Week 5 Class Recap (October 10)

Power Point Notes:

The Persuasive Essay

Week 5

Okay . . .
So I haven’t seen you for
2 weeks!!!

How Are You?

Let’s hand in our homework!

  • Scarlet Letter Essay
  • Sermon Compare/Contrast Paragraphs
  • Tree Map and Thesis Statement
  • Persuasive Essay Rough Draft

The Scarlet Letter Essay Topics

1.) Is Hester Prynne a strong female character? Is The Scarlet Letter a protofeminist novel? Which simply means, does the novel have any PRE-feminist concepts? In a positive way though, not the negative angry feminism that we have today. Had Hester not been a woman, would she have received the same punishment? Discuss some ways that Hester shows her strength, independence, and goes beyond the “stereotypical woman” of the Puritan era.

2.) How does Hawthorne show the difference between true Christianity and false Christianity? What character shows true conviction, confession and repentance during the novel? Which characters are fake/hurtful/hypocritical? And which characters rely on just being “good people” as if that is enough? Discuss the correct way to connect to God and how we see that happen in this novel.

3.) The Bible says that the devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). Jesus said in John 16:8, that conviction of sin is from the Holy Spirit and we know that condemnation is from the devil. Conviction is when the Holy Spirit draws us lovingly to repentance. Condemnation is when the enemy shouts at us that we are losers, God hates us, and we need to give up, run away, and hide like Adam and Eve did.  In what ways does Chillingworth symbolize the devil in this book. Give some examples of actions and words that remind you of how the devil treats God’s people when they fall short. Include a Bible verse to prove your point.

The Great Awakening

What did you think?

  • Did “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” shock you at all?
  • Why do you think he was so crazy about hell and God’s anger?
  • What do you think of David Wilkerson’s “Call to Anguish”
  • Who do you like better John Wesley or George Whitefield?

Sidenote: My dog Wesley’s full name is John Wesley

The Persuasive Essay

  • How is it going?
  • What are your topics?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • What is a thesis statement?
  • What are supporting paragraphs?

TONE—I am going to ask that you make this essay have formal tone.


The Next Two Weeks

Week 5—Revising Essay, Phyllis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, and Thomas Paine

You must work on your essay Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (then step away)

Slave Narratives of Equiano and Wheatley

Only 2 Journals

Thomas Paine—An apologetics look at Atheism, short essay

The Next Two Weeks

Week 6—Final Draft and African American Folktales

You will work on final editing, auditory readings of the essay, and formatting.

I LOVE African American trickster tales (LOVE them). You will have fun this week with your readings. It isn’t too heavy.

No Journals

I am giving you a lighter workload this week, so you have NO EXCUSE for turning in an essay that is less than the best thing you have ever written.

Do YOUR personal best!

Then Celebrate!


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