Tuesday (9-30-08)

Today we…

  • Noticed how much plot summary vs. analysis we were writing. To do this, we looked over the in-class writing on “How was the story in the film ‘Rope’ ironic?” We highlighted sentences that summarized the plot in blue. We highlighted the sentences that analyzed/explained in red. We highlighted sentences that both summarized and analyzed/explained in purple.
  • Then, we noted that too many students had a lot of blue sentences (i.e. we wrote too much plot summary and not enough analysis).
  • Then, we reviewed read over a song called “Ironic” by Alanis Morisette and determined which lyrics were actually ironic and which lyrics were just examples of crappy situations. We used this definition of situational irony: when there is a mismatch between what is expected to happen, or what would be appropriate to happen, and what really does happen


  • Rewrite your “How was the story in the film ‘Rope’ ironic?” assignment making sure that there is a 4:1 ratio of analysis to evidence (i.e. there should be 4 sentences of analysis for every 1 sentence of evidence).

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