LC English Lab

Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English

Home Sweet Home . . .      

     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?


    In a cause and effect paragraph, finish the following prompt:

                                  “My garden is . . .”

    This Three-Level 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 — this is the most important part of your writing.  Alternate between concrete (things you can see) and abstract idea (ideas)

     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.” To develop your argument more fully, you should:

  • 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.