Blog 8 - OPTIC: Comparison-Contrast

     Every picture tells a story!  So take a good look at this picture and, on a scratch piece of paper, complete an OPTIC Exercise.

     When you hear a teacher explain a book or poem, some of you might say, "He didn't really mean all that!"  Unfortunate for you, writers and painters sometimes have agendas, and AP knows it.  They want you to be perceptive and convincing Rhetors, and so they put things before your eyes that require you to desconstruct and make an argument.

     So, here you see a depiction of the same scene, only with some alterations.  Do you think the painter meant something with this, or is it just a random expression of his artistic mind?  For those of you who are bound to be obstinate (AP word -- look it up), let me give you some considerations: 

  • If it was painted by a white person, what do you think he/she might be doing here?  
  • If it was painted by an African-American person, what might he/she be doing here? 


On a scratch piece of paper, do another OPTIC Exercise and figure out what these pieces could (randomly?) be suggesting.


Then, using a formal tone, write a panoramic editorial that answers the following prompt: 

"What do these two paintings say about America's view of liberty and independence?"

Before doing this, do Device 22 Section in Literary Devices Workbook and utilize it in your writing.  When you use this device, WRITE THE SENTENCES IN ALL CAPS -- that will show me you understand the concept.










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