Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekly Agenda 3.18-3.22 (Update Over Break)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Journal #13(?): How do men in Their Eyes reinforce male stereotypes?  How does Janie's complacency placate her men?  And, how does Janie's sexuality allow her to reclaim her life after two repressive marriages?  What role does Tea Cale play in her spiritual/sexual awakening?  All answers must have supporting examples of evidence.
HW See Reading Schedule

-excerpt from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
-Berry's essay
--marginalia read-around
HW Journal #14: 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.

Style Analysis Activity:
-style packets
-grammar reminder 1/2 sheet
-consider R. Wrights argument
-analyze Hurston's language and conclude whether or not Wright is right
HW finish style packet

Essay Prompts
Power of Language
-the blues (notes)
-symbolism chart : husbands
Discussion on novel
-power of language
-figurative language

-Read your independent book: complete two independent format journal entries, #15 and #16
-have a complete rough draft of your essay the Monday you return
-Write your Their Eyes essay, due the Friday you return.

Week After Break
-Peer Edit
-Parody Assignment
-End of book review questions
-Study Guide and Book Test

After Their Eyes
Timed Writing: Contrast essays through rhetorical devices

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekly Agenda 3.11-3.15

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Writer's Workshop
EAP Testing

WEDNESDAY (con't from last Friday)
-notes on the "caricature" of Jim from Huckleberry Finn
-"the minstrel"
Perspectives of Europeans and African-Americans in the late 1800s
EXIT Ticket: How is Samuel Clemens a paradox?
HW See Reading Schedule: Chapter 1-2 due

"Telling" Assignment: March 21-22
Hurston Biography/Background
-Harlem Renaissance
HW See Reading Schedule

Style Handout
-group work, complete and turn in MONDAY
Poetry: Hughes and Bennett
-figurative language
-connect to Their Eyes (discussion for credit)
-How do images match our understanding of the black experience during reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance?

Friday, March 8, 2013

-----Reading Schedule-----

Their Eyes Reading Schedule

Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston

Chapters 1 & 2 for Wednesday, March 13th
Chapters 3-6 for Friday, March 15th
Chapters 7-11 for Monday, March 18th
Chapters 12-17 for Wednesday, March 20th
Chapters 18-20 for Friday, March 22nd
Be prepared to read additional materials while meeting these deadlines.  You are also expected to read your independent reading book(s).

Monday, March 4, 2013

Weekly Agenda 3.4-3.8

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Review Journal #9 and 10
Barry essay
Historical Timeline of gender expectations
HW JOURNAL #11: McGRaw Hill  -Theroux's "Being a Man," p219, answer, Rhetoric #1 and 6, Write #2
AND, bring lit. rings tomorrow

Quaker Share #11
Elements of Humor:
If time, read ONION piece and note humorous elements.
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?
ANSWER for Wednesday:
HW Read "The Diary of Adam and Eve" by Mark Twain
Answer the following questions (Journal Entry #12):
-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? 

3-Chair: "Diary"
Bio on Mark Twain: focus on paradox
Quiz: How is Samuel Clemens Life a paradox?
Huckleberry Finn
-notes on the "caricature" of Jim
-"the minstrel"
Perspectives of Europeans and African-Americans in the late 1800s
HW Read in 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 anecdote, statistics, social science, appeal to authority, and definition. Which is most convincing for you and why?

EAP Writer's Workshop
EAP timed writing (TUESDAY)