Today we are going to talk about two things: your Oscar Wilde Projects/Essays and your “Morrissey Unit” Analysis Papers.
First, let’s talk about the Morrissey unit.
Is it hard for you to pick songs? I know his style is not something you young kids are used to. So you will have to get past that. Just know that there are many kids your age who dress in all black and go to his concerts acting like they love him more than I do (they don’t).
- What songs did you pick?
- What songs are you planning to pick?
- Do you need help understanding how to analyze any of the songs?
Now, let’s talk about the projects.
Option 1-Paint a poster sized picture that captures the story of Dorian Gray. You can have an image with two faces, find some way to depict the sins either with language or symbols. (Individual Project)
Option 2- Draw a poster sized picture that depicts an important scene in Dorian Gray. (Individual Project)
Option 3-Make a video of a 3-5 minute scene from The Importance of Being Earnest. I want to see the dialogue delivered smoothly and humorously. Make me laugh. You will need at least 1-3 other people from class. Upload this video to YouTube (as unlisted for your privacy) and send me the link by the Friday we come back to class. (Group Project)
Option 4-Write a poem from the perspective of Dorian Gray at the end of the story. After he is desperate to be free from the picture. 14-20 lines minimum requirement (Individual Project)
Option 5-Make a video of dolls or stuffed animals speaking the lines and acting out the scenes of The Importance of Being Earnest. I ONLY want to hear Wilde’s script. Don’t wing it. Upload the video to YouTube (as unlisted for your privacy) and send me the link by the Friday we come back to class. This video project you can do alone or with a partner. But YOU don’t have to be on film. –If you need to see an example of what I am talking about google “Happy Family Show.” My kids love this, but yeah . . . LOL (Possibly and Individual Project, but Possibly a Group and Couple Project).
- What projects are you planning on doing?
- Do you have any questions?
Finally, let’s talk about the essays.
Option 1–LOVE ESSAY
How does Oscar Wilde make fun of love in The Importance of Being Earnest? Pick 3-4 key quotes to focus on. And write about how they develop the general theme about the frivolity of affection and marriage in Victorian society.
Option 2-Sin Essay
Write an essay about how what the Bible teaches about sin relates to the movie The Picture of Dorian Gray. Please explore how The Picture of Dorian Gray also deals with the concept of sin. Discuss the role of Dorian’s picture, as a symbol of shame.
- Which essay did you pick?
- Do you have any questions?
- Are you using specific examples and details from the play/movie?
- Do you have a strong thesis statement?
- Do you have organized paragraphs, topic sentences?
- Does it flow? Do you use transitions?
Creating a Thesis Statement & Outline
I.What is a thesis statement?
A thesis statement is usually a sentence that states your argument to the reader. It usually appears in the first paragraph of an essay.
II. Why do I need to write a thesis statement for a paper?
Your thesis statement states what you will discuss in your essay. Not only does it define the scope and focus of your essay, it also tells your reader what to expect from the essay.
A thesis statement can be very helpful in constructing the outline of your essay.
Also, your instructor may require a thesis statement for your paper.
III. How do I create a thesis statement?
A thesis statement is not a statement of fact. It is an assertive statement that states your claims and that you can prove with evidence. It should be the product of research and your own critical thinking. There are different ways and different approaches to write a thesis statement. Here are some steps you can try to create a thesis statement:
1. Start out with the main topic and focus of your essay.
Example: youth gangs + prevention and intervention programs
2. Make a claim or argument in one sentence.
Example: Prevention and intervention programs can stop youth gang activities.
3. Revise the sentence by using specific terms.
Example: Early prevention programs in schools are the most effective way to prevent youth gang involvement.
4. Further revise the sentence to cover the scope of your essay and make a strong statement.
Example: Among various prevention and intervention efforts that have been made to deal with the rapid growth of youth gangs, early school-based prevention programs are the most effective way to prevent youth gang involvement.
IV. Can I revise the thesis statement in the writing process?
Sure. In fact, you should keep the thesis statement flexible and revise it as needed. In the process of researching and writing, you may find new information that falls outside the scope of your original plan and want to incorporate it into your paper. Or you probably understand your thoughts more and shift the focus of your paper. Then you will need to revise your thesis statement while you are writing the paper.
Do you need to change your thesis?
Right now, we are in the 3rd stage of the writing process. You need to be asking yourself at this point if your thesis is strong.
What is a strong thesis?
How are your topic sentences?
Topic Sentence Examples for an Analytical Essay: