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Ms. Barmann
American Lit. 11H
Honors Quote Journal Assignment—Part II
(QJ 7-9 and QJ 10-12)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------ALL quote journals are trying to answer this question: What is
the author doing with language, and HOW and WHY is he doing it?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------How to set up your quote journals:
1. Choose a topic from the list below. You should use every topic once, BUT you may
always comment on diction, syntax and/or other literary devices in your QJs.
2. Choose a chunk of text (a few lines – not too long, not too short) that you think is
significant.
3. Write out the passage at the top of the page. Put quotes around it. Copy the text exactly as
it appears in the book. Make sure you cite it correctly.
“Blah blah blah blah quote from The Road” (McCarthy 34).
4. Underneath the passage, explain in your own words what is significant about the ideas
represented in the passage. You may respond to the emotion of the passage, if you find it
emotionally affecting. You may interpret what you believe McCarthy was trying to say,
thematically, in the passage (what lesson/message is he trying to convey to readers?).
You may comment on or discuss your reaction to plot, characterization, setting, or
relationships. You should comment on literary qualities of the work, such as diction
(his word choice), pacing, plot development, predictability, descriptive language, and
how each of these contribute to the meaning of the text. This is a huge one—one that I’m
specifically looking for in your analysis. You may make connections to your own
experiences or to real life.
Topics:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
isolation/loneliness
hope and/or hopelessness
the road, as metaphor
syntax
destruction and cruelty
a parent’s love for a child
dreams
religion
9. symbols
10. literary devices
(choose from alliteration, assonance,
personification, repetition,
similes/metaphors, imagery onomatopoeia,
oxymoron, allusion, irony)
ALL ANALYSIS SHOULD BE
ABOUT A PAGE LONG!
Ms. Barmann
American Lit. 11H
How you will be graded (20 pts for each QJ):
-
completion of an entry for each chunk of assigned reading (each quote journal should be
a handwritten page, minimum)
choice of quotation – detailed, meaningful
coverage of text – you chose those five sentences; did you thoroughly discuss all of
them in your journal?
interpretation is thoughtful, goes beyond surface plot summary
literary elements – identifying and connecting them to meaning
questions and connections – thought-provoking questions, if you asked them, and
insightful personal connections
citation/format—did you properly cite the quote and did you skip a line before you
analysis
GROWTH—Has your analysis and writing improved since your previous quote
journals?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Quote Journal #7 (p. 129-156)
DUE WED. 3/25
Quote Journal #8 (p.156-175)
DUE WED. 3/25
Quote Journal #9 (p. 176—198)
DUE WED. 3/25
Quote Journal #10 (199-221)
DUE SAT. 3/28 by midnight
Quote Journal #11 (222—250)
DUE SAT. 3/28 by midnight
Quote Journal #12 (p. 251-end)
DUE SAT. 3/28 by midnight
NOTE: QJ 10-12 will count
as a summative assessment,
and will therefore be 70% of
your grade.
Schedule
MONDAY
TUESDAY
3/16
WEDNESDAY
3/27
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
3/18
3/19
3/20
Read through 175
Read 176-198
Read 199-221
PARCC
3/23
Read 222-250
PARCC
In-class QUIZ due if
you haven’t turned it
in already
3/24 3/25
Read 251-287 (end) -Paper pass back
PARCC
- Explain QJ 10-12
Summative Assessment
3/26
-Writing
-Writing conferences
conferences
-In-class writing
time
-In-class writing time
QJ 7-9 DUE
TODAY - Movie
- Movie
3/27
- Movie
QJ 10-12 DUE
3/28 by midnight
Submit your work via Google docs to [email protected] Make sure you give
me permission to review and edit. You may ALWAYS submit work early. Late will be
receive a letter grade deduction for every day late.