Friday, March 13, 2009

Essay and Test on March 27

The final exam for your choice book unit is Friday, March 27. That is also the date that your essay is due. If you are leaving early for spring break, you need to complete both assessments before you leave. Below is a description of the essay assignment.

For the choice book analytical essay you need to compare your choice novel to two other works studied in World Literature. Your comparison should analyze a common topic by detailing text to text connections – remember that you can discuss the differences in how the texts approach the topic as well as the similarities. The A to Z Taxonomy of Common Issues is a great place to start for essay ideas. You may use any films, poems, short stories or novels read in World Literature this year for the two texts that you will compare to your choice novel. Since you may not have ready access to the short stories or previous novels read in World Lit, supporting details for main points for those texts simply need to be paraphrases of events and ideas. However, you should support main ideas about your choice novel with direct quotations from the text.

Comparison Texts

World Literature I major texts:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Choice novel (Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, The Last Summer of Reason by Tajar Djaout, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Films: Il Postino, The Cup, Surviving Picasso

World Literature II texts (so far)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Films: Pride and Prejudice, Lagaan
Various short stories (keep track of them in your notebook)

The essay should be two pages long, 12-point font, double spaced.

The essay is due on Friday, March 27 or the day before you leave for spring break!

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