AP Lit – Great Resource for Literature & Art Today, and In History

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IB L&L: May 02, 2012 – Media Deconstruction & Comparative Writing

Today in class you are to complete the following activities:

Watch and deconstruct this famous attack ad from the 1988 US presidential election. Use this version of our deconstruction worksheet and the language of persuasion document in Google docs to complete this. Feel free to work together. Share your individual deconstruction in a document with . . . → Read More: IB L&L: May 02, 2012 – Media Deconstruction & Comparative Writing

AP Lit: “The Imaginary Iceberg” – Reading for Review on Monday

Please read and analyze this poem for Monday.

Pulitzer Winners Announced – Links to Great Writing & Photojournalism

First, Tracy Smith has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry; there was no fiction winner this year. Here are two of her poems, “Sci Fi” and “Duende,” which includes a recording of her reading the poem.

For investigative journalism, a group or reporters for the AP won for exposing NYPD police surveillance techniques that often . . . → Read More: Pulitzer Winners Announced – Links to Great Writing & Photojournalism

AP Literature & IB L&L: Reading – “Death of a Naturalist”

Check out this link for Seamus Heaney’s brilliant “Death of a Naturalist.” We will discuss this poem in class, paying close attention to the role of tone in shaping the poem’s meaning.

Reading: IB L&L – Poetry: “Shafro” by Terrance Hayes

Here is a poem from the National Book Award winner Lighthead by Terrance Hayes entitled “Shafro.” Please read it and fill in the third circle of your 3-Way Venn diagram on the subject of “Black male mentality,” comparing the handling of this subject with Giovanni’s. By way of context, check out the trailer for Shaft, the . . . → Read More: Reading: IB L&L – Poetry: “Shafro” by Terrance Hayes

Homework: IB L&L – Video: “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair”

Please watch this video and read the Nikki Giovanni poem “On Hearing “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair” for discussion in class tomorrow.

Classwork/Homework: AP Lit – Exploring Poetic Forms

Please complete this document before class on Tuesday. Read carefully and answer pertinent questions with specificity and descriptive language.

Homework: AP Lit – Podcast – The American Pastoral in Music

Please follow this link for a podcast on the subject of “the pastoral” in poetry through music and music lyrics. Listen and enjoy, then come to class ready to apply this concept to the reading of poetry and to discuss what you’ve heard.

Classwork: AP Literature – Read and Respond to “A City’s Death by Fire”

Please carefully read this brilliant poem by Derek Walcott and respond in a single, focused paragraph to the following prompt:

How does the speaker use literary techniques to communicate the theme of “A City’s Death by Fire?”

Keep in mind that literary techniques may be anything from our list of poetry devices or speaker, tone, . . . → Read More: Classwork: AP Literature – Read and Respond to “A City’s Death by Fire”