Poetry 4: due 3/7

*Watch YouTube Video and read my notes, prior to reading the poem.

“In Colorado My Father Scoured and Stacked Dishes” by Eduardo C. Corral
Click to *YouTube Link to Corral reading
*The title is the first line.
**When reading Corral’s poem you are NOT expected to know all the words in Spanish. You are NOT required to look up the Spanish. Use the act of not-knowing to propel your understanding of the poem.
***”Illegal American” is a term Corral uses to refer to someone who is born in the U.S. to undocumented parents.

What two features/ideas in the poem didn’t go together? What about the combination felt off? Discuss each individually then contemplate potential connections. How does the unlikely combination relate to a larger message?

250+ words. Use proper quoting techniques.

Poetry 3: due 3/5

*Click reference links prior to reading!

“A Map to the Next World” by Joy Harjo
Links to references in poem: Fourth and Fifth World

“A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg
*You can listen by clicking the audio button below the title on the website
Links to references made in poem: Whitman, Lorca, Charon, Lethe

*Your response must be 250+ words; really dig into each poem as you respond.

1. Contemplate what each speaker wants/is looking for? What evidence in each poem supports your ideas. Discuss at least one quote from each poem. (Remember, you need to interpret the evidence…do not simply reiterate what the poem literary says.)

2. What ideas expressed in each poem are similar? Why? What ideas are different? Why?

3. Free write any additional thoughts you have about the poem. If you are utterly stuck, zero in on one moment and reflect on it.

Poetry 2: due 2/28

“How to Read a Poem” (link)
*Read this article before reading the poems

“The Mango” by Mary Oliver (packet link)
*The poem is two pages; last line is, “and kissed, on the black lawn, like strangers.”

*Before responding on the blog: a) read the poem twice b) annotate (write notes directly on the poem) c) number the lines of the poem

*Response must be 250+ words. Post by 1pm as always.

1. What technique offered in “How to Read a Poem” did you find most helpful and why? How did this particular technique contribute to your understanding of something specific in the poem?

2. Pick a passage (1-4 lines) in the poem that you find confusing. What about each passage is confusing and why? Discuss two different ways details in the passage can be interpreted and explain which interpretation is most compelling. How does the interpretation of the passage impact your understanding of the poem as a whole?

*If you are stuck, WRITE. What stood out? What questions do you have? What did the poem make you think? Feel? Don’t walk away.

Poetry 1: (in class) 2/26

“Eating Fried Chicken” by Linh Dinh


Ambiguity: A word or phrase that can mean more than one thing, even in its context. Poets often search out such words to add richness to their work. Often, one meaning seems quite readily apparent, but other, deeper and darker meanings, await those who contemplate the poem.

Interpretive Problem: An interpretive problem is a question that we might wrestle with or disagree about as readers. The process of working out the solution to an interpretive problem should enhance experience of reading that text and generate new insights about the text that were not previously noticed.

Speaker: The person the reader imagines is speaking the words of the poem. Never assume the speaker of a poem is the author.

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Essay 1: due 2/26

The final draft of essay 1 is due at the start of class. Print and staple your essay. Review assignment guidelines and view example posted on the blog to ensure all requirements are met.

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Reading 4 + Observational Writing: due 2/14

“Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace

Observational Writing:
Eat Somewhere New – Handwritten in notebook, 1 page minimum
Bring to class on 2/14. Don’t worry about spelling/grammar.

Instructions: Eat somewhere that you have never eaten before. You might consider the dining hall, a local park, a new restaurant in your neighborhood, or somewhere outside your borough. You can always bring your own food/snack, as long as you are eating it somewhere you have never eaten before.

While you are eating take detailed notes on the atmosphere, people, and the food. You will need to use your notes to document your experience in an informal descriptive essay.

Remember, you a not describing yourself. You are describing your surroundings—the wall decor, the music, the conversations. No detail is too small.

Reading 3: due 2/7

“Sea Urchin” by Chang-Rae Lee

“Rice” by Jhumpa Lahiri

Choose one essay to respond to: Where does the writer employ a particular Aristotelian Appeal (logos, ethos, or pathos) effectively? Examine the example and explain why it is significant? Now, looking at the essay as a whole: How does the writer’s experience relate to/raise questions about life, society, and/or human nature? In other words, what did the essay teach you and make you ponder about your life?

Reading 2: due 2/5

“Against Meat” by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Escape from the Western Diet” by Michael Pollan

Ethos: how an author builds credibility & trustworthiness
Logos: the argument itself; the reasoning the author uses; logical evidence

Choose one of the two essays to respond to: What is the author arguing? Pick one passage from the text that supports the author’s argument, that you find particularly effective. How does the author support their claim in this instance? Why is this particular supporting example uniquely compelling? Free write any additional thoughts. (250+ words)