1.Read Jonathan Swift’s essay, “A Modest Proposal” and Dr. Robert Kenny’s lecture on the Irish Potato Famine and British-Irish relations.
Write a response that addresses the following:
- What is the main technique that Swift employs to make his point?
- Is Swift’s choice of approach effective or ineffective? Why?
- Swift wrote his essay in 1729. Do you feel as though a similar approach would work for modern audiences? Why or why not?
- What do Kenny’s insights about the later potato famine add contextually to your understanding of Swift’s essay?
Thoughtful responses (in paragraph form) that address BOTH pieces will earn you 20 points. If you choose to address only one piece, you can earn 10 points.
2.Seek out articles on writing technique or divisive current events (such as police brutality, marriage equality, the wage gap, etc.) and write a thoughtful response for 10 points.
Write a SET OF 5 haikus about modern life.
Haikus have 5 syllable in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. Here is are a couple of examples:
I’ll tell you one thing,
If that lunatic likes me,
I will have to move.
Today, at long last,
I pulverized my iPhone
Each set of 5 haikus earns 10 points. You may submit up to three sets.