End of quarter plan
Group Discussions: Perspectives and A
Game of Thrones
Introduce Essay #5
In-class writing: Generating prompts
Perspectives and A
Game of Thrones.
Introduce Essay #5
Tuesday, Nov 26
In class essay #4
Thursday, Nov 28:
Tuesday, Dec. 3:
Thursday, Dec 5: No Class
Meetings by appointment in my office.
Friday, Dec 6
Self-Assessment due before noon
Revised Essay due before noon
Thursday, Dec 12:
Essay #5 due before noon
Final date: 25 participation points
Game of Thrones Episode
8:30 class meets Wed. Dec 11 7-9am
11:00 class meets Fri Dec. 13 9:15-11:15
Get into your
teams to consider
the application of
Woolf and Plato
to A Game of
sure to find
to support your
Group Discussions: Perspective and
A Game of Thrones
“The Allegory of the Cave”
Q: How does Catelyn Stark’s request for help in the
inn resemble Woolf’s rhetorical strategies for
acquiring and maintaining male attention?
Q: Would Virginia Woolf identify and/or sympathize
with Arya Stark?
Q: How does Daenerys relate to Judith
How is Tyrion like the imaginary woman
described by Virginia Woolf in
Q: How is Jon Snow’s life similar to the
middle-class women of the Elizabethan
Q: Which characters in A Game of Thrones are
playing which roles that are being described in
Q: How does Jon Snow represent the freed man
from Plato’s allegory of the cave?
Is the Wall of the North a metaphorical
puppeteer which gives the rest of the continent
a false sense of reality while the dangers really
lie on the other side?
Applying Plato’s allegory of the cave to
Daenerys life, has Dany managed to break her
chains and walk into the upper world where the
true natural light is?
Q: How does Sansa’s opinion of Prince Joffrey
in the beginning represent Plato’s ideas of the
prisoners being trapped in a cave?
Q: How does Viserys fit into Plato’s allegory
of the prisoners in the cave watching
Q: What are possible “shadows” observed in
A Game of Thrones?
Essay #5: Over the course of the quarter, we have read the
ideas of six philosophers and discussed many notions and
objectives presented by them. We have also applied their ideas
about governments, rulers, and citizens; wisdom, justice, and
equality; and perspectives, privileges, and rights to our primary
text, A Game of Thrones. Because of the breadth of our inquiries,
I offer you several ways to proceed with this final essay. Your
paper, however, must include the following:
Your paper, however, must include the following:
It must be 5-6 pages long (not including the works cited
You must use at least four credible sources, and those
sources must be listed on your Works Cited page. At least
two of these must be sources we did not cover in class.
Your essay must adhere to MLA formatting rules.
You must submit it electronically to email@example.com
before Thursday, December 12th at noon.
Your essay must include an intersection between one or
more of the philosophies we read together and A Game of
You may choose a topic from the essay #5 prompt list, or you
may use one of your own. (Please see me (or email me)
about using your own essay topic before you begin.)
Write or choose your prompt
Define or explain the assertion/claim
being offered. Or, explain the essence of
Produce a clear, arguable thesis statement
that asserts your opinion.
Use evidence to support your position: be specific
and accurate—named and factually correct
Here is a brief overview of the kinds of support/evidence
you could include to bolster your argument:
— recognition of the opposition
— contrast and comparison
— cause and effect
— appeal to authority
Avoid using movies and other more informal
aspects of society as evidence (pop culture)
Stay away from blogging sites, Wikipedia, and
other sites that lack authority or credibility.
Avoid evidence that everybody will cite (To
avoid this, reject first thoughts and keep
digging until you find ideas that are complex
1. Write a meaningful opening sentence or two
that makes a personal observation about the
focus of the question that reveals your
thinking. Do not write flowery, general
beginnings. Get right to the point. Use the first
sentence or two to begin to define the meaning of
the assertion. If you need to include directed
summary to provide context for your essay, do so
2. Qualify your stance if there is a common or strong
argument for a different perspective. Try an “although” thesis
(Example: “Although grass is generally green, it can also be
other colors.” Then your first page will be about green grass.
