Today we began our short story read-a-thon.
So far, we've tackled "A&P" by John Updike and "Stepdaughters" by Max Apple.
Click & read if you didn't finish one of these stories.
(And remember, sometimes a story is just a story without a deep, symbolic, underlying meaning. You've got to learn to navigate all of 'em.)
Last week was a bit of a challenging week, an uphill climb travelling to a destination that is still unknown.
Just when you'd made it through a fun yet maddening "Ordeal" a few more ambiguous and challenging texts were thrown your way. But you fought hard and made your way out on the other side of seminar.
I'm afraid a few of you are feeling stuck in the weeds wondering if everything we read will be ambiguous, shrouded in mystery, or "confusing."
The short answer is, of course not. But the longer answer, which I hope the work we do and the progress you make will answer is: the literature we read will be challenging and complex and it will place demands on the reader that will require more than one reading, plenty of conversation, and a mindset of embracing the confusion.
Other stuff from the week? Um, Hillary Jordan Skype! It was amazing, she was amazing, and so were you. You asked thoughtful questions, and class was buzzing with excitement. Teacher heaven, I'm telling you...
We also took a day to write a short essay in what we're calling the Reader's Bio. In an effort to get to know you better and paint a fuller picture of who you are as an individual and student, we talked about our Happy Things and then what else I need to understand about you as a reader, writer, or individual.
All that said, you're doing great and you're working hard! Stay the course, my friends.
More on the latter later, but here is the break down for last week.
Monday: "Hills Like White Elephants" & SIFT
Tuesday: "Hills" seminar
Wednesday: "The Story of an Hour" + SIFT assessment
Thursday: Reader's Bio/Hillary Jordan Skype!
Friday: Five S/Reader's Bio
To prepare for this Thursday's video conference with Hillary Jordan, author of award winning novel Mudbound, please take a moment and do the following:
- Consider the most complex and provocative aspects of the novel.
- Decide what you want to find out more about OR get an answer to.
It's not every day you get to speak directly to the author! So let's be thoughtful, intelligent, and mature people and let's make it count!
REPLY TO THIS POST with ONE QUESTION you'd most like to ASK or ONE IDEA you'd most like to DISCUSS with Hillary Jordan.
So now it's official. You've met Tony Spagoni and you've joined the ranks of other Spring Mills AP Lit students. I couldn't be happier with contemplating one of life's big questions with you: WHY IS TONY SPAGONI?
We had a productive week, and we've just scratched the surface of literary analysis and the skills required to "see the meaningful cow."
Here's the breakdown:
Tuesday: We gallery walked to check out the Lit Crit posters. We applied a few lenses & competed this graphic organizer.
Wednesday: Q3 Timed Writing numero uno. You had two prompts to choose from. The Journey prompt & The Sacrifice prompt
Thursday-Friday: We discussed the benefit of text annotations, adjusted our vision for literature, and then we after "Ordeal by cheque."
Good work. I'm excited to continue finding the cow with you!
Overall, a solid week in class. Though we have miles to go before we sleep, we started to chip away at a few things this week, most notably, some really strong, very thoughtful journals and discussions. Made my English teacher heart happy. :)
Here's the breakdown:
Literary Merit assignment, examining either Cold Mountain or MUDBOUND
Literary Theory research & posters
Whenever I'm fully adjusted to the fact we're back in school, I promise to include (& update later) the hyperlinks for the above assignments. For whatever reason, I'm really in the spill things on yourself and forget half of your stuff in your other classroom mode. For now anyway.
I'm so excited about having each of you in class, and I can already tell that you have HUGE potential. To borrow a joke from many a student, this year is gonna be Lit. ;)
Have a great long weekend!
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard