English (Summer Reading Essay)

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As a note to reader before you start reading: Here's what I've been given to work with...

"In a five-paragraph essay, discuss which author was more successful in creating a good piece of literature. Use examples from both books to explain your thinking."

And the rubric...

The Student demonstrates an understanding of both books

The student demonstrates judgements about the literary quality of each book

the student supports these judgements with examples from both books

the student prepares an insightful analysis of the lierary elements in the books.

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Ok now that that's done. This is my summer assignment for English. This is only the start of my essay the introduction. This is a first draft of this section of my essay. I'll need a lot of help proably because I've had a string of terrible English teachers over the past couple of years. Some sentences are most likely to long and so forth. I hope you can help me revise my essay and blah blah blah...

During the summer of 2008 I read several different books. The two books that I enjoyed most were SUB 4:00 by Chris Lear and Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky. I have been asked to “…discuss which author was more successful in creating a good piece of literature. Use examples from both books to explain your thinking.” What makes a successful piece of literature? This is the question that must first be answered before even attempting to write this essay. Weather or not something is “successful” or not is an opinion and not a fact so I have to come up with my own definition which must be done before proceeding.

Coming up with my own definition of “successful” that pertains to book quality is a rather taunting task. There are several different factors that will change a readers mind on the quality of the book. These things can range from character development, setting, plot, and so forth. As a reader I have expectations for all of these elements that make up a good book. If these expectations that I have as a reader are fulfilled I could call the book “successful”. Can these expectations change depending on several different other expectations?

I have expectations before I start reading as a reader. These expectations can change over time. So therefore I must consider the time and place that I read the book. Obliviously if I’m reading in the car for a few straight hours as I’m traveling on vacation I’ll have to ignore the radio. This would mean my expectations would go up for a book because the book would have to be even more interesting to help me ignore the radio as suppose to reading in a room that’s absolutely silent were I might be able tolerate negative elements of a book and not even know it because there’s nothing that could be distracting to a reader. Of course a reader has different expectations for different books. Let’s say I was reading a textbook. My expectations that I would have would be different than if I was reading a novel. Sense I chose two very different books it’s only normal that I would have different expectations while reading them. I would imagine if I were to just start analyzing these books you as a reader would have no idea what I am talking about because you’ve probably have never read them before so it’s necessary for me to include some background information on these books.

Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is about Alan Webb who is a track athlete. This book focuses on his high school and college track career. He broke a record thought to last forever. For thirty four long years, not one American Schoolboy had run a sub-4:00 mile. Then Alan Webb comes along and becomes the first athlete to run a sub-4:00 mile in indoor track during their high school career in the US. A few months later who breaks Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school record running the impossible. He ran a 3:53.46 mile, which captured Webb to instant fame, earning him the title of “America’s Next Great Miler.” As you can see you would have had no idea what I was talking about if you have no background information at all in track and field. In order for me to call this book “successful” it’ll have to meet my expectations.

My expectations for reading Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is rather different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky sense it’s not a novel. My expectations for this book is that it gives a detailed overview of both his high school and college track careers, easy enough to read, doesn’t bore me to death, entertains me enough to read the whole thing, discusses those feelings you get before and during the race, discusses some of the workouts he would do, and discusses how hard of a sport track and field really is. These expectations that I have are far different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky.

I can admit that I have very limited knowledge on the use of salt and it’s importance. My knowledge of history is vast but that the importance of salt in particular I haven’t studied before. So I don’t have many expectations for the book Salt by Mark Kurlansky. I expect to come away from reading this book with a great amount of new knowledge that I didn’t have before, it’s easy to read, it’s interesting enough to finish the book and that’s basically it.

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P.S. I can't underline and so forth in this post and so forth.

P.S.S. I can't give out my name on the internet but just incase my teacher google searches parts of my essay this will be proof that I wrote it

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  • English (Summer Reading Essay) -

    Well it dosen't look like I can copy and paste my essay...

    How do I paste my essay in here?

    I copied it into note pad to then tried to paste it here but it won't take it. I tried posting it twice

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    May I ask why you're copying it into Notepad before posting here?

    If your paper is in Microsoft Word, it should copy and paste into Jiskha just fine. Any numbered lists or bulleted lists don't usually work, though.

    ??

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    Hello, Dylan. BAD NEWS: "cut and paste" does NOT work here. You need to type everything out again. I know how frustrating that is, but that's the way it is. After you type it and post it, go away and then come back and be SURE it posted!

