4th Quarter Independent Reading Assignment
Assignment: Analyze a long work of fiction or poetry collection using the critical approaches. You may use any of the approaches taught in class, but you must choose a minimum of three approaches. Record your ideas in a dialectical reading journal. Present your analysis in a PowerPoint, Smart presentation, movie or other presentation aide. Participate in an in-class writing assignment to analyze your novel, drama or poetry collection in a one-two page essay.
Step 1—Select a work to read and take notes on as you read.
Step 2—Take notes while you read to record your responses and write a summary of the novel. Do not worry about spoiling the plot .
Step 3—Review the Critical Approaches and choose three to focus your note taking for the rest of the selection—read and finish your reading journal with notes from the criticisms or other outside sources.
Step 4—Look up two-three criticisms of your selection and/or author and read to take notes with MLA citation in your notes. Try to paraphrase using
key words instead of copying verbatim.
Step 5—Complete reading notes with a summary of your thoughts about the selection—Analyze the work based on the approaches you chose.
Step 6—Create a presentation of your selection and the analysis that reflects three or more critical approaches with a Works Cited. Turn in a print copy of notes and presentation.
Step 7—In class essay—Use your notes in the dialectical journal to analyze the selection based on your research and independent analysis.
Oxymorons by William Matthews
Summer school, and jumbo shrimp, of course.
Friendly fire, famous poet, common sense,
and, until very recently, safe sex.
Blind date, sure thing, amicable divorce.
Also there's loyal opposition,
social security, deliberate speed.
How about dysfunctional family?
Eyes blackened, hearts crushed, the damn thing functions.
Some things we say should coat our tongues with ash.
Drug-Free School Zone? No way: it's our money
our children toke, snort and shoot up while we
vote against higher property taxes.
Want a one-word oxymoron? Prepay.
Money's—forgive me—rich in such mischief:
trust officer, debt service, common thief--
these phrases all want to have it both ways
and sag at the middle like decrepit beds.
Religious freedom—doesn't that sound good?
And some assisted living when we're old
and in our cryptic dreams the many dead
swirl like a fitful snow. We'll wake and not
think of our living wills or property.
We'll want some breakfast. Our memories
will be our real estate, all that we've got.
"Oxymorons" by William Matthews from Search Party.
© Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)