I was very anxious upon reading. I tried my best to have a clear, loud voice and to go slow so I would not rush through and poorly express what I was trying to get across. I found it challenging, however, to determine a tone that I wanted to portray because I was not reading dialogue. I did however try to express an annoyance in my tone when I read the following sentence as I interpreted Sarah being annoyed of Edward, "[i]t wouldn't be so bad if he didn't insist on dragging her into everything" (Atwood, par.7). With my selected passage my goal was to sound as if I was telling a story to a group about a couple I knew.
The Holocaust is a well known genocide in European History. Due to of the mature nature and gory subject of the Holocaust, it is a very controversial subject to be taught in schools. Some people say that the Holocaust shouldn’t be taught in schools, while others says it should but only to a certain degree. There should be lots of preparation in teaching students about the Holocaust. They should be prepared for the details they will learn and be mature enough to deal with these details.
Critical literacy is an approach based on which students learn how to effectively analyze texts and use strategies in order to locate words and understand hidden messages. Janks states that "critical literacy resists definition because power manifests itself differently in different contexts and at different historical moments. "(Janks, 2010, p.40) What's more, an emphasis is put on the contrast between language and power and the shifts critical literacy undergoes due to technological evolution. Thus, the only part that remains unchangeable is "its social justice agenda and its commitment to social action."
B. Ronald’s topic interests me greatly and is relevant to the plights of the modern Native American education system. His topic expresses that he wants to analyze how Sherman put his own life experiences into the story, and how the education affected him. I think Ronald could be more descriptive with his topic and dive deeper to explain the relevance a bit better. C. The topic of this rhetorical analysis to my understanding was that Sherman was trying to express himself and to show that Native American schools fail to educate children. Unfortunately, I don’t think Ronald expressed this throughout the essay.
The book of 1-2 Kings was written to record a history but, if we study it carefully, this history was presented to teach the reader a lesson. Looking at the message and themes that being developed in this book, we can be sure that there is one important thing that the writer wants his reader to understand: learn from Israel’s mistakes. The king’s failures to lead the people of Israel and Judah caused by their disobedience and unfaithfulness to God and His covenant. All this failures can be identified because there were so much things going on that caused Israel and Judah failed to be faithful in obeying the covenant responsibilities. Idolatry and the lack of priorities can be said as the top two reasons on why these kings and nations failed.
She argues that the book depicts society’s evolution toward the acceptance and normalization of racial hybridity, but her methods of furthering this argument are problematic at best. Moss not only ignores the author’s explicit intent in writing the book in favor of her own idea, but she tokenizes other authors of color to provide what is actually very weak support for her argument. She desperately wishes to show that Smith is depicting a post-racial reality, but in doing so, Moss ultimately diminishes the credibility of her argument by revealing her own
In a society clinging to the cushion of political correctness, to be faced with a novel so offensive, so brash, so seemingly racist in the classroom was initially jarring. At first, I was opposed to the concept of having to read the word “nigger” and discuss it as if it was just any antiquated term; it seemed impossible. However, through my reading of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, I began to understand the value of my discomfort. A tenant of Jesuit education, personal growth is necessary for one to grow into an intellectual, whole human being. For one to grow, they must step outside their comfort zone and become uncomfortable.
The announcement of a new, censored, version of Mark Twain’s classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn sparked controversy across the United States regarding which version provides the better educational experience. Even though the revised publication may be more politically correct in the present day, it dampens the milieu of the story. Additionally, the argument for censorship in the novel is weak considering the social discomfort created from word ‘nigger’ can be used to form an educational lesson or discussion. The original edition of the novel provides would be a better a inclusion to an educational curriculum because it includes improved syntax when compared to Alan Gribben’s publication. Dr. Sarah Churchwell of the University of East
Fahrenheit 451 is a book of warning. It is a reminder that we need knowledge to survive, and we need people who crave this knowledge to take over in generations to come. We need knowledge to combat ignorance and we get this knowledge from reading books and listening to other people's opinions. It is a warning of what might happen if we were to let the ignorance win, and a warning to never let this happen. It is a warning that what we have is valuable and a reminder to never take that for granted.
Taylor Jannsen made a good point when he said it is necessary to ask ourselves tough questions in life. Just like in the previous paragraph it pays to ask yourself if you are using your time in the best way possible or if you did the right or wrong thing today at school. I do find it hard sometimes because I don’t always want to accept that some of the choices I’ve made have been the wrong ones. Examining your conscience will make you feel better about the situations you’ve found yourself in. I can put this into action by recalling my actions and the choices I made during the day before I go to bed.
The work of Ida Fink, in The Key Game, appeals to the sense of right or wrong or primarily the sense of ethos. Ida Fink is Polish writer who wrote short stories about the Holocaust in Polish. The Key Game is set during the start of the war when the Nazis were trying to find all the individuals who were Jewish. The narrator also provides background information on how the families were being affected on from the war from their point of view. This particular story is a strong example of ethics through the use of right and wrong during the war.
Loss of innocence and ambiguity are found in the stories The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, Prey by Richard Matheson, and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. Ambiguity and loss of innocence are present in all these stories. By setting a tone of ambiguity, the reader is left to make their own conclusions throughout the stories. This allows the reader’s own imagination to add depth to each of the stories.
In the short essay, The Price We Pay, Adam Mayblum writes about being in North Tower during 9/11 terrorist attacks. He talks about what he thought was going how and how they got out. This short paper started out as an email that he was sending to a friend. He then had it published online and it essentially went viral. While reading the passage, I found myself very intrigued with how everyone inside had no idea what was happening.
The most difficult text based on this assignment was “How I Learned to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglas. Comparing all the text given, Frederick Douglas’s writing was more “wordy”. He seems to express his feeling, thoughts and emotions in complex abstracts that are very hard to follow. The vocabulary words used are more complicated – such as, commence – which leaves me no option than to open the dictionary. He often uses the word “commence” which means “start”.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck Finn, the main character is a young boy that over the course of the book, goes on the adventure of a lifetime. He has to make many decisions as a young boy. Many times he battles with the views of society and what he as an individual believes is the the “right” way which goes against what society says. He represents many of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas in Self-Reliance. Huck becomes the ultimate personification of the ideas of independence, self-reliance, and non-conformity.