The wilderness unit exam will cover these readings:

  • Thoreau: Walden
  • Dillard: Living Like Weasels
  • Leopold: Thinking Like a Mountain and Marshland Elegy
  • Williams: Clan of the One-Breasted Women
  • Abbey: Serpents of Paradise
  • Chief Seattle: Letter to President Pierce

All of the readings not in the Norton Reader are available here.

You will also be expected to know the 13 Big Dawg Rhetorical devices, which are on the bottom of the vocabulary page.

Your seventh essay is due on Sunday, December 9 at noon. Please submit via Google Doc and review the notes about Synthesis writing before working on the task.

The essay prompt is available in the normal downloads folder.

In particular, pay attention to:

  • well-developed paragraph structure (with sub-topics when possible).
  • use of evidence to support your arguments, not make them.
  • proofreading.
  • clear thesis statements and topic sentences that show transitions.
  • evaluating the best evidence available to you.
  • making sure that the essay makes a clear argument.

It feels like we have discussed this enough times that I don’t need to send the reminder, but some things to keep in mind before you submit your eminent domain essays on Tuesday: your essay needs to reflect actual attention to the prompt, the essay, and the rules of writing we have talked about all year.

If you want the chance to revise from this point forward, these rules (which have been provided to you electronically and in print already) are non-negotiable.

Your sixth essay is not available in the downloads folder, but you will need to follow this link and use pages 2-9.

The assignment is due on Tuesday, November 20, printed and handed to me in class. If you are gone that day, you must submit it by 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. No late papers will be accepted because you are getting extra time to complete this one.

Assignment requirements:

  • Your response should be at least 900 words and demonstrate a clear understanding of the thesis and topic sentence structure we have worked on all year.
  • You should have a STAMPY introduction that is no more than 6 sentences, including the thesis.
  • You need to use at least 4 kernels of text from the source material and at least a total of 6 citations (quotes and paraphrases).
  • You must use at least four of the sources in your essay, and may not use any additional outside research.
  • You need to include at least one naysayer.
  • Your essay must have a conclusion that does not merely restate the essay. Advance the intro, tie of the story, develop it into something interest.
  • Your essay must show evidence of careful proofreading and attention to detail.