Sample Commentaries (SL)

19 09 2011

Commentary 1
Commentary 2
Commentary 3
Commentary 4

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Shakespearean Comedy and Much Ado About Nothing

2 09 2011

The venue for today’s English class (5th period) is the Reading Area of the HS LRC. Please make sure you have enough battery life to finish the quiz as I will not permit you to charge your laptops. Bring your own copy of Much Ado About Nothing. For this quiz, review the elements of Shakespearean Comedy. (see previous post for pdf file) Kindly also review the tips to creating a good thesis statement.

1. Don’t forget to type your name and the test type on the document. The test type is “Literary Commentary: Much Ado About Nothing” Write this in the document itself (it does NOT serve as the title). Turnitin will ask you for the test title/type and type that up accordingly.

2. Observe the usual composition guidelines: provide a title, use regular font, size 14 and double-spaced.

3. The essay should have 750-1000 words only. For the sake of a synchronized word count, please use http://wordcounter.net as your official counter. Include the final WORD COUNT data below your essay.

4. You may use any word processor software; however, please save your file document as a .doc or .docx file. Your file document should have a filename with this format: <firstname><lastname>003.doc …. e.g. barbsmagallona003.doc

5. Submit your paper through www.turnitin.com. Check your my.xs email to see the invitation to enroll in our turnitin class account. The deadline of the essay is at at 3:1o pm.

7. The grading scale still includes the previous years rubrics: Understanding of the Text (0-5 points), Interpretation of the Text (0-5 points), Appreciation of Literary Features (0-5 points), Presentation (0-5), Formal Language Use (0-5 points). The grade equivalent is as follows:

0-3 = 1

4-7 = 2

8-9 = 3

10-12 = 4

13-16 – 5

17-19 = 6

20-25 = 7

 

EXAM PROPER:

Analyze “Much Ado About Nothing” under the following caveat of Shakespearean comedy: “Courtship narratives explore the chaotic nature of human sexuality and the laws that set out to govern it.” Incorporate a) your analysis of Shakespearean word play and b) literary elements of the play (i.e. character, plot, sub-plot, stage directions, etc.)





Crafting Proper Thesis Statements and Shakespearean Comedy and Tragedy

26 08 2011

Thesis Statement prepared by Mr. James Nicolay

Shakespearean Comedy





SL Paper 2 Practice Exam: POETRY GENRE Question (Graded and Recorded)

11 08 2011

Write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following questions:

A. Contradictions and/or paradoxes are often attractive to poets both in terms of content and stylistic choice. Explore some ways in which at least two poets you have studied convey their interest in these strategies through what they write about and how/why they do so.

or

B. According to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” Discuss how at least two poets and their poems have either confirmed or questioned the value of this claim about poetry.

Submit your paper through turnitin.com and please use wordcounter.net as basis for your word count, which should be indicated at the end of your essay.
Don’t forget to include a title for your essay, observe double space, margins, etc.
The paper should also have quotes from the poems discussed and proper citation format.

If there’s an error on uploading your essay to turnitin.com, please use the COPY & PASTE UPLOADING option rather than the normal method of SUBMIT BY UPLOADING option. Late essays will not be accepted.

You will be graded on the following (Paper Two Rubrics):
Knowledge and Understanding of the work – 5 points
Response to the question – 5 points
Appreciation of Literary Features – 5 points
Presentation – 5 points
Language – 5 points

7: 20-25
6: 17-19
5: 14-16
4: 11-13
3: 9-10
2: 5-8
1: 0-4





King Lear Commentary Quiz

10 08 2011

The venue for today’s English class (4th period) is the Reading Area of the HS LRC. Please make sure you have enough battery life to finish the quiz as I will not permit you to charge your laptops. Bring your own copy of King Lear.

1. Don’t forget to type your name and the test type on the document. The test type is “Literary Commentary: King Lear” Write this in the document itself (it does NOT serve as the title). Turnitin will ask you for the test title/type and type that up accordingly.

2. Observe the usual composition guidelines: provide a title, use regular font, size 14 and double-spaced.

3. The essay should have 750-1000 words only. For the sake of a synchronized word count, please use http://wordcounter.net as your official counter. Include the final WORD COUNT data below your essay.

