601-1630) who left land to Boston; he died shortly after the Puritans arrived. His land would be north of King's Chapel (1688), which can be visited today. burdock - … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ Glossary
Choose one of the quotes featured in this posting, or another one that stood out to you from the book and write an essay, explaining the quote's meaning, application, and how it could effect (to bring about) change. Make your essay at least one page, typed, following formatting guidelines.