    Sra

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    During the summer of 2008 I read several different books. The two books that I enjoyed most were SUB 4:00 by Chris Lear and Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky. I have been asked to “…discuss which author was more successful in creating a good piece of literature. Use examples from both books to explain your thinking.” What makes a successful piece of literature? This is the question that must first be answered before even attempting to write this essay. Weather or not something is “successful” or not is an opinion and not a fact so I have to come up with my own definition which must be done before proceeding.
    Coming up with my own definition of “successful” that pertains to book quality is a rather taunting task. There are several different factors that will change a readers mind on the quality of the book. These things can range from character development, setting, plot, and so forth. As a reader I have expectations for all of these elements that make up a good book. If these expectations that I have as a reader are fulfilled I could call the book “successful”. Can these expectations change depending on several different other expectations?
    I have expectations before I start reading as a reader. These expectations can change over time. So therefore I must consider the time and place that I read the book. Obliviously if I’m reading in the car for a few straight hours as I’m traveling on vacation I’ll have to ignore the radio. This would mean my expectations would go up for a book because the book would have to be even more interesting to help me ignore the radio as suppose to reading in a room that’s absolutely silent were I might be able tolerate negative elements of a book and not even know it because there’s nothing that could be distracting to a reader. Of course a reader has different expectations for different books.
    Let’s say I was reading a textbook. My expectations that I would have would be different than if I was reading a novel. Sense I chose two very different books it’s only normal that I would have different expectations while reading them. I would imagine if I were to just start analyzing these books you as a reader would have no idea what I am talking about because you’ve probably have never read them before so it’s necessary for me to include some background information on these books.
    Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is about Alan Webb who is a track athlete. This book focuses on his high school and college track career. He broke a record thought to last forever. For thirty four long years, not one American Schoolboy had run a sub-4:00 mile. Then Alan Webb comes along and becomes the first athlete to run a sub-4:00 mile in indoor track during their high school career in the US. A few months later who breaks Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school record running the impossible. He ran a 3:53.46 mile, which captured Webb to instant fame, earning him the title of “America’s Next Great Miler.” As you can see you would have had no idea what I was talking about if you have no background information at all in track and field. In order for me to call this book “successful” it’ll have to meet my expectations.
    My expectations for reading Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is rather different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky sense it’s not a novel. My expectations for this book is that it gives a detailed overview of both his high school and college track careers, easy enough to read, doesn’t bore me to death, entertains me enough to read the whole thing, discusses those feelings you get before and during the race, discusses some of the workouts he would do, and discusses how hard of a sport track and field really is. These expectations that I have are far different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky.
    I can admit that I have very limited knowledge on the use of salt and it’s importance. My knowledge of history is vast but that the importance of salt in particular I haven’t studied before. So I don’t have many expectations for the book Salt by Mark Kurlansky. I expect to come away from reading this book with a great amount of new knowledge that I didn’t have before, it’s easy to read, it’s interesting enough to finish the book and that’s basically it.

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    During the summer of 2008 I read several different books. The two books that I enjoyed most were SUB 4:00 by Chris Lear and Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky. I have been asked to “…discuss which author was more successful in creating a good piece of literature. Use examples from both books to explain your thinking.” What makes a successful piece of literature? This is the question that must first be answered before even attempting to write this essay. Weather or not something is “successful” or not is an opinion and not a fact so I have to come up with my own definition which must be done before proceeding.

    Coming up with my own definition of “successful” that pertains to book quality is a rather taunting task. There are several different factors that will change a readers mind on the quality of the book. These things can range from character development, setting, plot, and so forth. As a reader I have expectations for all of these elements that make up a good book. If these expectations that I have as a reader are fulfilled I could call the book “successful”. Can these expectations change depending on several different other expectations?

    I have expectations before I start reading as a reader. These expectations can change over time. So therefore I must consider the time and place that I read the book. Obliviously if I’m reading in the car for a few straight hours as I’m traveling on vacation I’ll have to ignore the radio. This would mean my expectations would go up for a book because the book would have to be even more interesting to help me ignore the radio as suppose to reading in a room that’s absolutely silent were I might be able tolerate negative elements of a book and not even know it because there’s nothing that could be distracting to a reader. Of course a reader has different expectations for different books. Let’s say I was reading a textbook. My expectations that I would have would be different than if I was reading a novel. Sense I chose two very different books it’s only normal that I would have different expectations while reading them. I would imagine if I were to just start analyzing these books you as a reader would have no idea what I am talking about because you’ve probably have never read them before so it’s necessary for me to include some background information on these books.

    Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is about Alan Webb who is a track athlete. This book focuses on his high school and college track career. He broke a record thought to last forever. For thirty four long years, not one American Schoolboy had run a sub-4:00 mile. Then Alan Webb comes along and becomes the first athlete to run a sub-4:00 mile in indoor track during their high school career in the US. A few months later who breaks Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school record running the impossible. He ran a 3:53.46 mile, which captured Webb to instant fame, earning him the title of “America’s Next Great Miler.” As you can see you would have had no idea what I was talking about if you have no background information at all in track and field. In order for me to call this book “successful” it’ll have to meet my expectations.

