english discussion

For this week’s discussion choose one reading and one visual text.
Write one paragraph for each selection. (One written text and one visual


First focus is on the main idea. This
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For this discussion, complete one main post and two peer responses.
For full participation credit, posts must occur on three or more days
during the active week. First post should occur on or before Wednesday.
See rubric for full assessment of discussion posts.

Main Post #1:
Choose one reading and one visual text from the options below and
answer the following questions. (250 word minimum). Pose a question for
your classmates to grapple with.

Written Text Answer Three Questions:

  • What is thesis or main idea?
  • Describe the plot in one or two sentences by identifying the conflict, climax and resolution.
  • Select a specific part, passage, or phrase from the story; quote it and identify which rhetorical strategy it represents

Visual Text Answer Three Questions:

  • What is the main idea or thesis?
  • Describe the conflict or tension
  • How do the elements in the image support the main message?

For Your Peer Responses: In no less than 150 words, respond meaningfully to your peers’ posts.

Written Options:

  1. Mother Tongue, Any Tan pp. 697 – 703

Sample of Written Response (based on Rebel Music, p. 81)

In Rebel Music,
Daniel Felsenfeld shares his coming of age as a musician and composer.
The story is his journey as a rebel and surprising discovery and passion
for classical music. The main idea or thesis is what it means to be
different. Unlike other teenagers who listened to punk, goth, heavy
metal music, he finds something that really sets him apart. The climax
comes when he heard “something really wild” that changes his life:
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The resolution was his decision to become a
composer of contemporary classical music.

He describes how his
life in Orange County, California takes an unexpected turn by using
compare and contrast. He compares the lush landscape of his childhood
neighborhood to the arid or desert-like life without high art and

“The O.C. was billed as the ideal suburban community, but
when you are raised in the palm-tree lined Shangri-La,… it is hard to
grasp what is missing. Now, I realize: even though we had enough water
to keep the manicured leans just so, I was experiencing a personal
drought, an arid lack of culture of all kinds, especially music”
(Felsenfeld, 2010, p. 81).

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