Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Throwing a Tree

Throwing a Tree

New Forest

THE two executioners stalk along over the knolls,
Bearing two axes with heavy heads shining and wide,
And a long limp two-handled saw toothed for cutting great boles,
And so they approach the proud tree that bears the death-mark on its

Jackets doffed they swing axes and chop away just above ground,
And the chips fly about and lie white on the moss and fallen
Till a broad deep gash in the bark is hewn all the way round,
And one of them tries to hook upwards a rope, which at last he achieves.

The saw then begins, till the top of the tall giant shivers:
The shivers are seen to grow greater each cut than before:
They edge out the saw, tug the rope; but the tree only quivers,
And kneeling and sawing again, they step back to try pulling once

Then, lastly, the living mast sways, further sways: with a shout
Job and Ike rush aside. Reached the end of its long staying powers
The tree crashes downward: it shakes all its neighbours through­
And two hundred years’ steady growth has been ended in less than two
—Thomas Hardy

In “Throwing a Tree,” the poet uses personification, a literary device that uses human qualities to describe an object. Give at least two examples of personification used in the poem. Explain why each is an example of personification. Support your answer with important details from
the poem.


CONFLICT-- Conflict is essential to the plot. Without conflict there is no plot. A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces.

In detail describe the conflict that the character Lyddie faces in the the book, provide evidence.

Flip-Flop Girl

Explain and provide evidence for each stage of plot for Katherine Paterson's Flip-Flop Girl.
If you have not read the last chapter make a prediction on the resolution..
(exposition/introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution/denoument)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Flip-Flop Girl

What do you think the theme is of Flip-Flop Girl?
Provide evidence and examples to explain your reasoning.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Perfect Day

In a 5 paragraph essay, describe your "perfect day".
Be sure to explain with details your day..