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What do you do when you need to make decision about an important aspect of your life? What classes to take… Play soccer or basketball… Purchase Nikes or Adidas…. Choose Fox news or CNN Yahoo or Google Confucius or Hammurabi African or Asian elephants
When you need to make a choice where there are many variables involved, what do you often need to do in order to sort out the information? What critical thinking technique might you use in order to make a clear, prudent decision?
On Friday, you will be composing a compare and contrast essay in class. Your subjects will be Whitman and Dickinson.
Two types of Compare and Contrast Formats… Let’s assume… Snickers = A Kit Kat= B
Block Method AAA BBB Everything about Snickers para 1 A. Peanuts, caramel, Nougat, covered in chocolate A. single unit A. made by Mars A. Fun size=80 calories Everything about Kit-Kat para 2 B. 3 layers of wafer covered in chocolate B. Double unit B. Made by Nestle B. Fun size =60 calories
Point by Point AB, AB, AB… Para 1 Snickers/Kit-Kat A/B Para 2 Snickers/Kit-Kat A/B
A/B Point by Point Paragraph one A--Snickers peanut, caramel, nougat B--Kit-Kat 3 layers of wafer A--Snickers covered in chocolate B--Kit-Kat covered in chocolate A—Snickers Fun size=80 calories B—KitKat Fun size =60 calories Paragraph 2 A--Snickers single unit B--Kit-Kat 2 or 4 segments A--Snickers—Mars B--Kit-Kat—Nestle A—Snickers—peanut Butter B—Kit-Kat—Extra Crispy
Complete the graphic organizer Similarities in the center Whitman traits on one side Parallel Dickinson traits on the other
Example Whitman used free verse Parallel trait---- Dickinson used fixed form Continue to list traits on both sides—keep them parallel
Compare contrast three points using the point-by- point method Compare contrast three points using the block method
At the age of 15, Drake met an agent, the father of a high school friend. The agent found Drake a role on the Canadian TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks. In the show, Brooks is a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate. Degrassi: The Next GenerationJimmy Brooks
Listen carefully to the following John Green video. On your scratch paper, jot down some of the attributes of each man. Be prepared to discuss the two topics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAcemT7F29E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAcemT7F29E ** john green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3tCVq7sgDU drake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3tCVq7sgDU
Whom is the more accomplished person, Franklin or Drake? How would you decide? How might you sort through the information in order to determine the more successful person? Is there an organizational tool that you could use?
Franklin Drake Founding father Great inventor Wealthy family Privileged Kicked out of home Started with little money Builds massive empire Made way to top Credits self Talents span all genres Rap star Innovative music Canadian Mom a teacher Degrassi TV show Middle class roots Makes half a million per show Credits “we” Mainly musical talent
The Venn diagram As a collaborative group, quickly organize the notes from the Green video and write them on the Venn diagram; list at least three items in each section.
What do they share Both successful Both tenacious Both worked toward goals Both made major contributions to their areas of interest Both repetitive Franklin “ingenious” Drake “started from the bottom”
Whitman and Dickinson Why should you care? Reinforce your poem writing assignment Strengthen your writing in other subject areas Strengthen critical thinking skills Assist in making real life decisions in the future
Please bring the following items to the library that day: prewriting sheet. Compare and Contrast handout (tomorrow’s lesson) You will receive the specific essay prompt on Friday. This is spontaneous writing, much like the SAT essay. Do not bring any prewritten materials. They will be removed.
Review Game Sort through the various characteristics of Whitman’s and Dickinson’s writing. Place each characteristic in the appropriate column— Whitman—Dickinson--Both
Get up and move to the next table. Assess that team’s arrangement. Make any necessary corrections, AND tell the other team what you are changing and why
Return to your original table Independently complete the compare and contrast sheet. Use your notes and your Whitman and Dickinson packets. Avoid superficial, obvious points : They are both romantics They are both poets
Complete for homework Polish and refine each point Rewrite as needed Think about how you would explain and exemplify each point Don’t limit yourself to six points: Give yourself options!!
Choose a topic to compare/contrast: Country music/Rock music Justin Bieber/John Mayer Snickers/Kit-Kat The Voice/American Idol Lindsey Lohan/Britney Spears Target/Wal-Mart
Delay tomorrow: Begin Dead Poet’s Society Essay on Monday Cancellation tomorrow: Begin Dead Poet’s Society Essay on Monday Full Day tomorrow—essay report to room 242
Write on the notebook paper: Attention-getting device (Skip several lines) Thesis Statement
Essay Materials Whitman packet and Madness packet Outline/Essay assignment sheet Venn Diagram Composition Style Book Thesis Statement and Attention-getting device sheet that you have on your desk NOTHING ELSE WRITTEN OUT IN FULL SENTENCES. Any document that contains full sentences other than thesis or AGD will be confiscated.
Thesis Statement page 6 Subject Opinion/ Impression/ Slant What you intend to cover ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS
Subject: works/style of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman Opinion/ Impression/ Slant: Appear to be different but actually do share many traits What you intend to cover: style, attitudes Although the works, style, and attitudes of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson appear to be different, many characteristics of the two writers are similar.
Attention-getting device page 8 Startling fact Rhetorical Question Quotation Just a few ideas…
Be sure to use appositives and appositional phrases in your essay. Ex: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, both nineteenth century Romantic writers, …