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Disgrace Allegory Oral Presentations

Humanities                         Allegory Oral Presentations                        P. Lee-Muratori

                                Common Core Standards for Assignment:


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.


Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.


Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

Directions:  You are to research South African History via history/contemporary issues class notes, films, television documentaries, appropriate scholarly websites, novels (ie. Heart of Darkness, Things Fall Apart) and/or newspaper/magazine articles.   Then read Disgrace through the lens of this history.  Coetzee has created an allegory about the historical roots of his homeland.  Pick a character from the novel, close read the text for clues, and determine and demonstrate to the class how your character fits into Coetzee’s allegory.

                                                     Oral Presentation Rubric:

___  10 Points                  Ability to engage the audience as is demonstrated by eye                                                    contact with audience, class participation, and poised/grounded                                        body language.

                                       No major distractions of “um’s,” “uh’s,” or “like, ya’know’s.”

___  20 Points                  Student presents a clear and logical interpretation of the                                                    symbolism of their character in relation to the allegory as a                                                    whole

___ 40  Points                   Quotes are used effectively to back up the student’s                                                                 interpretation.  By “effectively” I mean parsed to                                                                 prove your  thesis.  It would probably be helpful to provide peers                                and teacher with a handout that at                                                                                         least lists your quotes for easy reference


____20 Points                    Conclusion should demonstrate the student’s understanding                                                      of the nuances among history, politics, conflicts                                                                 social environment, and the novel, etc.  In other                                                                  words the “Big Picture” is clearly demonstrated.

___ 10 Points                     Student is articulate, engaging, and audible.


 _____Total Points