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Honors English 11-Hoffmann

Honors English 11

This I Believe

Essays Due Monday
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ACT Writing


Sample Prompt

Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers andcollegesto participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years?

In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

The standard directions in the second paragraph above are a part of all prompts used on the Writing Test.


1.    Existentialism—defined

2.    6 themes of existentialism:

·         Conscious existence

·         Anguish/anxiety = human existence

·         Absurdity

·         Nothingness

·         Death

·         Alienation

3.    Major Themes:

·         Moral Individualism

·         Subjectivity

·         Choice & Commitment

·         Dread & Anxiety

4.    Problems of Existentialism:

·        Indvidual & Human Relations

·         Significance of Being


Podcast on Gatsby:


Reviews of Huck Finn














Choose two articles/critiques tocompareand contrast. 


For and against

Early and modern


You will write a comparison and contrast paper on the reception/reaction to the novel. 

Be prepared to debate your own position at a later date.  You will be writing a speech to present your ideas synthesizing the information you have gained.


Comparison/contrast papers

  1. whole to whole (write about one article  first, then the second)  Chunking or Block
  2. subject to subject (move back and forth between stories, writing about character, then setting, etc. for example) Slicing or point by point
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