Oct
21
5:00 AM05:00

Analysis of "The Cask of Amontillado" Verbal Irony

This assignment is taken from the Explanatory Writing Prompt on page 139 of Springboard, which asks that you “explain how Poe uses verbal irony in “The Cask of Amontillado” to emphasize the evil intentions of Montresor. Be sure to:

  • Create a sentence that introduces your topic.

    • Basic model sentence: In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgard Allan Poe uses verbal irony to _[description of effect created by using verbal irony]_.”

  • Cite textual examples of verbal irony.

    • You must make it clear why these are examples of verbal irony and how they contribute to the effect you describe. (You may want to define verbal irony early. Protip: give an example of verbal irony, describe what makes it verbally irony - but without using the term - and THEN note that this is called verbal irony. This is a great way to define things without saying “the definition of X is Y,” which is really boring)

  • Include commentary sentences that explain the importance or the effect of the irony.

    • You should have 2-3 sentences of your own writing for each example used, and you need multiple examples. I would encourage a very short paragraph to introduce the story & the point you want to make (2-4 sentences), a paragraph with 2-3 examples and explanation of why they matter/what they mean (6-9 sentences), then a concluding paragraph that makes big points & wraps up (3-5 sentences).

  • Use appropriate parallel structure of multiple ideas within a sentence. I’ll be impressed if anyone uses parallel phrases or clauses!


Goals are to offer a critical read of the text, identifying the function of verbal irony and exploring how these choices demonstrate the author’s craft.

Exemplary Work will be grammatically accurate with thoughtful examples and commentary to create an engaging read.

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"Stolen Party" Extended Ending
Oct
14
5:30 AM05:30

"Stolen Party" Extended Ending

Using the story starter that follows, write a continuation of the narrative that shows Rosaura’s realizations, starting with Senora Ines’s final words. Use dialogue, point of view, and imagery, as well as deliberate sentence structure, to emulate the author’s style. You may want to devise an alternative resolution.

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Write a "Missing" Magi Scene
Sep
30
5:30 AM05:30

Write a "Missing" Magi Scene

Write your own scene in which you imagine what occurs during one of the important moments of the O. Henry short story “The Gifts of the Magi” that is not actually presented in the text. You might write the scene in which imagine what the characters might be doing and saying as the haircutting progresses. Or you may want to imagine the scene in which Jim sells his watch to buy the combs for Della.

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Mockingbird Passage Analysis Final Draft
May
20
5:00 AM05:00

Mockingbird Passage Analysis Final Draft

You are expected to write a rough draft that addresses the following prompt:

Your assignment is to write a passage analysis of a key coming-of-age scene from To Kill a Mockingbird. After annotating the text to analyze Harper Lee’s use of literary elements in your selected passage, write an essay explaining how the literary elements in this passage help develop a theme of the novel.

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Mockingbird Passage Analysis Rough Draft
May
16
5:00 AM05:00

Mockingbird Passage Analysis Rough Draft

You are expected to write a rough draft that addresses the following prompt:

Your assignment is to write a passage analysis of a key coming-of-age scene from To Kill a Mockingbird. After annotating the text to analyze Harper Lee’s use of literary elements in your selected passage, write an essay explaining how the literary elements in this passage help develop a theme of the novel.

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TKaM Key Scene Annotated
May
13
5:00 AM05:00

TKaM Key Scene Annotated

As we approach our essay for Mockingbird, we need to begin selecting scenes that are instrumental in the coming of age of our characters. The prompt itself expects the following:

“[W]rite a passage analysis of a key coming-of-age scene from To Kill a Mockingbird. After annotating the text to analyze Harper Lee’s use of literary elements in your selected passage, write an essay explaining how the literary elements in this passage help develop a theme of the novel.”


While you are not yet writing the essay itself now, our homework for this week asks that you select and annotate the scene that will be central to the essay you will soon write.

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TKaM Trial Graphic Organizer
May
2
5:00 AM05:00

TKaM Trial Graphic Organizer

During the trial of Tom Robinson (ch 17-21), you are to keep exhaustive detail of the testimony of Tate, Mr. Ewell, Mayella, and Tom. For each, you will attempt to identify what really happened and what did not, as well as who is reliable as a witness (and why). For this purpose, you will use the graphic organizer on the back of this homework sheet.

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