September 25

DUE: 10 Responses


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Read Narrative writing chapter in our textbook
  2. Introduce slam poetry
  3. Listen to “Like Lilly, Like Wilson” by Taylor Mali
    1. Discuss narrative structure
  4. Discuss “Only Daughter” by Sandra Cisneros
  5. Read student essay: “Silence”
  6. Time for brainstorming your own topic
    1. New due date for rough draft: Oct. 3
    2. New due date for final draft: Oct. 11
    3. 7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

HW:

  1. Type brainstorms for three different essay topics.  Each should be 50-100 words in length, explaining what the essay would be about.  Bring a printed copy next class.
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September 19

DUE: “Girl” Imitation


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Counselor / career center presentation
  2. Read “Girl” Imitations
  3. Read and discuss two very short stories by Dave Eggers

HW: None.

September 15

DUE: “WHC” Worksheet


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Clip from “Annie Hall” — Identify the contemporary traits
  2. Continue discussion of “WHC”
    1. author’s choices & contemporary traits
    2. annotation
    3. ending
    4. themes
    5. Level 3 discussion
  3. Read “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid
    1. Discuss
    2. Go over homework expectations for imitation (see link below)

HW:

  1. Girl Imitation

September 13

DUE: None.


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Forrest Gump clip: excellent example of “pastiche”
  2. “Woman Hollering Creek” Quiz
  3. Clarify the story
  4. Work on the analysis worksheet and discuss Level 2 questions.

HW:

  1. Complete the Short Story Analysis Worksheet for “WHC.” Here are some tips:
    1. You can skip writing the 4-6 sentences of analysis on the writer’s choices; however, you still need to identify at least 4 choices the author makes.
    2. Annotate the passage on the back side and come to class prepared to discuss.
    3. Remember that a theme should be an entire sentence, not a single word.
    4. Come pick one up if you don’t have one.  You need the one with the passage printed on the back.

September 7

DUE: Signed syllabus


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Review syllabus
  2. Discussion: What is literature?
  3. “Is Harry Potter Great Literature or Not?”
  4. Read “The School”

HW: None.