• *** If you missed a journal, here they are. 


    #1: 8/8 - Using evidence from chapter 1 in Of Mice and Men, compare the narrator's descriptions of George and Lennie to the imagery of the setting? What could the connection to the setting symbolize?


    #2 8/15 - Write a 10 line biography poem for one of the characters from the summer novels.


    #3 8/15 - What is your favorite academic subject and fine art? Explain why!


    #4 8/20 - Read Susan Power's essay "Museum Indians" in textbook pages 35-39. What is the author's tone towards her mother and her heritage? Write your answer in a well-developed paragraph.


    #5 8/22 - Answer these questions: What are the characteristics of a trickster tale? Why is the "trickster" a universal archetype? Why would people tell these stories? What purpose do these stories serve? What can we learn about a Native American tribe from reading its tales, such as: What do they value? What is their landscape? What is their diet? etc.


    #6 8/27 - Read the article "The Redesigning of Pocahontas, the Whiteman's Dream" and write a well-written, fully developed paragraph with a claim, evidence, and commentary answering the question: Does the fictional romance in the movie detract from Disney's goal to teach kids about racism and cultural diversity?


    #7 8/29 - Analyze the painting "The Baptism of Pocahontas" using the OPTIC method. (You received this handout in class.)


    #8 9/12 - Respond to the quote: "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss in enthusiam." - Winston Churchill. What do you think this quote means? 


    #9 9/17 - Recall and describe an argument in which you used at least one of the persuasive appeals - ethos, logos, or pathos. Was your rhetoric effective? Why or why not.


    #10 9/24 - Your choice; or tell me about your favorite book or book series and what makes it great.


    #11 10/17 - Respond to the quote: "Don't tell me how talented you are, tell me how hard you work." - Arthur Rubinstein. Why do you think hard work is more important than talent?


    #12 10/22 - The Salem judges have asked you to write a legal brief stating your position on the witch trials. In the brief, state your claim, evidence, counterclaim/evidence, and final closing statement how the judges should rule.


    # 13 10/29 - Name as many foil characrters as you can from the play and explain why they are foils and what their foil adds to the play.


    #14 10/ 31 - What's the difference between a claim and a thematic statement? Write 3 thematic statements for The Crucilbe.


    #15 11/12 - Which author does a better job to support his or her claim? (Article - Are we ready for self-driving cars?)


    #16 11/14 - Which author does a better job to support his or her claim? (Article - Should college athletes get paid?)


    #17 11/21 - Which author gives a more effective argument? (Article - Should museums be required to return artifacts to their country of origin?)


    #18 12/3 - Read the speech, "Address to the Osages" by Tecumseh and answer these questions: What effect is he striving for? How does he create that effect? How does the effect serve the purpose of his speech?


    #19 12/10 - Read the two speeches by Sojourner Truth, "Keeping the Thing Going While Things Are Stirring" and "Ain't I A Woman?" Write about an inquality we face in our world today. Explain it to me as if I don't understand it. Describe it and give examples. Propose a solution or first steps we might take to resolve the inequality.


    #20 1/14 - Read the story "Birthday Party" and write a one-page response explaining the effect Katherine Brush is trying to achieve and how she achieves that effect using tone, imagery, word choice, point-of-view, and parallel structure.


    #21 1/28 - Read Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven". Using that text as a stimulus, write a first person narrative about being visited by a bird or animal or creature. Using lots of imagery and symbolism, establish a setting, sequence of events, and dialogue. It should be a gothic story with details about what the narrator is thinking and how he or she feels. The story must have an ending.