Formal Tone: Brain Quest Assignment

 

 

Instructions : Now rewrite the paragraph maintaining formal tone in all places that you marked as having informal language. 

Teachers Note: Bold is where student rewrote the informal parts of the essay in formal tone. Regular is the original Brain Quest book essay. 

 

Many people believe that Socrates was the greatest philosopher who ever lived. In fact, some consider him the father of all philosophy. Philosophy is a word that originates from two Greek words, philo meaning love and Sophia meaning wisdom. Philosophy is the study of human thought and love of seeking wisdom. Socrates lived in Greece, in the fifth century BCE. There were others who studied philosophy before him, but Socrates brought philosophy to the lay-man. Prior to Socrates, philosophy was taught only in formal schools for the intellectuals and wealthy of Greece. But Socrates had a different way of teaching. He didn’t tell his students what to think. Instead he asked them questions about what they thought, and helped them arrive at the answers themselves. Socrates was also interested in the practical implications of philosophy: how it applied to regular people and in day-to-day life. That interest in the consequences of philosophy may have been Socrates downfall. Socrates was executed for corrupting the youth by teaching political philosophy and for denying the gods. His sentence was to drink a hemlock potion in a state sanctioned suicide. Even though Socrates never produced any writings his student, Plato, wrote several works about his life. Thanks to Plato and Aristotle our generation can learn about Socrates’ life and philosophy.

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The Beast Jabberwocky Slain!

Instructions: Rewrite “Jabberwocky” as a news story.

 By Jayson Knapp

The Jabberwocky was killed yesterday. The Jabberwocky was a dangerous monster. The beast was helped with the Jabiub bird and a Bandersnatch. The Jabberwocky was killed by the sword. He fought for so long he was tired, so he rested on a tree. The Jabberwocky fought with rage and fury. The town cheered when they learned the beast was dead.

Paul Revere’s Ride: Brain Quest Assignment

By Jayson Knapp

Assignment instructions translate Longfellow’s poem as a story.

On April 4th 1775, Paul Revere rode to warn people that the British were coming. He did this by telling a friend,

“If the British march by land or sea from the town tonight hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light. One if by land, and two if by sea, and I on the opposite shore will be ready to ride and spread the alarm through every Middle sex village and farm for the country-folk to be and to arm.”

Now in 2018 we still hear and teach of it and its poem. It is an important time in history the revolutionary war.