The 47 Ronin Story and The Joy Luck Club
Wednesday: September 29, 2010 1. Choose TWO prompts. 2. Create ONE quote sandwich for each prompt. Tuesday: October 5, 2010 1. Using the same TWO prompts create ONE new quote sandwich for each prompt. 2. You should have a TOTAL of two quote sandwiches for each prompt. Read pages 116-118 and 131 in A Pocket Style Manual. Keep this paper for future reference. Ingredients in a quote sandwich: Context: This is where you orient your audience to what is going on in the story at the time of the quote you are focusing on. When applicable, include who is saying or thinking the quote. Lead into the quote naturally. Do not write “The quote I chose to focus on is …” Quote: Be sure to choose a quote that is not simply stating a fact. Choose a quote that has lots of meaning – a quote that allows you (through your analysis) to show off your talents as reader. Analysis: Explain to your audience the significance of the quote. Consider things such as what the quote reveals about a character, how the quote related to the themes of the story, the connotations of specific words in the quote, etc. Make inferences! Assignment Directions: 1. Choose TWO of the following prompts to answer using your novel. 2. For each prompt, create ONE quote sandwich that could be used to answer the prompt. Each quote sandwich must use a different quote. Assignment Requirements: 1. Length: 1 paragraph 2. Format: Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1” margins 3. Include: MLA Heading Prompt: copy and paste from below Quote Sandwich Context Quote with citation Analysis! Analysis! Analysis! Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Penguin, 1953. Proofread: 1. Check for content: a. Are all the parts of the quote sandwich there? b. Is your analysis thoughtful and insightful? 2. Check for proper grammar, spelling, and word choice a. In each quote sandwich you should have at least THREE vocabulary words (units 1-3); highlight the vocabulary words b. In each quote sandwich, you should use at least THREE different types of phrases; highlight the phrases and identify the type of phrase i. Types of phrases: 1. Appositive 3. Prepositional 5. Participial 2. Infinitive 4. Gerund 3. Use a variety of sentence types (at least one of each); underline and identify the type of sentence i. Types of sentences: Simple 3. Compound 2. Complex 4. Compound-Complex 4. Write in the present tense. (“Oishi feels…” not “June Woo felt…”)
5. Names: use the names in the same way the author uses the names. 6. Check for the rules of formal writing: a. No contractions (they’re, she’s, it’s, couldn’t, wasn’t, etc.) b. No 1st or 2nd person pronouns (I, we, me, you, etc.) c. Formal tone (no slang, clichés, or usage of informal phrases)
Do not merely summarize the plot.
1. Choose a character from your novel and (a) briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exists and (b) show how the character is affected by and responds to those standards. 2. The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels. Select a fictional character from your novel who is in opposition to his or her society. Analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. 3. A recurring theme in literature is the classic war between a passion and responsibility. For instance, a personal cause, a love, a desire for revenge, a determination to redress a wrong, or some other emotion or drive may conflict with moral duty. Choose a character who confronts the demands of a private passion that conflicts with his or her responsibilities. Clearly show the nature of the conflict, its effects upon the character, and its significance to the work. 4. Analyze the source(s) of a conflict between a parent and a son/daughter and explain how the conflict contributes to the meaning of the work. 5. Many plays and novels use contrasting places (for example, two countries, two cities or towns, two houses, or the land and the sea) to represent opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work. Explain how two places within your novel differ, what each place represents, and how their contrast contributes to the meaning of the work. 6. Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, creed, etc. Choose an alienated character from your novel and show how that character's alienation reveals the surrounding society's assumptions or moral values. 7. Novels and plays often depict characters caught between colliding cultures -- national, regional, ethnic, religious, institutional. Such collisions can call a character's sense of identity into question. Choose a character from your novel who is involved in a cultural collision and describe the character's response and explain its relevance to the work as a whole.
8. In many works of literature, a physical journey - the literal movement from one place to another plays a central role. Discuss how the physical journey in your book adds to the meaning of the work as a whole. 9. In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Choose a character from your novel who must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal and show how the character's relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.