Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Week Twelve

In Class

Final Exam.
  1. Much Ado about Nothing e-book HERE.
  2. Introductory presentation on Much Ado about Nothing HERE.
  3. Much Ado about Nothing's Main Characters' Status, Alliances, and Relationships HERE.
  4. The Battle of the Sexes: Male and Female Reputation HERE.
  5. Happy Endings? Marriage, or The Taming of the Shrew HERE.
  6. Print your final exam if you are typing it. Make two copies if you want one for yourself.
Revisions are due Friday by 3pm in my hand or my box in E103 unless we have an understanding.

By Sunday at 9am, all journals are due


By Tuesday, learn one of the following sonnets by heart if you want extra credit:
  • Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130," 
  • Donne's "Holy Sonnet X," 
  • Millay's What lips my lips.."
Next Tuesday we will meet for grades, advising, and the recitation of sonnets. Same place, same time!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Week Eleven

Petruchio forcing Kate to kiss him at their wedding ceremony.
Image from Franco Zefirelli's 1967 film version of
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew found in TV Tropes
BENEDICK
Peace! I will stop your mouth.
Kissing Beatrice.
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A. Much Ado Jeopardy!:
  • Open the Introductory Presentation on Much Ado HERE.
  • Open the Literary Terms III: Drama Presentation HERE.
B. How to revise a draft to turn in as Essay 3 (see Guidelines for Revision on page 59-63 of the packet)

C. Work on Journal 10.


Online Work for Week Eleven

Note: items marked with an asterisk will count as your hour of online attendance for Week Eleven.

By Tuesday, May 29 at 9:00AM:

1. Read
  • The Battle of the Sexes: Male and Female Reputation HERE.
  • Happy Endings? Marriage, or The Taming of the Shrew HERE.
2. *Write Journal 11.

3. Complete the Quiz on Literary Terms III on Blackboard.

4. At the beginning of class on May 29: Turn in take-home portion of Final Exam.

Ongoing 
By Thursday, May 31, midday: Revise Essay 1 or Essay 2. If you did not turn in a draft for Essay 2 today, your only option is to revise Essay 1. 
  • See Guidelines for Revision on page 59-63 of the packet.  If you do not follow these guidelines to the letter, I will not accept your revision.
  • Submit your revisions to me or my box in E-103
By Sunday,  June 3 at 9:00AM: Turn in all Journals 

Extra Credit: by Tuesday, June 5 learn one of the following sonnets by heart:
  • Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130," 
  • Donne's "Holy Sonnet X," 
  • Millay's What lips my lips.."
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    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Week Ten

    If you are turning in Essays 1 and/or 2: When you have completed the writing process, turn in

      Tuesday Meeting
      Original cartoon by Tony Lopes
      See more at Stoney Toons
      Image from Sophia Literaria

      Much Ado about Nothing is the text we will use for the in-class Final Exam, so you need to be very familiar with it. To help, today we will screen Kenneth Branagh's version of play.
      If you are/were unable to come to class on Tuesday, May 15, search the film in our library's Streaming Media Project  HEREFor copyright reasons, you can only watch the film on campus. Otherwise, check the film information so you can rent it, watch it on YouTube, etc. HERE
      2. Discussing the Final Exam. Once you have decided what question you want to answer, check the work you should complete for Journals 9, 10, and 11. Instructions and Prompts for Journals

        Online Work for Week Nine

        Note: items marked with an asterisk will count as your hour of online attendance for Week Nine.


        1. Review an introductory presentation on Much Ado about Nothing HERE.
        2. Review Much Ado about Nothing's Main Characters' Status, Alliances, and Relationships HERE.
        3. *Complete Journal 9. You will need the play for evidence. If you do not have Much Ado about Nothing, check the e-book HERE.
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          Tuesday, May 8, 2018

          Week Nine

          If you are turning in Essay #1: When you have completed the writing process, turn in
          Image result for the american dream
          Photo from Johnson Museum of Art and the American Studies Program

          Tuesday Meeting

          Essay 2 Workshop: Thesis, So What? and Outline for Essay 2

          Your theses here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tLopIxg2p_J665oG7xI6MixsySp4lhOl1VUT4Y8LAz4/edit?usp=sharing

          1. So What?: Using the handout, give your classmate feedback on the importance of her argument

          2. Create: A document to write Essay 2 in your Google Drive folder
          • Place the thesis on top
          • Create an outline to be filled up as you decide on sources
          • Fill out the outline following my model. 
          For next class
          Have two people give you Reader Feedback for your full outline or for a first draft of Essay 2. Write the second draft.  When you have completed the writing process, turn in

          Tuesday, May 1, 2018

          Week Eight

          If you are turning in Essay #1: When you have completed the writing process, turn in
          Tuesday Meeting
          Iron Mask and Collar for Punishing Slaves, Brazil, 1817-1818
          Source: Jacques Arago, Souvenirs d'un aveugle. Voyage autour du monde... par M. J. Arago (Paris, 1839-40), 
          vol. 1, facing p. 119.
          From The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas
          by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite
          Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.
          "Did you speak to him? Didn't you say anything to him? Something!" [said Sethe.]
          "I couldn't, Sethe. I just... couldn't" [said Paul D.]
          "Why!"
          "I had a bit in my mouth."
             --From Toni Morrison, Beloved (84). 
          This image is one of the many representations of a series of masks, bridles, and mouth bits created to silence women and slaves. For more, see the blog U.S. Slave HERE (Warning: nasty images). To see how the tradition continues, if much abated, HERE. (Thanks to HiccupsS for the link!) 

