Sophomore English Writing: Week 10

Online English Writing


Last week:

  • reviewed one question from the exam
  • learned about arguments and a basic sentence pattern
  • assigned homework

This Week

  • learn about analogies (metaphors and similes)
  • rewrite second draft of Syria video summary and tape advertisement
  • start and finish analysis of dog adoption advertisement #2
  • start assignment #3: analyze the analogy and argument in a story (Life is …)
  • start assignment #4: analyze the analogy and argument in a poem (and movie clip)

Task 1: Understanding Analogies

This week, we will learn about metaphors and similes. These are small writing tricks that add style to your writing. They express complex ideas in a few words. Click here to get the writing lesson about analogies.

Writing Assignment #3: Argument Analysis

Your homework last week was to watch and listen to a YouTube clip. It had a story by Alan Watts. Step 5 describes the writing task in some detail.

Writing Assignment #4: Argument Analysis

This writing assignment requires an analysis of an analogy. It also asks you to reflect.

  1. Watch and listen.
  2. State the metaphor in the poem.
  3. Paraphrase the meaning of the metaphor.
  4. Write an analysis (describe the metaphor and its meaning) in a paragraph or two.
  5. The poem ends with a question. What is your answer to that question? That’s another 1 or 2 paragraphs.

Here’s the key part from the poem, and the question.

“To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’


That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.

What will your verse be?”

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