Archive for January, 2013

31
Jan

With the Samanas
1. In the second full paragraph on p.13, what diction suggests that the Samana way is not a good one?
2. Debate the arguments of Govinda and Siddhartha in this chapter. What are Govinda’s arguments and thesis? What is Siddhartha’s?
3. Discuss this quote: “What I have learned so far from the Samanas, I could have learned more quickly and easily at every inn in a prostitute’s quarter, amongst the carriers and dice players.” (16)
4. What is “the way”? (18)
5. Why does Gotama, the Buddha, appeal to Siddhartha?
6. At the end of both Chapters 1 and 2, Siddhartha takes a leave—compare these two
situations. How does Siddhartha manipulate the situation to achieve his goals?
Does the listener truly capitulate?
7. Why is severe asceticism not an answer for Siddhartha?
8. Why was this experience necessary for Siddhartha? What does he learn?

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17
Jan

Hey, S’mores! Here are the notes that you’ll need to be successful on the final. For each of the noels that we’ve read this semester you need to know the author, the plot (including the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement), major characters, and a number of literary elements including, but not limited to: characterization, symbolism, allegory, metaphor/simile, mood and tone, theme, and, from Shakespeare, soliloquy, apostrophe, and aside. You should be able to identify specific passages throughout each novel, as well as all of the vocabulary

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16
Jan

Hey, 11’s! You’ve already turned in your essay, so here are the review documents that you’ll need for the final next week.

This is your final review guide. Note that it does not include all the novel Into the Wild. I chose not to include it because you just finished it. Lastly, in case you need to reminder, you can check out some basic MLA formatting rules.

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Enjoy! Study hard.

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14
Jan

Hey, y’all. Sorry for the late/half-baked schedule, but I don’t really want to type the whole thing. We’ll be reviewing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Monday and Tuesday are dedicated to the trial of Atticus Finch. Remember to complete the write up. Later this week I will also post the review guide.

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11
Jan

Hey all! I was asked earlier this week to put together something useful on conclusions. I did a little research, started writing and then thought “why should I try to reinvent the wheel,” especially when there are so many good resources out there? With that in mind, I’d like to point you towards LEO, which is a particularly good website detailing some effective strategies for writing your conclusions.

Check it out here: http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html

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6
Jan

Hey! Happy 2013 to y’all. Here’s the plan:

Monday: I’ll be handing back a whole bunch of work. (Note: I did not receive the TKAM Dialectical Journals from a bunch of you. They are late. You need to turn them in with a late pass by Friday). Afterwards we’ll be doing some serious peer editing.

Tuesday: …and we’ll keep peer editing.

Wednesday: I’ll be walking you through a few of the more common errors that I saw made in the course of grading the MacEssay. I’ll be answering questions, helping you with some basic grammar ideas that should also help (hint: look up parallelism).

Thursday + Friday: We’ll be in the computer lab. I’m giving you two full days to work on your essays, get feedback from your neighbors, and polish the heck out of this thing. I was generally displeased with the quality of the MacEssays, so I’m making you sure to give you more time to get this right.

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6
Jan

Welcome back, y’all! Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Monday: We’ll be spending a nice chunk of time handing back a whole bunch of work that I graded over the break. However, before we do that, there are a number of students from whom I haven’t received your Into The Wild journals, and it is affecting your grade. Similarly, there are a number of students who have not taken the final exam for the novel. The journals are due today, but I’ll allow students until Tuesday after class to make up the exam. During class I’ll be handing out the prompt for the final essay for Into The Wild. We’ll go over the prompt together, and afterwards you’ll have a chance to ask whatever questions you need to ask.

Tuesday + Wednesday: I’ll have laptops in the room on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Part of Tuesday will be dedicated to me giving you a few things to remember as you begin writing, from a few stylistic things, to general pieces of advice.

Thursday: Thursday is peer editing day. You’ll need to have a copy of your essay ready for peer editing (yes, you’re getting credit for it). If you show up without one, it is still your responsibility to have your essay edited and you’ll still be responsible for editing somebody else’s work as well.

Friday: We’ll have the laptops in the room again on Friday for you to make whatever revisions you need to make to your essays. Please note that the essays are due on Friday, by 11:59:59 pm on Turnitin.com.

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