Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reading Period 9: October 22-28: Show Us Your Coffin!

Long Read: 

Moby-Dick, chapters 119-131

Short Reads:

"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe (AIAL p 160).
"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.


"Old Ironsides" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (AIAL p 311).
"The Star Spangled Banner" by Frances Scott Key.
"America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates.
"America" by Simon & Garfunkel.

Yes you may do your Creative Assignment in LEGO. (via)
Creative Assignment:

Create an amazing illustration for one of the Edgar Allan Poe stories we are reading this week.


Memorize the first and last stanzas of Star Spangled Banner and recite it on video for our entertainment, wearing an exceptional hat of your choosing. Post the video to the Google+ community. You can post a video by choosing "Add Video" and then "Record Video" when you make a new post.


Read this article: "Tecumseh, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull: Three Great Indian Leaders" by J.J. Meyers. Organize your notes as an outline with five sections: intro, one section for each leader, and conclusion. This article is a great example of what we talked about in class -- taking the reader somewhere new in your conclusion rather than just restating the thesis or summarizing what's been said. Where does the author of this article take you? Make sure you highlight that in your notes.

Google Fu:

The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the USA and its words are in English, our official language. Use the internet to find out about the national anthems of some different countries who have multiple official languages. Post to the Google+ community telling us what country you found, how they handled multiple languages in their national anthem, and provide a link to the source.


This week you're working on a first draft of your outline. Make sure you have your thesis statement in your introduction, two main sections as we discussed in class, and at least some idea of how your conclusion might take your reader to a new place. You can check out this resource on outlines, or just whack out a first draft and see how it goes. You will get a chance to revise your outline over the next few weeks. If you have not turned in your bibliography, you need to do this right away.

Twitter Scholar:

There are multiple people on Twitter posting as Edgar Allan Poe. Do a search and take a look at a few of them. Decide which one you like the best, based on whatever criteria you want, and Tweet about it, announcing it the best Poe-related feed on Twitter. Use the hashtag #poe and #halloween and any others you think are relevant.


1. Paraphrase this quote: "Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs."
2. What are corpusants? Use a search engine if you don't have a footnote.
3. How many words in chapter 122?
4. Based on what Ahab says in his sleep in chapter 123, what is he dreaming about?
5. Explain with science what has happened to the ship's compass in chapter 124.
6. Explain how to make a compass, according to Ahab.
7. What is the log and line for? What function does it serve?
8. How is Queequeg's coffin transformed in chapter 126?
9. What question does Ahab always ask every ship they meet? And how does the commander of the Rachel answer?
10. What happens to Ahab's hat in chapter 130, and where does it end up?

BONUS: What ritual are the sailors on the Delight engaged in when they meet the Pequod?

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