Friday, April 8, 2011


Finish introducing vocabulary from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Discuss last-minute tips for synthesis:
  • Not a fair fight. Don’t forget about rhetorical and argument! Remember that some people squander their time and write synthesis for 60 minutes, composing a 5-page masterpiece. When the proctor says it's been 40 minutes and it's time to move on, move on!
AP = Answer the Prompt!
  • Remember, it's the stuff in the ASSIGNMENT section of the prompt that you actually have to write about; the "Introduction" is just to get you thinking--it isn't the prompt!
  • Include two details from single source throughout paragraph; get sources talking to each other
  • ALWAYS link back to specifics from thesis
  • Describe details and discuss implications or meaning: what do we literally SEE on the page? Then, what might it symbolize or represent? How does it inform the argument?
“Nowadays” = It's only ONE word. But don't use it. Replace with "in today’s society," or "in contemporary life," to make your writing more formal and sophisticated.

Sample Rhetorical Analysis of The Onion's “Dollar Bill On Floor Sends Wall Street Into Frenzy,” which sadly, I did not fully complete.

HW: Read God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and be ready to discuss its ideas, argument, themes and use of humor devices. Have a restful, safe, productive, and enjoyable Spring Break!!!

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