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Alice Marciel - Language Arts

Read 211 Assignments

Texts Required For This Class:

1.   Langan, John. Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills, Sixth Edition (ISDN 1-59194-423 -2)

     2.  Nist, Sherrie. Improving Vocabulary Skills  (ISDN 9-78159194-1911)

3.   Webster New World Dictionary

4.    Jimenez, Francisco. Reaching Out

5.  Kidd Monk, Sue. The Secret Life of Bees

6.   One package of form 882-E scantrons and Number 2 pencil

There will be many computer lab assignments. The lab dates will be discussed the first day of class.

Weekly homework is required from the Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills  textbook. Read the chapter assigned for each week. There are practice assignments in each chapter.

Answer the first five practices in each chapter.  Do this assignment on a separate piece of paper. This will be collected at the beginning of class. There will be weekly quizzes. 

Assignments from the Improving Vocabulary Skills book will be done in class.

Week 1 -      Orientation

Week 2 -      Chap 1 Vocab in Action   and   Vocab chap 1 (in class)

Week 3 -      Chap 2  Main Idea  and   Vocab chap 2 (in class)

Week 4 -      Chap 3  Support Details and Vocab chap 3 (in class)                 

Week 5 -      Chap 4 Imp Main Idea and Vocab chap 4 (in class)

Week 6 -      Chap 5 Relation 1 and Vocab chap 5 (in class)                   

Week 7-       Chap 6 Relation 11 and Vocab chap 6 (in class)                         

Week 8 -       Chap 7 Inferences and Vocab chap 7 (in class)

Chap 9 -        Chap 8 Purpose/Tone and Vocab chap 8 (in class)                    

Week 10 -      Chap 9 Argument and Vocab chap 9 (in class)

Week 11 -      Chap 10  Critical Reading and  Vocab chap 10 (in class)

Week 12-        Finals  week

Written assignments will be done in the ATC computer lab. 


Analyzing Poems Assignments (required)

1. The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,   
And sorry I could not travel both   
And be one traveler, long I stood   
And looked down one as far as I could   
To where it bent in the undergrowth;            5
Then took the other, as just as fair,   
And having perhaps the better claim,   
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;   
Though as for that the passing there   
Had worn them really about the same,            10
And both that morning equally lay   
In leaves no step had trodden black.   
Oh, I kept the first for another day!   
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,   
I doubted if I should ever come back.            15
I shall be telling this with a sigh   
Somewhere ages and ages hence:   
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I---   
I took the one less traveled by,   
And that has made all the difference.            20

Discuss the meaning of the poem.  Answer the following questions in complete sentences. (two typed pages are required and a cover page)


1. In the first stanza, what is the speaker's position?

2. In the second stanza, what path did he decide to take?

3. What is he describing in the third stanza?

4. Discuss the fourth stanza. What does "sigh" mean?

What does "difference" mean?

5. Think of a time in your life when you  made a difficult decision or when a certain decision marked a definite turning point in your life. Describe the circumstances that preceded the decision and your reasons for your  particular choice.



2. We Wear the Mask

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins an lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them  only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but of the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask.

Discuss the meaning of the poem.  Answer the following questions in complete sentences. (two typed pages are required and a cover page)


1. Explain the meanings of the word in bold type. First try to guess the meanings by looking at how the words are used in the poem. Then look each word up in the dictionary.

This debt we pay to human guile

And mouth with myriad subtleties


2. What do you think Dunbar means by the phrase "long the mile"  in the following two lines:

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile

3.What are the characteristics and feelings of the persons behind the mask?

4. Are there ever times when you feel you hide your true self behind a mask? When and why do you do that?

5. Write a summary of the poem.


3. A Dream Deferred

By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar ever--
Like a syrupy sweet
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Discuss the meaning of the poem.  Answer the following questions in complete sentences. (two typed pages are required and a cover page)

1. What is the meaning of the word deferred?

2. Discuss the similes used in the poem?

3. If  compared to a luscious bunch of grapes rather than a raisin, how does the meaning change?

4. Why does the poet save explode to the end? What does he mean "Or does it explode"?

5. What is the meaning the poet is trying to convey?



Novel Assignment  (required - due date on your green sheet)

The novel assignment consists of four typed pages. One  cover page and three typed double spaced pages describing the novel.

Cover Page - (one typed page) consists of the following:

           Class Reading 211    Professor  Alice Marciel   

          Name__________     Date________

          Book Title_______    Author________

          Publisher ________   Date  of Publication _______

Novel assignment - (three typed pages) answer the following questions:

1. What is the setting (where, when) of the novel? Give two or three examples of how the setting affects the mood, characters, or events of the story. 

2. What is the author's purpose in writing the novel? Identify one major theme. Did the author want to express an opinion or attitude, describe an event,  etc.? Give examples and reasons to support your opinion.

3. Describe one  event of the story.

4. Describe the personality of one important character. Give two or three examples of what the character does or says to reveal this personality.

5. Discuss briefly your reactions to the book.

6. Write a concise summary of the story.

7. Find 10 new words in the novel. For each word copy the sentence  the word was used in, underline the word, and write the meaning.

   For example: A good deal of his blustering spirit seemed to have  evaporated with the removal of fine panoply.

  Panoply: Any complete or magnificent covering or array.                         


Written assignment: The topic is - An Event That Changed My Life. Three double spaced typed pages  and one cover page are required.



Biography Writing Assignment (optional lab assignment)

Answer the following questions in detail. Three typed double spaced pages are required and a cover page.

1. What is your family history?
2. What is your passion?
3. In what town do you live?
4. What is your current occupation and place of employment?
5. What is your major and to where are you planning on transferring?
6. Why are you taking this course?


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Last Updated: 4/6/16