          One of the many reasons why Butler's and especially Morrison's storytelling is important, therefore, is that they reclaim the power of language and representation for those who have been denied such a voice. Thus, Kindred touches on many "unspoken" issues that define present American culture. What follows is a list of a few of them.

          1. Critical Thinking and Discussion: Major Themes in Kindred HERE

          2. Workshop for an essay on Kindred: Instructions for Essay 2 HERE 

          Buckner Topsy Turvy 1901 doll.  Image and historical context below from Black Legacy Images.
          Oral history of the doll: A slave mother designed this type of doll for her children because slave children were not allowed to play with white dolls. When white people were present slave children always had to play with the black doll. The black doll was the only legal doll black children could play with in America during slave times.















          Online Work for Week Eight
          1. *Write a thesis statement for Essay 2 (you can write the whole introduction if you want). Decide on what texts you will use. Post your thesis and texts: https://goo.gl/forms/WcL85suy4suZG4Te2 b Your responses here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tLopIxg2p_J665oG7xI6MixsySp4lhOl1VUT4Y8LAz4/edit?usp=sharing
          2. Complete the Quiz on Literary Terms III on Blackboard based on THIS PRESENTATION



          Tuesday, April 24, 2018

          Week Seven

          If you are turning in Essay #1: When you have completed the writing process, turn in

          Tuesday Meeting

          Essay 2 Houses Workshop on Secondary Readings for Kindred

          1. Have a copy of the readings handy. Left that packet at home? That's okay. Here it is.
          2. For the reading assigned to your House: You will have 15 minutes to discuss the questions assigned HERE. Then you will present your findings to the class.

          Online Work for Week Seven
          Note: items marked with an asterisk will count as your hour of online attendance for Week Seven.

          By next Tuesday at 9AM:
          1. * Journal 8 ("The Storm," "The Rope.")
          2. Quiz: Kindred: "The Storm," "The Rope."
          3. Quiz: Literary Terms II
          Ongoing: Instructions for how to turn in Essay #1: When you have completed the writing process, turn in

          Tuesday, April 17, 2018

          Week Six

          Tuesday Meeting

          Today we begin exploring the novel Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. This novel is partly set in Maryland before the American Civil War. To really understand the kind of world Dana, our protagonist, is time-traveling to, we need to do a bit of research on slavery in the United States.
          “Caution!! Colored People of Boston” Anti-Slavery Poster (1851)
          from The Boston Public Library

          The modern epoch was founded on European imperialism and African slavery. Both these systems were organized racially. The theft of labor and life, of land and resources, from millions of Africans and Native Americans, and from Asians and Pacific Islanders as well,  financed the rise of Europe and made possible both its subsequent mercantilism and its later industrialism. Conquest, imperial rule, and the chattelization of labor (principally but not entirely African labor) divided humanity into Europeans and "others." Ferocious and unending cultural and psychic energies were expended to sustain this schism, which was also constantly challenged and undermined in innumerable ways.
             --Howard Winant. New Politics of Race : Globalism, Difference, Justice: 205.

          A. Backgrounds for Kindred I: Slavery in the United States

          Part I:
            1. On the list below, find the topic that matches your assigned number
            1. Punishment 
            2. Slave Breeding
            3. House Slaves 
            4. Field Slaves 
            5. Education  
            6. Family Life  
            7. Whipping
            2. Visit the Spartacus Educational site Slavery in the United States at http://spartacus-educational.com/USAslavery.htm Scroll down until you see the topic “Slave Life.” Click on your topic.
            3. Read the entire page for your topic. On a piece of paper, summarize what you have read in about 250 words. Feel free to use bullet points.

            Part II:
            I will put you in a group so all seven aspects of slavery are represented. Take about 2 minutes to tell the others what you have learned, using the summary to help you remember key ideas. The point is to acquire as much general information about slavery as possible in a short period of time. As you listen, write down the ideas that made the strongest impression on you.

            B. Backgrounds for Kindred IIIntroductory Lecture on Kindred

            As you think of what you would like to do for Essay 2, consider
            Next class we will present on the readings associated with Kindred. I will cover Douglass and DuBois, and you will cover 
            • Hughes: 2:15: Browning and Butler; 5:45: Dickinson and Plath
            • Baldwin: 2:15: Morrison and Plath; 5:45: Morrison and Butler
            • Coates: 2:15: Shakespeare and Dickinson; 5:45: Shakespeare and Browning
            From Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don't Read the Newspaper (2000): 38.
            Image from Rad Geek People's Daily

            Online Work for Week Six
            Note: items marked with an asterisk will count as your hour of online attendance for Week Six.

            Tuesday, April 24 by 9:00AM:
            1. Quiz: "The Fight" on Blackboard
            2.  *Journal 7 (Kindred--"The Fight" II-sections 11-16)
            Ongoing: Instructions for how to turn in Essay #1: When you have completed the writing process, turn in