Homs06 b—thesis

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Homs06 b—thesis

  1. 1. Research-Related TEKS • brainstorm, consult with others, decide upon a topic, and formulate a major research question to address the major research topic.[20A] • formulate a plan for engaging in research on a complex, multi-faceted topic.[20B]
  2. 2. Figurative language we’ve studied in HOMS • Diction—wordchoice • Simile—adirectcomparisonbetweentwounlikethings,usuallywith thewordslikeoras. • Metaphor—impliedcomparisonbetweentworelativelyunlike things.Thecomparisonisnotannouncedbylikeoras. • Personification—givesthequalitiesofapersontoananimal,an object,oranidea. • Tone—writer'sattitudetowardthematerialand/orreaders. • Imagery—Descriptionsofpeopleorobjectsintermsofoursenses • Paradox—astatementthatseemstocontradictitselfbutmakes sensewithmorethought • Analogy—comparisonofsimilaritiesoftwosituations
  3. 3. Thesis Statement and Topic Sentences • Essential Question is the basis of what statement? • Thesis Statement • Subsidiary Questions are the basis of what sentences? • Topic Sentences
  4. 4. Thesis Statement and Topic Sentences • (Essential Question) How does Sandra Cisneros use figurative language to develop characters and themes in The House On Mango Street?
  5. 5. Formulating a Thesis Statement • EssentialQuestion—basisofThesisStatement – HowdoesSandraCisnerosusefigurativelanguagetodevelopcharacters andthemesinTheHouseOnMangoStreet? • SubsidiaryQuestions—basisofTopicSentences – Diction—wordchoice – Simile—adirectcomparisonbetweentwounlikethings,usuallywiththe wordslikeoras. – Metaphor—impliedcomparisonbetweentworelativelyunlikethings.The comparisonisnotannouncedbylikeoras. – Personification—givesthequalitiesofapersontoananimal,anobject,or anidea. – Tone—writer'sattitudetowardthematerialand/orreaders. – Imagery—Descriptionsofpeopleorobjectsintermsofoursenses – Paradox—astatementthatseemstocontradictitselfbutmakessensewith morethought – Analogy—comparisonofsimilaritiesoftwosituations
  6. 6. Example: Content Card Personification / Character “Four Skinny Trees” 1 Example from Text: “Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine.” My comment: Esperanza identifies with the trees; she sees herself in them. She and the trees share similar physical characteristics. The trees are skinny and angular; she is a skinny, gangly little girl. 1
  7. 7. Example: Content Card PersonificationandDiction/Tone &Theme “FourSkinnyTrees” 1 ExamplefromText:“Theygrowupanddownandgrabtheearth betweentheirhairytoesandbitetheskywithviolentteethandnever quittheiranger.Thisishowtheykeep.” Mycomment:Cisnerossetsanangrytoneherewithherwordchoice. EsperanzafeelsangryaboutherlifesituationonMangoStreet;about feelinglikeanoutsider;aboutthepressureshefeelstoconformto traditionalculture.Shelongsforthestrengthandpowertolivebyself- determinationratherthanculturaldetermination.It’sonlybynurturing thisstronglyaggressivespiritthatshecan“keep”—whichistosay, surviveandeventuallythrive. 1
  8. 8. Example: Content Card Diction/Theme “FourSkinnyTrees” 1 ExamplefromText:“Theirstrengthissecret.Theysendferocious rootsbeneaththeground.” Mycomment:Cisnerosservesthethemeofself-determinationhere byreferringto“secret”strength.Thetreesdrawtheirstrengthfrom theirunseen,undergroundroots.Esperanzadrawsherstrengthfrom the unseeninnerstrengthofherspirit—herinspirations,dreams andpersonalwill. 1
  9. 9. Vignettes where you’ll find plenty of material: • My Name (p. 10) • The Family of Little Feet (p. 39) • Four Skinny Trees (p. 74) • No Speak English (p. 76) • Rafaela (p. 79) • Sally (p. 81) • Beautiful and Cruel (p. 88) • A House of My Own (p. 108) • Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes (p. 109)
  10. 10. Whatyou’re lookingforin yoursources Figurative Language… that illustrates the development of… Diction 1. Complex yet believable characters Simile 2. A theme of “the outsider” Metaphor 3. A theme of self-determination vs. cultural determination Personification Tone Imagery Paradox Analogy How does Sandra Cisneros use figurative language to develop characters and themes in The House On Mango Street? ThemeHint:WhatdidEsperanzawantmorethananythinginherlife?

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