Core 1:

  1. Write-on: How do you prove something about a book?
    • Just think about this question: What do you think that your change and persuasion notes would help you to prove about your character?
  2. How do you show character development and change in piece of writing without resorting to plot summary? (Lord of the Flies Example)
  3. Thesis writing as an art form:
    • How do you choose something that you want to prove?
    • How do you state it so that you will be able to prove it in multiple ways?
  4. Extension:
    • Write out your idea of a perfect thesis for what you want to prove in your book about change, persuasion, or character development.

Core 2:

  1. Write-on: What do you think a name like “Donald Duk” implies?
  2. Read “Donald Duk.”
    • How does his race affect his story?
    • How does his gender affect his story?
    • How is this story written?
      • How do the mechanics of the writing influence the ways in which we see the characters?
    • Why is Fred Astaire important to Donald?
  3. Extensions:
    • How do we separate ourselves from those that are different?

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: How do you think that reading Shakespeare’s plays is different than reading nearly any other book or play?
  2. Read and/or act out the first three four scenes of the play.
    • How do you see Shakespeare’s language working in your mind?
    • Why is Antonio sad?
    • Describe Antonio and Bassanio’s friendship?
    • What kind of love do you believe Bassanio has for Portia?
  3. Extensions: Continue to work on your script for your two minute podcast summary.

Core 4:

  1. Write-on: Now that we have fully explored a great speech from modern America, answer the question on the back of the MLK handout: Which is more persuasive, written or spoken persuasion? Why?
  2. What is it that you could speak with authority about? What would have confidence is giving a speech on? What injustice would you be willing to speak out about in your life?
  3. Based upon I Have a Dream, what are the elements that a good speech requires.
  4. Emulate MLK’s speech using your own sphere of knowledge.
  5. Extension: Continue to work on your speech about injustice or personal experience to be given on Thursday.

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