Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reading Period 23: March 31 - April 6: Let's Go, Chief

Long Read:

Catcher in the Rye, chapters 11-15

Short Read: 

"The Bear" by William Faulkner

Poetry:

Charles Olson
The Kingfishers

Robert Duncan
Poetry, a Natural Thing

Denise Levertov
The Mutes

Robert Creeley
Heroes
The Dishonest Mailmen

Creative Assignments:

Take a photograph of yourself holding the book The Catcher in the Rye, with your facial expression giving a confession of how you feel about the novel so far. Post it to the Google+ Community. On your classmates' photos, try to interpret their facial expressions and figure out how they feel about reading this novel.

OR

Write a confessional poem from the point of view of the boy in the story "The Bear." Set your poem at the end of the story, when the boy is grown. What would he have to confess? What darkness can he reveal, what truth? Use a first person speaker in your poem, and try to express what the boy would want to communicate to his father, to a reader, to the bear itself. How can he say... "This is what it's like to be me."

Writing Assignments:

Take a stab at writing the introductory paragraph for your persuasive paper, but take a really argumentative tone. You might want to start with, "Look here, jerky!" or something similarly confrontational. Write 300 words in this tone. It doesn't have to cover any of your outline or even make sense, just be really snarly and aggressive about whether or not this novella should be taught in
ANGRY BABY.
high school. The idea here is to try on an "ethos" that is not very convincing. No one wants to be shouted at, and people don't like to be called names. So an authorial tone that seems really nasty and confrontational might not be a strong "ethos" for an author writing a persuasive essay. Or maybe you will come up with some interesting ideas in freewriting this way, and can include some in your final essay! Try it out.

OR

Take a stab at writing the introductory paragraph for your persuasive paper, but take a really apologetic, cringing tone. You might want to start with, "I am so, so sorry!" or something similarly weak. Be accommodating. Be understanding. Really appreciate the opposing point of view. Apologize for your opinions. Write 300 words in this tone. It doesn't have to cover any of your outline or even make sense, just be really sorry and humble about whether or not this novella should be taught in high school.
Sorry baby.
The idea here is to try on an "ethos" that is not very convincing. Maybe no one will believe you if you come across as too understanding of the opposing view, and too weak in your own opinions. People want to listen to a strong voice with solid reasoning and confident tone. Right? Maybe an authorial tone that seems really apologetic and embarrassed might not be a strong "ethos" for an author writing a persuasive essay. Or maybe you will come up with some interesting ideas in freewriting this way, and can include some in your final essay! Try it out.

Paper:

Your outline is due Monday, April 6th, at 7pm. You can email it to me or post it on the Google+ Community if you want feedback from your classmates. Make sure it's typed! If you have any questions, ask me in email or pose them on the community page.

Quiz:

Your quiz is over The Catcher in the Rye chapters 11-15. Please use complete sentences in your answers. :) Let's be civilized. Punctuate and everything.

1. Give a detail from Holden's description of Jane that makes you think he's telling the truth about knowing her really well. Or, do you think he's lying, and doesn't know her very well? Based on what?
2. What question about nature keeps on bothering Holden?
3. How do fish eat, in winter, according to Horwitz?
4. What kills Holden about his interaction with the Navy guy, Lillian Simmons' date?
5. How far did Holden walk from Ernie's to the hotel, and why?
6. What does Holden mean when he talks about being "yellow"?
7. How does Holden prepare himself for the visit from the prostitute?
8. What is Holden's explanation to the reader for not wanting to take advantage of his time with the prostitute? And how is it different from what he tells the prostitute herself?
9.  What reason does Holden give for hating ministers?
10. Why do Maurice and Sunny come back to Holden's room?

BONUS: Has there been a time in the book so far where you suspected Holden of lying? If so, when?
BONUS BONUS: Think over what we learned from reading the confessional poets. Would you say that The Catcher in the Rye is a confessional novel? In what way?

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