I am so sorry that I am late getting your work to you this week!!! I am sure you were all excitedly waiting to get into your English studies this morning! 🙂
Anyways, here you go . . .
Please leave a comment for each story this week (30 points)
Monday–Remember when we read James Fenimore Cooper in class? Go back over that and look at it for a second, then read “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences.” It begins with Twain quoting positive reviews of Cooper’s work, but he then goes into all the reasons he has for why the Cooper stories are stupid. This is wonderful stuff you guys. If you ever feel like writing a short story or novel, please follow this advice 😉
Tuesday– “A Literary Nightmare” (pg. 16) and “How To Tell a Story” (pg. 70)
Wednesday– “Journalism in Tennessee” and “The Notorious Jumping frog of Calaveras County” ❤ Now the key to the humor in this story is the very first paragraph. So when you finish it, go back and read the first paragraph. And then think that this idea that Simon Wheeler’s story is a waste of time is the funny part . . . it is!!! And the fact that we can all relate to being in a similar situation, where we are being polite and listening to some slightly odd elder person drone on and on. In fact, I have a grandfather who used to tell these long stories. Sometimes I didn’t know if he was being funny or serious, so I would giggle just to be polite. When I read this story to myself, Simon Wheeler’s voice sounds a lot like my grandfather.
Thursday–Go back over “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses” I want it to be fresh in your mind for class tomorrow. And then read “Journalism in Tennessee”
EXTRA CREDIT– INSTEAD of reading Ray Comforts book. Please watch the 20 minute video below 🙂 Then type a one page summary with what you learned and what you think about this topic. The sound is a little weird, but this is extra credit so deal with it!!! LOL 🙂