Let's build some context about the backdrop of our next novel, The Things They Carried by a masterful writer and storyteller, Tim O'Brien.
While you could read and appreciate this text without the historical context, it will punch harder by learner the severity and social context of the Vietnam War.
That's what this work is about: learn what you can about Vietnam -- why we were there, why it was controversial, and what America was like.
Your task: Research the Vietnam War to build background knowledge and context.
1. Research the Vietnam War. Consider timeline of events, impact of war in America, the draft, controversy surrounding war, political consequences, lasting effects of war, and so on.
2. Provide 3 interesting and meaningful facts about this event by commenting on this blog post. Take care to use a reliable source and cite it in your comment. No Wikipedia and no "answers" sights.
**The catch? No repeats! Let's gather up as much information as we can to help create the backdrop for this truly inventive and moving novel.
Ok, AP Lit kids, here's the deal. You want the good news or bad news first?
Let's start with the good.
I love your blogs. There's something so uniquely you about each of them -- the layouts you've chosen, the quotes and quips you've included, the photos you've uploaded, the ways you've made these digital spaces your own. It's really neat to see this extension of you and your personalities, and it's gratifying how you take care in your work and share it with me and other students across the country. I love your curiosity and your creativity, and I more than appreciate your "down-ness." (Like, seriously, you have no idea.)
And now, because I know you're wanting me to get on with it, the not so good news.
Understand that I'm now speaking in generalities. What I'm seeing GENERALLY in your blogs is writing and analysis that is too brief, only skims the surface, and is underdeveloped. It seems like some of the poems you've chosen are random and not exactly works you connect to or have any desire to explore. In a wide-open assignment, 25 books, and The Internet at your disposal, that should not be.
I also notice that your analyses tend to read like READER RESPONSE, which isn't entirely bad, but isn't entirely good either. I'd like to see a blend of reader response and critical response. If we can strike that balance now and here in this space, we'll strike gold come May. (Sorry, that was lame.) But for real -- that's the goal here -- USING YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE TO EXPLORE AND ANALYZE CONTEMPORARY POETRY. 'Tis no easy task.
For now, it'd be a good idea to revisit the assignment. So, here it is. Review away.
Long story short -- I'm looking for a minimum of 3 DEVELOPED paragraphs, and work that includes the title, author, and embedded quotations.
And it'd also be a good idea to check out these blogs for analysis inspiration:
Keep in mind that your blog has readers, and we still have some URL issues or some plain old blank pages. So here's the really real stuff: not posting is not an option. It looks bad on you and it looks bad on us.
Let's give these other AP Lit kids in Michigan and Georgia and Virginia and Southern West Virginia and Texas and North Carolina something they can sink their teeth into! You owe it to yourselves to take as much away from this experience as you can. Also, I think you guys are special. So for whatever that's worth...
Keep at it. Keep working hard, thinking hard, and being fearless and creative and authentic.
All the best,
Hello STEAM Academy kids!
It's been a minute, and unfortunately tomorrow for 2nd and 3rd periods, it'll be a minute longer. I'll explain in a minute, BUT FIRST! an update on The House on Mango Street and your handy dandy key sentence charts.
This weekend, you were to FINISH the last third of the reading, so all the way to the end. You are also to complete one final key sentence chart, but with a twist -- dragons! Haha, just kidding -- INTERPRETIVE QUESTIONS. (Sorry I'm in a weird mood today.) You are to complete 8 entries for this final round.
Here's what it should look like:
So tomorrow. Tomorrow, I will be joining Dr. Marcum, Mrs. Stegall, and Mrs. Corder at Spring Mills Middle to discuss STEAM Academy and STEAM education in general. I'm so very sorry to miss you again 2nd and 3rd periods. While I'm away you'll be doing a few things:
- New Article of the Week (AoW) (Mr. Clark & Mrs. Bowman will hook you up)
- 1 page AoW response
- Key Sentence chart give one; get one activity
Everything else? We'll catch up on Tuesday.
Can't wait to see you rocking your spirit gear this week! All the best and see you soon,
Dear AP Litters:
On Monday, we will have an incredible opportunity to Skype with Clint Smith, spoken-poetry champion, author of Counting Descent, doctoral candidate at Harvard, new father, and all around awesome human.
I am beyond excited. You should be, too. What I've found is there are so many artists and writers out there who are generous and kind and willing to help you grow as young people and thinkers.
To prepare for our chat, please submit in the comments below at least TWO potential questions for our Skype session. I'll sort through them and tag the question askers via Remind and then first thing Monday afternoon.
Otherwise, you've got some Slaughterhouse Five reading and Thought Plots to take care of. And I recommend you also find something to do that makes you happy -- take a walk, cook a meal, go visit a grandparent or family member, spend some time alone, pick a pumpkin -- follow your bliss. I know I will be. ;-)
All the best, guys, and keep thinking, exploring, and working hard.
P.S. Make sure to follow #aplit18 on Twitter. I'm tweeting contemporary poems that would be good fodder for your next blog post coming up in. October.
So I'd intended my first post on this here class blog to be an open letter to my students about this year. Because your letters to me were heartfelt and considered and inspiring. I owe it to you to promise you that I will never, ever expect you to be or embody your sibling, that I will try my very best to mix it up and keep you actively engaged, but that yes, I will "bore" you sometimes and some days you inevitably will have to "eat your vegetables" in class.
But that's neither here nor there. What I need from you (talkin' to YOU #aplit18) is your poetry blog URLs! In the comments below, please create a record of your site. Remember your URL is whatever you named it + weebly + .com. For example www.hilliardsclass.com is mine. :-)
And that's it! As promised, no more than 5 minutes of homework.