At one time the Fox and the Stork were on visiting terms and seemed very good friends. So the Fox invited the Stork to dinner, and for a joke put nothing before her but some soup in a very shallow dish. This the Fox could easily lap up, but the Stork could only wet the end of her long bill in it, and left the meal as hungry as when she began. "I am sorry," said the Fox, "the soup is not to your liking." "Pray do not apologise," said the Stork. "I hope you will return this visit, and come and dine with me soon." So a day was appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork; but when they were seated at table all that was for their dinner was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth, in which the Fox could not insert his snout, so all he could manage to do was to lick the outside of the jar. "I will not apologise for the dinner," said the Stork: "One bad turn deserves another."
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English I Pre-AP - 1 (1 is the period)
14 September 2010 (notice no punctuation / abbreviations)
No contractions, slang, casual conversational language
Always refer to the action of the story in present tense (When Ishmael kills a man for the first time, he completes his transition from childhood to manhood.)
Before writing anything, know your assignment— READ THE PROMPT! What are you being asked to do?
writing that discusses what is of value in a work of literature.
Literary Response requires a careful, critical look at the reading.
What is my Prompt?
In a well developed, 5 paragraph essay, identify the character, describe how he or she is affected by a single act or mistake, and explain how the character’s experience relates to the work as a whole.
So, what should you focus on in your essay?
Brainstorm: What single act do you plan to focus on?
Another example: A Long Way Gone is a memoir written by Ishmael Beah, relating his experiences as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
Thesis Statements (yay!)
A single declarative sentence that expresses what you want your readers to understand; the controlling idea of your essay and road map for your paper
Directly answers the prompt
Makes a claim that others could refute
Last sentence of your introduction (for now…)
Thesis Statement Examples
In A Long Way Gone, the single event that truly impacts Ishmael is the first time he kills a man because it reveals important change in his personality, causes him to mature, and impacts the meaning of the entire novel.
There are many events that impact Ishmael’s life.
In the end, opening up to Esther was the single most important act in Ishmael’s life because it allowed him to heal, it opened the door to many opportunities, and it impacted the meaning of the entire novel.
I think going to rehab was a good idea for Ishmael
What’s Your Thesis?
Quotes should be only one sentence. We will be trimming them down even further later. Don’t forget to write down the page #!
What scenes prove your theme? What is a powerful sentence from that scene?
Choose only a portion of the quote and blend it in with your own analysis.
Don’t include tons of summary or set-up. Your audience (me!) knows the plot already.
Ishmael character is clearly impacted by killing his first rebel as he describes how he “angrily pointed [his] gun into the swamp and killed more people” (Beah 119).
A concluding sentence (CS) is the bottom bun of the hamburger.
A CS wraps up the paragraph.
It rephrases the main idea.
Example Concluding Sentence (CS)
In conclusion, the third
pig outsmarts not only his
brothers but the “big, bad”
wolf as well.
TS, CD, CM, CS—Now What?
For a literary response, we will use a combination (or “ratio”) of 1:2. That is, for every 1 CD, you will have 2 CMs.
A combination of CDs and CMs is called a chunk.
One Chunk: 1 CD + 2 CM
For example, remembering his mother’s warning about a wolf, he builds his house out of sturdy brick. Because the wolf is unable to blow down the house, the reader is able to see that the third pig made the right choice. The third pig is smarter than his brothers, who were both eaten by the wolf.
Ratio = 1:2
A good paragraph will also use transition words. These are words or phrases that help readers connect your ideas.
As a result,
Because of this,
Does It Flow?
Reread the paragraph to yourself (out loud is best!) Does it make sense? Does it sound right?
Step 6: A Whole Paragraph
In the fairy tale “The Three Little Pigs,” the third pig is very wise. For example, remembering his mother’s warning about a wolf, he builds his house out of sturdy brick. Because the wolf is unable to blow down the house, the reader is able to see that the third pig made the right choice. The third pig is smarter than his brothers, who were both eaten by the wolf. In conclusion, the third pig outsmarts not only his brothers but the “big, bad” wolf as well.