Reading Research Essay

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Module C: Developing an Essay on Symbolism or Theme in "A Farewell to Arms" Based on Recurring Motifs Traced Through Several Passages in the Novel and at Least One Movie Version

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C101 Describe the process of deepening understanding that occurs as readers re-consider events and characters' statements during a novel or short story.

C102 Describe the process of accumulating "evidence" while reading a fictional work.

C103 Using examples from the story previously read, "Hills Like White Elephants," describe how statements from different parts of the story can be grouped together to support a reader's impressions about one aspect of a story.

C104 Define "motif" and "crescendo" in music.

C105 Describe how repetition of related ideas in a novel impacts on certainty about a theme as one reads. (SRO from math: plotting a straight line vs. graphing a trend)

C106 Distinguish between examples and non-examples of a concept.

C107 Discuss the impact of deductive vs. inductive (or climactic) topic development during an essay.

C108 Review the characteristics of an effective persuasive essay.

C109 Review the uses of summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting to report evidence.

C110 Review how one gives effective criticism of a classmate's essay to help the classmate revise. (SROs: The Golden Rule of "tone" and the value of "specifics," or evidence, in persuasion.)

C111 Review how to weigh feedback from a classmate and the professor when determining what to use for revising one's essay.

C112 Review how knowledge in a discipline grows.

C113 Distinguish between conventions of written fiction vs. conventions of film.

C114 Make a case for the proposition that "nothing that happens in a high-quality published work is accidental."

C115 Define "cultural study" of a novel.

C116 Determine the factors that influence one's aesthetic reaction to a novel.

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