Senior Argumentative Essay

Nov. 08, 2019 Max Points: 200

Sources and Outlines

Every essay must include a minimum of four sources, three pages double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 Point Font, cover page, headers, page numbers, and references page.

1. one print source (non-electronic)- book, textbook, newspaper, journal, magazine, etc.

2. one news source – newspaper, newswire service, magazine, etc.

3. two other sources – electronic journal, research
report, government website, encyclopedias, on-
line directories, almanacs, atlases, etc.

Please check with me if you are not sure about a source. It is best to find sources with named authors, however, some organizations and government websites do not always name the author.
Finally, gather your information into an outline that includes all sources and:
• thesis
• three points of support
• counter-argument
• conclusion

Notice!!! Wikipedia may NOT be used as a source in your paper.

Beowulf Final

Oct. 24, 2019 Max Points: 250

Boasting Poem

Oct. 23, 2019 Max Points: 150

20 lines
5-7 words per line
Ceasura each line
At least one kenning
Alliteration each line

Quick Write: What does evil mean to you? Write your own definition of the word, and provide some examples of real-life monsters. Minimum of eight sentences with two examples.

Oct. 16, 2019 Max Points: 50

Unlike the monsters in Beowulf, those in our world are not always easy to identify. Evil can hide in the most unexpected places: behind a smiling face, between the lines of the ​law, in otherwise noble-sounding words. Even when evil is clearly exposed, people may disagree on how to confront it.

Quickwrite: What does evil mean to you? Write your own definition of the word, and provide some examples of real-life monsters.


Quick Write: Do you believe that societies need heroes? Why or why not?

Oct. 14, 2019 Max Points: 50

Do you believe that societies need heroes? Why or why not? Please answer in a minimum of eight sentences. Remember R.A.C.E.

Senior Argumentative Essay Outline

Oct. 17, 2019 Max Points: 100

Please attach your outline:

I am giving you the creative freedom to chose your outline style (chart, bullet points, etc.). However, it must include the following:

• thesis
• three main points (make sure to include notes on which citations you will use in body paragraphs) Each point need at least eight details of support)
• counter-argument (at least eight details of support)

Step 1: Choose a persuasive topic from your bibliography (previous assignment)

Step 2: Find four sources (two pro/two con or three pro/one con)

Step 3: Read and annotate your sources (print them out)

Step 4: Complete the Senior Argumentative Essay Outline

Jeopardy 1st Place

Oct. 09, 2019 Max Points: 50

Participation Week of 10/04/19

Oct. 04, 2019 Max Points: 50

Participation Week of 09/27/19

Sept. 27, 2019 Max Points: 50

Participation Week of 09/20/19

Sept. 20, 2019 Max Points: 50

Anglo Saxon Research Presentation E.C.

Oct. 08, 2019 Max Points: 25

Anglo Saxon Research Project

Oct. 09, 2019 Max Points: 150

Using a variety of sources, gather information on your assigned topic. The questions listed with your topic should guide your research but do not limit yourself to answering only those queries.

I am giving you the creative freedom on the design of your slideshow.
Minimum requirements: three slides (cover page, content page, references page -APA format, in-text citations on content slides

Annotated Bibliography Assignment & Template

Oct. 09, 2019 Max Points: 100

Please see template below for the Annotated Bibliography Assignment. Attached is an example of one that I completed. Delete all of the work I did and keep the APA format part (headers, page numbers, etc.)

Your annotated bibliography must include five articles highlighting five "different" issues. Each annotation will have a minimum of eight sentences. Also, make sure that you evaluate the following:

What is the main issue of the article? What is the position of the author?
What are a few key details that support the author's position?
Describe the two positions (pro/con).

Annotated Bibliography Pre-Draft

Oct. 02, 2019 Max Points: 50

Syllabus (extra credit)

Aug. 27, 2019 Max Points: 25

Tintern Abbey Essay

Sept. 27, 2019 Max Points: 200

Please have the first draft attached by tomorrow at Midnight. The final draft is due Thursday at Midnight after the writer's workshop. Thanks!

Writers Workshop

No Due Date Max Points: 50

Bonus Sub Work/Outline

Sept. 24, 2019 Max Points: 20

Bonus for staying on task and completing outline

Tintern Abbey Pre-draft Assignment

Sept. 23, 2019 Max Points: 50

Please have the pre-draft worksheet complete by the end of class Monday 9/23.

Romantic Carousel Activity

Sept. 13, 2019 Max Points: 100

Romantic Era Carousel Activity Assignment

Sept. 14, 2019 Max Points: 50

Please post the celebrity tabloid cover and sublime presentation to this link. Thanks!
Here is the link to for the gossip magazine template.

Participation Week of 09/13/19

Sept. 13, 2019 Max Points: 50

Metaphysical Conceit (Create Your Own)

Sept. 03, 2019 Max Points: 50

Now that we have explored the concept of metaphysical conceit create one of your own. Your poem should be a minimum of six lines and include a few examples of figurative language presented in class.

