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Eng4u Isu Assignments



ISU Research Log

 The research log (i.e., portfolio, journal, etc.) is the culmination of all the work you have put into the ISU.


 The ideal portfolio will have notes taken when reading and viewing your ISU novel and film, reflections and evidence of analysis, RESEARCH, photos or video screen shots with links, the written proposal and any other process or draft work from the ISU process.


 Your notes can be hand written and/or typed. The research log should not just be material that has been printed and/or copied and pasted from the Internet. There should be evidence of a thought and reflection process through writing on research, etc. Everything in the log should be labeled and organized clearly so it can be quickly identified.


 The recommended sections are: Personal Notes and Analysis, Secondary Research (text and visual) and Process Work (brainstorming, proposal, thesis revisions, rough drafts).

ISU Written Proposal

 You will need to prepare a brief written proposal to ensure you are heading in the right direction in terms of your thesis and arguments.


Create a chart that compares/contrasts the texts in terms of setting, two themes, protagonist, conflict and at least one lens.


Complete a basic outline of your essay that includes a proposed thesis statement, your three main arguments and direct quotations from the novel and film.


On a separate piece of paper, write a one-page outline reflecting on next steps. For example, further research you plan on doing and an action plan for turning your outline into an essay. Be specific with timelines and tasks.

 The Essay

 Your essay will answer one of the focus questions provided based on your chosen novel, film and secondary sources.


 The ISU Essay will be 5-8 pages doubled spaced (that is 1500-2000 words) in proper MLA format.


 The Works Cited page (not included in the page count) will appear at the end of the essay on its own page. For more information on proper paper format, see an MLA Style Guide.


 Approximately 50% of your evidence should come from the two ISU texts.

Remember, it is your  voice that must be heard. Use your research to support what you are saying – but do not let it speak for you.


 Your essay should combine the concepts and skills we have studied and practiced throughout the semester: critical thinking, critical analysis, elements of fiction, film technique etc. You should analyze your texts through the approach we used when identifying various literary and film criticisms and pay attention to stylistic and symbolic elements that could enhance your reading of the texts.


Discuss how your two texts either realistically or unrealistically portray the time periods in which they are set. 2.

Discuss how symbols are used in your two texts to represent a particular theme. 3.

Discuss how your texts use literary devices and techniques to evoke an emotional response in the reader.

Marissa Liu But I don’t want to be a murderer. No, sir. You came in to be shaved. And I do my work honourably. I don’t want to stain my hands with blood. Just with lather, and nothing else. You are an executioner; I am only a barber. Each one to his job… On the threshold he stopped for a moment, and turning toward me, and he said, “They told me you would kill me. I came to find out if it was true. But it’s not easy to kill. I know what I’m talking about.” In the short excerpt from the story “Lather and Nothing Else” by Hernando Tellez, the town barber faces an issue when the man responsible for the recent slaughtering of many revolutionists in the town walks into the barbershop for a shave. Under the impression that Captain Torres has no knowledge of the barber’s involvement in the revolutionist party, the barber faces difficulty in determining whether he should execute Torres or give him exactly what he came for, a shave. Through much reasoning, the barber ultimately decides to let Torres freely walk away, justifying that he does not want to stain his hands with blood and take on the title of a murderer. The excerpt demonstrates the subsequent event that is foreshadowed through the title of the short story. The title “Lather and Nothing Else” connotes simplicity and coherence through the phrase “and Nothing Else”. “Lather”, what barbers use to shave their customers, also implies a shaving. Through the implications of the title, the author illustrates the ease that should come with giving a shave. And so, the message insinuated from the title is that one should expect nothing but a simple shave. However in the story, the author contrarily creates a mood of urgency and complexity through the barber’s pressing dilemma. Although the barber’s solution

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