The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien
Study Guide written by Connie Rattan
The study guide includes an analysis of episodes, themes, symbols, and writing techniques. Questions and answers conclude the study.
Poetry Selections by Robert Frost
Study Guide written by Cleatus Rattan
This study guide provides a thorough explication of poetic form and technique used in each of the selected poems. The explication includes identification of poem types, metrical patterns, rhyme patterns and rhyme types, and figures of speech. Analysis of theme and meaning is also provided. Questions and answers on each poem conclude the study.
by George Bernard Shaw
This set of 200 study questions is designed to serve as a review of key elements in the play. Multiple choice questions are formulated similar to UIL style test questions.
A Guide to Poetry Analysis
by Connie Rattan
This study guide is designed to provide both instruction and practice in literary analysis. A thorough examination of all styles of poetic technique including identification of types of poetry, rhythmic patterns, versification, figures of speech, types of rhyme and rhyme patterns will give the student confidence in understanding poems. All terms are taken from A Handbook to Literature by William Harmon, which helps prepare the students for the first set of questions on the literary criticism test as well as the analysis portion of the test.
SUBSCRIPTION TESTS and PROMPTS
The Literary Criticism tests are written in the UIL test format. Questions are taken from
Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried, Selected Poetry by Robert Frost, and George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion.
Delivery is scheduled for the first week of each month--October through March.
The Ready Writing prompts are carefully chosen to provide thought provoking and timely quotes that are formulated according to UIL format. Subscribing to these prompts enables your school to enter The Writers’ Classic Ready Writing contest. Evaluations are $10.00 per paper. Delivery dates are the first week of each month--October through March. (Entry forms for the Writers’ Classic are mailed in the November and January mail-outs.)
CURRENT ISSUES & EVENTS TESTS
The Current Issues and Events questions are timely state, national, and international topics. They are researched for detail, depth, and intellectual value. The questions are designed to challenge students, compatible with UIL style and format. Sample essays are included. Delivery for this subscription is the first week of each month--October through March.
EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING TOPICS
These topics are current, timely, domestic, and foreign. They are studied for depth and value. In addition, they are designed to provoke thought and motivate speakers in both informative and persuasive categories, while adhering to the traditional UIL style and format. Delivery is scheduled for the first week of each month--October through March.
We will send all the subscriptions via electronic mail to the coaches’ e-mail addresses. Those who order packets will receive October subscriptions hard copies with the packet in October. After the packet has been sent, all other monthly subscriptions will be sent via e-mail. It is important to print your e-mail address carefully on the order form. If you do not receive your monthly materials during the first week of each month, please contact me immediately.
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