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Quarter 2 prompts, presentation

  1. 1. Independent Reading Quarter 2 Essay Prompts
  2. 2. Essay Prompt #1 In the beginning of a novel, the author maypresent a certain character one way. By the endof the novel, this character may be presentedcompletely different. This is often what happenswith dynamic characterization. In your work, picka character which is transformed in this way.Describe the differences in how the character isdescribed in the beginning from how he/she isdescribed by the end of the novel. Use specificexamples from your text.
  3. 3. Essay Prompt #2Morally ambiguous characters -- characters whose behavior discourages readers from identifying them as purely evil or purely good -- are at the heart of many works of literature. Choose a novel or play in which a morally ambiguous character plays a pivotal role. Then write an essay in which you explain how the character can be viewed as morally ambiguous and why his or her moral ambiguity is significant to the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.
  4. 4. Three ways to answer prompt 1:• First: 4 paragraph essay – – Use when the character has one very dominant change to a specific aspect (e.g. perspective of racism)• Second: 5 paragraph essay – – Use when the character’s change is the result of a very specific, single incident (e.g. main character goes from optimistic to pessimistic as the result of the death of his loved one)• Second: 5+ paragraph essay – – Use for a character whose change is the result of many minor events in conjunction (e.g. a main character who starts as a child, goes through a long journey with many perspective-changing events, becomes an adult at the end; the ‘coming of age’ story)
  5. 5. Prompt #1: Way of Answering v.1• For a 4 paragraph essay: – Pick a dynamic character. – Pick one thing about them that has changed dramatically from beginning to end of the book. (this aspect should be a huge part of the character and should be able to be discussed in-depth) – In body paragraph 1: describe the character in summative detail (who they are, what they do, what their problem is, etc – give enough background about the book’s plot and action); describe how they are in terms of that aspect you’ve chosen. **include 2 quotes – In body paragraph 2: describe and analyze what the character goes through in the novel that changes that aspect about them, and what it means for them and the meaning of the book as a whole. **include 2 quotes – Conclusion: what can we learn about people from this kind of change, universally?
  6. 6. Prompt #1: Way of Answering v.2• For a 5 paragraph essay: – Pick a dynamic character. – Find the single event in the book that contributes to the way in which the character changes the most. (this aspect should be a huge part of plot and should be able to be discussed in-depth) – In body paragraph 1: describe the character in summative detail (who they are, what they do, what their problem is, etc – give enough background about the book’s plot and action); describe how they are before the event you’ve chosen. **include 1 quote – In body paragraph 2: describe, in-depth, the single most major event that happens that changes the character **include 1 quote – In body paragraph 3: describe and analyze why and how that event impacts/changes the character, and what it means for the meaning of the book as a whole. **include 2 quotes – Conclusion: what can we learn about people from this kind of change, universally?
  7. 7. Prompt #1: Way of Answering v.3• For a 5+ paragraph essay: – Pick a dynamic character. – Find several minor events/instances that contribute to the way in which the character changes – In body paragraph 1: describe the character in summative detail (who they are, what they do, what their problem is, etc – give enough background about the book’s plot and action); describe how they are before any of the events you’ve chosen. **include 1 quote – In body paragraphs 2+: in each paragraph, describe each minor event (summarize the actions), and analyze the way in which that event has changed the individual in a particular way **include 1 quote for each. – In final body paragraph:: describe and analyze who the character is in the end as a result, and what it means for the meaning of the book as a whole. **include 1 quote – Conclusion: what can we learn about people from this kind of change, universally?
  8. 8. Sample Prompt 1 Response: Huck Finn• Using the outline on the back of your own outline, let’s do a sample• Pick a version of responses – which works best?• Thesis?• Topic sentences?• Examples?

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