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Motif Presentations for Parsing Practice


 Motif Oral Presentations:

                                    Common Core State Standards:

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.3  Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

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. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

CC.11-12.W.2  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

The Assignment:   

      As students come to me with a diverse parsing background, we will practice this skill all year in relation to works of literature in our curriculum.  Please refer to my Parsing pages on my website for background information.  If you don’t understand the skill, come for extra help; however, do NOT come for extra help until you have read both “How to Parse I” and “Parsing II.”  You need to work independently whenever possible.

     The following activity is typical of how we will practice the skill of parsing in class.It is then expected that you demonstrate your understanding of how to use quotes effectively in your writing assignments.

      Motif Assignments for Literature Studied (including Disgrace, Lolita, and Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man)

 Directions:  You are to choose a motif, trace it through the novel (NOT just chapters 1 and 2), pick 3-5 quotes in which the motif is most significantly featured, and analyze (through parsing) the relation of these quotes to a theme within Portrait (or Lolita or Disgrace or any other work of literature).  Parsing should include etymological background, traditional dictionary definitions, connotative echoes in the word, allusion, or research/analysis of interest to you on any subject relating to the theme you isolate. 

You are limited to 10 minutes for each group presentation.  Practice with a timekeeper.

Weight:  Double Quiz Grade

                                                Oral Presentation Rubric:

___  /20 Points                          Ability to engage the audience as is demonstrated by an                                                      interesting “hook,” eye contact, engaged class                                                                  participation, and grounded, poised body language.

_____/30 Points                        Students chose significant quotes for the analysis of the                                                                   motif.           

                                                There is a typed handout for all members of                                                                               the class, which shows the quotes and the                                                                               completed parsing.  If time runs out, the class will                                                                   have your complete parsing.                                   

___  /40 Points                        Students show painstaking work through the etymological,                                                        connotative/denotative, allusion research, and/or                                                                    other research to analyze their chosen quotes in a                                                                    significant way (=clearly ties to a theme in the                                                                     novel or thesis you are trying to prove).

___  10 Points                         Students are articulate, logical, and audible to audience.

Total Points:     ____/100