SEPT. 25-30

A couple of items for this week…

Q1 interim reports are scheduled to go home this week. **I require interim reports to be returned (by TU Oct. 3) with a parent/guardian signature.**

This Friday is an Early-Release Day. All students will need to be off campus following the 11:40 release bell.

REPOST: If you are able to send in large/family size boxes of Kleenex (Puffs, etc.), we will need them ASAP.  Please write “AUSLEY” on the box so your child will remember who to give the tissues. The school provides basic facial tissues, but they are thin and won’t last long. I will store donated boxes in my classroom for all of our students to use. Trust me, everyone will need one!   🙂

Some scholars still need to return basic documents to Ms. Ausley (completed and with parent/guardian signature):

Lastly, codes can be found by clicking “Remind Codes” in the site header — text your class code to 81010 and be sure you include the “@” sign.

Please take care of your business on time (Remind signups and the two forms were due three weeks ago).

Ms. Ausley





  • Final “Polite Speech” essay and draft due Tuesday
  • Read George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” regarding an incident that took place while he was part of the Imperial Police in Burma.  Answer #1-12 Questions on Rhetoric & Style (QRS):
    1. Explain the implied assumption underlying the statement in the first sentence.
    2. Describe the nature of the voice in the opening paragraph. Note instances of humor and irony.
    3. What is Orwell’s attitude toward imperialism?
    4. What is Orwell’s attitude toward the “native” peoples?
    5. What is Orwell’s attitude toward his own position in Burma?
    6. In the 2nd para., what is suggested by the qualifiers (define: what is a qualifier?) “and secretly, of course” and “if you can catch him off duty”?
    7. Note Orwell’s language in para. 5.  That are the rhetorical effects of “merely ravaging their homes” and “as it would be to an English [British] crowd”?
    8. In para. 6 Orwell states, “As soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him.” Why, then, does he decide to shoot the elephant? Refer to specific factors that influence his decision.
    9. In para. 11, Orwell states, “At last, after what seemed a long time — it might have been five seconds, I dare say — he sagged flabbily to his knees.” Explain what such a characterization of the time period suggests about Orwell.
    10. Compare and contrast the description of the killing of the elephant as related in para. 10-13 with that of the killing of the coolie Indian in para. 4.  Consider the rhetorical purpose of the descriptions.
    11. The final paragraph presents Europeans’ views of the elephant killing. Explain the differences (among Europeans).
    12. Discuss Orwell’s tone and attitude in the final paragraph.
  • Quiz on Tropes on Thursday (mc and short answer)
  • “Sinners….” illustrations due Thursday — illustrate the Gaping mouth of Hell, per Edwards’ sermon, and depict Hell, fire, devil(s), the Hand(s) of God, and man. Illustrations must be on some type of printer paper or art stock, no smaller than 8-1/2×11″, and must be colored (unless artistically in pencil) — PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME AND PERIOD ON THE BACK OF YOUR ILLUSTRATION
  • INTERIMS WERE SENT HOME TH — these must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to Ms. Ausley by the next class period, Mon. 10/2.