Helpful Hints 

On this page you will find notes and other helpful hints to your study in Language Arts!

 

Argumentative Essay

Go to this address to find out more information about what an argumentative essay is about. Then click on this file for an essay map to assist your construction of the essay and these simple to follow instructions for a thesis.

 

What is the plot of a story?

 

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STORYTELLING NOTES 

Storytelling is the communicating of events through the use of words and sounds. This is an art of expression and improvisation, which revolves around a plot and/or narrative point of view. There are a number of different types of storytelling that are shared within many different cultures of the world, aiming to spread moral values, entertainment, inspiration and advice.

  1. Cultural Storytelling

    • Cultural storytelling is defined by the transmitting and conveying of certain values, morals and beliefs. These stories are passed down from generation to generation in an engaging and memorable form. The stories that are given to children in an attempt to teach them the meaning of religion might be understood as cultural stories, such as the Christian story of original sin.

    Family Storytelling

    • Family storytelling is thought of as the spoken history of a family, maintaining and preserving a long line of various events and experiences, while keeping traditions and expectations alight. Storytelling that concerns a family heritage allows for a family identity to emerge, often bringing with it the finest traits of an ancestral history as a reminder to live up to something. This type of story can provide those who hear it with the motivation to live up to past family achievements.

    Personal Storytelling

    • Through living, everyone is in the constant and ongoing process of composing a personal story. The stories are formed personally and concern individual lives. They are composed to remember, change and find meaning to life. Through personal storytelling, the teller is able to share his experiences with others and possibly motivate and inspire. Personal storytelling might also take the form of a biography or a biographical novel.

    Apocryphal Storytelling

    • Apocryphal stories are presented to the listener as unlikely and often unbelievable truths, or doubtful stories told as fact. These stories are more commonly known as "urban myths." "Apocryphal" derives from the Greek word "apocrypho", meaning "hidden." Generally, this is a type of storytelling that revolves around things of fear or things that cannot be fully understood.

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Notes for Poetry

Here are a few terms that you want to know as we look into the Poetry Unit:

 

Image - total sensation of our senses and imagination in a poem

Immagination - a warehouse of information stored for both present and future use

Concrete Details - Items that are real and tangible

Sensory Details - Rely on your five senses to define the material.

Theme - the concept of a poem

Versification - could be found in the rhyme and meter of a poem. What's the speed or emphasis that is placed on the words and syllables?

 

Figures of Speech include:

Metaphors & Similes - making comparisons between two or more objects

Metonymy - where words said for another; seen in "the crown" means "king"

Synechdoche - a part that stands for the whole; i.e. All Hands On Deck meaning each person on the ship needs to come on the top deck

Personification - giving human qualities to non-human objects; i.e the garden spoke volumes about the recent weather. Gardens do not have voices...

Litotes - using double negatives for effect; i.e. not unfair

irony - the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

Genres or Types of Poetry

 

Epic - noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered  upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer's Iliad is an epic poem.

Sonnet - a form of poetry commonly written in 14 lines.

Elegy - a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. A remberence.

Lyric - a category of poetry that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings, often in a song-like style or form

 

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