Section 1: Close Reading

Patricia C. Johnson Professor  J.E. Patten English 112B: Young Adult Literature May 15, 2000   Research Project: Dandelion Wine   Section 1: Close Reading   “Her hand trembled.  He felt the tremble…Why? But she was bigger, stronger, more intelligent than himself, wasn’t she?  Did she, too, feel that intangible menace, that groping out of darkness, […]

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Web Sites for Educators

Web Sites for Educators (Be aware that sites come and go as quickly as the clouds pass by. If you discover a site that has changed or is no longer operating, please notify me by email. If you need specific help with any web-related material, email me and I will try to locate some sites […]

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Cousins Study Questions

Cousins "You’re not dead yet are you? There was a long moment in which Cammy held her breath. . . . It was a rough game that Tut manged to play with Cammy. Pretend dead-as-a-doornail was what Cammy called it" (10). Discuss how this game is ironically connected to the theme of the story. Don’t […]

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What is an image

What is an image? This is a question that philosophers and poets have asked themselves for thousands of years and have yet to definitively answer. The most widely used definition of an image these days is:"…an intellectual and emotional  complex in an instant of time." (Ezra Pound) But this definition from Pound has a history […]

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Charlotte’s Web

Dr. J. E. Patten;  FO 108; 924-4436.  Office Hours, R 2:30—3:30;email address: [email protected]; http://theliterarylink.com  The Literature of Childhood Experience: Spring 2003 Objectives: English 112A is an upper division English literature course designed to introduce adult readers to the genre of children’s literature. We will be asking questions, investigating the patterns we find in these works, […]

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W. H. Auden, "The Unknown Citizen" poem

W. H. Auden "The Unknown Citizen" (To JS/07/M/378) This Marble Monumeht Is Erected by the State) He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint, And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint […]

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Chris Burgess English 112 A Prof

Chris Burgess English 112 A Prof. Patten Question 3 To over simplify a complex entity such as the self, it could be said that the self is the individualized identity of a person, their essence of being which is distinct from any other person or self. This "self" is thus the functioning and thinking part […]

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A definition of Tragedy: Excerpts

A Definition of Tragedy: Excerpts Going all the way back to the time of Aristotle, there has been a tendency to discuss tragedy in terms of form. That is, we tend to describe, define, and judge tragedy in terms of certain formal or structural characteristics which we assert must pertain to all tragedies, as if […]

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Essay Map

Patten Essay Map (from Jean Wyrick) Before you formulate your approach to a given topic, follow some of these helpful hints: 1) describe it, 2) compare and contrast it, 3) free associate it, 4) analyze it, 5) argue for or against it, and 6) apply or use it. Now formulate your thesis statement. Many thesis […]

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Jacqui Ghodsi’s essay on Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson a short essay by Jacqui Ghodsi It was as though he had been made with a great piece missing–one of May Belle’s puzzles with this huge gap where somebody’s eye and cheek and jaw should have been" (93). "Everybody gets scared sometimes, May Belle. You don’t have to be […]

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