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English III Honors: Performance Task
Transcript of English III Honors: Performance Task
For this week, we will be focusing on WHAT, HOW, and WHY for writing an analytical essay. Based on the work submitted for both the pre-writing activity (twice!) and the detailed outline, we need to spend some serious time reviewing HOW to write for an analytical essay. We will be focusing on the following this week:
Monday - Prompt Review
Tuesday - Introductions
Wednesday/Thursday - Body Paragraphs
Friday - Conclusions
NEXT Monday - Formatting
First things first, Survey Time!
Using an electronic device (either a cell phone or an iPad), type the following link into a web browser and complete the below survey. I will give you about 5-10 minutes to QUIETLY complete the survey. Read the questions carefully and make sure you respond fully!
This collection opens with the quotation, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." Look back at the anchor text, "To Build a Fire," and at the other texts in this collection. What particular themes or central ideas does each writer want readers to recognized about reality, and why? What stylistic choices does each author make in order to reveal a specific version of reality? Synthesize your ideas by writing an analytical essay
What do we understand? What do we NOT understand?
What this prompt is asking you to do as a writer is to think about the quote, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away," and think about how the stories we have read this quarter SUPPORT this particular quote. Meaning, how do the texts we have read convey to the reader that reality is tough, difficult, and something that people cannot hide from?
You will need to pick a couple of the texts that we have read and from there will analyze the themes, stylistic choices, and communication of ideas from the text to construct a paper demonstrating HOW those texts connect back to the overall prompt.
How to Analyze to Support the Prompt
Recall that analysis is dealing with the HOW and WHY of answering questions. When you answer these two questions, your analyzing. When you answer who, what, where, when type questions, your are plot summarizing.
For analyzing the texts to support the prompt, you will need to do the following:
- HOW does the story support the idea of reality?
- WHY does the author convey the sense of reality in the way that they do?
- HOW does the author convey the sense of reality in the way that they do?
- WHY is this particular text important when thinking about reality?