4. You may use any word processor software; however, please save your file document as a .doc or .docx file. Your file document should have a filename with this format: <firstname><lastname>003.doc …. e.g. barbsmagallona003.doc

5. Submit your paper through http://www.turnitin.com. Check your my.xs email to see the invitation to enroll in our turnitin class account.

6. The deadline of the essay is at at 1:50 pm.

7. The grading scale still includes the previous years rubrics: Understanding of the Text (0-5 points), Interpretation of the Text (0-5 points), Appreciation of Literary Features (0-5 points), Presentation (0-5), Formal Language Use (0-5 points). The grade equivalent is as follows:

0-3 = 1  

4-7 = 2

8-9 = 3 

10-12 = 4 

13-16 – 5 

17-19 = 6 

20-25 = 7 






ENGLISH HL: SAMPLE COMMENTARY PAPERS

3 08 2011

Please study the following student papers on the poetry commentary:

liamng001  – 16/25 (5)

English Quiz 1 R. HUANG – 18/25 (6)

Contusion – 20/25 (7)

The following comments/ points for improvement were raised for the respective papers:

Lady Lazarus: Good strong introduction. What informs you that the tone goes deeper? How is it a linear development if the tone goes down and then reaches a crescendo at some point? What “various elements” – mention them here as you have mentioned them early on. The conclusion does act like a summary of your ideas, as it should be. You mention rhyme scheme here but barely touched on it in the body. Cite textual evidence early to support these points.

Edge – Title? What is Christ doing in your analysis? Good observation of essential details. Good interpretation. A better word than “coerced”; how are the words “stiffens” and “bleed” forceful? Very good… but instead of a dual nature how about a progression from life to death or from good to bad? Cite the actual lines as well. Which lines use “red” and “black” – what images are attached to such colors? This will strengthen your description  that red refers to anger, etc.  “Tighten” your discussion of the 3 colors as they seem to spread apart for coherent reading. How is “smile” and “seems to be saying” indicative of the mind. Overall, good analysis.

Contusion – When you speak of Contusion as the poem, enclose in quotations marks. Cite lines from the text to reinforce your ideas – and to guide you – and the examiner- as to what you are processing and analyzing. Very good paper.





English HL: Poetry Assignment

28 07 2011
STUDENT POEM
AMIN, MARVIN WHITMAN- “I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC”, parts 3& 4, pp. 226-227

 

CHAN, CEDRIC THE APPLICANT

 

CHIANG, JANZ THE COLOSSUS

 

COCABO, JOHN (WHITMAN) Parts 5 & 6 of “I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC” – pp. 228-231

 

COOTAUCO, MAVERICK DADDY

 

CHUA, MIKI (WHITMAN) Parts1 &2 of “FACES” – pp. 239-241

 

FLORO, VINCENT (WHITMAN) “THERE WAS A CHILD WENT FORTH” -pp. 277-280

 

GAMBOA, JAVIER WORDS

 

GUZMAN, JAVISON A LIFE

 

GO, Richard (WHITMAN) PARTS 3 &4 of “FACES”, pp.242-244

HUANG, RJ  EDGE

 

LIM, Jerome I AM VERTICAL

LIM, KYLE (WHITMAN) “I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC”, PARTS 7&8, pp. 231-234

 

MONTEVERDE, T. (WHITMAN) I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC, PARTS 1&2, pp.223-226

 

NG, LIAM LADY LAZARUS

 

NG, GLENDON WHITMAN- “WHO LEARNS MY LESSONS COMPLETE”, pp. 285-287

 

ODESTE, GIAN CONTUSION

 

REYES, POLO (WHITMAN) Parts 3 &4 of “FACES, pp. 242-244

 

SO, PAOLO (WHITMAN) Parts 3, 4 and 5 of “GREAT ARE THE MYTHS”, pp. 296-299

 

TING, KEVIN FACE LIFT

WANG, CEDRIC (WHITMAN) Part 5 “Faces” – pp. 244-245

 

YAO, CHASE THE APPLICANT

 

ZAMORA, JAMES (WHITMAN) Parts 1 & 2 of “GREAT ARE THE MYTHS”, pp. 293-296