For this blog assignment, you are to select the most significant passage in the book, The Things They Carried. It is up to you how to define passage (sentence, paragraph, vignette, etc). You must quote verbatim and cite the passage accurately (for longer passages, use ellipses). Then, in at least two well-written paragraphs, explain not only a brief synopsis of what is happening during the passage (BRIEF is key), but also what makes the passage significant to the text as a whole. In other words, WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT? Does it showcase a theme? A motif? Is it most telling of the war? O'Brien's overall message?

Please abstain from making this all about you and how the passage strikes you alone. This assignment should be focused on the passage and its affect on the reading, not you.

It's been a while since we've blogged. Please proofread and make sure what you submit is worthy of a 20-point assignment AND make sure to respond to at least one other post.

 
I'm under the impression you've all received some instruction on how to find solid resources for reserach projects. So you're coming into these chapters with some background knowledge. The hope is that UnSpun helps you look at your resources even more critically than you did before. So, I'd like you to reflect on what the two chapters offered you. For this blog please respond to the following:

1. What's one thing you can take away from each chapter as you step back into the research process?
2. How  will you apply what you read to our current research process/project?

To receive full credit, please respond with TEXTUAL REFERENCES, thoughtfully comment on someone else's post, and proofread your posts before publishing.
 
Hope you all enjoyed the snow day! Plan on having your timed write on Monday. 

For this post, address my go-to question: what struck you in these two chapters? Remember, you can mention things that surprised you, things you learned, things you're questioning, etc. Consider both chapters in your response. Please cite specific examples from the reading and give a rationale to your reaction. 

Please proofread before you post and comment on at least one other post. 

Responses should be indicative of a close reading of the text. Can't wait to read your posts!
 
In a brief paragraph address the following:

a. What purpose(s) does this introduction serve? (think in terms of rhetorical anylsis, argument, etc)
b. What are your first reactions to the text?

Your paragraph can be a comment on another person's post or stand alone. As long as your response addresses the above in a well-written,  coherent, and thoughtful manner, you will receive full credit.
 
Today, we discussed the rhetorical device of satire. It's a very popular technique in today's mainstream world, but often the most misunderstood technique on the AP test! Let's look at it a little more, and hopefully have some fun while doing it. If you are feeling like you need more clarity on what satire is and how to recognize it, read this short article before you move on. 

For this assignment, please read/view the following: 

#1: Article on The Onion website (warning: one swear word; email me if you need another option)
#2: YouTube video about Facebook
#3: Controversial New Yorker Cover July 2008

Once you've looked at those three things, write a paragraph or so that considers the following: 1)What is being satirized? 2) What techniques does the piece use to build satire? and 3)What is your reaction to each one?

Remember to proofread your writing and to respond to one other person. 
 
After CAREFULLY reading "The Declaration of Independence" (pg. 407) and "I Have a Dream" (pg. 411), compare the two pieces in terms of language, style, and content. Are they equally resonant? Cite specific passages from the essays to illustrate your points. Think rhetorically! 

Online versions of the texts:

The Declaration:  
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm

I Have a Dream: http://www.innovativeclassroom.com/Files/Reproducibles/IHaveADream.pdf


 
This blog has two parts. Your response should speak to both: 

1) What is the most significant vignette of the ENTIRE novel and why?

2) I brought this piece back this year after a few years without it. Do you think we should keep reading it in years to come? Is it APLACable? Why or why not?

Thanks for taking on this novel. I hope Cisneros offers you something as writers and as readers.
 
Cisneros is not only taking us through Esperanza's life as a coming of age story, she is also painting a picture of her neighborhood and her culture. Of the vignettes you read for today, which sticks out to you and the most important in terms of character development? Which one helps define the culture? (These could be the same) Which vignette strikes you most in terms of writing style?
 
You learn a lot about character(s) and culture in the first few pages of the book. What techniques does Cisneros use in order to build these characters and images? What are you noticing about the way she writes the book? What passage(s) (you can define passage) stick with you and why? Please remember to cite specific places in the book to support your claims. In order to receive full credit you must thoughtfully respond to someone else's post in addition to writing your own. 
 
By Thursday: Pick two essays from the “Narrative” section in the McGraw-Hill and actively read them both (note: the shorter essays are not always the best pick). Then, answer this question in a well-written response: Which essay do you consider more POWERFUL and WHY? Think about language, usage, rhetorical devices, striking diction/syntax, etc. Not coupon eligible. You will be assessed on your written response (in terms of the italics above) AND your thoughtful response to someone else’s post. Try to seek out someone who read the same essay.