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Disgrace Allegory Oral Presentations

Humanities                         Allegory Oral Presentations                        P. Lee-Muratori

                                Common Core Standards for Assignment:

CC.11-12.R.L.1  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.

CC.11-12.R.L.4  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.

CC.11-12.R.L.5  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.

CC.11-12.SL.1.a  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.

CC.11-12.SL.1.d  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.

      Quotes are neatly and accurately listed on a handout for easy access for peers and teacher.

___ 40  Points                Context is explained before the quote is analyzed ("Context"=Who said it?  About when in the novel? What action just occurred?)

       Quotes are used effectively to back up the student’s interpretation.  By “effectively” I mean carefully parsed to prove your  thesis.   

____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.


 100    Total Points