December 2

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December 2

  1. 1. Write a few words associated with a specific Christmas/holiday memory that you would not mind sharing with the class  Put your memory in the box  Pull out a card (much like Thomas’s idea of “plunging [his] hand into the snow and taking out a memory.” 
  2. 2.   What do you notice about Thomas’s writing? What techniques do you notice him using?
  3. 3.   Now write your own “Memories of Christmas” piece Try to make your writing interesting and use some of the techniques Thomas uses (alliteration, patterns of words or words that are linked in meaning e.g. bright, light, shining, sunny, sparkling, snippet s of dialogue, and similes, metaphors, and personification to help create vivid images or pictures)
  4. 4.  Try to use one of Thomas’s beginnings: One Christmas was so much like another…  It was on the afternoon of the day of Christmas Eve…  Now out of that bright white snowball of Christmas gone…  Christmas morning was always…  I remember that on the afternoon of Christmas Day…  I remember that we were singing carols once… 
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  6. 6. Final is Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Read, annotate, and be prepared to discuss at length:  Yeats “Easter, 1916” (pp. 20932095), “September 1913” (pp. 20922093), “The Second Coming” (pp. 2099)  Heaney “Casualty” (pp. 29572959), “Punishment” (pp. 2955-2956)  Orwell “Politics and the English Language” (pp. 2610-2619)

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