Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly Agenda Feb 27-Mar 2

Their Eyes Were Watching God

"Telling" Day

HW See Reading Schedule
AND, sign up for Presentations

Review Journal #s 5 & 6
Look for evidence of 'colorism' in Their Eyes
HW See Reading Schedule

Harlem Renaissance Timeline
Looking closely at personification
HW Read Iyer's "Personification" and answer questions

JOURNAL #7: Write an extended glossary entry about how and why Hurston employs personification in Their Eyes.
Swap and peer response
Parody Assignment, due next week, the 8th & 9th
HW See Reading Schedule

Their Eyes review questions: work in pairs only, make sure to record evidence to support your responses.
HW See Reading Schedule 
AND, Parody Assignment

Power if Language
-the blues
AP Practice
Parody Presentations

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Agenda Feb 21-24

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Review Style Handouts -turn in.
-explication: figurative language
-connect to Their Eyes: how do images match our understanding of the black experience during reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance?
Practice "telling"
HW See Reading Schedule


Review readings, chapters 2-6
3Q class discussion
Find examples that prove the 'power of language' theme
HW See Reading Schedule,
AND, start to think about In the NEWS
Journal #5: How do men in Their Eyes reinforce male stereotypes?  How does Janie's complacency placate her men?  
For Friday: And, how does Janie's sexuality allow her to reclaim her life after two oppressive marriages?  What role does Tea Cake play in her spiritual/sexual awakening?

Review Harlem Renaissance timeline and key influential characters.
-excerpt from The Bluest Eye
-Berry's Essay
HW Journal #6: Does Berry inadvertently set up a critically problematic polarity between light and dark skin African-Americans in the last section of the essay?  Citing evidence from both texts and your own experience, write a paragraph or two on the importance of color in modern America.

"Telling" day!
-students 'tell' their stories to their class.
HW See Reading Schedule

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekly Agenda Feb 13-17


1st-get books/4th-share Theroux creative
3-chair review of Twain's "The Diary of Adam and Eve"
-review questions
-insight on style and humor elements

Finish recording terms related to humor

HW Complete a glossary entry on one of the humorous terms
SEE Reading Schedule

Character Analysis: pp35-36 excerpt about Jim, annotate and connect to caricature.
Bio/background on Twain: the paradox
Quiz: How is Samuel Clemen's life a paradox?  Use your notes and write a thoughtful paragraph.
Talk up "Huckleberry Finn" and the controversy surrounding it.
HW See Reading Schedule

-story-telling as art
(Optional Synthesis Practice?)
Twain's characters: Huck, Tom Sawyer, Jim, etc.

Perspectives of Europeans and African-Americans in late 1800s
-caricature and stereotypes: the minstrel
-evidence in Huck Finn

"Telling" presentation due next Friday, the 24th.

HW Read Tannen (McGraw-Hill), p228 "Sex, Lies, and Conversation"
And argue that Tannen's premise is true or not with personal experiences.  How can you apply her ideas to your own relationships?  Find examples of anecdotes, statistics, appeal to authority, and definition.  Which example is most convincing for you and why?

Hurston Bio/background

Close Reading: Their Eyes chapter 1
Style Analysis (handout)
-word choice
-Biblical allusions

Power of Language
-gossip "the porch"
-prayer language
-connect to Tannen
-folk groups/folklore

Work on style handout

Alvin Ailey and Brer Rabbit

Alvin Ailey: Revelations

Alvin Ailey Dance: Wade in the Water

Disney's Brer Rabbit

Background on Joe
HW Watch Brer Rabbit excerpt and draw conclusions based on the stereotypes and folklore.
AND, finish style handout

Reflections on Brer Rabbit
-Disney's role in perpetuating stereotypes

The Harlem Renaissance (notes)
-timeline and key influential characters

HW See reading schedule.  
HW Print Poems: Bennett and Hughes poetry-connect to Their Eyes and identify figurative language. Create glossary entry for figurative language type.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Their Eyes Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston

Chapters 1 & 2 for Wednesday, Feb 15th
Chapters 3-6 for Tuesday, Feb 21st
Chapters 7-11 for Friday, Feb 24th
Chapters 12-17 for Wednesday, Feb 29th
Chapters 18-20 for Friday, Mar 2nd
Be prepared to read additional materials while meeting these deadlines.  You are also expected to read your independent reading book(s).

Weekly Agenda Feb 6-10

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

In-class Timed Writing: Rhetorical Analysis of Gould's "Women's Brains"
HW Acquire and begin reading your independent reading book.  Bring McGraw-Hill reader for the remainder of the week.

Get Books
Introduce foldables
Review points made by Stanton, Tannen, Gould
Freewrite: symbolism of a Barbie doll
Read Atwood's "The Female Body", p216
and answer rhetoric #1 & #7
HW Answer above questions in JOURNAL, #2
Read p223, Angier's "Why Men Don't LAst: Self-Destruction as a Way of Life"and answer the following prompt (add to Journal #2): 
The Cult of Masculinity
Are "sentimental notions of manhood" prevalent in society today?  What are they?  Do our young men feel pressured by them, do your fathers?  Are they essential to our survival as a species?

Record points about Atwood and Angier in foldables
Review Atwood and Angier: share responses
Read McClain's "Don't call me Mr. Mom" (handout)
-connect to previous essays
Historical timelines of gender expectations
HW Add to Journal #2: Read p219, Theroux's "Being a Man" and answer Rhetoric #1 & #6 and Write #2 (this last questions can be a long, creative freewrite) 

Quaker Share
Add to rings Elements of Humor:
If time, read ONION piece and note the humorous elements at play.
HW Access and Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
-note, not only the content, but what drives the humor: how are both Adam and Eve characterized? How does the diary format add to the piece?  What reader knowledge and expectations does Twain work from?
HW Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
Answer the following questions (Journal Entry #3):
-note similarities between 'women's issues' essays (cite evidence)
-why does Twain blame the fall on Adam
-what is meant by Eve's explanation of loving Adam (p352)
-what kind of audience might Twain have in mind and why?
-how is this piece humorous, identify elements? -is the message compromised because of the humor?
-how does Twain's choice of form, the diary, enhance his message?

Bio on Twain: focus on Paradox (see rings)
3-Chair Review 
Introduce Hurston: Style Analysis
-see reading schedule