Check out this engaging podcast shedding light on the myths of Robert Johnson’s life from the good folks at Radiolab. It’s a good way to spend 30 minutes and might illuminate bits of Reservation Blues for you. At the very least there is plenty of good music throughout the podcast!
If you have any inclination toward writing or enjoy fiction, check out National Public Radio (US) for their Three Minute Fiction contest. The contest has a 600 word limit and asks for certain parameters, in this case, every story must begin with this sentence: “She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, . . . → Read More: Opportunity for Writers: Three-Minute Fiction Contest
Please have a look over this document outlining our next essay project beginning next week. Come prepared to ask any questions and to start work immediately on this cornerstone assessment.
Here is an interesting article from today on crime and violence in the Wind River Reservation in the US state of Wyoming, a northwestern state not dissimilar from the reservation featured in Reservation Blues (though still different in many ways, it bears noting). Similar crime and violence are plaguing a reservation in northern Canada. What do . . . → Read More: Reading: English 10 – Background on Current Events on Reservations & Horse Culture
Please read this brilliant poem by Stephen Dobyns and respond in groups to the questions below.
What is your personal response to this poem? Do you agree with one perspective? Neither? Why or why not? How does this poem relate to specific parts of the text? How can this perspective on music inform our reading . . . → Read More: Reading: English 10 – Poem – “Loud Music”
Please compose a single, focused paragraph in response to the prompt below. Remember, as we discussed in class today, we are focusing on universal themes, not specific, literal topics. As such, please do not write about a stance on Imperialism or colonialism in your paragraph. Choose instead a universal idea and build on it using . . . → Read More: Homework: AP Lit – Paragraph on Theme in Heart of Darkness
See the essay rubric and three student examples in our shared Handouts collection for Unit 3 in Google Docs. Read and score each of the examples, then read and score your own. Answer the following questions in writing:
Is your thesis claim specific and clear? If not, how can it be revised? Is each paragraph . . . → Read More: Homework – AP Lit: Self-Assessment & Metacognitive Writing
The notes from our discussion of the first 10 pages of Heart of Darkness may be found in our shared Google Docs collection for Unit 3 Notes.
Please see the current discussion for flex replacement in our Posterous space. Participate and follow directions, please.
Our online discussion involves the reading of a beautiful poem, linked below and to the directions for the discussion (which may be found here). Please read the poem, consider connections to the themes of Never Let Me Go, and briefly respond in a single post. Also, read the directions about responding to your peers.
Poem . . . → Read More: Homework: AP Lit – Online Discussion & Revision