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First Assignment 60 marks ”Books are the carriers of civilization…Books are humanity in print. Barbara W. Tuchman
Welcome. This assignment is worth 5% of your overall grade. Please do your best work.
The English 11 First Assignment addresses the following Learning Outcomes:
After reading and viewing, select, adapt, and apply a range of strategies to extend and confirm meaning, and to consider author’s craft
Read to comprehend a wide variety of literary texts Read, both collaboratively and independently, to comprehend a wide variety of information and persuasive texts with increasing complexity and subtlety of ideas and form
Write to explain and support personal responses to texts Write to synthesize and extend thinking
The First Assignment consists of three sections:
1. Reading Comprehension and Interpretation in Poetry
2. Reading Comprehension and Interpretation of Fiction
3. Writing skills: descriptive and expository
Tip: Paragraphs: Before you begin, review the guidelines below for your paragraph answers.
a clear topic sentence that relates to the question each point made clearly, followed by an example or a quotation and an explanation (show me you can back up your claims) a simple transition between points (another, next, more importantly…) a wrap up that brings it all full circle and shows your perspective on what you have just written.
Suggested length 12 to 14 sentences. Assignment questions: The assignment questions can be found at the end of each reading. Please answer these questions on a separate document.
Scoring guide: Turn to the last page to see how your composition will be marked.
Section 1: Reading Comprehension and Interpretation: Poetry
Suggested time: 40 minutes Marks: 18
Instructions: This is a poem about our relationship with the land and about the sacrifices we are willing to make to ensure the people we care about survive. Here, we see two incidents in the life of a Chippewa woman. Read the following poem called “The Forsaken,” by the Canadian poet, Duncan Campbell Scott. Make notes if you wish. Go back to the poem and look for evidence to support your claims. Tip: follow the punctuation to get a sense of each image or idea.
Section 1 Reading:
The Forsaken, by Duncan Campbell Scott
Once in the winter
Out on a lake
In the heart of the north-land,
Far from the Fort
And far from the hunters,
A Chippewa1 woman
With her sick baby,
Crouched in the last hours
Of a great storm.
Frozen and hungry,
She fished through the ice
With a line of the twisted
Bark of the cedar,
And a rabbit-bone hook
Polished and barbed;
Fished with the bare hook
All through the wild day,
Fished and caught nothing;
While the young chieftain
Tugged at her breasts,
Or slept in the lacings
Of the warm