For The Week of December 12-19
So for the last month we have been so wrapped up in Uncle Tom’s Cabin that we haven’t been able to look at some of the other literature in our textbook. This week I want you go go back and re-read some portions of your textbook and also read some literature selections in American Voices. Now according to your textbook you are supposed to be reading Co Aytch, although I am not going to assign it, if you like war stories it looks like it is even better than The Red Badge of Courage. You might want to read it for fun. So anyways, here are your assignments 🙂
You will also need to check back for more assignments the week after break, right before our next Friday School.
We will have Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Please copy this part into your note book or print it out and put it in there:
- Free Verse--Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme (introduced by Walt Whitman)
- Cadence- The musical run of words that rises and falls in lines; long, easy sweep of sound that echoes the Bible and speeches from orators and preachers.
–Okay, your notes are over–
Why does this stuff matter? I mean because you have to do school and all, but why does poetry matter?
Comment Section: I need you to talk to me in the comment section about what you liked and DIDN’T like about this weeks reading. Think critically. “It was boring” or “It didn’t make sense” is not a critical reason for not liking it, it is just an excuse to be lazy. So talk to me about the works. 🙂 Because we don’t have class this week, I am going to participate in this discussion in the comment section so I need you to check back throughout the week. Because I want to be able to draw your attention to certain key passages in the poetry. So plan on leaving at least 4 comments this week as you read and interact with the poetry and the story. You will be given a big grade for participation in this conversation 🙂
- Read “American Poetry” (it is pg. 236-237 in the new book, the middle of Lesson 43 in all books). It is just a nice review of things we have talked about already in class as far as rhythm and rhyme.
- Read “The Growth of American Literature” (it is on pg. 228-230 in the new book, the middle of Lesson 42 in all books). This is a general introduction to famous writers at this time. We have already read Poe and Hawthorne. Melville is famous for Moby Dick. Irving is famous for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” among other things. And James Fenimore Cooper is another famous writer, that we will get to see Mark Twain make fun of pretty soon 🙂
- Read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Poetry (American Voices pg. 138)
- Watch this video: It is a beautiful adaptation of one of Emily Dickinson’s poems (3 minutes)
- Read this bio: The Life of Emily Dickinson
- Read Emily Dickinson’s Poetry (American Voices pg. 176)
- Watch this video biography on the life of Walt Whitman (about 3 minutes)
- Read Walt Whitman’s Poetry (American Voices pg. 186-187)
***Please make sure you discuss the poetry and the poets this week in the comment section below.
- Frances Harper’s Poetry (American Voices pg. 183-184)
- Begin reading Washington Irving–I wanted to throw in “The Legend of Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving (pg. 111-120 in American Voices) Just for fun.
- Finish “The Legend of Rip Van Winkle”