analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of the author’s choices in structure, diction, and argument in either Mindy Kaling’s essay or Rudyard Kipling’s poem. students to analyze an author’s choices and use specific examples from the text to support their ideas in response to one of seven questions about either Mindy Kaling’s essay or Rudyard Kipling’s poem.

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analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of the author’s choices in structure, diction, and argument in either Mindy Kaling’s essay or Rudyard Kipling’s poem. students to analyze an author’s choices and use specific examples from the text to support their ideas in response to one of seven questions about either Mindy Kaling’s essay or Rudyard Kipling’s poem.

Please do not use any ai to do this I will get kicked out of school if you do and I will not be able to pay you just do the work yourself please. “If” poem by Rudyard Kipling
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v3GXq7pFdgM9dYX–na8FxUREeA6y_PM-SLJGa_tpvo/edit
Essay by Mindy Kaling from Why Not Me?
https://docs.google.com/document/d/18UvgHa-h7jTYDw3fRybcJon30SfWof0puzJZuOURt5Q/edit
Questions
1. What is the topic or theme of this text?
Consider: We talked about this in the last few lessons, but Kipling and Kaling are each writing about how to have confidence and succeed in the world. 2. Where/How does the text begin? Why does it begin like this? What is the impact of the text beginning like this?
Consider: Kipling’s “If” begins (and continues) with question after question of difficult life scenarios? As he continues the questions, we as readers can’t help but expect an answer. Mindy Kaling begins her essay with an anecdote (personal story) about a regret she has. That regret is the reason for the essay.
3. How does the author structure the text? Why is it structured in this way? Is this the most effective way to structure the text? Does the author make his or her points clear? Why or why not? Consider: Kipling used a series of questions and scenarios. Does he make it clear how difficult life can be? Mindy Kaling uses a list like format to explain three ways to gain confidence. Does a list format make sense in an essay like this?
4. Is the argument convincing? What could make it more convincing? What evidence in the text can you find that supports the author’s argument? Consider: Each author is making an argument or claim on how to succeed and be confident in the world. Do they provide evidence to support their claims? I think Mindy Kaling does. She gives specific examples of how she gained confidence. But Rudyard Kipling only lists off his advice. Do we know his advice is effective? 5. What choice has the author made in regards to the ending of the text? How does this impact the reading experience?
Consider: Rudyard Kipling’s ending is strong. He finally answers all of his “if” questions with a “then this is what will happen” in the last two lines. Mindy Kaling has a strange last line and mentions watching Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. If you paid close attention, this is a call-back to a line in her introduction. Is this an effective way to end her essay? 6. How does the author’s diction (writing style, voice, the way someone writes or speaks) set the tone and give meaning to the text? Consider: Rudyard Kipling’s poem is over 125 years old. Some of his language sounds formal by today’s standards and gives the poem a serious tone for a serious subject. But does it work for this poem? What advantage is there to writing a poem instead of an essay giving the same advice. Mindy Kaling uses lots of humor in her text. She also goes on tangents and side-stories. This gives her essay a light tone even though the topic is serious. 7. Is the text engaging? What could make it more engaging?
Consider: Each author wrote his and her text to be read and enjoyed or thought about. Did they do a good job? Kipling’s text is old and a poem…two strikes against it. But it was short and to the point. Does that help? Mindy Kaling’s essay was long and a little bit rambling, but it was funny and I could pretty much hear her voice as I read it. Does that make her text more enjoyable? Your assignment for today:
Take of one the questions from above and answer it completely with regard to one of the two texts (Mindy Kaling’s essay or Rudyard Kipling’s poem). This is the cake you are making. So, what does it mean to answer a question completely? You probably already know. I’ll tell you what it is, and then I’ll explain what it isn’t. I expect the following from your written response:
Gives excellent evidence of the ability to analyze and determine the effectiveness of the author’s choices about the structure of the text.
Includes multiple, specific examples/details that make clear reference to the text.
Excellent analysis of the author’s choices with clearly relevant information from the text.
I know that is a lot of language arts, rubric, teacher-talk, but here’s what it’s not:
Don’t write one or two sentences. I want one or two PARAGRAPHS. Don’t just tell me what you think. Back up your ideas with specific examples from the text you chose. Don’t just repeat what I wrote in the Consider section after the questions. I want your analysis and thoughts.
This is a straightforward assignment, but it’s not easy. Take your time. Choose one of the texts…either Mindy Kaling’s essay or Rudyard Kipling’s poem. And then answer one of the seven questions…fully, completely, and with confidence!

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