Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Christmas Carol: In 3 quotes!

SEE PREVIOUS POST! Then read below:

WE WILL MEET IN THE COMPUTER LABS so you can type your essays.

In Response to FAQ about the In-Class Essay:

Can I bring my book? NO

Can I bring a printout of my quotes? YES

Can I bring an outline? YES

I want to see your prewriting work - quotes and outline/rough draft.

Can I just write my essay at home? My first response was, "NO. I want you to brainstorm and prepare, but please do write in-class." However, I have decided that you can have a rough draft in addition to quotes and outline/brainstorm.

Do my quotes have to be by Scrooge? NO. Any line or lines in the story written by Dickens.

Can I shorten my quotes using ellipsis? Yes. See below from Purdue OWL - Click here for more:

Adding or omitting words in quotations

If you add a word or words in a quotation, you should put brackets around the words to indicate that they are not part of the original text.
Jan Harold Brunvand, in an essay on urban legends, states, "some individuals [who retell urban legends] make a point of learning every rumor or tale" (78).
If you omit a word or words from a quotation, you should indicate the deleted word or words by using ellipsis marks, which are three periods ( . . . ) preceded and followed by a space. For example:
In an essay on urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand notes that "some individuals make a point of learning every recent rumor or tale . . . and in a short time a lively exchange of details occurs" (78).
Please note that brackets are not needed around ellipses unless adding brackets would clarify your use of ellipses.

Will there be a prompt? NO. Open-ended in that you will write an essay explaining why you selected the three quotes you selected and how are they significant as well as meaningful to you.

Can I use the first person? YES. But don't over use it - I think, I feel, I believe, etc. These are wasted words in that it is your essay; thus, the reader understands this is what you think, feel, believe.

How many paragraphs? I recommend a minimum of five; write your introductory paragraph last.

Write about the quotes and how they are connected - then come to a conclusion in your final paragraph.

Go back to the beginning and briefly outline what you wrote - state what you already argued.

We love movies, especially remakes:

We love animated movies:

We love youtube, for laughs and...


But here's why I love reading A Christmas Carol... (and free ebooks):

            Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.

Lines like this... there is no movie that can express this sentiment as clearly and concisely; only in the written word, in language, can the heart feel this transformation.

The central theme of laughter runs from Dickens to Kesey to us as readers Laughter serves as a reminder to not take life so seriously that we miss the good that we can do. That we can bring to the world in all of our relationships as a friend, as colleague, as a human being in society, in community, in the "good old world."

We see modern day men transform - and how others laugh at them - and the bigger man will not care "he let them, and little heeded them."

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