February 16 2017

Everyone’s a critic!

Re-read and review all of the literary criticism from your handout today.  (In case you have lost your copy, click here!)  Then write an analysis of your favorite critic!  Explain why you agree with or are intrigued by the author’s claim and analysis.  In addition, you MUST provide your own evidence from the text to support the claim or analysis.

As always, please follow the rules of standard written American English.

Don’t forget to respond to at least one other comment in this thread and tonight, when you do so, respond to a classmate who has chosen a different literary critic.

February 15 2017

Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Tonight, please discuss the quotation above with regard to Night, Of Mice and Men, and Ethan Frome.  Use lots of text-based details to support your analysis.

As always, follow the rules of standard written American English and be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

February 14 2017

He turned and walked slowly back to the farm.

Please discuss Ethan Frome through the very end here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrow’s conversation

Ethan Frome blog #5
February 13 2017

When the door of her room had closed on her he remembered that he had not even touched her hand.

Winter is heating up in Starkfield!  In the continuing spirit of our class discussions yesterday and today, I am not providing you with a specific topic to discuss.  Instead, please pursue your own ideas and theories about Chapters 6, 7, and 8 of Ethan Frome here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrow’s conversations.

Ethan Frome blog #4

 

February 10 2017

The village lay under two feet of snow….

In the spirit of our class discussion today, I am not providing you with a specific topic to discuss.  Instead, ,please pursue your own ideas and theories about the beginning and Chapters 1 and 2 of Ethan Frome here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrow’s conversations.

Ethan Frome blog #3
February 8 2017

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.

Describe our narrator.

Some questions you may want to consider:

  • Who is he?
  • What is he doing in Starkfield?
  • Can we rely on his judgment?  Why or why not?
  • What does the narrator learn about Frome from other characters?
    • What effect does this knowledge have on the narrator?
    • On the reader?

As always, please follow the rules of standard American English in your comment and reply to your classmates comments as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Some reminders:

  • Quality is very important.  Make sure you provide ample detailed, text-based evidence for your observations
  • Quantity is ALSO very important.  A well-developed blog with ample evidence tends to be 300-500 words.

 

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrow’s conversation.

Ethan Frome blog #2
February 2 2017

Why not change your mind?

Tonight, please read the article entitled, “Why not change your mind” from The New Philosopher and then respond here.  For your response, you may consider the following questions:

  • What is the claim or thesis of this article?
  • What support does the author provide for his claim or thesis?
  • What if any rhetorical appeals does the author use?
  • Do you find his argument persuasive?
  • Would you ever consider changing your mind about capital punishment for the mentally disabled?

Please also listen to this podcast “The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind” from This American Life from Chicago Public Radio.

Full warning, however!

The podcast is almost a full hour long and deals with some controversial subjects like gay marriage and abortion.  Please be sure to get your parents’ permission to listen to this.

OMM blog #11
January 30 2017

How’s the research coming?

Dear Students,

Tonight, you should be researching your side of our debate topic:  Should mentally-disabled criminals be subject to capital punishment?

In the comment section below, please explain what work you have done tonight and what work you will be focusing on in class tomorrow.

Remember that we will begin the actual debates on Friday, at which point all position papers must be complete.

Enjoy the process!

:)Ms.Q

OMM blog #10
January 27 2017

It is so ordered.

Tonight, you have been asked to re-read the Wikipedia article and sections III and IV of Justice Stevens’ majority.  Next, please comment below on the specific reasons Justice Stevens gives for his decision.  In addition, please explain how Justice Stevens uses the rhetorical appeals — logos, pathos, and ethos — in his opinion.

OMM blog #9