Grade 11 Composition: TED Talks

Hello Grade 11s,

Attached to this post you will find links to the two TED Talks viewed in class today. Please watch / review them in order to answer the following prompt.

Q: What are the benefits of reading a good story?

Based on your notes from today’s TED Talks,  which speaker’s argument is more persuasive in answering the above question? Why? Please write a formal paragraph that provides your reasoning with reference to evidence from each clip. Remember PQS and to compare each speaker’s talk.

Andrew Stanton – “The Clues to a Great Story” (19:16)

Lisa Bu – “How Books Can Open Your Mind” (6:16)

Due: Tomorrow in class

TALONS Writing Tips

TALONS,

“10 Tips for More Concise Writing” by Katherine Firth

Rather than listen to me lecture about the most common issues found in your Earthsea essays and PTI responses, please spend a moment reading over the following article. Consider bookmarking this page and using it as a checklist for your writing going forward.

Consider points 1,2,4,5,9,10 and which one of these concepts you would like to apply to your next piece of formal writing.

As an additional task, I will be asking you to name what your next writing goal is by the end of class today as a ticket out the door, as well as at least one example from your work of why you chose this goal.  

Happy writing!

– Mr. Morris

T10: A Wizard of Earthsea Style Analysis

BLOG POST — Due Monday, November 26th.

Based on Chapter 1, write a paragraph describing Ursula Le Guin’s writing style. Include three main points and make sure to provide evidence for each of these assertions. Please craft a thesis statement based on one of the questions below:

  • What stood out the most about Le Guin’s overall writing style in Chapter 1 of the novel?
  • How does Le Guin’s use of literary tools help or hinder the establishment of characters, conflicts, or setting in Chapter 1 of the novel?.
  • Overall, how would you describe Le Guin’s style so far? Make an argument and use specific textual evidence to prove your point.

Talons English 10: View and Respond

Based on our conversations today, respond to the following question:

How might we begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives?

Informal post due: Wednesday, October 3rd.

Remember to make a clear point by crafting a concise topic sentence, provide evidence directly from the text to support your point, and argue for the significance of your evidence by explaining how your chosen quote(s) helps to support your point. In other words, remember to PEE in your paragraph!

T10: Stuart McLean’s “Emil”

In a well-developed paragraph, respond to the following question:

What piece of wisdom does Morley end up taking away from her experience(s) with Emil?

Remember to make a clear point by crafting a concise topic sentence, providing evidence directly from the text to support your point, and arguing for the significance of your evidence by explaining how your chosen quote(s) helps to support your point. In other words, remember to PEE in your paragraph!

Due date to be discussed in class. Responses should be included as post on your blog.

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Outline Review / Tips:

i. Hook: An introduction that attempts to ‘hook’ your reader into your topic.

ii. Introduction / Summary: Introduce the text you are discussing and give credit to the author. Give the reader some brief context into the story (no more than a sentence or two).

Example: In Stuart McLean’s “Emil,” Morley comes to understand that ___(insert theme statement)_____

iii. Point / Thesis: Make your point concisely / answer the question directly.

iv. Evidence: Smoothly transition quotations into your own writing to add to the flow of your work.

v. Explanation: Connect the dots for your reader so they do not need to infer your meaning. Be clear!