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ELA 20 Final Writing Assignment

Write a post in response to a text you read in ELA 20 in which you discuss 3-5 ideas the text creator suggests to you about The Human Condition-In Search of Self.

Consider the course focus:

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.

  • Who and what are we?
  • What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold?
  • What roles do other people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives?
  • What brings us joy, inspiration, and fulfillment?
  • What doubts and fears do we have? By examining our lives and searching for answers to these and other questions, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

Consider the rubric:

The Shack Writing Assignment

Write a post in response to The Shack in which you discuss 3-5 ideas WM Paul Young suggests to you about The Human Condition-In Search of Self.

Consider your discussions of key questions in the STJ forums on The Shack (login required).

Consider your many class discussions on the four postulates:

  1. Can something come from nothing?
  2. Does God exist?
  3. Do humans have immortal soul?
  4. Do humans have free will?

Consider the course focus:

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. Who and what are we? What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold? What roles do other people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives? What brings us joy, inspiration, and fulfillment? What doubts and fears do we have? By examining our lives and searching for answers to these and other questions, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

Consider the rubric:

English 30 Final Exam: The Human Condition–In Search of Self

… not selfishly–or not always selfishly, we are in search of our identity, the identity of our human condition.
– Malcolm Ross & John Stevens

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.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
– Plato

Consider how the discovery of self has been reflected and developed in a literary text or texts you have studied. Discuss the idea(s) developed by the text creator(s) about the effect a search for identity has on discovery of self.

Duration: 2.5 hours. (2 hours + 30 minutes extra).
Materials: An approved non-electronic dictionary, thesaurus, writer’s reference.
Electronic Devices: Only the workstation and software provded may be accessed. No access to internet, no USB/wireless devices, no cell phones, no iPods, no, no, no. Devices may be placed in the “Fun Bucket” to be collected when you leave.

Additional Exam Instructions:

  • Student number in header.
  • Style: Times, 12pt, double-spaced, page number in footer(no bold/italic/underlines).
  • Print only to the Lab printer(XANADU).
  • The exam supervisor will return your papers from the printer to you.
  • Attach a rubric(Critical Analysis of Texts) and score your own paper.
  • Submitt papers to exam supervisor.
  • You can leave the room when your exam has been completed.

Rubric

Critical Response Rubric

Critical Response Rubric

The Human Condition–In Search of Self

… not selfishly–or not always selfishly, we are in search of our identity, the identity of our human condition.
– Malcolm Ross & John Stevens

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. Who and what are we? What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold? What roles do other people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives? What brings us joy, inspiration, and fulfillment? What doubts and fears do we have? By examining our lives and searching for answers to these and other questions, we can find meaning and fulfillment as human beings.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.
– Plato

Identity and Sense of Self
Who and what are we?
Related Questions:

  • What makes us unique? Distinctive?
  • What does it mean to be a human being? What is our human nature?
  • Do we see ourselves the same way that others see us?
  • How do our values of self affect our lives?
  • How does being the member of a particular group affect our identity and sense of self?

Human Qualities and Ideals
What are the common human qualities and ideals we hold?
Related Questions:

  • Are there universal ideals for which we all strive?
  • How ought human beings behave? Is desirable behaviour the same in all cultures? In all communities?
  • What is right? What is admirable? What is not-so-admirable? Does everyone agree?
  • Why do our actions sometimes fall short of our ideals?
  • What is the darker side to human nature?

Human Relationships
What role do people (e.g., friends, family) play in our lives?
Related Questions:

  • How should we treat people?
  • What characteristics make people liked and respected? Is it good to strive to be liked? When might it be bad?
  • What is the meaning of love?
  • Can love be destructive? Do people sometimes confuse love with other feelings?
  • How do we get our needs met through our relationships with others?

Joy and Inspiration
What brings us joy and inspiration in life?
Related Questions:

  • What do optimistic and pessimistic mean? How do they apply to one’s view of life?
  • What is the “good life”? Is it the same for everyone?
  • What is a happy life? What is the meaning of happiness? Does happiness mean different things to different people? How might we achieve perfect happiness in life? How might we find personal fulfillment?
  • What inspires us?
  • Is happiness a reasonable pursuit?
  • What gives us reason to celebrate as individuals and as communities?

Doubt and Fear
What doubts and fears do we have?
Related Questions:

  • What special challenges do doubts and fears bring to an individual?
  • What are ways of overcoming doubts and fears?
  • How can having doubts and fears be an advantage?
  • How do people react to tragedy or loss in their lives?
  • Is it natural to feel anger and hatred sometimes?
  • What are people’s sources of strength?
  • How can strength and healing arise out of tragedy and loss?

Looking for more inspiring ideas? Try “Pillars of Character.”