Category Archives: English 30

Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”

This week in class, we’re reading “Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”” by Anzia Yezierska.

In “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” Anzia Yezierska tells the story of a woman who runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Loneliness & Isolation and Love as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How are we changed by love?” and “What does it mean to feel alone?”

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Expository Literary Essay: Compare Characters Who Fails to See Truths

DIRECTIONS: Write a well-organized composition on the topic below.

In many works of literature, a character may have a false sense of reality or a lack of insight into what is actually happening around him or her. Swayed by false beliefs, strong emotions, or irrational fear this character may fail to realize truths that seem obvious to the reader. The moment at which a character gains insight into the reality of his or her situation often marks the climax, or high point, of the literary work.

Using specific references from any three of the following short stories, compare how characters are unaware of reality, what the possible causes of this lack of insight are, and why this shortcoming is important to the overall work.

Choose any three stories to compare:
“Araby,” by James Joyce
“A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner
“The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson
“God Sees The Truth But Waits,” by Leo Tolstoy
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream,” by Anzia Yezierska

As you write your composition, remember to:

  • Give the title and the author of each work.
  • Focus on comparing characters with a false sense of reality.
  • Give specific examples, reasons, and details from each work to explain the nature and causes of each character’s lack of insight.
  • Explain the importance of this weakness to each overall work.
  • Give any necessary plot information from both works but avoid giving a plot summary.
  • Write in complete sentences.
  • Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs.
  • Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
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The Kohlberg Dilemmas

This week in class, we’re reading “The Kohlberg Dilemmas” by Lawrence Kohlberg.

Lawrence Kohlberg was an American psychologist best known for his theories of moral development. Kohlberg explains there are six distinct stages of human moral development, and that a person may go through these stages throughout his or her life.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Morality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is good and how do we know?”

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God Sees the Truth, But Waits

This week in class, we’re reading “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” by Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude.

In Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “God Sees the Truth, But Waits”, a man is convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & Equality and Revenge & Betrayal as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Is revenge ever justified?” and “What is fair?”

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Parent Guide: A Rose for Emily

This week in class, we’re reading “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. This story takes place in Mississippi around the turn of the 20th century. After the death of Miss Emily Grierson, the people of Jefferson, Mississippi, uncover a dark history in this classic piece of Southern Gothic.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Death and Revenge & Betrayal as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What drives a person to betray?” and “How do people face death?”

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Araby

This week in class, we’re reading “Araby” by James Joyce.

“Araby” (1914) is a classic coming-of-age story written by James Joyce. It touches on themes of disillusionment and the consequences of idealism.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Growing Up as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”

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A Sound of Thunder

This week in class, we’re reading “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury.

In Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder,” a man goes back in time to hunt a Tyrannosaurus rex and inadvertently changes the future.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will, Man vs. Nature, and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?”, “What are the costs and benefits of technology?”, and “Can we control our fate?”

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English 30-1 March 2020 Midterm: The Blind Side

DIRECTIONS: Write a well-organized composition on the topic below.

The most profound discovery that we can make is our discovery of self. Our identity rests in the kind of people we are. To understand who we are and to develop fully as human beings, we must explore the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives.

During our study of The Blind Side we didn’t want to focus just on the individual striving for identity, but we focused as often as we could on how those around us shape who we become. We looked closely at the integral roles other people play in our lives.

By examining the relationships in our lives, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

Our discussions of details from The Blind Side focused on a character(s) examining related questions about the role others play in our lives: How should we treat people? What characteristics make people liked and respected? What is the meaning of love? How can it be destructive? How do people confuse love with other feelings? How do we get our needs met through our relationships with others?.

The Blind Side, directed by John Lee Hancock based on the book by Michael Lewis, the protagonist, Michael, explores the nature of our humanness and the purpose of our lives. Using detailed references from the work, explain the role(s) people play in Michael’s life.

As you write your composition, remember to:

  • Give the title, director, and writer of the work.
  • Give specific examples, reasons, and details to explain the role(s) people play in Michael’s life.
  • Give any necessary plot information but avoid giving a plot summary.
  • Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs. Use a five-paragraph expository essay approach.
  • Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
Expository Literary Essay Plan

Expository Literary Essay Plan

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Winston Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech

This week in class, we’re reading “Winston Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech” by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill’s speech “Never Give In,” discusses the recent successes of the United Kingdom in World War II.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?” and “Why do people succeed?”

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Parent Guide: The Value of Being Confused

This week in class, we’re reading “The Value of Being Confused” by Barrett Smith.

In the informational text “The Value of Being Confused,” Barret Smith discusses the benefits of allowing yourself to be confused.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Education & Knowledge, Identity, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What makes you who you are?”, “Why do people resist change?”, and “How do we understand the world around us?”

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