Acknowledge that you are familiar with this stance; In the
next pages, you will discuss/argue for the existence of the
other colors. Then will come your counterargument (rebuttal
or concession) and then the conclusion. Be careful not to
If the prompt requires an agree or disagree
stance, be sure to demonstrate an
understanding of argumentation by
acknowledging both sides of the
argument. This is sometimes done by
writing a con-pro paragraph immediately
after the introduction; the remainder of the
essay becomes different paragraphs which
confirm or amplify your agreement or
disagreement with the assertion.
If the question requires a defend, challenge, or
qualify stance on a political or philosophical
assertion, be sure to address all the issues raised by
the claim/assertion. Your evidence would be
specifically named examples that support the claim
you make in your topic sentence. Examples from
multiple sources that support the same conclusion
make your claim more valid. Each paragraph then
would end with an interpretation of the similar
conclusion that can be reached after examining
differing types of evidence.
You may use your posts and earlier essays
as fodder to help support your arguments;
as such, you might consider writing that you
have done that you want to explore further.
To use your work effectively, you may want
to write your own prompt. Please see me (or
email me) with your idea so we can make sure
your prompt will generate 5-6 pages.
The question must prompt an argument.
The question must refer to at least one of the
essays we read in class.
The question must include reference to A
Game of Thrones.
The question may ask the writer to include
references to other texts, historical events, or
Brainstorming Essay Prompts:
Brainstorming Essay Prompts: Example
Pick a character or two (or a family) from A Game of
Thrones that expresses the Machiavellian philosophy of
“the end justifies the means.”
Elaborate on how they justify the acquisition &
consolidation of their power. Make an argument that
upholds or rejects this approach to gaining and holding
Finally, extend that argument to contemporary
America. Does the end justify the means for us today?
Use specific examples to support your final assertion.
Choose a character from A Game of Thrones that you see
as dynamic, that is, one that has grown during the novel.
Argue for or against the philosophy of Plato concerning
the process of enlightenment. Does the character follow
the steps of the unchained prisoner? Does he or she
become a philosopher king/queen because of the
enlightenment? Or does he or she remain materialistic and
greedy, as Plato says of the less enlightened leaders? Or is
there another reason for incompletion of the steps? Use
specific, step-by-step examples. Substantiate that your
character irrefutably did see the light.
Then, consider America today: Do we follow the same
steps to enlightenment? Are our leaders philosopherkings? Should they be?
In “Shakespeare’s Sister,” Virginia Woolf uses a cool and controlled
tone, a rhetorical strategy that allows her to manipulate male
audience members into listening to her arguments about the
plight of women (and working class and poor men) throughout
Do marginalized characters in A Game of Thrones use these kinds
of rhetorical strategies to increase their own power base? Make an
argument for one or more characters that achieve power based on
the ability to control rhetoric. Make sure to provide specific
examples. Explain how the character’s rhetoric influences others’
thinking and ultimately wins him or her opportunity, power, or
Is rhetoric still such a powerful tool in contemporary society? Use
specific examples to support your argument.
Remember, these need to be argument
prompts. They also need to generate 5-6
pages of writing. Be sure to provide subquestions to the primary question. Write
questions you can answer!
Using at least one philosophical perspective
and A Game of Thrones, write one or two
good questions that you might consider
answering for your final paper.
Remember to pose your questions so as to
prompt an essay that can be argued.
Post #33: Post at least one essay prompt
that you wrote for essay #5.
Post #34 Pick and post two potential essay
questions for essay #5. You can use the one
you wrote and one from the formal prompts,
or you can use two from the list that I
provided. Write a one or two sentence answer
to the prompts. (a rough thesis)
Prepare for in-class essay