ENG 3U: Teenagers and the Taxonomy

Teenagers via Flickr, by Pierre Metivier

Over the next week, you will complete a series of exercises that will prepare you for your ultimate task: to write an illuminating, articulate, and argumentative essay.  This essay will be a taxonomy, or a classification of people, places, or things based on shared characteristics.

Today’s steps are as follows:

  1. Please read the article provided to you as you entered the room.
  2. The article contains several rhetorical devices. Once you find an example of a rhetorical device, please stand up and announce your discovery to the class. Consider sharing your discovery in an English accent.
  3. This article contains many allusions to films and musicians from the author’s youth; however, because you are unfamiliar with these references, the allusions are not as obvious for you. Thus, I’d like you to conduct research into one of the allusions provided, and explain its use in the article. Please write one paragraph in which you explain the allusion and your findings.
  4. Create a short, point form taxonomy of your own. Your taxonomy should include 4-5 items, each featuring 3-4 supporting points to explain each item. This important step will serve as the early stage of an essay you write next week; while you are not stuck with the choice you make today, a wise choice will help you considerably.  Last semester, student taxonomies included:
    • zombies
    • trees (not species, but the role of certain kinds of trees on the writer’s life)
    • music (not genres, but how different kinds of music make the writer feel)
    • parents

 

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