A Moveable Feast: 11th American Literature/Composition

11th American Literature/Composition Winter 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008: Responding to “The Gettysburg Address” October 23, 2008

Filed under: Unit 4: Civil War Lit. — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 7:24 pm
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Listen to “The Gettysburg Address”  (click on the Windows Media link):


What was your reaction to this speech?  What words, phrases, or passages did you think were most memorable or most important?  Why?  What literary devices did Lincoln use to convey his message?  What feelings or emotions did you feel as you read this speech?  What words/phrases/lines evoked these feelings?  Why do you think this speech is revered as a great work of American literature?

Please share your thoughtful responses in a paragraph of 8-10 complete sentences.  Be sure to check out these very cool websites about this great speech at http://del.icio.us/hamilton_11th/gettysburg_address .

Mrs. Hamilton 🙂


Responding to “Owl Creek Bridge”, October 22, 2008 October 22, 2008

Filed under: Unit 4: Civil War Lit. — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 7:21 pm
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Consider the text of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” that we read last night as well as the video version.  Please respond to the following questions below in a paragraph of 10-12 complete sentences.

  • What was your reaction to the short story?  Why?
  • Which did you enjoy better:  the text of the story or the video version?  Why?
  • Why do you think Bierce entitled this story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”?
  • What did you think of Bierce’s use of flashback in the story?  Was it effective?  Why or why not?
  • If Bierce would alive today and writing this story in a modern/contemporary setting, what event do you think he might choose as his subject matter?  Why?

Challenges for the United States November 8, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 9:44 pm
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Think about what you know about the history of the United States.  In your opinion, what historic time period or event was most challenging to the United States as a nation in its history?  Identify the time period or event, and explain why you believe this time period/event was the greatest test or challenge our country has faced.

Explain your ideas in a paragraph of 8-10 sentences.