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Honors English III: Today’s Class 1.Reflection on The Glass Menagerie Essay 2. Introduction: Our Town by Thornton Wilder and essay assignment 3.Review.

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1 Honors English III: Today’s Class 1.Reflection on The Glass Menagerie Essay 2. Introduction: Our Town by Thornton Wilder and essay assignment 3.Review Notes: “How to Analyze Literature” 4.View Our Town, pt. 1 & take notes for in-class essay. 5.Notes will be collected at the end of class

2 How did you do? Take a look at the AP Essay scoring rubric. Read back over your essay from last week. For a class work grade, analyze your essay based on these rubric guidelines, and explain what score your essay should have received, and why. This week’s essay will be scored based on this rubric for a quiz grade. – If you did not turn one in, write a response explaining why you did not turn one in. – If you turned in a homework pass, share someone’s essay sitting near you.

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10 Our Town by Thornton Wilder (1938) At any given time on any given day, this play is being performed somewhere around the world. No scenery or props except for tables, chairs, ladders Purpose: concentrate on characters, themes, and universality

11 Our Town by Thornton Wilder Stage Manager- narrator and character Setting: Grover’s Corners, NH in 1901 Titles of Acts: – “Daily Life” – “Love and Marriage” – “Death”

12 Our Town by Thornton Wilder Themes: 1.People should appreciate life while they are living it. 2.Carpe Diem (seize the day). 3.Little things in life are really big things. 4.No town can isolate itself from the rest of the world. 5.No community is perfect, not even idyllic Grover’s Corners.

13 The Playwright: Thornton Wilder 1897-1975 Lost a twin brother at birth Army brat-lived in China for a while Wrote his entire life Globally acclaimed for his plays Works are still famous to this day

14 Your Assignment: Choose One 1997. Novels and plays often include scenes of weddings, funerals, parties, and other social occasions. Such scenes may reveal the values of the characters and the society in which they live. Select a novel or play that includes such a scene and, in a focused essay, discuss the contribution the scene makes to the meaning of the work as a whole. You may choose a work from the list below or another novel or play of literary merit 2004, Form B. The most important themes in literature are sometimes developed in scenes in which a death or deaths take place. Choose a novel or play and write a well-organized essay in which you show how a specific death scene helps to illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary


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