2/13 – Diction, connotation, annotation
For the following pairs of terms, write short explanations of why you might like to be described by one term but not by the other (choose five):
Words are the writer’s basic tools: They create the color and texture of the written work. They both reflect and determine the level of formality. They shape the reader’s perceptions. Student should rarely skip words they do not know when studying serious literature. (It’s like wearing earplugs to a symphony.) To understand voice, students must “hear” the words and “feel” their effects. Diction reflects the writer’s vision and steers the reader’s thought.
Write your quotation, or the actual words of the author from the text.
Paraphrase the text. What is the
meaning of the quotation?
What effect do the words have on you, the reader? What do they tell you about the setting, mood, or tone of the novel?
|“When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident.”||Years later, we were able to think back and talk about what happened that caused Jem’s injury.||The language is formal and the
narrator is telling us that her family didn’t talk about the accident when it happened. It sounds serious. The narrator is also telling us about something that happened in the past.
|“Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings.”|
|“Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square.”
|“People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer.”|
Scottsboro Boys: An American Tragedy
What is the crime that has been committed?
Do you think the nine boys are guilty? Why or why not?
Transcript What did the girls have to gain by accusing the black men of rape?
What disadvantages were the nine boys facing?
How did the time period contribute to the trouble that arose?
How did the actions of society shape the individuals involved in the Scottsboro trial?
2/15 & 2/16
Finish up Scottsboro Questions (20 points)
Read through chapter 9 and answer all questions in complete sentences (30 points)