A fun episode of On Point with Tom Ashbrook recently featured some writers of fantasy-style fiction novels that have received great acclaim from reviewers. As a not-so-secret science fiction geek, I was stirred a bit by the shock of Tom Ashbrook as he navigated the waters of fantasy creatures in literary fiction, proclaiming that the . . . → Read More: Fiction, Genre, & Language
To all our seniors leaving ZIS this year for a variety of exciting adventures, I bid you adieu! I wish you all the best, the richest experiences, the deepest loves, the most profound questions, and the most sweeping fun. In parting, I share with you the power of Toni Morrison’s commencement speech this spring at . . . → Read More: Have a Meaning-Full Life, Seniors!
The Guardian has published an excellent and provocative list of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of all time. I’m a nonfiction addict – the creative essay, persuasion in all its guises, academic study, education research, society & culture, the arts, history. I have just finished The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and am currently reading The Information . . . → Read More: Read Some Nonfiction – A List from The Guardian
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So, here’s a great podcast on poetry featuring the poetry critic from The New York Times to tide you over until either our English 10 course begins again in May or until the AP Lit exam. This podcast does a great job of exploring the ambiguity of poetry, and of the experience of reading poetry. . . . → Read More: “Demystifying Poetry” – A Podcast
Open the link, folks. We’ll use this to deconstruct prose and prepare for Q2 (and more).
Text for deconstruction
Some poems for reading & discussion:
“Ode to the Midwest” – Kevin Young
“A Parking Lot in West Houston” – Monica Youn
“The Death of Allegory” – Billy Collins
“Cozy Apologia” – Rita Dove
. . . → Read More: Classwork: AP Lit C & F – Poetry
One week left – answer the question below directly and guide our time together.
What would you like to focus on for our last week together, AP L… at AnswerGarden.ch.
. . . → Read More: Feedback: AP Literature F
Please find the poems for this weekend’s homework linked below.
We Real Cool – Gwendolyn Brooks – you should listen to this, as well, as it makes rhythm very clear
The Golden Shovel – Terrance Hayes
Read both poems and note any similarities and major differences during your reading on this Venn Diagram, which has . . . → Read More: Homework: AP Lit C & F – Poetry
The notes on writing a comparative thesis have been shared with you in Google docs and are linked below. I’d like feedback on whether you prefer the PowerPoint format or PDF format for notes, so please leave a comment if it matters to you.
Writing a Comparative Thesis