Your writing tasks for Half Broke Horses

Tasks for Half Broke Horses

Dear students,

each of you now has a set of three writing tasks that you have to perform until January 7th, 2016 11.59 pm.

Some of you might have to write a summary of a chapter. This text should be a least 400 words long.

Here are some hints about how to write a good summary:
http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-summary
http://www.ehow.com/how_6394153_write-summary-book-chapter.html

Some of you might have to write a analysis of a character, a topic, a background topic, the author or the setting. This text should be at least 500 words long.

http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-character-analysis
http://www.teachingcollegeenglish.com/2008/02/28/how-to-write-a-character-analysis-and-a-personnel-review/
http://classroom.synonym.com/write-college-character-analysis-essay-1028.html

Some of you might have to write a comment about a quote from the novel. This text should be at least 400 words long.

Here are some hints about how to write a good comment:
http://www.abiturerfolg.de/howtowriteacomment.html
http://www.schulhilfe.de/comment-englisch

All of you will have to write a creative text. This text should be at least 600 words long.
There will be diary entries, newspaper articles, interviews, letters and dialogues.

Here is some advice on how to excel in creative writing:
http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/creative1/shortstory/
http://leavingcertenglish.net/2011/04/diary-entries/
http://www.awaionline.com/2008/10/how-to-write-an-exciting-interview/
http://hubpages.com/literature/newspaper-article
http://www.abiturerfolg.de/howtowritealetter.html

1 SiB
Analysis: – Gun Law in the United States
Summary: – Chapter 2
Creative Writing: Write a diary entry for Lily Casey after she had her dispute with Uncle Eli (chapter 6).

2 LaB
Analysis: Author Jeannette Walls
Summary: – Chapter 1
Creative Writing: Write a newspaper article about Lily and her siblings surviving the flash flood in chapter 1.

3 MaB
Analysis: – Chicago in the 20s
Summary: – Chapter 6
Creative Writing: After the incident between Lily and Uncle Eli, Eli is interviewed by a local newspaper. Write the interview.

4 FeB
Analysis: – The American Dream
Comment: “You can’t prepare for everything life’s going to throw at you. And you can’t avoid danger. It’s there. The world is a dangerous place, and if you sit around wringing your hands about it, you’ll out on all the adventure.”
Creative Writing: Write a letter by Lily Casey to Mother Albertina after Lily has to quit her teaching position in Red Lake in chapter 4.

5 AnB
Analysis: – Manifest Destiny and the Frontier Spirit
Comment: “God deals us all different hands. How we play ’em is up to us.”
Creative Writing: Write a diary entry by Miss Pearl about her inspection of the Native Americans in the Havasupai reservation and her encounter with Lily and Rosemary Casey.

6 NaE
Analysis: – Natural Forces and Cultural Development in the US
Comment: “Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.”
Creative Writing: Write a letter by Lily Casey to Rosemary Casey explaining her feelings towards Rex.

7 SiH
Analysis: – Buster Casey
Summary: – Chapter 3
Creative Writing: Write a letter by Adam Casey to Helen Casey explaining Adam’s personal motto “everything in life has a purpose” (p. 29, l. 28).

8 MiK
Analysis: – Lily Casey
Analysis: – The Idea of Progress in the US
Creative Writing: Write a letter by Lily Casey explaining to her the phrase “submitting means giving up” (pp. 21/22) and commenting on her mother’s lack of practical action during the flood.

9 AlK
Analysis: – Daisy Mae Peacock (Mom)
Comment: “There was nothing like water in the world, Jim said. It made the desert bloom but also turned rich bottomland into swamp. Without it we’d die, but it could also kill us, and that was why we loved it, even craved it, but also feared it. Never take water for granted, Jim said. Always cherish it. Always beware of it.”
Creative Writing: Write an article in a education magazine about Lily Casey’s work and educational ideas as a teacher.

10 SaL
Analysis: – Rosemary Casey
Comment: “The women I know with strong personalities, the ones who might have become generals or the heads of companies if they were men, become teachers. Teaching is a calling, too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy–angles leading their flocks out of the darkness.”
Creative Writing: Write an interview with Rosemary about her childhood and early youth.

11 MiL
Analysis: – Adam Casey (Dad)
Comment: “When someone’s wounded, the first order of business is to stop the bleeding. You can figure out later how best to help them heal.”
Creative Writing: Write an interview with Adam Casey about her daughter Lily and his reasons to force Lily out of her school in Santa Fe.

12 MoO
Analysis: – James Hollogan Smith (Big Jim)
Summary: – Chapter 7
Creative Writing: Write a newspaper interview with Big Jim about his situation at the end of chapter 5.

13 ElÖ
Analysis: – Equality of Men and Women
Summary: – Chapter 9 + Epilogue
Creative Writing: Write a letter by Lily Casey about her pulsating, tiring and nevertheless inspiring life in Chicago.

14 TiS
Analysis: – Ted Conover
Analysis: – Prohibition
Creative Writing: Write a letter by Lily Casey to Mother Albertina explaining why she sold illegal alcohol in her gas station and why she had to stop doing that in the end (chapter 5).

15 SiS
Analysis: – The Mormon Faith
Analysis: – Religions and Faith in the US
Creative Writing: In chapter 4 Father Cavennaugh does not allow Helen to be buried in the Catholic cemetery because she committed suicide. Write a newspaper interview with the priest explaining his reasons to the public.

16 FeT
Analysis: – The Great Depression
Summary: – Chapter 8
Creative Writing: Write a newspaper article about the life of Fidel Hanna.

17 SaV
Analysis: – Helen Casey
Comment: “Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.”
Creative Writing: Write a dialogue between Superintendent Macintosh and Father Cavennaugh after Helen has committed suicide and Lily has left Red Lake and her teaching position.

18 TiW
Analysis: – Freedom and Equality in the US
Summary: – Chapter 4
Creative Writing: Write an interview with Rosemary and a psychologist being interviewed by a journalist about the psychologist’s thesis that a person’s success and happiness in life depends on a good upbringing.

19 AlZ
Analysis: – The Frontier and Pioneer Values
Summary: – Chapter 5
Creative Writing: Write a newspaper article about the Casey family and their life in the Hondo Valley, New Mexico.

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