Friday, October 5, 2012

Oedipus & SOAPSTone Review

-Vocab Quiz
-Bell Work--Argumentation & Stagnant
-Dramatic Irony Review: What examples did we find?
-Reading Scene 2 & Ode 2

-SOAPSTone on "The Lottery" due on Wed
-Finish reading the second section and answer the questions at the end of the text

SOAPSTone (How to think of each section for short pieces of fiction):

S(peaker)--Think of what point of view the story is being told from.  Is it from the point of view of a certain character/is that character the narrator or not?

O(ccasion)--Think of this more in terms of setting.  What is the time period and the location?  Why is story written with this particular setting as opposed to another one (whether it be the same place in another time or a different place altogether).

A(udience)--Make sure that in this section that you answer who you think the piece is written for and how you can tell.  You also should touch upon what mood is created for the audience (this will help you to distinguish mood from tone).

P(urpose)--Why was this piece written?  What is the story's message?

S(ubject)--You may have addressed this in answering the other questions, but try to pull it out here again.  This section does not have to be long.  Also, touch on whether the subject is stated directly or indirectly.  In fiction written, it likely will be the latter, so you do not have to go into much detail here.

T(one)--What is the attitude of the author?  This is NOT the attitude or tone of voice of a character or even the narrator.  In answering this, focus on diction, syntax, structure, and imagery in order to help you.

Do not forget your one paragraph touching on a single literary device.

Other pointers:
-PROOFREAD and make sure that your sentences make sense
-Avoid colloquial speech.  This is not a formal essay, but try to make it sound a bit more academic.
-Include your own thoughts.  I read a lot of papers that had thoughts that obviously were researched.  That is fine, particularly if you are looking up information about a certain literary trend.  However, if you are doing research, even if you are not quoting from the piece that you used, you should still be citing it.  ...I would prefer if you used your own thoughts about the text, especially if you are taking the AP exam since you will not have the benefit of the Internet when you sit down to take this test.

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