Summer School Modules

STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS:

Jocelyn Pena: Literary Analysis Modules 1-5

Carlos Meza: Beloved paper & Literary Analysis Modules 1-3; checked out Waiting for the Barbarians ($14)

Leo Benitez: Literary Analysis Modules 1-5; checked out Things Fall Apart ($11), Waiting for the Barbarians ($14), and The Wrestler ($15)

Chris Rotan Smith: The Wrestler essay & Literary Analysis Modules 1-3

Monica Plascencia: Beloved paper or Literary Analysis Modules 1-3

Alfonso Lopez: Literary Analysis Modules 1-5; checked out Things Fall Apart ($11)

Richard Nino: The Wrestler essay; checked out The Wrestler ($15)

Delaila Galindo: Literary Analysis Modules 1-7; checked out Kaffir Boy ($15), and Age of Iron ($14)

Irvin Carrillo: Film Studies Modules #1-3 & Literary Analysis Modules #1-5; checked out Kaffir Boy ($15), Things Fall Apart ($11), and Wicked ($16)

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LITERARY ANALYSIS:

Module #1: This summer’s readings all revolve around Colonialism in Africa. Two books specifically deal with Apartheid in South Africa. So, before we read novels set in colonized Africa, you need to learn something about Colonialism and Apartheid. Write a one page research paper explaining Colonialism and a one page research paper explaining Apartheid. For more details, download this assignment here.

Module #2: Read the article “Five Faces of Oppression” and annotate 4 times per page. You can download the article here. Then, read one of the following texts: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee, or Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane. Annotate at least once per page by writing a Question, a Connection, a Prediction, or a Reaction. For more details on annotating, download this. Divide your book up into 4 equal parts. After each quarter of your book, you will sit down with a teacher and have a discussion about what you’ve read. For more details on discussion, download this.

Module #3: Write a 5 page analysis connecting the “Five Faces of Oppression” to one of the following texts: Things Fall Apart, Waiting for the Barbarians, or Kaffir Boy. For more details, download this assignment here.

Module #4: Write a 3 page explication that analyzes each and every line of a poem or song of your choosing. For more details, download the assignment here. (Only for students who need credit for a full semester.)

Module #5: Repeat modules #2 and #3 for another book from the list. (Only for students who need credit for a full semester.)

Module #6: Repeat modules #2 and #3 for the third book from the list.

Module #7: Repeat modules #2 and #3 for Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee.

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FILM STUDIES: (Irvin only)

Module #1: You will watch three films that demonstrate that they way a story is presented matters just as much as the story itself. Watch Memento, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Geri’s Game. Write a one-page analysis that explains HOW the story was told and what affect it had on the audience. For more details, download the assignment here.

Module #2: Write a 4 page essay comparing the modern comedy Lars & the Real Girl to the modern tragedy The Wrestler. For more details, download the assignment here. You can also download a copy of Aristotle’s Poetics here and a copy of the Tragedy vs. Comedy flowchart here.

Module #3: Read two film reviews the criticize one movie positively and a different movie negatively. Then, pick two films that you like and dislike and write your own movie critiques. For more details, download the assignment here.

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Film Studies: Unit 2 (Irvin only)

Download the entire unit here.

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The Wrestler Essay:

Write a 4 page essay on the film The Wrestler that answers the following question: How do tragic heroes rely on their strengths too much and become blind to self-knowledge that could save their lives? For more details, download the assignment here.

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