Task one:

  1. Open up a new blog post.
  2. Write your names.
  3. Title it with the number of the group you have been assigned.
  4. List 5 possible themes  for “Moving On.” Don’t worry if they’re good or not. Aim to make your theme a short phrase, like the examples show in the presentation.

Task two:

  1. Choose one of the themes you listed above. Write 5 discussion questions about how this theme functions in real life.
  2. Use the pronoun “you.” You are writing general discussion questions.

Task three:

  1. Write three more philosophical questions about any of the abstract terms in your theme.
  2. Upload a feature image to your blog post.
  3. Publish it to the following category: “Moving On,” Sep 18.

Task four:

  1. Open up the blog post for the group number that is one less than yours. For group 1, look at group 7.
  2. There should be eight discussion questions in task two and three. Have a free form discussion about any of these questions that you find interesting.
  3. There is nothing to write for this part.

Task five:

You’ll work again on your original blog post in the following exercises.

  1. As a group, look closely again at “Moving On.” Which literary element to you seems like it would give you the most to write about? List it here.
  2. Go through the story, and point out passages that employ this literary element. As a group, find as many as you can and underline them.
  3. Cite three short passages here that employ this literary element.

Task six:

  1. For each passage you cited above, write a contextualizing sentence before it.
  2. Use the method just explained, with part of a sentence and a comma.

Task seven:

  1. Look carefully again at the passages you highlighted in Task five.
  2. Write three statements about the effect that this literary element gives off in the story. These are essentially “thesis statements” that you could potentially use for this story.

Task eight:

  1. Go back to the passages that you were working with in task six.
  2. Choose one contextualizing sentence + citation. Add a few sentences of analysis to it. Discuss specifically how this literary element works in this passage.
  3. How does this literary element help us discover meaning that is hidden beneath the surface?
  4. What mysteries of this story does this element help unlock?
  5. You don’t need to specifically mention the element. So, if you’re discussing imagery, you don’t need to use the word “imagery” or “image.” You could. You don’t have to. The important thing is that you make substantial claims about this element, not just repeat the word over and over.