Week 15: 2-23-2023


Complete Caught-yas 105 & 106. After rewriting the sentences, watch the videos below and make any corrections that you missed.

In case you missed it, here is 104 which we did in class.

FINAL THOUGHTS on The Book Thief

I closed class up today sharing some of the research a fellow student and I had presented at a student symposium at BYU back in 2004. As I was reading The Book Thief, all I could think about was “Nazideutsch” and the corruption of the German language during this time period, even to the extent that I had a hard time seeing so many other symbols and themes in the novel. I am fairly certain Markus Zusak was not aware of how Nazideutsch affected the Jews in Germany during this period and afterwards. However, knowing this cultural context will help YOU expand and deepen your understanding of this topic (words/language/books) and this theme (the power of words to create and destroy). In class I spoke briefly on the difference between “closed reading” vs reading literature as part of a great conversation. These essays help open up and enhance the meaning of the book by taking us beyond the questions of just how the book makes us feel personally, by helping us apply these ideas and themes to real people, real historical events, and other pieces of literature.

Mrs. McMurrin’s paper is a language analysis, looking into the use of Nazideutsch on the German mentality as a whole. “Nazideutsch: The Corruption of a Language” by Megan McMurrin.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sZsn8SpIMbQI4x-GE31m-nBrMPIO7tYl/view?usp=sharing

My paper is a literary analysis, looking specifically at one prose piece written by a German speaking Jew who was deeply traumatized by the theft and destruction of his language. “The Separation of Voice and Language in Paul Celan’s Gespräch im Gebirg” by Anna Berwick (Mock).  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p93QBbBYD2IyzNXWgXoQ18MJPmVoFjkg/view?usp=sharing

Hopefully these papers will be good examples of structuring a longer essay, incorporating textual evidence, and expending your analysis.

WRITE your “Book Thief” essay

By now you have had plenty of time to read through the essay prompts and choose which prompt you would like to use. PLEASE REMEMBER to utilize your writing mentor. A typical scenario for your writing progress this week my look like the following:

Friday/Saturday – write your paper

Monday/Tuesday – sent your first draft to your writing mentor. Have them make corrections/suggestions on your paper. Meet with them to discuss these suggestions.

Tuesday/Wednesday – use the feedback from your mentor to polish up your first draft. Make it nice!

Thursday – turn in your polished 1st draft STAPLED to the draft of your paper containing the written markings from your writing mentor. This helps us see your writing progress and helps guide us in the comments we will make on the cleaned up paper you turn in to us.

Here is a link to the essay questions if you need them again:


DON’T FORGET to read the very short story “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov

This is a VERY short story. The language is NOT complicated. Books play a prominent role. But NOBODY dies. (That’s a little bit of a spoiler alert, but oh well.) You MUST read this short story before coming to class or else you MAY feel dumb. We’ll be playing a lot of games – and although winning isn’t everything, it’s usually a lot more fun than losing.