The final drafts of your essays were due this week. If you have any late work to get to me for LP3, please get it to me by Monday night at the latest. I will be putting in all final grades on Tuesday the 19th, so I will not be accepting any late work after Monday.
This week, we focused on a short story, "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant.
1. Is it alright to want more than you have?
2. Are material possessions important in a relationship?
3. What would you do if you borrowed something from a friend and you lost it?
After reading the story, we considered the following statements and took positions on these issues relating to the story.
1. Lying is acceptable in some situations. You should always lie to save face.
2. Life sometimes hands you cruel situations. The best thing to do when this happens is to keep your suffering to yourself and find a way to get by.
3. Material goods, like clothing and cars are extremely important to being happy. Money can’t buy happiness, but it definitely makes it easier to be happy.
Lastly, students wrote alternate endings to story. These will be incorporated in your newspaper project (attached below).
For the two weeks of no onsite classes, please complete the following assignments:
1. Newspaper project for "The Necklace" short story (attached below)
2. Literary response questions for "The Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan. Read the story here (questions attached below)
3. Complete the following poetry assignment: Click here. Review the different poetry formats. Compose a poem about any subject in the poetry format you like the most.
In today's class, we did something a little different. Before getting into that though, I wanted to remind you that your final drafts of your character analysis essays are due next class.
We began class with a quickwrite on a piece of emerging technology:
1. Are we too reliant on electronic technology? Why, or why not?
2. What are your thoughts on virtual reality? Do you think realistic virtual reality technology would have positive or negative effects on our society? Why?
After discussing responses to these questions, we watched a film version of a Ray Bradbury short story entitled "The Veldt". The questions to accompany the video are attached below.
We discussed Bradbury's negative portrayal of virtual reality and then contrasted it with Chris Milk's Ted Talk on virtual reality. Note that in Bradbury's vision, virtual reality pushes people apart and makes them less empathetic toward each other; in Chris Milk's vision, virtual reality brings people together and makes them more empathetic toward each other.
After this video, we had a discussion guided by the following questions:
1. Does Bradbury's or Milk's vision of virtual reality seem like a more realistic outcome?
2. Do you think virtual reality technology will be used more as a tool for creating empathy or simply for entertainment and escapism?
3. As a society becomes more and more globally connected, why is empathy so important?
In today's class, we reviewed MLA formatting to help you format your character analysis essays correctly. I have attached the resource packet from today's class below. In class, we went through each aspect of formatting with examples. If you need additional help with MLA formatting on your essay, I recommend consulting The Owl at Perdue.
After the formatting lesson, students worked to make necessary formatting changes to their essays. The final drafts of your essays will be due next Tuesday/Wednesday.
I recommend using the following web resource to create your works cited page:
This week, we went over how to compose concluding paragraphs in an essay. Students completed their conclusions in the rough drafts of their character analysis essays.
We also had a peer critique session in order to get feedback for final draft editing.
Your rough draft is to be complete before going on break.
Have a nice winter break :)
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.