    My expectations for reading Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is rather different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky sense it’s not a novel. My expectations for this book is that it gives a detailed overview of both his high school and college track careers, easy enough to read, doesn’t bore me to death, entertains me enough to read the whole thing, discusses those feelings you get before and during the race, discusses some of the workouts he would do, and discusses how hard of a sport track and field really is. These expectations that I have are far different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky.

    I can admit that I have very limited knowledge on the use of salt and it’s importance. My knowledge of history is vast but that the importance of salt in particular I haven’t studied before. So I don’t have many expectations for the book Salt by Mark Kurlansky. I expect to come away from reading this book with a great amount of new knowledge that I didn’t have before, it’s easy to read, it’s interesting enough to finish the book and that’s basically it.

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    During the summer of 2008 I read several different books. The two books that I enjoyed most were SUB 4:00 by Chris Lear and Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky. I have been asked to “…discuss which author was more successful in creating a good piece of literature. Use examples from both books to explain your thinking.” What makes a successful piece of literature? This is the question that must first be answered before even attempting to write this essay. Weather or not something is “successful” or not is an opinion and not a fact so I have to come up with my own definition which must be done before proceeding. Coming up with my own definition of “successful” that pertains to book quality is a rather taunting task. There are several different factors that will change a readers mind on the quality of the book. These things can range from character development, setting, plot, and so forth. As a reader I have expectations for all of these elements that make up a good book. If these expectations that I have as a reader are fulfilled I could call the book “successful”. Can these expectations change depending on several different other expectations? I have expectations before I start reading as a reader. These expectations can change over time. So therefore I must consider the time and place that I read the book. Obliviously if I’m reading in the car for a few straight hours as I’m traveling on vacation I’ll have to ignore the radio. This would mean my expectations would go up for a book because the book would have to be even more interesting to help me ignore the radio as suppose to reading in a room that’s absolutely silent were I might be able tolerate negative elements of a book and not even know it because there’s nothing that could be distracting to a reader. Of course a reader has different expectations for different books. Let’s say I was reading a textbook. My expectations that I would have would be different than if I was reading a novel. Sense I chose two very different books it’s only normal that I would have different expectations while reading them. I would imagine if I were to just start analyzing these books you as a reader would have no idea what I am talking about because you’ve probably have never read them before so it’s necessary for me to include some background information on these books. Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is about Alan Webb who is a track athlete. This book focuses on his high school and college track career. He broke a record thought to last forever. For thirty four long years, not one American Schoolboy had run a sub-4:00 mile. Then Alan Webb comes along and becomes the first athlete to run a sub-4:00 mile in indoor track during their high school career in the US. A few months later who breaks Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old high school record running the impossible. He ran a 3:53.46 mile, which captured Webb to instant fame, earning him the title of “America’s Next Great Miler.” As you can see you would have had no idea what I was talking about if you have no background information at all in track and field. In order for me to call this book “successful” it’ll have to meet my expectations. My expectations for reading Sub 4:00 by Chris Lear is rather different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky sense it’s not a novel. My expectations for this book is that it gives a detailed overview of both his high school and college track careers, easy enough to read, doesn’t bore me to death, entertains me enough to read the whole thing, discusses those feelings you get before and during the race, discusses some of the workouts he would do, and discusses how hard of a sport track and field really is. These expectations that I have are far different then Salt by Mark Kurlansky. I can admit that I have very limited knowledge on the use of salt and it’s importance. My knowledge of history is vast but that the importance of salt in particular I haven’t studied before. So I don’t have many expectations for the book Salt by Mark Kurlansky. I expect to come away from reading this book with a great amount of new knowledge that I didn’t have before, it’s easy to read, it’s interesting enough to finish the book and that’s basically it.

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    Sorry but it won't let me post more than one paragraph for some reason so read the post a couple up

    if there's a way to make it more than one paragaph let me now how ok...

  • English (Summer Reading Essay) -

    Hi! well i was asked to read two books over the summer and answer 4 given questions in essay form but they also said each answer should be about 'one-half page' long...what exactly do they mean? do they mean half a page or a page and a half long? And also; they asked to double space but even if you don't double space are you expected to? please help i am very confused =/ [I'm going to the 9th grade..and very lost because i don't know what my new teachers expect/are asking for]

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    "WEATHER" used in your sentence is an error. Try "WHETHER"!!

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    Don't worry about the double-posts. I can delete the extra ones.

    The only way to indicate a new paragraph is to hit the Enter key TWICE at the end of a paragraph. Indentation won't work.

    I'll go over this for you, but it might take a couple of hours.

    =)

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    See my latest post to you above.

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