Honors Essays

Performance Indicators:

P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.


The first two sets of essays are required reading for each student.  You are to annotate the essays which will be discussed according to the class syllabus.

Essays assigned for DAY 5  reading:

VIDEO:  Critique DAY 5 reading essays

Kadish for Zelig
by Solly Ganor

The Ring of Time
E. B. White

Essays assigned for DAY 6  reading:

A Child’s Christmas in Wales
by Dylan Thomas

A Mickey Mantle Koan
by:  David James Duncan

Once you have been assigned to a specific group you are to read and annotate the essays associated with your group number.  Your group will facilitate an essay analysis discussion.

Group 1 Essays:

Sending Grandma to the Ovens
by Colin Cohen

A Modest Proposal
By Jonathan Swift (1729)

Group 2 Essays:

The Death of the Moth (1942)
Virginia Woolf

Death of the Moth
Annie Dillard

Group 3 Essays:

Advice to Youth
by Mark Twain

Of the Passing of the First-Born
by W.E.B. Du Bois

Group 4 Essays:

I Have a Dream
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

We May Be Brothers After All
by:  Dr. Henry A. Smith

Group 5 Essays:

Thinking as a Hobby
by William Golding

What Life Means to Me
by: Jack London