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Discovering Worlds Past and Present What is America?      Martin Dressler paints a confusing picture: it’s a place of dreams, illusions, heartbreaks, and achievement.       In telling the story, Steven Millhauser uses anachronism — using elements of one time period (theme parks – a mid to late 20th Century development) in another time …

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Discovering Worlds Past and Present Acts of Inquiry, University of Washington, 2013 “Opening with a short narrative, or story, is a strategy many writers use successfully to draw readers into a topic.  A narrative introduction relates to a sequence of events and can be especially effective if you think you need to coax and indifferent …

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Discovering Worlds Past and Present Know Thy Ad       This is not my assignment (it belongs to George Mason University), but it is a good one.       Click Here and follow the instructions.  When it says “In your journal . . .” fill out the space below: © Jeff Thomas, uw_thomas@icloud.com

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Discovering Worlds Past and Present Re-Framing: Rebuttal      In marketing terms, reframing means “altering the discussion.”  In the coming weeks, you will be creating and shifting several discussions, not because they need to be re-worked, but because you need to persuade your customer.           Let’s start simple: read the brief …

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Discovering Worlds Past and Present The Mechanics of Poetry – Reading for Form      Poems can take a couple of forms:  Lyric – reflection on an idea/theme (not told in sequence) Narrative – tells a story   Didactic – written to instruct (sets out to teach a lesson) Ode — written to celebrate Elegy — a …

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Thesis People have too much freedom. Major Claim If Amitai Etzioni believes people have too much freedom, people should examine the benefits of the laws that rule their life. Complex Claim People go to great lengths for the sake of security, but Amitai Etzioni, in his article We Need Less Freedom, argues government intervention creates …

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Discovering Worlds Past and Present Read the first five pages of The Jungle Book Then read this explanation of Marxist Criticism. Very quickly, then — in the box below —write the different characters with an adjective next to their name (Baloo — greedy).  Finish with a MAJOR CLAIM  (one sentence argument you feel you could …

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Understanding Modernism       Context is everything.  If you understand how and why something happens, you have just understood more than most people are willing to consider.      With literature (and art, in general) an observer should note that everything is written/produced within a context.  A work of art is a product of …

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 Working the Angles:          On the most basic level, we can watch a movie and see the story unfold without understanding how a director draws us in.  Unlike books and poems, however, film is right on top of us: the minute we see something, we react.  And we react much more quickly …

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In their book They Say/I Say, Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, boil down the essence of argumentation to conversation: “He says ____, citing ________.  This results in ___________ (fact, detail, interpretation).  Though he may be right, I say ________ because ___________.  In the end ___________ (fact, detail, interpretation).”