Should song lyrics be considered poetry? What dilemmas arise when we look at lyrics as poetry? In a blog response, find a set of lyrics to a song that you like and analyze them as poetry? What do you now understand about the song that you didn't before?
Check out RAP GENIUS for some interesting close readings of hip hop songs you might know.
Find a piece of writing you have done from some point earlier in the year. Then try one of the following exercises to focus on the difference in voice.
Once you have performed one of the above exercises, reflect. What did this exercise teach you about writing (specifically voice)?
Be sure to identify which exercise you've chosen.
Write a reflection over what you have read in your independent novel so far. Consider some of the literary features of texts we have discussed (conflict, theme, characterization) and add this into your response.
In your response you must construct sentences that show an understanding of each of the six uses for commas that we have discussed over the past two weeks.
This blog will be worth 20 points (4 times as many points as usual) and will be graded on content as well as accurate use of commas.
Tell me about some of the conflicts that appear in your novel. Who is/are the central character(s)? What is standing in their way of achieving their goal? What would you say the CENTRAL CONFLICT of your novel is? How about secondary conflicts? How can you tell the difference?
Reflect over the first quarter of your independent novel. What happened in the book? How are you liking the book so far? What do you think is going to happen next? What are some important themes that you uncovered during your reading this week? Be sure to give strong evidence from the book!
What is your experience with stereotypes? Have you been the victim of them or seen people around you use them? Where do stereotypes come from and how can we get rid of them?
Now look at the picture of the character Chin-Kee from when he first appears in American Born Chinese. What are your first impressions of him? Why do you think the author, Gene Luen Yang, created a character like this?
Every one of us came from some place before we got here. As best as you can based only on what information you have in your brain, trace your family history as far back as you can. How did you get here? When did your family arrive in the United States? How did they get to this particular part of Illinois? Now reflect on the process of figuring out your family lineage. Why do you know as much as you do? Why don't you know more?
In a blog post, reflect on what you have learned ABOUT WRITING during the analytical essay assignment that you just finished. Do you feel like you are a better writer now than you were when you began? What have you learned about what makes good writing?
Write a blog post in which you reflect over the play Romeo and Juliet. How did you like it? Do you like the way it ended? Do you feel that you were better at reading Shakespeare by the time it was all over? Take some time to let me know how you feel.