What is it?
In an analytical essay, writers form and convey their ideas concerning a particular topic based on careful use and analysis of evidence. Below are some common types of analytical essays written in English classes:
· Close Reading: Analyze literary/rhetorical devices, style, and tone used by an author to achieve his or her purpose/theme.
· Compare and Contrast: Compare and/or contrast two passages or two different texts for style, purpose, or tone.
· Theoretical: Analyze a text in relation to literary theory, cultural movement, and history.
Why Write Analytical Essays?
An analytical essay is an effective way of communicating critical thought about a variety of subjects. It develops and demonstrates important skills such as close reading, analysis, comparison and contrast, persuasion, conciseness, clarity, and exposition.
Welcome to Grade 11 English
"...homework was a big part of my mark, and not doing it was a huge mistake and my final mark got affected just because of that." - G
"...one of my regrets is I didn't do most of the assignments that cost a decent amount of marks and that could make me fail this course again. If I did them, I wouldn't be as nervous as I am." - A
"...but I do wish I didn't have been lazy in the middle of the semester. I could have had a good mark, then I wouldn't be finishing work so I can pass and I would be studying for the exam instead." - M
ASSIGNMENTS AND RESOURCES
Grade 11 English Comprehensive Course Outline
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If you're struggling with getting your thoughts on to the paper and putting together a concise, well-crafted summary, then click on the following link to access a detailed summary "how-to" that takes you through the planning, writing and revising stages of summative writing. A summary is simply a brief, clear,retelling.
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Grade 11 Writing Program
You have all had experience with various writing styles, and as we begin the semester I think it is always helpful to review the four or five types of paragraphs that you will regularly be using throughout the course. I have added a file that you can download/view/print below. Stay tuned for writing activities that will help you practice these different forms of writing.
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Descriptive Writing Practice
Comparing and Contrasting
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The Art of Persuasion
Persuasive writing has many "rules" or guidelines, one of them being that it is vital that you have a strong understanding of the position opposite to your own. The following website offers pros and cons on a multitude of topics and is certainly worth examining.
Additional Persuasive Writing Resources
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Narrative Writing Practice
I also posted the video that we viewed in class so that you can continue to be inspired by this young man's story.
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Getting to know Macbeth...
I have also included a link to an online version of the play to assist you outside of class times. Click on the link below to access the full text.
Check our classroom website regularly for more resources and tips to help you navigate through Macbeth.
Deconstructing Art Images
Macbeth Study Guide
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The Catcher in the Rye
Chapter 18 Assignment: Advice Letter
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CITR Study Questions
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CITR Persuasive Essay Resources
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How to Insert Quotations
Salinger Movie Trailer
Tuesdays with Morrie Novel Study
As part of our current novel study, students will be required to discuss particular sections and aspects of Tuesdays with Morrie. Please make sure that you are an active participant in these table discussions and that you take time to reflect and comment on the events surrounding Morrie's inevitable decline.
I have included both the Journal Reflection Assignment and the Section Discussion Questions below. Simply click on the files to view them. The 5 Journal Reflections will need to be typed, and free of any grammatical errors before submitting them at the end of the novel study.
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Aphorism Essay or Speech Assignment
Using your persuasive writing skills, you will "argue" your case and show that your viewpoint is the correct one. The assignment is included below, please click on the file to access it.
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Persuasive Speech Rubric - Written Form
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Persuasive Speech Rubric - Oral Form
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Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen - Ted Talk Video
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Tuesdays with Morrie vs. The Catcher in the Rye or vs. The Lovely Bones (Optional Bonus Mark Assignment)
Now that you may have completed all of these books, you will be developing an editorial in which you convince a future Grade 11 student that one OR the other books is a better book at dealing with the topic of Life or Death.
Remember that you are comparing a memoir to a novel.
I have included a downloadable version of the assignment along with an editorial format that you may use to help you organize your ideas.
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1.an article in a newspaper or other periodical presenting the opinion of the
publisher, editor, or editors.
2. a statement broadcast on radio or television that presents the opinion of the
owner, manager, or the like, of the station or channel.
3. something regarded as resembling such an article or statement, as a lengthy, dogmatic utterance.
I have included a quick editorial "how to" video below - I hope you find it helpful.
***Keep scrolling down to access both Process and Comprehension Exam Resources***
Semester 2 Exam Dates
Process Exam -This exam takes place in class. Make sure you have the necessary writing materials before starting. Cell phones, I-pods, MP3 players and backpacks will NOT be allowed in either the gym or in the classroom during the exam session.
Comprehensive Exam - This exam is written in the school gym. Make sure you have the necessary writing materials before starting. Cell phones, I-pods, MP3 players and backpacks will NOT be allowed in either the gym or in the classroom during the exam session.