1.) Choose one of the three metaphysical conceit starters you created over the weekend.
2.) Whom are you speaking to​?
3.) Identify a place and situation.
4.) To rhyme or not to rhyme, that is the question?
5.) Describe the metaphor.
6.) Language effects?

Metaphysical Conceit Examples

Aug. 30, 2019 Max Points: 50

Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)
“Thou counterfeit’st a bark, a sea, a wind;
For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea,
Do ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is,
Sailing in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs;
Who, raging with thy tears, and they with them,
Without a sudden calm, will overset
Thy tempest-tossed body.”]

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning (By John Donne)
“If they be two, they are two so As stiff
Twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fix’d foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th’ other do.
And though it in the center sit,
Yet, when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.”

The Flea (By John Donne)
“Oh stay! three lives in one flea spare
Where we almost, yea more than married are.
This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage-bed and marriage-temple is…”

Report on the:
1.) Main Comparison
2.) Main Image
3.) Language Effects
4.) Overall Effect

Plagiarism Activity

Aug. 28, 2019 Max Points: 50

​After completing the in-class activity, practice the appropriate way to cite sources by choosing an article for Arts and Letters Daily and writing a short answer response that identifies the main idea. Minimum of eight sentences and two citations.
Attach your response in a Google Doc.

Arts and Letters Daily

Participation Week of 08/26/19

No Due Date Max Points: 50

My Superhero Bio

Aug. 27, 2019 Max Points: 50


Oct. 14, 2019

If you were absent today, please you are still responsible for reading "Grendel" section of Beowulf. Also, please complete the question from today about heroes.

Oct. 11, 2019

By the end of class, please post your topic and links to two sources. Thanks!

Oct. 10, 2019

APA In-Text Citation Examples

Oct. 10, 2019

Beowulf Full Text

Oct. 03, 2019

News Magazines (Examples):
*One of the articles for your annotated bibliography should come from a news magazine. See examples from the website posted below.

Oct. 03, 2019

Enumerative Bibliography
A writer of an enumerative bibliography lists references according to some specific arrangement. Students writing research papers use this type of bibliography most often. These academic writers arrange enumerative bibliographies by author, subject, date or some other scheme. The items they list share a common theme, such as topic, language or time period. The writer of the bibliography gives enough information about the source to direct readers to this source. The writer would not include descriptive information, such as details about physical qualities of the book, in an enumerative bibliography. A card catalog, a list of references in a research paper, or the works cited in the back of a history book are all examples of enumerative bibliographies.

Analytical Bibliography
A writer of analytical bibliographies uses them to critically study books. The writer of an analytical bibliography may include information about printers and booksellers, descriptions of paper and binding, or discussions of issues that unfolded as the book evolved from a manuscript to published book. Three types of analytical bibliographies include descriptive, historical, and textual. A descriptive bibliography closely examines the physical nature of the book. A historical bibliography discusses the context in which the book was produces. A textual bibliography compares the published work to the author's original manuscript.

Annotated Bibliography
In this type of bibliography, a writer creates an alphabetical list of sources. The writer of an annotated bibliography outlines the type of research done on a certain topic. The writer annotates, or adds notes about, the sources. Therefore, in addition to information about the research sources, the writer comments on the source. The writer may summarize. This means she gives information about the content of each reference. The writer may assess. This means she will evaluate the usefulness of the source. The writer may also reflect. This means she will give her perspective on the usefulness of the text to her particular research.

Sept. 27, 2019

The poem Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey is generally known as Tintern Abbey written in 1798 by the father of Romanticism William Wordsworth. Tintern Abbey is one of the triumphs of Wordsworth's genius. It may he called a condensed spiritual autobiography of the poet. It deals with the subjective experiences of the poet, and traces the growth of his mind through different periods of his life. Nature and its influence on the poet in various stage forms the main theme of the poem. The poem deal with the influence of Nature on the boy, the growing youth, and the man. The poet has expressed his tender feeling towards nature.

He has specially recollected his poetic idea of Tintern Abbey where he had gone first time in 1793. This is his second visit to this place. Wordsworth has expressed his intense faith in nature.

There is Wordsworth’s realization of God in nature. He got sensuous delight in it and it is all in all to him. Tintern Abbey impressed him most when he had first visited this place. He has again come to the same place where there are lofty cliffs, the plots of cottage ground, orchards groves and copses. He is glad to see again hedgerows, sportive wood, pastoral farms and green doors. This lonely place, the banks of the river and rolling waters from the mountain springs present a beautiful panoramic light. The solitary place remands the poet of vagrant dwellers and hermits’ cave.

The poem is in five sections. The first section establishes the setting for the meditation. But it emphasizes the passage of time: five years have passed, five summers, five long winters… But when the poet is back to this place of natural beauty and serenity, it is still essentially the same. The poem opens with a slow, dragging rhythm and the repetition of the word ‘five’ all designed to emphasize the weight of time which has separated the poet from this scene. The following lines develop a clear, visual picture of the scent. The view presented is a blend of wildness and order. He can see the entirely natural cliffs and waterfalls; he can see the hedges around the fields of the people; and he can see wreaths of smoke probably coming from some hermits making fire in their cave hermitages. These images evoke not only a pure nature as one might expect, they evoke a life of the common people in harmony with the nature.

