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.
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard