Friday, March 18, 2016

Reading Period 22: March 18-24: United Kingdom

Long Read:
Suck it, Wordsworth. My rhymes are the best.

Don Quixote, chapters 28-52, finishing the first half. I'm going to let you skip some chapters if you need to get through it faster. Chapters to skip: 33, 34 (The Novel of the Man who was Recklessly Curious) and 39, 40, 41 (The History of the Captive)

Short Read:

"Araby" by James Joyce


"London, 1802" by William Wordsworth

Creative Assignment:

Wordsworth's poem, London, "1802," is a great example for learning different types of poetic devices. Create an artistic illustration of the poem that creatively draws attention to the places where Wordsworth uses simile, metaphor, synecdoche, metonymy, and apostrophe.


Write your own sonnet in the Petrarchan form. You have four examples of Petrarchan sonnets on the handout you received in class. Here's another one: Emma Lazarus' poem "Colossus" that is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:

'Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, (a)
With conquering limbs astride from land to land; (b)
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand (b)
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame (a)
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name (a)
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand (b)
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command (b)
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. (a)
'Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!' cries she (c)
With silent lips. 'Give me your tired, your poor, (d)
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, (c)
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. (d)
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, (c)
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!' (d)

I like writing sonnets. It's not that he makes me. I like it.
Your poem should, as all good Petrarchan sonnets do, present a problem in the first octave and answer the problem in the final sestet. If you're looking for inspiration, how about this? You might write a sonnet that starts by summoning a great American that you feel we have need of in our current political situation, like Wordsworth summons Milton in "London, 1802." Consider that a challenge. Who will you summon -- Lincoln? Reagan? Roosevelt?

Writing Assignment:

We talked about "impossible dreams" in class, and about how what we dream of doing really reflects who we dream of being. Write a short personal essay (250 words) about your dream. Tell us about your extreme dream like discovering a new element, not your reasonable one like becoming an engineer. The first half of your essay should talk about your dream, and what you want to do. The second half should address what's behind the dream, the abstraction that you're really searching for. Literally, Don Quixote wanted to become a knight errant and go around whacking people over the head and defending maidens' honor. But what he really wanted to do was create an identity for himself that was noble, honorable, and relevant. He wanted to be a good person, and this was a way that he could externally express it. What's behind your dream? What person are you looking to be, if you accomplish this huge goal?


Write a book review of one of the novels or novellas we have read so far this year, to submit to the Book Review Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library. You can review The Brothers Karamazov, The Good Earth, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Metamorphosis, The Stranger, Night, or Don Quixote. A big part of writing a successful essay for a specific purpose or assignment is to carefully consider the requirements, and clarify exactly what kind of essay is desired. Here are the official guidelines. Please read at least twice:

"The primary aim of the Book Review Contest is to encourage reading and critical thinking among the student participants. Students are encouraged to review books they enjoy. Rather than writing a comprehensive summary, students should discuss some element of the book (e.g. plot, setting, character, theme or style). It is important to remember that these submissions are book reviews, rather than book reports, and should offer an evaluation of the book. Freshness of expression and imagination, as well as competent English composition, will be considered by the judges."

Another important part of successfully fulfilling an assignment is paying careful attention to the technical requirements: due date, submission format, etc. Here are the guidelines for submission. Please read through them at least twice:

A 3x5 note card must be paper clipped to the front of each report with the following information clearly printed or typed: Name, School, Grade, Teacher's Name, Title of Book. No name should appear on the review itself. No cover sheet or illustrations should be included. Reviews should be typed. Reviews should be no more than 500 words. Deadline for all entries  is Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Late reviews will not be accepted. Presentation of awards will be made on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Slover Library. A first, second, and third award will be given in each grade. 
All reviews must be submitted to
Book Review Contest
Children's Department
Mary Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
111 W. Ocean View Ave
Norfolk, VA 23503
It's up to you to write an appropriate essay for the assignment and correctly follow the submission guidelines. The deadline is next Tuesday, so if you choose to do this assignment, do not delay until my due date of Wednesday at 7! Good luck!


Your outline is due on Tuesday, March 21. I will look at them, make suggestions, and hand them back to you the following week. At this point in the process you should have the bulk of your research behind you, and just be filling in gaps by searching for specific answers. Don't be afraid to change the focus of your topic as you read and research. You may find something in your reading that strikes your curiosity and sends you in a different direction -- go there! Don't be limited by your original idea. It may just be a jumping off place.

Follow your curiosity! 

DQ Fighting Giants

1. Who is the villain of Dorotea's story? Why?
2. What lie does Dorotea tell Don Quixote about her identity? And why?
3. Is the priest and barber's plot to get Don Quixote out of the mountains successful?
4. What does the servant Andres ask Don Quixote to do, if he ever again sees him tied up and being beaten by his master?
5. Why does Dorotea say of the innkeeper, "Our host doesn't have far to go to be a second Don Quixote?"
6. In his fight with the "giant" what does Don Quixote mistake for blood?
7. Don Fernando, Cardenio, Dorotea, and Luscinda. Which characters were coupled up at the beginning of chapter 36, and which were coupled up at the end?
8. In chapter 37, who has Don Quixote become "bros" with? (The quotation marks are mine, to indicate a slang word, not a direct quote from the text.)
9. When referring to "arms" and "letters" in his discourse, what does Don Quixote mean, and what literary device does he employ?
10. Whose fault was it that Don Quixote found himself dangling from the window of the inn, tied up by his arm, unable to reach the ground with his feet?
11. What is Don Quixote's explanation for everything that happens at the inn when he can't understand it?
12. The barber and Don Quixote are arguing about the true nature of what two simple objects?
13. What does Sancho Panza say about Dorotea, that causes Don Quixote to call him a "base, lowborn, wretched, rude, ignorant, foul-mouthed, ill-spoken, slanderous, insolent varlet"?
14. Who has put Don Quixote in a cage?
15. Where do they take him?

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