British Literature INTERACTIVE STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISN)
Table of Contents 8/19 Assesslet Review 8/19 Fall Assesslet 8/19 Informal / Nonfiction Text Literary TextAnalysis Analysis 8/20 Mental Floss History: Dark Ages 8/22 Norse Mythology
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pg 8 This is the book's title (obviously).
This is the book's subtitle. Subtitle: an add-on to the title that tells us more about the book's contents.
1. What does the word "irreverent" mean?
2. What is a "romp"?
3. So, taking in the entire cover, what appears to be the author's purpose for writing this book? Back up your claims with evidence. (Write this on the opposite page in your ISN.)
Your answer to #3 on the previous page goes here.
Follow the directions for reading the next three pages.
List some things you notice about the aesthetics of these sections. How might the aesthetic impact of these sections connect to the author's purpose?
Highlight any diction you would classify as "irreverent."
Underline any diction that seems to casual to appear in a textbook for school.
Discuss what you highlighted / underlined.
Finally, go though and circle any diction that sounds sophisticated / academic.
What might the author's purpose be for the ratio of casual diction to academic diction? What effect does the diction have on the overall tone of the text? What effect do diction and tone have on the language of the text?
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The Collapse of the
According to the article, "[t]he collapse of the Roman Empire left Europe with no central government," which led to many cultural changes. Trace the consequences of the collapse of the central government. collapse of central government
Piecing Together Ideas This part of the chapter contains multiple sections. What might be the author's purpose for formatting the text this way?
Identify the section that contains information that could best be described as "extraneous."
Writing with purpose Look back at the section titled, "Bare Naked Berserkers." Believe it or not this section is highly relevent to a story we will read in a few days called Beowulf. Revise this section so that it has a formal academic style and objective tone. Write your response in the space provided opposite this page.
Use these strategies Look for diction that sounds irreverent. Look for diction that sounds too casual to appear in a textbook for school. Save sophisticated, academic language. Eliminate extraneous information.
Your "Bare Naked Berserkers" response goes here.
Identifying structure Next to each paragraph, identify the main idea and / or the purpose of the paragraph.
By the way, the title of this section is an ALLUSION. Do you know what is being referenced here? What might this tell us about the author's intended audience?
pg 25 Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman
Prior to Reading 1. Define Norse: 2. Look up how to say the following words, and write the pronunciation down in a way you will remember it: a. Yggdrasil:
g. Huginn and Muninn:
Odin, Thor, and Loki These gods all possesses many traits that the Norse people would have looked up to. After reading the sections on Odin, Thor, and Loki, list these characteristics that the Norse believed were worth emulating.
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THE NINE WORLDS Read "Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds" from Neil Gaiman's book on Norse mythology. Then, try and label the worlds on the diagram on the back of this page. Some have been done for you.
The Mead of Poets
BRITISH LITERATURE NAME
Gaiman breaks the "fourth wall" in the introduction and conclusion of the story. What might be his purpoe for structuring the plot this way?
Characterization and Norse Culture: What behavior is rewarded or punished in the story?
What themes are present in the story?
Characterization and Norse Culture: Which characters are foolish in the story? Which ones are wise?