Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tue: Patterns and Changes in Book 2

What repeated images or issues are coming up in the novella so far?  
What has changed or not changed from beginning, and what does it mean?
(200+ words, conversation style)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

News: Invisible Man banned

In the great tradition of schools banning quality literature, this week a North Carolina school district banned Invisible Man.  See below link for further information.

Metamorphosis has also been widely banned, including during the Nazi period when they tried to wipe out Kafka's work entirely.  It's interesting to consider what it is that people feel frightened of in these works.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Metamorphosis Essential Questions

Due Mon Sept 23rd: Compose an answer (200+ words) to one or more of the essential questions of our Metamorphosis unit.    Make clear which question you are answering.  Post your response here, conversation-style.

a.     What do people need to be happy?  Does modern life support those needs, or work against them? 
b.     What makes humans feel powerless?
c.      Why do people sometimes feel at odds with members of their own families?
d.     What are the qualities that make someone “human”?  Can a non-human be human?  Can a human be inhumane?  Explain.

Metamorphosis - Part 1 Analysis

For Mon Sept 23: Pick one of Kafka's writing choices (diction, syntax, selection of detail, repetition, irony might be useful ones) in page 2-12, and analyze what meaning it contributes to the story.   Each new post must be about new quotes, or have new thoughts on quotes already provided, and no post should be about quotes that we analyzed in class.


Why did Kafka make Gregor a bug?  Add new ideas to our class discussion, and use quote(s) to support your argument.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Evaluate literary criticism of “Yellow Wallpaper”

Choose one of these literary criticisms on “The Yellow Wallpaper”.  As a comment on this thread, indicate which criticism you are responding to, and then compare and/or contrast this author’s argument to the arguments made by our class about the story.  (i.e. what you or other people posted in our earlier thread).  200-500 words.

Due Thursday, Sept 19th by 2pm, for 10 extra credit POL points.

Yellow Wallpaper - Creative (re)Writing

Envision a different ending for "The Yellow Wallpaper".  You might consider how the story would be different if she had a Granger or Faber, or you might take it in a different direction.  Compose a narrative, 300-1000 words, that is the new last page(s) of the story.   Post your story here, due by Thursday Sept 19th at 2pm, for 10 extra credit POL points.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Yellow Wallpaper": Devices to Theme

How do specific devices create complex theme in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?  Enunciate a complex theme and describe how syntax, diction, point of view, imagery, structure, juxtaposition, irony, or other devices convey it.  Conversation style, so if you are building on someone's point, acknowledge them and then add new dimensions to the ideas.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Human Nature from Depression Book

According to Huber, what are essential human needs?  What are common weaknesses?  What is success and what leads to it?  What parts of this argument ring true to you?  What would you critique about her argument?  For Mon Sept 9th, post 200+ word conversation-style response to this prompt.  You can choose one question to answer, or answer more than one.  Encouraged to makes connections to your own life experiences.  Encouraged to use quotes from the text (from part 1 or part 2).