Monday, January 26, 2015

shakespeare essay

If you studied the St. Crispian's Day speech and feel you understand it intuitively, you're off to a great start for an upcoming essay.  If you feel like a little more guidance/structure/practice will help, try the following:

(*If you didn''t memorized the speech [which puts you in the overwhelming majority], please spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with select passages that you believe capture the overall tone, theme, and sense of the narrator/context.)

1. Reflect on the process of studying the text as it relates to your understanding of its meaning.  What did you learn through the process of reading deeply (or memorizing, or reading more than once, or remixing, or whatever else you did)? What questions do you have about the context of the speech and the techniques evident in it?

2. Paraphrase Henry V's speech and describe what you know about the narrator, the structure, the theme, the purpose, the tone, and the grammar/spelling/diction.

3. Consult the following chapter on AP writing/poetry (*If Docstoc asks for $, or if you can't read for any other reason, please email for the .pdf-- if I get more than a few emails I will find a different way to post.)

AP ENGLITCOMP writing about poetry -

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