Saturday, February 22, 2014

EC: Biblical Allusions

Read The Gospel of Matthew (first book of the Christian New Testament).  You can read the original or the shmoop summary and themes.   Then write a 1+ page analysis of 3 allusions to the story of Jesus in literature.  250+ words, 10 POL points, due Tuesday 2/25 by blog.  Conversation-style - at least two of your allusions need to be ones that no one else has posted on.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Analysis of 1921

Assignment for each night of Sula:
Write a 250+ word analysis of quotes or ideas in 1921.  Make sure to be specific (talk about particular quotes or incidents) but also explain the larger meaning of what you analyze (what does that show about a central conflict in the text, or a pattern, or a character's hidden motivation, or an essential question).   For all 10 homework points, you need a level of insightful and complex analysis comparable to one body paragraph of a final essay.

Analysis of 1920

Assignment for each night of Sula:
Write a 250+ word analysis of quotes or ideas in 1921.  Make sure to be specific (talk about particular quotes or incidents) but also explain the larger meaning of what you analyze (what does that show about a central conflict in the text, or a pattern, or a character's hidden motivation, or an essential question).   For all 10 homework points, you need a level of insightful and complex analysis comparable to one body paragraph of a final essay.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Due 2.20: Sula Opening and 1919

Identify a few significant choices that Morrison made in Sula's opening chapter and 1919.  You could focus on setting, characters, conflict, or language.  What does she want to draw your attention to?  What conflicts, issues or themes do you think will be important in this novel?  200+ words, conversation style post.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HW 2/18: Expectations of Women and Veterans


  • Write on either Veterans or Women, and on at least one of the questions posted below. 





  • What does society expect?  What particular expectations would face early 20th century African Americans?  What about these expectations is unrealistic?  how do these expectations affect people?   What can we learn about human nature from the experience of being a veteran or an early 20th century woman? What can we learn about human nature from how our culture treated / treats them? (Warmup for Toni Morrion's Sula)

    HW 2/13 - Risk


    Conversation-style post: Do humans have a need for a certain amount of chaos or risk in their lives?  What affects the amount of risk a person likes to take? Optional - Which way do you tend - too cautious, or too risk-taking?

    HW 2/6 - Prufrock Analysis

    Write a 100+ word analysis of your section of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", including both the meaning that it makes and HOW the lines make that meaning.  Don't analyze the same lines and device that someone else has already analyzed.  (Two people could analyze the same lines, if one is talking about rhyme and the other about image).

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    Tues Jan 21st: Poetry


    Pick a poem that you like and think is powerful.  I encourage you to pick a spoken word poem (but it's not required).  One of the values of spoken word is that the poet tells you what speed to absorb the poem, while reading text you have to figure that out on your own.

    Pick specific lines or sections that you find powerful, or perhaps its the dramatic situation (the topic and setting of the poem).  Write a carefully composed paragraph (that includes the lines in question) that explains what it is that creates the power of those lines.  You might consider insights from the “intended audience” (who you think the author wrote the poem for, and then allusions or connections they would be likely to make).  You might explain why particular devices (rhyme, repetition/anaphora, rhythm, figurative language, imagery, etc) are effective at conveying or adding power to the message.

    Updated: Repeat this process 2 times for a B, 3 times for an A.  You can do 2 or 3 sections of one poem, or a mix of sections of different poems.  Post your writing on the blog, including links to the poem.  So for a B, you're writing 2 paragraphs, for an A, 3 paragraphs.  +5 POL points if you post by midnight on Sunday (so I can use your poems to prepare for Tuesday's class!)

    The list below are some to get you started, or you can search on Youtube for “spoken word” or “brave new voices”.  
     (starts at 2:15)

    Thurs Jan 16: Winter Break Books - Human Nature

    What does your winter break book say about human nature, or surprising human needs?
    Conversation-style blog post below, 300+ words.  I think we can organize it by book, if each person that's the first to write on their book just writes a comment, and then everyone after that hits "reply" to their person.  If that doesn't work, its OK to just post it all together.