"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Monday, September 13, 2010

Seniors: First In-Class Essay Prompt

Seniors, you will be writing on this essay during the class period on Friday, 9-17. In the future, you won't know ahead of time what prompt you'll be writing to, but I wanted to let you do a little preparation for this essay if you wish, since it is your first one. I suggest you make an outline before you come to class. You may choose to write on any of the summer read books.

"The British novelist Fay Weldon offers this observation about happy endings: “The writers, I do believe, who get the best and most lasting response from readers are the writers who offer a happy ending through moral development. By a happy ending, I do not mean mere fortunate events—a marriage or a last-minute rescue from death—but some kind of spiritual reassessment or moral reconciliation, even with the self, even at death.” Choose a novel or play that has the kind of ending Weldon describes. In a well written essay, identify the “spiritual reassessment or moral reconciliation” evident in the ending and explain its significance in the work as a whole."

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