Final Prep for June 5th 4:30-5:30

24 May

Purpose: To practice the skill of writing a timed essay.

Supplies: Views and Values (or all the group stories presented), all the research article handouts, a green book, blue or black pen.

Requirements: Your essay must be 500-800 words on a large blue book (about 5-7 double spaced pages in the greenboook). You will be graded on how well you respond in a strong & coherent thesis driven essay that is well supported with evidence from the essays based on the rubric covered in class. An outline is required, which must include your thesis and a list of your supporting reasons.

Timed Writing Tips:

  • Take time to draft a thesis and outline.
  • Do not attempt to write a rough draft then revise it. Unfinished essays will not pass.
  • Use appropriate quotes to support your argument and remember to clearly explain and analyze in connection to your thesis.
  • Don’t forget to use MLA in-text citation.
  • Once finished, take a break. Allow time to switch from writing to proofreading mode.
  • In the final 10-15 minutes, read through your essay carefully, looking in particular for fragments, run-ons, spelling and MLA errors. Double space. If you find an error, cross out and write the correction on the above line

Ideas to review for specific essay prompt:  

allegory: a story or visual image with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visible meaning… (Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms)

We have been going over the literary genre of allegory. You know allegories from the old fairy tales of “Goldilocks,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel, or “The Little Mermaid.” But before parents just put a Disney movie on their phone to shut their kids up, writers have been using stories to teach their children important lessons, which really brings us to the point of an allegory containing a “hidden message.”

Like I lectured in class, one way to infer from a text is to look at the Author’s use of figurative language. The goal for finding a hidden meaning is to discover one of the work’s themes. But, the author is not going to shout out her theme. So to discover the theme, we must look at the author’s use of literary devises and infer (our opinion) to make a guess at a theme. So here’s a list of literary devices, with hyperlink definitions, to look for in the stories we read:

Title of Story
Round or Dynamic Character (what does the character learn by the end?)

Give it a shot and Have fun!

Homelessness in “Beggarwoman of Locarno”

22 May

Text discussed: Heinrich von Kleist’s “The Beggarwoman of Locarno,” Peter Kagel’s Housing the Homeless”


Our Thoughts on “The Beggar Woman of Locarno”: The story we have reviewed was called the “Beggar Woman of Locarno,” written by Heinrich von Kleist. This story was about a woman without a place to live. Looking for some kind hearts to give her shelter. She went to a big castle and asked for help. The mistress of the house invited her stay. The mistress set up a bed for the sick old lady to sleep. When the Marquis finally arrived home he yelled at her demanding her to move behind the stove. While the old lady was trying to move she slipped to her death breaking her spine behind the stove. Falling basically to her death this man didn’t budge to even help. Years later after falling in debt he tried selling his castle to a nobleman or any one that was willing to buy. But they were frightened after finding out about this haunted room. The Marquis and his wife stayed up in the witching hours to see what was going on. The wife terrified left and turned around to only see the burning house. Marquis fed up with life and being horrified burned down the house and died in the same corner where he once ordered to beggar women to leave. He received what he put out and making poor decisions can lead to consequences.

1)         As a society, what are some of things we can do to help decrease    homelessness?

2)        How can treating homeless people affect their self being?

3)        How can helping people in need help you as a person?