agenda Thu Nov 16: submit PROOF essay

learning goal: how well do I create transitions between sentences and paragraphs?

if you have time and inclination, check your bearsmail for an annotated copy of Mr. Brown’s intro and first body paragraph (I hope this helps you refine your own essay) 

time to complete Proof essay draft and submit it to TRNTN (on the template, making sure in the footer to acknowledge from other people and/o sources)


next blog post: a Nov/Dec post

Sometime between now and Mon Dec 11, publish the next post to your blog.  Previously, I said we would publish one post per month.  At this particular point in the year, however, I am combining two months, since each (Nov and Dec) has fewer school days.  We’ll likely return to the once-a-month model in the new year.

Remember that these posts are anchored, however lightly or firmly, to our reading–either recent or distant reading.  For example, you may build on an idea from your Jekyll and Hyde reading, or Frankenstein, or Proof, or the early parts of Hamlet.  For another example, you may want to follow-up on your October post.

Although we cannot officially use the label “litmatters” without attribution, this label expresses the spirit of these blog posts throughout the year.  Something you have read, or written about, sparks an idea you’d like to share with a wider, more general audience.  You may, as many of you did for the October post, adapt part of one of your essays.  I don’t mean cut and paste a paragraph.  Instead, though, you can find an idea in one of your essays, then alter it to fit this general audience.

Finally, push yourself to include at least one image with your post–one that creatively focuses readers’ attention on the core of your piece.  Titles can also be fun ways to emphasize a particular idea or angle.


due by end of Thursday (Nov 16): full essay draft to TURNITIN

REVISED DEADLINE: A full draft of your Proof essay is due to TURNITIN by the end of your section’s Thursday class (Nov 16)–i.e., by 11:59pm EST.

I will read these, and score them as major grades.  The revised versions, due by the end of the week we return (Dec 1), will also be scored as major grades.

Submit the draft on the prescribed template, making sure to acknowledge in the footer any help you have received from people or other sources.

agenda Tue Nov 14: PROOF of more progress

learning goal: how does Auburn’s play embody Hamlet’s description of drama’s purpose?

” . . . For anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing [i.e., of a play, a work of dramatic literature], whose end both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure . . . ”   (Hamlet 3.2.17-20)


time to write

Essay goal: to explain

  1. an insight about the play itself,
  2. or about human nature/condition (“hold . . . the mirror up to nature”)

Essay length: a thousand words


due Fri Nov 11: passages for PROOF essay

By class time, have passages recorded for the body paragraphs of your PROOF essay.

Something basic, like my outline below*, will suffice.  This outline shows passages and accompanying notes for the first two of my three body paragraphs.

P1 humor as play—back and forth:

pasta controversy; 42-3 mutual—mild, slight, but mutual/equal/knowing; big vats of pasta 48

the band called “i”; 14 C responds to H’s joke, enjoys it, sees through it

Sophie Germain; 30-1 humor as test, cat and mouse, mouse trapped

P2 Catherine “plays” with father and Hal, showing not only her humor but also her reasoning ability and her response to those who question it

germain episode reveals stereotype (mixed with actual pattern) 30-1

you’re being a bit paranoid—just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean (logical, can reason during an emotional moment) 16

think things through . . . it doesn’t work (logical even when talking with dead father; innately logical) 11