The Future of English


Vigee Lebrun Self-Portriat Comparison Essay

Use the Vigee Lebrun comparison images in the module to write an approximately 250 word essy comparing her pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary portrait. After the Revolution rococo art went out of style and was associated with the vanquished former monarchy. It was no longer fashionable for men to wear colorful or ornamental clothing and make up, and woman were encouraged to be “modest”.
Cosider the following questions in your essay:
How does Vigee-Lebrun represent herself differntly in each portriat?
How does she engage the viewer in different ways?
How is the palette of each work different?

Discussion: Post an Image of a Leader

Riguad’s portrait of Louis XIV is meant to symbolically communicate notions of absolute power. Many representations of leaders evoke power, but often other qualities are emphasized as well.
First, watch the video about Rigaud’s portriat of the French King Louis XIV:…
Choose an image of leader, and in an approximately 150-200 word essay describe how it communicates meaning about it’s subject through visual form. Make at least one comment on another students post and leader that you find inspiring or interesting.
Here is an EXAMPLE of mine:
Kehinde Wiley’s recent portrait of Barack Obama communicates the engaged political presence, thoughtful consideration of process and policy, as well as grace and elegance of the subject. Obama sits in a historic chair from the Oval Office, and leans forward as if to listen to the viewer. One imagines being at the table with one of the smartest people in the world, and being thouroughly engaged and heard. The sitter’s expression is one of calm reservation, perhaps even weariness, however. This is contrasted by the explosion of rococo style vegetation that in forms the background, and the colorful floral blooms that adorn the former president. Each type of flower has a symbolic value: the purple African Lily represents the Kenyan heritage of Obama’s father, the White Jasmine indicates that Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, and the Cyrsanthemum represents the city of Chicago, where he first became a state senator. Ultimately Wiley presents us with a portrait that presents the joy and commitment with which Barak Obama governed, combining imagery that evokes notions of both strength and grace.



  1. Once you start this exam, you will find a writing prompt for an essay about language loss. You have already seen this prompt before.
  2. First type the rewrite of your introduction paragraph from Writing Exam 2A based on my comments.
  3. Write a 10-15 sentence body paragraph about the first controlling idea in your thesis statement from Writing Exam 2A.
  4. Although most of your writing should be your ideas, you should also use the ideas from the article “The Future of English,” the video “Enduring Voices,” and the article “Vanishing Voices,” but you cannot copy sentences. You must use your own words if you use ideas from the textbook. 85% of your paragraph should be your ideas, 15% of the paragraph can be information from the video.
  6. Make sure you check your grammar and vocabulary carefully before you submit your writing.

In your introduction paragraph, please include the following:

  • at least one compound sentence
  • at least one complex sentence
  • a passive voice verb form

Vocabulary (Use at least three words from the list below. You can use any word form. Please underline them in your body paragraph)

  • acquire
  • lead to
  • competence
  • anticipate
  • native
  • expand
  • dominate
  • abandon
  • extinction
  • linguistic
  • neglect
  • diversity
  • roughly
  • critically
  • political
  • highly
  • rapidly
  • rate
  • perspective
  • express
  • die out


  • simple passive voice
  • the vocabulary exercises from “The Future of English” and “Vanshing Voices”
  • the readings “The Future of English” and “Vanshing Voices” (You will be required to use information from the readings in your writing)
  • thesis statement writing
  • introduction paragraph writing
  • the “Enduring Voices” video
  • essay body paragraph writing
  • cause and effect language patterns

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