17-18 April 2012 – Journal Update

Yesterday and today we’re acting out Midsummer, doing recitations and continuing with silent reading.

After parent-teacher conferences last night, I realized that it might help to throw a journal post in here, so I’m going to do that now.

So far, your next journal interview will cover:

Literature Texts

  • Antigone— 4 entries
  • “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” — 1 entry
  • Poetry (various entries as assigned)
  • Mel Gibson’s Hamlet –2-3 entries
  • “Harrison Bergeron,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” and “By the Waters of Babylon” — 2 entries
  • Fahrenheit 451 (various entries as assigned)
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream (1 motif entry so far)

Critical Reading 

  • Perrine –account for ALL the details, the simplest explanation is the best, stay in the flashlight
  • Nabokov –fondle the details, use imagination, works of literature are not works of history
  • Aggasiz — keep looking at the fish until you see more than you see
  • Foster (“If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet”) — the most important form is the sonnet, poems are sonic

Before the year is out, we will add:

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream (another motif entry or two or three, some work with humor, a comparison/contrast with R&J death scene)
  • Slaughterhouse Five (various entries as assigned)
  • Foster (“Is he Serious? And Other Ironies”)  — irony trumps everything
  • The Symbolism Survey (handout)

If you’d like to brainstorm the actual ‘skills’ a bit more specifically, than how I’ve identified them above, we can.  But for now, please note that motif tracking is one way of “fondling the details,” and it’s something I’ve asked you to do again and again in the reading this half of the year (Hamlet film, F451, Midsummer).


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