Blog 1.4 — Where Are You? - Comparison-Contrast

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     Authors write from East of Eden -- from exile, as aliens -- and most try to uncover why they cannot get back.  Most of the literature we study in this class will be an examination of the obstacles that keep us from Eden, but, for now, let’s consider perfection.  Where is your personal garden?  Is it a place? Is it a state-of-mind? Is it an activity?

    As your teacher, I have made it my primary goal to help you develop your critical thinking skills.  Before anything else, I want to give you the ability to think metaphorically: making connections between real things/events and abstract ideas (love, justice, peace, kindness).  At it’s base, it’s a problem solving skill, and one that will serve you well in the long run.


    In a short paragraph, finish the following prompt . . 

“My garden is . . .”

    In the paragraph, tell where you feel most at home (or most safe).  Consider why this place is so safe for you, and interpret the universal lesson others might understand — let it speak on behalf of others.  For example: if home (your parents, siblings, bedroom, kitchen) is your garden, you might conclude, “Being among people who love you and take care of your needs gives a person confidence and courage.”

        Working on varying your approach, you should focus on

  • Compare-Contrast your garden to an un-gardenlike place 
  • Create an analogy about the feeling you get while being in your garden

    Maybe its a sport, maybe an activity, maybe a friend.  Whatever it may be, God has given you something that restores your soul and has helped to shape you as a person.

© Jeff Thomas,