English 1, Lesson 55 – Washington’s Arguments Against the Slave System

Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic: “What were Washington’s arguments against the slave system?”     Booker T. Washington had a few arguments against the system of slavery. Mainly that slavery created a lack of incentive, on both the behalf of whites and blacks. Blacks lacked the incentive to do their job well, and whites lacked … More English 1, Lesson 55 – Washington’s Arguments Against the Slave System

English 1, Lesson 50 – How Helen Keller’s Autobiography Affected Me

Writing assignment 500 words: “Has any piece of literature affected you in a major way? If so, explain how. If not, explain why not.”     Coincidentally, this essay topic falls on the time when I am reading Helen Keller’s autobiography, which also happens to be a piece of literature that greatly inspired me. The book was … More English 1, Lesson 50 – How Helen Keller’s Autobiography Affected Me

English 1, Lesson 40 – Writing Dialogue from Memory

Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic, “Which is most important in writing dialogue from memory: accuracy, succinctness, or liveliness? Why?” Dialogue has always been a key element in books and movies. It is when a character in a book or film speaks as they would in real life. You can find dialogue in most … More English 1, Lesson 40 – Writing Dialogue from Memory

English 1, Lesson 45 – How Helen Keller Escaped her “Prison”

Writing assignment: 500 words:“Which were the key incidents that led her out of her ‘prison.’”     Helen Adams Keller, as I’m sure you know, was blind and deaf by the time she was 19 months old. She relied completely on her touch, smell, and taste. Before her teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, arrived, Keller mostly communicated with … More English 1, Lesson 45 – How Helen Keller Escaped her “Prison”

English 1, Lesson 30 – Kourdakov’s Failed Assignment

Writing Assignment: 500 words on this topic: “Describe the choices that led Kourdakov to the failed assignment.” Possible topics: Army vs. Navy, Lenin prayer vs. the slave labor city, joining a crime syndicate vs. staying clean, telling the truth vs. telling a lie. In Kourdakov’s autobiography, The Persecutor, he tells of how he was initiated … More English 1, Lesson 30 – Kourdakov’s Failed Assignment

English 1, Lesson 35 – Kourdakov’s Use of Contrasts

Writing Assignment: 500 words on this topic. “Describe Kourdakov’s use of contrasts to strengthen his narrative.” Examples: Sunday afternoon’s activities, or the meetings — public and private — where he got his award, or the leaders of the USSR vs. the leaders of the victims. Do you think these contrasts make his narrative more powerful? … More English 1, Lesson 35 – Kourdakov’s Use of Contrasts

English 1, Lesson 25 – Major Turning Points in my Life

Writing Assignment: 500 words on major turning points in your life. What changed? Why were they turning points? How did they take place? Kourdakov experienced several of these. They are important for the narrative. Use these as models for your essay. Kourdakov had a very interesting life, full of turning points throughout. He was orphaned … More English 1, Lesson 25 – Major Turning Points in my Life

English 1, Lesson 20 – The Story I Remember the Most

Out of the many spectacular stories in Jim Lehrer’s autobiography, I remember his heart attack and recovery the most. He was able to grab me with this story because I kept thinking, ‘Oh no, what’s going to happen next?’ As he talked about the tightness in his chest and his arm tingling, I remember thinking … More English 1, Lesson 20 – The Story I Remember the Most

English 1, Lesson 15 – Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack and the Good Things That Came from It

Jim Lehrer, American journalist, and author of his autobiography A Bus of my Own had a heart attack in 1983. He had been out with his wife and some friends eating Tex-Mex food one night, and noticed that his chest was tight, and his left arm tingled. He also started burping a lot, but he … More English 1, Lesson 15 – Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack and the Good Things That Came from It

English 1, Lesson 10 – 3 Stories I Would Include in my Autobiography

An autobiography is made up of multiple stories of the author’s life. They’re used to convey a message to inform you of the state of the author’s life in that story. Here are three stories I would write in my autobiography. These stories occurred some time in the past five to eight years, as I … More English 1, Lesson 10 – 3 Stories I Would Include in my Autobiography