The following resource/file will assist you as you prepare for the final examination. You will not be required to identify ALL of these techniques within the exam texts - however you will need to discuss more than one.
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Poetry Resources - Comprehension Exam Prep
Click on the file below to access a Resource Sheet that includes definitions of Figurative and Rhetorical Devices, including metaphors, similes, alliteration, personification, hyperbole and many more.
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Grade 11 Process Exam Resources
You will need a hi-lighter marker, blue/black pen(s), pencil and white-out (optional)
Take a moment to review the two Powerpoint Presentations below that take a more detailed look at the Art of Persuasion. You may find them helpful when preparing for the Process Exam.
The Art of Persuasion Powerpoint
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Editorial Overview and Samples
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Persuasive Speech Writing
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Persuasive Essay Resources
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Grade 11 Exam Practice Questions...June Comprehension Exam
Question 1: Choose either We Walked Miles or Those Letters. Explain how the speaker's words or actions reveal a change in perspective or relationship.
Question 2: Analyze how specific details in the editorial cartoon, Election Day! reflect a change in gender roles.
Question 3: Identify and explain a main idea in The Connection Between Me and a Receding Glacier (Support your response with reference to the text) AND explain how this idea applies to you or people you know. NOTE: This is a two-part response - please use two separate paragraphs when you answer this question.
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Grade 11 Words Project
Please take note of the dates below so that you are prepared for the in-class work periods.
February 14, 2012 - Words Work Period 1
February 24, 2012 - Words Work Period 2
March 6, 2012 - Words Work Period 3
March 7, 2012 - DUE DATE
March 7-8, 2012- Presentation Days
Still looking for a word or do you want to see how your word can be represented in a visual way? Visit Visuwords Online Graphical Dictionary for more details.
WORDS PROJECT EVALUATION AND SELF REFLECTION...
Although you have all received the evaluation criteria which was attached to the assignment itself, I have included the file below to assist you when working on your self reflection. This can be submitted as part of your project or handed in separately.
WORDS WORDS and more WORDS
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Words Project Reflection
Make sure this entry is added to your Reflection Journal as soon as possible.
Before You Write....
Before you begin the writing process, you need to think about your Writing Variables. What type of piece are you writing? (Form) What is your theme or main message? (Central Idea) Who are you writing this for? (Audience) What is your reason for writing it/What are you trying to do? (Purpose) Where will your audience view, read or hear it? (Context)
Depending on the form you choose, you will need to take a look at the specific elements that are required for that piece. Take a look at the video below in hopes that it will assist you in developing your narrative texts.
The Power of Persuasion
Persuasive Writing Assignments - Cyber Bullying and Topic of Choice
Cyber Bullying Paragraph
In a strong persuasive paragraph, convince your reader that cyber bullying is or
is not a problem that needs to be addressed in schools or in society as a whole.
Typed copy due in class: Thursday, February 23.
Topic of Choice Paragraph
In a strong persuasive paragraph, convince your reader to change their opinion or move them to action in regards to a particular subject matter. Click on the file below to see a list of 40 different persuasive writing topics.
Typed copy due in class: Friday, February 24.
Macbeth Editorial Help
To assist you with your Macbeth Editorial Assignment and in addition to posting the newest assignment (first link), I have included two more files that contain writing strategies and tips for editorial writing. If you are still struggling with this assignment, please e-mail me or see me before/after class for clarification.
Reminder that the Macbeth assignment is due Wednesday, January 25, 2014.
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Macbeth Act Summaries
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The Lovely Bones vs. Tuesdays with Morrie Persuasive Essay Assignment
Due: Friday, December 21, 2013
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The Lovely Bones: First Thoughts Reflection
In a reasonably sized paragraph, write down your first thoughts in your reflection journals after reading Chapter 1 in The Lovely Bones. You will be making regular comments and reflections in your journal throughout the novel study. Please make sure you keep up to date with all entries.
Ms. Dennis' Book Talks
UPDATED BOOK LIST
Stones by William Bell
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
A Glimpse into the Future (or the Present)
I thought it would be a good time to take a look at how far we've come as a planet - especially in regards to the use of technology. Take a look at the following video and tell me what you think and whether or not "you already knew?"
Is Your Life Affected by Someone's Drinking?
- to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note
similarities and differences; to compare two pieces of literary work
(Webster's. p 416):
- to compare in order to show unlikeness or
differences; note the opposite natures, purposes, etc., of: Contrast the
political rights of Romans and Greeks (Webster's. p 442).
Click on the link below to access a PDF file explaining how to write an effective compare and contrast paragraph.