Thursday, March 12, 2015

Reading Period 21: March 10-16: If You Really Want To Hear About It

Long Read:

Catcher in the Rye, chapters 1-5.

Short Reads:

"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty (AIAL p 690)


Jean Toomer

November Cotton Flower
Georgia Dusk
The Gods are Here

Langston Hughes

Juke Box Love Song
Good Morning
Dream Variations

Countee Cullen

Colored Blues Singer
To John Keats, Poet at Spring Time

Creative Assignment:

Write a letter from the headmaster of Pencey School to Holden Caulfield's parents explaining that he will be expelled. Include a report card and notes from teachers.


Take a look at this discussion of "Ars Poetica" or poems about the art of poetry. The original "Ars Poetica" was written BC. Keeping in mind the poem "Poetry" by Marianne Moore, and taking in "Ars Poetica" by Archibald McLeish, also in your textbook, write your own "Ars Poetica" in which you define what poetry is and isn't, your argument in the form of a poem itself.

Writing Assignment:

Write a compare/contrast essay of at least 300 words about Granny Weatherall from "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" and Phoenix Jackson from "A Worn Path." Find at least two points of comparison and two points of contrast. Organize your essay either as AABB or ABAB (Do we all know what this means by now?), with an introduction that gives the reader your "handshake" and a conclusion that takes the reader to a new idea about these two stories.


Read "The Point of the Story" by Eudora Welty on page 697. Do you think it's important for us to read this essay about the story "A Worn Path"? Does it help you understand the story, and do you value the insight into the author's intention? Should every story be followed by a little explanation from the author? Or do you feel the story should stand on its own, without explanation or further discussion from the author? Welty says that readers often asked her questions about her work. Do you think this means that the work is not effective in itself? Or are we as readers always driven to know more? I'm asking you to take a position on the question we've been discussing in class: Does the meaning of the story reside in the mind of the author, in the mind of the reader, or in the words of the work itself?


Please make sure you post in the Google+ community and declare your choice of novella. You don't have to choose one of the four I listed -- you could pick, for example, The Call of the Wild by Jack London. You're going to need to have it read by March 24.


This week in class we'll begin our presentations. Don't leave your Real Literature Project to the last minute! Remember you have to do your project and also write the presentation about it and create the visual aids. You will be filling out peer review worksheets when your peers are presenting.


The quiz covers chapters 1-5 of The Catcher in the Rye.

J.D. Salinger says, "Don't be a phony."
1. How much did Holden's hat cost?
2. What tragic mishap kept the fencing team from competing on their trip?
3. Name two things that disgust Holden about his teacher, when he visits him.
4. What does Holden write an essay about, as a favor to his roommate?
5. Why is Holden getting kicked out of Pencey?
6. Name one thing about Holden that you could say is a very positive quality.
7. Who is Jane Gallagher?
8. Why do the boys get steak on Saturday nights?
9. What's one difference between Ackley and Stradlater?
10. What does Holden mean when he says, "That killed me" or "That knocks me out"?

BONUS: Prove that Holden has a negative opinion of himself with three examples from the text. You can just list the quotes.

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