The second section begins with the meditation. The poet now realizes that these ‘beauteous’ forms have always been with him, deep-seated in his mind, wherever he went. This vision has been “Felt in the blood, and felt alone the heart” that is. It has affected his whole being. They were not absent from his mind like form the mind of a man born blind. In hours of weariness, frustration and anxiety, these things of nature used to make him feel sweet sensations in his very blood, and he used to feel it at the level of the impulse (heart) rather than in his waking consciousness and through reasoning. From this point onward Wordsworth begins to consider the sublime of nature, and his mystical awareness becomes clear. Wordsworth’s idea was that human beings are naturally uncorrupted.

The poet studies nature with open eyes and imaginative mind. He has been the lover of nature form the core of his heart, and with purer mind. He feels a sensation of love for nature in his blood. He feels high pleasure and deep power of joy in natural objects. The beatings of his heart are full of the fire of nature’s love. He concentrates attention to Sylvan Wye – a majestic and worth seeing river. He is reminded of the pictures of the past visit and ponders over his future years. On his first visit to this place he bounded over the mountains by the sides of the deep rivers and the lovely streams. In the past the soundings haunted him like a passion. The tall rock, the mountain and the deep and gloomy wood were then to him like an appetite. But that time is gone now. In nature he finds the sad music of humanity.

The third section contains a kind of doubt; the poet is probably reflecting the reader’s possible doubts so that he can go on to justify how he is right and what he means. He doubts, for just a moment, whether this thought about the influence of the nature is vain, but he can’t go on. He exclaims: “yet, oh! How often, amid the joyless daylight, fretful and unprofitable fever of the world have I turned to thee (nature)” for inspiration and peace of mind. He thanks the ‘Sylvan Wye’ for the everlasting influence it has imprinted on his mind; his spirit has very often turned to this river for inspiration when he was losing the peace of mind or the path and meaning of life. The river here becomes the symbol of spirituality.

Though the poet has become serious and perplexed in the fourth section the nature gives him courage and spirit enough to stand there with a sense of delight and pleasure. This is so typical of Wordsworth that it seems he can’t write poetry without recounting his personal experiences, especially those of his childhood. Here he also begins from the earliest of his days! It was first the coarse pleasures in his ‘boyish days’, which have all gone by now. “That time is past and all its aching joys are now no more, and all its dizzy raptures”. But the poet does not mourn for them; he doesn’t even grumble about their loss. Clearly, he has gained something in return: “other gifts have followed; for such loss… for I have learnt to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity”. This is a philosophic statement about maturing, about the development of personality, and of the poetic or philosophic mind as well. So now the poet is able to feel a joy of elevated thought, a sense sublime, and far more deeply interfused. He feels a sense of sublime and the working of a supreme power in the light of the setting sun, in round oceans and in the blue sky. He is of opinion that a motion and a spirit impel all thinking things. Therefore Wordsworth claims that he is a lover of the meadows and of all which we see from this green earth. Nature is a nurse, a guide and the guardian of his heart and soul. The poet comes to one important conclusion: for all the formative influences, he is now consciously in love with the nature. He has become a thoughtful lover of the meadows, the woods and the mountains. Though his ears and eyes seem to create the other half of all these sensations, the nature is the actual source of these sublime thoughts.

The fifth and last section continues with the same meditation from where the poet addresses his younger sister Dorothy, whom he blesses and gives advice about what he has learnt. He says that he can hear the voice of his own youth when he hears her speak, the language of his former heart; he can also “read my former pleasure in the soothing lights of thy wild eyes’. He is excited to look at his own youthful image in her. He says that nature has never betrayed his heart and that is why they had been living from joy to joy. Nature can impress the mind with quietness and beauty, and feed it lofty thoughts, that no evil tongues of the human society can corrupt their hearts with any amount of contact with it.

The poet then begins to address the moon in his reverie, and to ask the nature to bestow his sister with their blessings. Let the moon shine on her solitary walk, and let the mountain winds blow their breeze on her. When the present youthful ecstasies are over, as they did with him, let her mind become the palace of the lovely forms and thought about the nature, so that she can enjoy and understand life and overcome the vexations of living in a harsh human society. The conclusion to the poem takes us almost cyclically, back to a physical view of the ‘steep woods’, ‘lofty cliffs’ and ‘green pastoral landscape’ in which the meditation of the poem is happening.

The poet has expressed his honest and natural feelings to Nature’s Superiority. The language is so simple and lucid that one is not tired of reading it again and again. The sweetness of style touches the heart of a reader. The medium of this poem is neither ballad nor lyric but an elevated blank verse. The blank verse that is used in it is low-toned, familiar, and moves with sureness, sereneness and inevitable ease. It has the quiet pulse, suggestive of 'central peace', which is felt in all his great poetry. This is the beauty of Wordsworth’s language.

Sept. 23, 2019

In my absence, please work on your Tintern Abbey Pre-Draft Assignment and Essay. The pre-draft must be completed by the end of class. Ms. S will mark your work as complete.