The Shawshank Redemption

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Day 1
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High Honors Previewing Assignment
At the end of the Shawshank Redemption you will be asked to write a timed
essay on the Film to the following Prompt.
• Discuss the film Shawshank Redemption as a redemption tale. Does this
film live up to its name? Discuss how the redemption within this tale
works.
Given the nature of the assignment concerning this film. We need a plan.
How do we expect to be graded?
• Take a minute at your tables to look at the prompt. What information would you expect
to be in the essay that is dictated by the prompt.
What sorts of information will you want to collect?
• How is this going to be collected?
Honors Objectives:
For the next several days we will be watching the film The Shawshank
Redemption our purposes are these:
• Identify the Man being redeemed and his flaw.
•
Proving that this is the man to be redeemed.
• Identify points at which he has a chance for redemption.
• Discuss the moment of redemption.
• Evaluate this tale as a redemption story.
• Evaluate this tale’s right to “be remembered.”
Honors Alternative Objectives:
For the next several days we will be watching the film The Shawshank
Redemption our purposes are these. You will be doing the same thing with an
alternative story. You must write an essay in which you…
• Identify the person being redeemed and his/her flaw.
•
Proving that this is the man to be redeemed.
• Identify points at which he has a chance for redemption.
• Discuss the moment of redemption.
• Evaluate this tale as a redemption story.
• Evaluate this tale’s right to “be remembered.”
…for the story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
Characters (Honors/CP)
Imagine telling a friend about someone you have just meet, describe them in as
much detail as you can. Get past the physical appearance and make some
inferences about who they are on the inside. Make reference to specific statements
or actions which cause you to believe what you say.
Describe Andy Dufresne to a friend.
Describe Ellis Redding (Red) to a friend.
(CP: Red will be the man to be
redeemed.)
(CP) Give three words to describe each
man and his personality. After each word
write 1-2 sentences as to why you think
this word is appropriate referring to the
specific examples from what you have
seen.
Characters and Symbols (H/CP)
Add to your description of Andy.
At your tables discuss the "beer." What
does it symbolize, how does it work?
Why is beer a better symbol than any
other? How does it work on multiple
levels?
Symbols (Honors)
Over the course of the next few
segments make a list of objects that
could be considered symbols.
• Keep tack of these and details
about them and how they are
used.
• What is Andy's central trait? Put
another way, if Andy were the
personification of one thing what
does he symbolize?
• Journal (write down your
thoughts): What has happened to
Brooks? Explain.
Who is to be redeemed?
(Honors ‘14)
Here at the end of this
segment take 15 minutes to
write a persuasive paragraph
answering the question of
who is to be redeemed?
Thinking of it another way,
who is flawed and what is the
flaw.
This assignment will serve
as the final assessment of
persuasive paragraphs.
Paragraphs should include:
• A hypothesis (topic sentence)
• Evidence (this takes the form of a
quotation)
• Don’t forget to set the context.
• Your interpretation (explain how the
evidence demonstrates the hypothesis
is true.)
• Avoid the use of: “I think” write in the 3rd
person.
Symbols (CP)
Look for the following symbols over
the course of the next few scenes:
• Beer
• Chess Board
• Bird
• Poster- “Rita Hayworth
and the Shawshank
Redemption”
• Mess Hall.
• Bible and Quotes:
“Watch ye, for ye know not when
the master of the house
cometh.”
“I am the light of the world, ye
that follow me shall not walk in
darkness.”
“Salvation lies within.”
“His judgment cometh and that
right soon.
Symbols Cont (CP)
• What is Andy's central
trait? Put another way, if
Andy were the
personification of one
thing what does he
symbolize?
• Journal (write down your
thoughts): What has
happened to Brooks?
Explain.
Prove Red is being Redeemed…
If Red is being redeemed, he needs to
have a flaw which he needs to change.
•
What is a flaw in terms of a
Redemption Tale?
•
Watch the last scene again. What
“flaw” is being exhibited by Red?
•
What specific lines does he say that
make you claim this is his flaw?
Outline the Paragraph
Paragraphs should include:
• A hypothesis (topic sentence)
• Evidence (this takes the form of a
quotation)
• Don’t forget to set the context.
• Your interpretation (explain how the
evidence demonstrates the hypothesis
is true.)
• Avoid the use of: “I think” write in the 3rd
person.
Andy as a symbol: (Honors)
Continue identifying symbols
• Look back to your discussion of
Andy's central trait were you
correct?
• Why isn’t “The Hole” difficult for
Andy? Go beyond the music. Hint:
Think about why solitary
confinement is so awful.
• How is Andy's central trait shown
yet again with his reaction to
Tommy's story. Give me the exact
words which demonstrate this.
Andy as a symbol: (CP)
Continue identifying symbols
• If Red is to be redeemed, what is
Red’s flaw?
• Why isn’t “The Hole” difficult for
Andy? Go beyond the music. Hint:
Think about why solitary
confinement is so awful.
• How is Andy's central trait shown
yet again with his reaction to
Tommy's story. Give me the exact
words which demonstrate this.
Is Redemption Imminent? (Honors)
A journal entry:
• Record your thoughts at the
moment. Or make a prediction.
• How does this demonstrate
Andy's Hope?
• What is the theme of this story?
Why isn’t Andy the one being
redeemed…(Honors)
If Red is being redeemed,
than Andy isn’t. Prove it.
(These paragraphs are more
difficult to prove. To do so
you need to prove that Andy
is something else or has the
trait Red lack.)
Paragraphs should include:
• A hypothesis (topic sentence)
• Evidence (this takes the form of a
quotation)
• Don’t forget to set the context.
• Your interpretation (explain how the
evidence demonstrates the hypothesis
is true.)
• Avoid the use of: “I think” write in the 3rd
person.
Is Redemption Imminent?(CP)
A journal entry:
• What are you seeing from these
two characters in terms of
“Redemption”?
• Explain how this demonstrates
that Andy is a static character.
(CP)
•
Explain how this means that “The
Shawshank Redemption” cannot refer
to him.
• What is the theme of this story?
Finishing it all up…
• Compare this parole hearing to all
the others? (details)
• Discuss Red at this moment and
make a prediction. (Remember he
is telling the story in the pasttense; he can't die)
•
What is the theme of this story?
So when is Red Redeemed and what
does that mean? (Honors/CP)
Red lacked hope, and had
stopped living; now, he is
redeemed…when did this
happen? Identify the moment
of this happening and prove it.
Use the second sentence of
explanation to say “so what.”
What lesson (theme) is taken
away from this story?
Paragraphs should include:
• A hypothesis (topic sentence)
• Evidence (this takes the form of a
quotation)
• Don’t forget to set the context.
• Your interpretation (explain how the
evidence demonstrates the hypothesis
is true.)
• Avoid the use of: “I think” write in the 3rd
person.

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