Hey all, so we’ll talk about the essays, and after first hour today I realize it may take us a bit longer than one day. Okay by me! My main goal is for us to emerge from reading these books with a clear sense of the different skills these writers are advocating.
Also, today we’ll talk about something painful and challenging in English 10H: we use a New Critical approach to texts. It’s been true all year, but Perrine does such a good job of laying out the basic tenets of New Criticism that it’s time to show my cards.
Essentially, the USLH curriculum demands that you have a solid foundation in close reading of a text via New Criticism. Withhout that skill very well developed, it’s very difficult to move on to reading with the different lenses (literary schools) and movements (literary-historical).
So I use a New Critical approach in class. And that’s scarier than your typical English class in 9th grade or middle school where interpretation is a bit more loosey-goosey. It means that there are interpretations OUTSIDE the flashlight and I’ll be clear with you about it. I do try to make space for us to say the other things on our minds, but to land firmly within the text using only the text for evidence–it can feel squished in there!
You’ve probably noticed this without having the language for it, but I hope the language will help.
I adore you and want you all to be successful. 🙂
If time permits on Friday, we’ll launch into some of the intro-to-F451 Stuff that I’d like to do, but if not, we’ll do this stuff on Tuesday.
- Talking about the title (do a pre-write in yoru journal of just a few sentences about the F451 title. We’ll go back to it as we encounter the other (section) titles in the book (The Hearth & the Salamander, The Sieve & the Sand, and Burning Bright)
- Listening to the Dan Goia Interview with Bradbury about why/how he wrote F451 from NEA’s The Big Read (pardon the cheesy music)
- Watching a short Vlogbrothers video introducing Part I of F451