Presentation on theme: "Learning Targets: Recognize elements of transcendental writing."— Presentation transcript:
1 Culminating Activity: Synthesizing Universal Ideas and Connecting to Argument Learning Targets:Recognize elements of transcendental writing.Synthesize multiple texts in order to establish universal truth statementsApply universal truth statements to real-world situations.Craft an argument stance.
3 Pair-Share – 5 minutes How does Emerson define self-reliance? How does your definition of self-reliance mirror or challenge Emerson’s claim?Are most people self-reliant? Why or why not?
4 Essential Questions Should be able to answer at the end of class How does an author convey a universal truth in a text?What universal ideas found in transcendental writing are still prevalent today? How is transcendentalism relevant in modern times?
6 Notice how all three examples relate to UT Think about how you can turn your UT into a question that can have multiple answers/ perspectives.Notice how all threeexamples relate to UT
7 I need to check your UT before you move on to Question Think of this asa “discussion”question.The question should be arguable;there could be multiple sides that one could take.The message that can be appliedoutside the text(s).What do theseexamples have incommon?Do all your textualreferences contribute to the UT?What position does your group take?Provide concise reasons and examples for your answer.Make reference to all three texts. If not possible, use at least two.Choose examples that best reflect the UI.Choose examples that relate to each other.20 minutes totalThink about “delegating”
8 Universal Truth Poster Create a poster to share your ideas with your classmates.Include:Your universal truthYour real-world questionA visual that represents your UT
9 Gallery Walk Wednesday Each group needs sticky notesFor each poster, use a sticky note to identify:suggestions for improvement or clarificationwhat you liked or found interestingan “answer” to their question
10 Essential Questions Answer on an index card and turn in How does an author convey a universal truth in a text?What universal ideas found in transcendental writing are still prevalent today? How is transcendentalism relevant in modern times?
12 Goals for Today: Unpack the prompt for “hints”. Read and annotate the rhetorical analysis prompt, Last Child in the Woods.Annotate for what?Craft a rhetorical analysis thesis statement.TopicClaimDirectionsQualifierUTCraft three topic sentences.Complete a rhetorical analysis graphic organizer for devices.
13 Unpack the promptThe passage below is from Last Child in the Woods (2008) by Richard Louv. Read the passage carefully. Then, in a well- developed essay, analyze the rhetorical strategies Louv uses to develop his argument about the separation between people and nature. Support your analysis with specific references to the text.
14 Annotations Rhetorical reading entails comprehending both the meaning and purpose of an author’s argument and its intended audience(s)Rhetorical Devices = PURPOSE and EFFECTHow do the devices impact the audience?Who is the intended audience? How do you know?How do the devices contribute to the meaning or purpose of the passage?His argument: what is he saying about the separation between people and nature?DictionSyntaxRhetorical QuestionsAnaphoraCoordinationAnecdotePoint of view – shifts?ExamplesDetailsImageryShift/contrast
15 Rhetorical TriangleAfter reading, be able to answer the following questions:Who is the intended audience?What is Louv’s message?How would you describe him as a speaker?What is his tone toward your generation?What is his tone toward his generation?What is his tone toward the separation of people with the natural world?What two ideas are being contrasted?Where is the shift?
16 Who is the intended audience? What is Louv’s message?How would you describe him as a speaker?What is his tone toward your generation?What is his tone toward his generation?What is his tone toward the separation of people with the natural world?What two ideas are being contrasted?Where is the shift?
17 Thesis Statement Write on a clean piece of paper TopicClaim (shift/contrast + purpose)DirectionsQualifierUniversal TruthRearrange parts
18 Topic Sentences Write below your thesis ClaimDirectionUTWrite one for each direction
19 Rhetorical Analysis Graphic Organizer Will turn in along with:ThesisTopic sentencesConclusionOne per partnership
20 Identify elements of rhetorical triangle first. Why? It will help you with discussion of effect!
22 THE PURPOSE OF A CONCLUSION ISIS NOTto bring closureto repeat, paraphrase, or summarize the thesisto highlight the universal idea in a “mini essay”to present a new essay or new directionto offer a “human connection” to the essay
23 THE PARTS OF A CONCLUSION Topic sentenceLinks the topic (think message – R.T.) to the universal ideaConnecting commentaryDiscusses the significance of the universal idea in relation to literature, life, and/or the human conditionClincher sentenceRecapitulates the overall significance of the universal idea in a thought-provoking statement, perhaps a witticism or aphorism
24 Ideas/Guiding Subjects for Commentary Literary Movement text is fromHow text is reminiscent of movementCompare/Contrast to other literary movements, texts, authors’ stylePersonal connection/experience with Universal TruthExplication of Universal TruthManifestation in today’s society?
25 BUILDING A CONCLUSION . . .Keep the thesis in mind Converting the Mississippi River from a common river into a unique, “turbulent” entity, John M. Barry uses an admiring point of view, dynamic diction, and picturesque figurative language to communicate that the Mississippi River’s “complexity” and inability to “lie at rest” feed his fascination.
26 Topic SentenceBarry’s essay affirms that the Mississippi River, with its tireless churning, “roiling,” coursing through America, is an intriguing, complex entity.fascination = UI
27 Connecting Commentary connection #1Add the connecting commentary Through his characterization of the river, Barry offers an almost romantic perspective of the Mississippi River, reminiscent of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas in Nature, by suggesting that a common natural form, such as a river, can so inspire wonder in the human soul. How does one experience this wonder? By becoming that “transparent eyeball” that melts into nature. This fascination, is not focused on the individual, however; like Charles Darwin, Barry finds the complexities of nature themselves admirable: Humans are not the only complex entities on earth, so are the natural forms in which they live.connection #2
28 Clincher SentenceAdd the clincher sentence As a result, Barry, like Emerson and Darwin, discovers complexity in the deceptively simple, and suddenly, the ordinary Mississippi River becomes extraordinary.juxtaposition
30 Conclusion for Last Child in the Woods With your partner, write a conclusion for the prompt you have been analyzing.You should:Rephrase your UT in the topic sentenceElaborate on your UT by connecting it to an “outside” idea:Connect to transcendental characteristicsConnect to another “world”You should not summarize your points in the conclusion.